The Fifth Column - Analysis, Commentary, Sedition
MattWelch(Reason), andKmeleFoster(Freethink), MichaelMoynihan(Vice)
From their enclave in midtown Manhattan, Michael Moynihan (Vice), Matt Welch (Reason), and Kmele Foster (Freethink) dissect the news, interrogate guests, and question just about everything. The topics are broad, the insights are deep, and the jokes are off color. Reform the system, or burn it to the ground? They discuss... @wethefifth

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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 subscribe!). In celebration of this momentous anniversary, we called up our old friend Andrew Sullivan, fresh from his separation with New York magazine and joining from his Provincetown whirlpool, to discuss:- Daddys, bears, and pervs...oh my!- Andrew has a conversation with some younger gays- A generation without tragedy- BTW: No one actually says LGBTQ+- And you're not suppose to like being oppressed- Why did Andrew leave New York magazine and what is the "mysterious miasma"? - Sully starts his own thing, quickly realizes he was underpaid- The drunk brilliance of old-school British journalism- FWIW, Andrew didn't write The Bell Curve- The anti-Sullivan fatwa issued by a former employer- Michael Kinsley's two rules of writing - The future of magazines, the future of media - Why you should read, listen to, and befriend people with bad ideas- Kmele, Kamala, and the prostitutes- Andrew convinces us to...change See for privacy and opt-out information.

Drugs You Should TryHeroine, A Black Drug?Black People Are All The SameVoter Fraud, by MailSelecting A VPCognitive Tests (Person, Woman, Man, Camera, TV)Scare TacticsSuburban Lifestyle DreamsThe State of New YorkFBG DuckNew George Floyd VideoThe Trouble With ChinaFacebook vs TikTokBlazing SaddlesRecorded Aug 6, 2020Published Aug 9, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

Guest: Nancy Rommelmann, journalist and author of To the Bridge: A True Story of Motherhood and MurderNancy Rommelmann, friend of the Fifth and former resident of Portland, Amerikkka, returns from the ramparts of the revolution with news, anecdotes, and a glimpse at our glorious future. Alis volat propriis. So we asked our very own Lady John Reed just what the hell is happening in the insurrectionist precincts of the Pacific Northwest...Nancy doesn't recognize parts of PortlandWhat everyone is getting wrong about the protests/riots/federal interventionWait, where is the Portland PD?Shares in a homemade body armor business are trading higher today...Why you're not hearing that amazing, hilarious, enlightening conversation we had about the secret app(It's because the SD card ran out of space and no one noticed...)We return after our tech screw up--much, much drunker--to talk history vs. journalismNo one arguing about colonial history knows anything about colonial historyIt sort of falls apart around this point...And by the way: stop telling us what we should care about See for privacy and opt-out information.

Glenn Greenwald,Co-Founder @ The InterceptAuthor, "No Place to Hide"Thomas Chatterton WilliamsContributing Writer @ New York Times MagAuthor, "Self Portrait in Black and White"After a little internet drama related to the Harper's Open Letter, Kmele got together w/ Thomas and Glenn to discuss.Why we needed "A Letter on Justice and Debate"Why Glenn isn't a SignatoryWhat is Cancel CultureDo we really need to talk about this RIGHT NOWEvangelism or ExcommunicationHypocrisy and Healthier ConversationsRecorded July 24, 2020Published July 27, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 July 13, liberated for all of you cheapskates. You're welcome.If you want a new subscriber-only episode every week (plus slurring live Zoom calls, lost episodes, mail bag episodes, a community of like-minded psychos, etc), subscribe here!--------------For only the second time since the Bat Flu, the lads are back in the same room...and back at the Stupid Table™ in Williamsburg. The energy! The booze! The crosstalk! Kmele singing! Yay! It's an hour and half bull session covering the most important debates in America. Zum beispiel: - Moynihan's new CNBC show "Stock Monstah Dood!"- Getting psyched about--and possibly auditioning for--a show Kmele loves but has never seen- Kmele is Mr. 2X. Moynihan is Mr. Angry Irishman Driver- Understanding the core of the anti-racist project- Matt's formative moment as an 18-year-old journalist- The privileged people who hate really privileged people- Yes, the lads talk about the endless LETTER WARS- Kmele rants about a Jo Jorgensen tweet- What does it mean to be anti-racist?- If they win, we will all will end up living in a joyless world- Back to Bay Ridge (and coming upon a pro-NYPD protest) See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 in Sydney to talk nonsense about:Paul Hogan (obviously)How the Aussies handled the COVIDThat story about our friend who resigned from the Times"Cancel culture," right and left"Good Morning ya' ****s!"Armageddon the shit out of that rockAre we becoming a totalitarian hell hole? (Probably not)Viacom race theorist Nick Cannon on masked singers, Mariah Carey, and the Rothschilds.Matt knew a NaziRecorded July 15, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 discuss that Harper's letter on cancel culture, signed by Kmele and Yasha (and Salman Rushdie, Martin Amis, JK Rowling, et al); the attempt to cancel people who signed a statement opposing cancelling people; how everyone's still a fascist; the painful absurdity of Robin Diangelo; a Matt and Kmele fight about Trump's Mt. Rushmore speech; the dangers of the populist right; El Chino; and so very much more. Recorded July 8, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 Raised Some Objections:"Journalists Abandoning 'Objectivity' for 'Moral Clarity' Really Just Want To Call People Immoral" (Reason) - June 24, 2020 Twitter Drama Ensues.The Parties Agree to Settle Things Directly....And now, here you are. All caught up, ready for the fireworks (literally + figuratively).Recorded: July 2, 2020Published: July 6, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

w/ Jacob Siegel, Senior Writer @ Tablet"The New Truth" (June 22nd 2020)"Journalists Abandoning 'Objectivity' for 'Moral Clarity' Really Just Want To Call People Immoral" (6/24/2020) The Lisa "Left Eye" Lopez of Journalism- The Great Fireworks Conspiracy (continued)- The NYT Slack- All The Smoke- The New Truth- Rhetorically Invincible- White Fragility, The Message of the Cross- Moral Clarity- World Heritage Sites- The Wages of Sin- Ethical JournalismRecorded: June 25, 2020Published: July 1, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

w/ Jane Coaston, Senior Politics Reporter @ VoxSome Sports StuffTickTock SwiftboatsTulsaTrumps PartyWhat Comes NextImmigration + VisasThe Coaston PlanMore Black Lives Matter TalkBut What About....Unbundling the PoliceLiking the Neighborhood Cops Recorded: June 23, 2020Published: June 25, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

w/ David French, Senior Editor @ The Dispatch and Columnist @ TimeHelp With Your Down Payment?A Busy Day For SCOTUS2A, Qualified Immunity (Part I), Expanding Civil RightsThought CrimesOn Racism (and Anti Racism)The Worst Dinner PartyThe Censorship ImpulseGone With the Wind, Song of the SouthThe Lost Cause... Myth?What Northerners Really WantStill in Love w/ Daisy DukeAnti-racism Must Be Anti-raceWalk Humbly, Seek Justice, See the Humanity in Your OpsQualified Immunity (Part II) -- Why Qualified Immunity MattersRecorded: June 15, 2020Published: June 16, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

w/ Olivia Nuzzi, Washington Correspondent @ New York MagazineAn Unprecedented MovementDefunding the Police... Or Just Abolishing ThemCanceling Most Things, Razing The RestMoral Clarity in the News RoomTrump on the Campaign Trail, Biden's StrengthsWhy Trump and Rudy Can't Stop Talking to NuzziRecorded: June 10, 2020Published: June 12, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

A Brief History of Right NowPunk PoliceIt Might Actually Be LegalBlack on Black on BlackBending the KneeNYT Civil WarEssentialism in PracticeLaw & OrderPassoverMLK on RiotsRecorded:6/4/2020Published: 6/6/2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

Kmele facilitates a follow-up conversation on race, racism, and anti-racism -- this time, in the midst of a global pandemic and increasing social unrest. You can find the first installment in this series of conversations here: /Glenn LouryProfessor of the social sciences and economics at Brown UniversityThomas Chatterton WilliamsAuthor, "Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race" and "Losing My Cool" John McWhorterProfessor of Linguistics, Philosophy, and Music at ColumbiaColeman HughesFellow at The Manhattan InstituteContributing Editor at City JournalRecorded:5/22/2020 Published: 6/1/2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 come on the show to apologize. We agreed. Bari Weiss, the genial and gentle bête noire of woke culture, is back...hat in hand, asking for Fifth forgiveness. But she sticks around to discuss lots of other stuff:- We are all Stasi agents now- You're both Karens!- A murder in Minneapolis- Whose more powerful? Jack Dorsey or one of your senators?- Should corporations be fact-checking politicians?- Matt explains Section 230- Moynihan rants about journalists being annoying- A guest appearance from Nellie Bowles- A really bad piece about white people and spices- Kmele squeezes in some China/Hong Kong talk- And some good news from Spencer!Recorded: May 27, 2020Published: May 28, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 Startups Think About Failure + Survival - Pandemics, Panics, and Journalistic Incentives- Forging Societal Truth - Why the US Failed to Take COVID Seriously- Why Journalist Hate The Valley- Believing Half of What You Read- Epistemology Algorithms - A Feature Set for Fixing Journalism - Looser ArgumentsRecorded: May 14th 2020Published: May 25th 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

w/ Ethan Strauss Writer @ Athletic, Author "The Victory Machine: The Making and Unmaking of the Warriors Dynasty" (2020)- Getting Political- NBA vs China- Bad Deals and Bad Economics- The Incomparable Michael Jordan- 'What is Best In Life'- Resuming the NBA Season- Pissing off Kevin DurantRecorded: May 13th 2020Published: May 17th 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

w/ Rep Justin Amash US Congressman (Michigan's 3rd Congressional District) and 2020 Libertarian Presidential HopefulU.S. Representative for Michigan's 3rd congressional district since 2011, and currently serving as the first Libertarian Party member of Congress. Amash diagnoses what's wrong with America's politics, parties, and legislative process. And he makes the case for why he's ideally well suited to fix.Recorded: May 4th 2020Published: May 6th 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 compromises? Where are the non-negotiable red lines? And what are those mysterious bright lights people have been seeing in the night sky? (The last one is easy: visitors from another galaxy, here to share their advanced technology with us... for a price).ALSO:- Avoiding a Hot War w/ Red-China- COVID in Brazil- Reading the YouTube Comments- Logging Onto CompuServe to Own The Conservatives- A Kinder, Gentler Greenwald- Russia-Gate Revisited- Why FISA Was Always Bullshit- 'Just the Tip' SocialismRecorded: April 30th 2020Published May 2nd 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

w/ Jonah Goldberg Editor-in-Chief @The Dispatch, Host @ The Remnant PodcastPresident Trump has an inspired idea for arresting a global pandemic. It involves ultraviolet rays, disinfectant washes -- and Welch seems convinced that it also has something to do with "butt stuff" -- which, honestly, it wouldn't be the strangest thing you've heard all day.ALSO:- Jonah on Political Homelessness- Define "Prevaricate"- Presidential Ineptitude and Slothfulness,- How Shitty Henchmen Keep America Safe- Why The CDC is So Popular- Trump Punching is Boring- The Most Dangerous Debate- On Tucker Carlson- The Best Rescue Package- Georgia: Open for Business (or something)- Funding Lockdown Protests  - The Limits of MitigationRecorded: April 23rd 2020Published April 25th 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

Kmele Foster, Zaid Jilani (@ZaidJilani) and Coleman Hughes (@coldxman) discuss the cacophony of concern about blackness+ racism in the midst of a once in a century global pandemic.RELATED POSTS:"Do COVID-19 Racial Disparities Matter?" - Coleman Hughes"Don’t Racialize the Pandemic" - Zaid Jilani April 14th 2020Published April 20th 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

- Gender Traitors- Teddy Pendergrass- Trump’s Absolute Authority- Cutting off WHO Funding- What a Pandemic Can Teach You- China and The American Free PressRecorded: April 15th, 2020Released: April 17th, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

"When America catches a cold, black America... " -- well, we should maybe talk about that.- Welch Makes a Baseball Analogy- Moynihan helps Governor Cuomo shame the traitorous scum who refuse to STAY IN DOORS- Amid growing concern about the disproportionate impact COVID-19 may be having on black folks in America -- Kmele has thoughts- When Billionaires Give Money Away (it's never enough -- and it's never good enough -- for Moynihan?)- China is Using Fake Numbers- A Briefing Full of Jim Acostas- President Trump Lies, Frequently -- Accept When He's Telling the Truth- Trump's Greatest Failure- Foreign Policy Tea LeavesRecorded: April 7th, 2020Released: April 8th, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

With more than 80% of Americans under some form of movement restrictions, civil liberties are in retreat, authoritarians are gaining ground, and Kmele is feeling positively messianic.PLUS "The Fifth Column's Pandemic Shopping Guide: How to beat the system, score hard to find paper products, and avoid deadly CHINESE pathogens"- Keep Buggering OnRecorded: March 31st, 2020Released: April 2ndth, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

- The lads are losing it in quarantine- New York is "authentic" again / full of crackhead zombies- Being entrepreneurial in a time of crisis- So what's happening in COVID world- And what does Kmele think *now*?- Is this all capitalism's fault?- More studies, more confusion- The shitty media is even shittier than ever- Hating on De Blasio- Manufacturing scientific consent- It's MH370. And we're inside the plane- A wee bit of mail from a wee Scot Trot - Is there anything to talk about *but* COVID?- Kmele has a new telescope/is a huge nerd in the woodsRecorded: March 26th, 2020Released: March 27th, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

The quarantine continues...the Fifth Columnists have thoughts...- Kmele is the Kurtz/Lauren Hill of Virginia- Some listener mail- We have the results! (Calm down Todd)- Updates on the COVID- Is it all going to fall apart? Probably- Are we are at war? Not really- Some more listener mail- Some audiobooks to listen to while quarantined- Some more sports to watch while no sports is happening- Kmele really needs to bring it back to COVID- An Italian friend drunk texts, loses her mind- More disaster socialism- The most important thing about COVID is what Trump calls it- Some book recommendationsReleased: March 19, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

UPDATE: The original version of this episode was uploaded out of sync. It has been replaced with a corrected version. We regret the error. But stop complaining. It's free. The bat virus apocalypse continues. The Fifth Column soldiers on, shouting ¡No pasarán!- Kmele is in the woods, Matt is in South Brooklyn, Moynihan is in hiding- All COVID, all the time!- Wait, so does he have it or not?- Kmele questions the consensus- Disaster capitalism becomes disaster socialism- Money is fake. Let's give everyone a billion dollars, ok?- Masked and bonding with the Hasids- Why Matt can't smoke weed? (Yes, it involves Central Europe and the First Gulf War)- Ken Burns gives it away- Let's rerun 70s baseball and hockey games- More on this damn virus- We totally missed the Andrew Gillum wedding party- Dude. The drugs were on the floor- Pick some books. Let's read them- And so very much more Recorded: March 16th, 2020Released: March 17th, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

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

w/ Eli Lake ( Columnist @ Bloomberg Opinion)- Typhoid Welch- Biden crushes South Carolina and Super Tuesday- Good 'ol Uncle Joe or Cognitive Decline- "Democratic" Socialism?- MAGA Corps and Bernie Bros Will Excuse Almost Anything Their Candidates Do- Elizabeth Warren Lost -- It's Empirically Not HER Fault- DNC Subterfuge- Biden's Lies About Getting Arrested, Mandela Thanking- Preview of the Biden v Bernie Debate- Schumer SCOTUS Threat- The FISA "Rubber Stamp"- The Horrifying Books on Your Sshelf- President Trump's *Disgraceful* Peace Deal w/ the Taliban- Eli's Libertarian War Powers Fetish- Steve Kornacki: Legend- Chris Matthews- Billionaire Lives MatterUPDATED FILERecorded: March 5th, 2020Released: March 6th, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

w/ Aaron Maté (Host @ PushBack, Contributor @ The Nation)- Throwin Up Gang Signs- COVID-19- Cuban History 101- Giving China Credit- Billionaires and Unicorns- Harvey WeinsteinRecorded: February 26th, 2020Released: February 27th, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

w/ Asawin Suebsaeng and Lachlan Markay (White House Reporters @ The Daily Beast)Co Authors: ""Sinking in the Swamp" How Trump's Minions and Misfits Poisoned Washington"Description:- Moynihan's Vocal Fry and "Actually Good" Accents- Searching for "Henry Hills" in Trumpworld- Lachlan's Conservative Apostasy- Al Gore: Most Boring Interview Subject Ever- Rats and Snitches- Daily Beast: A "High-brow Tabloid"- Woke (Racist?) Bloomberg- The Muslim Ban- From Seb Gorka to Hunter Biden- Reporters vs Opinion Pundits- Will the Press Scrutinize the Next President as Aggressively?- The Never Trumpers Who End Up in the White House Anyway- John Bolton's Next Act- Swin/Lachlan's "Badgers Story"- Drama Queens- Bob Woodward- Godfather 3, still bad- Gore Vidal + Timothy McVeighRecorded: February 18th, 2020Released: February 19th, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

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

The last time we did this, we said don't get used to it. Well, we meant it. But we're also feeling overly generous. So here is last week's Patreon-only dispatch, featuring Moynihan and Kmele. You're welcome.--------Kmele and Moynihan are back in Williamsburg drinking bad wine and talking shit...while trying to figure out why Welch isn't returning anyone's calls. Moynihan returns to Iowa and remembers why he hates journalists. Bumbling around the Hawkeye State, he chats with Andrew Yang, hangs with hardcore Trump types and fanatical Bernie bros. And they're all Iowa nice. Kmele has a black "Big Chill" weekend in Pennsylvania and opens about up his parents--to a gobsmacked Moynihan. As usual, the lads try to catch up on a bunch of listener mail, provoking discussions about tattoos, Chile, Northern Ireland, Goop, The Central Park Five, and the "Preppy Killer" Robert Chambers. And twenty years after it debuted, Kmele finally watches Curb Your Enthusiasm.Outro music: RIP Andy Gill.Recorded February 4, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

Description:- Kmele's Inner MAGA- State of the Union Theatrics- “Oh, God -- Fire the Media!”- "The Big Lie" (and other nonsense)- Mitt Romney’s Moment- Trump’s Criminal Justice Reform- Iowa Fiasco- Waiting for Bernie to Turn on MSNBC- Preview of Upcoming Patreon EpisodesRecorded: February 5th, 2020Released: February 6th, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

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

GUEST:Miriam Elder, senior political reporter for BuzzFeed News and former Russia correspondent for The Guardian. (@MiriamElder)DESCRIPTION:Our fake biosMiriam's seven years in MoscowGet Shorty, Alex Jones, and the D-list bullshit artistsMatt’s Russophobia isn’t as bad as MSNBC’sPolitical theater provides cover to Putin’s authoritarianism Moynihan and Elder throw down over Bernie's alleged sexism. Plus: Is believing Warren or Sanders a #MeToo lesson?Who is the nihilist candidate?Banning lies on FacebookCan a bully be funny?The “Independents” couple foreverRecorded: January 16, 2020Released: January 18, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

GUEST: Noah RothmanAssociate Editor@ Commentary -- Contributor @ MSNBC/NBC NewsAuthor: “Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of America” (Jan 2019)DESCRIPTION:- Why the Washington Bullets became the Wizard - Bomb Iran?- Will Americans ever support another Middle East War again?- International commerce —> global middle class —> less war- Trump thinks China should police the Strait of Hormuz- What if we did NOTHING?- Brian Stelter praises Tucker Carlson - John Bolton might testify- Moynihan shows up late- Elizabeth Wurtzel- Facebooks deep fake 'Problem'- Thanks for the swags, and the boozeRecorded: January 7, 2019Published: January 8, 2019 See for privacy and opt-out information.

DESCRIPTION:- Neighborhood Watch- Moynihan’s Anti-Brit Streak- Bernie’s Fundraising Clout- Ron Paul’s Newsletters and Everlasting Ice Cream- Buttigieg Wants to Decriminalize All Drugs- Iran’s Quds Force commander Soleiman Killed in Iraq- Media Malpractice on Vaping- Chuck Todd's Fake News special- About That MemoRecorded: January 2, 2020Published: January 3, 2020 See for privacy and opt-out information.

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"DESCRIPTIONIt's a pre-Christmas miracle! The Fifth Columnists are back at the stammtisch (stupid table) in Williamsburg for a long-ass special dispatch, mostly discussing things distant from the news cycle. Kmele watches "Mandingo" and, to the shock of both Welch and Moynihan, is slack-jawed by how racist it is. The lads answer some reader mail and discuss Michael Collins, the Pete Best of Apollo 11; offer some meandering thoughts on Catholicism and Seventh Day Adventism; ruminate on tragedy and loss; blather about the Richard Jewell movie nontroversy; recommend books about Israel; and provide two-plus hours of assorted other nonsense.Recorded: 12/??/2019Published: 12/25/2019 See for privacy and opt-out information.

GUEST: Conor FriedersdorfStaff Writer @ The AtlanticDESCRIPTION:- Patreon-only Preview- Chapo Trap vs Conor- An Underreported Attack in Jersey City- Afghanistan Mea Culpa- Something About Impeachment- Reauthorize Every War, Every Year- Biden, Dove of the Obama Administration- Complicated Brexit voters- Gesture politics- The Paternalism of Blooombergism- The Pronoun Talk- Civility, Without Obsessing Over IdentityRecorded: December 17, 2019Published: December 18, 2019 See for privacy and opt-out information.

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

Description: - [ GRRT, BAOW ]- Dragonball Z- Kamala Drops Out, A Narrative Quickly Take Shape- A De-platforming in South Bend- 1619 and Historical Skepticism- Are the Democratic Primaries Racist? (Can We Call It Seeding or Naw?)- A Farewell to NATO? And the WTO? And the EU too?- "Impeachment", The Board Game- "The Irishman", A ReviewRecorded: December 6, 2019Published: December 8, 2019 See for privacy and opt-out information.

The director of classic documentaries "The Thin Blue Line," "Fog of War," and "Standard Operation Procedure," Errol Morris has long been the doyen of critics...until he made "American Dharma," a film exploring the worldview and influence of former Breitbart boss and Trump campaign chief executive Steve Bannon. Predictably, Morris was accused of "platforming" Bannon and, for the first time in his career, America's most famous documentarian couldn't find a distributor for his film. On the day "American Dharma" opened in New York, Morris sat down with Michael Moynihan to discuss the controversy, whether or not Bannon is a "fascist," and why he thinks his most controversial movie is also his best. Recorded: November 1, 2019 See for privacy and opt-out information.

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

- Who Shot Ya? (Tupac, Biggie)- Moynihan Drinks w/ Trump Supporters in Bay Ridge- Buttigieg- Impeachment Hearings- Devin Nunes’ Garbage Clown Schtick- Roger Stone Goes Down- What Happened to Rudy Giuliani?- Stealing Land in Texas, Pardoning War Criminals- Patreon Launche ( November 15th 2019Published: November 17th 2019 See for privacy and opt-out information.

Recorded: November 6th 2019Published: November 9th 2019GUEST: Bari WeissOp-Ed Staff Editor and Writer @ The New York TimesAuthor, "How to Fight Anti-Semitism" (2019) See for privacy and opt-out information.

Recorded: October 20th 2019Published: October 31st 2019GUEST: Thomas Chatterton WilliamsAuthor, "Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race" (2019) See for privacy and opt-out information.

Recorded: October 18th 2019Published: October 22nd 2019GUEST: Meghan DaumAuthor, "The Problem With Everything" (2019) See for privacy and opt-out information.

Recorded: October 9th 2019Published: October 10th 2019GUEST: Walt Hickey, Senior Editor for Data @ InsiderFounder @ Numlock News newsletter See for privacy and opt-out information.

- Picking fights in restaurants- Botham Jean's brother forgives Amber Guyger for murdering his brother. And that's a problem. - Forgiveness vs. MORE HARSH SENTENCING- Ukraine/Trump - Matt lacks the Xi-spot to laugh - Trump’s Afghanistan policy is a photo of ladies in pants - Base familial corruption- Swampier than the swamp- We've been had (if we're Obama or Trump supporters)- Obama’s Jonas Brothers drone joke- Trump’s DC hotel is the Star Wars bar- Never Trumpers should be Never Government people- Frank Luntz’s curtains open and play “Hail to the Chief”- Impeachment check-in- If Bannon hates the elites, why is he the primary source for Michael Wolff’s book- Andrew Yang Hates Porn- Christopher Hitchens' opinions from beyond the grave- Don't write "Orange Man Bad"- The Fifth Column LIVE, again?Recorded: October 3, 2019Published: October 4, 2019 See for privacy and opt-out information.

- 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 Tlaib's Science of Smoking- Tweet Dumpster Diving- “Cancel Culture is A Myth”Recorded: September 26, 2019Published: September 27th 2019 See for privacy and opt-out information.

- The “moderate chic” party- RIP Emmet O’Lunney’s- Brett Kavanaugh *Allegation(s)*- College campuses in the 1980s was all about apartheid- Moynihan’s Foggy Memory, and Everyone’s- John Bolton, Out- Obama’s Apology Tour and Trump’s Chomsky Impression- Kmele’s Worried about Iranian escalation - Joe BIden’s "Corn Pop" Story: Fact Check=True- George Packer’s Atlantic Piece on Schools- Cancelling the SNL guy - Mark Sanford- Business Insider's GOP debate- Some Idiot Wrote ThisRecorded: September 16th 2019Published: September 19th 2019 See for privacy and opt-out information.

Recorded: September 4th 2019Published: September 7th 2019Guest: Steve Kornacki, National Political Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC. Author of "The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism"- RIP, Vice News Tonight on HBO- Everybody kinda likes Joe Walsh- The "Straight Man" on MSNBC- New Jersey politics is so much more fun than national politics- Kamala Harris channels robot John Edwards- Negotiating with the Taliban- Casualty counts matter- It’s a better and worse media moment- An alternate history where Mario Cuomo decides to run- Pulling a string on Kornacki and he just goes- Bill Weld’s novels- Lonelier than the ideological middle is the temper-mental middle- The guardrails have been annihilated- Admitting to liking Chappelle’s show- US military “protecting elections”- The T Zone See for privacy and opt-out information.

- 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 cascading stupidity)- David Koch, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter- Park Slope SocialistsRecorded: August 23rd 2019Published: August 26th 2019 See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 2019Published: August 18th 2019 See for privacy and opt-out information.

In this Special Dispatch, Michael Moynihan sits down with legendary journalist, author, and documentarian -- Jon Ronson. They discuss some of Ronson's most celebrated books, his fabulous new podcasts exploring the porn industry ("The Butterfly Effect", "The Last Days of August"), and his penchant for pissing off Alex Jones.Jon Ronson's Books Include:"Them" (2001)"The Men Who Stare at Goats" (2004)"The Psychopath Test" (2011)"So You've Been Publicly Shamed" (2015)Recorded: July 26th 2019Published: August 2nd 2019 See for privacy and opt-out information.

Guest: Ben Dreyfuss (Editorial Director, Mother Jones)Description:- 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 Mayer's Al Franken defense- Shitty Media Men- Deletes Jokes- A$AP Rocky See for privacy and opt-out information.

Guest: Molly Jong-Fast is a contributor to The Bulwark and the author of three books. (@MollyJongFast)Recorded: July 11th 2019 See for privacy and opt-out information.

Guest: Patrick Radden Keefe, staff writer at the New Yorker, author of "Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland"Description:In this special dispatch, Michael Moynihan talks with Patrick Radden Keefe about the 1972 murder of Jean McConville, a mother of 10 in Belfast, at the hands of the IRA. Her disappearance remained a mystery for decades, but in his new book, Keefe names the names of the alleged perpetrators, and talks about the greater political implications of the Catholic-Protestant violence that continues to plague Northern Ireland to this day. Also, Moynihan reveals the moment when he realized Gerry Adams isn't the folk hero that many Americans believed he was. See for privacy and opt-out information.

- Moynihan Goes to Court- Welch gets a Stress Sty- RIP, Steve Dunleavy- NBA O-W-N-E-R-S- Democratic Debate Preview - No Plan B for Iran - Concentration Camp Kerfuffle- San Fran Bans E-cigs (Till They Can Figure Out What the Hell is Going On"Recorded: 6/25/2019Published: 6/27/ See for privacy and opt-out information.

w/ Coleman Hughes- Everyone Told Coleman Not To Testify- Age, Experience, Credentials- Lethal Weapons, Imaginary Friends- “Shame Shame”- Full Puerto Rican- Moral Alchemy- Coleman Reads His Mentions- We, They, Us- Candace Owens, Lil Pump, And The Decline of Western CivilizationRecorded: 6/21/2019Published: 6/24/ See for privacy and opt-out information.

- 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, Philanderer (and possibly worse), But Definitely a Hero- Bill de Blasio Needs to Raise Some Money, FastRecorded: 5/28/2019Published: 5/30/ See for privacy and opt-out information.

- "Alex Jones is not a civil rights leader!"- Howard Kurtz was once serious- Trump's attempted outing- Phony classical liberals- Free speech at the margins- Every election is stolen- Finding Loose Change- Conspiracy theorists, right and left- An Infinitely stupid Congress- Donald Trump as Mr. BeanRecorded: 5/8/2019Published: 5/12/ See for privacy and opt-out information.

w/ Eli Lake (Columnist @ Bloomberg Voice)- We Like Bari Weiss- Moynihan is a Drunk, Also a Great Neighbor- Muller Report- Grifting, the Grifters, of Grif- Eli Lake's Hood Pass- Tom Arnold Was Great in True Lies- All The Missing Tapes- Seth Abramson's Beautiful Mind- Election Interference / Hacking / Exaggerations- Impeachments + Inquiries- Assange: Journalist or Naw?- Naughty Journalist in the Movies- Dogs = White Supremacy- That's Why Darkies Were BornRecorded: 4/24/2019Published: 4/25/ See for privacy and opt-out information.

w/ Ben Dreyfuss - Editorial Director @ Mother Jones- Waiting for Godot- Ben Dreyfuss is, Young Bernie Madoff- Jill Abramson's 'Write' Privilege- "Strange Justice" = "Strange Fruit"?- Political turncoats- Paleo-Neoconservative- Private School Kids Buying Drugs- Daddy issues- Bret Easton Ellis' bad writing- Death threats- Race RealistsRecorded: 4/17/2019Published: 4/19/ See for privacy and opt-out information.

w/ Andrew Sullivan - Writer at Large for New York Magazine,- Hating New York- What Would Hitch Say?- On Being a Reluctant, Problematic Civil Rights Pioneer- Surviving a Death Sentence- Immigration Backlash- Obama Hated Identity Politics?- Assange Arrested- Pope Benedict blames the 60s- Too Many Popes- The Comfort of Religious RitualRecorded: 4/11/2019Published: 4/12/ See for privacy and opt-out information.

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- Venezuela: Humanitarian Crisis, Economic Crisis"- Making Friends + Enemies on Twitter- "The Realm of Hungry Ghosts" (a book by Aaron's Dad)- Stop Snitchin (On Your Sources)- Joe Biden Feminism - Kmele Talked w/ Thad- Marvin Gaye: You're the (black) ManRecorded: 4/3/2019Published: 4/4/ See for privacy and opt-out information.

- Trump: Death by gloating- Margaret Sullivan: the Captain Beefheart of journalism- Glenn Greenwald spikes the football with a vengeance- MSNBC doubles down- Seth Abramson: Poet laureate, Resistance Hero- Trump's enemies list and love of authoritarians- Roger Stone and the D-list of DC conservatism- Jussie Smollet's privilege- Some Idiot Wrote This, Jane Mayer editionRecorded: 3/26/2019Published: 3/28/2019 See for privacy and opt-out information.

w/ Tina Nguyen (Vanity Fair)- Tina's Theranos voice- Elizabeth Warren Holmes- Revisiting the Universal Basic Income (Kmele hasn't endorse UBI or Andrew Yang)- Technophobia, 'McDonald’s employees will murder you'- The Three-Fifths Column- Matt does Betomania- Getting it wrong on Iraq- The cycles of massacre reaction/coverage- Islamists v. White nationalists- Stuyvesant High School and Asian Privilege- "Fuck off Tiger parents"Recorded: 3/21/2019Published: 3/24/2019 See for privacy and opt-out information.

DESCRIPTION:- Kmele's in 'Frisco', Moynihan's hungover, Matt got lit up on Twitter- Desperate wealthy college parents headed to prison?- The injustice of legacy admissions- Elite colleges are overrated- Biden v. Beto- Venezuela's blackout and the three initials who shall not be named- Platforming vs de-platforming- Tucker Carlson's shock-jock period- National Review swinging (and missing) at Trump- If you’re going to “Cancel,” cancel everything- Matt's Pat Caddell tribute/roast thingRecorded: 3/12/2019Published: 3/18/2019 See for privacy and opt-out information.

A discussion w/ entrepreneur and 2020 Democratic Presidential hopeful, Andrew Yang. We explore The Freedom Dividend, Yang's proposal to pay $1,000 per month to every American over the age of 18.Recorded: 3/6/2019Published: 3/11/2019 See for privacy and opt-out information.

- 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 Socialism**- Revisiting Moynihan v. Weisbrot- Some Idiot Wrote This- Salman RushdieRecorded: 3/5/2019Published: 3/7/2019 See for privacy and opt-out information.

w/ Mark Weisbrot Co-Director @ Center for Economic and Policy ResearchAuthor, "Failed: What the 'experts' got wrong about the global economy"- Visiting w/ Hugo Chavez + Sean Penn- Is "dictatorship" a hate word?- Venezuela's elections- Political prisoners- State violence or police violence- Coming coup?- Embargoes, sanctions, and the collapse of the economy- Who's to blame for hunger?- The opposition- What's a good faith negotiation entry point?Recorded: 3/1/2019Published: 3/3/2019 See for privacy and opt-out information.

- Jussie Smollett, Indicted (Kmele Totally Called That Shit)- But Then Again, The Whole Gang Totally Called That Shit Too- Coast Guard Neo-Nazi would-be terrorist arrested- Kmele and Liz Plank on "Reliable Sources"- Unreliable hate crime statistics- Social Justice Judo- CNN Hires Sarah Isgur Flores- Bill Moyers, Problematic Icon- Bernie Sanders, Front-runner- Some Idiot Wrote This- Download "Headspace" TodayRecorded: PM 2/20/2019Published: 2/21/2019 See for privacy and opt-out information.

(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 Flattery?- Klobuchar, FTW- Team AOC's Green New Deal FiascoALSO:- Moynihan Steps Out of Line- The Huxtable Compound- Indentured Servitude- 22 Savage- The Red Shoe Diaries- Emergency PodcastingRecorded: PM 2/11/2019Published: 2/13/2019 See for privacy and opt-out information.

w/ Brendan O'Neill (Editor in Chief, "Spiked")- Jussie Smollett- Stories For Every Narrative- Ralph Northam- Fancy Dress Parties- The Weird Man’s Burden- Anti Semitism, Hate Speech- Stormy or STORMZY- Yellow Vests Revolution Recorded: PM 2/2/2019Published: 2/4/2019 See for privacy and opt-out information.

- Jerry Brown- BuzzFeed's Bombshell?- Jason Leopold, Oliver Darcy- The Temple of Journalism- Anonymous Sourcing- Punching Catholic Kids- Stolen Valor, Callin' BullshitALSO:- Jill Abramson (Part 2)- "GUILTY" - By M.C. Moynihan- On Venezuela Recorded: 1/22/2019 PMPublished: 1/24/2019 See for privacy and opt-out information.

"They're like a train -- a train that's always runnin' right on time." - Anonymousw/ Brian Stelter (Chief Media Corespondent, CNN) (Host, "Reliable Sources")- Moynihan Meets Ann Coulter (Again)- A Boy and His Blog- Authoritarian Storm Clouds- The Temple of Journalism- Is CNN in Resistance Mode?- Grading Trump on a Curve- Excommunicating Steve KingALSO:- Media Literacy- "Page One", and The Business of News- Kasich to CNN, Rep. Omar's Really Bad Day- NPR + MAGA- Russia-gate, and The Biggest Story of Our Time Recorded: PM 1/17/2019Published: 1/18/2019 See for privacy and opt-out information.

"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 Weatherman- Race Price, New York City Public Schools, and Historical Fictions- Human Rights + Angela Davis Recorded: PM 1/9/2019Published: 1/11/2019 See for privacy and opt-out information.

w/ Ben Smith (Editor in Chief @ BuzzFeed News) - BuzzFeed's Day in Court- About That Dossier- Insider Political Journalism vs Crisis Political Journalism- Sports Metaphors, Panglossian History- Newsroom Diversity- Indisputably Racist ALSO:- Syria, Afghanistan, and Impulse Control- The Best Laid Plans- Another Shutdown- GoFundMe Governance- Trust Issues Recorded: PM 12/22/2018Published: 12/23/2018 See for privacy and opt-out information.

w/ Yascha Mounk (Author, "The People vs Democracy") (Host, "The Good Fight")- Liberal Democracy (and Liberal Democratic Values)- Democratic Deficits, Excesses, and Limits- Authoritarian Populism (on the Left and Right)- Political Norms- Domesticating Nationalism- Injustice and Identity- Inequality and Globalization- Free SpeechAND- Cohen Gets Sentenced- Kmele Crashes an *Unusual* PTA Meeting- Fukuyama was wrong, but none of you assholes read “the end of history” - Matt Says "Yemen" on MSNBC- NormsRecorded: PM 12/13/2018Published: 12/15/2018 See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 Avirgan, "30 for 30" and "The Five-Thirty-Eight Politics Podcast" (Five-Thirty-Eight, ESPN)  "On Speech Controversies and The State of Journalism After Two Years of Trump."Recorded: 12/4/2018 (@ The Comedy Cellar in New York City)Published: 12/6/2018 See for privacy and opt-out information.

w/ Kevin Roose (Columnist, The New York Times)- *Black* Intellectuals- Live @ The Comedy Cellar- All the Presidents Rogues- Nature, Severity, and Consequence- Facebook's Peril- Google's Dragonfly- China's Citizenship Scores Recorded: PM 11/29/2018Published: 11/30/2018 See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 Chatterton Williams- Author, "Losing My Cool"- Contributing writer @ New York Times Magazine. - National Fellow at New America, where he’s completing a new book project about ‘being the black father of white-looking children in Paris’. John McWhorter - Professor of Linguistics, Philosophy, and Music at Columbia- Host, Slate’s "Lexicon Valley" Podcast- Writes for the AtlanticColeman Hughes- Undergraduate Philosophy major at Columbia University, and a columnist at Quillette Recorded:11/17/2018Published:  11/22/2018 See for privacy and opt-out information.

- Phallic Humor- "We'll Do It Live" (In NYC, Next Month)- The Midterms (For People Who Kind of Hate Midterms)- The "Fuck You" Vote- Beto, Gillum, Abrams- Voter Fraud/Disenfranchisement- Trump vs. Acosta Part 5: 'Why can't they both lose?'- Trump: 'That's A Racist Question!'- Sessions, Out. Mueller, Next?- Cocaine Mitch Warns the Dems- Dog Whistles, Guilt by Association, David Duke- What Indiana Really Means- SIWT (Ezra Klein, Vox)- Surprisingly Serious Journalism Talk Recorded: PM 11/7/2018Published: 11/8/2018 See for privacy and opt-out information.

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

A conversation with Sarah Haider- Origin Stories- Identity, Tribal Affiliation- Islam, Muslims, Apostasy, and Atheism- Difficult Conversations- The Intellectual Dark Web- CourageRecorded: July 22nd, 2018 See for privacy and opt-out information.

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

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

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

"We're back, You're Welcome" - The Fifth(Recorded: September 19th, 2018) See for privacy and opt-out information.

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

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

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

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

(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 See for privacy and opt-out information.

w/ Jane Coaston (Senior Politics Reporter, Vox)- Jane's Origin Story- What Conservatives REALLY Want- 'Locking HER Up'- Ignoring Michael Cohen- Facebook's Holocaust Problem(Recorded Wednesday, July 25th, 2018) See for privacy and opt-out information.

w/ Ben Domenech (Publisher, The Federalist)Acting Trans, Scaling the BuildingRussian IndictmentsTrump/PutinThe New Vietnam SyndromObama's Mandela SpeechWould that we could all say [that one word] - Part IIWHO FUNDS THE FEDERALIST?(Recorded Wednesday, July 18th, 2018) See for privacy and opt-out information.

Foster and Fisher are joined by legendary civil liberties attorney Ken White (of Popehat blogger and Twitter fame) and Damon Root (Reason's resident SCOTUS journalo and the author of "Overruled") to chop up the Justice Anthony Kennedy's surprise retirement announcement, his legacy, and the confirmation shitstorm that's sure to come.Also on tap:- SPLC's capitulation to Maajid Nawaz's defamation suit- SCOTUS upholds the travel ban, busts public sector unions, and tells cops to get a warrant for long-term cellphone location records.Bonus bull session on civility, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, civil rights, public accommodations, free association, and why no elected officials should be allowed to eat anywhere,  ever.(Recorded: Tuesday, June 27th 2018) See for privacy and opt-out information.

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

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

(Recorded June 6th, 2018)w/ Josh Szeps (formerly Zepps, frequently misspelled as Zeeps) host of "#WeThePeople LIVE" and “The People Versus” IN THIS DISPATCH:-  Brisbane to Boston.- Clive James’s death watch- Kanye drops “Ye” - Slavery may be a choice after all- Kat Timpf falls out of a tree...- Jim Acosta was wrong about Kim Kardashian- Bill Clinton is a widower- Bill Clinton is the real victim, but he's kinda sorry too- Moynihan goes full “fxck your interns”- Free Love- Pardon Me (Myself)- Death By China- Josh Zepps, Globalist- Starbucks/Roseanne/Samantha Bee- BIG SWINGING APE BALLS--(It feels so good it should cost -- Bought an alligator, I ain't talkin' Lacoste) See for privacy and opt-out information.

(Recorded May 25th, 2018)A conversation w/ Jacob Mchangama, Host of 'Clear and Present Danger: A History of Free Speech" podcast. ( Pronouncing Mchangama- A Bit of Free Speech History- Cartoon Jihad- Panic and Crisis- Culture and Legislation- Filthy Jokes- 'The Great Awokening'- An Abrupt Ending"Jacob Mchangama is the founder and executive director of Justitia a think tank focusing on human rights and a Visiting Scholar at Columbia’s Global Freedom of Expression Center. He has commented extensively on free speech and human rights in outlets including the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy. Jacob has published in academic and peer-reviewed journals, including Human Rights Quarterly, Policy Review and Amnesty International’s Strategic Studies. He is the author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning book, MEN Ytringsfrihedens Historie i Danmark (BUT: The History of Freedom of Expression in Denmark). He is the author and presenter of the short documentary “Collision: Free speech and religion” (2013). Mr. Mchangama is a 2016 Marshall Memorial Fellow. He is the recipient of numerous awards for his work on free speech and human rights." (from See for privacy and opt-out information.

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

(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 Domestic Violence40:00+ Coping with Persistent (and almost certainly imaginary) Threats on Your Life45:00+ Phrase Politics, Welch goes off the reservation50:00+ Moynihan's Perpetually Offended53:00+ Stormy Daniels74:00+ Inside the Fox Green Room ALSO:  - Trade Talk- The Best Tinted Glasses- The WHCD, Press Freedom Farce, Why Journalism Awards Suck- Welch Goes on a Sinclare Media Rant See for privacy and opt-out information.

(Recorded April 22nd, 2018)A conversation with evolutionary biologists Bret Weinstein and Heather Heying.- On Free Speech, Campus Culture- Identity- Scientific Investigation & Tabboo Topics- The Intellectual Dark Web- Evolution, Culture, Markets, Media, and The Academy  In THE SUMMER OF 2017, Bret Weinstein found himself at the center of an ‘equity and inclusion’ maelstrom at Evergreen State College, where he and his wife Heather Heying were both members of the faculty. The resulting scandal would result in the couple parting ways with the school, but not before attracting the attention of national media. Bret and Heather are currently unaffiliated academics in exile who frequently write and speak about their experience at evergreen, the state of American campuses and a host of increasingly controversial issues related to their principal field of study.The pair dropped by the studio to chop it up with Matt Welch and Kmele Foster. See for privacy and opt-out information.

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

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Sorry for the unusually tardy release. This conversation was recorded approximately five days ago (prior to the most recent intervention in Syria), but the release was delayed by matters of great significance and urgency (which I won't bother to outline here). All the same, it's still a very fine vintage.(Recorded: April 12, 2018) with: Ben Dreyfuss (Mother Jones) and Kat Timpf (Fox News Channel, National Review)- Facebook Congressional Hearings- The (continuing/looming) War in Syria- Trump May Fire (Muller, Rosenstein, and Anyone Else with the Temerity to “Attack America”)- The Kevin Williamson Affair (Abortion, The Atlantic, and Capital Punishment -- Oh My)- Race & IQ  See for privacy and opt-out information.

(Recorded: March 27, 2018)A conversation w/ Amy Chua (@amychua), Yale law professor and author of numerous books including: "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother", "The Triple Package", "World on Fire", and her latest book "Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations".“Today, no group in America feels comfortably dominant. Every group feels attacked, pitted against other groups not just for jobs and spoils but for the right to define the nation’s identity. In these conditions, democracy devolves into zero-sum group competition — pure political tribalism.” - Amy Chua, 'Political Tribes' - Identity, Ethnicity, and Culture- Super-groups, Market Dominate Minorities- Tribes of America and the State of Her Politics- The Immutability of Tribalism and the Limits of Democracy See for privacy and opt-out information.

(Recorded: March 28, 2018) withTom Slater, Deputy Editor @ Spike'dTina Nguyen, Politics and Media Reporter @ Vanity Fair Marching for our Lives, Poisoning Spies, Activist Journalist... - Moonshine, Poison (Half a Helping of Each)- Killing Marco Rubio- Teenage Sainted Activist Student Journalist- Making America Great Again + Putting Y'all Back in Chains- Kevin Williamson Moves to The Atlantic (Assorted Persons Freakout)- Garbology- How to Be Pro Brexit w/o Going Full White Nationalist- Slightly Russia Linked- Never Having to Say You're Fired See for privacy and opt-out information.

Recorded: March 15, 2018We'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 to sparking media frenzies.PLUS: Rex, we hardly knew ye (literally). But was he all that stood between us and the CIA's "enhanced interrogation" dominatrix? See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 indiscretions w/ a Porn StarAnd Sam Nunberg's media PsyOp (and/or) breakdownPertinent Notes:- "A Strange new respect..."- "A tribute vice pays to virtue..."- "The Q got that D..." (and at Moynihan's insistence)BTC: 1262cXpJkHECVSiLU5iktcqbCW5oz8tJeiETH: 0xD4BB6B1784541A27FE046AA1963329a9672c3f04  See for privacy and opt-out information.

Recorded: March 1, 2018.Oscar Talk: Best and Worst, Most Overrated and Ryan GoslingStick Talk: AR-15s, Scool Shootings, The National Rifle Association, and Due Process.featuringANDY LEVYSenior Producer of the “S.E. Cup Unfiltered” on HLNSONNY BUNCHExecutive Editor @ The Washington Free BeaconCo-Host @ The Weekly SubStandard Podcast See for privacy and opt-out information.

(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 watch. Sooner rather than later, he will be discovered down on his weary and well-worn old knees in some dreary motel or latrine, with an expired Visa card, having tried to pay well over the odds to be peed upon by some Apache transvestite." - Hitch - The Great (XXL) Black Panther Debate- Richard Spencer & DeRay Mckesson: CODEFENDANTS  See for privacy and opt-out information.

+ Indispensable Commentary On That [treasonous/heroic/meh] Nunes Memo+ Context, Collusion and Russian Conspiracies+ A Foreign Policy Primer+ Briefest of notes on Trump's first State of the Union(Recorded February 1st 2018)Note: This dispatch was recorded the day before the MEMO was released, honestly -- you won't be able to tell the difference. See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 actually Fishers fault (quite the contrary in fact). xpanThings improve considerably as the release goes on.- Government Shutdowns- Amnesty Don's Great Big Amnesty Bonanza- Skipping out on the Wall Street Journal, Making Trouble at the New York Times- #MeToo- Trump Wanted to Fire Mueller- Collusion, Obstruction or YAHTZEE!Recorded: January 25th, 2018 See for privacy and opt-out information.

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.

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, Regulation Busting - Heather Mac Donald vs. Everybody  See for privacy and opt-out information.

Recorded: December 21, 2017.Michael Moynihan (Vice News) in conversation with the incomparable Tina Brown. On the business and practice of journalism, the marvelous island of Manhattan, the authentic bullshit of Donald Trump, and #metoo. See for privacy and opt-out information.

(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. See for privacy and opt-out information.

(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 Times)"Tragically Unfit to Be President" (2017 - The New York Times)  See for privacy and opt-out information.

- 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 and opt-out information.

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 Jackson's wardrobe and Stephen Colbert's c***holsterAnd why won't the FCC just let Slim Shady be? See for privacy and opt-out information.

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:questioning Moynihan's sexuality;a very gay historical debate;the intellectual dead end of "just trolling" politics.(Columnist Interruptus) See for privacy and opt-out information.

Recorded on Thursday, November 8th, 2017Trump 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 Gelatin- Moynihan Got it For *Cheap*CORRECTION: "Dreams & Nightmares" was definitely a studio album and not a mixtape. See for privacy and opt-out information.

Recorded on Thursday, Novemer 2nd, 2017With Special Guests: Josh Zepps - Host, #WeThePeople LIVE (@WTP_Live, @joshzepps) See for privacy and opt-out information.

Recorded on Thursday, October 26th, 2017Moynihan and Kmele are on Assignment -- Welch takes the reins.With Special Guests: Nancy Rommelmann - Journalist, Author of "To The Bridge" Bill Schulz - Host of Compound Media's "Mornin'!!!! w/ Bill Schulz"  See for privacy and opt-out information.

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)   See for privacy and opt-out information.

Recorded on Thursday, October 12th, 2017The 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 Worlds2) Death by Non-ProliferationTrumps Assault on the Media1) "When the President says it in public..."2) How We Got Lucky With TrumpPLUS:Google, Twitter, and a Tangible ThreatMatt's Mom Bought Him a Mug.Kmele Says Completely Unacceptable Things (almost every dispatch) See for privacy and opt-out information.

Recorded on Thursday, October 5th, 20171) First Amendment Controversies2) Meditations on the Las Vegas and the Second Amendment3) An Homage to Catalonia (particularly on the subject of secession, with additional remarks on Kurdistan) PLUS:Kmele Heads to ComicCon, Bumps into TNCMoynihan vs Melba See for privacy and opt-out information.

Guest: Katherine Mangu-Ward, Editor-in-Chief @ ReasonRecorded: Wednesday, September 27th, 2017.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 and Replace" Obamacare.Then we really pour on the gas:From "Taking a Knee" to "Title IV"Banning Uber to prevent rape is ... beyond stupid.Mark Warner's crusade to stop Russia from using Facebook (and hollow out the First Amendment).PLUS: Should you ever use "cyber" as a prefix?What's the origin of "hang 10"?#firebettsyGender differences.(Sweep the leg.) See for privacy and opt-out information.

Recorded on Thursday, September 21, 2017President 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 before you wouldn't, not, totally date her?Also:- Meditations on the St. Louis and Police Shootings- Something about the Manafort warrant and wiretaps- and "some idiot wrote this..." and it's so awful that you should find the time to read it. See for privacy and opt-out information.

Recorded on Thursday September 14, 2017Guest: 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. See for privacy and opt-out information.

Recorded 9/8/2017Moynihan’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) takes Anthony Fisher to task for calling President Trump’s brand “cruelty” in a DACA-related article Fisher wrote for The Week. But you gotta hear BOTH SIDES (link: Ta-Nehisi Coates latest epistle “Donald Trump is the First White President” (The Atlantic) claps back at "comic" Andy Kindler.A rare morning recording. Sober*, salty, caffeinated.  See for privacy and opt-out information.

Recorded 8/31/2017Guest: Ronald Bailey, science correspondent for Reason magazine and 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.  See for privacy and opt-out information.

Recorded 8/24/2017This 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 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 supremacists" actually help Trump?AND... sunk costs in Afghanistan, fights on Planet Libertarian, and Matt doesn't want to punch any grannies. Happy birthday, Hollywood (wherever he is). See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 started a Bible study group.BONUS: Kmele interviews BLM activist Deray Mckesson, and the conversation gets *dangerous*. See for privacy and opt-out information.

 Recorded: 8/9/2017With 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 Diversity Memo, Super Angry About A Show That May Never Get Made Pro Tip: Don't Send Send Photos of Your Junk to CoWorkers Without Their Consent. May not end well. Sure, it could, theoretically work out fine... but above average odds that it won't. Moynihan, Fisher, Foster are in the building. (Welch is... in Europe... Claims to have no internet access) See for privacy and opt-out information.

[“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 every minute of it.- Moscow is beautiful in the summer (if you believe a former RT propagandist)- Kmele... well, yeah- And the brilliant, talented Alyona Minkovski is IN THE BUILDING (@AlyonaMink) PLUS:- The brief but magical tenure of THE MOOCH. - The conspicuous absence of President Steve Bannon.- Net neutrality and banning VPN apps in Russia and China.- Numerous other things of urgent importance.- And there may have been a brilliant Affirmative Action *exchange* at the end of this dispatch too, but it’s all a bit of a blur. [ … The brightest stars have the shortest lives.] See for privacy and opt-out information.

A dense, tangent-filled, and edifying new dispatch (fueled by cash-filled envelopes, adderall, and a bottle of Bushmills -- thanks, Drew.) Trump tells-all to the Failing New York Times: "I should have never hired Sessions!"Welch talks John McCainTrumpCare spontaneously combusted (surprising no one)Next on the “Trump Legislative Agenda of Failure”: screwing up legal immigration, too!Forensic "Science" is so terrifyingLA 92 ("Certified Fresh!) See for privacy and opt-out information.

Recorded: July 12th, 2017Play-by-Play: · Eli Lake Is a Superlative, Award-Winning Hebrew · Fab Five Freddy Is a Foreign Policy Genius · “I’m a White Male…” · Lies, Damn Lies, and IT’S TREASON! · Lacrosse Team Away Games · Eli Slow Claps · World in Disarray: Mosul/Afghanistan EditionEli Lake, columnist @ Bloomberg View, swings by. See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 Shadow of the Panther) · Moynihan talks about Hitchens · Something about the Black Panthers, Lew Rockwell, Marvin Gaye and Berry Gordy · Russian tourist abuses child · Moynihan outs an octogenarian former Nazi at a barbecue (sort of)(We're at about the 20 min mark here.)ALSO: · #CNNBlackmail scandal (False Start) · President Trump in Poland (Did You Know: POTUS was once on a show called "The Apprentice") · An Actual #CNNBlackmail conversation · North Korea · Jay-Z Isn't a Feminist · Colin Kaepernick, Fredrick Douglas (What the 4th of July Means to a Slave)  See for privacy and opt-out information.

Recorded: June 29th, 2017A journalistic-misdeed results in the firing of three prominent CNN staffers and a new front in the conflict between Trump and THE MEDIA. Why lots of the things you read/hear in the news are likely to be incorrect. Press briefings may be completely useless, but then again they may not.And of course, the very real dangers of plastic surgery -- and the entirely legitimate reasons why POTUS may need to tell you “no” when all you want to do is hang out with him.PLUS:The Great Serena Williams DebateAcceptable Reasons for Book BurningsCode SwitchingImportant Show Note: Kmele Foster is “black” (whatever that means). See for privacy and opt-out information.

Recorded: June 21, 2017The Philando Castile case has reached a controversial conclusion. In July 2016, Castile was shot to death during a traffic stop by Minnesota police officer Jeronimo Yanez. Yanez's acquittal has touched off a new wave of outrage.Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old American student detained in North Korea since last January, was finally allowed to return home last week… in a coma. He would die a few days later.And Moynihan recounts his recent visit to Evergreen State College.  See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 Washington DC — but a brazen attack on Republican congressmen in Alexandria, Virginia, changed all that. While most members of Congress quickly rallied around their colleagues, plenty of citizens and a good number of media types were soon leveraging the tragedy to support their own philosophical convictions.Plus: The necessity of confronting awful people and ideas in public, and a brief glance at Jeff Sessions' congressional testimony. See for privacy and opt-out information.

Episode 060Recorded 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 ‘Nigger’.Shout out to Dan Spragens for the delicious and effective bottle of "State of Jefferson" rum See for privacy and opt-out information.

[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” (2010) and his latest best-selling “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century” (2017)Fascism, Nazis, Stalinists, Trump, The Road to Serfdom, 'the square root of 69 is eight-something', and the Cavaliers are very unlikely to take the series in seven games (the last two items have almost nothing to do with this dispatch, but they're demonstrably true).w/ Kmele Foster (Freethink), Michael Moynihan (Vice News Tonight on HBO)Recorded: June 8th, See for privacy and opt-out information.

- Pulling out of the Pairs Climate Deal- Roiling the EU- Surveying the Russian investigation- Lamenting w/ LeBron (and not about that horrific game one)(Recorded 6/1/2017) See for privacy and opt-out information.

"If they're buying off this president, they're really not getting their money's worth." - Michael MoynihanDo terrorists hate us for our freedom? Are the Saudis just "guided by the beauty of our weapons"? Will Welch start drinking before 11 am? The answers may surprise you. All this and more on a new Fifth Column.Plus: Commemorative drug paraphernalia. The Moynihans convert to Judaism (but just for the holidays). And The Fifth Column is *probably* expanding to SiriusXM! See for privacy and opt-out information.

“The most important Fifth Column History… In fact, the most important podcast all week.” - Thad RussellThe apeirogon-like ComeyGate scandal careens into its second week. Rumors seem to be the only thing emanating from Washington DC these days (for better or worse), and not-so-quiet-just-above-a-whisper speculation about impeachment can be heard all over Capitol Hill.Plus, Thad and Moynihan get into it, again. And the guys finally fix this whole NATO business once and for all, sort of. Kmele krushes kampus racism, and Thad knows an uncomfortably large number of Irish racial epithets. See for privacy and opt-out information.

Is former FBI boss James Comey's unexpected and unceremonious termination a Nixonesque attempt to bury the Russian narrative once and for all... Is it just the latest salvo from a calculating monster with totalitarian asperations... Or maybe the Trump regime is just about as inept as it seems...PLUS:- Clapper: "You ain't no got'damn journalist, Julian!" Assange: "You's a liar!" - What's this about Sea World!? Sounds Gross. - And Comey may be out, but we'll always have James Taylor (FTW) See for privacy and opt-out information.

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.Meanwhile, Obamacare is dead (long live Obamacare).Plus: Spurious allegations, police shootings, and "the N-word." See for privacy and opt-out information.

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… See for privacy and opt-out information.

A record-breaking, kiloton-length new release with all the kinetic energy of [ABRUPTLY CUTS OFF EXPLOSIVES METAPHPOR]...Eat some chocolate cake with Xi, flatten a section of Afghanistan, (check-in with Vladimir), rattle saber at North Korea (glare menacingly in the direction of everyone else in the room, intermittently clapping your hands and screaming as loud as you can... )... and try to assure everyone that you know exactly what you're doing. Everything is fine. This is fine.Bannon is out (-ish). NATO is great (again?). And Brian Williams can't be the only journalist in America who LOVES a great fireworks display. What kind of asshole dosen't like fireworks? Also... PUTIN!Michael Weiss (Senior Editor at The Daily Beast, co-author of the New York Times bestseller ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror), stops by to help sort out the mess.... opportunity? No, it's kind of a mess. See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 all involved, Eli Lake was on hand to explain the inner workings of Multi-dimensional Hungry Hungry Hippos (it'll make sense, honest)... and to provide a bit more context for that ‘Susan Rice Unmasking’ story he kinda* broke… And it’s our birthday! See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 libertarianism. Protesting Putin. And the two year anniversary of America's adventure in Yemen. See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 Johnny Walker Black. Fifty episodes in (sort of) and this is what it's come to. We couldn’t be more proud. See for privacy and opt-out information.

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…Whoa — she's got his tax returns! BUT, before we get to that crucial story, take a look at this Oort Cloud of speculative rambling: Did those planes just HAPPEN to be on the same runway? Well, what about those Yachts? They’re both on the ocean… they’re both in front of a Caribbean island… How do you explain that? How does that just happen? And how about that house in Florida!? Did you know he bought it at a low price and sold it for a higher price… to a Russian!? And if I just keep asking questions in a suspicious tone, do you think anyone will notice how lame a scoop a  pair of pages from Trump’s tax return is? See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 unpopular health care reform-reform proposal, and the administration teases a new trillion dollar infrastructure slush fund. The steady diet of (real and imagined) scandal, controversy, and leaks hasn't let up either. And while the national press is outraged over one ridiculous conspiracy theory and infatuated with another, almost no one is paying attention to the slow-motion cataclysm in the middle east... a situation that could get very bad, very fast.Kmele's a misogynist. Moynihan is in the building. And Welch is in the back of a cab (then the airport terminal)... and Katie Halper stops by, but it's complicated.(Recorded: March 7st, 2017) See for privacy and opt-out information.

[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 people call his wife a 'beautiful black woman and his beef with Black History Month.WITH:Dr. Henry Louis Gates Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University"Africa’s Great Civilizations” (PBS) 2017,  "Finding Your Roots" (PBS)Dr. George YancyProfessor of Philosophy at Emory UniversityContributor to "The Stone" - (The New York Times) on Race and Related Topics in Various Other Contexts:“Oscars So Black”:“Reparations”: on “Race Pride”:  See for privacy and opt-out information.

"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, exaggerations, outright lies and impossible promises have been better calibrated and tightly scripted for maximum impact. In other words; could be he's finally getting the hang of this whole POTUS thing. Plus: 'How Code Pink Progressives Fell in Love With The War On Terror' --- 'Remembering Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens' --- 'Are You Seriously Gonna Talk Shit About HBCUs, Kmele!?' (Recorded: March 1st 2017) See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 Previously responsible for reading, condensing and perhaps remixing POTUS's top-secret security briefings, has been kinda-sorta-shitcanned. There was high drama, people shouted and Kellyanne Conway, and there could* be huge* national security ramifications too. But there's something so much more important than all of that... See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 wrangling over the immigration ban, the tension between the executive and judicial branch, and there's some stuff about Waco, Devos, Black History Month and Axel Rose too. See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 between Trump's Immigration policy and the location of his many real estate holdings? There are perhaps good answers to these questions, I can't promise you'll find them here... but given the other sources you've probably already consulted, you could do so much worse.Kevin Williamson of National Review sits in. See for privacy and opt-out information.

A week under our belts and we're still reeling...A deluge of executive activity, constitutional controversies, 'emoluments'(?!), lawsuits, like -- a lot of lawsuits, sex tapes (well, not yet, but you wouldn't really be surprised by that, would you?), media panics, entirely legitimate media outrage, a twitter beef with geopolitical consequences, more media panics, more very legitimate outrage, a $40-billion-30-foot-high wall, a future entirely devoid of guacamole... and, there's more, but you get the idea... Seriously, it's only been a week!...time is a flat circle.  See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 ICON -- who in this particular showdown may just be playing the part of a cuddly Alex Jones.And of course, since 'two beefs are always better than one,' Trump is simultaneously mixing it up with CNN too. Is this a prelude to a broader Trumpian assault on the free press!? Maybe? Did you see hopefully?Plus: Thad Russell makes his pick for the next President of the United States (sort of). Manning gets freed. Matt asks questions about drones and of course other important things happen.Moynihan is someplace in DC covering the inauguration (or is he ducking Thad)? No problem, we'll just put words in his mouth and strawman the hell out of him. See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 potentially explosive and definitively explicit allegations about the incoming President-Elect explodes onto the scene. Is it accurate? Where did it come from? Has Trump been compromised?  Wait -- did someone say "golden shower"? WOULD YOU PLEASE SHUT UP -- WE'RE STILL TRYING TO READ THE DAMN THING! See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 they've been reading newly released intelligence briefs for the last hour. If you were in the room, you'd probably be a little drunk too. It's the first fifth of 2017...  See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 'complicated' (if not entirely frosty... but perhaps 'cold-ish') relationship with Vladimir Putin (or is it 'some 400lb guy sitting around in his mom's basement') are hogging the spotlight and throwin' shade on POTUS's legacy.And about this legacy business... they kick that around too. Good, bad, above average... Welch, Moynihan and Foster discuss. See you in 2017. See for privacy and opt-out information.

Definitive accusations from the US intelligence community. Promises of reprisals from President Obama. A last ditch effort to sway Electoral College voters and prevent Donald Trump from moving into the White House.SPOILER ALERT: You’ll hear exactly zero mentions of Archduke Ferdinand in this dispatch (and perhaps that’s for the best). See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 utterance from the incoming administration. What are they getting right? And what are they getting wrong? Plus: perspectives on the new-McCarthyism. Why you should be super scared of Russia and Trump's pick for Secretary of State (or Naw). And some guy named Coates REALLY want’s you to know that President Obama was black & cool; and that the two of them got to hang out a bunch of times (Kmele is super unfair to him). See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 questions could be a resounding "no". But not to worry, Hillary Clinton is back and she's imploring lawmakers to help plebs... (sorry), stupid voters... (sorry), idiots like you -- differentiate between fake news and approved... (sorry), factual news outlets. If you can't imagine any problems arising from such a well thought out recommendation, then this podcast is for you (and it's also '...for all my people in the struggle. It's all good baby, baby')Comedian Jimmy Failla and journalist Jacob Siegel swing by for this gargantuan free for all. Did we mention that Jimmy has a new comedy special on Amazon? He'd like you to go watch it. See for privacy and opt-out information.

“Fidel Castro dead, y’all!” Revolutionary, Dictator, Monster and... Human Rights Champion!? No seriously, some idiot wrote that, and worse besides. The Columnists offer an unvarnished appraisal of the newly muerto totalitarian. Glenn Garvin of the Miami Herald is on hand to help make sense of Castro’s legacy and his surprisingly numerous apologists. It’s more than a little disrespectful — but he deserves so much worse.But Wait, there’s more: Jill Stein raises tons of money, Donald Trump tweets something, there’s a recount, accusations of massive voter fraud and if you set that flag on fire 'somebody gonna go to jail'. @wethefifth See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 managed to sneak in one more dispatch. And "they" said it couldn't be done... See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 Kat Timpf and Matt Welch.  Trump Ditches the Press Pool to Grab a Steak To Dinner.Steve Bannon (White House “Chief Strategist”, Xenophon, Anti-Semite, Spousal Abuser, Racist, All of the Above)Lebron James vs Phil Jackson ("Did you just call us a 'posse'!?")And The Latest Installment Of The Most Important Story of this Election…  “How racist is donald trump”? Super, Regular, or Naw”Come for the South Park recaps, stay for the celebirty impressions. See for privacy and opt-out information.

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. Andrew Schulz of the Brilliant Idiots podcast makes a return appearance. You're going to be fine... Really. everythings gonna be OK. We think... See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 of dead rats. Kmele heroically calls in from “Easter Island” (a massage bar on the Upper West Side?) to let everyone know that he STILL thinks that maybe Donald Trump hasn’t been playing footsie with David Duke all along. For longer than Bill Weld probably deserves, we discuss the oddness of the Libertarian vice presidential nominee “vouching for Mrs. Clinton” on The Rachel Maddow Show. And Moynihan finds an idiot who wrote some garbage about Amy Schumer. See for privacy and opt-out information.

This week, comedian Andrew Schulz (, The Brilliant Idiots Podcast) stops by, Moynihan is a no show, and things get out of hand quickly (The 'explicit content' warning is there for a reason people). Up for discussions: Schulz shares some thoughts on the privilege of celebrity and recounts a recent run in with Jerry Seinfeld. Kmele hearts another SNL skit but hates Ava DuVernay's new Netflix mass incarceration doc ("13th"). While Welch quotes MLK, explains how lead paint *may* have led to a global crime boom, and has some additional thoughts on the James O'Keefe/Project Veritas videos accusing Hillary Clinton of Voter Fraud. See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 the eve of the final presidential debate, the damn broke, or something... and this here was the outcome. See for privacy and opt-out information.

Moynihan watches the presidential debate with his old pal Glenn Beck. Donald Trump doesn't understand how handshakes work at all. Hillary Clinton should probably give up on email at this point. And there's obviously only one hope for avoiding an all out nuclear conflict between the United States and Russia: someone's gonna need to arm the Kurds while setting up a 'No Fly Zone'... See for privacy and opt-out information.

2016 Libertarian Party Presidential Hopeful Gary Johnson Swings By. We talk Vice Presidential Debates, Aleppo, Foreign Policy, BLM and the Era of Fake News Narratives. See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 poured & consumed, and 3) Gary Johnson is at least as handsome as Han Solo. We recap the Week in Presidental Campaign 'Stuff' (from the first presidential debate, to Gary Johnson's latest 'Aleppo Moment'. Kmele recounts his recent appearance on the Brilliant Idiots podcast and the subsequent fallout. Other things of interest also occur, but we won't spoil it for you. See for privacy and opt-out information.

The triumvirate has much to discuss after a weekend disrupted by terror attacks in several states and yet another high profile police shooting. Media speculation, double standards and misestimation of risk abound. Also... Denzel Washington. Josh Zepps, host of We The People Live stops by to help get things sorted. ( See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 it a Trumpian Putanist plot (JUST ASKING QUESTIONS)... Excuse the less then amazing audio. Recorded via Skype from three different cities over internet connection and microphones of variable quality. See for privacy and opt-out information.

Colin Kaepernick rides the pine (which makes sense on many levels). Donald Trump visits Mexico. Hillary Clinton squares off with the AltRight. A few things remain unclear: Will our heroes ever get around to the oft promised discussion of 'private prisons'? Will Welch learn to properly operate the clock in the studio? Will Mexico pay for the wall? Will Moynihan finally learn how to 'Dab'? Andrew Kirell of the Daily Beast sits in for the hour. "What a Time to Be Alive" is an above average album, "Views" was disappointing. If you've got a problem with the cover art on Young Thug's latest project, keep it to yourself. See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 happened and despited promises to the contrary, it pretty much stayed there. We did manage to establish a new (as in "first ever" and "only") Official Beer of the Fifth Column, so that's something. Other highlights: It's Moynihan's Birthday... Pretty sure Matt is drunk... and Kmele managed to pretzel Paul Krugman, Isis, Obama Care and the War in Iraq into a single metaphor -- fair chance he's drunk too. Special thanks to Hard Knocks Brewing for the evenings libations. Hard Knocks Brewing, The Official Beer of the Fifth Column Podcast. See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 mean but it sounds illegal. Author and Observer columnist Michael Malice fills the empty chair for am hour and change, shouts things into the mic and generally enriches our regular rhetorical intercourse. Up for discussion this week: Gary Johnson's diminishing (but not completely exhausted) prospects for getting into the presidential debates. Matt Welch tell's a story that could get people locked up and/or deported. Charter schools are super racists, duh. That revenge porn of you, it may not be so bad after all. And the best possible (indirect) arguments FOR Trump/Hillary. See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 at Lalapalooza- Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, Lose in Court, But Kinda Win, Maybe...- Clinton and Trump Dazzle the American Electorate With More Email Scandals, Assassination Plots and the Appearance of Generalized Political Corruption- The Justice Department is Unimpressed with the Baltimore City Police Department- The White House FINALLY Releases It's Drone War 'Playbook'- Where else can you get all that in sixty mins? You're welcome. The noble, just and righteous crusade to replace Olympic Badminton with Olympic Twerking starts here.Moynihan, Welch and Foster discuss (and bravely lead the charge)... See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 presidency result in a nuclear conflict, the dismemberment of NATO, Armageddon, or garden variety disappointment & dishonesty? What's so great about NATO? And what's this about a contingent of Black Lives Matter protestors moving into the park adjacent to Kmele's apartment? Welch, Moynihan and Foster discuss... See for privacy and opt-out information.

The Fifth Column's presidential convention coverage continues. Matt Welch phones in from the convention floor in Philadelphia, Moynihan convalesces in New York after a harrowing Republican convention and Foster dabs his brow compassionately with a damp cold cloth. On The Agenda This Week: The DNC has developed it's own 'damn email' problem; somehow it involves Russians and a pair of geriatric US presidential candidates. Trump and Sander's convention speeches are analyzed for an all together different sort of plagiarism; painting by numbers. Black Lives Matter Moms (pronounced "blim') take center stage at the DNC and thoughts on Europe's worsening terrorism problems. (Updated) See for privacy and opt-out information.

Welch and Moynihan from the Floor of the RNC Convention... What could possibly go wrong? No more description. You listen, you find out! See for privacy and opt-out information.

A trifecta of highly charged police involved shootings dominate the headlines; what are the odds that resulting media coverage and political rhetoric are substantive, fact-based and solutions oriented?  And what is President Obama going on about? Plus: Which member of the triumvirate was roughed up for backtalking the cops? Will Barbra Boxer accept Welch's VERY indecent proposal?And, perhaps most importantly, when is carrying around a bottle of wine in a Ziplock bag filled with ice not dignified and respectable? Probably when you refuse to share. Foster, Welch and Moynihan discuss... See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 pop-science journo-fabulist Jonah Lehrer doing giving the guy a second chance? Also: Chilcot Report, Tony Blair, Iraq regrets, over-classification, and just how many drinks constitutes “a couple” over at Vice News.Foster, Welch and Moynahan discuss... See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 Television Awards ever overcome their hateful adversaries and obtain actual freedom? Those do sound like very long odds. Producer's Note: The episode is brought to you by the letter 'B' and the word 'Actual'.Foster, Welch and Moynahan discuss... and the glamours Virgina Postrel drops by. See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 spitting image of Dennis the Menace? Yes. Foster, Welch and Moynihan discuss...  See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 to acts of terrorism, is it best to: A) Employ oversimplification, generalized suspicion and hastily drawn conclusionsB) "Act erratically and blindly lash out at everything" Foster, Welch and Moynihan discuss...  See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 Moynihan discuss… Anthony Fisher (Reason / The Week) drops by. See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 city more remarkable then Orlando, Florida? Yes. Plus: "It's not dodging when Bernie does it!" and "Russel vs Moynihan: This time it's personal".Foster, Welch and Moynihan discuss... Thaddeus Russell ( drops by.  See for privacy and opt-out information.

Trump and Sanders carry populist revolutions to their respective conventions; will violence ensue? Are we witnessing the end of the culture wars? Plus, thoughts on the Freddie "Gaye", Black Lives Matter, and those lapel cameras. Foster, Welch and Moynihan discuss...  See for privacy and opt-out information.

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, are you morally obliged to move there? "If you agree wit him, why you throwin shade?" Foster, Welch and Moynihan discuss... See for privacy and opt-out information.

Would Tyler Durden vote for candidate Trump? Why can't super rich authors have everything they want? Is "Cookie's" accent wonderful or fantastic?Charles C.W. Cooke of National Review stops by.Foster, Welch and Moynihan discuss. See for privacy and opt-out information.

Might a Trump primary victory signal the 'end of days' while simultaneously proving the existence of extraterrestrials? Can independents finally make a significant impact on the election? Will Matt and Moynihan finally 'keep it 100?Welch returns. Foster, Welch and Moynihan discuss... See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 doctrine like a children's game? Just what is the corporate media's nefarious diabolical plan? Plus Venezuela is a mess and blunt razors can still cut you the hell up. Welch is away on a dangerous operation. Moynihan and Foster discuss... w/Andy Levy of Fox News's Red Eye. See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 Sticker’? And why would a journalist bother fact-checking something if more than two people have tweeted it — at that point, it’s basically a fact, right? Moynihan, Welch and Foster discuss… w/Anthony Fisher ( See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 good for climate skeptics? And how racist are cops in Chicago? Moynihan, Welch and Foster discuss… /w Harry Siegel (The Daily Beast). See for privacy and opt-out information.

This Week: Bernie Sanders gives an incoherent interview to the Daily News and simultaneously wins a critical presidential primary in Wisconsin; coincidence or conspiracy? Why are Panamanians so awful at keeping secrets? And why do cops insist on shooting black people? Moynihan, Welch and Foster discuss... See for privacy and opt-out information.

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 of recent attacks in Brussels and beyond, The FBI vs Apple, Trump vs "Respectability Politic" and "Hillary Clinton: Super Duper Honest or Naw?". Moynihan, Welch and Foster discuss... See for privacy and opt-out information.