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Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post) and Todd VanDerWerff (The AV Club, Los Angeles Times)

On the debut episode of Critic Proof, Alyssa and Todd recount their experience at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Los Angeles. They preview the upcoming TV season, listing the best and worst new shows. Why is it so hard to make a good sitcom? Or a good network drama, for that matter? The two compare the business models of Hulu and Netflix as they compete to bring movies and TV to the Internet. Finally, they discuss why Breaking Bad fans are so critical of Skyler White, while her meth-dealing husband gets a pass (includes spoilers).

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Recorded:Aug 17    Posted:Aug 19, 2012
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Critic Proof | Aug 19, 2012 | Alyssa Rosenberg & Todd VanDerWerff

The Bernie Sanders coalition: A bunch of white people?

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Harold Meyerson and Jack Ross discuss whether Sanders’s class-based approach to politics may hinder his ability to form a racially diverse coalition.

The biggest problems with American healthcare

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Derek Ayeh and Dr. Sean Morrison discuss Atul Gawande’s book Being Mortal.

Woodruff & Strauss

Distortions of the DC/NY media hive mind

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Betsy Woodruff and Jim Newell consider whether the national media has given Chris Christie too much credit. Plus: The “hell no caucus” on gay marriage.

The DMZ

A conservative’s lament: “When does it end?”

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate progressive change in the wake of the legalization of gay marriage. Plus: Will Chris Christie play nationally?

The Glenn Show

Obama’s brilliant artifice

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Reflecting on the president’s eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Glenn Loury and John McWhorter consider Obama’s racial self-presentation. Plus: The end of the Confederate flag.

Rational Actors

Passing the “ideological Turing test”

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Kevin Glass and Timothy Lee discuss the importance of seeing issues from the other side. Plus: The rich: Are they jerks?

The future of conservative healthcare reform

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With Obamacare subsidies secure, Brian Beutler and Yevgeniy Feyman discuss state waivers. Plus: Game over for judicial challenges to Obamacare.

The DMZ

Bringing “liberal” back

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss whether moderate voters are moving left. Plus: Will conservatives turn on John Roberts?

Drezburt

The big mistake we made about China in the ’90s

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Heather Hurlburt and Dan Drezner discuss what many in the West didn’t understand about China’s economic rise. Plus: It’s a miracle! Trade promotion authority is revived