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From their enclave in midtown Manhattan, Michael Moynihan (Vice News, The Daily Beast), Matt Welch (Reason) and Kmele Foster (Freethink) pick apart the news, interrogate their 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?

From their enclave in midtown Manhattan, Michael Moynihan (Vice News, The Daily Beast), Matt Welch (Reason) and Kmele Foster (Freethink) pick apart the news, interrogate their 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?
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From their enclave in midtown Manhattan, Michael Moynihan (Vice News, The Daily Beast), Matt Welch (Reason) and Kmele Foster (Freethink) pick apart the news, interrogate their 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?

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Episodes

120 "Everything* You Need Know About The 2018 Midterms, Serious Journalism, The Beleaguered"

11/9/2018
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- Phallic Humor - "We'll Do It Live" (In NYC, Next Month) - The Midterms (For People Who Kind of Hate Midterms) - The "Fuck You" Vote - Beto, Gillum, Abrams - Voter Fraud/Disenfranchisement - Trump vs. Acosta Part 5: 'Why can't they both lose?' - Trump: 'That's A Racist Question!' - Sessions, Out. Mueller, Next? - Cocaine Mitch Warns the Dems - Dog Whistles, Guilt by Association, David Duke - What Indiana Really Means - SIWT (Ezra Klein, Vox) - Surprisingly Serious Journalism...

Duration:01:36:23

119 w/ Noah Rothman “Political Violence and The Great Disillusionment”

10/31/2018
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w/ Noah Rothman (Associate Editor, Commentary -- Contributor, MSNBC/NBC News) Author of the forthcoming book: “Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America” (Jan 2019) - Plausible Deniability - Perspectives on Pipe Bombs and Synagogue Attacks - Speculation, Motive - Violence in a most Peaceful Era - The, Lou Dobbs - Persuading Donald Trump - The Populist Moment - Brazil - Egalitarian Jihadi Recorded: PM 10/29/2018 Published: 10/31/2018

Duration:01:34:40

118 “A Conversation w/ Sarah Haider: Identity, Apostasy and Islam”

10/23/2018
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A conversation with Sarah Haider - Origin Stories - Identity, Tribal Affiliation - Islam, Muslims, Apostasy, and Atheism - Difficult Conversations - The Intellectual Dark Web - Courage Recorded: July 22nd, 2018

Duration:01:20:39

117 w/ Josh Szeps "Saudi Business, Proud Boys v. Antifa"

10/18/2018
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w/ Josh Szeps, (formerly Zepps, frequently misspelled as Zeeps) host of "#WeThePeople LIVE" and “The People Versus” (Recorded - 10/16/2018) - Australia's Sweetheart, but his father *was* even more famous - Kmele saw "First Man," Norman Mailer stabbed his wife - Kanye at the White House - This disappearing of Jamal Khashoggi - The end of American moral exceptionalism? - Doing business with the House of Saud - Proud Boys v. Antifa - "Choose a side" - Kmele v. Josh

Duration:01:47:47

116 w/ Harry Siegel "Soros' Paid Protest Mobs, Team Woke vs Team Resentment"

10/12/2018
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w/Harry Siegel, Senior Editor at The Daily Beast (Recorded - 10/10/2018) -Three Very Fine Bottles of Wine -Soros: boogeyman on a global scale -Anti-semitic dog whistles or nah? -Harry (literally) co-wrote the book on Rudy Giuliani -The era of conspiracy theory -Fact checkers suck -Trump's USA Today op-ed -Everyone hates P.C.—but what is P.C.? -Are the politically disengaged really the "center"? -Dying online from the outrage mobs -"Chinese finger trap" -The Mohammad cartoons and...

Duration:01:33:37

115 w/ Bari Weiss "Kavanaugh, Believing Her, Abercrombie & Fitch Forever"

10/4/2018
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-Kanye West's very MAGA SNL Appearance -Getting Totally Kavanaugh Faced -Moynihan at the Mississippi Trump Rally -Believe All Women -Bari Would Have Hated Kavanaugh in High School -Kavanaugh's Kamikaze -Apocalypse Skeptic -Bari's New Book, "The New Seven Dirty Words" (Recorded October 2nd, 2018)

Duration:01:15:01

114 "Notes on Moynihan's European Excursion, The Kavanaugh Hearings"

9/20/2018
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"We're back, You're Welcome" - The Fifth (Recorded: September 19th, 2018)

Duration:01:38:19

113 "McCain's Eulogy, Louis CK's Resurrection, Monkeying Things Up"

8/30/2018
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Pusha T's new album and Whitney Huston's bathroom countertop. Bobby Brown's prerogative. Was it Maurice Starr (or) Lou Pearlman? Remembering a 'Mavric'*. Jack Shafer wrote a bad piece. You can’t criticize McCain, except when you totally can. Matt vs Antiwar libertarians. Immigration policy, racism, Trump and Europe. Hasidics in Williamsburg. Louis CK returns to the Comedy Cellar. The Patriarchy = White supremacy. Everyone's Guilty. The Kids are alright. (Recorded August 29th, 2018)

Duration:01:35:05

112 "Cohen, Manafort, and the Inveterate Liar Defense"

8/23/2018
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Karl Malone, Post Malone. Manafort, Cohen. John Brennan's Clearance. 'The Verge of Civil War' or Just 'The Usual Bullshit.' Rutgers, White Privilege, and Gentrification. Asia Argento. A FIRE for All Seasons. Problematic Becky. Razor Blades in Your Favorite Breakfast Cereal. (Recorded August 22nd, 2018)

Duration:01:48:56

111 w/ Jesse Singal "Dangerous Convos, Unite the Right 2, The War on Journalism"

8/17/2018
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w/ Jesse Singal (Contributing writer at New York Magazine | Author, "The Quick Fix") - Jesse's New Book - Jesse's Atlantic Cover Story ('When Children Say They’re Trans') - Omarosa vs Trump - Unite the Right 2 - Laura Ingraham - The War on Journalism (Recorded August 15th, 2018)

Duration:01:56:06

110 w/ Jessica Tarlov "Purging Alex Jones, Antifa in Portland, Kmele at MSNBC"

8/9/2018
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w/ Jessica Tarlov (Bustle, FoxNews Contributor) - The Case Against Impeachment [ Mike Pence Would Be Worse ] - Kmele at MSNBC [ How To Be An Uncle Tom ] - Owning the Libs, Beefin on Twitter - Libs vs. Socialists - Black Chicks - Talking to the Enemy, Sitting Down w/ Trump - Race, Essentialism, Identity Politics (Recorded August 8th, 2018) 'shout out to the plug'

Duration:01:53:52

109 "Moynihan Meets D'Souza, NYT Controversy, Manafort on Trial"

8/4/2018
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(Recorded Aug 1st, 2018) - Moynihan Meets D'Souza, Trump Jr - Kmele Finishes A Story - Sarah Jeong: Racist or Racist? - Russian Hacking + Facebook - QAnon - Trump, Manafort, Witch Hunt - Some Idiot Wrote This - RIP, Andrea Rich

Duration:01:46:38

108 w/ Jane Coaston "Conservative Proclivities, Ridicule Over Censorship"

7/27/2018
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w/ Jane Coaston (Senior Politics Reporter, Vox) - Jane's Origin Story - What Conservatives REALLY Want - 'Locking HER Up' - Ignoring Michael Cohen - Facebook's Holocaust Problem (Recorded Wednesday, July 25th, 2018)

Duration:01:32:30

107 w/ Ben Domenech "On Acting, Russian Indictments, Putin and Trump, Just Say The Word”

7/19/2018
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w/ Ben Domenech (Publisher, The Federalist) Acting Trans, Scaling the Building Russian Indictments Trump/Putin The New Vietnam Syndrom Obama's Mandela Speech Would that we could all say [that one word] - Part II WHO FUNDS THE FEDERALIST? (Recorded Wednesday, July 18th, 2018)

Duration:02:20:53

106 w/ Ken 'Popehat' White and Damon Root "Justice Kennedy Quits, Various Other Things SCOTUS”

6/28/2018
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Foster and Fisher are joined by legendary civil liberties attorney Ken White (of Popehat blogger and Twitter fame) and Damon Root (Reason's resident SCOTUS journalo and the author of "Overruled") to chop up the Justice Anthony Kennedy's surprise retirement announcement, his legacy, and the confirmation shitstorm that's sure to come. Also on tap: - SPLC's capitulation to Maajid Nawaz's defamation suit - SCOTUS upholds the travel ban, busts public sector unions, and tells cops to get a...

Duration:01:34:30

105 w/ Michael Tracey "Immigration Upset, Child Separation, Very Bad Things"

6/21/2018
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(Recorded: June 20th, 2018 w/ Michael Tracey, Roving Journalist and Correspondent @TYTNetwork - Never Give Up - Woke at Whole Foods - Why do they hate Tracey - Eschewing the pretense of objectivity. - The exceptional lying of President Trump. - Trump vs Obama on immigration - On the media and reactions and anti-media animus - Bernie the Trumpist - Tariffs don’t mean the Western alliance is crumbling. - The media needs constant Trumpocalypse - Kudlow’s...

Duration:01:42:12

104 "When Trump met Kim, Neo Confederates, Strictly 4 My Sniglets"

6/14/2018
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(Recorded June 13th, 2018) IN THIS DISPATCH: - Is the Western Alliance kaput? Does it matter? - Did Trump hand Kim a propaganda win, and if so, isn't averting nuclear war the bigger win? - North Korea shares a border with Russia and Rachel Maddow is ON IT - Moynihan shows up late - It's Trump's GOP until further notice and they're cool with "neo-Confederate" candidates, thank you very much - Michelle Wolf "comedically" slams Bari Weiss for something she never did - Welch hates high...

Duration:01:56:41

103 w/ Josh Zepps "Kim Kardashian: Humanitarian, Presidential Privileges, Primate Jokes"

6/8/2018
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(Recorded June 6th, 2018) w/ Josh Szeps (formerly Zepps, frequently misspelled as Zeeps) host of "#WeThePeople LIVE" and “The People Versus” IN THIS DISPATCH: - Brisbane to Boston. - Clive James’s death watch - Kanye drops “Ye” - Slavery may be a choice after all - Kat Timpf falls out of a tree... - Jim Acosta was wrong about Kim Kardashian - Bill Clinton is a widower - Bill Clinton is the real victim, but he's kinda sorry too - Moynihan goes full “fxck your interns” - Free...

Duration:01:36:51

102 w/ Jacob Mchangama "Clear and Present Danger"

5/29/2018
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(Recorded May 25th, 2018) A conversation w/ Jacob Mchangama, Host of 'Clear and Present Danger: A History of Free Speech" podcast. (http://www.freespeechhistory.com) - Pronouncing Mchangama - A Bit of Free Speech History - Cartoon Jihad - Panic and Crisis - Culture and Legislation - Filthy Jokes - 'The Great Awokening' - An Abrupt Ending "Jacob Mchangama is the founder and executive director of Justitia a think tank focusing on human rights and a Visiting Scholar at Columbia’s...

Duration:01:21:43

101 “Israel vs Palestine, IDW Skepticism, The Very Best Writer Alive”

5/18/2018
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(Recorded May 16th, 2018) - "Are You Black?" - Calling the Cops on Black Kids - Isreal and Palestine: A Primer (Deliberately Calibrated to Infuriate Everyone) - Michael Cohen: Maker of Great Deals - When Everyone Hates (But No One Bothers to Read), Your Work - When Everyone Loves (But No One Bothers to Read), Your Work

Duration:01:55:51