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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

Is “horseshoe theory” valid?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Kumars Salehi debate whether the extremes of the political spectrum converge.

The DMZ

The case against embracing single-payer

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Bill Scher argues that Democrats haven’t thought through the consequences. Plus: Will Republicans move on from health care?

MeaningofLife.tv

Is the state necessary?

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Philosophers Crispin Sartwell and Daniel Kaufman debate whether social order is possible without coercion.

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Global Dispatches

Humanitarian solutions to political problems

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Deepmala Mahla, Mercy Corps’ Country Director of South Sudan, on the uphill battle against famine in South Sudan. Plus: How direct cash transfers save lives.

The Glenn Show

In search of the “intelligence gene”

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss what future genetics research could tell us about human aptitude.

“Volunteers for death”

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Journalist Murtaza Hussain and Olivier Roy, author of the new book Jihad and Death, on what ISIS really wants. Plus: The future of ISIS.

MeaningofLife.tv

What the hell is a law?

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Crispin Sartwell, author of Entanglements, describes a materialist view of social realities. Plus: Penetrated by reality.

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Foreign Entanglements

How the U.S. enables kleptocracy

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Political scientist Alexander Cooley on how lax regulations help corrupt foreign officials hide their money. Plus: Trump, the tycoon president.

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Robots who reject polyamory

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Bioethicists James Hughes and Regina Rini explain how artificial intelligence could shape the future of human morality. Plus: Raising moral machines.

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The DMZ

Can the working class become knowledge workers?

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Matt Lewis says that offering free college won’t fix what’s wrong in rural America. Plus: Don’t hold your breath for impeachment.