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24 April 2017

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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 Divided States of America?

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Psychologist Troy Campbell says that Americans may be less polarized than they think.

The left’s Russophobia

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David Klion and Michael Tracey debate whether the Trump-Russia story has spun out of control. Plus: Is Trump becoming a neocon?

The Wright Show

Scaring the immigrants out

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus debate whether Trump’s tactics are immoral.

The Wright Show

America the hypocritical?

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Robert Wright and Eli Lake debate whether the U.S. has a double standard when it comes to Iran’s support for Syria. Plus: Must Assad go?

The Wright Show

It wasn’t Syrians who started Syria’s civil war

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Political scientist Erica Chenoweth says non-violent resistance to Assad was working—until outsiders intervened.

The Wright Show

The end of “America First”?

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Robert Wright and Jim Lobe on whether Trump’s foreign policy is taking a globalist turn. Plus: Will Trump put troops in Syria?

Drezburt

Why the MOAB and the Syria strikes won’t scare Kim Jong-un

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Daniel Drezner says the administration’s posturing isn’t credible. Plus: The end of Turkish democracy?

Science Faction

Feeling forgetful? Upgrade your brain’s RAM

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Science journalists John Horgan and Michael Lemonick, author of The Perpetual Now, on what tech means for memory. Plus: Do your memories make you “you”?

The DMZ

Is the president becoming presidential?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis consider whether Trump’s leadership is maturing. Plus: Sorry Democrats. Kansas doesn’t mean much.