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The Federalist Radio Hour features a conversation on culture, religion, and politics with the editors and writers of The Federalist web magazine. Hosted by Ben Domenech with regular guests Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi, the show takes on controversies in America from a contrarian point of view.

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Ben Domenech is the publisher of The Federalist and writes The Transom, a daily subscription email for political insiders. He is also a senior fellow at The Heartland Institute, a former speechwriter and book editor, co-founder of Redstate and former co-host of the award winning Coffee and Markets podcast.

The Psychology of Pursuing a Purposeful and Meaningful Life

Emily Esfahani Smith is the author of a new book, “The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matter.” She joined Ben Domenech in studio to discuss the psychology and philosophy of happiness, purpose, and why so many working Americans feel alone or left behind. “One of the indicators of this meaning crisis that I…

Jonathan Rauch on the Disruption of American Institutions and Political Systems

Jonathan Rauch is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and contributor at The Atlantic, and has been writing about the state of American politics and institutions. Rauch and Domenech discuss the ways in which communities have degraded and their expectations for the new incoming elite class in Washington D.C. “Congress now is so disorganized because any…

The Unending Battle Between Trump and The Media with Hemingway and Harsanyi

Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi, senior editors at the Federalist, discussed Donald Trump’s press conference, the self-destructing media, and the controversial dossier. “Our media are so completely out-of-their-minds hysterical, that they couldn’t even pick 10 things to be concerned about, much less one,” Hemingway said of the way reporters are attempting to cover Trump. “If the…

Matt Kibbe on Buzzfeed, Libertarian Priorities, and Culture Bubbles

Matt Kibbe is an economist, libertarian, and president of freethepeople.org. Domenech and Kibbe discuss the cause and effects of CNN’s and Buzzfeed’s reporting on Donald Trump and the intelligence community in the last 24-hour news cycle. “I think we’re learning with disintermediation of media that every journalist has an agenda and it’s more honest to wear…

The Imperial Presidency and Obama’s Legacy of Executive Power

Gene Healy, vice president of the Cato Institute, joins Ben Domenech in studio to discuss the expansion of executive power, President Obama’s legacy, and the position that Donald Trump will now occupy. “One of Obama’s central aspects of his legacy is expanding the imperial presidency in certain ways  more significantly than George W. Bush had,”…

New Year’s Resolutions, Meryl Streep, and ‘The Bachelor’ with Mary Katharine Ham

On the first Federalist Radio Hour of 2017, Emily Miller, senior political correspondent at One America News Network joins Mary Katharine Ham to discuss New Year’s resolutions, Hollywood, Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes speech, and the new season of “The Bachelor.” Marie Kondo is the author of “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” and a champion…

Why 2016 Was Actually Not That Bad with Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi

Senior Editors Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi discuss why 2016 was actually a good year. They review the positives coming out of Congress, political realignments, television, movies, and what we should expect from the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency. “I do think there was a big realignment in the Republican party. A painful,…

Walter Russell Mead on Jacksonianism, Foreign Policy, and American Elites

Walter Russell Mead, editor of The American Interest and fellow at the Hudson Institute, joins Ben Domenech in studio to discuss foreign policy schools of thought, Jacksonianism, and the future of education and religion in America. Mead labels the type of people who voted for Donald Trump in key Democratic states as Jacksonians, Mead said.…

Hoax Hate Crimes, Terrorism, and How Trump Can Work With American Muslims

Siraj Hashmi, assistant editor at Red Alert politics, joins the Federalist Radio Hour to share perspectives on Donald Trump and foreign policy from American Muslims. Hashmi and Domenech discuss recent terrorist attacks, fake hate crimes on social media, and the radicalization of Islam. YouTube Star Adam Saleh posted a video Wednesday morning of him apparently…

Hemingway and Harsanyi on The Electoral College, Trump, and ‘Star Wars’

Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi, senior editors at The Federalist, discuss the electoral college, Russia, Donald Trump’s relationship with the media, and “Star Wars.” Leading up to the electoral college voting this week, the Left has tried to reiterate that Hillary Clinton won the national popular vote. “It’s an incredibly stupid argument because if there…