This week marks our return to a (mostly) weekly schedule. I hope you all had a lovely summer. Pre-show notes follow after the jump…

Original air date: 9/1/13
Total run time: 1:59:27
File size: 57.3 MB

Continuum season finale

True Blood season finale

Under the Dome

We’re all caught up on Misfits

Casting news: Ben Affleck as Batman, Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor, and James Spader as Ultron

World’s End (B&E saw)

Sweet Tooth (Bill read)

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Syria

DOJ gives green light to Colorado, Washington on pot

* Resolved: Eric Holder is underrated

50th anniversary of the March on Washington

* A partisan imbalance

Conservative culture warriors have a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week

Debt ceiling crisis looms

How wingnuts inadvertently affect U.S. foreign policy

Ted Cruz’s dual citizenship

SPSST

1. Steve Lonegan, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in New Jersey

2. Pat Robertson, radical TV preacher

3. Patrick Howley, a writer for the far-right Daily Caller website

4. Sean Spicer, communications director for the Republican National Committee

5. Christina Katok, a Tea Party activist in Texas