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Alyssa Rosenberg (ThinkProgress) and Maureen Ryan (Huffington Post)

On Critic Proof, Alyssa and Maureen discuss the shocking season finale of Sons of Anarchy. Alyssa praises the show’s female characters, but Maureen raises some concerns. Maureen suggests that TV shows need to maintain a certain level of credibility, citing Homeland as another example of a show that tries her patience. Alyssa bemoans how exhausting and unnecessarily complex TV dramas are becoming, which leads to a discussion of how procedurals could be reinvigorated. Finally, they explore how the British model of shorter seasons allows for more flexible storytelling.

Recorded: Dec 4   Posted: Dec 5, 2012
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Critic Proof | Dec 5, 2012 | Alyssa Rosenberg & Maureen Ryan

Rational Actors

Cliven Bundy vs. the federal government

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Kevin Glass and Patrick Brennan discuss the Nevada cattle ranch standoff that became a flashpoint for conservatives.   Play entire video

Foreign Entanglements

Are more drone strikes the answer?

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Daveed Gartenstein-Ross offers a counterintuitive take on Al Qaeda’s strength and America’s drone war.   Play entire video

Science Faction

Chernobyl’s wildlife

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What could post-human Earth look like? George Johnson reports on his recent trip to the nuclear disaster site. Plus: Unfalsifiable physics.   Play entire video

The DMZ

Has 2016 speculation gotten out of control?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate. Plus: Always act like you’re on TV.   Play entire video

Worldwise

Snowden’s Q&A with Putin

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David Klion and Olena Tregub discuss the surreal interaction between the NSA whistleblower and the Russian president. Plus: Is the Geneva agreement a breakthrough for Ukraine?   Play entire video

The dark art of oppo research

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Betsy Woodruff and Daniel Strauss discuss how journalists should treat leaks from rival campaigns. Plus: Scott Brown 2016?   Play entire video

The Score

The case for legal polygamy

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Michael Brendan Dougherty and Freddie deBoer discuss. Plus: The geeks have won.   Play entire video

Worldwise

A new sultan in Turkey?

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Michael Brooks and Steven Cook analyze Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s towering self-conception. Plus: “It’s the economy, stupid!” in Turkish.   Play entire video

Democracy in America

The surprising source of money in politics

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Who’s spending the most money to influence local races? Hint: It’s not the Koch brothers. Greg Marx and Gordon Witkin discuss. Plus: New Jersey’s good government.   Play entire video

Worldwise

Franco-Rwandan tensions

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Why did France withdraw from the commemoration of the Rwandan genocide? Jina Moore discusses with Mark Goldberg. Plus: Is Rwanda getting more repressive?   Play entire video