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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?






085 w/ Jeffrey Blehar - “Roy Moore Takes An L, The End of the Internet”

(Recorded on Thursday December 14th 2017) with/ Jeffrey Blehar (@EsotericCD) of Decision Desk HQ and The Political Beats podcast. We talk the recent Alabama Senate election and the FCC’s controversial decision to rescind Obama-era net neutrality rules.

Duration: 01:50:49

084 w/ John McWhorter - “Linguistics, Race, and Beyond” (Special Dispatch)

(Recorded, November 2017) An expansive exchange with renowned social commentator and linguist, John McWhorter. McWhorter is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He’s the author of twenty books including “Words on the Move” (2017), “Talk Back, Talking Black” (2017), and “Losing the Race” (2000). Also Referenced: “Antiracism: Our Flawed New Religion” (2015 - The Daily Beast) “How to Listen to Donald Trump Every Day for Years” (2017 - The New York...

Duration: 01:36:22

083 w/ Ben Dreyfuss - “Matt Lauer, Sex Panics, Dissecting Project Veritas”

- Matt Lauer - Seducing Kevin Spacey - James O’keefe - Fake Headlines, Faker Stats - Dumbest News Day Ever - Britan First, Murder Allegations - Trashing Bob Woodward - Some Idiot…. ABORTED

Duration: 01:37:36

082 w/ Ajit Pai “Net Neutrality, C***holsters, N*p Sl*ps”

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai drops in to explain why he’s returning the Internet to the dark ages of… 2015. PLUS: - Draymond vs. Mark Cuban - The AOL-Time Warner instant messaging juggernaut - Janet Jackon’s wardrobe and Stephen Colbert’s c***holster And why won’t the FCC just let Slim Shady be?

Duration: 00:50:59

081.5 “Mariani, Milo, (a brief) Daily Caller Engagement” w/ Rob Mariani

Recorded: Thursday, November 8, 2017. We chat with Rob Mariani, former opinion editor for the Daily Caller, about Milo’s first (and last) weekly column — and how to handle radioactive things without getting burned. Plus: (Columnist Interruptus)

Duration: 00:45:47

081 “MAGAversary Shellacking, Dreams & Nightmares, Mr. Trump’s Asian Junket”

Recorded on Thursday, November 8th, 2017 Trump takes a long ‘grueling’ trip to the Far East, maybe tempers the crazy and manages to get cooked in the elections stateside. PLUS: - Aubrey and Kojo - The Meek Mill Guide to Criminal Justice Reform - 10 Lbs of Geletan - Moynihan Got it For *Cheap* CORRECTION: “Dreams & Nightmares” was definitely a studio album and not a mixtape.

Duration: 00:58:18

080 w/ Josh Zeeps “Mueller’s Inquest, Silicon Hearings, Proportionate Fear”

Recorded on Thursday, Novemer 2nd, 2017 With Special Guests: Josh Zepps - Host, #WeThePeople LIVE (@WTP_Live, @joshzepps)

Duration: 01:51:21

079 “’Allegation & Admission, Baseless or Otherwise” w/ Bill Schulz and Nancy Rommelmann

Recorded on Thursday, October 26th, 2017 Moynihan and Kmele are on Assignment — Welch takes the reigns. With Special Guests: Nancy Rommelmann - Journalist, Author of “To The Bridge” Bill Schulz - Host of Compound Media’s “Mornin’!!!! w/ Bill Schulz”

Duration: 01:02:25

078 “’McCain and Bush Sneak Diss Trump, Gold Stars for Niger”

Recorded on Thursday, October 19th, 2017 “The opposite of a way with words” - How Chad Saved Moynihan’s Life (and Why We’re Huge in Canada) - Former President Bush and John McCain Have Strong Words for Trump - Totalitarianism, Populism and Economic Uncertainty - US Troops in Africa, Calling Up Gold Star Parents - The Opposite of a Way With Words - When ‘Everything’ is ‘Some of the Things’ - Morbid Premonitions, A Non-Fatal Stroke - When Louis (Farrakhan) Met Richard (Spencer)

Duration: 01:11:32

077 “Bob Corker, Rex Tillerson, Worst of All Possible Worlds”

Recorded on Thursday, October 12th, 2017 The Harvey Weinstein Controversy 1) What To Do With “Shitty Media Men? 2) Why won’t Hillary and Barack say anything? Tillerson, Corker and World War III 1) The Worst of All Possible Worlds 2) Death by Non-Proliferation Trumps Assult on the Media 1) “When the President says it in public…” 2) How We Got Lucky With Trump PLUS: Google, Twitter, and a Tangible Threat Matt’s Mom Bought Him a Mug. Kmele Says Completely Unacceptable Things...

Duration: 01:42:37

076 w/ “Gun Rights, Filthy Speech, Cordon Sanitaire”

Recorded on Thursday, October 5th, 2017 1) First Amendment Controversies 2) Meditations on the Las Vegas and the Second Amendment 3) An Homage to Catalonia (particularly on the subject of secession, with additional remarks on Kurdistan) PLUS:

Duration: 01:42:08

075 w/ Katherine Mangu-Ward: “Limp Tax Plans, Taking a Knee, Russia Takes Baltimore”

Recorded on Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 Guest: Katherine Mangu-Ward, Editor-in-Chief @ Reason Another wide-ranging, intellectually-stimulating, and very-well-lubricated dispatch. We begin with an almost respectable (but undeniably illuminating) discussion of Donald Trump’s “Revolutionary Tax Framework” — (his words). Proceeding from there to the re-re-re-failure of Republican maneuvering to ‘Repeal & Replace’ Obama Care. Then we *really* pour on the gas: - Careening from ‘Taking a...

Duration: 01:43:36

074 “A Clear and Present Dotard: The UN, The Kremlin, Facebook and St. Louis”

Recorded on Thursday, September 21, 2017 President Trump’s remarks at the UN parley were (hilarious? /meh? /dangerous? ) and unmistakably confused. We crack open cans of Portland’s finest sangria while discussing this and other matters of profound consequence. Cargo shorts are irredeemably awful, but should a UN human rights commission formally designate them Nazi paraphernalia? Is Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to save democracy credible? How hot would your step-granddaughter have to be...

Duration: 01:38:44

073 w/ David Weigel - “Bernie Shapes the Party, Hillary Wrote a Book, A Little Prog Rock”

Recorded on Thursday September 14, 2017 Guest: David Weigel, political reporter for The Washington Post and author of the prog-rock history “The Show That Never Ends.” Matt’s recovering from surgery, Moynihan’s upright & sober, and Kmele’s getting domesticated. Also: -Bernie Sanders is pushing a new health care plan (and he’s got a dirty little anti-immigration secret). -Trump’s immigration reversal, and his infatuation with those generals. -The best thing about Hillary’s new book.

Duration: 01:35:11

072 “Media Panics, Title IX, DACA, The Passion of Bagger Vance”

Recorded 9/8/2017 Moynihan’s back from Russia and has the drinking stories to prove it. Normally reasonable journalos lose their goddamn minds over Betsy DeVos’ intention to bring back due process on college campuses. Matt Welch on DACA: “Call it amnesty, and do it anyway” (WaPo) Kmele takes Anthony Fisher to task for calling...

Duration: 01:18:10

071 w/ Ron Bailey “The Politics of Disaster, Better Late Than Never”

Recorded 8/31/2017 Guest: Ronald Bailey, science correspondent for Reason magazine and Natural Disasters, political photo-ops, and formulaic media coverage. The worst thing about Mitt Romney, The fecklessness of Barack Obama and the dark innovations of Bill Clinton. SFTW

Duration: 01:30:30

070 w/ Jacob Siegel “What Didn’t Happen in Boston, Something about Afghanistan”

Recorded 8/24/2017 This episode: nonexistent Nazis, overblown antifa, and Portugese vagina-walls. Jacob Siegel was in Boston and Afghanistan, and now he is in Moynihan’s chair. He helps the guys figure out what the hell happened in Boston (and why it’s not the same as Charlottesville). PLUS: Is there a “libertarian-to-alt-right pipeline”? Should we take “Internet fascists” seriously? Would going “soft on white supremecists” actually help Trump? AND… sunk costs in Afghanistan, fights on...

Duration: 01:48:50

069 w/ Deray Mckesson “Unite the Right, with White ISIS”

The guys take a deep dive into Donald Trump’s policy on infrastructure and Nazis. Matt is back, Moynihan is in the building, and Kmele once started a Bible study group. BONUS: Kmele interviews BLM activist Deray Mckesson, and the conversation gets *dangerous*.

Duration: 02:02:56

068 “Criminal Justice, Naughty Texts, Fire & Fury, Diversity Manifesto” (w/ Radley Balko and Thad Russell)

Recorded: 8/9/2017 With Us This Week: Radley Balko - Washington Post Columnist, Author “Rise of the Warrior Cop”,”Dr Death and The Country Dentist” (Coming - Feb 2018) Thaddeus Russell - Host of the Unregistered podcast, Author “A Renegade History of the United States” (Much Topics. Extra Innings) - Criminal Justice Reform (Obama’s Legacy, Trump’s Trajectory, Opioids, Ferguson 3yrs On) - Foreign Policy Miasma (Venezuela, North Korea, Manafort’s Home Searched by FBI) - A...

Duration: 02:30:15

067 w/ Alyona Minkovski “Get Me THE MOOCH; Plus, the Story of L.B. ‘Jumbo’ Johnson”

“And We Back.” - Chance the Rapper - Moynihan is MIA. - The brilliant and talented Alyona Minkovski is IN THE BUILDING. (@AlyonaMink) - Welch is trapped in a room with no AC, 75 dead flies, and a busted shoulder — and loving every minute of it. - Moscow is beautiful in the summer (…if you believe a former RT propagandist!) - And Kmele… well, yeah. PLUS: - The brief but magical tenure of THE MOOCH. - The conspicuous absence of President Steve Bannon. - Net neutrality and banning...

Duration: 01:40:42

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