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Your weekly rhetorical assault on the on the news cycle, the people who make it, and occasionally ourselves. Kmele Foster (Freethink), Michael Moynihan (Vice), and Matt Welch (Reason) talk and laugh and drink their way to at least quasi-sanity in a world gone mad, often with the aid of clean and articulate guests. Weekly Members Only subscription edition often comes with listener mail and professional-quality (if inappropriate) singing. Analysis. Commentary. Sedition.

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The Fifth Column Kmele Foster, Michael Moynihan, and Matt Welch

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Your weekly rhetorical assault on the on the news cycle, the people who make it, and occasionally ourselves. Kmele Foster (Freethink), Michael Moynihan (Vice), and Matt Welch (Reason) talk and laugh and drink their way to at least quasi-sanity in a world gone mad, often with the aid of clean and articulate guests. Weekly Members Only subscription edition often comes with listener mail and professional-quality (if inappropriate) singing. Analysis. Commentary. Sedition.

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    368 w/ Eli Lake "Mar-a-lago Momentos and Nuclear Codes"

    368 w/ Eli Lake "Mar-a-lago Momentos and Nuclear Codes"

    Many urgent matters loom large in this dispatch.

    How did boxes full of TOP SECRET documents turn up a Trump’s Mar-a-lago compound?!
    Could be an honest mistake… Few moving labels get mixed up; nuclear secrets turn up in a Florida man’s safe. Maybe a box full of Melania’s bawdiest intimates gets serendipitously misdirected to the National Archives.
    Could America be so lucky?
    Could Trump be selling state secrets to the highest bidder?
    Could the “Deep State” be up to no good?
    Is there a clearance sale at the Banana Republic?
    We’ve got margaritas, Sativa, a burning desire to sort this 💩 out — and Eli Lake is a responsible adult whose laptop definitely won’t run out of power mid-podcast.
    Recorded: Aug 11, 2022
    Published: NOW

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    • 1 hr 52 min
    367 w/ Rep Peter Meijer "The Almost Exit Interview"

    367 w/ Rep Peter Meijer "The Almost Exit Interview"

    It's among the most unusual and noteworthy congressional primary races of 2022. For a surprisingly long stretch, Michigan's third district has been home to a uniquely independent brand of republican congresspersons. But after Peter Meijer (R) narrowly lost his primary race this week, MI-3's respectability streak is no more.

    Congressman Meijer's party largely abandoned him. The former President still really hates him. And Democrats spent $435,000 to help boost his MAGA-loving opponent's sparse media profile. Meijer joined us to break down the race, spill a little tea about his soon-to-be-former-colleagues, and share some high/lowlights from his all-too-brief time in office.
    Recorded: Aug 3, 2022
    Published: Aug 4, 2022

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    • 1 hr 44 min
    366 w/ John McWhorter and Glenn Loury "Racial Identity, Abolition and Reckonings"

    366 w/ John McWhorter and Glenn Loury "Racial Identity, Abolition and Reckonings"

    w/ John McWhorter and Glenn Loury
    - No Moynihan, No Welch- Progress or Pesmissim- Campus Culture- Culture Warriors- Gaslighting + Reactionaries- DEI Obstacles- Overstatement and Bravery- Dignity + Individualism- Race as Ethnicity- All in Bounds- Pride, Honor, Shame- “Tolstoy is Mine. Dickens is Mine.”- Everything is permissible to meRecorded: 6/14/22Published: 7/24/22


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    • 46 min
    365 w/ David French "People with Capacities, Roe Reconsidered, Malignant Forces"

    365 w/ David French "People with Capacities, Roe Reconsidered, Malignant Forces"

    with David French contributing writer @ The Atlantic and senior editor @ The Dispatch.James GD WebbCleaning Your RoomPlaying to the CrowdThe Great CRT Ban KurfufflReconsidering that Roe decisionThe Capacity for PregnancyCorroboration, Prosecution, and RestraintTrump v DeSantisWorld Level ExpertsDarker Woods BeyondAnarchapulco


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    • 2 hrs 24 min
    364 "Rejecting Boris, Reeducating Macy, Ridiculous Gavin"

    364 "Rejecting Boris, Reeducating Macy, Ridiculous Gavin"

    Matt breaks an eardrum

    Boris breaks British politics (Ed note: Boris renounced his American citizenship in 2017. We sort of regret the error)

    Would Putin free LeBron?

    Remember Macy Gray? Well, whoever she is, she’s very sorry

    Tim Hardaway, self-proclaimed homophobe

    The end of interventionism

    Former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe is shot

    Andrew Schultz goes the way of Louis CK

    2022 Freedom Bowl: California v. Florida

    Gavin Newsom: Slightly Better than Beto

    Covid and culture wars: What will matter in 2024

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    • 2 hrs 10 min
    363 w/ Damon Root "Guns, Abortion, The End of All Things"

    363 w/ Damon Root "Guns, Abortion, The End of All Things"

    “Tear it down. Start over again. We can make a brand new start.” - Blue Mafic

    A Bad Omen

    Judicial Superfluity

    Beyond Roe

    unenumerated, natural, ipse dixit

    Carry Concealed

    Conservative Excesss, Judicial Restraint

    Europe is Always Better

    “Sand in every damn gear…”

    Antidemocratic AF

    Release the Transcripts

    Recorded: June 25th, 2022
    Published: June 26th, 2022

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    • 2 hrs 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

zerr0ww ,

Great stuff

Great podcast! Thanks for hours of good humour, and level headed analysis

Also, Kmele should write more

CarlosLWatson ,

Lots of guests and several hosts

Usually all men talking over one another. The episodes with fewer people in the room are better so don’t be put off if today’s episode is a cacophony of voices all vying for your attention - next week may be different.

Silent Hertz ,

Honesty

This is often an enjoyable examination and discussion of current affairs, but you will need to leave your incredulity at the door on occasion, in the same way that the hosts - particularly Moynihan - leave their credibility. For example, one guest referred to Politifact as “the most credible fact-checking” and went unchallenged, and the facts of the issues in Loudon County’s education scandal have been misrepresented, most likely because of Vice’s position (Moynihan’s employer) on the events. If you can get past moments like this, there is lots to enjoy.

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