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This Is Critical
46 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
So You Think You Know Montel
Montel Williams is a figure of nostalgia for people who were fond of his long-running daytime talk show. He’s also a pop-culture punchline. But when you hear his story, you'll understand what we’ve all been missing about Montel.
1 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
Hey, Where's My New Episode?
Don't panic! We will be back with a new episode next Thursday.
40 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
OMG FACEBOOK IS DOWN!!!
For a few hours on Monday, the relentless stream of conspiracy memes, thirst traps, and LuLaRoe pitches went silent. Facebook went unconscious. Meanwhile, a whistleblower prepared to testify in front of the Senate about what exactly Facebook knows about the problems it causes. Virginia Heffernan talks to journalist Steven Levy about what's going on and media scholar Siva Vaidhyanathan about what's next.
39 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
Did Broadway Get Radicalized in the Dark?
We all know that theater loves social justice — or is that just a show? As curtains rise again, we just might have our answer. Virginia Heffernan talks to award-winning playwright Paul Rudnick about Broadway’s political evolution, and how hard it is to adapt comedies like The Devil Wears Prada for a new decade, plus a pitch from comedian Kate James.
42 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
Talk Trash to Me
The NFL is cracking down on it. Donald Trump can’t stop doing it. And it’s the whole reason for the first rule of social media: “Never read the comments.” Trash talk is uncivil, unsportsmanlike, and not for the faint of heart. But what if you could learn to use it to your benefit? Virginia Heffernan talks to former pro basketball player Dre Baldwin to find out how to trash talk on the court and in life — with some tips and tricks from comedian Mike Albo.
2 minutes | Sep 7, 2021
Coming Soon: This Is Critical
Starting September 23, Virginia Heffernan is examining all the cultural creeds we take for granted — you know, the ideas that are so deeply embedded that you don’t even know that you believe them, they’re just the air you breathe. Each episode features fearless, sophisticated culture criticism for all generations. Nothing is off limits, nothing dumbed down.
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