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28 February 2015

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Alyssa Rosenberg (ThinkProgress) 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.

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

Foreign Entanglements

The theology of ISIS

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Robert Farley and Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discuss Graeme Wood’s controversial article on ISIS’s motivations.   Play entire video

Woodruff & Strauss

Has Walker replaced Cruz as the conservative base’s candidate?

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Betsy Woodruff and Daniel Strauss weigh the two politicians’ narratives.   Play entire video

The DMZ

Early and awkward

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Bill Scher and William Beutler wonder whether Scott Walker is ready for prime time.   Play entire video

The Wright Show

Is the MSM going weirdly easy on Bill O’Reilly?

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Robert Wright speaks with David Corn, who broke the story about O’Reilly’s “Brian Williams problem.”   Play entire video

The Glenn Show

Economic optimism

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Glenn Loury and Brink Lindsey discuss the future of innovation. Plus: Are we running out of innovation?   Play entire video

Culturally Determined

The “Is Obama a Christian?” question

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Michael Brendan Dougherty discuss Obama’s faith in light of the uproar over his comments about the Crusades. Plus: Why did Obama’s Crusades comments cause an uproar?   Play entire video

Does Francis mark a new era for the Church?

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Matthew Schmitz and Father James Martin consider. Plus: The soundbite papacy.   Play entire video

Woodruff & Strauss

Why is American Sniper more “pro-family” than Boyhood?

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Betsy Woodruff and Andrew Lapin discuss how the media slotted the films into the culture war. Plus: Oscar politics.   Play entire video

Culturally Determined

The trouble with mocking Obama

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Oliver Morrison explore why there are fewer jokes about Obama than about Bush or Clinton. Plus: Why is there no conservative Jon Stewart?   Play entire video

Woodruff & Strauss

Jeb insists he’s his “own man”

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Daniel Strauss and Rebecca Berg discuss Jeb Bush’s speech on foreign policy—and his unusual speaking style. Plus: Is Cruz getting ready to run?   Play entire video