303 episodes

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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    • 4.6 • 2.2K Ratings

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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    374 "Walls Closing In (Again?)"

    374 "Walls Closing In (Again?)"

    Toddler Pestilence

    Death Defying Drives

    Naked Pool Slide (are you “The Big Guy”

    Russia, Ukraine, A wildly outdated PBX systems

    Trump’s Devolving Legal Situationship

    This Isn’t Political; Trust Me 🤞🏼

    Russia Hacked the Women’s March?

    Buses, Planes, and “Kidnapping” Stunts

    Maybe Build that Wall Now?

    Recorded: 9.22.22
    Published: 9.23.22

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    • 2 hr 13 min
    373 "Notes on White Privilege" w/ Adam Davidson and Thomas Chatterton Williams

    373 "Notes on White Privilege" w/ Adam Davidson and Thomas Chatterton Williams

    Featuring:
    Thomas Chatterton Williams - Contributing Writer @ The Atlantic, Visiting Professor and Senior Fellow Hannah Arendt Center @ Bard College
    Adam Davidson - Co-Founder @ Planet Money, Contributing Writer @ The New Yorker
    ***
    “It amazes me that any straight, white dudes don't see the privilege we have. It's not subtle.” - Adam Davidson - via Twitter (8/20/22)
    Not a long tweet. And in the grand scheme of things, hardly an unusual opinion to encounter. Ordinarily, I fire off a reply —maybe there’s some pithy back and forth, but things more or less end up about where they began— until the next (pointless?) social media drama.
    But maybe we agree to talk instead? Probe a bit further. Perhaps even learn a few things in the process?


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    • 1 hr 26 min
    372 "The Queen is Dead"

    372 "The Queen is Dead"

    So I broke into the Palace with a sponge and a rusty spanner

    With the Right Honorable Matt Welch ensconced in a posh Beverly Hills hotel, prepping to shock and sicken America with yet another appearance on Real Time, Kmele and Moynihan got on the horn to discuss the death of corgi-loving colonialist Queen Elizabeth II, moronic “anti-colonialist” Twitter, Bannon’s perp strut, Moynihan’s unwitting mentor, phantom racist volleyball fans, and an unarmed man shot in the back who wasn’t unarmed or shot in the back.

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    • 1 hr 32 min
    371 "Triumph of the Shrill, Kmele's Thrill, America is Still Ill"

    371 "Triumph of the Shrill, Kmele's Thrill, America is Still Ill"

    Against a blood-red backdrop, President Biden gives an urgent campaign speech, warning that America is becoming semi-Nazi Germany, Donald Trump is partial Hitler, and our almost democracy is on the precipice of kinda revolution. The lads watch the speech and say lots of really smart things. But before they discuss the end of America, Kmele forces a conversation about Michael Jackson’s Thriller. He has a theory. Moynihan and Welch are…skeptical.

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    • 1 hr 22 min
    370 "Going Commando, Occasionally Reliable Sources"

    370 "Going Commando, Occasionally Reliable Sources"

    Zuck Talks w/ Rogan

    Student Loan Forgiveness

    Who Cares if It’s Democratic

    WashPo: “It’s Regressive!”

    The Redbox Test

    Student Debt is immoral

    Moynihan in an elevator w/ Harry Styles

    Oh, my god, they fired Brian (You bastards!)

    The Jim Jones of Journalism

    NBC “News”

    The Many Papers of Donald Trump

    That NPR Voice

    Ben Shapiro Goes to a Conference (Hilarity Ensues)

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    • 2 hr 2 min
    369 w/ Lara Bazelon and Hamish McKenzie (Live in collapsing San Francisco!)

    369 w/ Lara Bazelon and Hamish McKenzie (Live in collapsing San Francisco!)

    A few weeks ago, with Matt Welch bleeding out of his ears and supposedly forbidden from flying, Kmele and Moynihan hopped a plane to a post-apocalyptic hellscape called “San Francisco” to kibizt with their new benevolent overlords at Substack. Unlike the boring prigs at Patreon (whose “Trust and Safety” commissars never even returned our calls), Substack rather generously hosted the Fifth crew for drinks, drinks, some more drinks, and a live show at company HQ.

    In Matt’s stead, the lads called up FOTF (Friend of the Fifth - ed.) Lara “Che” Bazelon, a local law professor and communist revolutionary, and Substack co-founder* Hamish McKenzie, a reactionary publisher of fake news. They discuss San Francisco, the state of the media, the future of free speech, and much, much more. Enjoy.
    *Note: We previously referred to Hamish as CEO of Substack. He is, we are reliably informed, the "chief writing officer," which sounds to us like a fake job. As such, we now have significant doubts he even works at Substack and suspect he's never even been to New Zealand (which he told us “is the country where Kyle Minogue and Yahoo Serious are from”).

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    • 1 hr 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.2K Ratings

2.2K Ratings

30footsmurf ,

Finally, an anti-gaslighting pod!

The fellas are witty, incredibly intelligent, and none of them care about having mainstream views. They are all true to their own values and intellect and takes of issues. It’s lovely to have a pod that is more in the middle of the aisle. I dislike the far right everything Trump is sunshine and roses and I equally dislike the lefty Trump hating pods. I love that the guys call out the good and the bad of both sides without such an obvious bias that goes against facts and logic. I’m freaking tired of the gas lighting on both sides. I can see with my good face eyes what is actually happening so it’s lovely to have political commentary that is based in reality instead of talking points.

angrylf ,

If you like smarmy back patting you’ll love this podcast

A bunch of people with verbal diarrhea talking over each other - never uttering an original thought. Ug. I tried it a number of times but it is beyond annoying.

Miz Luv ,

Great discussions

Objectively excellent guests and topics. Subjectively hilarious hosts. One of my favorite sources for in-depth discussions and points of view that invariably run contrary to the stuff being put out by Fox or MSNBC or whatever.

If you like to challenge yourself and/or actively seek divergent opinions in an effort to avoid the dreaded echo chamber, feedback loop, hive mind, etc., then you should definitely add this to your subscriptions.

Note that the show can run a bit long, and the hosts may take some getting used to (especially when they’ve been drinking), so stick with it a while and give it a fair shot, even if it’s a little hard at first.

It grows on you. Lol

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