176 episodes

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

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

    • News

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

    Episode 171 w/ Jesse Singal "Biden's Ebony Firewall, No BBQ Sauce in American Dirt"

    Episode 171 w/ Jesse Singal "Biden's Ebony Firewall, No BBQ Sauce in American Dirt"

    Description:
    - Black History Month
    - There's no Barbecue Sauce in American Dirt
    - Believe Some Death Threats, Leverage Others
    - Oscar Obsession (Beautiful Mind Edition)
    - Yang Dead Is Dead, Long Live Yang Gang
    - Bernie's Ceiling, Biden's Ebony Firewall
    - A SHOCKING Presidential Endorsement
    - Bloomberg's Stop + Frisk Memory Hole
    - ADL: "White Supremacy is On The Rise!"
    Recorded: February 12th, 2020
    Released: February 13th, 2020

    • 1 hr 37 min
    UNLOCKED - Patreon Dispatch #8 🎁

    UNLOCKED - Patreon Dispatch #8 🎁

    The last time we did this, we said don't get used to it. Well, we meant it. But we're also feeling overly generous. So here is last week's Patreon-only dispatch, featuring Moynihan and Kmele. You're welcome.
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    Kmele and Moynihan are back in Williamsburg drinking bad wine and talking shit...while trying to figure out why Welch isn't returning anyone's calls. 
    Moynihan returns to Iowa and remembers why he hates journalists. Bumbling around the Hawkeye State, he chats with Andrew Yang, hangs with hardcore Trump types and fanatical Bernie bros. And they're all Iowa nice. 
    Kmele has a black "Big Chill" weekend in Pennsylvania and opens about up his parents--to a gobsmacked Moynihan.
     
    As usual, the lads try to catch up on a bunch of listener mail, provoking discussions about tattoos, Chile, Northern Ireland, Goop, The Central Park Five, and the "Preppy Killer" Robert Chambers.
     
    And twenty years after it debuted, Kmele finally watches Curb Your Enthusiasm.
    Outro music: RIP Andy Gill.
    Recorded February 4, 2020

    • 1 hr 42 min
    Episode 170: "Trump’s Best Week Ever, Iowa Pile Up"

    Episode 170: "Trump’s Best Week Ever, Iowa Pile Up"

    Description:
    - Kmele's Inner MAGA
    - State of the Union Theatrics
    - “Oh, God -- Fire the Media!”
    - "The Big Lie" (and other nonsense)
    - Mitt Romney’s Moment
    - Trump’s Criminal Justice Reform
    - Iowa Fiasco
    - Waiting for Bernie to Turn on MSNBC
    - Preview of Upcoming Patreon Episodes
    Recorded: February 5th, 2020
    Released: February 6th, 2020

    • 1 hr 49 min
    Episode 169: "I'm so sorry this is happening to YOU"

    Episode 169: "I'm so sorry this is happening to YOU"

    Description:
    - When the mob came for the Fifth
    - Hong Kong: Proto Police State
    - The Democratic Field
    - Bernie's Got a Shot, The Joe Rogan Bounce
    - Criminalizing Disinformation
    - Watching Lou Dobbs
    - Fearing the Bern
    - Truthy Skepticism
    - An Impeachment Drive-By
    - Eli on the FBI
    - Some Idiot Wrote This (and this... and this...)
    Recorded: January 29, 2020
    Released: January 30, 2020

    • 1 hr 49 min
    Episode 168 w/ Miriam Elder: "Does Anything Matter Anymore?"

    Episode 168 w/ Miriam Elder: "Does Anything Matter Anymore?"

    GUEST:
    Miriam Elder, senior political reporter for BuzzFeed News and former Russia correspondent for The Guardian. (@MiriamElder)
    DESCRIPTION:
    Our fake bios
    Miriam's seven years in Moscow
    Get Shorty, Alex Jones, and the D-list b******t artists
    Matt’s Russophobia isn’t as bad as MSNBC’s
    Political theater provides cover to Putin’s authoritarianism 
    Moynihan and Elder throw down over Bernie's alleged sexism. Plus: Is believing Warren or Sanders a #MeToo lesson?
    Who is the nihilist candidate?
    Banning lies on Facebook
    Can a bully be funny?
    The “Independents” couple forever

    Recorded: January 16, 2020
    Released: January 18, 2020

    • 1 hr 54 min
    Episode 167 w/ Noah Rothman “ The Case for F*ckin Iran Right Up”

    Episode 167 w/ Noah Rothman “ The Case for F*ckin Iran Right Up”

    GUEST: Noah Rothman
    Associate Editor@ Commentary -- Contributor @ MSNBC/NBC News
    Author: “Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America” (Jan 2019)
    DESCRIPTION:
    - Why the Washington Bullets became the Wizard 
    - Bomb Iran?
    - Will Americans ever support another Middle East War again?
    - International commerce —> global middle class —> less war
    - Trump thinks China should police the Strait of Hormuz
    - What if we did NOTHING?
    - Brian Stelter praises Tucker Carlson
    - John Bolton might testify
    - Moynihan shows up late
    - Elizabeth Wurtzel
    - Facebooks deep fake 'Problem'
    - Thanks for the swags, and the booze
    Recorded: January 7, 2019
    Published: January 8, 2019

    • 1 hr 37 min

Customer Reviews

ms.picara ,

More episodes, please

Moynihan please. Always.

GarrettsBrain ,

The Micheal Moynihan Show

This has the opportunity to be a great podcast, but Moynihan hogs the microphone and it remains 60+ minutes of him rambling.
It’s become painful to listen to. Our loss.

csx3 ,

Rational disagreement but

I’ve always considered myself left minded though since Trump found myself moving towards more independent. I still believe myself to be left of center but I appreciate being able to listen to a podcast of people that are educated on the matters they're discussing and who’s views fall all over the left-right spectrum. I enjoy being able to hear things I disagree with because the arguments are made well.

One of my biggest gripes with the show though is the group can get a little self indulgent and the guests generally don’t vary off their own spectrum of thought. When they do have a guest who does vary they don’t engage in it as deep as I’d like to hear. Im always seeking political/social discourse that isn’t screaming or self congratulating and its the closest I’ve found at least for me to be able to hear things I agree and disagree with multiple times throughout one episode. That’s what makes it fun though and challenging.

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