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Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post) and Matt K. Lewis (The Daily Beast, MattLewis.org)

On Critic Proof, Alyssa and Matt consider the sexual assault allegations against Woody Allen in the context of the culture wars. Matt recalls growing up in a conservative home and finding Allen’s films offensive. Is the liberal elite turning on Allen because of the emerging celebrity of Ronan Farrow? To what extent are Allen’s films based on his real life? Next, they remember Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died of a heroin overdose at 46. Has the coverage of the circumstances of Hoffman’s death been appropriate? Why are so many great artists also substance abusers? Can any actor of Hoffman’s generation fill his shoes?

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Critic Proof | Feb 8, 2014 | Alyssa Rosenberg & Matt K. Lewis

The Wright Show

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Robert Wright and David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of expression, discuss the conspiracy theorist’s banishment by Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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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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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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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.

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

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Market solutions to inequality

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The politics of hurricanes

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