271 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
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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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    343 w/ Mike Pesca (ex-Slate, The Gist podcast) "Inexplicable Offense, Boring Exile, Triumphant Return"

    343 w/ Mike Pesca (ex-Slate, The Gist podcast) "Inexplicable Offense, Boring Exile, Triumphant Return"

    Almost a year after being run out of Slate for possession of an unpopular opinion, journalist and podcaster Mike Pesca joins the Fifth for his first post-controversy conversation on how it all went down, when banal opinions became "harassment," and what we can expect from the The Gist 2.0.

    Is Kmele being prioritized for Covid treatment? Because, ya know...Mike Pesca gets pushed out of Slate (for referencing, but not saying, a magic word)Bull Connor's boss, SteveA "harassment-worthy" opinionWas anyone brave and did they call b******t? Ummm...N-words and Mohammad cartoonsInsert $5 for more podcastKmele's Kovid fogThe roughest period of Mike's life, everThe new, new journalismHating Joe RoganYou don't have the truth, journalists. But you can get thereThe Gist's approchal Moynihan likes The Gist. Except that one episode...The media is atomized. Or maybe balkanizedColeman is a good rapperDon't catastrophize the normal
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    • 1 hr 42 min
    342 "Positively Apocalyptic, Momentarily Conspiratorial, Just Keep Doing the Thing"

    342 "Positively Apocalyptic, Momentarily Conspiratorial, Just Keep Doing the Thing"

    Kmele at HereticonFallibility vs. FundamentalismA Time to ChooseIn Your Heart You Know He's RacistGerrymandering for GoodCredibility, TransparencyIgnoring Alex JonesArguing with Alex JonesThe One Thing Americans Agree On......It's All Going to Shit Alex Jones' AmericaIdiots Wrote This
    Recorded: Jan 13th, 2022
    Published: Jan 14th, 2022

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    • 1 hr 42 min
    341 w/ Matt Rosenberg (NYT) "A Coup'niversary, Domestic Lefty Neocons, Kidz n' Racecraft"

    341 w/ Matt Rosenberg (NYT) "A Coup'niversary, Domestic Lefty Neocons, Kidz n' Racecraft"

    He's brilliant. He has a Pulitzer Prize, And he's totally jacked. New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg, who was at the Capitol on January 6, 2021 and could definitely kick your ass, joins the Fifth to reflect on the riot, coup, insurrection, revolution, putsch, mass hate crime...whatever you want to call it. But hang around after the Rosenberg Coup Hour for a freewheeling postgame meditation on legal crime in New York City, upbraiding Moynihan for his bad parenting skills, and the secret ghostwriters behind Kmele's Twitter account...
    *Note: It's someone else's fault, obviously, but allow us to extend a half-hearted apology for the slightly subpar (occasional but not terrible) audio quality on one of our mics. If this was a Patreon episode and you forked over cash--which you really, really should do--our regrets would be far more groveling and effusive. But you skinflints and freeloaders can just deal with it....

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    • 2 hr 22 min
    340 "Merry Kovid Kwanzaa, Madden the Death Merchant, the Flatbush Remonstrance"

    340 "Merry Kovid Kwanzaa, Madden the Death Merchant, the Flatbush Remonstrance"

    A Covid Christmas A Merry KwanzaaBefore you eulogize the dead, I have stupid tweet you should considerMatt sort of emptywheels Harry ReidPlanes, Trains, and superspreader eventsYes, there are no testsThe usual Covid frustrationsThe Webb Hubbell telescopeThe Memorial shutdownThe non-historians lecture us on historyDestroy the idols of AmericanismWhat on Earth is the Flatbush Remonstrance?
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    • 1 hr 44 min
    339 w/Rep. Peter Meijer - "The RINOvirus, Insurrection Deflection, DeSantis Claus's Xmas Miracle!"

    339 w/Rep. Peter Meijer - "The RINOvirus, Insurrection Deflection, DeSantis Claus's Xmas Miracle!"

    Back for his third (we think?) visit, the scourge of crackpots and charlatans, America's greatest ginger, and our favorite congressman...Rep. Peter Meijer!

    Look, it's not a great time for the Republican PartyUnity! Now get the f**k outWhat Rep, Meijer wrong about January 6thDear Congress: gimme some truth about January 6thWhy Nancy Pelosi wanted impeachment to failTo get out of an anti-democratic moment, we must have even less democracy "You voted to impeach and your career has been weird ever since" - Matt WelchWas that terrorism? Or just a bunch of delusional losersIs the insurrection investigation the job of congress or...historians?He's "f*****g furious"Exit question to Rep. Meijer: What say you about Julian Assange? "Just find out about the UFOs" - Kmele FosterAn hour of post-Meijer postgame A mask for Dmitrios: remembering Kmele's trip to Greece Pack the court! / Kmele's insane Elizabeth Warren impressionUnlike most rich people, Elon acts like a rich personMerry Christmas, wokeness is over (if DeSantis wants it)
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    • 2 hr 10 min
    338 "Jussie's Truth, Putin's NATO, China's Games"

    338 "Jussie's Truth, Putin's NATO, China's Games"

    Jussie Smollett's years-long legal drama careening toward its conclusion. New York City enacts the countries most expansive (and ill-conceived) COVID restrictions. While the Biden Administration sends diplomatic shots at Xi in China and navigates an increasingly tumultuous situation with Putin in Russia.

    Kmele's New York State of MindCreep ShowPlayin' JournalistDiplomatic Games + Human RightsBlaming Everything on NATO (and Biden)Russia HawksNo Justice for JussieElite Lives MatterYoko/LennonMcLaughlin Psychic Friends Network
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    • 1 hr 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2K Ratings

2K Ratings

Dave Dann ,

Mike Pesca was great!

I greatly enjoyed your informative and insightful chat with Mike Pesca. It is a sigh of relief to hear that The Gist is coming back. The Fifth Column is like a ray of sunshine the pierces through the narrative fog of the mainstream media to restore our sanity and inject some rational clarity to our news consumption. Keep up the great work!

M31415926 ,

Unintelligible shows

When they are not collocated the audio is awful. The constant talking over each other makes it near impossible the make out the speakers. And this episode in particular, I don’t know who the chuckle head is and if they are drunk or stoned from the start but they just laugh and laugh like everything is the funniest thing they every heard. Which makes it impossible for anyone else to hear what’s being said.
The quality is dropping rapidly. About time to drop the show.

PHX-SFO ,

Keep it up

A entertaining way to stay up on current events. I appreciate how the political topics are broken down without regard to party lines. Educational while still being enjoyable.

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