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15 December 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

The Wright Show

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Silicon Valley entrepreneur and investor Reid Hoffman, author of the new book Blitzscaling, recalls his days at PayPal—and the trial and error that led to the company’s winning strategy.

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Bill Black and Erin Bartram discuss patronizing attitudes that exist towards devout women and minorities.

The DMZ

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Journalist Marcy Wheeler discusses how that could happen and what it could mean for Trump.

The Glenn Show

Is nationalism inherently white?

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Glenn Loury argues that black identity and national pride aren’t mutually exclusive.

MeaningofLife.tv

Varieties of contemplative experience

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Robert Wright and Michael Holleran, a Catholic priest and Zen teacher, discuss whether the Buddhist experience of “not-self” is really so different from experiences of Hindu and Christian mystics.

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The DMZ

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MeaningofLife.tv

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Philosophers Dan Kaufman and Massimo Pigliucci rethink the common assumptions in the question of free will.

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Feminine Chaos

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