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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

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

The Russia-Ukraine paradox

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss whether Ukraine’s military progress makes Putin more likely to usher in catastrophe.

The DMZ

Where’s the GOP’s “Team Normal”?

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss whether non-Trumpist Republicans are normalizing election denying.

The Glenn Show

Is marriage important?

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Glenn Loury, John McWhorter, and Ian Rowe, founder and CEO of Vertex Enterprise Academies, debate the meaning and significance of marriage.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

Fifty shades of US-China relations

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Sebastian Strangio, author of In the Dragon’s Shadow, explains why Sino-American relations look “grayer” when viewed from Southeast Asia.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

Putin’s predicament

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus discuss the political and military pressures faced by the Russian leader.

The DMZ

What’s Lindsey Graham thinking?

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis question the wisdom of the Republican Senator’s introduction of a 15-week abortion ban bill.

The Glenn Show

What is “social capital”?

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Glenn Loury and economist Larry Kotlikoff discuss Glenn’s concept of “social capital” and how social inequality perpetuates itself.

Nonzero (The Wright Show)

Rules for thee but not for me?

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Robert Wright and New York Times columnist Bret Stephens debate whether the US applies higher standards to China and Russia than to itself.

The DMZ

Is Oz unfairly fettered?

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Bill Scher and Matt K. Lewis discuss whether John Fetterman’s health is a legitimate concern for voters and whether Dr. Mehmet Oz risks backlash for questioning it.

The Glenn Show

John vs. Ibram X. Kendi on Twitter

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter discuss John’s contentious online exchange with the Boston University professor and racial justice advocate.