Where are you on the Trump spectrum? Are you a Trump supporter with him from the start? Are you a Trump skeptic, willing to give him credit when it is due but not afraid to criticize? Or are you pro-Trump and more bound to defend him when criticized? Jay and Neal welcome Noah Rothman of Commentary Magazine to discuss these factions and also his current piece, How to Be a Conservative in the Age of Trump. The guys discuss all of that as well as the critical question of whether Seinfeld is overrated or not.

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Donald Trump fired James Comey this week and it set the political world ablaze. Jay and Neal invited GOP strategist and columnist for The Daily Beast to talk about what happened, why it happened and what is going to happen next.

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You’ve probably read stories by embedded reporters and have a general understanding of what they do. But what about their stories? What is like to be an embedded reporter? How do they get treated by Marines? What are the locals like? How does it feel to be in life and death situations?

Dan Lamothe of the Washington Post is the guest to answer those questions. He’s been embedded with troops in Afghanistan on more than one occasion and has some interesting stories to tell.

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Does the media bubble exist? According to an investigation by Politico, it does and it’s worse than people thought. Jay and Neal invited journalist Erica Grieder, formerly of Texas Monthly, to discuss the issue in depth, to find out if the media can change, and what the news consumer can do to make things different.

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Do you read The Federalist? Write there? Did you ever wonder how it started? How he cobbled his team together? Then you will want to listen to this episode. Ben Domenech talks about the ups and downs of publishing The Federalist including how he deals with the criticism. He also talks about his approach to publishing articles about Donald Trump.

Of course, Ben weighs in on the ever-important Seinfeld debate.

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If you like photography and filmmaking, then you will enjoy our conversation with Michael Deppisch. Michael is a Nashville-based photographer and filmmaker who has done a variety of work that you can see at his website.

Michael talked with Neal and Jay about how he got started, his influences, what he thinks about technological advances, and the growth of the “selfie” culture.

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Wow! It’s been one year since The Fifth Estate was launched. We started out hoping to have some fun talking to interesting people but never expected it to take off like it did. It’s been my pleasure to co-host this show with Neal and talk to all the guests we’ve had on the show. People gave 45-60 minutes of their time to shoot the breeze with us and it was great!

We are looking forward to more of this. Also, thank you, listeners and subscribers. We wouldn’t be doing this without you. In this episode, we answer some of your questions. We hope that you enjoy the answers as much as we enjoyed the questions!

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Chris Arnade is not the guy you’d expect to see shooting photos of home addicts in the Bronx. With a Ph.D. in physics and a 20-year career on Wall Street, Chris embarked on long walks in New York City and eventually to Hunts Point in the South Bronx. There he started a project he didn’t intend to start. It’s called “Faces of Addiction,” and you can go here to see the photos. Please know that some of the images, while beautiful, may be disturbing to some people, but they are still worth viewing.

Chris talked about that project, what led him to it and what he is working on now. You can follow him on Twitter.

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Scott Lincicome makes his long-awaited return to The Fifth Estate and he’s back to talk about trade, protectionism, and TPP — in the age of Donald Trump. The last time he joined us, Barack Obama was still President so now he brings new thoughts and perspectives to these issues.

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How have ’80s-born millennial conservatives changed from the 2008 election to the 2016 election? We talked to Meghan McCain to find out. We also asked about her father, Sen. John McCain, and her friendship with Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. She talked about Obamacare with Neal and Jay as well as her departure from her radio show and her full-time gig with Fox News on the show “Outnumbered.”

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Donald Trump thinks Barack Obama tapped his phones in Trump Tower? Would he? Could he? Given Obama’s propensity to use the federal government (IRS, AP, James Rosen) as a weapon, would it be out of bounds for Obama to do it? And what’s next? David Harsanyi of The Federalist talks about that and also discusses the GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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CPAC. It’s a scene, man. This is the first time since 2008 CPAC was held with a Republican (allegedly) in the White House. Neal and Jay were on the scene with some commentary recorded together for the first time in person as well as some interviews! They interviewed Jim Swift of The Weekly Standard, Andrea Ruth of RedState and The Decision Desk HQ, Dave Weigel of the Washington Post and Amelia Hamilton of Watchdog.org and RedState. Enjoy!

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Are you a gamer? PC or console? What kind of games do you play — and do ever wonder if you’re too old to be playing games? Kyle Foley joins Neal and Jay to talk gaming, the culture of gaming and the future of gaming, particularly virtual reality and augmented reality. Check out Kyle on his YouTube channel as well as on Twitch.

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What is Barack Obama’s legacy? Did he have accomplishments historians will reflect on 30-40 years from now? Jonah Goldberg from National Review joined Neal and Jay to talk about President Obama’s legacy, from domestic policy and national defense to foreign policy and national security. And of course, more importantly, Jonah weighs in on the important question: Can Tom Hardy play James Bond?

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People are always willing to give feedback. But how do you receive it? That’s where Sheila Heen comes in. She and Doug Stone are founders of the Triad Consulting Group and authors of the book, Thanks For The Feedback: The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well. Jay and Neal ask about different situations where feedback is received, particularly in the age of social media.

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How is Donald Trump doing through his first 11 days? How about his choice for the Supreme Court? The immigration executive order and the media? Tom Nichols weighs in with Jay and Neal to talk about all of it. It’s been a whirlwind since Trump assumed office and now it’s time to see how things started.

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Donald Trump is the President of the United States. Many people never thought it would happen and loudly said so. And they were wrong. As were Neal and Jay. So we decided it would it would be a good idea to have a Trump supporter on the show to talk about his performance so far and his first 100 days. Scottie Hughes of Right Alerts was gracious enough to join us for a very cordial discussion about our new President.

We discussed domestic policy, the Supreme Court, foreign policy, and how the Republican Party will operate together.

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The guest for this week’s show is Peggy Newfield. She is the founder and etiquette expert at The American School of Protocol in Atlanta, GA. Peggy talks with Jay and Neal about etiquette, why it is important, how it differs by region, the influence technology has on etiquette, and of course, ways that you or your organization can be taught proper etiquette in all walks of life.

Peggy has done training for kids, business executives, politicians, foreign diplomats, even military officers. It’s a great show and Peggy was a terrific guest.

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It’s 2017! Neal is back and Jay is along with him talking to John Schindler (on Twitter, @20Committee) from The Observer and an intelligence expert about Donald Trump, the Russians, and the Chinese. John lays out his thoughts on the Russian hacking of the DNC, the extent of it, as well as offering up commentary on Julian Assange and Wikileaks. John also talks about Trump’s national security and national defense team (fan of Mattis, not of Flynn) and what he sees coming down the road.

John was a great guest and you don’t want to miss this.

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We have reached an era in society and our culture where many people are graduating from college with degrees that will not get them hired in their fields of study. Meanwhile, they they’re often at least $100,000 in debt because they’ve been told they “have” to go to college. In the meantime, there are thousands and thousands of skilled jobs available to people but nobody is prepared for those jobs. Because they’ve been conditioned to think those jobs are not worthy of taking.

So Jay and Neal are talking to Mike Rowe about his passion for people to learn skilled trades and to make just as good a living (or better) than the people with liberal arts degrees. They also discussed the mikeroweWORKS Foundation and Mike’s podcast, “The Way I Heard It.”

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Charles Cooke, Editor of National Review, was the Fifth Estate’s first guest and is now the show’s first return guest. In this episode, Jay and Charles talk about media coverage of Donald Trump, his tweets and what things will look like in 2017. They also talk about Russia and how the media seems happy to forget that Barack Obama is still the President.

Finally, Charles gets to answer all of the questions usually posed to guests. We know he chose wisely by picking Frank Sinatra over Dean Martin in the first episode. But what about “Die Hard”? Does he think it’s a Christmas movie? And he is he a Star Trek or Star Wars person? Listen in and find out!

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noah-rothmanWith Neal Dewing taking a break, host Jay Caruso is flying solo but will still have great guests. This week Noah Rothman from Commentary joined Jay to talk about the Trump Transition.

They have an overall take on things thus far, then get into cabinet picks such as James Mattis, Nikki Haley, as well as administrative picks Michael Flynn and Steve Bannon. They also discussed the Democrats, and how they’re repeating behavior that they screamed about when Barack Obama was first elected.

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jay-costThe team takes one more turn at post-election analysis and this time it’s Jay Cost of the Weekly Standard joining Jay and Neal to talk. The gang discussed the particulars of the election, as well as what the GOP needs to do to keep those rust belt states. Also, they discuss the breakdown of political civility. Whereas it’s fine to be passionate about your beliefs, it doesn’t mean the other side is evil. Finally, they spend some time talking about “The Walking Dead” and Jay answers the ever-important question — Star Wars or Star Trek?

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andreaCalling elections is serious business. Polls have a margin of error. Calling a state for a presidential candidate on election night has no second chances. Get it wrong and everybody is going to remember. The first major media outlet to call the 2016 presidential election for Donald Trump was the Associated Press. However, The Decision Desk called the election for Trump 35 minutes earlier.

Andrea Ruth, a writer for RedState as well as a contributor to Opportunity Lives and host of the podcast, Far Beyond The Beltway, works with The Decision Desk. She was there in NYC at the offices of Buzzfeed working the election returns and joined Jay and Neal to discuss.

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