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19 October 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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Recorded:Jun 3    Posted:Jun 4, 2013
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Critic Proof | Jun 4, 2013 | Alyssa Rosenberg & Sean T. Collins

Culturally Determined

The case for Jewish anger

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with Dara Horn, author of the new book People Love Dead Jews: Reports from a Haunted Present.

The Wright Show

Is Trump a rational actor?

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus ask whether Trump’s threat to undermine Republicans in the midterms is a calculated move or just a bid for attention

The Glenn Show

Behind the New York Times “megaphone”

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss how John is perceived now that he writes for the Times.

The DMZ

Is Dave Chappelle serious?

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis debate whether Chappelle should be held responsible for the political content in his latest stand-up special.

The Wright Show

Is journalistic neutrality obsolete?

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Robert Wright and Aryeh Cohen-Wade debate whether the ideal of objectivity in reporting is a concept whose time has passed.

Culturally Determined

The Bard of Twitter

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade speaks with the anonymous person who tweets as William Shakespeare.

The Wright Show

Is Biden fostering a MAGA resurgence?

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss whether Biden’s falling popularity will galvanize a 2024 Trump run.

The Glenn Show

The truth about redlining

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Glenn Loury and historian David E. Kaiser discuss the history of redlining and black wealth accumulation after World War II.

The DMZ

The corrosive influence of low-dollar donors

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Matt K. Lewis argues that politicians who rely primarily on small donations tend to be more hardline and partisan than those with big donors.

Psychopolitica

Russian Cosmism

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Nikita Petrov and John Horgan discuss Russian philosopher Nikolai Fyodorov, who claimed that immortality can be reached through science, but we will only deserve it if we resurrect all previous generations.