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The Fifth Column

304 EpisodesProduced by Kmele Foster, Michael Moynihan, and Matt WelchWebsite

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 art… read more

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375 "You Don't Know What Fascism Is"

September 30th, 2022


Only Fans is for Justice

Internet Experts

Not Even Not Fascism

Right Wing Extremists Everywhere

Blame The EU

What You’re Really Afraid Of

The Beyonce of Journalism

Call of the Wild

Lil Baby Offends

Democratic Illiberalism

Not …

374 "Walls Closing In (Again?)"

September 24th, 2022


Toddler Pestilence

Death Defying Drives

Naked Pool Slide (are you “The Big Guy”

Russia, Ukraine, A wildly outdated PBX systems

Trump’s Devolving Legal …

373 "Notes on White Privilege" w/ Adam Davidson and Thomas Chatterton Williams

September 17th, 2022


Thomas Chatterton Williams - Contributing Writer @ The Atlantic, Visiting Professor and Senior Fellow Hannah Arendt Center @ Bard College

372 "The Queen is Dead"

September 9th, 2022


So I broke into the Palace with a sponge and a rusty spanner

With the Right Honorable Matt Welch ensconced in a posh Beverly Hills hotel, prepping to shock and sicken America with yet another appearance on Real Time, …

371 "Triumph of the Shrill, Kmele's Thrill, America is Still Ill"

September 2nd, 2022


Against a blood-red backdrop, President Biden gives an urgent campaign speech, warning that America is becoming semi-Nazi Germany, Donald Trump is partial Hitler, and our almost democracy is on the precipice of kinda …

370 "Going Commando, Occasionally Reliable Sources"

August 27th, 2022


Zuck Talks w/ Rogan

Student Loan Forgiveness

Who Cares if It’s Democratic

WashPo: “It’s Regressive!”

The Redbox Test

Student Debt is immoral

Moynihan in an elevator w/ Harry Styles

Oh, my god, they fired Brian (You bastards!)

369 w/ Lara Bazelon and Hamish McKenzie (Live in collapsing San Francisco!)

August 20th, 2022


A few weeks ago, with Matt Welch bleeding out of his ears and supposedly forbidden from flying, Kmele and Moynihan hopped a plane to a post-apocalyptic hellscape called “San Francisco” to kibizt with their new …

368 w/ Eli Lake "Mar-a-lago Momentos and Nuclear Codes"

August 13th, 2022


Many urgent matters loom large in this dispatch.

How did boxes full of TOP SECRET documents turn up a Trump’s Mar-a-lago compound?!
Could be an honest …

367 w/ Rep Peter Meijer "The Almost Exit Interview"

August 4th, 2022


It's among the most unusual and noteworthy congressional primary races of 2022. For a surprisingly long stretch, Michigan's third district has been home to a uniquely independent brand of republican congresspersons. But …

366 w/ John McWhorter and Glenn Loury "Racial Identity, Abolition and Reckonings"

July 24th, 2022


w/ John McWhorter and Glenn Loury

- No Moynihan, No Welch
- Progress or Pesmissim
- Campus Culture
- Culture Warriors
- Gaslighting + Reactionaries
- DEI …

365 w/ David French "People with Capacities, Roe Reconsidered, Malignant Forces"

July 16th, 2022


with David French contributing writer @ The Atlantic and senior editor @ The Dispatch.

James GD Webb
Cleaning Your Room
Playing to the Crowd
The Great CRT Ban Kurfuffl
Reconsidering that Roe decision
The Capacity for Pregnancy

364 "Rejecting Boris, Reeducating Macy, Ridiculous Gavin"

July 8th, 2022


Matt breaks an eardrum

Boris breaks British politics (Ed note: Boris renounced his American citizenship in 2017. We sort of regret the error)

Would …

363 w/ Damon Root "Guns, Abortion, The End of All Things"

June 25th, 2022


“Tear it down. Start over again. We can make a brand new start.” - Blue Mafic

A Bad Omen

Judicial Superfluity

Beyond Roe

unenumerated, natural, ipse dixit

Carry Concealed

Conservative Excesss, Judicial Restraint

Europe is …

362 "Trump's Deranged, Bed Stuy Replacement Theory"

June 17th, 2022


You Got a Friend

Restrictive Covenant


Beefin with TSA

Blockchain Nostradamus

A Very Bad Thing/The Worst Possible Thing

What Barr Knew

Clear and …

361 w/ Ilya Shapiro "Free Speech, Free San Francisco, Free Weigel"

June 8th, 2022


Kmele is flying

Dude has four parents. Not one isn’t a terrorist

The decline and fall of San Francisco, Part I 

Fiona Dourif’s piece on how California fails the mentally ill

A sexy retweet

Ilya Shapiro quits Georgetown. He …

360 "Defamation, Pride, and Very Special Needs"

June 4th, 2022


Imperfect Introduction

Queerest story ever told

The heart-pounding conclusion of Depp v Heard 

Birdwatching for Karens

A firearms "clarification"

The …

359 - A Massacre in Texas, An Incident in the Bronx, A Helicopter to Newark

May 26th, 2022


Another mass shooting, more performative outrage (note: and this was recorded right before Beto’s gross little stunt), and never any practical …

358 - Live at the Comedy Cellar w/ Michael Rapaport and Colin Quinn

May 22nd, 2022


In celebration of the Fifth’s triumphant move to Substack, the lads decided to do a live show in New York City, with the two most New York City guys …

357 - w/ Lara Bazelon “This Podcast is Violence”

May 13th, 2022


Another two-parter: the first half with our new favorite lefty Lara Bazelon, professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, journalist, …

356 - UNLOCKED - Things Fell Apart: A Conversation with Jon Ronson

May 10th, 2022


We’re unlocking this subscriber-only podcast, recorded back in January, just to give you freeloaders a taste of what lurks behind the paywall. It’s not only those amazing bonus episodes, wherein the morons from The …

355 "Ministry of Truth, Competence Inflation"

May 1st, 2022


- Mean Babies w/ Pink Eye

- Tity Boi

- Dangerous Misinformation

- Show Tunes

- Cinco de Mayo

- Live From New York, Again

- Apartheid Daydream

- Combating Misinformation

- The Sims 2

- Anatomy of Tribal Hysteria

- Everyone Starts …

354 w/ Sarah Hepola "Barack's Misinformation Warfare Unit b/w Teenage Blackout "

April 24th, 2022


  • Ulysses for kidz
  • Stop complaining. It's a secret.
  • It's all over, folks. Barack solved misinformation
  • The Fairness Doctrine was dumb then. It's even …

353 "Destroying Democracy, One Tweet At A Time"

April 16th, 2022


- A Very Bad Week

- Best, Final

- Like, Literally the Holocaust

- F*ck You Money

- Narrative Malfunction

- Round the Water Cooler

- How America Got Stupid

352 "Buzz Lightyear's Gay Conversion Adventure Camp"

April 8th, 2022


- Take Em' To Church

- Okay, Groomer

- How "Lion King" Made Kmele Trans

- Troll Culture

- Mr. Cooper's Pronouns

- Elon's New Gig

- BLM House Flippin'

- The …

351 "The Problem with Jon Stewart, Will Smith, OJ Simpson, Sex Parties, and Madison Cawthorn"

April 2nd, 2022


  • Slappy White and the Hot Takes
  • Birthdays Was the Worst Days: Six Years of the Fifth
  • Hey Twitter World (The Ballad of OJ Simpson)
  • Jon Stewart’s …

350 "Destroying Ukraine, Supreme Confirmation Theater, From Slava to Slavery"

March 24th, 2022


  • On casualties, causation, and delusion
  • Is there a risk of overcorrection in Ukraine?
  • Sanctions, free trade, and nukes
  • The power of historical grievance

349 "Moynihan Taps In From Ukraine"

March 15th, 2022


Kmele got a new baby!

Welch is doing -- something.

And a disheveled, bleary-eyed Moynihan checks in from Europe -- where he's been bouncing between checkpoints and bunkers in Ukraine. The dude is earning his WHOLE …

348 w/ Matt Taibbi "Richard Perle in New Jersey, Putin in Hell, Ukraine in Crisis"

March 3rd, 2022

  • Does the media have this conflict wrong?
  • The privatization of protest
  • Europe shutting down shitty, Kremlin-funded media
  • Wait, did Matt Taibbi just say …

347 w/ Jamie Kirchick "Ukraine Crisis, The Enemy of My Enemy, National Conservatism"

February 23rd, 2022


With Kmele waiting for his son to arrive and moving into his new East Coast digs (or something), Welch and Moynihan again find a temporary replacement. This time the honor is bestowed upon Jamie Kirchick, senior fellow …

346 w/ Jeffrey Sachs - "Total Recall, Escape from San Fransisco, Bans for Days"

February 19th, 2022


Guest: Jeffery Sachs, Lecturer in Politics @ Acadia University

  • A Huge School Board Recall in San Francisco (With National Implications)
  • A Proposed Ban …

345 w/ Mary Katharine Ham "The Moronic Inferno b/w Hammer of the Gods"

February 10th, 2022


Kmele's on a plane back East, where he shall remain and where the Fifth will increasingly ditch Zoom for in-person recordings. Yay. Filling in for Comrade Foster this week? Journalist, author, inventor, CNN contributor, …

344 w/Jacob Mchangama "Speech, Sheep, and a Crying Room"

February 7th, 2022


Our favorite Danish intellectual returns! After a three-plus year absence, Jacob Mchangama is back on the Fifth, this time promoting his amazing new book, Free Speech: A History from Socrates to Social Media, which P.J. …

UNLOCKED 🎁Patreon Special Dispatch #104 - Everyone is Dumb 🎁

February 2nd, 2022


A freebie for the great unwashed, cheapskate masses. A little...ummm....looser than the free feed pod. And note that Moynihan's car was stuck in the snow just moments before recording, so he's slightly more unhinged …

343 w/ Mike Pesca (ex-Slate, The Gist podcast) "Inexplicable Offense, Boring Exile, Triumphant Return"

January 20th, 2022


Almost a year after being run out of Slate for possession of an unpopular opinion, journalist and podcaster Mike Pesca joins the Fifth for his first …

342 "Positively Apocalyptic, Momentarily Conspiratorial, Just Keep Doing the Thing"

January 15th, 2022

  • Kmele at Hereticon
  • Fallibility vs. Fundamentalism
  • A Time to Choose
  • In Your Heart You Know He's Racist
  • Gerrymandering for Good
  • Credibility, Transparency

341 w/ Matt Rosenberg (NYT) "A Coup'niversary, Domestic Lefty Neocons, Kidz n' Racecraft"

January 7th, 2022


He's brilliant. He has a Pulitzer Prize, And he's totally jacked. New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg, who was at the Capitol on January 6, …

340 "Merry Kovid Kwanzaa, Madden the Death Merchant, the Flatbush Remonstrance"

December 29th, 2021


  • A Covid Christmas
  • A Merry Kwanzaa
  • Before you eulogize the dead, I have stupid tweet you should consider
  • Matt sort of emptywheels Harry Reid
  • Planes, …

339 w/Rep. Peter Meijer - "The RINOvirus, Insurrection Deflection, DeSantis Claus's Xmas Miracle!"

December 17th, 2021


Back for his third (we think?) visit, the scourge of crackpots and charlatans, America's greatest ginger, and our favorite congressman...Rep. Peter …

338 "Jussie's Truth, Putin's NATO, China's Games"

December 10th, 2021


Jussie Smollett's years-long legal drama careening toward its conclusion. New York City enacts the countries most expansive (and ill-conceived) COVID …

337 w/ Steve Kornacki "Virginia is for Republicans, Dukakis's Carcasses, Waukesha Restraint"

November 26th, 2021


Joining us for his third appearance on the Fifth, one of the sexiest men on planet Earth, the man with his own cam, the smartest and least partisan …

336 w/ Jonathan Adler "Bannon, Rittenhouse, and the Courts"

November 19th, 2021


w/ Jonathan Adler, Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law @ Case Western Reserve University

- Three Stacks

- Kanye ♥️ Drake

- Steve Bannon's Day in Court

- Google That

- Hurry Up, Charge Him!

- Black Panthers, Communist and …

335 "Assata Shakur Elementary School-- Class of 2021"

November 7th, 2021

  • Way Too Sexy
  • Crypto Art
  • Miss Universe (Can Get It)
  • Fifth Coin
  • "A Bad Gal Dat"
  • Palliative Journalism
  • Virginia is for Hustlers
  • The Trouble w/ Complicated
  • Was …

334 w/ Zaid Jilani "Jeff Toobin, Fapping Antifascist; The Terror Parents of Northern Virginia; A Bad Bisexual in a Bad Vest"

October 28th, 2021


w/ Zaid Jilani, former reporter at The Intercept and current substacker (

  • Kmele, missing in a mudslide?
  • Zaid, the most left-wing …

333 w/ Ethan Strauss "Locker Room Culture Wars, When Jokes Are Pretty Much Murder"

October 16th, 2021


w/ Ethan Strauss, (HNIC @ "House of Strauss" / Substack)

  • Enemy of the Syntax
  • Ethiopian Royalty
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall
  • Leaving the Athletic
  • Not Just for …

332 w/ Robby Soave "Tech Panic, Phyrric Stalemate, Bifurcated Holiday"

October 11th, 2021


w/ Robby Soave, (Senior Editor @ Reason - Author, "Tech Panic")

  • Oral Surgery
  • Buying Robby's Book
  • How Facebook (Isn't) Destroying The World
  • Incompetent + …

331 w/ Katie Herzog "Once Upon A Time In Williamsburg, Wizard of Ozy"

October 2nd, 2021


w/ Katie Herzog, Host @ "Blocked and Reported"

  • Stay in Your Hood
  • So Many Sources
  • Dog Run Confidential
  • What Emma Knew
  • Katie's Nightmare
  • How Did You Get This …

330 w/ Antonio Garcia Martínez "Would Apple Hire Steve Jobs, Conservatives Hate Big Tech"

September 24th, 2021


W/ Antonio Garcia Martínez, Propritor @ "The Pull Request"

  • False Start
  • Driven to Drink
  • Cultural Valley ("Crazy Ones Need Not Apply")
  • Mission Protocols
  • The …

329 "Recall Flops, Covid Recount, Forgetting Afghanistan -- Again"

September 17th, 2021


- Bacon Egg and Cheese (Late Capitalism Edition)

- The Met Gala -- America's Most Glamours Tax Shelter

- Hetro Negative

- No Sex Cults for Kmele

- …

328 w/ Josh Szeps “Living in the Lockdown Under”

September 9th, 2021


-- Aussie Impressions of a Missing Moynihan

-- A Gay Dad’s Homophobia

-- Australian Federalism; Who Knew?

-- Libertarianism, Shmibertarianism!

-- Islands Are Weird, Man

-- QR Covid Tracking Is Totally Fine

-- Concentration …

327 "Autumn in Kabul, Askew in Texas"

September 3rd, 2021


- Lead Astray

- Wrong Line

- Blues Traveler

- Sugar in his Tank

- When in Kabul

- Repeal/Replace/Keep the AUMF for another 20 years?

- Matt's Basement is …

326 w/ Eli Lake "Afghan Withdrawal, Pandemic Surrender, Daddy Issues"

August 25th, 2021


W/ Eli Lake, Opinion Columnist @ Bloomberg

- New Dad

- Moynihan's Big Night Out

- Things to Remember (or Naw)

- Meet Gutter (He Kidnaps Kids)

- Whose on …

325 w/ David French "Systemic Racism, Earnest Disagreement, About Those CRT Bans"

August 10th, 2021


W/ David French

- Various Notes on the Amy Cooper Interview

- The Enablers

- Earnest Disagreement

- The Two Illiberal Wings of Twitter

- False …

324 "Simmon's Flu Game, Why Amy Cooper Matters, Bet on the House?"

July 29th, 2021

  • Coco Shoots Her Shot
  • Gangs All Here
  • New York is Back**
  • Real Winners Don't Bother Trying 
  • Carrying MJ Off The Floor
  • Just Quit
  • Masks + Superstition
  • Save the …

323 w/ Jonathan Rauch "Saving Truth, CRT Martyrs, Equal But Separate"

July 9th, 2021


w/ Jonathan Rauch @ Author of "The Constitution of Knowledge: A Defense of Truth." Senior fellow @BrookingsInst. Contributing writer @TheAtlantic.

- I Heart Lizzo

- Where Things When Wrong

- Flooding the Zone

- Breaking …

322 w/ Chris Rufo "Banning Critical Race Theory, Robin DiAngelo's Retread, Bill Cosby - Free, Guilty"

July 2nd, 2021


"Well, it's my show. So, it's how I wanna do it." - Joy-Ann Reid

"I can do what I wanna do." - Bobby Brown

"Whateva! Whateva! I do what I want!" - Eric Cartman

w/ Chris Rufo @ Senior Fellow, The Manhattan Institute -- …

321 - "Back to the Ramble, How to Gauge the Age of Outrage, Racist Car Crashes"

June 24th, 2021


  • Kmele reveals his big secret!
  • What on Earth is a "coupon Karen"?
  • When Shaun Was King
  • When Kmele was king of Juneteenth
  • Measuring the outrage economy

320 w/ Harry Siegel - "Bonfire of Insanity, The Unmaking of a Mayor, CRT IRL"

June 19th, 2021


New York Daily News columnist Harry Siegel joins TFC for the first hour to talk all things New York (with a focus on halfwit mayoral candidates …

310 - "Two Live Shows and a Key West Hangover"

June 9th, 2021


Florida is open for business, so The Fifth Column flung its masks into the garbage and headed to the Sunshine State for back-to-back live shows in …

309 w/ Jane Coaston "The Argument, The Reckoning, and Unfinished Business"

June 2nd, 2021


w/ Jane Coaston @ (Host, "The Argument" @ The New York Times)

  • Take Four
  • From Vox to NYT's "Rising Libertarian Star" 
  • Coming Out
  • John Brown
  • The Black …

308 - "A Year of Reckoning, Return to the Ramble, Objectivity (or Something)"

May 30th, 2021

  • Radical Honesty
  • A Year of (Racial) Reckoning
  • Losing the Thread
  • George Floyd
  • Amy Cooper, Christian Cooper... and the other dog walkers?
  • Covering Lab Leaks …

307 w/ Peter Meijer - "Investigating The Capitol Riot, The Truth About UFOs, Future of the GOP"

May 21st, 2021


w/ Congressman Peter Meijer (R-MI)

  • Crypto Bloodbath
  • UFOs -- or are they UAPs
  • The Jan 6th Commission (Part I)
  • Lori Lightfoot Won't Talk To White …

306 w/ Gustavo Arellano - "Ask a Mexican, Trump's a Mexican, and the Republican Crackup"

May 13th, 2021


The lads (minus Kmele, recently felled by his second Pfizer shot) welcome Los Angeles Times columnist Gustavo Arellano, host of the new LAT podcast …

305 - "Systemic and Unspecific, AbasedCamp, The Socialist Network, "

May 7th, 2021


- The Fifth Column live in Miami! Is this the post-COVID Gilluming you’ve been waiting for?

- Matt is Drudged: equity v. equality

- Racism becomes more …

303 w/ Alex Nowrasteh - "The Time We Fixed Policing and Immigration"

April 16th, 2021


"What you think all the guns is for?" - Christopher Wallace

w/ Alex Nowrasteh (Director of Immigration Studies @ The Cato Institute)

A supersized …

302 - "Making Arrangements, Ghost Guns, Pullin' Out"

April 9th, 2021

  • Hunter "Squirtle" Biden
  • Matt "Making Arrangements" Gaetz
  • Adventures in the Havana Hilton?
  • When Everything is Sex Trafficking? (Not Exactly)
  • A New Era …

301 - "Five Years of Impending Doom, Chauvin on Trial, Blowin Money Fast"

April 3rd, 2021


(In No Particular Order)

  • Live From New York
  • CDC Press Conference 
  • Mask Etiquette
  • Derek Chauvin on Trial (Week 1)
  • Eight Fingers Left
  • Tar …

300 - "A Do Over Episode (Mostly Uncut)"

March 27th, 2021


  • Kmele Loses an Entire Dispatch
  • Moynihan's Most Racist Voice
  • Important Homework
  • What We Might Have Talked About
  • Mass Shootings
  • Hate Crime Hysterics …

229 w/ Jeffrey Sachs - "How to be a Dictator, Anti-Woke Hypocrisy"

March 22nd, 2021


Guest: Jeffery Sachs, Lecturer in Politics @ Acadia University

  • Snyder Cut
  • Sympathy for Dictators
  • Useful Pretense of Justice
  • How Did Sachs Get It So Wrong

228 w/ Katie Herzog - "1.9 Trillion Reasons to Block and Report You"

March 12th, 2021


Guest: Katie Herzog, HOST @ "Blocked & Reported"

  • Keeping Secrets
  • Coming 2 America
  • Transphobia is Bad
  • A Most Prescient Cancelation
  • Say THE WORD, Katie

227 w/ Ben Smith - "Sign O’ The Times, Memo to Kendi"

March 5th, 2021


Guest: Ben Smith, Media Columnist @ The New York Times

  • From BuzzFeed to The NYT
  • When Your Bosses are Kinda THE Story
  • Why We Can't Stop Talking About The …

226 w/ Matt Taibbi - "Why Journalism Got Substack'd"

February 26th, 2021


Guest: Matt Taibbi @ Contributing Editor @ Rolling Stone. Author, "Hate Inc"

  • Niggarati
  • Privilege Childhood
  • The Art of the Substack Deal
  • The Shift
  • An …

225 w/ Martin Gurri - "The Revolt of the Public"

February 19th, 2021


Guest: Martin Gurri @ Author, "The Revolt of the Public"

  • Prophecy, Historical Cycles, and Modest Frameworks
  • From Information Monopoly to Information …

224 - "MTG v AOC, Merit is so Racist, Determined Incuriosity"

February 6th, 2021

  • Pump and Dump
  • Matt Bought Crack
  • Real Compton City Gs
  • Really Only One Bad Word
  • The Public Interest
  • Irrelevant Context
  • MTG vs. AOC: Most Insane? Best Actress?

223 w/ Van Lathan - "Productive Disagreements and Common Ground"

February 4th, 2021


Guest: Van Lathan @ "Higher Learning" (Co-Host), Previously @ TMZ

Kmele and Van connect for a wide-ranging conversation about racism, reconciliation, and finding common ground. It's yet another exercise in constructive …

222 - "Moynihan Squeezes the Short, Cynics and Skeptics"

January 30th, 2021

  • Make a Mint w/ Moynihan
  • Who's Behind the Squeeze
  • On the War Path
  • Strange Bedfellows
  • Popularity Contests
  • Even Libertarians
  • Equity and Private Prisons
  • Coming …

221 - UNLOCKED Patreon Episode - Kmele's Victory Lap (Dem Haters)

January 25th, 2021


It is upon us: that very rare occasion when we unlock a Patreon episode for the masses. 🎁🎁🎁

If you are clever and don't want to miss future locked episodes, subscribe here.


Rather than our typical …

220 - The Dawning of Yet Another Terrible Era

January 22nd, 2021


  • Is Melania the greatest first lady since Florence Harding?
  • Does MC Hammer hate Kmele?
  • Let the sycophancy begin!
  • Qanonsense
  • Understanding the Trump voter

219 - w/ Anna Khachiyan "Double Impeachments, All the Balenciaga You Can Carry"

January 15th, 2021


Guest: Anna Khachiyan @ "Red Scare" (Co-Host)

  • Kinda Canceled
  • Holding the Mic
  • Outrage Boner
  • Dirtbags
  • Tight Sweaters, Tighter Shirts
  • Mo' Impeachments
  • The MAGA …

218 - "A Slovenly Rebellion (Pass The Tequila)"

January 8th, 2021


Welcome to 2021

  • A Coup d'état? An Insurrection?
  • A dark beginning? A despicable bookend? A world of shit?
  • We'll get to that -- but we're gonna need a …

217 - "You Gon Learn, Hawley's Gamble"

December 31st, 2020


- Kmele 2020

- AllyShip

- Secret Shows

- The Internet Never Forgets

- Trap Lord

- Burning the Witch (and maybe that annoying lady from down the street too)

- Puritanism Without The Fun

- Schadenfreude

- Inconveniencing the …

216 - w/ Greg Lukianoff "From Campus to Caliphate"

December 26th, 2020


Guest: Greg Lukianoff @ Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (President). Co-Author, "The Coddling of the American Mind"

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Recorded …

215 - "New in Town, Vax Populi"

December 19th, 2020

  • New Views
  • Demographic Considerations
  • What Seems to Be The Problem Officer?
  • The Honorable Minister
  • Vaccine Rollout
  • Careful Reporting
  • Post Trump News Cycle

214 - w/Ben Dreyfuss "Another Dreyfuss Affair"

December 12th, 2020


Look, you asked for it. Fifth fan favorite (ed - we really don't understand you people) and Mother Jones editorial director Ben Dreyfuss (né Gould) …

213 - "Da Mystery Of Defunding the Police (while Stopin' the Steal)"

December 4th, 2020


"The Toad style is immensely strong, and immune to nearly any weapon. When it's properly used, it's almost invincible." - Five Deadly Venoms

  • Way Out …

212 - "A Thanksgiving Miracle"

November 26th, 2020


An issue with the mics. An inspired fix. A nearly aborted dispatch manages to slide into your feed just in time for the stranges Thanksgiving in …

211 - w/ Glenn Greenwald "Leaving The Intercept, Crying Like a Baby"

November 19th, 2020


Guest: Glenn Greenwald @ Co-Founder, The Intercept

210 - w/ Jason Stanley "What the Fascist, Covid Season, Race Critical"

November 15th, 2020


Guest: Jason Stanley @ Author, "How Fascism Works", Professor of Philosophy @ Yale.

  • The Answer
  • Extremely Online, Prospective Hypocrisy
  • Cancel Culture
  • No …

209 - "And The Winner Is..."

November 5th, 2020

  • What Election?
  • The Perils of Watching Cable News
  • What You Talkin Bout Welch
  • The Got'Damn Polls
  • Anticipated Unrest
  • Black Woman Stabbed, By Black Lives …

208 - "Techno Fascism, Jerking Jeff, and the Mendacious Media"

October 24th, 2020


  • Bannon's back. The New York Post isn't.  
  • Don’t talk about Hunter!
  • Are we living in a Techno Fascist Reich?
  • Regulate, regulate, regulate
  • The unforeseen …

207 "Hunter's Laptop, Ordinary Corruption, Darkest Night"

October 20th, 2020

  • Moynihan's Old, New House
  • COVID... is Fake?
  • Siri, Do Black Lives Matter?
  • Dueling Town Halls
  • Everyone is Awful, Even You, (But Not Really)
  • The Brief And …

206 w/ Damon Root "Packed Courts, Peaceful Transfers of Power"

October 3rd, 2020


Guest: Damon Root @ Reason Magazine, Author, "A Glorious Liberty: Frederick Douglass and the Fight for an Antislavery Constitution"

  • Trump Makes His …

205 “If You're Reading This, It's Too Late”

September 24th, 2020


NOTE: This dispatch was beleaguered by technical and logistical challenges. The audio actually turned out pretty good (all things considered), but the entire thing was very nearly scrapped. Those challenges contributed …

204 w/ Steve Kornacki "What's Up With These Polls?"

September 13th, 2020


Guest: Steve Kornacki, National Political Corespondent @NBC News / MSNBC

  • Making TV News During a Pandemic
  • Doing Your Own Makeup
  • Last Man in Midtown
  • We're …

203 w/ Nancy Rommelmann "From Portland to Kenosha to Rochester"

September 6th, 2020


Guest: Nancy Romemelmann, journalist and author of To the Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and Murder

Moynihan is back from Kenosha, and Nancy …

202 w / Tina Nguyen "Trump on Twitch, Jacob Blake, Kyle Rittenhouse"

September 1st, 2020


w / Tina Nguyen (White House Reporter @ Politico)

  • Watching the RNC
  • Trump's on Twitch
  • Nasty Emojis
  • The Fire Next Time (Kenosha Edition)
  • "What's the big …

201 w / Coleman Hughes "DNC COVID CON, QAnon Don, Canceling Kmele"

August 23rd, 2020


w / Coleman Hughes


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Published Aug 23, 2020

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200 w / Andrew Sullivan "Uncancellable Andrew and the Great Media Miasma"

August 13th, 2020


We can't believe it. Neither can you. It's our 200th episode!! (Well, not including the thirty-plus, subscriber-only Patreon episodes, which are looser, bawdier, and even more stop freeloading and …

199 "Nothing to See Here, An Emergency Every Minute"

August 9th, 2020

  • Drugs You Should Try
  • Heroine, A Black Drug?
  • Black People Are All The Same
  • Voter Fraud, by Mail
  • Selecting A VP
  • Cognitive Tests (Person, Woman, Man, Camera, …

198 w/ Nancy Rommelmann "There's a Riot Goin' On"

July 29th, 2020


Guest: Nancy Rommelmann, journalist and author of To the Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and Murder

Nancy Rommelmann, friend of the Fifth and former resident of Portland, Amerikkka, returns from the ramparts of the …

197 w/ Glenn Greenwald, Thomas Chatterton Williams "Hypocrisy, Controversy, Cancellations"

July 27th, 2020


Glenn Greenwald,

Co-Founder @ The Intercept

Author, "No Place to Hide"

Thomas Chatterton Williams

Contributing Writer @ New York Times Mag

Author, "Self Portrait in Black and White"

After a little internet drama related to …

UNLOCKED - Patreon Dispatch #29 🎁 - The Williamsburg Tapes - This Podcast is Lava

July 18th, 2020


We haven't unlocked a Patreon episode since way back in February. But we (Moynihan) were feeling generous, so here's a paywalled bonus episode from …

196 w/ Josh Szeps "Covid, Cancellation, and Melanated Peoples"

July 16th, 2020


w/ Josh Szeps (né Zepps), ABC Australia and host of the Uncomfortable Conversations podcast.

Josh-o's back and the dingo has his baby! Australia's most listened-to radio host joins the Fifth from his COVID-free compound …

195 w/ Yascha Mounk "Woke Fragility"

July 10th, 2020


Two-plus hours with our favorite German, Herr Yascha Mounk, contributing editor at The Atlantic and founder of Persuasion, a publication dedicated to promoting and defending the "values of a free society."

The lads …

194 w/ Wesley Lowery "Moral Clarity, Objectivity, and ALL THE SMOKE"

July 6th, 2020


w/ Wesley Lowery Correspondent @ CBS - "60 Minutes in 6"

Lowery Wrote A Thing:

"A Reckoning Over Objectivity, Led by Black Journalists" (NYT) - June 23, 2020

193 w/ Jacob Siegel "Why We Need the NYT, The New Truth"

July 1st, 2020


w/ Jacob Siegel, Senior Writer @ Tablet

"The New Truth" (June 22nd 2020)

"Journalists Abandoning 'Objectivity' for 'Moral Clarity' Really Just …

192 w/ Jane Coaston "One Night In Tulsa, A Fool Proof Plan"

June 25th, 2020


w/ Jane Coaston, Senior Politics Reporter @ Vox

  • Some Sports Stuff
  • TickTock Swiftboats
  • Tulsa
  • Trumps Party
  • What Comes Next
  • Immigration + Visas
  • The Coaston Plan

191 w/ David French "American Racism, SCOUTS Stuff, Qualified Immunity"

June 17th, 2020


w/ David French, Senior Editor @ The Dispatch and Columnist @ Time

  • Help With Your Down Payment?
  • A Busy Day For SCOTUS
  • 2A, Qualified Immunity (Part I), …

190 w/ Olivia Nuzzi " Insiders Guide to 2020, Defunding the Fuzz"

June 12th, 2020


w/ Olivia Nuzzi, Washington Correspondent @ New York Magazine

  • An Unprecedented Movement
  • Defunding the Police... Or Just Abolishing Them
  • Canceling Most …

189 "A Pandemic, A Civil War, A Great Awokining "

June 6th, 2020

  • A Brief History of Right Now
  • Punk Police
  • It Might Actually Be Legal
  • Black on Black on Black
  • Bending the Knee
  • NYT Civil War
  • Essentialism in Practice
  • Law …

188 “On Anti-Racism II w/ Glenn Loury, John McWhorter, Coleman Hughes, Thomas Chatterton Williams”

June 1st, 2020


Kmele facilitates a follow-up conversation on race, racism, and anti-racism -- this time, in the midst of a global pandemic and increasing social …

187 w/ Bari Weiss "Karens in the Ramble, Section 230"

May 29th, 2020


She wrote a column in the New York Times. She failed to mention her favorite podcast. She mentioned other podcasts. She texted us asking if she could …

186 w/ Balaji Srinivasan, Conor Friedersdorf - "Predicting Pandemics, Fixing Journalism"

May 25th, 2020


Balaji Srinivasan (@balajis)

Investor + Entrepreneur, Former CTO @ Coinbase, Partner @ Andreessen Horowitz

Conor Friedersdorf (@conor64)

Staff Writer at The Atlantic, Founding Editor of The Best of Journalism

- How …

185 w/ Ethan Strauss - "What's the Matter With Michael Jordan"

May 17th, 2020


w/ Ethan Strauss Writer @ Athletic, Author "The Victory Machine: The Making and Unmaking of the Warriors Dynasty" (2020)

- Getting Political

- NBA vs …

184 w/ Rep Justin Amash - "The Case for the Spoiler*"

May 6th, 2020


w/ Rep Justin Amash US Congressman (Michigan's 3rd Congressional District) and 2020 Libertarian Presidential Hopeful

U.S. Representative for …

183 w/ Glenn Greenwald - "Pandemic Censorship + Close Encounters"

May 2nd, 2020


w/ Glenn Greenwald Co-founding Editor @ The Intercept, Host @ "System Update"

A once in a century pandemic is producing unique and daunting challenges to civil liberties around the world. What are the necessary …

182 w/ Jonah Goldberg - "President Goop's Ultralight Beam Vaccine"

April 25th, 2020


w/ Jonah Goldberg Editor-in-Chief @The Dispatch, Host @ The Remnant Podcast

President Trump has an inspired idea for arresting a global pandemic. It …

181 w/ Zaid Jilani, Coleman Hughes "On Pandemic Raceism"

April 21st, 2020


Kmele Foster, Zaid Jilani (@ZaidJilani) and Coleman Hughes (@coldxman) discuss the cacophony of concern about blackness+ racism in the midst of a …

180 w/ Bari Weiss: "We're All Sinologist Now"

April 17th, 2020


- Gender Traitors

- Teddy Pendergrass

- Trump’s Absolute Authority

- Cutting off WHO Funding

- What a Pandemic Can Teach You

- China and The American Free …

Episode 179: "A Most Racist Pandemic, Failure to Test"

April 8th, 2020


"When America catches a cold, black America... " -- well, we should maybe talk about that.

- Welch Makes a Baseball Analogy

- Moynihan helps Governor …

Episode 178: "The Great American Shut In, Authoritarianism and Liberty Fetishism"

April 2nd, 2020


With more than 80% of Americans under some form of movement restrictions, civil liberties are in retreat, authoritarians are gaining ground, and …

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

March 27th, 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 …

UNLOCKED - Patreon Dispatch #14 🎁

March 21st, 2020


The quarantine continues...the Fifth Columnists have thoughts...

- Kmele is the Kurtz/Lauren Hill of Virginia

- Some listener mail

- We have the …

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

March 17th, 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 …

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

March 14th, 2020


w/ Ross Douthat Columnist @ New York Times - Author of "The Decadent Society: How We Became the Victims of Our Own Successes"


- …

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

March 6th, 2020


w/ Eli Lake ( Columnist @ Bloomberg Opinion)

- Typhoid Welch

- Biden crushes South Carolina and Super Tuesday

- Good 'ol Uncle Joe or Cognitive Decline

- …

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

February 28th, 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: …

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

February 19th, 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"


- Moynihan's Vocal Fry and "Actually …

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

February 13th, 2020



- Black History Month

- There's no Barbecue Sauce in American Dirt

- Believe Some Death Threats, Leverage Others

- Oscar Obsession …

UNLOCKED - Patreon Dispatch #8 🎁

February 8th, 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.


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

February 6th, 2020



- 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 …

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

January 30th, 2020



- When the mob came for the Fifth

- Hong Kong: Proto Police State

- The Democratic Field

- Bernie's Got a Shot, The Joe Rogan Bounce

- …

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

January 18th, 2020



Miriam Elder, senior political reporter for BuzzFeed News and former Russia correspondent for The Guardian. (@MiriamElder)


Our fake …

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

January 8th, 2020


GUEST: Noah Rothman

Associate Editor@ Commentary -- Contributor @ MSNBC/NBC News

Author: “Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America” (Jan 2019)

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

January 3rd, 2020



- Neighborhood Watch

- Moynihan’s Anti-Brit Streak

- Bernie’s Fundraising Clout

- Ron Paul’s Newsletters and Everlasting Ice Cream

- …

UNLOCKED - Patreon Dispatch #4 🎁

December 25th, 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"


It's a pre-Christmas …

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

December 18th, 2019


GUEST: Conor Friedersdorf

Staff Writer @ The Atlantic


- Patreon-only Preview

- Chapo Trap vs Conor

- An Underreported Attack in Jersey City

- …

164 "UK Elections, Afghan Papers, Prophylactic Impeachment"

December 14th, 2019



- 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 …

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

December 8th, 2019



- [ 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 …

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

November 30th, 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 …

161 "Unimpeachably Guilty, ILoveFiona, Democratic Debate"

November 24th, 2019



- Trumpian Slam Poetry ("I Want Nothing!")

- Got a Thing for Fiona Hill

- Blue Pill Confessional

- Burisma Biden

- The Good, The Bad, and The …

160 "Pub Hopping, Impeachment Hearings, Roger Stone Goes down"

November 18th, 2019


- Who Shot Ya? (Tupac, Biggie)

- Moynihan Drinks w/ Trump Supporters in Bay Ridge

- Buttigieg

- Impeachment Hearings

- Devin Nunes’ Garbage Clown Schtick

159 - w/ Bari Weiss "How to Fight Anti-Semitism, Shifting Political Baggage"

November 9th, 2019


Recorded: November 6th 2019

Published: November 9th 2019

GUEST: Bari Weiss

Op-Ed Staff Editor and Writer @ The New York Times

Author, "How to Fight Anti-Semitism" (2019)

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158 - w/ Thomas Chatterton Williams "Unlearning Race"

October 31st, 2019


Recorded: October 20th 2019

Published: October 31st 2019

GUEST: Thomas Chatterton Williams

Author, "Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race" (2019)

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This …

157 - w/ Meghan Daum "The Problem With Everything"

October 23rd, 2019


Recorded: October 18th 2019

Published: October 22nd 2019

GUEST: Meghan Daum

Author, "The Problem With Everything" (2019)

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156 - w/ Walt Hickey "China Cancels the NBA, Trump Cancels the Kurds"

October 11th, 2019


Recorded: October 9th 2019

Published: October 10th 2019

GUEST: Walt Hickey,

Senior Editor for Data @ Insider

Founder @ Numlock News newsletter

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This is a public …

155 - "Unforgivable, The Swampiest Swamp, DC Star Wars Bar"

October 4th, 2019


- Picking fights in restaurants

- Botham Jean's brother forgives Amber Guyger for murdering his brother. And that's a problem. 


- Ukraine/Trump 

- Matt lacks the Xi-spot to laugh 

- …

154 - "Still Teflon Don, Moynihan's Emmy, Vaping Panic"

September 27th, 2019


- Moynihan won an Emmy

- #EmmysSoWhite

- "Some saw..."

- Films Don't Matter

- Xenophobic Immigrants

- Biden, Trump, Ukraine

- Will He Be Impeached ? Maybe…And No

- It's Greta Thunberg's World

- The Vaping Muslim Ban

- Rashida …

153 - "Moderate Chic, NYT's Kavanaugh Follies, Our Pal Corn Pop"

September 19th, 2019


- The “moderate chic” party

- RIP Emmet O’Lunney’s

- Brett Kavanaugh *Allegation(s)*

- College campuses in the 1980s was all about apartheid

- Moynihan’s …

152 - w/ Steve Kornacki "Straight News, Political Tribalism, Chappell's Sticks & Stones"

September 7th, 2019


Recorded: September 4th 2019

Published: September 7th 2019

Guest: Steve Kornacki, National Political Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. Author of …

151 - "That 1619 Project, Liturgical Journalism, The Batshit Presidency"

August 26th, 2019


- Ladies Libertarianing

- The Segregation of Everything

- The 1619 Project: “Everything that makes America exceptional is because of slavery”

- NHJ: “We’re the MOST American”

- Trump: “I hereby order…”

- Dual Loyalty (and …

150 - "Churn-alism, The Epstein Suicide (?), Effective Conspiracy Mongering"

August 18th, 2019


Welch, Moynihan, and Kmele are all in the same room for the first time in more than a month -- and it's a glorious reunion.

Recorded: August 16th 2019

Published: August 18th 2019

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149 - w/ Jon Ronson "Porn Stars, Psychopaths, Cancel Culture"

August 2nd, 2019


In this Special Dispatch, Michael Moynihan sits down with legendary journalist, author, and documentarian -- Jon Ronson. They discuss some of …

148 - w/ Ben Dreyfuss "Mueller Talks, Send Em' Back, Al Franken, A$AP Rocky v. Sweden"

July 28th, 2019


Guest: Ben Dreyfuss (Editorial Director, Mother Jones)


- Moynihan in Martha's Vineyard

- Mueller sucks on TV

- Trump’s Razor: The dumbest explanation is the most likely

- “Send them back” — is it racist?

- Jane …

147 - w/ Molly Jong-Fast "Trump's Social Media Summit, Journalistic Scuttlebutt"

July 12th, 2019


Guest: Molly Jong-Fast is a contributor to The Bulwark and the author of three books. (@MollyJongFast)

Recorded: July 11th 2019


146 - w/ Patrick Radden Keefe "Northern Ireland's 'Troubles' and a notorious murder mystery"

July 10th, 2019


Guest: Patrick Radden Keefe, staff writer at the New Yorker, author of "Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland"


In this special dispatch, Michael Moynihan talks with Patrick Radden …

145 - "Dem Debates, Plan B for Iran, History for Nincompoops"

June 27th, 2019


- Moynihan Goes to Court

- Welch gets a Stress Sty

- RIP, Steve Dunleavy


- Democratic Debate Preview

- No Plan B for Iran

- Concentration Camp Kerfuffle

- San Fran Bans E-cigs (Till They Can Figure Out What …

144 - w/ Coleman Hughes "Reparations, Congressional Testimony, Rap Battles"

June 24th, 2019


w/ Coleman Hughes

- Everyone Told Coleman Not To Testify

- Age, Experience, Credentials

- Lethal Weapons, Imaginary Friends

- “Shame Shame”

- Full Puerto …

143 - "How to Get Arrested In Brooklyn, We're All Left Wing Hacks Now"

May 30th, 2019


- Kmele’s New Spot in Brooklyn

- Moynihan Gets Arrested

- Fisher is a jealous "lefty hack"

- Dave Rubin is totally NOT in his Feelings

- Assange, Journalistic Freedom

- Trump vs His Advisors

- European Elections

- MLK: Hero, …

142 - "The Great Deplatforming, Conspiracy Chic, The Mr. Bean Presidency"

May 12th, 2019


- "Alex Jones is not a civil rights leader!"

- Howard Kurtz was once serious

- Trump's attempted outing

- Phony classical liberals

- Free speech at the …

141 w/ Eli Lake - "Muller Report, Julian Assange, Deep State Grifters "

April 25th, 2019


w/ Eli Lake (Columnist @ Bloomberg Voice)

- We Like Bari Weiss

- Moynihan is a Drunk, Also a Great Neighbor

- Muller Report

- Grifting, the Grifters, of …

140 w/ Ben Dreyfuss - "Muller Who, Jill Abramson's Privilege , True Hollywood Stories"

April 19th, 2019


w/ Ben Dreyfuss - Editorial Director @ Mother Jones

- Waiting for Godot

- Ben Dreyfuss is, Young Bernie Madoff

- Jill Abramson's 'Write' Privilege

- …

139 w/ Andrew Sullivan "Civil Rights, Immigration, Julian Assange, Too Many Popes"

April 12th, 2019


w/ Andrew Sullivan - Writer at Large for New York Magazine,

- Hating New York

- What Would Hitch Say?

- On Being a Reluctant, Problematic Civil Rights …

138 w/ Aaron Maté "Russiagate Victory Lap, Visiting Venezuela, Super Gaye Music"

April 4th, 2019


w/ Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate)

- Our Mathematical Universe

- "Leaving Neverland" Revisionism

- Russiagate: Right, Wrong, Whatever

- Jonathan Chait is “Completely* Correct*”

- When in Venezuela + Nobody Likes Sanctions

- …

137 "Use Your Collusion I and II, Jussie Smollett Walks"

March 28th, 2019


- Trump: Death by gloating

- Margaret Sullivan: the Captain Beefheart of journalism

- Glenn Greenwald spikes the football with a vengeance


136 w/ Tina Nguyen "Islamists v White Nationalists, Segregated Schools, 2020 Hopefuls"

March 24th, 2019


w/ Tina Nguyen (Vanity Fair)

- Tina's Theranos voice

- Elizabeth Warren Holmes

- Revisiting the Universal Basic Income (Kmele hasn't endorse UBI or …

135 "Privileged College Parents, Platform Revoked"

March 18th, 2019



- Kmele's in 'Frisco', Moynihan's hungover, Matt got lit up on Twitter

- Desperate wealthy college parents headed to prison?

- The …

134 w/ Andrew Yang “The Universal Basic Income (and a few other things besides)"

March 11th, 2019


A discussion w/ entrepreneur and 2020 Democratic Presidential hopeful, Andrew Yang. We explore The Freedom Dividend, Yang's proposal to pay $1,000 …

133 “Canceling Neverland (and everything else), They're All Socialist Now"

March 7th, 2019


- Smooth Criminals, "Leaving Neverland" Skepticism

- Canceling Michael Jackson, R Kelly, and The Entire 1970s

- All Hate Matters

- Dual Loyalties

- Bernie Sanders Marched for Civil Rights, He's Still "Too White"

- Democratic …

132 w/ Mark Weisbrot “Venezuela: Failed State or Coup D'etat?"

March 4th, 2019


w/ Mark Weisbrot 

Co-Director @ Center for Economic and Policy Research

Author, "Failed: What the 'experts' got wrong about the global economy"

- …

131 “Jussie Smollett Indicted, Hate Crimes, Hacks in the Newsroom, Bernie"

February 21st, 2019


- Jussie Smollett, Indicted (Kmele Totally Called That Shit)

- But Then Again, The Whole Gang Totally Called That Shit Too

- Coast Guard Neo-Nazi …

130 “The Jill Abramson Affair, Jewish Money, Indentured Servitude"

February 13th, 2019


(Plagiarism, Green Room Encounters, and All The Receipts)

- We Need to Talk About Jill Abramson

- Too Important to be a Plagiarist?

- Rep Omar: You Might Be An Antisemitism, But Maybe Not

- Blackface: The Highest Form of …

129 w/ Brendan O'Neill “ Yellow Vests, Subway Sandwiches, Mostly Free Speech"

February 4th, 2019


w/ Brendan O'Neill (Editor in Chief, "Spiked")

- Jussie Smollett

- Stories For Every Narrative

- Ralph Northam

- Fancy Dress Parties

- The Weird Man’s …

128 “A BOMBSHELL (If True), Punching MAGA Teens, Venezuela"

January 24th, 2019


- Jerry Brown

- BuzzFeed's Bombshell?

- Jason Leopold, Oliver Darcy

- The Temple of Journalism

- Anonymous Sourcing

- Punching Catholic Kids

- Stolen …

127 w/ Brian Stelter “The Holy Order of Journalism, Excommunicating Steve King"

January 18th, 2019


"They're like a train -- a train that's always runnin' right on time." - Anonymous

w/ Brian Stelter (Chief Media Corespondent, CNN) (Host, "Reliable …

126 “Trump's Fence, Dating Ocasio-Cortez, Shaun King's Crusade”

January 11th, 2019


"Smarter, harder, about the same length as usual." - Anonymous

- The Border Fence Shutdown

- Reasons to Dislike AOC

- Tea Party Retrospective

- Ellen Met Kevin

- Jazmine Barnes, Shaun King, and Overconcen

- Destroying The …

125 w/ Ben Smith “The (Syrian) Withdrawal Method, Journalistic Imperatives”

December 22nd, 2018


w/ Ben Smith (Editor in Chief @ BuzzFeed News)

- BuzzFeed's Day in Court

- About That Dossier

- Insider Political Journalism vs Crisis Political …

124 w/ Yascha Mounk "The People vs Democracy, Beyond Nationalism and Identity Politics"

December 15th, 2018


w/ Yascha Mounk (Author, "The People vs Democracy") (Host, "The Good Fight")

- Liberal Democracy (and Liberal Democratic Values)- Democratic Deficits, …

123 w/ Michael Barbaro and Jody Avirgan "Live at the Comedy Cellar in NYC"

December 6th, 2018


Our first live recording; taped at the legendary Comedy Cellar in New York City.

With Guests: Michael Barbaro, "The Daily" (The New York Times)Jody …

122 w/ Kevin Roose “Russiagate Reloaded, Facebook, Google, China"

November 30th, 2018


w/ Kevin Roose (Columnist, The New York Times)

- *Black* Intellectuals- Live @ The Comedy Cellar- All the Presidents Rogues- Nature, Severity, and …

121 “On Anti-Racism w/ Glenn Loury, John McWhorter, Coleman Hughes, Thomas Chatterton Williams”

November 22nd, 2018

Kmele facilitates a wide-ranging conversation on race, racism, and anti-racism. With: Glenn Loury - Professor of the social sciences and economics at Brown University - Host, The Glenn Show @ Thomas …

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

November 9th, 2018


- 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 …

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

November 1st, 2018


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 …

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

October 23rd, 2018


A conversation with Sarah Haider

- Origin Stories- Identity, Tribal Affiliation- Islam, Muslims, Apostasy, and Atheism- Difficult Conversations- The …

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

October 18th, 2018


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 …

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

October 12th, 2018


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 …

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

October 4th, 2018


-Kanye West's very MAGA SNL Appearance-Getting Totally Kavanaugh Faced-Moynihan at the Mississippi Trump Rally-Believe All Women-Bari Would Have …

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

September 20th, 2018


"We're back, You're Welcome" - The Fifth

(Recorded: September 19th, 2018)

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This is a public episode. If you’d like to discuss this with other subscribers or get …

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

August 30th, 2018


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 …

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

August 24th, 2018


Karl Malone, Post Malone. Manafort, Cohen. John Brennan's Clearance. 'The Verge of Civil War' or Just 'The Usual Bullshit.' Rutgers, White Privilege, …

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

August 17th, 2018


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 …

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

August 10th, 2018


w/ Jessica Tarlov (Bustle, FoxNews Contributor)

- The Case Against Impeachment [ Mike Pence Would Be Worse ]- Kmele at MSNBC [ How To Be An Uncle Tom …

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

August 4th, 2018


(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"

July 27th, 2018


w/ Jane Coaston (Senior Politics Reporter, Vox)

- Jane's Origin Story

- What Conservatives REALLY Want

- 'Locking HER Up'

- Ignoring Michael Cohen

- …

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

July 19th, 2018


w/ Ben Domenech (Publisher, The Federalist)

Acting Trans, Scaling the BuildingRussian IndictmentsTrump/PutinThe New Vietnam SyndromObama's Mandela …

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

June 29th, 2018


Foster and Fisher are joined by legendary civil liberties attorney Ken White (of Popehat blogger and Twitter fame) and Damon Root (Reason's resident …

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

June 21st, 2018


(Recorded: June 20th, 2018 w/ Michael Tracey, Roving Journalist and Correspondent @TYTNetwork - Never Give Up - Woke at Whole Foods - Why do they …

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

June 15th, 2018


(Recorded June 13th, 2018)


- 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 …

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

June 8th, 2018


(Recorded June 6th, 2018)

w/ Josh Szeps (formerly Zepps, frequently misspelled as Zeeps) host of "#WeThePeople LIVE" and “The People Versus”


- Brisbane to Boston.

- Clive James’s death watch

- Kanye drops …

102 w/ Jacob Mchangama "Clear and Present Danger"

May 29th, 2018


(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- …

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

May 18th, 2018


(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 …

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

May 4th, 2018


(Recorded May 3rd, 2018)

18:00+ Host Grab-Assing20:00+ Defending Red-Pill Kanye, Why Slavery is Always YOUR fault36:00+ Morrissey's Politics, Lennon's …

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

May 1st, 2018


(Recorded April 22nd, 2018)

A conversation with evolutionary biologists Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying.

- On Free Speech, Campus Culture- Identity- …

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

April 25th, 2018


(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 …

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

April 17th, 2018


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 …

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

April 3rd, 2018


(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 …

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

March 30th, 2018


(Recorded: March 28, 2018)


Tom Slater, Deputy Editor @ Spike'd

Tina Nguyen, Politics and Media Reporter @ Vanity Fair

Marching for our Lives, …

094 w/ Jody Avirgan "Enhanced Interrogation, Free Speech, Twitter Mobs"

March 16th, 2018


Recorded: March 15, 2018

We've got FiveThirtyEight's Jody Avirgan in the studio. Matt is on assignment someplace.

This Week:

Is there a free speech "crisis" on campus?

Moynihan and Jody's considerably different approached …

093 "Flirting w/ North Korea, Back Channeling w/ Stormy Daniels"

March 10th, 2018


Recorded: March 9, 2018.

Welch, Moynihan, Fisher and Foster are in attendance.

An increasingly unlikely Presidential visit to North Korea.A seemingly permeable steel and aluminum tariff.A growing interest in POTUS's …

092 "Hopeless Gun Debates, Bulletproof Oscar Predictions" w/ Sonny Bunch and Andy Levy

March 2nd, 2018


Recorded: March 1, 2018.

Oscar Talk: Best and Worst, Most Overrated and Ryan Gosling

Stick Talk: AR-15s, Scool Shootings, The National Rifle …

091 w/ Andy Levy "Black Panthers, Richard Spencer's Advocate, Ban All the Porn”

February 16th, 2018


(Recorded: February 13th 2018)

"Whenever I hear some bigmouth in Washington or the Christian heartland banging on about the evils of sodomy or whatever, I mentally enter his name in my notebook and contentedly set my …

090 "About That Nunes Memo, Red Pills and Foreign Policy"

February 3rd, 2018


+ Indispensable Commentary On That [treasonous/heroic/meh] Nunes Memo+ Context, Collusion and Russian Conspiracies+ A Foreign Policy Primer+ Briefest …

089 w/ Bari Weiss "And Mueller Gets Fired at the End"

January 27th, 2018


w/ Bari Weiss (@bariweiss), Staff editor and writer @ New York Times Opinion (Former Wall Street Journal, Tablet Magazine)

An expansive, high-quality dispatch that was unfortunately marred by technical mishaps. It's not …

088 "Deepest Shithole Imaginable"

January 16th, 2018


Moynihan is back, Matt was an illegal immigrant, and Kmele was *front* row for Lebron vs. Steph.

Plus: DACA. FISA. Shit. #MeToo.

Recorded: January 15, 2018

See for privacy and opt-out information.

This …

087 "Fire & Fury, Prosecuting James Risen"

January 7th, 2018


Recorded: January 5, 2018

- Kmele’s Axioms of Child Rearing- Long on Fury, Short on Fire- Red Flags, Fake News on Facebook- Trump's Tax Cut, …

086 w/ Tina Brown "The Vanity Fair Diaries and Authentic Bullshit" (Special Dispatch)

December 22nd, 2017


Recorded: December 21, 2017.

Michael Moynihan (Vice News) in conversation with the incomparable Tina Brown. On the business and practice of …

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

December 16th, 2017


(Recorded on Thursday December 14th 2017)

with/ Jeffrey Blehar (@EsotericCD) of Decision Desk HQ and The Political Beats podcast.

We talk the recent …

084 w/ John McWhorter “Linguistics, Race, Antiracism” (Special Dispatch)

December 8th, 2017


(Recorded, November 2017)

An expansive exchange with renowned social commentator and linguist, John McWhorter. McWhorter is a Professor of English and …

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

December 2nd, 2017


- Matt Lauer

- Seducing Kevin Spacey

- James O’keefe

- Fake Headlines, Faker Stats

- Dumbest News Day Ever

- Britain First, Murder Allegations

- Trashing Bob Woodward

- Some Idiot.... ABORTED

See for privacy …

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

November 21st, 2017


FCC Chairman Ajit Pai drops in to explain why he's returning the Internet to the dark ages of... 2015.


- Draymond vs. Mark Cuban

- The AOL-Time Warner instant messaging juggernaut

- Janet Jackson's wardrobe and …

081.5 w/ Rob Mariani "Milo's (Very Brief) Daily Caller Engagement"

November 15th, 2017


Recorded: Thursday, November 8, 2017.

We chat with Rob Mariani, former opinion editor for the Daily Caller, about Milo's first (and last) weekly …

081 “MAGAversary Shellacking, Dreams & Nightmares, Mr. Trump's Asian Junket"

November 11th, 2017


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 …

080 w/ Josh Zepps “Mueller's Inquest, Silicon Hearings, Proportionate Fear"

November 4th, 2017


Recorded on Thursday, Novemer 2nd, 2017

With Special Guests:

Josh Zepps - Host, #WeThePeople LIVE (@WTP_Live, @joshzepps)

See for privacy and opt-out information.

This is a public episode. If you’d like …

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

October 28th, 2017


Recorded on Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Moynihan and Kmele are on Assignment -- Welch takes the reins.

With Special Guests:

Nancy Rommelmann - …

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

October 21st, 2017


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 - …

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

October 14th, 2017


Recorded on Thursday, October 12th, 2017

The Harvey Weinstein Controversy1) What To Do With “Shitty Media Men?2) Why won't Hillary and Barack say anything?

Tillerson, Corker and World War III1) The Worst of All Possible …

076 “Gun Rights, Filthy Speech, Cordon Sanitaire”

October 7th, 2017


Recorded on Thursday, October 5th, 20171) First Amendment Controversies

2) Meditations on the Las Vegas and the Second Amendment

3) An Homage to …

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

September 29th, 2017


Guest: Katherine Mangu-Ward, Editor-in-Chief @ Reason

Recorded: Wednesday, September 27th, 2017.

Another wide-ranging, intellectually-stimulating, and …

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

September 23rd, 2017


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 …

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

September 16th, 2017


Recorded on Thursday September 14, 2017

Guest: David Weigel, political reporter for The Washington Post and author of the prog-rock history "The Show …

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

September 8th, 2017


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 …

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

September 5th, 2017


Recorded 8/31/2017

Guest: Ronald Bailey, science correspondent for Reason magazine and

Natural Disasters, political photo-ops, and …

070 w/ Jacob Siegel "What Didn't Happen in Boston, Something about Afghanistan"

August 25th, 2017


Recorded 8/24/2017

This episode: non-existent Nazis, overblown Antifa, and Portuguese 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 …

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

August 17th, 2017


The guys take a deep dive into Donald Trump's policy on infrastructure and Nazis.

Matt is back, Moynihan is off drugs and high on life, and Kmele once …

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

August 11th, 2017


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" …

067 w/ Alyona Minkovski “Get Me THE MOOCH, The Story of Lyndon Jumbo Johnson"

August 3rd, 2017


[“And We Back." -Chance the Rapper]

- Moynihan is MIA

- Welch is trapped in a room with no AC, 75 dead flies, and a busted shoulder -- and loving …

066 “Seriously - Eventually We Get to Health Care, Immigration, Forensics et al”

July 20th, 2017


A dense, tangent-filled, and edifying new dispatch (fueled by cash-filled envelopes, adderall, and a bottle of Bushmills -- thanks, Drew.)

    Trump …

065 w/ Eli Lake “Donald Jr Loves It, Moynihan's Great Big Movie Premier”

July 14th, 2017


Recorded: July 12th, 2017


· Eli Lake Is a Superlative, Award-Winning Hebrew

· Fab Five Freddy Is a Foreign Policy Genius

· “I’m a White …

064 "It's Blackmail, Presser in Poland, Jay Z: Feminism"

July 7th, 2017


A Helpful Guide to This Weeks Dispatch:

· No Mic for Anthony Fisher

· Kmele read 22 books this weekend (including Letters to a Young Contrarian, The …

063 "Bleeding Badly, Why Journalists Screw Up, and Please -- No Cameras"

June 30th, 2017


Recorded: June 29th, 2017

A journalistic-misdeed results in the firing of three prominent CNN staffers and a new front in the conflict between Trump …

062 "Notes on Philando Castile, Otto Warmbier, and Evergreen"

June 22nd, 2017


Recorded: June 21, 2017

The Philando Castile case has reached a controversial conclusion. In July 2016, Castile was shot to death during a traffic …

061 "Tragedy in Alexandria, Interrogating Alex Jones, Maligning Jeff Sessions"

June 15th, 2017


With high profile congressional inquests into shadowy conspiracies, media panics, and boring White House events turning into embarrassing fodder for late night comedians — the stage was set for an almost banal week in …

060 "Corbyn Surprises, Comey Testifies, Maher Apologizes, and Kmele Will Not Shut Up"

June 10th, 2017


Episode 060

Recorded June 10th 2017

Corbyn Surprises his labour party rival (and just about everyone else). Comey testifies before Congress, Trump is quite about it until he isn’t. And Bill Maher said ‘Nigga’, or was it …

SD2 w/ Timothy Snyder “On Tyranny, Bloodlands, Trump and Hayek”

June 9th, 2017


[Special Dispatch #2]

A rangy and Moynihan-heavy exchange w/ Timothy Snyder, Yale University Professor of History and author of numerous books including (the magisterial) “Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin” …

059 “Pulling Out, Back Channeling, Graffitied Epithets”

June 3rd, 2017


- Pulling out of the Pairs Climate Deal

- Roiling the EU

- Surveying the Russian investigation

- Lamenting w/ LeBron (and not about that horrific game …

058 “Mayhem in Manchester, Deals with Devils, and Collusion Most Foul” - The Fifth Column

May 25th, 2017


"If they're buying off this president, they're really not getting their money's worth." - Michael Moynihan

Do terrorists hate us for our freedom? Are the Saudis just "guided by the beauty of our weapons"? Will Welch …

057 w/ Thad Russell “ComeyGate Metastasis, Completely Settling This NATO Business” - The Fifth Column

May 19th, 2017


“The most important Fifth Column History… In fact, the most important podcast all week.” - Thad RussellThe apeirogon-like ComeyGate scandal careens …

056 “James Comey Gets Sh**canned, Julian Assange is Still at Large” - The Fifth Column

May 11th, 2017


Is former FBI boss James Comey's unexpected and unceremonious termination a Nixonesque attempt to bury the Russian narrative once and for all... Is …

055 w/ Jamie Kirchick “Obamacare: Repealed & Reloaded, Europe May Be A Goner” - The Fifth Column

May 5th, 2017


Moynihan is late; Matt went to a cocktail party; Kmele needs a date for Guardians of the Galaxy; and Jamie Kirchick (author, “The End of Europe”) drops by with dire predictions about the fate of the European Project.

054 “100 Days of Pretty Awful, Media Bubbled, Passion of the Nerds” - The Fifth Column

April 27th, 2017


A review of the first 100 days of the Trump Presidency: Controversy, failures, do-overs and general incompetence. Plus: Media bubbles and consequence. And that time the streets were filled with brave, angry, nerds…

053 w/ Michael Weiss “The MOAB Doctrine: Technically, Bombing Stuff is A Strategy” - The Fifth Column

April 14th, 2017


A record-breaking, kiloton-length new release with all the kinetic energy of [ABRUPTLY CUTS OFF EXPLOSIVES METAPHPOR]...

Eat some chocolate cake with …

052 w/ Eli Lake “Kinda Bombing the Sh*t Out of 'Em Right Now, Something About Susan Rice ” - The Fifth Column

April 7th, 2017


We knew things were heating up in Syria, but it was still a bit of a shock when Tomahawk missiles started flying all over the place. Fortunately for …

051 w/ Rep Thomas Massie “Trump Care Postmortem, Protesting Putin, Two Painful Years in Yemen” - The Fifth Column

March 29th, 2017


Rep Thomas Massie swings by to provide a first person account of the failed Ryan/Trump health care bill. Plus: The prospects for Trump's Tax reform agenda and the intersections of 'economic nationalism' and …

050 "Health Care Pileup, Burn All The Paintings, Donna Brazile's Kinda Sorry" - The Fifth Column

March 25th, 2017


Health Care Reform, Trump’s Long Game, New York Real Estate Woes & Casual Racism, Burning All the Paintings, Multiple Beers and A Tall Bottle of …

049 "Is GCHQ Wiretapping the Hell Outta That Thang?, Maddow's ManBearPig Exclusive" - The Fifth Column

March 18th, 2017


Did the Brits actually wiretap his building? And look, he’s ‘good people’, but we’re gonna have to talk about this, ‘sources say’ stuff…

048 "Ok, We Need to Talk About Russia, Worse Than Iraq, Non-troversies" - The Fifth Column

March 10th, 2017


It's an active week in Washington as the Trump administration takes a few mulligans. The Travel/Muslim Ban is revealed, Congress debates the deeply …

XXX w/ Dr Henry Louis Gates, Dr George Yancy “Race, History, and Identity” - The Fifth Column [Special Dispatch]

March 5th, 2017


[Special Dispatch]

"Two Conversations About Race, History, and Identity”

Kmele hijacks the podcast stream for a pair of conversations about race, philosophy, what history and filmmaking have in common, why he hates when …

047 "Trump's Not State of the Union, Patriots & Anecdotes, The End of Ideology" - The Fifth Column

March 2nd, 2017


"Presidential." "His Best Speech Yet." "Hey, What Happened To His Entirely-Too-Long Red Tie!?" ---- It's an all new Donald Trump. He's calm, composed, occasionally optimistic and his standard complement of half-truths, …

046 "Flynn Gets Fired, Incompetent Totalitarians, He Totally Called It" - The Fifth Column

February 16th, 2017


The cascade of failures, missteps, scandal and controversy otherwise known as the Trump Administration has stammered into its fourth week of governance*. Michael Flynn -- Former National Security Adviser.... the man …

045 w/ Damon Root "When Everything's a Crisis and Everyone's a Nazi..." - The Fifth Column

February 11th, 2017


POTUS is at war with the courts, with the press, and on account of it's leaking like a sieve, he's kinda at war with his own administration. Reason's resident legal aficionado Damon Root stop by to expound on the legal …

044 w/ Kevin Williamson "Fear, Loathing and that Muslim Ban" OR "Dangerous Ideas -- Courteously Discussed" - The Fifth Column

February 1st, 2017


Is it a Muslim Ban? Should America just 'bar the damn door'? Is it racism? Or is it perhaps just more 'what-about-ism'? What is the connection …

043 "Trump Stallone: POTUS, True Believer, First of His Name" - The Fifth Column

January 27th, 2017


A week under our belts and we're still reeling...

A deluge of executive activity, constitutional controversies, 'emoluments'(?!), lawsuits, like -- a …

042 w/ Thad Russell "John Lewis: Moral Authoritarian for Hire, CNN vs Trump, Freed Manning" - The Fifth Column

January 19th, 2017


The waning hours of President Obama's tenure, on the eve of Trump-Mageddon, and the hits just keep on coming.

The President-Elect finds himself embroiled in a nasty fight with an almost universally revered CIVIL RIGHTS …

041 "Unsubstantiated, Unverifiable, and Indisputably Entertaining" - The Fifth Column

January 11th, 2017


After a day of confirmation hearings and protesters in pink t-shirts, amid growing uncertainty about the future of Obama Care, and just ahead of President Obama's Farewell Address in Chicago; a dossier filled with …

040 "Johnny Walker -- Neat, #BLMKidnapping, and y'all still talkin bout Russia?" - The Fifth Column

January 7th, 2017


Welch has been eying the guitar in the corner all night, some thoughtful listeners sent the fellas a huge bottle of Johnny Walker Black, and appears …

039 "Tragedy in Berlin, About That New Cold-ish War, Obama's Failures and Successes" - The Fifth Column

December 30th, 2016


In the final dispatch of 2016, THE COLUMNISTS examine the recent terror attacks in Berlin -- parsing predictable responses, likely fallout, and beyond.

And as the Obama Presidency draws to a close, an increasingly …

038 "Russian Hackers, Escalation and Those Damn Emails" - The Fifth Column

December 20th, 2016


Definitive accusations from the US intelligence community. Promises of reprisals from President Obama. A last ditch effort to sway Electoral College …

037 w/ Kennedy "Trump's All Conflicted, Russia's All Scary, POTUS is Black" - The Fifth Column

December 15th, 2016


In the final days of the Obama administration, many ‘journalos’ (pronounced: jurn-ah-lows) are producing fond remembrances of the outgoing administration while closely scrutinizing every (frequently confusing) move and …

036 "Fake News All The Way Down? The New Fred Phelps?" w/ Jimmy Failla, Jacob Siegel - The Fifth Column

December 9th, 2016


If a white nationalists speaks to a meager audience on a Texas campus, can any American avoid hearing about it? When Tomi tangles with Trevor on The Daily Show, does anyone really win? The answer to both of these …

035 w/ Glenn Garvin “Pissing on Fidel Castro's Grave, Jill Stein's Recount, and Trump's Tweets" - The Fifth Column

December 1st, 2016


“Fidel Castro dead, y’all!” Revolutionary, Dictator, Monster and... Human Rights Champion!? No seriously, some idiot wrote that, and worse besides. …

034 “White Nationalism: The Musical, Bogus News, Yeezus" - The Fifth Column

November 22nd, 2016


A Hamilltonian dressing down for the Vice President Elect? A White Nationalist Confrence in the Nations Capital? Sure -- it's almost Thanksgiving, but before digging into the Turkey, stuffing and cranbary sause -- we …

033 w/ Kat Timpf “The Passion of Steve Bannon, Ditching the Press Pool, Lebron's Posse" - The Fifth Column

November 18th, 2016


What do you do after a media apperance in Midtown Manhattan. If you answered, "Eat Ground Beef with Friends" -- you've probably been drinking with …

032 w/ Andrew Schulz “President Trump: Worst Tuesday Ever?" - The Fifth Column

November 11th, 2016


The election is finally over, and Donald Trump is President Elect of the United States... "What the hell happend!?" This weighty audio dispatch may help sort out a few things. Moyhinan, Welch and Foster are reunited. …

031 "Weld Says What?, Trump Not At Fault For KKK Support, and Kmele Calls In From Easter Island" - The Fifth Column

November 3rd, 2016


This week, Hollywood Mike Moynihan deigns to rejoin the Troika of Truth in our last podcast before Election 2016 is dumped on our heads like a sack …

030 w/ Andrew Schulz “Lead Paint, Black Jeopardy, and Netflix & Mass Incarceration" - The Fifth Column

October 26th, 2016


This week, comedian Andrew Schulz (, The Brilliant Idiots Podcast) stops by, Moynihan is a no show, and things get out of …

029 “Pre Debate Jitters, And There's Just Something About Mosul” - The Fifth Column

October 19th, 2016


We selected some stories, organized them in a thoughtful way -- and even developed a few punchy segways. But we didn't do much with any of that...

On …

028 “Billy Bush: The Real Victim Here, Avoiding World War III" - The Fifth Column

October 13th, 2016


Moynihan watches the presidential debate with his old pal Glenn Beck. Donald Trump doesn't understand how handshakes work at all. Hillary Clinton …

027 w/ Gary Johnson “Presidential Long Shots, VP Debates," - The Fifth Column

October 6th, 2016


2016 Libertarian Party Presidential Hopeful Gary Johnson Swings By.

We talk Vice Presidential Debates, Aleppo, Foreign Policy, BLM and the Era of …

026 "Kmele's STILL an Uncle Tom, and Yet Another Aleppo Moment" - The Fifth Column

September 30th, 2016


Near the tail end of the recording, Moynihan pronounced this the best show we've ever done..." Perhaps so.

What we can say for sure about this weeks installment of The Fifth: 1) We lost track of time, 2) Much wine was …

025 w/ Josh Zepps "Wild Speculation on Tulsa, Terrorism and Denzel" - The Fifth Column

September 21st, 2016


The triumvirate has much to discuss after a weekend disrupted by terror attacks in several states and yet another high profile police shooting. Media …

024 "A Deplorable Basket of Aleppo, Hacked Email and Conspiracy Theories" - The Fifth Column

September 15th, 2016


We had to MacGyver the hell out of this weeks dispatch. It's almost as if someone was trying to stop us... (Just asking questions here). Aleppo, Baskets of 'Deplorables', More Hacked Emails, Hillary's Flu-Ghazi... or is …

023 w/ Andrew Kirell "Trump's Mexican Day trip, Hillary's Alt-Right Syndrome" - The Fifth Column

September 1st, 2016


Colin Kaepernick rides the pine (which makes sense on many levels). Donald Trump visits Mexico. Hillary Clinton squares off with the AltRight. A few …

022 w/ Buck Sexton "NSA Hacks, The ISIS Blame Game" - The Fifth Column

August 25th, 2016


When Buck Sexton sits in for the hour there's a good chance the conversation will turn to foreign policy. As it turns out, that's exactly what …

021 w/ Michael Malice "The Best-Worst Case for Trump/Hillary, Charter Schools are Super Racist" - The Fifth Column

August 18th, 2016


Moynihan is off this week, appears he had obligations related to something he's describing as "his real job". We don't know what that's supposed to …

020 "Olympic Twerking, Obama's Drone War Playbook, The Clinton Foundation, Ferguson: Two Years Later" - The Fifth Column

August 11th, 2016


Episode 20: The most discursive and 'intrupty' installment to date, but never worry, they always stick that landing (that's an Olympics reference).

This Week: - Obligatory Olympics Banter- Malia Obama twerks and tokes …

019 "How to Survive a Nuclear Holocaust, Welch-splaining Nato, Kmele's BLM Dust Up " - The Fifth Column

August 4th, 2016


The Conventions are over, Welch, Moynihan and Foster are back in Gotham and it feels like Autumn in August.

Still, Trump related anxieties have managed to reach new levels of 'OH-MY-GOD'; will his ascension to the …

018 "The DNC Takes Philly , Ted Cruz's Dad Takes Grassy Knoll" - The Fifth Column (Updated)

July 27th, 2016

The Fifth Column's presidential convention coverage continues. Matt Welch phones in from the convention floor in Philadelphia, Moynihan convalesces …

017 "A Very Trump Convention, Ted Cruz Jujitsu" - The Fifth Column

July 21st, 2016


Welch and Moynihan from the Floor of the RNC Convention... What could possibly go wrong?

No more description. You listen, you find out!


016 "Rumors of Race Wars and POTUS's Solipsistic Eulogy" - The Fifth Column

July 13th, 2016

A trifecta of highly charged police involved shootings dominate the headlines; what are the odds that resulting media coverage and political rhetoric …

015 "Trump’s Star, Hillary’s Email, Jonah Lehrer’s Comeback" - The Fifth Column

July 7th, 2016


What is Kmele hiding in Greece? Why is Donald Trump taking advantage of Hillary Clinton’s email lawbreaking by doubling down on the Star of David? And what on earth is the man who contributed to the downfall of …

014 w/ Virgina Postrel "Brexit, Benghazi, The BET Awards" - The Fifth Column

June 29th, 2016


What does your dimwitted brother-in-law actually know about Brexit? What actual difference does this Benghazi report make? And finally, will the well monied and influential attendees of the Black Entertainment …

013 "Islamic [REDACTED] and OJ Simpson: Trial of the Millennium" - The Fifth Column

June 22nd, 2016


What's the most [REDACTED] ever to [REDACTED]? Can someone really be 'completely brilliant' and 'wrong about virtually everything'? Will we ever get tired of talk'n bout OJ? In a baseball cap and shorts, is Matt the …

012 "Terrorism, Gun Control and Magical Thinking” - The Fifth Column

June 14th, 2016

What do Harry Potter, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have in common? Is it still 'politicizing the tragedy' if everyone's doing it?

When responding …

011 w/ Anthony Fisher “Penultimate Primary, Shut Up Racist and Remembering Ali” - The Fifth Column

June 9th, 2016

What the hell happened to Matt? How awful was Bernie Sanders week and why does he hate women? Why you got to be all racist?

Foster, Welch and …

010 w/ Thaddeus Russell "The Strip Tease Convention, #MehTrump and Russell v Moynihan” - The Fifth Column

June 2nd, 2016

Will Johnson & Weld make it to the presidential debate stage? Just who is this French fellow -- is he really running for POTUS and why's he omitting all the best bits from his Game of Thrones write-ups?

Is there any …

009 "Bernie Sanders: Arsonist, Freddie Gray & The Matter of Black Lives” - The Fifth Column

May 25th, 2016

Trump and Sanders carry populist revolutions to their respective conventions; will violence ensue? Are we witnessing the end of the culture wars? …

008 "Electoral Drive By, Getting Venezuela Entirely Wrong, Backhanded Endorsement” - The Fifth Column

May 18th, 2016


If you hurriedly discuss the primary race will it end any faster? If you'd previously maintained that an economic miracle was unfolding in Venezuela, …

007 w/ Charles C.W. Cooke "Fight Club Theoretics, Coates Can't Go Home Again” - The Fifth Column

May 11th, 2016


Would Tyler Durden vote for candidate Trump? Why can't super rich authors have everything they want? Is "Cookie's" accent wonderful or fantastic?

006 "Primary Precognition, Panic at the WHCD” - The Fifth Column

May 4th, 2016


Might a Trump primary victory signal the 'end of days' while simultaneously proving the existence of extraterrestrials? Can independents finally make …

005 w/ Andy Levy “Never Ending Primary, The Trump Doctrine, Occam's Razor” - The Fifth Column

April 29th, 2016


Trump and Hillary cement their leads but no one's willing to get out of the race; why won't anyone make it stop? How is Donald Trump's foreign policy …

004 “POTUS in Arabia, Creating A Drug Free World” - The Fifth Column

April 21st, 2016


Has the New York primary finally closed the door on Cruz, Sanders and Kasich? Should a voter who asks politely be allowed more than one ‘I Voted …

003 “Clinton vs Sanders, Incarcerating Climate Skeptics and Police Shooting Stats in Chicago” - The Fifth Column

April 15th, 2016


Sanders and Clinton debate on a dock in Brooklyn -- would any have noticed if CNN had just replayed clips of their previous showdowns? Is Gitmo too …

002 “Sanders, Panamanian Secrets and Cop Shoots Black Dude” - The Fifth Column

April 8th, 2016


This Week: Bernie Sanders gives an incoherent interview to the Daily News and simultaneously wins a critical presidential primary in Wisconsin; …

001 "Terrorism, Trump and OJ's Still Totally Innocent” - The Fifth Column

April 2nd, 2016


Surprise -- It's the first full episode of The Fifth Column (pardon our dust)!

This week; Media coverage (or lack thereof) of terrorism in the wake …
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