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18 April 2019

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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

Dating while desi

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Historians Bill Black and Varsha Venkatasubramanian discuss Varsha’s encounters with Hindu nationalists in the Bay Area dating scene.

Feminine Chaos

The case against “sensitivity readers”

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Kat Rosenfield and Phoebe Maltz Bovy critique the new publishing industry practice of reviewing manuscripts for potentially offensive content.

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Robert Wright speaks with evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller about the logic and benefits of polyamorous relationships.

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Culturally Determined

Is Game of Thrones the last of its kind?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Michael Sweeney consider whether there will ever be another show with such cultural resonance.

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Fingernail clippings and other problems with bodily resurrection

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B. D. McClay discusses how early Christian thinkers tried to reckon with the body and the spirit.

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The DMZ

The boundaries of journalism

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the arrest of Julian Assange and the relationship between journalists and their sources.

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Analytic vs. continental philosophy

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Philosophers Daniel Kaufman and Crispin Sartwell discuss the divide between the two schools of philosophical thought.

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The Wright Show

Why the Israeli election didn’t really matter

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Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, says that whoever the next Israeli prime minister is, the two-state solution is dead.

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Lessons from the streets

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Glenn Loury speaks with leaders of the Rose Street Community Center, recently featured in the documentary Charm City, about efforts to reduce violence in East Baltimore.

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Eating meat without killing animals

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Robert Wright speaks with Paul Shapiro, author of Clean Meat, about the future of lab-grown meat.

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