17 June 2019


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


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