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Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post) 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.

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

The Divided States of America?

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

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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?

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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.

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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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Is the president becoming presidential?

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