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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

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Moynihan is a twisted perverted genius, Kmele is...nuanced, and Matt Welch is America’s Assclown.

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Best political and social issue discussions. Entertaining and informative.

iTunes Ratings

907 Ratings
Average Ratings
808
44
16
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.

Best

By King whirly - Jun 30 2019
Read more
Best political and social issue discussions. Entertaining and informative.
Cover image of The Fifth Column - Analysis, Commentary, Sedition

The Fifth Column - Analysis, Commentary, Sedition

Updated 7 days ago

Rank #154 in News category

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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: 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 #2: 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 #3: 014 w/ Virgina Postrel "Brexit, Benghazi, The BET Awards" - The Fifth Column

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What does your dimwitted brother-in-law actually know about Brexit? What actual difference does this Benghazi report make? And finally, will the well monied and influential attendees of the Black Entertainment Television Awards ever overcome their hateful adversaries and obtain actual freedom? Those do sound like very long odds. Producer's Note: The episode is brought to you by the letter 'B' and the word 'Actual'.Foster, Welch and Moynahan discuss... and the glamours Virgina Postrel drops by.
Jun 29 2016
1 hour 10 mins
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Rank #4: 001 "Terrorism, Trump and OJ's Still Totally Innocent” - The Fifth Column

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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...
Apr 02 2016
1 hour
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Rank #5: 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 #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: 021 w/ Michael Malice "The Best-Worst Case for Trump/Hillary, Charter Schools are Super Racist" - The Fifth Column

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Moynihan is off this week, appears he had obligations related to something he's describing as "his real job". We don't know what that's supposed to mean but it sounds illegal. Author and Observer columnist Michael Malice fills the empty chair for am hour and change, shouts things into the mic and generally enriches our regular rhetorical intercourse.

Up for discussion this week: Gary Johnson's diminishing (but not completely exhausted) prospects for getting into the presidential debates. Matt Welch tell's a story that could get people locked up and/or deported. Charter schools are super racists, duh. That revenge porn of you, it may not be so bad after all. And the best possible (indirect) arguments FOR Trump/Hillary.
Aug 18 2016
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #9: 018 "The DNC Takes Philly , Ted Cruz's Dad Takes Grassy Knoll" - The Fifth Column (Updated)

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The Fifth Column's presidential convention coverage continues. Matt Welch phones in from the convention floor in Philadelphia, Moynihan convalesces in New York after a harrowing Republican convention and Foster dabs his brow compassionately with a damp cold cloth.

 

On The Agenda This Week:

 

The DNC has developed it's own 'damn email' problem; somehow it involves Russians and a pair of geriatric US presidential candidates.

 

Trump and Sander's convention speeches are analyzed for an all together different sort of plagiarism; painting by numbers.

 

Black Lives Matter Moms (pronounced "blim') take center stage at the DNC and thoughts on Europe's worsening terrorism problems. (Updated)
Jul 27 2016
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #10: 044 w/ Kevin Williamson "Fear, Loathing and that Muslim Ban" OR "Dangerous Ideas -- Courteously Discussed" - The Fifth Column

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Is it a Muslim Ban? Should America just 'bar the damn door'? Is it racism? Or is it perhaps just more 'what-about-ism'? What is the connection between Trump's Immigration policy and the location of his many real estate holdings? There are perhaps good answers to these questions, I can't promise you'll find them here... but given the other sources you've probably already consulted, you could do so much worse.

Kevin Williamson of National Review sits in.

Feb 01 2017
1 hour 20 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: 051 w/ Rep Thomas Massie “Trump Care Postmortem, Protesting Putin, Two Painful Years in Yemen” - The Fifth Column

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Rep Thomas Massie swings by to provide a first person account of the failed Ryan/Trump health care bill. Plus: The prospects for Trump's Tax reform agenda and the intersections of 'economic nationalism' and libertarianism. Protesting Putin. And the two year anniversary of America's adventure in Yemen.
Mar 29 2017
1 hour 39 mins
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Rank #13: 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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Rank #14: 129 w/ Brendan O'Neill “ Yellow Vests, Subway Sandwiches, Mostly Free Speech"

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w/ Brendan O'Neill (Editor in Chief, "Spiked")

- Jussie Smollett

- Stories For Every Narrative

- Ralph Northam

- Fancy Dress Parties

- The Weird Man’s Burden

- Anti Semitism, Hate Speech

- Stormy or STORMZY

- Yellow Vests Revolution

Recorded: PM 2/2/2019

Published: 2/4/2019

Feb 04 2019
1 hour 59 mins
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Rank #15: 017 "A Very Trump Convention, Ted Cruz Jujitsu" - The Fifth Column

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Welch and Moynihan from the Floor of the RNC Convention... What could possibly go wrong?

No more description. You listen, you find out!
Jul 21 2016
54 mins
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Rank #16: 130 “The Jill Abramson Affair, Jewish Money, Indentured Servitude"

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(Plagiarism, Green Room Encounters, and All The Receipts)

- We Need to Talk About Jill Abramson

- Too Important to be a Plagiarist?

- Rep Omar: You Might Be An Antisemitism, But Maybe Not

- Blackface: The Highest Form of Flattery?

- Klobuchar, FTW

- Team AOC's Green New Deal Fiasco

ALSO:

- Moynihan Steps Out of Line

- The Huxtable Compound

- Indentured Servitude

- 22 Savage

- The Red Shoe Diaries

- Emergency Podcasting

Recorded: PM 2/11/2019

Published: 2/13/2019

Feb 13 2019
1 hour 40 mins
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Rank #17: 042 w/ Thad Russell "John Lewis: Moral Authoritarian for Hire, CNN vs Trump, Freed Manning" - The Fifth Column

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The waning hours of President Obama's tenure, on the eve of Trump-Mageddon, and the hits just keep on coming.

The President-Elect finds himself embroiled in a nasty fight with an almost universally revered CIVIL RIGHTS ICON -- who in this particular showdown may just be playing the part of a cuddly Alex Jones.

And of course, since 'two beefs are always better than one,' Trump is simultaneously mixing it up with CNN too. Is this a prelude to a broader Trumpian assault on the free press!? Maybe? Did you see hopefully?

Plus: Thad Russell makes his pick for the next President of the United States (sort of). Manning gets freed. Matt asks questions about drones and of course other important things happen.

Moynihan is someplace in DC covering the inauguration (or is he ducking Thad)? No problem, we'll just put words in his mouth and strawman the hell out of him.

Jan 19 2017
1 hour 41 mins
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Rank #18: 043 "Trump Stallone: POTUS, True Believer, First of His Name" - The Fifth Column

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A week under our belts and we're still reeling...

A deluge of executive activity, constitutional controversies, 'emoluments'(?!), lawsuits, like -- a lot of lawsuits, sex tapes (well, not yet, but you wouldn't really be surprised by that, would you?), media panics, entirely legitimate media outrage, a twitter beef with geopolitical consequences, more media panics, more very legitimate outrage, a $40-billion-30-foot-high wall, a future entirely devoid of guacamole... and, there's more, but you get the idea... Seriously, it's only been a week!

...time is a flat circle.

Jan 27 2017
1 hour 39 mins
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Rank #19: 128 “A BOMBSHELL (If True), Punching MAGA Teens, Venezuela"

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- Jerry Brown

- BuzzFeed's Bombshell?

- Jason Leopold, Oliver Darcy

- The Temple of Journalism

- Anonymous Sourcing

- Punching Catholic Kids

- Stolen Valor, Callin' Bullshit

ALSO:

- Jill Abramson (Part 2)

- "GUILTY" - By M.C. Moynihan

- On Venezuela

Recorded: 1/22/2019 PM

Published: 1/24/2019

Jan 24 2019
1 hour 46 mins
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Rank #20: 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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