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Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post) and Willa Paskin (Slate)

On Critic Proof, Alyssa and Willa dive into the new television season, where women are rising and men are falling. They agree that Guys With Kids is lame and lazy, but are cautiously optimistic about Matthew Perry’s Go On. Why can’t NBC get its act together? Willa can’t believe that Revolution manages to make the post-apocalypse boring. They analyze Homeland, where Claire Danes portrays possibly the greatest female character of our era. Do fans of shows like Breaking Bad get overly obsessed with “plausibility”? Plus: A spoiler-filled discussion of Gillian Flynn’s novel Gone Girl.

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Recorded:Sep 13    Posted:Sep 17, 2012
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Critic Proof | Sep 17, 2012 | Alyssa Rosenberg & Willa Paskin

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Doug Lain of Zero Books, publisher of Andrea Nagle’s Kill All Normies, explains how the alt-right differs from other forms of radical politics.

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Drezburt

Trump’s incredible shrinking credibility!

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Heather Hurlburt and Daniel Drezner on how the president is getting in his own way. Plus: The end of the axis of adults.

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John McWhorter argues that Confederate leaders like Robert E. Lee should be remembered, but not commemorated.

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Is there a method to Trump’s madness?

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Journalist Sarah Posner on how Trump’s open hostility toward the media strengthens his base of support. Plus: Trump’s nightmare scenario.

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Fighter pilots win wars, not elections

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Bill Scher says that the surge in veterans running for office isn’t necessarily a boon for Democrats. Plus: Does biology beat culture?

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The surprising appeal of “many worlds”

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Brian Greene explains why a bizarre-sounding interpretation of quantum physics is taken seriously.

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Is this really America?

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Bill Scher explains why the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville both represents and rejects basic American values.

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