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23 June 2018

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Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post) and Noreen Malone (The New Republic)

On Critic Proof, Alyssa and Noreen compare New Girl creator Liz Meriwether with Girls creator Lena Dunham, especially in terms of their presentation of sex on TV. Alyssa describes how New Girl has grown on her despite her apprehensions about star Zooey Deschanel. She also discusses Mindy Kaling’s show The Mindy Project. Why are the breakout characters on the new crop of female-centric comedies mostly male? Is charm on the decline among men? Is the “unromantic comedy” on the rise? Are traditional romantic comedies bad for women? Turning back to New Girl, they suggest that romcoms could succeed by becoming more realistic about love and life.

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Recorded:May 30    Posted:Jun 3, 2013
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Critic Proof | Jun 3, 2013 | Alyssa Rosenberg & Noreen Malone

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis make sense of partisan reactions to Trump’s summit with Kim Jong Un.

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Stephen Asma, author of the new book Why We Need Religion, and Rami Gabriel discuss the possible evolutionary origins behind Donald Trump’s demeanor and popularity.

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Fashion journalist Connie Wang explains how her thoughts about cultural appropriation have changed.

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