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

December 1, 2016

“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

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

November 22, 2016

A Hamilltonian dressing down for the Vice President Elect? A White Nationalist Confrence in the Nations Capital? Sure -- it's almost Thanksgiving, but before digging into the Turkey, stuffing and cranbary sause -- we managed to sneak in one more dispatch. And "they" said it couldn't be done...

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

November 18, 2016

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

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

November 11, 2016

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

 

You're going to be fine... Really. everythings gonna be OK. We think...

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

November 3, 2016

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

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

October 26, 2016

This week, comedian Andrew Schulz (http://theandrewschulz.com, 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.
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029 “Pre Debate Jitters, And There’s Just Something About Mosul” - The Fifth Column

October 19, 2016

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

On the eve of the final presidential debate, the damn broke, or something... and this here was the outcome.
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028 “Billy Bush: The Real Victim Here, Avoiding World War III” - The Fifth Column

October 13, 2016

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'...

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

October 6, 2016

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.
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026 “Kmele’s STILL an Uncle Tom, and Yet Another Aleppo Moment” - The Fifth Column

September 29, 2016

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

What we can say for sure about this weeks installment of The Fifth: 1) We lost track of time, 2) Much wine was 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.
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025 w/ Josh Zepps “Wild Speculation on Tulsa, Terrorism and Denzel” - The Fifth Column

September 21, 2016

The triumvirate has much to discuss after a weekend disrupted by terror attacks in several states and yet another high profile police shooting. Media 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. (http://www.wtplive.com)
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024 “A Deplorable Basket of Aleppo, Hacked Email and Conspiracy Theories” - The Fifth Column

September 15, 2016

We had to MacGyver the hell out of this weeks dispatch. It's almost as if someone was trying to stop us... (Just asking questions here). Aleppo, Baskets of 'Deplorables', More Hacked Emails, Hillary's Flu-Ghazi... or is 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.
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023 w/ Andrew Kirell “Trump’s Mexican Day trip, Hillary’s Alt-Right Syndrome” - The Fifth Column

August 31, 2016

Colin Kaepernick rides the pine (which makes sense on many levels). Donald Trump visits Mexico. Hillary Clinton squares off with the AltRight. A few 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.
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022 w/ Buck Sexton “NSA Hacks, The ISIS Blame Game” - The Fifth Column

August 24, 2016

When Buck Sexton sits in for the hour there's a good chance the conversation will turn to foreign policy. As it turns out, that's exactly what 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. hardknocksbrewing.com
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021 w/ Michael Malice “The Best-Worst Case for Trump/Hillary, Charter Schools are Super Racist” - The Fifth Column

August 17, 2016

Moynihan is off this week, appears he had obligations related to something he's describing as "his real job". We don't know what that's supposed to 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.
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020 “Olympic Twerking, Obama’s Drone War Playbook, The Clinton Foundation, Ferguson: Two Years Later” - The Fifth Column

August 11, 2016

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

This Week:

Obligatory Olympics Banter
- Malia Obama twerks and tokes 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)...
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019 “How to Survive a Nuclear Holocaust, Welch-splaining Nato, Kmele’s BLM Dust Up ” - The Fifth Column

August 4, 2016

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

Still, Trump related anxieties have managed to reach new levels of 'OH-MY-GOD'; will his ascension to the 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...
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018 “The DNC Takes Philly , Ted Cruz’s Dad Takes Grassy Knoll” - The Fifth Column (Updated)

July 27, 2016
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)
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017 “A Very Trump Convention, Ted Cruz Jujitsu” - The Fifth Column

July 21, 2016

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

No more description. You listen, you find out!

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016 “Rumors of Race Wars and POTUS’s Solipsistic Eulogy” - The Fifth Column

July 13, 2016
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...
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015 “Trump’s Star, Hillary’s Email, Jonah Lehrer’s Comeback” - The Fifth Column

July 7, 2016
What is Kmele hiding in Greece? Why is Donald Trump taking advantage of Hillary Clinton’s email lawbreaking by doubling down on the Star of David? And what on earth is the man who contributed to the downfall of 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...
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014 w/ Virgina Postrel “Brexit, Benghazi, The BET Awards” - The Fifth Column

June 29, 2016
What does your dimwitted brother-in-law actually know about Brexit? What actual difference does this Benghazi report make? And finally, will the well monied and influential attendees of the Black Entertainment 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.
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013 “Islamic [REDACTED] and OJ Simpson: Trial of the Millennium” - The Fifth Column

June 22, 2016

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

Foster, Welch and Moynihan discuss...

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

June 14, 2016
What do Harry Potter, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have in common? Is it still 'politicizing the tragedy' if everyone's doing it?

When responding to acts of terrorism, is it best to:

A) Employ oversimplification, generalized suspicion and hastily drawn conclusions
B) "Act erratically and blindly lash out at everything"

Foster, Welch and Moynihan discuss...

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

June 8, 2016
What the hell happened to Matt? How awful was Bernie Sanders week and why does he hate women? Why you got to be all racist?

Foster, Welch and Moynihan discuss… Anthony Fisher (Reason / The Week) drops by.
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010 w/ Thaddeus Russell “The Strip Tease Convention, #MehTrump and Russell v Moynihan” - The Fifth Column

June 1, 2016
Will Johnson & Weld make it to the presidential debate stage? Just who is this French fellow -- is he really running for POTUS and why's he omitting all the best bits from his Game of Thrones write-ups?

Is there any 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 (http://www.thaddeusrussell.com) drops by. 

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

May 25, 2016
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...

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

May 17, 2016

If you hurriedly discuss the primary race will it end any faster? If you'd previously maintained that an economic miracle was unfolding in Venezuela, are you morally obliged to move there? "If you agree wit him, why you throwin shade?"

Foster, Welch and Moynihan discuss...
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007 w/ Charles C.W. Cooke “Fight Club Theoretics, Coates Can’t Go Home Again” - The Fifth Column

May 10, 2016

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

Charles C.W. Cooke of National Review stops by.

Foster, Welch and Moynihan discuss.

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

May 4, 2016

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...

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

April 28, 2016

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

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

April 20, 2016

<div><span style="font-size:10pt;">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 (Reason.com).</span></div>

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

April 15, 2016

Sanders and Clinton debate on a dock in Brooklyn -- would any have noticed if CNN had just replayed clips of their previous showdowns? Is Gitmo too good for climate skeptics? And how racist are cops in Chicago? Moynihan, Welch and Foster discuss… /w Harry Siegel (The Daily Beast).

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

April 8, 2016

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...

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001 “Terrorism, Trump and OJ’s Still Totally Innocent” - The Fifth Column

April 1, 2016

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


This week; Media coverage (or lack thereof) of terrorism in the wake 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...
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000 “Size Matters” - The Fifth Column

April 1, 2016

From their enclave in midtown Manhattan, Michael Moynihan (The Daily Beast, Vice), Matt Welch (Reason) and Kmele Foster (Freethink) pick apart the news, interrogate their guests, and question just about everything. The topics are broad, the insights are deep, and the jokes are off color. "Reform the system, or burn it to the ground?" They discuss...

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