John PowersJohn Powers is the pop culture and critic-at-large on NPR's Fresh Air with Terri Gross.
John Heilemann (left) and Mark Halperin are the authors of Game Change. Heilemann is a writer for New York magazine. Halperin is editor-at-large and senior political analyst for Time magazine.
Headstrong, whip-smart office manager Joan (Christina Hendricks) is, to Powers, the show's saving grace — a character whose dilemmas seem both real and poignant among a sea of mere signifiers.