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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.

Evan Smith on State Politics, New Media, and Whether Texas Could be a Battleground

Evan Smith, CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, joins Ben Domenech in studio to talk state politics, digital media, Ted Cruz, and Texas as a battleground state. The state of Texas has significant ties to issues like healthcare, immigration, gun control, oil, and the many of the most recent Supreme Court cases. “Everything that…

How Pop Culture and American Cop Stories Shape our View of Police

Alyssa Rosenberg, culture opinion writer at The Washington Post, watched and read her way through the last 100 years of American cop stories. She describes how the depiction of police has evolved in television and movies on today’s Federalist Radio Hour. “It struck me that the undercurrent of all conversations about policing and police-involved shootings…really depended…

Garry Kasparov: Trump is Putin’s ‘Perfect Agent of Chaos’

Garry Kasparov is Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation, Russian pro-democracy leader, former world chess champion and author of “Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the enemies of the free world must be stopped.” On the Federalist Radio Hour, Kasparov gives analysis of Russian politics and the dynamics between Putin and Donald Trump.  It is…

‘Saturday Night Live,’ ‘The Walking Dead,’ and Continued Clinton Corruption

Kaitlan Collins, entertainment editor at The Daily Caller, joins Mary Katharine Ham in studio to talk the latest WikiLeaks news, this weekend’s “Saturday Night Live,” and the disappointment of “The Walking Dead.” The WikiLeaks emails have confirmed what everyone believed about Hillary Clinton’s campaign and her corruption. “These emails show the internal discord between her…

Free Speech Defenders and Infamous ‘Rigged’ Elections

Katherine Mangu-Ward, editor in chief of Reason magazine, discusses free speech issues in campaign finance, on college campuses, and Facebook’s board of directors. In regards to Hillary Clinton’s beliefs on free speech, Mangu-Ward said what Clinton says in public, is what she really believes about the first amendment. “She started her career saying let’s put…

Recapping the Final Presidential Debate with Andrew Stiles, Charlie Sykes

Ben Domenech, publisher of The Federalist, wraps up the final debate of 2016 and discusses what will happen after November 8th. He is joined by Andrew Stiles, political reporter at Heat Street, and Charlie Sykes, radio host and editor in chief of RightWisconsin.com. The first half hour of the debate was particularly substantial on issues…

Trump’s Next Move, WikiLeaks, and Conservative Media with Lachlan Markay

Lachlan Markay, reporter at the Washington Free Beacon, discussed expectations for the final presidential debate tonight and his reporting on WikiLeaks and the Podesta emails. Ben Domenech and Markay also explain the conservative digital media amidst the mainstream media landscape. What direction will Donald Trump aim his attacks in the last debate against Hillary Clinton?…

Kevin Madden Says 2016 Campaigns Are Driven by Grievances, Not Ideals

Republican Strategist Kevin Madden sits down with Ben Domenech to discuss the frustrations, debates, and impact of the 2016 election compared to past presidential campaigns. This election cycle seems to be driven more by grievances than higher ideals, Madden said. “This is a race to see who hits the bottom last and we may lose…

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Ben Jacobs Talks Trump Rallies, Splintered Media, and Stolen Elections

Ben Jacobs, political reporter for The Guardian, joined Ben Domenech in studio to discuss this week’s election news, the country’s heightened distrust in the media, and Trump’s influence on future politicians and down-ballot Republicans. “There haven’t been people yet conscientiously modeling themselves after Trump, trying to adopt the avatar,” Jacobs said. “Part of it is…

Sexual Assault, Title IX Overreach, and Sexy Harambe with Robby Soave

Robby Soave, associate editor at Reason Magazine, joins Federalist Radio to discuss the latest ludicrous college campus Title IX cases, the victims accusing Donald Trump of sexual assault, and problematic Halloween costumes. Because of Title IX and the Office of Civil Rights, university students have become more aggressive in asking these institutions to prevent harassment. “Not…