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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

Foreign Entanglements

The theology of ISIS

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Robert Farley and Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discuss Graeme Wood’s controversial article on ISIS’s motivations.   Play entire video

Woodruff & Strauss

Has Walker replaced Cruz as the conservative base’s candidate?

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Betsy Woodruff and Daniel Strauss weigh the two politicians’ narratives.   Play entire video

The DMZ

Early and awkward

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Bill Scher and William Beutler wonder whether Scott Walker is ready for prime time.   Play entire video

The Wright Show

Is the MSM going weirdly easy on Bill O’Reilly?

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Robert Wright speaks with David Corn, who broke the story about O’Reilly’s “Brian Williams problem.”   Play entire video

The Glenn Show

Economic optimism

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Glenn Loury and Brink Lindsey discuss the future of innovation. Plus: Are we running out of innovation?   Play entire video

Culturally Determined

The “Is Obama a Christian?” question

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Michael Brendan Dougherty discuss Obama’s faith in light of the uproar over his comments about the Crusades. Plus: Why did Obama’s Crusades comments cause an uproar?   Play entire video

Does Francis mark a new era for the Church?

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Matthew Schmitz and Father James Martin consider. Plus: The soundbite papacy.   Play entire video

Woodruff & Strauss

Why is American Sniper more “pro-family” than Boyhood?

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Betsy Woodruff and Andrew Lapin discuss how the media slotted the films into the culture war. Plus: Oscar politics.   Play entire video

Culturally Determined

The trouble with mocking Obama

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Oliver Morrison explore why there are fewer jokes about Obama than about Bush or Clinton. Plus: Why is there no conservative Jon Stewart?   Play entire video

Woodruff & Strauss

Jeb insists he’s his “own man”

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Daniel Strauss and Rebecca Berg discuss Jeb Bush’s speech on foreign policy—and his unusual speaking style. Plus: Is Cruz getting ready to run?   Play entire video