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Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post) 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.

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

MeaningofLife.tv

How meditation supposedly works

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On MeaningofLife.tv, Joel Achenbach skeptically appraises Robert Wright’s claim that meditation took the ache out of his toothache. Plus: And what’s this MeaningofLife.tv thing, anyway?

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Foreign Entanglements

Make corporate America protect Bangladeshi garment workers

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Erik Loomis, author of the new book Out of Sight, explains how to hold multinational corporations accountable in the developing world.

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Derek Ayeh and Dr. Sean Morrison discuss whether the medical profession should focus its energy on palliative care instead of on assisted suicide. Plus: The biggest problems with American healthcare.

Is Hillary Clinton abandoning Clintonism?

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Harold Meyerson and Jim Ross discuss shifting political winds and Hillary’s move to the left on economics. Plus: The Bernie Sanders coalition: A bunch of white people?

Woodruff & Strauss

Distortions of the DC/NY media hive mind

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Betsy Woodruff and Jim Newell consider whether the national media overrates Chris Christie. Plus: The “hell no caucus” on gay marriage.

The DMZ

A conservative’s lament: “When does it end?”

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate progressive change in the wake of the legalization of gay marriage. Plus: Will Chris Christie play nationally?

The Glenn Show

Obama’s brilliant artifice

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Reflecting on the president’s eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Glenn Loury and John McWhorter consider Obama’s racial self-presentation. Plus: The end of the Confederate flag.

Rational Actors

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Kevin Glass and Timothy Lee discuss the importance of seeing issues from the other side. Plus: The rich: Are they jerks?

The future of conservative healthcare reform

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With Obamacare subsidies secure, Brian Beutler and Yevgeniy Feyman discuss state waivers. Plus: Game over for judicial challenges to Obamacare.