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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

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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

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Two hours of a.m. drunkenness

By SmytheWorld - Aug 12 2019
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Moynihan is a twisted perverted genius, Kmele is...nuanced, and Matt Welch is America’s Assclown.

Smart and Fun

By NaomiBurton - Jul 13 2019
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Molly Jung-Fast episode was stellar.

iTunes Ratings

882 Ratings
Average Ratings
785
44
14
13
26

Two hours of a.m. drunkenness

By SmytheWorld - Aug 12 2019
Read more
Moynihan is a twisted perverted genius, Kmele is...nuanced, and Matt Welch is America’s Assclown.

Smart and Fun

By NaomiBurton - Jul 13 2019
Read more
Molly Jung-Fast episode was stellar.
Cover image of The Fifth Column - Analysis, Commentary, Sedition

The Fifth Column - Analysis, Commentary, Sedition

Updated 14 days ago

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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

Rank #1: 098 “Joy Reid's LGBT Issues, Kanye's Red Pill, Two Black Guys Walk Into a Starbucks”

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(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
Apr 25 2018
1 hour 40 mins
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Rank #2: 099 “A Conversation w/ Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying”

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(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.

May 01 2018
1 hour 45 mins
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Rank #3: 108 w/ Jane Coaston "Conservative Proclivities, Ridicule Over Censorship"

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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)

Jul 27 2018
1 hour 32 mins
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Rank #4: 062 "Notes on Philando Castile, Otto Warmbier, and Evergreen"

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Recorded: June 21, 2017

The Philando Castile case has reached a controversial conclusion. In July 2016, Castile was shot to death during a traffic stop by Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez. Yanez's acquittal has touched off a new wave of outrage.

Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old American student detained in North Korea since last January, was finally allowed to return home last week… in a coma. He would die a few days later.

And Moynihan recounts his recent visit to Evergreen State College. 

Jun 22 2017
1 hour 26 mins
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Rank #5: 070 w/ Jacob Siegel "What Didn't Happen in Boston, Something about Afghanistan"

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Recorded 8/24/2017

This episode: non-existent Nazis, overblown Antifa, and Portuguese vagina-walls.

Jacob Siegel was in Boston and Afghanistan, and now he is in Moynihan's chair. He helps the guys figure out what the hell happened in Boston (and why it's not the same as Charlottesville).

PLUS: Is there a "libertarian-to-alt-right pipeline"? Should we take "Internet fascists" seriously? Would going "soft on white supremacists" actually help Trump?

AND... sunk costs in Afghanistan, fights on Planet Libertarian, and Matt doesn't want to punch any grannies. 

Happy birthday, Hollywood (wherever he is).

Aug 25 2017
1 hour 48 mins
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Rank #6: 032 w/ Andrew Schulz “President Trump: Worst Tuesday Ever?" - The Fifth Column

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The election is finally over, and Donald Trump is President Elect of the United States... "What the hell happend!?" This weighty audio dispatch may help sort out a few things. Moyhinan, Welch and Foster are reunited. Andrew Schulz of the Brilliant Idiots podcast makes a return appearance.

You're going to be fine... Really. everythings gonna be OK. We think...

Nov 11 2016
1 hour 41 mins
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Rank #7: 121 “On Anti-Racism w/ Glenn Loury, John McWhorter, Coleman Hughes, Thomas Chatterton Williams”

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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 Atlantic

Coleman Hughes- Undergraduate Philosophy major at Columbia University, and a columnist at Quillette 

Recorded:11/17/2018Published:  11/22/2018
Nov 22 2018
1 hour 30 mins
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Rank #8: 064 "It's Blackmail, Presser in Poland, Jay Z: Feminism"

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A Helpful Guide to This Weeks Dispatch:

 · No Mic for Anthony Fisher

 · Kmele read 22 books this weekend (including Letters to a Young Contrarian, The Shadow of the Panther)

 · Moynihan talks about Hitchens

 · Something about the Black Panthers, Lew Rockwell, Marvin Gaye and Berry Gordy

 · Russian tourist abuses child

 · Moynihan outs an octogenarian former Nazi at a barbecue (sort of)

(We're at about the 20 min mark here.)

ALSO:

 · #CNNBlackmail scandal (False Start)

 · President Trump in Poland (Did You Know: POTUS was once on a show called "The Apprentice")

 · An Actual #CNNBlackmail conversation

 · North Korea

 · Jay-Z Isn't a Feminist

 · Colin Kaepernick, Fredrick Douglas (What the 4th of July Means to a Slave)

Jul 07 2017
1 hour 41 mins
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Rank #9: 010 w/ Thaddeus Russell "The Strip Tease Convention, #MehTrump and Russell v Moynihan” - The Fifth Column

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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.
Jun 02 2016
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #10: 056 “James Comey Gets Sh**canned, Julian Assange is Still at Large” - The Fifth Column

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Is former FBI boss James Comey's unexpected and unceremonious termination a Nixonesque attempt to bury the Russian narrative once and for all... Is it just the latest salvo from a calculating monster with totalitarian asperations... Or maybe the Trump regime is just about as inept as it seems...

PLUS:- Clapper: "You ain't no got'damn journalist, Julian!" Assange: "You's a liar!" - What's this about Sea World!? Sounds Gross. - And Comey may be out, but we'll always have James Taylor (FTW)

May 11 2017
1 hour 57 mins
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Rank #11: 139 w/ Andrew Sullivan "Civil Rights, Immigration, Julian Assange, Too Many Popes"

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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 Ritual

Recorded: 4/11/2019

Published: 4/12/2019

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Apr 12 2019
1 hour 16 mins
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Rank #12: 066 “Seriously - Eventually We Get to Health Care, Immigration, Forensics et al”

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A dense, tangent-filled, and edifying new dispatch (fueled by cash-filled envelopes, adderall, and a bottle of Bushmills -- thanks, Drew.) 

    Trump tells-all to the Failing New York Times: "I should have never hired Sessions!"Welch talks John McCainTrumpCare spontaneously combusted (surprising no one)Next on the “Trump Legislative Agenda of Failure”: screwing up legal immigration, too!Forensic "Science" is so terrifyingLA 92 ("Certified Fresh!)
Jul 20 2017
1 hour 44 mins
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Rank #13: 131 “Jussie Smollett Indicted, Hate Crimes, Hacks in the Newsroom, Bernie"

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- 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" Today

Recorded: PM 2/20/2019

Published: 2/21/2019

Feb 21 2019
1 hour 58 mins
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Rank #14: 065 w/ Eli Lake “Donald Jr Loves It, Moynihan's Great Big Movie Premier”

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Recorded: July 12th, 2017

Play-by-Play:

 · Eli Lake Is a Superlative, Award-Winning Hebrew

 · Fab Five Freddy Is a Foreign Policy Genius

 · “I’m a White Male…”

 · Lies, Damn Lies, and IT’S TREASON!

 · Lacrosse Team Away Games

 · Eli Slow Claps

 · World in Disarray: Mosul/Afghanistan Edition

Eli Lake, columnist @ Bloomberg View, swings by.

Jul 14 2017
1 hour 40 mins
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Rank #15: 058 “Mayhem in Manchester, Deals with Devils, and Collusion Most Foul” - The Fifth Column

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"If they're buying off this president, they're really not getting their money's worth." - Michael Moynihan

Do terrorists hate us for our freedom? Are the Saudis just "guided by the beauty of our weapons"? Will Welch start drinking before 11 am? The answers may surprise you. All this and more on a new Fifth Column.

Plus: Commemorative drug paraphernalia. The Moynihans convert to Judaism (but just for the holidays). And The Fifth Column is *probably* expanding to SiriusXM!

May 25 2017
1 hour 30 mins
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Rank #16: 012 "Terrorism, Gun Control and Magical Thinking” - The Fifth Column

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What do Harry Potter, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have in common? Is it still 'politicizing the tragedy' if everyone's doing it?

 

When responding to acts of terrorism, is it best to:

 

A) Employ oversimplification, generalized suspicion and hastily drawn conclusionsB) "Act erratically and blindly lash out at everything"

 

Foster, Welch and Moynihan discuss...
Jun 14 2016
1 hour 8 mins
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Rank #17: 076 “Gun Rights, Filthy Speech, Cordon Sanitaire”

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Recorded on Thursday, October 5th, 20171) First Amendment Controversies

2) Meditations on the Las Vegas and the Second Amendment

3) An Homage to Catalonia (particularly on the subject of secession, with additional remarks on Kurdistan)

PLUS:

    Kmele Heads to ComicCon, Bumps into TNCMoynihan vs Melba
Oct 07 2017
1 hour 42 mins
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Rank #18: 107 w/ Ben Domenech "On Acting, Russian Indictments, Putin and Trump, Just Say The Word”

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w/ Ben Domenech (Publisher, The Federalist)

Acting Trans, Scaling the BuildingRussian IndictmentsTrump/PutinThe New Vietnam SyndromObama's Mandela SpeechWould that we could all say [that one word] - Part IIWHO FUNDS THE FEDERALIST?

(Recorded Wednesday, July 18th, 2018)

Jul 19 2018
2 hours 20 mins
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Rank #19: 080 w/ Josh Zepps “Mueller's Inquest, Silicon Hearings, Proportionate Fear"

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Recorded on Thursday, Novemer 2nd, 2017

With Special Guests: 

Josh Zepps - Host, #WeThePeople LIVE (@WTP_Live, @joshzepps)

Nov 04 2017
1 hour 51 mins
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Rank #20: 144 - w/ Coleman Hughes "Reparations, Congressional Testimony, Rap Battles"

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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 Civilization

Recorded: 6/21/2019

Published: 6/24/2019

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Jun 24 2019
1 hour 31 mins
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