In this week's episode David Weigel talks to Armando Iannucci, the creator of Veep, Alan Partridge, The Day Today, The Thick of It, and a few more era-defining cringe comedies. Among the subjects discussed: why politicians over-react to cable TV, why failure is so funny, and why Iannucci isn’t happy that his shows predicted what the media eventually became.
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The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee
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Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?
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The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.