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Alyssa Rosenberg (ThinkProgress) and Emily Nussbaum (The New Yorker)

On Critic Proof, Alyssa and Emily compare two TV shows about Washington, House of Cards and Scandal. They explain how they came around to Scandal. They discuss the show’s sex scenes and handling of race, which seem edgy by network television standards, and ponder whether it will go off the rails. Turning to House of Cards, Alyssa explains why she’s been underwhelmed by the much-hyped Netflix drama. Does either show capture DC journalism accurately? And why is it so hard to write a compelling show about politics? (Spoilers throughout.)

Recorded: Feb 20   Posted: Feb 27, 2013
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Critic Proof | Feb 27, 2013 | Alyssa Rosenberg & Emily Nussbaum

The Score

The geeks have won

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So why do they still view themselves as cultural victims? Michael Brendan Dougherty and Freddie deBoer consider, with reference to Game of Thrones and Nate Silver.   Play entire video

Worldwise

A new sultan in Turkey?

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Michael Brooks and Steven Cook analyze Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s towering self-conception. Plus: “It’s the economy, stupid!” in Turkish.   Play entire video

Democracy in America

The surprising source of money in politics

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Who’s spending the most money to influence local races? Hint: It’s not the Koch brothers. Greg Marx and Gordon Witkin discuss. Plus: New Jersey’s good government.   Play entire video

Worldwise

Franco-Rwandan tensions

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Why did France withdraw from the commemoration of the Rwandan genocide? Jina Moore discusses with Mark Goldberg. Plus: Is Rwanda getting more repressive?   Play entire video

The DMZ

Are dynasties a threat to American democracy?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate the implications of a presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush. Plus: Rise of the Ubertarians.   Play entire video

Foreign Entanglements

What “neocon” means now

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Matt Duss and Rob Farley respond to Reihan Salam’s recent piece, “Why I Am Still a Neocon.” Plus: No, Israel doesn’t need old American B-52s.   Play entire video

Do newsrooms need racial quotas?

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Gabriel Arana floats a controversial idea. Plus: Journalism’s diversity problem.   Play entire video

Worldwise

Putin’s war on Russian civil society

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David Klion and Linda Kinstler are pessimistic about the future of the liberal opposition in Moscow. Plus: The Kremlin’s plan to carve up Ukraine.   Play entire video

Rational Actors

Can the right accept Obamacare?

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Kevin Glass and Danny Vinik examine whether the GOP will continue trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Plus: Paul Ryan’s political ambitions.   Play entire video

The Good Fight

What’s the best way to help the working poor?

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Timothy Noah and Glenn Loury debate raising the minimum wage. Plus: The threat of robot burger flippers.   Play entire video