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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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Critic Proof | Jan 15, 2013 | Alyssa Rosenberg & Asawin Suebsaeng

The Glenn Show

The end of the Confederate flag

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter reflect on how the Charleston church massacre led to the demise of a symbol of the Old South.

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.

Rational Actors

The rich: Are they jerks?

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Timothy Lee, who recently debated the question in Vox, argues in the negative.

The DMZ

Bringing “liberal” back

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss whether moderate voters are moving left. Plus: Will conservatives turn on John Roberts?

Drezburt

The big mistake we made about China in the ’90s

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Heather Hurlburt and Dan Drezner discuss what many in the West didn’t understand about China’s economic rise. Plus: It’s a miracle! Trade promotion authority is revived

Is the “skills gap” rubbish?

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Timothy Noah and Peter Cappelli discuss whether employers are actually unable to hire appropriately skilled workers. Plus: You’re fired! Please train your replacement.

The Wright Show

White privilege and the moral imagination

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Robert Wright and Conor Friedersdorf discuss how empathy can better promote racial understanding. Plus: Should the government be able to scan your brain?

We don’t know whether stop-and-frisk worked

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Harry Siegel explains why it’s impossible to measure the effect of the controversial police tactic. Plus: Lies, damned lies, and NYC crime statistics.

Woodruff & Strauss

Hillary’s ambiguity on free trade

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Betsy Woodruff and Luke Brinker discuss how a President Hillary Clinton would approach the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Plus: How do you solve a problem like The Donald?