312 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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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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    383 w/ Ethan Strauss "The Realest Jews, God's Favorite, Ben Collins Has... Questions (about himself)"

    383 w/ Ethan Strauss "The Realest Jews, God's Favorite, Ben Collins Has... Questions (about himself)"

    with/ Nathan Straus of House of Strauss (on Substack)
    * Does the NBA Have an Antisemitism Problem?
    * They control the media, our podcast, and the NBA!?
    * Wait, who isn’t Jewish?
    * “Step 1, Step 2, Step 3, Hitler”
    * Baseball + The John Birch Society
    * Stolen (Jewish) Valor
    * “More than an Athlete” / Lebron “gettin’ that Jewish money” James
    * Divide & Sponsor
    * Was (Is) Twitter Pushing Hysteria
    * But is it antisemitism? (Does it even matter)
    * Identitarianism, Judaism, and antisemitism (real and imagined)
    * How to Talk about “Jewish Supremacy”
    * The Truth about Black Hebrew Israelites
    * Threat Inflation (and What if they’re right)
    * THE NHL(GBTQIA2S+)
    * Why the NBA 🖤 Crypto
    * The World Cup
    * Why Can’t You All Be As Brave as Ben Collins!?
    * An Actual Hero
    Recorded 11.22.22Published 11.23.22


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    • 2 hr 32 min
    382 w/ Nadav Eyal "Revolt and Resurrection: Tel Aviv Edition"

    382 w/ Nadav Eyal "Revolt and Resurrection: Tel Aviv Edition"

    Rejecting twelve hours with the commoners in coach, Kmele remains stateside while Moynihan and Welch make goyish aliyah in Israel. Wandering from the Egyptian border in the South all the way up to Trump Heights in the North, the lads are introduced to one of Israel’s most famous journalists and big thinkers, Nadav Eyal, author of Revolt: The Worldwide Uprising Against Globalization. Eyal graciously joined the Fifth at a recording studio in Tel Aviv for a very deep, very nerdy chat about whether or not the world is collapsing and if the midterms are a harbinger of a changing culture, desperate to move beyond the national populist moment.
    As we wind down, Eyal gives his verdict on the Energizer bunny of Israeli politics, incoming Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, and the worrying rise of his racist nutbag coalition partner Itamar Ben-Gvir. After Eyal frees himself from the Fifth’s clutches, Welch and Moynihan stick for a few extra minutes to talk about Jewish girls with guns and why Dave Chapelle thinks they might control Hollywood.



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    • 1 hr 33 min
    381 "The Most Important Midterm Elections Ever"

    381 "The Most Important Midterm Elections Ever"

    No Red Wave. No Blue Wave. No Fascist Takeover. No Democracy Dying in Darkness. The 2022 midterm elections came; they’ll take almost a month to sort out (including a runoff in Georgia) — but things are generally about as bad (and good) as they were before the election.
    Moynihan returns from the field, where he was covering the race in Florida.
    Welch and his family are momentarily clear of any exigent health emergencies.
    And Kmele taps in from Austin, Texas.


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    • 1 hr 43 min
    380 w/ Robert Draper "Democracy is on the Ballot (Cause They Crazy)"

    380 w/ Robert Draper "Democracy is on the Ballot (Cause They Crazy)"

    * The Libertarian Moment?
    * To Start A War
    * Weapons of Mass Delusion
    * Pelosi Attack
    * Definitely Not Bothsidesing
    * Voting For Anyone Else Is a Vote Against Democracy
    * The Gravity of Things
    * Reddit profiling
    * A Few Parting Thoughts
    Recorded: 11.2.22
    Published: 11.3.22


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    • 2 hr 13 min
    379 "Midterm Closing Arguments, Killing Kanye" w/ Coleman Hughes and Nick Gillespie

    379 "Midterm Closing Arguments, Killing Kanye" w/ Coleman Hughes and Nick Gillespie

    * Power Strip
    * A Victory for Equity
    * Surveying the Midterms
    * Fetterman’s Debate Disaster
    * The Mystery of the AIDS Quilt
    * The People vs Jim Eagle
    * Eminent, Indefatigable Election Fraud
    * Yarvin - The Mastermind
    * Black Lives Redux
    * I Miss The Old Kanye
    * “Whatabout!?” MSNBC Montage
    * Antisemitic Calypsos
    * Antisemitic Hip hop
    * Crosby, Stills and Ugh
    * T Boz Lives
    * From Ken Burns to Colorblind
    * African Apologia

    Recorded 10/26/22
    Published 10/28/22


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    • 1 hr 54 min
    378 "Nazis and Sycophants and Cynics (Oh My)"

    378 "Nazis and Sycophants and Cynics (Oh My)"

    * Moynihan has COVID (Again)
    * Another NYC Covid Spike
    * “Dangerous New Levels of Misinformation”
    * The Kids Are Actually All Right (but they’re mostly not getting vaccinated)
    * No Apologies for #DeathSantis
    * Ladies Who “Lead” (and cry about it)
    * Red Wave, Blue Wall, Purple People Eaters
    * Moynihan’s “Free Smoke” Preview
    * Republican Skullduggery
    * Yes, And, [ Deepest Possible Sigh ]
    * The “AOC to Nazi” Pipeline
    * Trust in Media… still virtually non-existent
    * The Sycophants and Cynics Coalition
    * YouTube is Kinda for Snuff Films (but don’t mention suicide or possible vaccine side effects)
    * Censorship is BipartisanPlus: Nat Con Paradise, Matt’s Latest Thing, Finding the Right Photo, Free Ads, and more
    Recorded: 10.19.22Published: 10.20.22


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    • 2 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.3K Ratings

2.3K Ratings

Rogue Williams ,

The sanest take

On an insane polity.

KB2846 ,

Libertarian?

I randomly downloaded this show and all they did was complain about Republicans. I thought maybe it was because the midterms just happened and they were unaware that there were multiple parties’ candidates involved so I pIcked a random mid-COVID episode to see their stances then. While they didn’t support the vaccine or mask mandates, they also didn’t seem to mind them all that much. They even mentioned that masks don’t work but you should definitely wear your mask inside.

The hosts seem like moderate Democrats playing Libertarian because they like being contrarians in the various large east coast cities they live in.

Hugsomeonetoday ,

Give it a listen

Does Michael talk to much? Yes Does their periodic sexism make me uncomfortable? Yes (mostly Michael again) Would I still recommend this podcast? Yes Especially if you get most of your information from one side of the political aisle. This podcast will challenge you to think beyond Tribalism.

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