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21 September 2018

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Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post) and Daniel Drezner (PostEverything, The System Worked, The Ideas Industry)

On Critic Proof, Alyssa and Dan discuss the cultural impact of the late Nelson Mandela, beginning with Dan’s memories of the campus anti-apartheid movement. They marvel at Mandela’s transformative prison term and the complex role of his wife Winnie. They then turn to the new pop culture focus on Mandela, including the Idris Elba biopic, Invictus, and World War Z. How does Mandela’s family compare with other political dynasties? They also discuss South African movies such as District 9. Pivoting wildly from Mandela, they consider the controversial emergence of Love Actually as a holiday classic. Plus: The bumper crop of political TV shows, in particular House of Cards. (Spoilers throughout.)

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Critic Proof | Dec 10, 2013 | Alyssa Rosenberg & Daniel Drezner

MeaningofLife.tv

What does #MeToo reveal about the Catholic Church?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and Christopher White, national correspondent for the Catholic news site Crux, revisit the 2002 Church sex abuse scandal in light of the #MeToo movement.

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The DMZ

Affluenza at Georgetown Prep

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Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss why some conservative women are reluctant to dismiss the claims made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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“We should just cut each other some slack”

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John Horgan explains how writing his new free e-book, Mind-Body Problems, made him embrace some wacky theories of consciousness.

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Feminine Chaos

Redemption essays by #MeToo men

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Phoebe Maltz Bovy and Kat Rosenfield analyze whether the recent personal essays by Jian Ghomeshi and John Hockenberry should have been published.

The Wright Show

Is Trump scary or pathetic?

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Robert Wright and Mickey Kaus debate whether creeping authoritarianism is a real danger.

The Wright Show

“I did not find the book to be surprising or shocking”

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National security reporter Marc Ambinder critiques Bob Woodward’s new book on the Trump administration.

Market solutions to inequality

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Economist Robin Hanson and social scientist Simon DeDeo debate the social and economic causes of the gender pay gap.

The DMZ

The politics of hurricanes

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As Hurricane Florence nears the coast, Bill Scher and Matt Lewis discuss the political effect of massive storms.

The Glenn Show

Being a fiction writer with a full-time job

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Glenn Loury speaks with his son Glenn Loury II, a speculative fiction author.