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From their enclave in midtown Manhattan, Michael Moynihan (Vice), Matt Welch (Reason), and Kmele Foster (Freethink) dissect the news, interrogate guests, and question just about everything. The topics are broad, the insights are deep, and the jokes are off color. Reform the system, or burn it to the ground? They discuss... @wethefifth www.wethefifth.com For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy

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From their enclave in midtown Manhattan, Michael Moynihan (Vice), Matt Welch (Reason), and Kmele Foster (Freethink) dissect the news, interrogate guests, and question just about everything. The topics are broad, the insights are deep, and the jokes are off color. Reform the system, or burn it to the ground? They discuss... @wethefifth www.wethefifth.com For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy

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The Best - Nothing else comes close

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Hands-down The best podcast out there.

Kmele 2024

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MAAN Make America Ancapistan Now

iTunes Ratings

1080 Ratings
Average Ratings
950
51
22
18
39

The Best - Nothing else comes close

By J-Dawg75 - Mar 17 2020
Read more
Hands-down The best podcast out there.

Kmele 2024

By Seer_vision - Mar 07 2020
Read more
MAAN Make America Ancapistan Now
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The Fifth Column - Analysis, Commentary, Sedition

Latest release on Apr 02, 2020

All 184 episodes from oldest to newest

Episode 178: "The Great American Shut In, Authoritarianism and Liberty Fetishism"

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With more than 80% of Americans under some form of movement restrictions, civil liberties are in retreat, authoritarians are gaining ground, and Kmele is feeling positively messianic.

PLUS "The Fifth Column's Pandemic Shopping Guide: How to beat the system, score hard to find paper products, and avoid deadly CHINESE pathogens"

- Keep Buggering On

Recorded: March 31st, 2020

Released: April 2ndth, 2020

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Apr 02 2020

2hr 26mins

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Episode 177: "More COVIDAPALOOZA, We're Inside the Plane, Matt Lovingly Fingers His Axe"

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- The lads are losing it in quarantine

- New York is "authentic" again / full of crackhead zombies

- Being entrepreneurial in a time of crisis

- So what's happening in COVID world

- And what does Kmele think *now*?

- Is this all capitalism's fault?

- More studies, more confusion

- The shitty media is even shittier than ever

- Hating on De Blasio

- Manufacturing scientific consent

- It's MH370. And we're inside the plane

- A wee bit of mail from a wee Scot Trot 

- Is there anything to talk about *but* COVID?

- Kmele has a new telescope/is a huge nerd in the woods


Recorded: March 26th, 2020

Released: March 27th, 2020

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Mar 27 2020

2hr 3mins

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UNLOCKED - Patreon Dispatch #14 🎁

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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 recommendations


Released: March 19, 2020

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Mar 21 2020

1hr 55mins

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Episode 176: "My Corona; Pat Foster, Armed and in the Wilderness; and Delicious Miami Floor Drugs"

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UPDATE: The original version of this episode was uploaded out of sync. It has been replaced with a corrected version. We regret the error. But stop complaining. It's free.

The bat virus apocalypse continues. The Fifth Column soldiers on, shouting ¡No pasarán!

- Kmele is in the woods, Matt is in South Brooklyn, Moynihan is in hiding

- All COVID, all the time!

- Wait, so does he have it or not?

- Kmele questions the consensus

- Disaster capitalism becomes disaster socialism

- Money is fake. Let's give everyone a billion dollars, ok?

- Masked and bonding with the Hasids

- Why Matt can't smoke weed? (Yes, it involves Central Europe and the First Gulf War)

- Ken Burns gives it away

- Let's rerun 70s baseball and hockey games

- More on this damn virus

- We totally missed the Andrew Gillum wedding party

- Dude. The drugs were on the floor

- Pick some books. Let's read them

- And so very much more 


Recorded: March 16th, 2020

Released: March 17th, 2020

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Mar 17 2020

1hr 50mins

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Episode 175 w/ Ross Douthat "Apocolypse via Decadence, Coronavirus, or Porn"

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w/ Ross Douthat Columnist @ New York Times - Author of "The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Successes"

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- Decadence, Low and High

- The Four Horseman

- “Giving Decadence Its Due”

- Birth Rates, Populations, Populism

- It’s Manifesto Season on the American Right

- Ross Still Wants to Ban Porn

- TVs Golden Age

- The Case for Joe Biden

- Don Jr's GOP

- A New York Times Conservative

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Mar 14 2020

1hr 34mins

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Episode 174 w/ Eli Lake "Biden Surges, Chris Matthews, The FBI Scandal"

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w/ Eli Lake ( Columnist @ Bloomberg Opinion)


- Typhoid Welch

- Biden crushes South Carolina and Super Tuesday

- Good 'ol Uncle Joe or Cognitive Decline

- "Democratic" Socialism?

- MAGA Corps and Bernie Bros Will Excuse Almost Anything Their Candidates Do

- Elizabeth Warren Lost -- It's Empirically Not HER Fault

- DNC Subterfuge

- Biden's Lies About Getting Arrested, Mandela Thanking

- Preview of the Biden v Bernie Debate

- Schumer SCOTUS Threat

- The FISA "Rubber Stamp"

- The Horrifying Books on Your Sshelf

- President Trump's *Disgraceful* Peace Deal w/ the Taliban

- Eli's Libertarian War Powers Fetish

- Steve Kornacki: Legend

- Chris Matthews

- Billionaire Lives Matter


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Recorded: March 5th, 2020

Released: March 6th, 2020

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Mar 06 2020

2hr 21mins

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Episode 173 w/ Aaron Maté "Bernie's Campaign Math, From Cuba to Medicare for All"

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w/ Aaron Maté (Host @ PushBack, Contributor @ The Nation)

- Throwin Up Gang Signs

- COVID-19

- Cuban History 101

- Giving China Credit

- Billionaires and Unicorns

- Harvey Weinstein

Recorded: February 26th, 2020

Released: February 27th, 2020

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Feb 28 2020

2hr 29mins

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Episode 172 "The Swamp, The POTUS, The Press" w/ Swin Suebsaeng, Lachlan Markay

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w/ Asawin Suebsaeng and Lachlan Markay (White House Reporters @ The Daily Beast)

Co Authors: ""Sinking in the Swamp" How Trump's Minions and Misfits Poisoned Washington"

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- Moynihan's Vocal Fry and "Actually Good" Accents

- Searching for "Henry Hills" in Trumpworld

- Lachlan's Conservative Apostasy

- Al Gore: Most Boring Interview Subject Ever

- Rats and Snitches

- Daily Beast: A "High-brow Tabloid"

- Woke (Racist?) Bloomberg

- The Muslim Ban

- From Seb Gorka to Hunter Biden

- Reporters vs Opinion Pundits

- Will the Press Scrutinize the Next President as Aggressively?

- The Never Trumpers Who End Up in the White House Anyway

- John Bolton's Next Act

- Swin/Lachlan's "Badgers Story"

- Drama Queens

- Bob Woodward

- Godfather 3, still bad

- Gore Vidal + Timothy McVeigh

Recorded: February 18th, 2020

Released: February 19th, 2020

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Feb 19 2020

1hr 34mins

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Episode 171 w/ Jesse Singal "Biden's Ebony Firewall, No BBQ Sauce in American Dirt"

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- Black History Month

- There's no Barbecue Sauce in American Dirt

- Believe Some Death Threats, Leverage Others

- Oscar Obsession (Beautiful Mind Edition)

- Yang Dead Is Dead, Long Live Yang Gang

- Bernie's Ceiling, Biden's Ebony Firewall

- A SHOCKING Presidential Endorsement

- Bloomberg's Stop + Frisk Memory Hole

- ADL: "White Supremacy is On The Rise!"

Recorded: February 12th, 2020

Released: February 13th, 2020

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Feb 13 2020

1hr 37mins

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UNLOCKED - Patreon Dispatch #8 🎁

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The last time we did this, we said don't get used to it. Well, we meant it. But we're also feeling overly generous. So here is last week's Patreon-only dispatch, featuring Moynihan and Kmele. You're welcome.

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Kmele and Moynihan are back in Williamsburg drinking bad wine and talking shit...while trying to figure out why Welch isn't returning anyone's calls. 

Moynihan returns to Iowa and remembers why he hates journalists. Bumbling around the Hawkeye State, he chats with Andrew Yang, hangs with hardcore Trump types and fanatical Bernie bros. And they're all Iowa nice. 

Kmele has a black "Big Chill" weekend in Pennsylvania and opens about up his parents--to a gobsmacked Moynihan.

As usual, the lads try to catch up on a bunch of listener mail, provoking discussions about tattoos, Chile, Northern Ireland, Goop, The Central Park Five, and the "Preppy Killer" Robert Chambers.

And twenty years after it debuted, Kmele finally watches Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Outro music: RIP Andy Gill.

Recorded February 4, 2020

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Feb 08 2020

1hr 42mins

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