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3 August 2021

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Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post) and Sean T. Collins (Rolling Stone, Wired.com, Attentiondeficitdisorderly)

Spoiler alert! On Critic Proof, Alyssa and Sean dive deep into the infamous “Red Wedding” episode of Game of Thrones. How did the climactic scene compare to the book? Has the show done a disservice to the character of Catelyn? They discuss how GoT portrays spectacle and extreme violence on a limited budget, compare Walder Frey and Craster, and analyze the series’ portrayal of the evils of war. Turning to Sunday night’s other prestige drama, they wonder whether Mad Men is stuck in a rut and guess where the show will go next.

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Critic Proof | Jun 4, 2013 | Alyssa Rosenberg & Sean T. Collins

Culturally Determined

Among the influencers

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Barrett Swanson, author of the new essay collection Lost in Summerland, discusses his time reporting from a TikTok “collab house.”

The Wright Show

A modest proposal

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss JD Vance’s plan to give extra votes to people with children.

The Glenn Show

The discomforts of conservatism

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Glenn Loury, John McWhorter, and journalist Jason Riley discuss the social opprobrium that sometimes makes life uncomfortable for conservatives in academia.

Make India Great Again

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In a conversation with Connor Echols, political scientist Achin Vanaik explains how Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi uses an aggressive foreign policy to appeal to his base at home.

The Wright Show

Why did Hezbollah intervene in Syria?

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In a conversation with Robert Wright, Rania Khalek argues that the decision had less to do with Iran than most people think.

Culturally Determined

What Babe Ruth’s mother’s adultery teaches us about the history of profanity

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with John McWhorter, author of the new book Nine Nasty Words: English in the Gutter: Then, Now, and Forever.

The Wright Show

Are we stuck with Covid?

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss the possibility that Covid vaccines will become a permanent part of life.

The Glenn Show

Pushing back against “disinformation”

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Glenn Loury and Richard Epstein discuss critical race theory and the legal history of racial redress in the US.

Psychopolitica

Is Putin a mystic?

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Following the revelation that Putin owns a float tank, Nikita Petrov and John Horgan speculate that he may be the Übermensch.

The DMZ

BIF! POW!

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis push back on bipartisan infrastructure deal pessimism.