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The Fifth Column - Analysis, Commentary, Sedition

Michael Moynihan (Vice), Matt Welch (Reason), and Kmele Foster (Freethink)

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 a...Show More
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1:23:23 | Jan 18th

"They're like a train -- a train that's always runnin' right on time." - Anonymousw/ Brian Stelter (Chief Media Corespondent, CNN) (Host, "Reliable Sources")- Moynihan Meets Ann Coulter (Again)- A Boy and His Blog- Authoritarian Storm Clouds- The Tem...Show More

1:38:18 | Dec 15th, 2018

w/ Yascha Mounk (Author, "The People vs Democracy") (Host, "The Good Fight")- Liberal Democracy (and Liberal Democratic Values)- Democratic Deficits, Excesses, and Limits- Authoritarian Populism (on the Left and Right)- Political Norms- Domesticating...Show More
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1:18:53 | Nov 30th, 2018

w/ Kevin Roose (Columnist, The New York Times)- *Black* Intellectuals- Live @ The Comedy Cellar- All the Presidents Rogues- Nature, Severity, and Consequence- Facebook's Peril- Google's Dragonfly- China's Citizenship Scores Recorded: PM 11/29/2018Pub...Show More

1:16:30 | Apr 12th

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 Arr...Show More

1:40:36 | Feb 13th

(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 A...Show More

1:42:26 | Sep 7th

Recorded: September 4th 2019Published: September 7th 2019Guest: Steve Kornacki, National Political Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. Author of "The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism"- RIP, Vice News Tonight on HBO- ...Show More

1:59:34 | Aug 26th

- Ladies Libertarianing- The Segregation of Everything- The 1619 Project: “Everything that makes America exceptional is because of slavery”- NHJ: “We’re the MOST American”- Trump: “I hereby order
”- Dual Loyalty (and cascading stupidity)- David Koch,...Show More

1:29:53 | Aug 18th

Welch, Moynihan, and Kmele are all in the same room for the first time in more than a month -- and it's a glorious reunion.Recorded: August 16th 2019Published: August 18th 2019

1:04:29 | Aug 2nd

In this Special Dispatch, Michael Moynihan sits down with legendary journalist, author, and documentarian -- Jon Ronson. They discuss some of Ronson's most celebrated books, his fabulous new podcasts exploring the porn industry ("The Butterfly Effect...Show More

1:45:12 | Jul 28th

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- Shit...Show More

1:41:46 | Jul 12th

Guest: Molly Jong-Fast is a contributor to The Bulwark and the author of three books. (@MollyJongFast)Recorded: July 11th 2019

1:14:21 | Jul 10th

Guest: Patrick Radden Keefe, staff writer at the New Yorker, author of "Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland"Description:In this special dispatch, Michael Moynihan talks with Patrick Radden Keefe about the 1972 murder of...Show More

1:38:44 | Jun 27th

- Moynihan Goes to Court- Welch gets a Stress Sty- RIP, Steve Dunleavy- NBA O-W-N-E-R-S- Democratic Debate Preview - No Plan B for Iran - Concentration Camp Kerfuffle- San Fran Bans E-cigs (Till They Can Figure Out What the Hell is Going On"Recorded:...Show More

1:31:23 | Jun 24th

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 Decl...Show More

1:32:58 | May 30th

- Kmele’s New Spot in Brooklyn- Moynihan Gets Arrested- Fisher is a jealous "lefty hack"- Dave Rubin is totally NOT in his Feelings- Assange, Journalistic Freedom- Trump vs His Advisors- European Elections- MLK: Hero, Philanderer (and possibly worse)...Show More

1:51:20 | May 12th

- "Alex Jones is not a civil rights leader!"- Howard Kurtz was once serious- Trump's attempted outing- Phony classical liberals- Free speech at the margins- Every election is stolen- Finding Loose Change- Conspiracy theorists, right and left- An Infi...Show More

2:02:49 | Apr 25th

w/ Eli Lake (Columnist @ Bloomberg Voice)- We Like Bari Weiss- Moynihan is a Drunk, Also a Great Neighbor- Muller Report- Grifting, the Grifters, of Grif- Eli Lake's Hood Pass- Tom Arnold Was Great in True Lies- All The Missing Tapes- Seth Abramson's...Show More

1:52:17 | Apr 19th

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 Buy...Show More

1:52:52 | Apr 4th

w/ Aaron MatĂ© (@aaronjmate)- Our Mathematical Universe- "Leaving Neverland" Revisionism- Russiagate: Right, Wrong, Whatever- Jonathan Chait is “Completely* Correct*”- When in Venezuela + Nobody Likes Sanctions- Venezuela: Humanitarian Crisis, Economi...Show More

1:31:26 | Mar 28th

- Trump: Death by gloating- Margaret Sullivan: the Captain Beefheart of journalism- Glenn Greenwald spikes the football with a vengeance- MSNBC doubles down- Seth Abramson: Poet laureate, Resistance Hero- Trump's enemies list and love of authoritaria...Show More

2:02:44 | Mar 24th

w/ Tina Nguyen (Vanity Fair)- Tina's Theranos voice- Elizabeth Warren Holmes- Revisiting the Universal Basic Income (Kmele hasn't endorse UBI or Andrew Yang)- Technophobia, 'McDonald’s employees will murder you'- The Three-Fifths Column- Matt does Be...Show More

1:55:29 | Mar 18th

DESCRIPTION:- Kmele's in 'Frisco', Moynihan's hungover, Matt got lit up on Twitter- Desperate wealthy college parents headed to prison?- The injustice of legacy admissions- Elite colleges are overrated- Biden v. Beto- Venezuela's blackout and the thr...Show More

1:04:01 | Mar 11th

A discussion w/ entrepreneur and 2020 Democratic Presidential hopeful, Andrew Yang. We explore The Freedom Dividend, Yang's proposal to pay $1,000 per month to every American over the age of 18.Recorded: 3/6/2019Published: 3/11/2019

1:44:02 | Mar 7th

- Smooth Criminals, "Leaving Neverland" Skepticism- Canceling Michael Jackson, R Kelly, and The Entire 1970s- All Hate Matters- Dual Loyalties- Bernie Sanders Marched for Civil Rights, He's Still "Too White"- Democratic Socialism**- Revisiting Moynih...Show More

1:10:26 | Mar 4th

w/ Mark Weisbrot Co-Director @ Center for Economic and Policy ResearchAuthor, "Failed: What the 'experts' got wrong about the global economy"- Visiting w/ Hugo Chavez + Sean Penn- Is "dictatorship" a hate word?- Venezuela's elections- Political priso...Show More

1:58:15 | Feb 21st

- 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- ...Show More

1:59:28 | Feb 4th

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 2/2/2019Publ...Show More

1:46:19 | Jan 24th

- Jerry Brown- BuzzFeed's Bombshell?- Jason Leopold, Oliver Darcy- The Temple of Journalism- Anonymous Sourcing- Punching Catholic Kids- Stolen Valor, Callin' BullshitALSO:- Jill Abramson (Part 2)- "GUILTY" - By M.C. Moynihan- On Venezuela Recorded: ...Show More

1:34:53 | Jan 11th

"Smarter, harder, about the same length as usual." - Anonymous- The Border Fence Shutdown- Reasons to Dislike AOC- Tea Party Retrospective- Ellen Met Kevin- Jazmine Barnes, Shaun King, and Overconcen- Destroying The Weatherman- Race Price, New York C...Show More

1:25:00 | Dec 22nd, 2018

w/ Ben Smith (Editor in Chief @ BuzzFeed News) - BuzzFeed's Day in Court- About That Dossier- Insider Political Journalism vs Crisis Political Journalism- Sports Metaphors, Panglossian History- Newsroom Diversity- Indisputably Racist ALSO:- Syria, Af...Show More

1:27:13 | Dec 6th, 2018

Our first live recording; taped at the legendary Comedy Cellar in New York City.With Guests: Michael Barbaro, "The Daily" (The New York Times)Jody Avirgan, "30 for 30" and "The Five-Thirty-Eight Politics Podcast" (Five-Thirty-Eight, ESPN)  "On Speech...Show More

1:30:50 | Nov 22nd, 2018

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 @ Thomas Chatterton Williams- Author, "Losi...Show More

1:36:23 | Nov 9th, 2018

- Phallic Humor- "We'll Do It Live" (In NYC, Next Month)- The Midterms (For People Who Kind of Hate Midterms)- The "Fuck You" Vote- Beto, Gillum, Abrams- Voter Fraud/Disenfranchisement- Trump vs. Acosta Part 5: 'Why can't they both lose?'- Trump: 'Th...Show More

1:34:48 | Nov 1st, 2018

w/ Noah Rothman(Associate Editor, Commentary -- Contributor, MSNBC/NBC News)Author of the forthcoming book: “Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America” (Jan 2019)- Plausible Deniability- Perspectives on Pipe Bombs and Synagogue Attacks- Spec...Show More

1:20:46 | Oct 23rd, 2018

A conversation with Sarah Haider- Origin Stories- Identity, Tribal Affiliation- Islam, Muslims, Apostasy, and Atheism- Difficult Conversations- The Intellectual Dark Web- CourageRecorded: July 22nd, 2018

1:47:57 | Oct 18th, 2018

w/ Josh Szeps, (formerly Zepps, frequently misspelled as Zeeps) host of "#WeThePeople LIVE" and “The People Versus”(Recorded - 10/16/2018)- Australia's Sweetheart, but his father *was* even more famous- Kmele saw "First Man," Norman Mailer stabbed hi...Show More

1:33:46 | Oct 12th, 2018

w/Harry Siegel, Senior Editor at The Daily Beast(Recorded - 10/10/2018)-Three Very Fine Bottles of Wine-Soros: boogeyman on a global scale-Anti-semitic dog whistles or nah?-Harry (literally) co-wrote the book on Rudy Giuliani-The era of conspiracy th...Show More

1:15:01 | Oct 4th, 2018

-Kanye West's very MAGA SNL Appearance-Getting Totally Kavanaugh Faced-Moynihan at the Mississippi Trump Rally-Believe All Women-Bari Would Have Hated Kavanaugh in High School-Kavanaugh's Kamikaze-Apocalypse Skeptic-Bari's New Book, "The New Seven Di...Show More

1:38:19 | Sep 20th, 2018

"We're back, You're Welcome" - The Fifth(Recorded: September 19th, 2018)

1:35:05 | Aug 30th, 2018

Pusha T's new album and Whitney Huston's bathroom countertop. Bobby Brown's prerogative. Was it Maurice Starr (or) Lou Pearlman? Remembering a 'Mavric'*. Jack Shafer wrote a bad piece. You can’t criticize McCain, except when you totally can. Matt vs ...Show More

1:48:56 | Aug 24th, 2018

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 Fa...Show More

1:56:06 | Aug 17th, 2018

w/ Jesse Singal (Contributing writer at New York Magazine | Author, "The Quick Fix")- Jesse's New Book- Jesse's Atlantic Cover Story ('When Children Say They’re Trans')- Omarosa vs Trump- Unite the Right 2- Laura Ingraham- The War on Journalism(Recor...Show More

1:53:52 | Aug 10th, 2018

w/ Jessica Tarlov (Bustle, FoxNews Contributor)- The Case Against Impeachment [ Mike Pence Would Be Worse ]- Kmele at MSNBC [ How To Be An Uncle Tom ]- Owning the Libs, Beefin on Twitter- Libs vs. Socialists- Black Chicks- Talking to the Enemy, Sitti...Show More

1:46:39 | Aug 4th, 2018

(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

1:32:30 | Jul 27th, 2018

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)

2:20:53 | Jul 19th, 2018

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,...Show More

1:34:30 | Jun 29th, 2018

Foster and Fisher are joined by legendary civil liberties attorney Ken White (of Popehat blogger and Twitter fame) and Damon Root (Reason's resident SCOTUS journalo and the author of "Overruled") to chop up the Justice Anthony Kennedy's surprise reti...Show More

1:42:12 | Jun 21st, 2018

(Recorded: June 20th, 2018  w/ Michael Tracey, Roving Journalist and Correspondent @TYTNetwork  - Never Give Up - Woke at Whole Foods - Why do they hate Tracey - Eschewing the pretense of objectivity. - The exceptional lying of President Trump. - Tru...Show More

1:56:41 | Jun 15th, 2018

(Recorded June 13th, 2018)  IN THIS DISPATCH:- Is the Western Alliance kaput? Does it matter?- Did Trump hand Kim a propaganda win, and if so, isn't averting nuclear war the bigger win?- North Korea shares a border with Russia and Rachel Maddow is ON...Show More

1:36:51 | Jun 8th, 2018

(Recorded June 6th, 2018)w/ Josh Szeps (formerly Zepps, frequently misspelled as Zeeps) host of "#WeThePeople LIVE" and “The People Versus” IN THIS DISPATCH:-  Brisbane to Boston.- Clive James’s death watch- Kanye drops “Ye” - Slavery may be a choice...Show More

1:21:43 | May 29th, 2018

(Recorded May 25th, 2018)A conversation w/ Jacob Mchangama, Host of 'Clear and Present Danger: A History of Free Speech" podcast. ( Pronouncing Mchangama- A Bit of Free Speech History- Cartoon Jihad- Panic and Crisis...Show More

1:55:51 | May 18th, 2018

(Recorded May 16th, 2018)- "Are You Black?"- Calling the Cops on Black Kids- Isreal and Palestine: A Primer (Deliberately Calibrated to Infuriate Everyone)- Michael Cohen: Maker of Great Deals- When Everyone Hates (But No One Bothers to Read), Your W...Show More

1:44:26 | May 4th, 2018

(Recorded May 3rd, 2018)18:00+ Host Grab-Assing20:00+ Defending Red-Pill Kanye, Why Slavery is Always YOUR fault36:00+ Morrissey's Politics, Lennon's Domestic Violence40:00+ Coping with Persistent (and almost certainly imaginary) Threats on Your Life...Show More

1:45:35 | May 1st, 2018

(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, Med...Show More

1:40:01 | Apr 25th, 2018

(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 fo...Show More

1:41:45 | Apr 17th, 2018

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Sorry for the unusually tardy release. This conversation was recorded approximately five days ago (prior to the most recent intervention in Syria), but the release was delayed by matters of great significance and urgency (which I wo...Show More

55:54 | Apr 3rd, 2018

(Recorded: March 27, 2018)A conversation w/ Amy Chua (@amychua), Yale law professor and author of numerous books including: "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother", "The Triple Package", "World on Fire", and her latest book "Political Tribes: Group Instinc...Show More

1:42:32 | Mar 30th, 2018

(Recorded: March 28, 2018) withTom Slater, Deputy Editor @ Spike'dTina Nguyen, Politics and Media Reporter @ Vanity Fair Marching for our Lives, Poisoning Spies, Activist Journalist... - Moonshine, Poison (Half a Helping of Each)- Killing Marco Rubio...Show More

1:41:52 | Mar 16th, 2018

Recorded: March 15, 2018We've got FiveThirtyEight's Jody Avirgan in the studio. Matt is on assignment someplace.This Week:Is there a free speech "crisis" on campus?Moynihan and Jody's considerably different approached to sparking media frenzies.PLUS:...Show More

1:42:25 | Mar 10th, 2018

Recorded: March 9, 2018.Welch, Moynihan, Fisher and Foster are in attendance.An increasingly unlikely Presidential visit to North Korea.A seemingly permeable steel and aluminum tariff.A growing interest in POTUS's indiscretions w/ a Porn StarAnd Sam ...Show More

1:32:49 | Mar 2nd, 2018

Recorded: March 1, 2018.Oscar Talk: Best and Worst, Most Overrated and Ryan GoslingStick Talk: AR-15s, Scool Shootings, The National Rifle Association, and Due Process.featuringANDY LEVYSenior Producer of the “S.E. Cup Unfiltered” on HLNSONNY BUNCHEx...Show More

1:29:53 | Feb 16th, 2018

(Recorded: February 13th 2018)"Whenever I hear some bigmouth in Washington or the Christian heartland banging on about the evils of sodomy or whatever, I mentally enter his name in my notebook and contentedly set my watch. Sooner rather than later, h...Show More

1:49:19 | Feb 3rd, 2018

+ Indispensable Commentary On That [treasonous/heroic/meh] Nunes Memo+ Context, Collusion and Russian Conspiracies+ A Foreign Policy Primer+ Briefest of notes on Trump's first State of the Union(Recorded February 1st 2018)Note: This dispatch was reco...Show More

1:48:30 | Jan 27th, 2018

w/ Bari Weiss (@bariweiss), Staff editor and writer @ New York Times Opinion (Former Wall Street Journal, Tablet Magazine)An expansive, high-quality dispatch that was unfortunately marred by technical mishaps. It's not actually Fishers fault (quite t...Show More

1:27:24 | Jan 16th, 2018

Moynihan is back, Matt was an illegal immigrant, and Kmele was *front* row for Lebron vs. Steph.Plus: DACA. FISA. Shit. #MeToo.Recorded: January 15, 2018

1:38:11 | Jan 7th, 2018

Recorded: January 5, 2018- Kmele’s Axioms of Child Rearing- Long on Fury, Short on Fire- Red Flags, Fake News on Facebook- Trump's Tax Cut, Regulation Busting - Heather Mac Donald vs. Everybody

1:02:54 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Recorded: December 21, 2017.Michael Moynihan (Vice News) in conversation with the incomparable Tina Brown. On the business and practice of journalism, the marvelous island of Manhattan, the authentic bullshit of Donald Trump, and #metoo.

1:50:49 | Dec 16th, 2017

(Recorded on Thursday December 14th 2017)with/ Jeffrey Blehar (@EsotericCD) of Decision Desk HQ and The Political Beats podcast.We talk the recent Alabama Senate election and the FCC's controversial decision to rescind Obama-era net neutrality rules.

1:36:22 | Dec 8th, 2017

(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 t...Show More

1:37:36 | Dec 2nd, 2017

- Matt Lauer- Seducing Kevin Spacey- James O’keefe- Fake Headlines, Faker Stats- Dumbest News Day Ever- Britain First, Murder Allegations- Trashing Bob Woodward- Some Idiot.... ABORTED

50:59 | Nov 21st, 2017

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai drops in to explain why he's returning the Internet to the dark ages of... 2015. PLUS:- Draymond vs. Mark Cuban - The AOL-Time Warner instant messaging juggernaut- Janet Jackson's wardrobe and Stephen Colbert's c***holsterAnd wh...Show More

45:47 | Nov 15th, 2017

Recorded: Thursday, November 8, 2017.We chat with Rob Mariani, former opinion editor for the Daily Caller, about Milo's first (and last) weekly column -- and how to handle radioactive things without getting burned.Plus:questioning Moynihan's sexualit...Show More

58:18 | Nov 11th, 2017

Recorded on Thursday, November 8th, 2017Trump takes a long 'grueling' trip to the Far East, maybe tempers the crazy and manages to get cooked in the elections stateside.PLUS:- Aubrey and Kojo- The Meek Mill Guide to Criminal Justice Reform- 10 Lbs of...Show More

1:51:21 | Nov 4th, 2017

Recorded on Thursday, Novemer 2nd, 2017With Special Guests: Josh Zepps - Host, #WeThePeople LIVE (@WTP_Live, @joshzepps)

1:02:25 | Oct 28th, 2017

Recorded on Thursday, October 26th, 2017Moynihan and Kmele are on Assignment -- Welch takes the reins.With Special Guests: Nancy Rommelmann - Journalist, Author of "To The Bridge" Bill Schulz - Host of Compound Media's "Mornin'!!!! w/ Bill Schulz"

1:11:32 | Oct 21st, 2017

Recorded on Thursday, October 19th, 2017"The opposite of a way with words"- How Chad Saved Moynihan’s Life (and Why We're Huge in Canada)- Former President Bush and John McCain Have Strong Words for Trump - Totalitarianism, Populism and Economic Unce...Show More

1:42:37 | Oct 14th, 2017

Recorded on Thursday, October 12th, 2017The Harvey Weinstein Controversy1) What To Do With “Shitty Media Men?2) Why won't Hillary and Barack say anything?Tillerson, Corker and World War III1) The Worst of All Possible Worlds2) Death by Non-Proliferat...Show More

1:42:09 | Oct 7th, 2017

Recorded on Thursday, October 5th, 20171) First Amendment Controversies2) Meditations on the Las Vegas and the Second Amendment3) An Homage to Catalonia (particularly on the subject of secession, with additional remarks on Kurdistan) PLUS:Kmele Heads...Show More

1:43:36 | Sep 29th, 2017

Guest: Katherine Mangu-Ward, Editor-in-Chief @ ReasonRecorded: Wednesday, September 27th, 2017.Another wide-ranging, intellectually-stimulating, and very well-lubricated dispatch.We begin with an almost respectable (but undeniably illuminating) discu...Show More

1:38:44 | Sep 23rd, 2017

Recorded on Thursday, September 21, 2017President Trump's remarks at the UN parley were (hilarious? /meh? /dangerous? ) and unmistakably confused.We crack open cans of Portland's finest sangria while discussing this and other matters of profound cons...Show More

1:35:11 | Sep 16th, 2017

Recorded on Thursday September 14, 2017Guest: David Weigel, political reporter for The Washington Post and author of the prog-rock history "The Show That Never Ends."  Matt's recovering from surgery, Moynihan's upright & sober, and Kmele's getting do...Show More

1:18:10 | Sep 8th, 2017

Recorded 9/8/2017Moynihan’s back from Russia and has the drinking stories to prove it. Normally reasonable journalos lose their goddamn minds over Betsy DeVos’ intention to bring back due process on college campuses.Matt Welch on DACA: “Call it amnes...Show More

1:30:30 | Sep 5th, 2017

Recorded 8/31/2017Guest: Ronald Bailey, science correspondent for Reason magazine and Disasters, political photo-ops, and formulaic media coverage.The worst thing about Mitt Romney, the fecklessness of Barack Obama, and the dark in...Show More

1:48:50 | Aug 25th, 2017

Recorded 8/24/2017This 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...Show More

2:02:50 | Aug 17th, 2017

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 conversatio...Show More

2:30:10 | Aug 11th, 2017

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 th...Show More

1:40:42 | Aug 3rd, 2017

[“And We Back." -Chance the Rapper] - Moynihan is MIA- Welch is trapped in a room with no AC, 75 dead flies, and a busted shoulder -- and loving every minute of it.- Moscow is beautiful in the summer (if you believe a former RT propagandist)- Kmele.....Show More

1:44:54 | Jul 20th, 2017

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 McCainTrum...Show More

1:40:05 | Jul 14th, 2017

Recorded: July 12th, 2017Play-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 Di...Show More

1:41:43 | Jul 7th, 2017

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 Rock...Show More

1:46:21 | Jun 30th, 2017

Recorded: June 29th, 2017A journalistic-misdeed results in the firing of three prominent CNN staffers and a new front in the conflict between Trump and THE MEDIA. Why lots of the things you read/hear in the news are likely to be incorrect. Press brie...Show More

1:26:10 | Jun 22nd, 2017

Recorded: June 21, 2017The 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...Show More

1:46:46 | Jun 15th, 2017

With high profile congressional inquests into shadowy conspiracies, media panics, and boring White House events turning into embarrassing fodder for late night comedians — the stage was set for an almost banal week in Washington DC — but a brazen att...Show More

1:31:17 | Jun 10th, 2017

Episode 060Recorded June 10th 2017 Corbyn Surprises his labour party rival (and just about everyone else). Comey testifies before Congress, Trump is quite about it until he isn’t. And Bill Maher said ‘Nigga’, or was it ‘Nigger’.Shout out to Dan Sprag...Show More

57:27 | Jun 9th, 2017

[Special Dispatch #2]A rangy and Moynihan-heavy exchange w/ Timothy Snyder, Yale University Professor of History and author of numerous books including (the magisterial) “Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin” (2010) and his latest best-sellin...Show More

1:58:04 | Jun 3rd, 2017

- Pulling out of the Pairs Climate Deal- Roiling the EU- Surveying the Russian investigation- Lamenting w/ LeBron (and not about that horrific game one)(Recorded 6/1/2017)

1:30:45 | May 25th, 2017

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

1:50:47 | May 19th, 2017

“The most important Fifth Column History
 In fact, the most important podcast all week.” - Thad RussellThe apeirogon-like ComeyGate scandal careens into its second week. Rumors seem to be the only thing emanating from Washington DC these days (for be...Show More

1:57:17 | May 11th, 2017

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 Trum...Show More

1:41:01 | May 5th, 2017

Moynihan is late; Matt went to a cocktail party; Kmele needs a date for Guardians of the Galaxy; and Jamie Kirchick (author, “The End of Europe”) drops by with dire predictions about the fate of the European Project.Meanwhile, Obamacare is dead (long...Show More

1:42:27 | Apr 27th, 2017

A review of the first 100 days of the Trump Presidency: Controversy, failures, do-overs and general incompetence. Plus: Media bubbles and consequence. And that time the streets were filled with brave, angry, nerds

2:12:56 | Apr 14th, 2017

A record-breaking, kiloton-length new release with all the kinetic energy of [ABRUPTLY CUTS OFF EXPLOSIVES METAPHPOR]...Eat some chocolate cake with Xi, flatten a section of Afghanistan, (check-in with Vladimir), rattle saber at North Korea (glare me...Show More

1:40:28 | Apr 7th, 2017

We knew things were heating up in Syria, but it was still a bit of a shock when Tomahawk missiles started flying all over the place. Fortunately for all involved, Eli Lake was on hand to explain the inner workings of Multi-dimensional Hungry Hungry H...Show More

1:39:30 | Mar 29th, 2017

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 t...Show More

1:45:48 | Mar 25th, 2017

Health Care Reform, Trump’s Long Game, New York Real Estate Woes & Casual Racism, Burning All the Paintings, Multiple Beers and A Tall Bottle of Johnny Walker Black. Fifty episodes in (sort of) and this is what it's come to. We couldn’t be more proud...Show More

1:33:09 | Mar 18th, 2017

Did the Brits actually wiretap his building? And look, he’s ‘good people’, but we’re gonna have to talk about this, ‘sources say’ stuff
Whoa — she's got his tax returns! BUT, before we get to that crucial story, take a look at this Oort Cloud of spec...Show More

1:36:54 | Mar 10th, 2017

It's an active week in Washington as the Trump administration takes a few mulligans. The Travel/Muslim Ban is revealed, Congress debates the deeply unpopular health care reform-reform proposal, and the administration teases a new trillion dollar infr...Show More

1:34:07 | Mar 5th, 2017

[Special Dispatch]"Two Conversations About Race, History, and Identity”Kmele hijacks the podcast stream for a pair of conversations about race, philosophy, what history and filmmaking have in common, why he hates when people call his wife a 'beautifu...Show More

1:49:13 | Mar 2nd, 2017

"Presidential." "His Best Speech Yet." "Hey, What Happened To His Entirely-Too-Long Red Tie!?" ---- It's an all new Donald Trump. He's calm, composed, occasionally optimistic and his standard complement of half-truths, exaggerations, outright lies an...Show More

1:35:54 | Feb 16th, 2017

The cascade of failures, missteps, scandal and controversy otherwise known as the Trump Administration has stammered into its fourth week of governance*. Michael Flynn -- Former National Security Adviser.... the man Previously responsible for reading...Show More

1:50:37 | Feb 11th, 2017

POTUS is at war with the courts, with the press, and on account of it's leaking like a sieve, he's kinda at war with his own administration. Reason's resident legal aficionado Damon Root stop by to expound on the legal wrangling over the immigration ...Show More

1:20:45 | Feb 1st, 2017

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 goo...Show More

1:39:08 | Jan 27th, 2017

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?),...Show More

1:41:41 | Jan 19th, 2017

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 s...Show More

1:29:53 | Jan 11th, 2017

After a day of confirmation hearings and protesters in pink t-shirts, amid growing uncertainty about the future of Obama Care, and just ahead of President Obama's Farewell Address in Chicago; a dossier filled with potentially explosive and definitive...Show More

1:24:04 | Jan 7th, 2017

Welch has been eying the guitar in the corner all night, some thoughtful listeners sent the fellas a huge bottle of Johnny Walker Black, and appears they've been reading newly released intelligence briefs for the last hour. If you were in the room, y...Show More

1:42:22 | Dec 30th, 2016

In the final dispatch of 2016, THE COLUMNISTS examine the recent terror attacks in Berlin -- parsing predictable responses, likely fallout, and beyond.And as the Obama Presidency draws to a close, an increasingly 'complicated' (if not entirely frosty...Show More

1:03:36 | Dec 20th, 2016

Definitive accusations from the US intelligence community. Promises of reprisals from President Obama. A last ditch effort to sway Electoral College voters and prevent Donald Trump from moving into the White House.SPOILER ALERT: You’ll hear exactly z...Show More

1:23:20 | Dec 15th, 2016

In the final days of the Obama administration, many ‘journalos’ (pronounced: jurn-ah-lows) are producing fond remembrances of the outgoing administration while closely scrutinizing every (frequently confusing) move and utterance from the incoming adm...Show More

1:37:12 | Dec 9th, 2016

If a white nationalists speaks to a meager audience on a Texas campus, can any American avoid hearing about it? When Tomi tangles with Trevor on The Daily Show, does anyone really win? The answer to both of these questions could be a resounding "no"....Show More

1:29:52 | Dec 1st, 2016

“Fidel Castro dead, y’all!” Revolutionary, Dictator, Monster and... Human Rights Champion!? No seriously, some idiot wrote that, and worse besides. The Columnists offer an unvarnished appraisal of the newly muerto totalitarian. Glenn Garvin of the Mi...Show More

1:21:14 | Nov 22nd, 2016

A Hamilltonian dressing down for the Vice President Elect? A White Nationalist Confrence in the Nations Capital? Sure -- it's almost Thanksgiving, but before digging into the Turkey, stuffing and cranbary sause -- we managed to sneak in one more disp...Show More

1:20:18 | Nov 18th, 2016

What do you do after a media apperance in Midtown Manhattan. If you answered, "Eat Ground Beef with Friends" -- you've probably been drinking with Kat Timpf and Matt Welch.  Trump Ditches the Press Pool to Grab a Steak To Dinner.Steve Bannon (White H...Show More

1:41:40 | Nov 11th, 2016

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 Id...Show More

1:01:23 | Nov 3rd, 2016

This week, Hollywood Mike Moynihan deigns to rejoin the Troika of Truth in our last podcast before Election 2016 is dumped on our heads like a sack of dead rats. Kmele heroically calls in from “Easter Island” (a massage bar on the Upper West Side?) t...Show More

1:35:44 | Oct 26th, 2016

This week, comedian Andrew Schulz (, The Brilliant Idiots Podcast) stops by, Moynihan is a no show, and things get out of hand quickly (The 'explicit content' warning is there for a reason people). Up for discussions: Schulz...Show More

1:15:41 | Oct 19th, 2016

We selected some stories, organized them in a thoughtful way -- and even developed a few punchy segways. But we didn't do much with any of that... On the eve of the final presidential debate, the damn broke, or something... and this here was the outc...Show More

1:24:09 | Oct 13th, 2016

Moynihan watches the presidential debate with his old pal Glenn Beck. Donald Trump doesn't understand how handshakes work at all. Hillary Clinton should probably give up on email at this point. And there's obviously only one hope for avoiding an all ...Show More

1:04:11 | Oct 6th, 2016

2016 Libertarian Party Presidential Hopeful Gary Johnson Swings By. We talk Vice Presidential Debates, Aleppo, Foreign Policy, BLM and the Era of Fake News Narratives.

1:22:34 | Sep 30th, 2016

Near the tail end of the recording, Moynihan pronounced this the best show we've ever done..." Perhaps so. What we can say for sure about this weeks installment of The Fifth: 1) We lost track of time, 2) Much wine was poured & consumed, and 3) Gary J...Show More

1:17:38 | Sep 21st, 2016

The triumvirate has much to discuss after a weekend disrupted by terror attacks in several states and yet another high profile police shooting. Media speculation, double standards and misestimation of risk abound. Also... Denzel Washington. Josh Zepp...Show More

1:13:32 | Sep 15th, 2016

We had to MacGyver the hell out of this weeks dispatch. It's almost as if someone was trying to stop us... (Just asking questions here). Aleppo, Baskets of 'Deplorables', More Hacked Emails, Hillary's Flu-Ghazi... or is it a Trumpian Putanist plot (J...Show More

1:13:50 | Sep 1st, 2016

Colin Kaepernick rides the pine (which makes sense on many levels). Donald Trump visits Mexico. Hillary Clinton squares off with the AltRight. A few things remain unclear: Will our heroes ever get around to the oft promised discussion of 'private pri...Show More

1:07:29 | Aug 25th, 2016

When Buck Sexton sits in for the hour there's a good chance the conversation will turn to foreign policy. As it turns out, that's exactly what happened and despited promises to the contrary, it pretty much stayed there. We did manage to establish a n...Show More

1:14:02 | Aug 18th, 2016

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 ...Show More

1:05:16 | Aug 11th, 2016

Episode 20: The most discursive and 'intrupty' installment to date, but never worry, they always stick that landing (that's an Olympics reference). This Week: - Obligatory Olympics Banter- Malia Obama twerks and tokes at Lalapalooza- Gary Johnson and...Show More

1:10:55 | Aug 4th, 2016

The Conventions are over, Welch, Moynihan and Foster are back in Gotham and it feels like Autumn in August. Still, Trump related anxieties have managed to reach new levels of 'OH-MY-GOD'; will his ascension to the presidency result in a nuclear confl...Show More

1:06:06 | Jul 27th, 2016

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 da...Show More

54:31 | Jul 21st, 2016

Welch and Moynihan from the Floor of the RNC Convention... What could possibly go wrong? No more description. You listen, you find out!

47:05 | Jul 13th, 2016

A trifecta of highly charged police involved shootings dominate the headlines; what are the odds that resulting media coverage and political rhetoric are substantive, fact-based and solutions oriented?  And what is President Obama going on about? Plu...Show More

1:13:59 | Jul 7th, 2016

What is Kmele hiding in Greece? Why is Donald Trump taking advantage of Hillary Clinton’s email lawbreaking by doubling down on the Star of David? And what on earth is the man who contributed to the downfall of pop-science journo-fabulist Jonah Lehre...Show More

1:10:11 | Jun 29th, 2016

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 ha...Show More

1:09:54 | Jun 22nd, 2016

What's the most [REDACTED] ever to [REDACTED]? Can someone really be 'completely brilliant' and 'wrong about virtually everything'? Will we ever get tired of talk'n bout OJ? In a baseball cap and shorts, is Matt the spitting image of Dennis the Menac...Show More

1:08:56 | Jun 14th, 2016

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...Show More

1:12:04 | Jun 9th, 2016

What the hell happened to Matt? How awful was Bernie Sanders week and why does he hate women? Why you got to be all racist? Foster, Welch and Moynihan discuss
 Anthony Fisher (Reason / The Week) drops by.

1:06:23 | Jun 2nd, 2016

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,...Show More

1:02:43 | May 25th, 2016

Trump and Sanders carry populist revolutions to their respective conventions; will violence ensue? Are we witnessing the end of the culture wars? Plus, thoughts on the Freddie "Gaye", Black Lives Matter, and those lapel cameras. Foster, Welch and Moy...Show More

1:05:05 | May 18th, 2016

If you hurriedly discuss the primary race will it end any faster? If you'd previously maintained that an economic miracle was unfolding in Venezuela, are you morally obliged to move there? "If you agree wit him, why you throwin shade?" Foster, Welch ...Show More

1:03:02 | May 11th, 2016

Would Tyler Durden vote for candidate Trump? Why can't super rich authors have everything they want? Is "Cookie's" accent wonderful or fantastic?Charles C.W. Cooke of National Review stops by.Foster, Welch and Moynihan discuss.

55:23 | May 4th, 2016

Might a Trump primary victory signal the 'end of days' while simultaneously proving the existence of extraterrestrials? Can independents finally make a significant impact on the election? Will Matt and Moynihan finally 'keep it 100?Welch returns. Fos...Show More

1:02:24 | Apr 29th, 2016

Trump and Hillary cement their leads but no one's willing to get out of the race; why won't anyone make it stop? How is Donald Trump's foreign policy doctrine like a children's game? Just what is the corporate media's nefarious diabolical plan? Plus ...Show More

1:02:15 | Apr 21st, 2016

Has the New York primary finally closed the door on Cruz, Sanders and Kasich? Should a voter who asks politely be allowed more than one ‘I Voted Sticker’? And why would a journalist bother fact-checking something if more than two people have tweeted ...Show More

1:01:33 | Apr 15th, 2016

Sanders and Clinton debate on a dock in Brooklyn -- would any have noticed if CNN had just replayed clips of their previous showdowns? Is Gitmo too good for climate skeptics? And how racist are cops in Chicago? Moynihan, Welch and Foster discuss
 /w ...Show More

1:09:00 | Apr 8th, 2016

This Week: Bernie Sanders gives an incoherent interview to the Daily News and simultaneously wins a critical presidential primary in Wisconsin; coincidence or conspiracy? Why are Panamanians so awful at keeping secrets? And why do cops insist on shoo...Show More

1:00:34 | Apr 2nd, 2016

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 "Hil...Show More