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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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Humanitarian solutions to political problems

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In search of the “intelligence gene”

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What the hell is a law?

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How the U.S. enables kleptocracy

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Political scientist Alexander Cooley on how lax regulations help corrupt foreign officials hide their money. Plus: Trump, the tycoon president.

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Robots who reject polyamory

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Bioethicists James Hughes and Regina Rini explain how artificial intelligence could shape the future of human morality. Plus: Raising moral machines.

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The DMZ

Can the working class become knowledge workers?

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Matt Lewis says that offering free college won’t fix what’s wrong in rural America. Plus: Don’t hold your breath for impeachment.