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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

Woodruff & Strauss

Do Republicans have foot-in-mouth disease?

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And does it sometimes help the conservative cause? Betsy Woodruff and Alexis Levinson consider.   Play entire video

Drezburt

Is the US making things worse in Yemen?

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Heather Hurlburt and Daniel Drezner discuss the deteriorating situation in the war-torn country, including whether American drones are fueling the conflict.   Play entire video

The DMZ

“I know, because I won both of them”

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate Obama’s retort to Republicans—and the president’s newfound confidence—at the State of the Union.   Play entire video

Culturally Determined

The Oscars as “Employee of the Month” awards

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On the debut of Culturally Determined, Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Elizabeth Cantwell analyze the unbearable whiteness of the Academy Award nominations. Plus: Poetry’s changing place in American culture.   Play entire video

Worldwise

Moral quandaries around a Kony crony

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Mark Leon Goldberg and David Bosco discuss the case of Dominic Ongwen, a Lord’s Resistance Army commander who was once a child soldier and now faces war crimes charges. Plus: The irony of the Palestinians joining the ICC.   Play entire video

The Glenn Show

The real threat to cops? Car accidents

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Glenn Loury and Tracey Meares consider the risks of being a police officer. Plus: Why are the cops still so racially polarizing?   Play entire video

The climate fight moves to the states

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Neil Bhatiya and Tim Kovach talk about states that are acting on climate change in the face of federal inaction. Plus: America’s weird culture of climate skepticism.   Play entire video

Debating a financial transaction tax

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Mark Schmitt and Katherine Mangu-Ward debate levying a very small tax on every Wall Street trade. Plus: Ohio bartender tries to poison John Boehner—what?!?   Play entire video

The Wright Show

Bibi’s Parisian faux pas

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Robert Wright and Ron Kampeas discuss Netanyahu’s appeal to French Jews to emigrate to Israel. Plus: Terrorism in Paris and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.   Play entire video

Rational Actors

Did Grubergate doom the current CBO chief?

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Kevin Glass and Danny Vinik discuss how Jonathan Gruber’s controversial comments may have cost Doug Elmendorf his job. Plus: Don’t hate the CBO players, hate the CBO game.   Play entire video