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18 October 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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Critic Proof | Sep 19, 2013 | Alyssa Rosenberg & Scott Meslow

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.