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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 Is Everyone Talking About ‘Fake News’ and Does It Matter?

T. Becket Adams, commentary writer at the Washington Examiner, explains this trending conversation on “fake news” on the Federalist Radio Hour with Ben Domenech. They also discuss what journalists and newsrooms can do to improve their reporting, as opposed to doubling down on the approaches they had been using prior to the election. A lot…

NYT Writer Robert Draper Says Media Should Do More Reporting, Less Hot Takes

Robert Draper, author and writer for New York Times Magazine and National Geographic, joins Ben in studio to discuss narrative journalism, how to report in the era of “fake news,” and the concept of a free press in the US compared to other countries. Most of the media continues to fall in the trap of…

Amber Smith Shares Her Journey as a Combat Helicopter Pilot in the Middle East

Amber Smith joins Federalist Radio to share stories from her time as a combat helicopter pilotĀ in Iraq and Afghanistan, and discussĀ her new book “Danger Close.” Smith also speaks to concerns of veterans, national security, and the future of the military under the new administration. Smith described the experience and the intensity of flying a Kiowa…

Anthony Fisher on Film-making, Comedy, and 2016 as Entertainment

Anthony Fisher is a film writer, director and associate editor at Reason magazine. Fisher joined Ben Domenech on The Federalist Radio Hour to discuss comedy, film-making, the creative process, and his new movie “Sidewalk Traffic.” They also speculate how 2016, the campaigns, and the election are going to be portrayed movies and TV shows to…

Wall Street, Tax Policy, and Financial Regulations Under the Trump Administration

Jeremy Senderowicz, a New York attorney, joins Ben Domenech in studio to discuss what financial regulation, the SEC, and Wall Street will look like under the Trump administration. From Dodd-Frank to Fannie Mae, there are many financial areas that the new administration could have an enormous impact. Reform conservatives are concerned about Trump’s protectionist policies…

Conversations on General Mattis, Discrimination, and Coping with Grief

Allysen Efferson is a senior contributor at The Federalist and licensed therapist. On today’s Federalist Radio Hour, Efferson and Domenech discuss the appointment of General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense, as well a number of other topics including grief, therapy, protected beliefs and discrimination. Like most of Trump’s other cabinet selections, he is picking…

Are All Of President Trump’s Deals Going To Be Blatant Crony Capitalism?

Peter Suderman, features editor at Reason magazine, joined Senior Writer Mary Katharine Ham in breaking down the current White House transition and the Trump Administration’s cabinet appointments. Suderman also reviews the movies out this month you should see, and later, Bre Payton joins to recap Netflix’s “Gilmore Girls” revival. This week Trump appointed Rep. Tom…

The Smugness of the Press and Decaying American Communities

Will Rahn, digital politics managing editor at CBS News, joins Ben Domenech in studio to discuss his 2016 experience as a DC journalist and the unbearable smugness of the press. They also open the conversation about whether we still need a designated capital city in the modern era, and other ways that technology is disrupting…

Fake News, Presidents Who Tweet, and Media Groupthink with Michael Tracey

Michael Tracey is an independent writer and political reporter who joins today’s Federalist Radio to discuss “fake news,” the unhinged media reactions to Trump, and experimenting in digital media platforms. Donald Trump’s tweets have been consistently treated as breaking news every day sin he was elected. “A lot of these people in the media are…

How Fidel Castro’s Political Persecution Destroyed Cuba

Mike Gonzalez, senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, joins Ben in studio to discuss how Fidel Castro destroyed the country of Cuba and why the media has been praising the dictator since his death on Friday. “Not only did he repress the Cuban people, he made them flee or put them in prison, and made…