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25 February 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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Recorded:Dec 9    Posted:Dec 10, 2013
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Critic Proof | Dec 10, 2013 | Alyssa Rosenberg & Daniel Drezner

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What is panpsychism?

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Philosopher Galen Strawson argues that consciousness is a fundamental aspect of all matter.

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“A means of union among men”

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Dan Kaufman and Daniel Tippens discuss how art’s communicative nature is essential to the shared experiences that bind a society together.

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Why The Iliad is more morally complex than Star Wars

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Catherine Nichols argues that a villain having a change of heart is a distinctively modern storytelling trope.

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The Wright Show

One cure for tribalism

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Robert Wright and Fox News host Greg Gutfeld discuss a way to counter the divisiveness that social media encourages.

“Now, he belongs to the ages”

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Bill Black and historian Ted Miller discuss how John F. Kennedy’s assassination continues to shape Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidential legacy.

The Wright Show

A legacy of ruin

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David Frum, author of the new book Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic, on the lasting damage Trump could inflict on American norms and institutions.

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Can truth survive Trump?

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Aryeh Cohen-Wade and David Ottlinger discuss the relevance of truth and objectivity in ostensibly “postmodern” politics.

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The Glenn Show

Are John McWhorter’s daughters black?

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Glenn Loury and McWhorter consider the question. Plus: Feeling miserable this Black History Month.

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Will a child prodigy be an unhappy adult?

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Robert Wright speaks with Ann Hulbert, author of the new book Off the Charts: The Hidden Lives and Lessons of American Child Prodigies.

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The DMZ

Should John Kelly stay or go?

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Matt Lewis argues that Kelly should keep his position as chief of staff for one reason: there’s no one better around to replace him.