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Alyssa Rosenberg (ThinkProgress) and Willa Paskin (Slate)

On Critic Proof, Alyssa and Willa dive into the new television season, where women are rising and men are falling. They agree that Guys With Kids is lame and lazy, but are cautiously optimistic about Matthew Perry’s Go On. Why can’t NBC get its act together? Willa can’t believe that Revolution manages to make the post-apocalypse boring. They analyze Homeland, where Claire Danes portrays possibly the greatest female character of our era. Do fans of shows like Breaking Bad get overly obsessed with “plausibility”? Plus: A spoiler-filled discussion of Gillian Flynn’s novel Gone Girl.

Recorded:Sep 13    Posted:Sep 17, 2012
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Critic Proof | Sep 17, 2012 | Alyssa Rosenberg & Willa Paskin

The DMZ

Where did CNN’s Crossfire reboot go wrong?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis analyze the show’s failings.   Play entire video

Woodruff & Strauss

Revenge of the moderate Republicans in Kansas

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Betsy Woodruff and Daniel Strauss analyze the highly unusual Kansas Senate race.   Play entire video

Friedersdorf

Why can’t the cops be more chill?

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Conor Friedersdorf and Jamelle Bouie wonder why police officers often fail to deescalate dangerous situations. Plus: Fighting ISIS vs. fighting Ebola.   Play entire video

Two different one-state solutions

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Lisa Goldman speaks with Dov Waxman and Dahlia Scheindlin about possible ends to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Plus: Could Israel/Palestine be like the European Union?   Play entire video

Worldwise

Threats to Hong Kong’s economic freedom

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Robert Wright speaks with Edward C.K. Chin, a Hong Kong banker turned democracy activist, about Beijing’s heavy hand. Plus: Democracy demotion in Hong Kong.   Play entire video

Science Faction

Flukiness is next to Godliness

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John Horgan and George Johnson lament being likened to creationists for embracing the improbability of life’s existence. Plus: Programmed for war?   Play entire video

Woodruff & Strauss

The GOP Senate’s first move

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Betsy Woodruff and Sahil Kapur predict what will happen if Republicans win the Senate. Plus: A Republican wave?   Play entire video

The DMZ

The GOP targets the center

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis wonder if a Republican-controlled Senate would be influenced by the more moderate positions some GOP candidates are taking on issues like birth control and the minimum wage. Plus: Has Obama stuck to his guns?   Play entire video

Worldwise

As Scotland goes, so goes Quebec?

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On the eve of the Scottish independence referendum, Robert Wright and Alex Massie talk about a “yes” vote’s potential domino effect on secessionist movements around the world. Plus: Will Great Britain break up?   Play entire video

Rational Actors

When journalists take sides

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Kevin Glass and Steve Gutowski debate whether gaming journalists and politics journalists have something in common: an inability to see their own biases. Plus: GamerGate and the feminist critique of video-game culture.   Play entire video