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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?






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

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


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

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)


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

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)


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

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)


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

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'


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

(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


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

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)


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

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)


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

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...


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

(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...


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

(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...


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

(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...


102 w/ Jacob Mchangama "Clear and Present Danger"

(Recorded May 25th, 2018) A conversation w/ Jacob Mchangama, Host of 'Clear and Present Danger: A History of Free Speech" podcast. ( - 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...


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

(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


100 “In Defense of Red-Pill Kanye West, Trump Subpoena, Press Freedom Day”

(Recorded May 3rd, 2018) 18:00+ Host Grab-Assing 20:00+ Defending Red-Pill Kanye, Why Slavery is Always YOUR fault 36:00+ Morrissey's Politics, Lennon's Domestic Violence 40:00+ Coping with Persistent (and almost certainly imaginary) Threats on Your Life 45:00+ Phrase Politics, Welch goes off the reservation 50:00+ Moynihan's Perpetually Offended 53:00+ Stormy Daniels 74:00+ Inside the Fox Green Room ALSO: - Trade Talk - The Best Tinted Glasses - The WHCD, Press Freedom...


099 “A Conversation w/ Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying”

(Recorded April 22nd, 2018) A conversation with evolutionary biologists Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying. - On Free Speech, Campus Culture - Identity - Scientific Investigation & Tabboo Topics - The Intellectual Dark Web - Evolution, Culture, Markets, Media, and The Academy In THE SUMMER OF 2017, Bret Weinstein found himself at the center of an ‘equity and inclusion’ maelstrom at Evergreen State College, where he and his wife Heather Heying were both members of the faculty. The...


098 “Joy Reid's LGBT Issues, Kanye's Red Pill, Two Black Guys Walk Into a Starbucks”

(Recorded: April 24, 2018) Matt's surprisingly strong opinions about Kanye West's endorsement of Candace "Red Pill Black" Owens. Joy Reid wasn't a huge fan of the gays, wrote some questionable things on the subject, and it appears Kmele is ready to forgive her. Rand Paul's latest flip-flop (Fisher is unimpressed). Trump bros-out with French president Macron. ALSO: Extended notes on the Starbucks Controversy, spontaneous reggae outbursts, impromptu seance, and a surprise...


097 “Facebook Hearings, Gas Attacks, Abortion & Murder, Race & IQ” w/ Kat Timpf and Ben Dreyfuss

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Sorry for the unusually tardy release. This conversation was recorded approximately five days ago (prior to the most recent intervention in Syria), but the release was delayed by matters of great significance and urgency (which I won't bother to outline here). All the same, it's still a very fine vintage. (Recorded: April 12, 2018) with: Ben Dreyfuss (Mother Jones) and Kat Timpf (Fox News Channel, National Review) - Facebook Congressional Hearings - The...


096 w/ Amy Chua "Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations" (Special Dispatch)

(Recorded: March 27, 2018) A conversation w/ Amy Chua (@amychua), Yale law professor and author of numerous books including: "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother", "The Triple Package", "World on Fire", and her latest book "Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations". “Today, no group in America feels comfortably dominant. Every group feels attacked, pitted against other groups not just for jobs and spoils but for the right to define the nation’s identity. In these conditions,...


095 "March for Our Lives, How to Journalist, So Moonshined" w/ Tom Slater and Tina Nguyen

(Recorded: March 28, 2018) with Tom Slater, Deputy Editor @ Spike'd Tina Nguyen, Politics and Media Reporter @ Vanity Fair Marching for our Lives, Poisoning Spies, Activist Journalist... - Moonshine, Poison (Half a Helping of Each) - Killing Marco Rubio - Teenage Sainted Activist Student Journalist - Making America Great Again + Putting Y'all Back in Chains - Kevin Williamson Moves to The Atlantic (Assorted Persons Freakout) - Garbology - How to Be Pro Brexit w/o Going Full...