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13 December 2017

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Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post) and Scott Meslow (The Week)

On Critic Proof, Alyssa and Scott dissect the shocking Breaking Bad episode “Ozymandias” (contains spoilers). Why are some viewers still rooting for Walter White? They compare Skyler with Carmella Soprano, and Breaking Bad and The Sopranos more generally. What will the show’s ending say about Breaking Bad‘s moral universe? Moving on to the new TV season, Alyssa and Scott eviscerate Dads but are optimistic about Brooklyn Nine-Nine. They discuss whether Masters of Sex represents an evolution of the prestige drama, and close by offering some recommendations for other new shows to watch.

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Recorded:Sep 18    Posted:Sep 19, 2013
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Critic Proof | Sep 19, 2013 | Alyssa Rosenberg & Scott Meslow

Culturally Determined

The problem with public apologies

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Katy Waldman discuss the apologies of Louis C.K. and other men who have been accused of sexual harassment.

The DMZ

Is Roy Moore hurting the pro-life cause?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the threat the candidate poses to the GOP’s core identity.

MeaningofLife.tv

A multicultural manifesto

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Dan Kaufman and philosopher Bryan Van Norden, author of the new book Taking Back Philosophy, discuss the threat that anti-intellectualism poses to the discipline.

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When choices aren’t created equal

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Brink Lindsey, co-author of the new book The Captured Economy, and Josh Cohen discuss the difference between equal opportunity and equal outcome. Plus: When unions show no sign of return.

MeaningofLife.tv

Sympathy for the devil

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What happens if you view perpetrators of sexual assault and harassment in a deterministic light? Robert Wright and philosopher Shaun Nichols discuss.

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MeaningofLife.tv

Machine. Ghost optional.

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Robert Wright and science journalist John Horgan discuss the range of thought on the mind-body problem, from pure materialism to panpsychism.

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MeaningofLife.tv

Organized distraction

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Ellen Leanse, author of the new book The Happiness Hack, describes what happens to the brain during a social-media binge session.

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The Wright Show

After the purge

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Judith Shulevitz on whether the sexual misconduct scandals will usher in a woman-friendly workplace.

The DMZ

Pro-choice in Alabama

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis analyze Doug Jones’s chances against the scandal-engulfed Roy Moore in the Alabama Senate race

The Glenn Show

Surviving college as a conservative

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Philippe Lemoine explains how conservative students can learn to thrive on liberal college campuses. Plus: Changing the narrative on police brutality.