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Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post) and Todd VanDerWerff (The AV Club, Los Angeles Times)

On the debut episode of Critic Proof, Alyssa and Todd recount their experience at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Los Angeles. They preview the upcoming TV season, listing the best and worst new shows. Why is it so hard to make a good sitcom? Or a good network drama, for that matter? The two compare the business models of Hulu and Netflix as they compete to bring movies and TV to the Internet. Finally, they discuss why Breaking Bad fans are so critical of Skyler White, while her meth-dealing husband gets a pass (includes spoilers).

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Recorded:Aug 17    Posted:Aug 19, 2012
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Critic Proof | Aug 19, 2012 | Alyssa Rosenberg & Todd VanDerWerff

The Glenn Show

On the hunt for heretics at Evergreen State College

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John McWhorter and Glenn Loury consider parallels between unrest at the school and the nature of religious zealotry. Plus: Should HBO fire Bill Maher?

MeaningofLife.tv

What do feelings do?

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Linda Blanchard, author of Dependent Arising in Context, explains how meditation can give you a different perspective on grief.

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Piercing McMaster’s mystique

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Historian Daniel Bessner argues that the “warrior-scholar” serving as National Security Advisor has a narrow strategic vision. Plus: Will Comey’s testimony change anything?

The DMZ

Civility on the campaign trail

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Bill Scher on how “above board” politics in the Democratic primary helped unify the electorate. Plus: Do Dems have a “unity edge” over Republicans?

The Wright Show

Trump and the realignment of American politics

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Political scientist Darren Beattie argues that the traditional conservative/liberal paradigm no longer makes sense. Plus: Why Trump and not just Trumpism?

The DMZ

Does Karen Handel’s win mask a threat to GOP dominance?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis consider whether Georgia’s close special election foreshadows trouble for Republicans.

Global Dispatches

The “Trump Effect”

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Marietje Schaake, Member of the European Parliament, on Europe’s reaction to political upheaval in the U.S.

MeaningofLife.tv

What’s harder: Loving yourself or loving your enemy?

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Sharon Salzberg, author of the new book Real Love, on how mindfulness and meditation can help you do both.

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Culturally Determined

Seeing Trump stabbed on stage

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Theater director Jack Tamburri, who has seen the controversial production of Julius Caesar, analyzes what the play is trying to achieve.

Drezburt

Has the populist wave crested?

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Heather Hurlburt and Dan Drezner on why Trump’s election may have stymied nationalist populism in Europe–for now.