John PowersJohn Powers is the pop culture and critic-at-large on NPR's Fresh Air with Terri Gross.
Set in the streets of an ethnically and religiously diverse Jaffa neighborhood, Ajami employs nonprofessional actors to depict stories of crime, tragedy and love in a place where enemies live side by side.
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.