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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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Critic Proof | Jun 3, 2013 | Alyssa Rosenberg & Noreen Malone

The DMZ

Trump Hates Milwaukee

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Can Biden win the debate just by stringing two sentences together? Matt K. Lewis and Bill Scher discuss on this week’s DMZ.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

Confessions of a Black Conservative

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Robert Wright and Glenn Loury discuss Glenn’s new memoir, Late Admissions.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

AI, Techno-optimism, and Cosmic Purpose

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Robert Wright and techno-visionary Kevin Kelly discuss our technological trajectory—and how to grapple with it. Plus: the AI boom vs AI doom, the noosphere, what the universe is for, and more.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

The Alien Mind of AI

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Robert Wright and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker discuss what AI tells us about the human mind.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

A Trump 2.0 Foreign Policy

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Robert Wright and Kelley Vlahos, host of the Trip the Beltway Fantastic podcast, discuss the impact on world affairs of a Trump victory in November.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

Trump’s Conviction, Russia-Ukraine Escalation

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Robert Wright and Andrew Day discuss a busy news week in American politics.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

Is Trump worse than Biden on Gaza?

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Robert Wright and American Prestige podcast hosts Derek Davison and Daniel Bessner debate.

The DMZ

Nikki Haley Sells Out. Again.

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On this week’s DMZ, Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss Nikki Haley’s very predictable announcement of support for Donald Trump.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

GPT-4o: harbinger of the Metaverse?

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Robert Wright and Paul Bloom discuss the latest LLM offering from OpenAI.