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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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The Fifth Column - Analysis, Commentary, Sedition Michael Moynihan (Vice), Matt Welch (Reason), and Kmele Foster (Freethink)

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

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

    Kmele facilitates a follow-up conversation on race, racism, and anti-racism -- this time, in the midst of a global pandemic and increasing social unrest. You can find the first installment in this series of conversations here: http://wethefifth.com/episodes/121
    GUESTS /
    Glenn Loury
    Professor of the social sciences and economics at Brown University
    Thomas Chatterton Williams
    Author, "Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race" and "Losing My Cool"
     
    John McWhorter
    Professor of Linguistics, Philosophy, and Music at Columbia
    Coleman Hughes
    Fellow at The Manhattan Institute
    Contributing Editor at City Journal
    Recorded:5/22/2020
    Published: 6/1/2020

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    • 1 hr 36 min
    187 w/ Bari Weiss "Karens in the Ramble, Section 230"

    187 w/ Bari Weiss "Karens in the Ramble, Section 230"

    She wrote a column in the New York Times. She failed to mention her favorite podcast. She mentioned other podcasts. She texted us asking if she could come on the show to apologize. We agreed. Bari Weiss, the genial and gentle bête noire of woke culture, is back...hat in hand, asking for Fifth forgiveness. But she sticks around to discuss lots of other stuff:
    - We are all Stasi agents now
    - You're both Karens!
    - A murder in Minneapolis
    - Whose more powerful? Jack Dorsey or one of your senators?
    - Should corporations be fact-checking politicians?
    - Matt explains Section 230
    - Moynihan rants about journalists being annoying
    - A guest appearance from Nellie Bowles
    - A really bad piece about white people and spices
    - Kmele squeezes in some China/Hong Kong talk
    - And some good news from Spencer!

    Recorded: May 27, 2020
    Published: May 28, 2020

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    • 1 hr 58 min
    186 w/ Balaji Srinivasan, Conor Friedersdorf - "Predicting Pandemics, Fixing Journalism"

    186 w/ Balaji Srinivasan, Conor Friedersdorf - "Predicting Pandemics, Fixing Journalism"

    Balaji Srinivasan (@balajis)
    Investor + Entrepreneur, Former CTO @ Coinbase, Partner @ Andreessen Horowitz
    Conor Friedersdorf (@conor64)
    Staff Writer at The Atlantic, Founding Editor of The Best of Journalism
    - How Startups Think About Failure + Survival
    - Pandemics, Panics, and Journalistic Incentives
    - Forging Societal Truth
    - Why the US Failed to Take COVID Seriously
    - Why Journalist Hate The Valley
    - Believing Half of What You Read
    - Epistemology Algorithms 
    - A Feature Set for Fixing Journalism
    - Looser Arguments
    Recorded: May 14th 2020
    Published: May 25th 2020

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    • 1 hr 33 min
    185 w/ Ethan Strauss - "What's the Matter With Michael Jordan"

    185 w/ Ethan Strauss - "What's the Matter With Michael Jordan"

    w/ Ethan Strauss Writer @ Athletic, Author "The Victory Machine: The Making and Unmaking of the Warriors Dynasty" (2020)
    - Getting Political
    - NBA vs China
    - Bad Deals and Bad Economics
    - The Incomparable Michael Jordan
    - 'What is Best In Life'
    - Resuming the NBA Season
    - Pissing off Kevin Durant
    Recorded: May 13th 2020
    Published: May 17th 2020

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    • 1 hr 30 min
    184 w/ Rep Justin Amash - "The Case for the Spoiler*"

    184 w/ Rep Justin Amash - "The Case for the Spoiler*"

    w/ Rep Justin Amash US Congressman (Michigan's 3rd Congressional District) and 2020 Libertarian Presidential Hopeful
    U.S. Representative for Michigan's 3rd congressional district since 2011, and currently serving as the first Libertarian Party member of Congress. Amash diagnoses what's wrong with America's politics, parties, and legislative process. And he makes the case for why he's ideally well suited to fix.
    Recorded: May 4th 2020
    Published: May 6th 2020

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    183 w/ Glenn Greenwald - "Pandemic Censorship + Close Encounters"

    183 w/ Glenn Greenwald - "Pandemic Censorship + Close Encounters"

    w/ Glenn Greenwald Co-founding Editor @ The Intercept, Host @ "System Update"


    A once in a century pandemic is producing unique and daunting challenges to civil liberties around the world. What are the necessary compromises? Where are the non-negotiable red lines? And what are those mysterious bright lights people have been seeing in the night sky? (The last one is easy: visitors from another galaxy, here to share their advanced technology with us... for a price).


    ALSO:


    - Avoiding a Hot War w/ Red-China
    - COVID in Brazil
    - Reading the YouTube Comments
    - Logging Onto CompuServe to Own The Conservatives
    - A Kinder, Gentler Greenwald
    - Russia-Gate Revisited
    - Why FISA Was Always B******t
    - 'Just the Tip' Socialism


    Recorded: April 30th 2020
    Published May 2nd 2020

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    • 1 hr 57 min

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