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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

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss whether the presumptive GOP nominee’s protectionist rhetoric can win over the populist left.

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John McWhorter argues that “race-based disadvan-tage” is a more accurate and useful term for the problem. Plus: How Trump could gain black votes.

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Robert Wright and researcher David Yaden wonder if self-transcendence is a truer state than everyday reality. Plus: Mystical states aren’t just for mystics.

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Rational ignorance

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and journalist Robby Soave discuss the mentality of the average American voter.

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Robert Wright and Daniel Kaufman discuss whether religion is the root cause of “sectarian” conflicts. Plus: Caveman ethics.

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The DMZ

What is Marco Rubio thinking?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the Senator’s surprise decision to run for reelection in Florida. Plus: What GOP elites should do at the convention.

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Robert Wright and Virginia Heffernan, author of Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art, discuss the emotional permeability of the Internet. Plus: Trump as angry poet.

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