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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 Case, Trial, and Acquittal of Ammon Bundy and Armed Oregon Protestors

The acquittal of Ammon Bundy and 6 others in the Oregon Refugee Occupation trail came as a surprising verdict last week. On today’s Federalist Radio Hour, we talk about the case, the prosecutors, the trial, and what it means for federal land management. Ben Domenech interviews Karina Brown, Oregon-based reporter for Courthouse News; Mike Arnold,…

Weighing Future Conservative Agendas with Ramesh Ponnuru

Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review senior editor and Bloomberg View columnist, joins Ben Domenech in studio to discuss the impact Trump has had on the conservative agenda, and what the future looks like for those agenda items such as immigration, foreign policy, trade, and the Supreme Court. The rise of Trump is evidence for the need…

Benjy Sarlin on Trump’s Obsession with Revenge and Next Steps for GOP

Benjy Sarlin, political reporter at NBC News and MSNBC, joins Ben Domenech on The Federalist Radio to discuss this week’s conversation around the FBI, Donald Trump’s obsession with revenge and violence, and the future of The Republican Party. Many of the biggest news stories from the campaign trail this year can be traced back to…

Media Unhinged Over Claims of Trump’s Russian Ties and Comey’s FBI Letter

Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi, senior editors at The Federalist, discuss this week’s media meltdowns over James Comey’s letter to Congress and the debunked story of Trump’s Russian server on The Federalist Radio Hour. With unsubstantiated claims and anonymous sources, this attempt at an October Surprise against Trump was a failure. “I couldn’t believe how poorly this…

Unanswered Questions About Email Investigations and Russian Cyber Wars

Shane Harris, senior intelligence and national security correspondent for The Daily Beast, joined Ben Domenech in studio to talk this weekend’s breaking news surrounding the FBI’s discovery of Hillary Clinton’s emails on Anthony Wiener’s laptop. They also discuss DNC hacks, Putin, Russia, and the threat of cyber wars. New reports have revealed the internal tension between…

Scary Show: Obamacare, Horror Movies, and Ghosts of DC

On today’s Halloween edition of Federalist Radio, Mary Katharine Ham talks all things spooky: Obamacare, horror movies, and ghosts of Washington D.C. Featuring guests Guy Benson, political editor at Townhall, Alex West, co-host of “The Faculty of Horror” podcast, and Christopher Robin, ghost expert from National Nightmares. The average baseline premium under Obamacare is going…

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…