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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

Staying sane in an Iranian prison

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Sarah Shourd, one of the three American hikers imprisoned by Iran in 2009, describes the 410 days she spent in solitary confinement.   Play entire video

The DMZ

Ben Carson, clown cars, and the death of experience

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the 2016 Republican primary. Plus: Why Elizabeth Warren is the only threat to Hillary Clinton   Play entire video

Did Serial withhold key information for fear of libel?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Lindsay Beyerstein wonder why Sarah Koenig never explained provocative clips that were teased in the podcast’s first episode.   Play entire video

Drezburt

Screen The Interview at the White House?

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Heather Hurlburt and Dan Drezner ponder alternative responses to terrorist threats directed against the satirical film.   Play entire video

The Wright Show

Will Russia’s economic crisis be contagious?

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Robert Wright and Stephen Sestanovich consider the consequences of the ruble’s crash.   Play entire video

Foreign Entanglements

Will Cuba follow China’s path?

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Robert Farley and Gregory Weeks weigh whether Cuba will move toward a market economy. Plus: How has the Cuban embargo lasted for so long?   Play entire video

Woodruff & Strauss

Bipartisan ≠ good

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Betsy Woodruff and Daniel Strauss reject conventional wisdom about legislation supported by both parties. Plus: Everybody (in the Senate) hates Ted Cruz.   Play entire video

The Wright Show

The fantasy of an “undivided Jerusalem”

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In a live interview, Robert Wright talks to Israeli activist Daniel Seidemann about Jerusalem, East and West. Plus: How the Temple Mount became a flashpoint.   Play entire video

Why is San Francisco so expensive, and Ohio so cheap?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Kriston Capps discuss a new report on housing affordability. Plus: Supertall Manhattan skyscrapers for the global superrich   Play entire video

Foreign Entanglements

Back to the Empire

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Kelsey Atherton applauds the grittiness in the trailer for the new Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens. Plus: The killer robots are coming!   Play entire video