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23 September 2021

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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

The DMZ

Oh what a feeling, when you’re voting on the debt ceiling

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss the possibility that we’re headed for another government shutdown.

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Robert Wright and Josh Summers discuss how mindfulness can help humankind overcome potentially disastrous cognitive biases.

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Culturally Determined

NFTs and the question of authentication

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The Wright Show

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus debate whether Biden’s claims about his budget are lies or ordinary political hyperbole.

The Glenn Show

The spiritual challenges of climate change

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Glenn Loury and historian Daniel Bessner discuss the possibility that combating climate change will require rethinking what it means to live a meaningful life.

The DMZ

The legacy of Norm MacDonald

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss the late comic’s work and career.

MeaningofLife.tv

James Lindsay climbs aboard the Trump train

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David Ottlinger and journalist Cathy Young discuss the controversial anti-woke crusader’s support for Donald Trump.

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MeaningofLife.tv

Crime and Punishment and Determinism

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Robert Wright and journalist Oliver Burkeman ask whether a commitment to determinism would require us to rethink our approach to criminal justice.

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Culturally Determined

A midpoint in the cultural battle of kids vs. parents

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade talks with Katie Baker about her recent essay on early ’90s Nickelodeon and how children’s entertainment has changed since then.

The Wright Show

Did the Global War on Terrorism backfire?

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss whether the wars that followed 9/11 fueled homegrown terrorism.