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Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post) and Asawin Suebsaeng (The Daily Beast)

On Critic Proof, Alyssa and Swin start off with the new TV season: Alyssa explains why she’s fascinated by The Americans, starring Keri Russell as a KGB spy, and why Ray Donovan isn’t actually about what Showtime wants you to think it’s about. Swin makes the case against 1600 Penn. Is there a backlash brewing against graphic on-screen violence? Turning to the Oscar race, Swin thinks Killer Joe was woefully overlooked, and they debate the controversy over the depiction of torture in Zero Dark Thirty. Laying Best Picture odds, Swin explains why he hated Lincoln. They close with predictions for the acting categories.

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Recorded:Jan 13    Posted:Jan 15, 2013
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Critic Proof | Jan 15, 2013 | Alyssa Rosenberg & Asawin Suebsaeng

Foreign Entanglements

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Historian Colin Snider discusses the dreary national mood in Brazil before the upcoming Summer Games.

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MeaningofLife.tv

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The ills of the elite

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Helen Andrews critiques America’s meritocratic ruling class. Plus: Are the Ivies ruining America?