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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 DMZ

Did Sarah Silverman unite the DNC?

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Bill Scher says the comedian’s off-the-cuff remarks marked a turning point at the convention.

Foreign Entanglements

Latin America: Forgotten, but not gone

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Historian Colin Snider says U.S. policy on the region often seems like an afterthought. Plus: The mood in Brazil before the Olympics.

MeaningofLife.tv

Finding compassion for Trump

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Journalist Oliver Burkeman asks meditation teacher Susan Piver, author of Start Here Now, how Buddhism gave her a new perspective on the candidate she hates.

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The Glenn Show

Are whites the ones most affected by bad policing?

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Glenn Loury and economist Rajiv Sethi discuss how regional differences in law enforcement training affect police shooting outcomes.

The DMZ

Which GOPers will survive Trumpocalypse?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss how Trump has altered the careers of Republican politicians. Plus: Don’t expect Cruz 2020.

MeaningofLife.tv

Why the Finns use sauna in diplomacy

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“Saunatarian” Jack Tsonis says we tend to miss out on the social dimensions of sauna. Plus: Sauna as a spiritual experience.

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Culturally Determined

Television as a social good

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Daniel Kaufman argues that television unified the country in ways that online media can’t.

The Glenn Show

An “impossible dilemma”

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Glenn Loury and Heather Mac Donald discuss pleas for increased policing among communities that also distrust the cops. Plus: The facts on race-based police shootings.

The nitty gritty of being president

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David Frum argues that sound policy alone does not make for a competent leader. Plus: Is Trump confused about power?