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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.

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…

Does the Government Get to Decide What Constitutes a Slur?

Ilya Shapiro, senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute, joins Ben Domenech to talk celebrities’ post-election freak-outs, filibusters, Supreme Court justice nominees. They also discuss whether the government gets to determine what’s a slur, such as the “Redskins.” “If the Supreme Court affirms the federal circuit, then that part of the Lanham Act…

Let’s Talk About ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ With Alexandra Petri

After seeing “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Alexandra Petri and Ben Domenech discuss their questions on and initial reactions to the movie, the characters, and what this movie means for future Star Wars films. Spoilers included!  Tony Gilroy was a writer brought in to work on Rogue One once it was in post-production. “There…

A Guide to Champagne, Wine Regions, and Tastings for Enthusiasts and Amateurs

David White is a wine writer and author of “But First, Champagne: A Modern Guide To The World’s Favorite Wine.” On the Federalist Radio Hour, White discusses the history of Champagne, wine policy, wine fraud, and how amateur wine enthusiasts can learn to order something they will enjoy. Champagne, France is the northern most serious…

Christmas Party Tips and How The Left Still Lacks Post-Election Introspection

Chris Bedford, editor in chief of The Daily Caller News Foundation, shares tips for how to throw a holiday party, as well as his thoughts on the current state of political media, all on today’s Federalist Radio Hour. “These reporters and journalists have no concept of what freedom of expression is and what the first…

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Does Innovation Eliminate Jobs? Technology in Economics and Aviation

Eli Dourado, director of the technology policy program at the Mercatus Center, joins Ben Domenech to determine whether innovation and technology are really job killers or not. They also discuss how technology effects trade, the sharing economy, and the future of aviation. The U.S. is at an all-time high for manufacturing, that many who have…

The Best of Bad Christmas Movies and Trump’s Twitter Foreign Policy

Kristen Soltis Anderson, columnist at The Washington Examiner and co-host of “The Pollsters” podcast, joins Mary Katharine Ham on this holiday episode of The Federalist Radio Hour. They discuss Christmas traditions, bad Hallmark movies, and how Trump’s tweets impact U.S. foreign relations. Is the Christmas tradition of forcing your crying children to sit in Santa’s…