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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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    #455 - Debate Me, Joe

    #455 - Debate Me, Joe

    * At a party
    * At Fenway
    * Losers (which is apparently already a show)
    * Jake, Dana, Donald, and Joe
    * Cui bono?
    * How Joe wins
    * How Donald wins
    * The NY trial continues…
    * Mitt Romney would pardon DT
    * “Attacked our legal system”
    * The new Noem
    * Post-Donald, where does the party go?
    * How goes it in Ukraine?


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    • 1 hr 51 min
    Members Only #210 - Odds, Bobs, Feminist Bank Tellers, and the Records That Changed Us

    Members Only #210 - Odds, Bobs, Feminist Bank Tellers, and the Records That Changed Us

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    * Italian bootlegs
    * Warm Fanta
    * Drinking on your European vacation
    * The Comfort of Strangers
    * Pre-internet travel
    * Jake Siegel: a moderate dissent…and Fifth reaction
    * Probability and the feminist bank teller
    * What happens when people call you bad names in public
    * 9 times out of 10, they were rapping
    * Awful media critics
    * What would CH do?
    * Steve Albini
    * “And the songs that…

    • 20 min
    #454 - A Conspiracy So Vast (w/ Jacob Siegel)

    #454 - A Conspiracy So Vast (w/ Jacob Siegel)

    So many of you have written us demanding the return of Jacob Siegel that when word got to us that he was back in New York, we hunted him down and demanded that he submit to a *third* appearance on The Fifth. We discovered that Comrade Siegel, a gravelly voiced veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq and senior writer at Tablet, is hard at work on a book, an expansion of his already expansive essay “A Guide to Understanding the Hoax of the Century.” So we sat back in our chairs, asked a few questions, and basically handed the mic to Jake for an extended peroration on the Disinformation Industrial Complex, Trump’s foreign policy, why we should end American aid to Israel, and whether or not his unified theory of censorship counts as a “conspiracy theory.”
    We assume this one will provoke lots of listener mail. So agree or disagree, send it over and perhaps we’ll do a special “Responding to Jake” episode over at Substack.


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    • 1 hr 34 min
    Members Only #209 - Rotten (and Racist) in Denmark

    Members Only #209 - Rotten (and Racist) in Denmark

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    * Shogun erasure
    * Revolutionary accents
    * A debate on Israel and a subsequent anti-Moynihan calumny
    * Alas, anti-Semitism is common in certain parts of the world
    * Pointing this out seems pretty obvious
    * The WAV file
    * My melanated baby
    * Teaching kids versus raising kids
    * Indoctrinating someone else’s kids into your way of thinking is some serious cult shit
    * Torturing …

    • 21 min
    #453 - No Step on Snek

    #453 - No Step on Snek

    * Children of the revolution
    * No journalists allowed!
    * The Italian Gadsden flag
    * Oh no, Matt Welch…no, no, no
    * In defense of …Al Sharpton?
    * Dead soul singers
    * The great Baby Huey
    * Forgiving student debt is insane
    * College is dumb but it makes economic sense…for now
    * The New York Times and NPR
    * Jihad rehab
    * Twitter welcomes another sexless fascist


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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Members Only #208 - Bananas Foster

    Members Only #208 - Bananas Foster

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    * The Banana genocide
    * Professor, professor…let’s stick to the facts
    * A conspiracy documentary full of cranks and losers
    * 60 journalism professors find a story they cannot countenance
    * Listeners on ADHD and Adderall
    * RFK in CA
    * Nodding along with Lemon
    * How to talk to an Auschwitz survivor
    * The trickiness of memory
    * Two sets of rules
    * Peaceful protesters get a call fr…

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.6K Ratings

2.6K Ratings

scaryloud ,

Hilarious

First discovered these guys on YouTube Megyn Kelly Show. Always entertaining!

Heartandbile ,

Too few insights

Smug, rambling chatter with far too few original ideas or insights to warrant listening to the hours of self-indulgence. A shame, because all three of these fellas are sharp and interesting. Return to form, please.

Person Martin ,

Terrible show

This show is awful, and the hosts do an impressive job of presenting their obviously biased opinions as THE truth with little evidence and or reference to legitimate counter points.

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