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The Fifth Column

Your weekly rhetorical assault on the on the news cycle, the people who make it, and occasionally ourselves. Kmele Foster (Freethink), Michael Moynihan (Vice), and Matt Welch (Reason) talk and laugh and drink their way to at least quasi-sanity in a world gone mad, often with the aid of clean and articulate guests. Weekly Members Only subscription edition often comes with listener mail and professional-quality (if inappropriate) singing. Analysis. Commentary. Sedition. wethefifth.substack.com

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121 “On Anti-Racism w/ Glenn Loury, John McWhorter, Coleman Hughes, Thomas Chatterton Williams”

Kmele facilitates a wide-ranging conversation on race, racism, and anti-racism. With: Glenn Loury - Professor of the social sciences and economics at Brown University - Host, The Glenn Show @ bloggingheads.tv Thomas Chatterton Williams- Author, "Losing My Cool"- Contributing writer @ New York Times Magazine. - National Fellow at New America, where he’s completing a new book project about ‘being the black father of white-looking children in Paris’. John McWhorter - Professor of Linguistics, Philosophy, and Music at Columbia- Host, Slate’s "Lexicon Valley" Podcast- Writes for the AtlanticColeman Hughes- Undergraduate Philosophy major at Columbia University, and a columnist at Quillette Recorded:11/17/2018Published: 11/22/2018 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit wethefifth.substack.com/subscribe

1hr 30mins

22 Nov 2018

Rank #1

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144 - w/ Coleman Hughes "Reparations, Congressional Testimony, Rap Battles"

w/ Coleman Hughes- Everyone Told Coleman Not To Testify- Age, Experience, Credentials- Lethal Weapons, Imaginary Friends- “Shame Shame”- Full Puerto Rican- Moral Alchemy- Coleman Reads His Mentions- We, They, Us- Candace Owens, Lil Pump, And The Decline of Western CivilizationRecorded: 6/21/2019Published: 6/24/2019www.wethefifth.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit wethefifth.substack.com/subscribe

1hr 31mins

24 Jun 2019

Rank #2

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084 w/ John McWhorter “Linguistics, Race, Antiracism” (Special Dispatch)

(Recorded, November 2017)An expansive exchange with renowned social commentator and linguist, John McWhorter. McWhorter is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He's the author of twenty books including "Words on the Move" (2017), "Talk Back, Talking Black" (2017), and "Losing the Race" (2000).Also Referenced:“Antiracism: Our Flawed New Religion” (2015 - The Daily Beast)“How to Listen to Donald Trump Every Day for Years” (2017 - The New York Times)"Tragically Unfit to Be President" (2017 - The New York Times) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit wethefifth.substack.com/subscribe

1hr 36mins

8 Dec 2017

Rank #3

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098 “Joy Reid's LGBT Issues, Kanye's Red Pill, Two Black Guys Walk Into a Starbucks”

(Recorded: April 24, 2018) Matt's surprisingly strong opinions about Kanye West's endorsement of Candace "Red Pill Black" Owens.Joy Reid wasn't a huge fan of the gays, wrote some questionable things on the subject, and it appears Kmele is ready to forgive her. Rand Paul's latest flip-flop (Fisher is unimpressed).Trump bros-out with French president Macron. ALSO: Extended notes on the Starbucks Controversy, spontaneous reggae outbursts, impromptu seance, and a surprise cameo. "You already know it's THE FIFTH, baby!" - A Very Wise Man See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit wethefifth.substack.com/subscribe

1hr 40mins

25 Apr 2018

Rank #4

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001 "Terrorism, Trump and OJ's Still Totally Innocent” - The Fifth Column

Surprise -- It's the first full episode of The Fifth Column (pardon our dust)! This week; Media coverage (or lack thereof) of terrorism in the wake of recent attacks in Brussels and beyond, The FBI vs Apple, Trump vs "Respectability Politic" and "Hillary Clinton: Super Duper Honest or Naw?". Moynihan, Welch and Foster discuss... See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit wethefifth.substack.com/subscribe

1hr

2 Apr 2016

Rank #5

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163 "Kamala Quits, NATO Splinters, Impeachments for All"

Description: - [ GRRT, BAOW ]- Dragonball Z- Kamala Drops Out, A Narrative Quickly Take Shape- A De-platforming in South Bend- 1619 and Historical Skepticism- Are the Democratic Primaries Racist? (Can We Call It Seeding or Naw?)- A Farewell to NATO? And the WTO? And the EU too?- "Impeachment", The Board Game- "The Irishman", A ReviewRecorded: December 6, 2019Published: December 8, 2019 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit wethefifth.substack.com/subscribe

2hr 12mins

8 Dec 2019

Rank #6

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139 w/ Andrew Sullivan "Civil Rights, Immigration, Julian Assange, Too Many Popes"

w/ Andrew Sullivan - Writer at Large for New York Magazine,- Hating New York- What Would Hitch Say?- On Being a Reluctant, Problematic Civil Rights Pioneer- Surviving a Death Sentence- Immigration Backlash- Obama Hated Identity Politics?- Assange Arrested- Pope Benedict blames the 60s- Too Many Popes- The Comfort of Religious RitualRecorded: 4/11/2019Published: 4/12/2019www.wethefifth.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit wethefifth.substack.com/subscribe

1hr 16mins

12 Apr 2019

Rank #7

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Episode 167 w/ Noah Rothman “ The Case for F*ckin Iran Right Up”

GUEST: Noah RothmanAssociate Editor@ Commentary -- Contributor @ MSNBC/NBC NewsAuthor: “Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America” (Jan 2019)DESCRIPTION:- Why the Washington Bullets became the Wizard - Bomb Iran?- Will Americans ever support another Middle East War again?- International commerce —> global middle class —> less war- Trump thinks China should police the Strait of Hormuz- What if we did NOTHING?- Brian Stelter praises Tucker Carlson - John Bolton might testify- Moynihan shows up late- Elizabeth Wurtzel- Facebooks deep fake 'Problem'- Thanks for the swags, and the boozeRecorded: January 7, 2019Published: January 8, 2019 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit wethefifth.substack.com/subscribe

1hr 37mins

8 Jan 2020

Rank #8

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108 w/ Jane Coaston "Conservative Proclivities, Ridicule Over Censorship"

w/ Jane Coaston (Senior Politics Reporter, Vox)- Jane's Origin Story- What Conservatives REALLY Want- 'Locking HER Up'- Ignoring Michael Cohen- Facebook's Holocaust Problem(Recorded Wednesday, July 25th, 2018) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit wethefifth.substack.com/subscribe

1hr 32mins

27 Jul 2018

Rank #9

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069 w/ Deray Mckesson "Unite the Right, with White ISIS"

The guys take a deep dive into Donald Trump's policy on infrastructure and Nazis.Matt is back, Moynihan is off drugs and high on life, and Kmele once started a Bible study group.BONUS: Kmele interviews BLM activist Deray Mckesson, and the conversation gets *dangerous*. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit wethefifth.substack.com/subscribe

2hr 2mins

17 Aug 2017

Rank #10

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099 “A Conversation w/ Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying”

(Recorded April 22nd, 2018)A conversation with evolutionary biologists Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying.- On Free Speech, Campus Culture- Identity- Scientific Investigation & Tabboo Topics- The Intellectual Dark Web- Evolution, Culture, Markets, Media, and The Academy In THE SUMMER OF 2017, Bret Weinstein found himself at the center of an ‘equity and inclusion’ maelstrom at Evergreen State College, where he and his wife Heather Heying were both members of the faculty. The resulting scandal would result in the couple parting ways with the school, but not before attracting the attention of national media. Bret and Heather are currently unaffiliated academics in exile who frequently write and speak about their experience at evergreen, the state of American campuses and a host of increasingly controversial issues related to their principal field of study.The pair dropped by the studio to chop it up with Matt Welch and Kmele Foster. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit wethefifth.substack.com/subscribe

1hr 45mins

1 May 2018

Rank #11

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010 w/ Thaddeus Russell "The Strip Tease Convention, #MehTrump and Russell v Moynihan” - The Fifth Column

Will Johnson & Weld make it to the presidential debate stage? Just who is this French fellow -- is he really running for POTUS and why's he omitting all the best bits from his Game of Thrones write-ups? Is there any city more remarkable then Orlando, Florida? Yes. Plus: "It's not dodging when Bernie does it!" and "Russel vs Moynihan: This time it's personal".Foster, Welch and Moynihan discuss... Thaddeus Russell (http://www.thaddeusrussell.com) drops by. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit wethefifth.substack.com/subscribe

1hr 6mins

2 Jun 2016

Rank #12

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165 w/Conor Friedersdorf “Mayhem in Jersey City, Foreign Affairs, Gesture Politics”

GUEST: Conor FriedersdorfStaff Writer @ The AtlanticDESCRIPTION:- Patreon-only Preview- Chapo Trap vs Conor- An Underreported Attack in Jersey City- Afghanistan Mea Culpa- Something About Impeachment- Reauthorize Every War, Every Year- Biden, Dove of the Obama Administration- Complicated Brexit voters- Gesture politics- The Paternalism of Blooombergism- The Pronoun Talk- Civility, Without Obsessing Over IdentityRecorded: December 17, 2019Published: December 18, 2019 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit wethefifth.substack.com/subscribe

2hr 22mins

18 Dec 2019

Rank #13

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068 "Criminal Justice, Naughty Texts, Fire & Fury, Diversity Manifesto" (w/ Radley Balko and Thad Russell)

Recorded: 8/9/2017With Us This Week:Radley Balko - Washington Post Columnist, Author "Rise of the Warrior Cop","Dr Death and The Country Dentist" (Coming - Feb 2018)Thaddeus Russell - Host of the Unregistered podcast, Author "A Renegade History of the United States" (Much Topics. Extra Innings) - Criminal Justice Reform (Obama's Legacy, Trump's Trajectory, Opioids, Ferguson 3yrs On)- Foreign Policy Miasma (Venezuela, North Korea, Manafort's Home Searched by FBI)- A Diversity Memo, Super Angry About A Show That May Never Get Made Pro Tip: Don't Send Send Photos of Your Junk to CoWorkers Without Their Consent. May not end well. Sure, it could, theoretically work out fine... but above average odds that it won't. Moynihan, Fisher, Foster are in the building. (Welch is... in Europe... Claims to have no internet access) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit wethefifth.substack.com/subscribe

2hr 30mins

11 Aug 2017

Rank #14

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131 “Jussie Smollett Indicted, Hate Crimes, Hacks in the Newsroom, Bernie"

- Jussie Smollett, Indicted (Kmele Totally Called That Shit)- But Then Again, The Whole Gang Totally Called That Shit Too- Coast Guard Neo-Nazi would-be terrorist arrested- Kmele and Liz Plank on "Reliable Sources"- Unreliable hate crime statistics- Social Justice Judo- CNN Hires Sarah Isgur Flores- Bill Moyers, Problematic Icon- Bernie Sanders, Front-runner- Some Idiot Wrote This- Download "Headspace" TodayRecorded: PM 2/20/2019Published: 2/21/2019 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit wethefifth.substack.com/subscribe

1hr 58mins

21 Feb 2019

Rank #15

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148 - w/ Ben Dreyfuss "Mueller Talks, Send Em' Back, Al Franken, A$AP Rocky v. Sweden"

Guest: Ben Dreyfuss (Editorial Director, Mother Jones)Description:- Moynihan in Martha's Vineyard- Mueller sucks on TV- Trump’s Razor: The dumbest explanation is the most likely- “Send them back” — is it racist?- Jane Mayer's Al Franken defense- Shitty Media Men- Deletes Jokes- A$AP Rocky See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit wethefifth.substack.com/subscribe

1hr 45mins

28 Jul 2019

Rank #16

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UNLOCKED - Patreon Dispatch #14 🎁

The quarantine continues...the Fifth Columnists have thoughts...- Kmele is the Kurtz/Lauren Hill of Virginia- Some listener mail- We have the results! (Calm down Todd)- Updates on the COVID- Is it all going to fall apart? Probably- Are we are at war? Not really- Some more listener mail- Some audiobooks to listen to while quarantined- Some more sports to watch while no sports is happening- Kmele really needs to bring it back to COVID- An Italian friend drunk texts, loses her mind- More disaster socialism- The most important thing about COVID is what Trump calls it- Some book recommendationsReleased: March 19, 2020 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit wethefifth.substack.com/subscribe

1hr 55mins

21 Mar 2020

Rank #17

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109 "Moynihan Meets D'Souza, NYT Controversy, Manafort on Trial"

(Recorded Aug 1st, 2018)- Moynihan Meets D'Souza, Trump Jr- Kmele Finishes A Story- Sarah Jeong: Racist or Racist?- Russian Hacking + Facebook- QAnon- Trump, Manafort, Witch Hunt- Some Idiot Wrote This- RIP, Andrea Rich See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit wethefifth.substack.com/subscribe

1hr 46mins

4 Aug 2018

Rank #18

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112 "Cohen, Manafort, and the Inveterate Liar Defense"

Karl Malone, Post Malone. Manafort, Cohen. John Brennan's Clearance. 'The Verge of Civil War' or Just 'The Usual Bullshit.' Rutgers, White Privilege, and Gentrification. Asia Argento. A FIRE for All Seasons. Problematic Becky. Razor Blades in Your Favorite Breakfast Cereal.(Recorded August 22nd, 2018) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit wethefifth.substack.com/subscribe

1hr 48mins

24 Aug 2018

Rank #19

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140 w/ Ben Dreyfuss - "Muller Who, Jill Abramson's Privilege , True Hollywood Stories"

w/ Ben Dreyfuss - Editorial Director @ Mother Jones- Waiting for Godot- Ben Dreyfuss is, Young Bernie Madoff- Jill Abramson's 'Write' Privilege- "Strange Justice" = "Strange Fruit"?- Political turncoats- Paleo-Neoconservative- Private School Kids Buying Drugs- Daddy issues- Bret Easton Ellis' bad writing- Death threats- Race RealistsRecorded: 4/17/2019Published: 4/19/2019www.wethefifth.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get access to bonus episodes, visit wethefifth.substack.com/subscribe

1hr 52mins

19 Apr 2019

Rank #20