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22 October 2018

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Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post) and Sean T. Collins (Rolling Stone, Wired.com, Attentiondeficitdisorderly)

On a spoiler-filled episode of Critic Proof, Alyssa and Sean voice their disappointment with the series finale of Breaking Bad. Alyssa suggests that the finale is an example of why television is seen more as entertainment than great art. What was the point of introducing neo-Nazis into the story? Alyssa and Sean praise the show’s visual ambitions, which are more reminiscent of comic books than other prestige TV dramas, but they mock the finale’s use of Badfinger’s “Baby Blue” to spell out exactly what Walter White is thinking. Finally, Sean considers whether the show’s critics have gotten too moralistic.

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Critic Proof | Oct 2, 2013 | Alyssa Rosenberg & Sean T. Collins

The Wright Show

The coalition of the “left behind”

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John B. Judis, author of the new book The Nationalist Revival: Trade, Immigration, and the Revolt Against Globalization, describes the Americans who have embraced Trump’s strident nationalism.

The Wright Show

The desire for a loathsome enemy

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Robert Wright speaks with Sally Kohn, author of the new book The Opposite of Hate: A Field Guide to Repairing Our Humanity, about how we view our political adversaries.

The Glenn Show

Two megalomaniacs, or something more?

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Glenn Loury and John McWhorter debate the significance of Kanye West’s visit to the White House.

The DMZ

Has the “blue wave” already crested?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate whether Democrats still have a chance to win in November.

Culturally Determined

Politainment

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and David Ottlinger discuss what is lost when politics merges with entertainment.

Feminine Chaos

White women as victims vs. white women as oppressors

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Phoebe Maltz Bovy and Kat Rosenfield discuss how race and gender intersected in the aftermath of the Kavanaugh hearings.

The Wright Show

Obama and Trump vs. “the blob”

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Stephen Walt, author of the new book The Hell of Good Intentions, discusses the two presidents’ difficulties changing American foreign policy.

MeaningofLife.tv

An antidote to political tribalism: “lottocracy”

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Philosopher Alex Guerrero argues that a system where politicians are selected by lottery from the general populace would heal America’s fractured politics.

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MeaningofLife.tv

How to use an “implementation intention”

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Psychologist John Bargh, author of Before You Know It: The Unconscious Reasons We Do What We Do, describes a technique that helps you do hard-to-do things.

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The DMZ

Will conservative anger last until November?

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis debate whether Republican momentum from the Kavanaugh hearings will bear out on Election Day.