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From their enclave in midtown Manhattan, Michael Moynihan (Vice), Matt Welch (Reason), and Kmele Foster (Freethink) dissect the news, interrogate 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? They discuss... @wethefifth www.wethefifth.com For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy

From their enclave in midtown Manhattan, Michael Moynihan (Vice), Matt Welch (Reason), and Kmele Foster (Freethink) dissect the news, interrogate 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? They discuss... @wethefifth www.wethefifth.com For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy

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From their enclave in midtown Manhattan, Michael Moynihan (Vice), Matt Welch (Reason), and Kmele Foster (Freethink) dissect the news, interrogate 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? They discuss... @wethefifth www.wethefifth.com For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy

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@wethefifth

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 177: "More COVIDAPALOOZA, We're Inside the Plane, Matt Lovingly Fingers His Axe"

3/27/2020
- The lads are losing it in quarantine - New York is "authentic" again / full of crackhead zombies - Being entrepreneurial in a time of crisis - So what's happening in COVID world - And what does Kmele think *now*? - Is this all capitalism's fault? - More studies, more confusion - The shitty media is even shittier than ever - Hating on De Blasio - Manufacturing scientific consent - It's MH370. And we're inside the plane - A wee bit of mail from a wee Scot Trot - Is there anything...

Duration:02:03:19

UNLOCKED - Patreon Dispatch #14 🎁

3/21/2020
The quarantine continues...the Fifth Columnists have thoughts... - Kmele is the Kurtz/Lauren Hill of Virginia - Some listener mail - We have the results! (Calm down Todd) - Updates on the COVID - Is it all going to fall apart? Probably - Are we are at war? Not really - Some more listener mail - Some audiobooks to listen to while quarantined - Some more sports to watch while no sports is happening - Kmele really needs to bring it back to COVID - An Italian friend drunk texts, loses...

Duration:01:55:37

Episode 176: "My Corona; Pat Foster, Armed and in the Wilderness; and Delicious Miami Floor Drugs"

3/17/2020
UPDATE: The original version of this episode was uploaded out of sync. It has been replaced with a corrected version. We regret the error. But stop complaining. It's free. The bat virus apocalypse continues. The Fifth Column soldiers on, shouting ¡No pasarán! - Kmele is in the woods, Matt is in South Brooklyn, Moynihan is in hiding - All COVID, all the time! - Wait, so does he have it or not? - Kmele questions the consensus - Disaster capitalism becomes disaster socialism - Money is...

Duration:01:50:43

Episode 175 w/ Ross Douthat "Apocolypse via Decadence, Coronavirus, or Porn"

3/14/2020
w/ Ross Douthat Columnist @ New York Times - Author of "The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Successes" DESCRIPTION: - Decadence, Low and High - The Four Horseman - “Giving Decadence Its Due” - Birth Rates, Populations, Populism - It’s Manifesto Season on the American Right - Ross Still Wants to Ban Porn - TVs Golden Age - The Case for Joe Biden - Don Jr's GOP - A New York Times Conservative For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy

Duration:01:34:08

Episode 174 w/ Eli Lake "Biden Surges, Chris Matthews, The FBI Scandal"

3/6/2020
w/ Eli Lake ( Columnist @ Bloomberg Opinion) - Typhoid Welch - Biden crushes South Carolina and Super Tuesday - Good 'ol Uncle Joe or Cognitive Decline - "Democratic" Socialism? - MAGA Corps and Bernie Bros Will Excuse Almost Anything Their Candidates Do - Elizabeth Warren Lost -- It's Empirically Not HER Fault - DNC Subterfuge - Biden's Lies About Getting Arrested, Mandela Thanking - Preview of the Biden v Bernie Debate - Schumer SCOTUS Threat - The FISA "Rubber Stamp" - The...

Duration:02:21:53

Episode 173 w/ Aaron Maté "Bernie's Campaign Math, From Cuba to Medicare for All"

2/28/2020
w/ Aaron Maté (Host @ PushBack, Contributor @ The Nation) - Throwin Up Gang Signs - COVID-19 - Cuban History 101 - Giving China Credit - Billionaires and Unicorns - Harvey Weinstein Recorded: February 26th, 2020 Released: February 27th, 2020 For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy

Duration:02:29:30

Episode 172 "The Swamp, The POTUS, The Press" w/ Swin Suebsaeng, Lachlan Markay

2/19/2020
w/ Asawin Suebsaeng and Lachlan Markay (White House Reporters @ The Daily Beast) Co Authors: ""Sinking in the Swamp" How Trump's Minions and Misfits Poisoned Washington" Description: - Moynihan's Vocal Fry and "Actually Good" Accents - Searching for "Henry Hills" in Trumpworld - Lachlan's Conservative Apostasy - Al Gore: Most Boring Interview Subject Ever - Rats and Snitches - Daily Beast: A "High-brow Tabloid" - Woke (Racist?) Bloomberg - The Muslim Ban - From Seb Gorka to Hunter...

Duration:01:34:42

Episode 171 w/ Jesse Singal "Biden's Ebony Firewall, No BBQ Sauce in American Dirt"

2/13/2020
Description: - Black History Month - There's no Barbecue Sauce in American Dirt - Believe Some Death Threats, Leverage Others - Oscar Obsession (Beautiful Mind Edition) - Yang Dead Is Dead, Long Live Yang Gang - Bernie's Ceiling, Biden's Ebony Firewall - A SHOCKING Presidential Endorsement - Bloomberg's Stop + Frisk Memory Hole - ADL: "White Supremacy is On The Rise!" Recorded: February 12th, 2020 Released: February 13th, 2020 For information regarding your data privacy, visit...

Duration:01:37:40

UNLOCKED - Patreon Dispatch #8 🎁

2/8/2020
The last time we did this, we said don't get used to it. Well, we meant it. But we're also feeling overly generous. So here is last week's Patreon-only dispatch, featuring Moynihan and Kmele. You're welcome. -------- Kmele and Moynihan are back in Williamsburg drinking bad wine and talking shit...while trying to figure out why Welch isn't returning anyone's calls. Moynihan returns to Iowa and remembers why he hates journalists. Bumbling around the Hawkeye State, he chats with Andrew Yang,...

Duration:01:42:06

Episode 170: "Trump’s Best Week Ever, Iowa Pile Up"

2/6/2020
Description: - Kmele's Inner MAGA - State of the Union Theatrics - “Oh, God -- Fire the Media!” - "The Big Lie" (and other nonsense) - Mitt Romney’s Moment - Trump’s Criminal Justice Reform - Iowa Fiasco - Waiting for Bernie to Turn on MSNBC - Preview of Upcoming Patreon Episodes Recorded: February 5th, 2020 Released: February 6th, 2020 For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy

Duration:01:49:21

Episode 169: "I'm so sorry this is happening to YOU"

1/30/2020
Description: - When the mob came for the Fifth - Hong Kong: Proto Police State - The Democratic Field - Bernie's Got a Shot, The Joe Rogan Bounce - Criminalizing Disinformation - Watching Lou Dobbs - Fearing the Bern - Truthy Skepticism - An Impeachment Drive-By - Eli on the FBI - Some Idiot Wrote This (and this... and this...) Recorded: January 29, 2020 Released: January 30, 2020 For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy

Duration:01:49:59

Episode 168 w/ Miriam Elder: "Does Anything Matter Anymore?"

1/18/2020
GUEST: Miriam Elder, senior political reporter for BuzzFeed News and former Russia correspondent for The Guardian. (@MiriamElder) DESCRIPTION: Our fake bios Miriam's seven years in Moscow Get Shorty, Alex Jones, and the D-list bullshit artists Matt’s Russophobia isn’t as bad as MSNBC’s Political theater provides cover to Putin’s authoritarianism Moynihan and Elder throw down over Bernie's alleged sexism. Plus: Is believing Warren or Sanders a #MeToo lesson? Who is the nihilist...

Duration:01:54:00

Episode 167 w/ Noah Rothman “ The Case for F*ckin Iran Right Up”

1/8/2020
GUEST: Noah Rothman Associate Editor@ Commentary -- Contributor @ MSNBC/NBC News Author: “Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America” (Jan 2019) DESCRIPTION: - Why the Washington Bullets became the Wizard - Bomb Iran? - Will Americans ever support another Middle East War again? - International commerce —> global middle class —> less war - Trump thinks China should police the Strait of Hormuz - What if we did NOTHING? - Brian Stelter praises Tucker Carlson - John Bolton...

Duration:01:37:00

Episode 166: “Buttigieg Loves Drugs, Soleimani Canceled, Media Malpractice”

1/4/2020
DESCRIPTION: - Neighborhood Watch - Moynihan’s Anti-Brit Streak - Bernie’s Fundraising Clout - Ron Paul’s Newsletters and Everlasting Ice Cream - Buttigieg Wants to Decriminalize All Drugs - Iran’s Quds Force commander Soleiman Killed in Iraq - Media Malpractice on Vaping - Chuck Todd's Fake News special - About That Memo Recorded: January 2, 2020 Published: January 3, 2020 For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy

Duration:02:01:30

UNLOCKED - Patreon Dispatch #4 🎁

12/25/2019
Happy Kwanza -- We've UNLOCKED a Patreon Only dispatch just for you (and everyone else)! Enjoy it, but don't get used to it. The Williamsburg Tapes (Dispatch #4) "Losing Our Religion" DESCRIPTION It's a pre-Christmas miracle! The Fifth Columnists are back at the stammtisch (stupid table) in Williamsburg for a long-ass special dispatch, mostly discussing things distant from the news cycle. Kmele watches "Mandingo" and, to the shock of both Welch and Moynihan, is slack-jawed by how racist...

Duration:02:14:40

165 w/Conor Friedersdorf “Mayhem in Jersey City, Foreign Affairs, Gesture Politics”

12/18/2019
GUEST: Conor Friedersdorf Staff Writer @ The Atlantic DESCRIPTION: - Patreon-only Preview - Chapo Trap vs Conor - An Underreported Attack in Jersey City - Afghanistan Mea Culpa - Something About Impeachment - Reauthorize Every War, Every Year - Biden, Dove of the Obama Administration - Complicated Brexit voters - Gesture politics - The Paternalism of Blooombergism - The Pronoun Talk - Civility, Without Obsessing Over Identity Recorded: December 17, 2019 Published: December...

Duration:02:22:12

164 "UK Elections, Afghan Papers, Prophylactic Impeachment"

12/14/2019
Description: - Kmele’s Dog Ate His Own Tail - Debunking mediums and magicians - UK elections, the problem with Jeremy Corbyn - WaPo’s “Afghanistan Papers” - IG report and the FBI's no-good, very bad behavior - Mispronouncing Nunes - Acela Wars - Greta Thunberg: Person of the Year - The case against Welches Case Against Impeachment Recorded: December 12, 2019 Published: December 14, 2019 For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy

Duration:02:08:08

163 "Kamala Quits, NATO Splinters, Impeachments for All"

12/8/2019
Description: - [ GRRT, BAOW ] - Dragonball Z - Kamala Drops Out, A Narrative Quickly Take Shape - A De-platforming in South Bend - 1619 and Historical Skepticism - Are the Democratic Primaries Racist? (Can We Call It Seeding or Naw?) - A Farewell to NATO? And the WTO? And the EU too? - "Impeachment", The Board Game - "The Irishman", A Review Recorded: December 6, 2019 Published: December 8, 2019 For information regarding your data privacy, visit Acast.com/privacy

Duration:02:12:29

162 w/ Errol Morris "Steve Bannon, American Dharmam"

11/30/2019
The director of classic documentaries "The Thin Blue Line," "Fog of War," and "Standard Operation Procedure," Errol Morris has long been the doyen of critics...until he made "American Dharma," a film exploring the worldview and influence of former Breitbart boss and Trump campaign chief executive Steve Bannon. Predictably, Morris was accused of "platforming" Bannon and, for the first time in his career, America's most famous documentarian couldn't find a distributor for his film. On the day...

Duration:01:01:00

161 "Unimpeachably Guilty, ILoveFiona, Democratic Debate"

11/24/2019
Description: - Trumpian Slam Poetry ("I Want Nothing!") - Got a Thing for Fiona Hill - Blue Pill Confessional - Burisma Biden - The Good, The Bad, and The Career Diplomats - Weird John Bolton Tweets - The Wrestle Mania Impeachment - Sacha Baron vs Facebook, Borat as Proto-Hate Speech - Grading the Democratic Debate - Spiking the Kaepernick - About that Patreon Recorded: November 22nd 2019 Published: November 24th 2019 For information regarding your data privacy, visit...

Duration:01:54:13