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.Play entire video
Glenn Loury explains how academia could benefit from more flexible measures of merit. Plus: Is there a downside to social uplift?
Bill Scher and Matt Lewis on why Trump’s DACA repeal is a no-win situation for Republicans. Plus: Should Trump’s wall be a deal breaker?
Aryeh Cohen-Wade and actress Zandy Hartig speculate on Trump’s mental and physical constitution. Plus: Coping with Trump.
Philosopher Stephen Asma, author of the new book The Evolution of Imagination, says that advocates of “effective altruism” should consider how imagination aids moral development. Plus: What came before consciousness?Play this clip on MeaningofLife.tv