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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

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

The Russia-Ukraine paradox

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss whether Ukraine’s military progress makes Putin more likely to usher in catastrophe.

The DMZ

Where’s the GOP’s “Team Normal”?

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss whether non-Trumpist Republicans are normalizing election denying.

The Glenn Show

Is marriage important?

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Glenn Loury, John McWhorter, and Ian Rowe, founder and CEO of Vertex Enterprise Academies, debate the meaning and significance of marriage.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

Fifty shades of US-China relations

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Sebastian Strangio, author of In the Dragon’s Shadow, explains why Sino-American relations look “grayer” when viewed from Southeast Asia.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

Putin’s predicament

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss the political and military pressures faced by the Russian leader.

The DMZ

What’s Lindsey Graham thinking?

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis question the wisdom of the Republican Senator’s introduction of a 15-week abortion ban bill.

The Glenn Show

What is “social capital”?

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Glenn Loury and economist Larry Kotlikoff discuss Glenn’s concept of “social capital” and how social inequality perpetuates itself.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

Rules for thee but not for me?

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Robert Wright and New York Times columnist Bret Stephens debate whether the US applies higher standards to China and Russia than to itself.

The DMZ

Is Oz unfairly fettered?

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss whether John Fetterman’s health is a legitimate concern for voters and whether Dr. Mehmet Oz risks backlash for questioning it.

The Glenn Show

John vs. Ibram X. Kendi on Twitter

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss John’s contentious online exchange with the Boston University professor and racial justice advocate.