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On this week’s episode, the critics discuss The Americans, Joe Weisberg’s FX series about Soviet spies living undercover in 1980s suburban D.C. Next, inspired by the price hike of Amazon Prime membership, the gabbers discuss George Packer’s New Yorker piece on Amazon.com. What are the true costs of Amazon’s convenience? And finally, the critics grapple with the use of trigger warnings on the Internet and in college classrooms. Are they respectful or condescending to those living with PTSD?
- The Americans on FX
- True Detective on HBO
- The Sopranos on HBO
- An Ordinary Spy by The Americans creator Joe Weisberg
- George Packer’s profile of Amazon.com in The New Yorker
- Jordan Weissmann claims that Amazon Prime is “still cheap” on Slate
- A Slate widget allows you to determine whether Prime is still worth it for your needs
- Omnivoracious, Amazon.com’s less-than-prominent book blog
- Jenny Jarvie laments the spread of trigger warnings to academia in the New Republic
- Katie McDonough defends trigger warnings in college classrooms at Salon
- Susannah Breslin mocks the use of trigger warnings on True/Slant
- Jezebel editor Anna North responds to Breslin’s piece
Dana: The viral video of Stanford professor Andrei Linde celebrating an astrophysics discovery that vindicates his theory of an inflationary universe.
Julia: Fitbit Flex, a fun fitness bracelet that quantifies your physical activity and may change your behavior.
Steve: Discovering your “karaoke self” and “Don’t Sleep in the Subway” by Petula Clark.
Outro: “Brass in Pocket” by The Pretenders
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