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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.

Rebranding Conservatism, October Surprises, and Trump’s Alleged Groping

April Ponnuru, senior advisor at the Conservative Reform Network, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the trouble with the Republican party’s brand, the current meltdowns surrounding the Trump campaign, and other October surprises. With the weight of stagnant wages, rising college tuition, and other economic downturns, working Americans have had a hard time believing conservatives…

What You Need to Know About Cybersecurity, Wikileaks, and Bitcoin

Andrea O’Sullivan is the program manager of the technology policy program for the Mercatus Center where she combines her interests in economics, cryptology, alternate currency, and emerging technologies. She joined Ben Domenech in studio to discuss the recent hackings of government data, Hillary Clinton’s emails, and the future of Bitcoin. Institutions and countries are facing cyber…

Kelly Riddell on Republican Women, GOP Leadership, and Working Class Voters

Kelly Riddell, deputy opinion editor at the Washington Times, joined Ben Domenech on Federalist Radio to discuss how Republicans have failed to communicate with the working middle class and the recent anger and frustration at Donald Trump coming from Republican women. There is a lack of awareness from the establishment that the Republican base really does…

Reviewing the Second Presidential Debate, Trump’s Vulgar Audio, and Oktoberfest

Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi give their top takeaways from the second Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. They also discuss Trump’s vulgar recorded conversation about women in 2005 and some strong opinions on Halloween and Oktoberfest. This debate was unlike anything in all of American political history. “It did seem very surreal…

College Football, Presidential Debates, Birth Control, and Mental Health

Mary Katharine Ham, senior writer, and Gracy Olmstead, associate managing editor, host today’s Federalist Radio Hour to discuss college football, the vice president debate, birth control, mental health, and more. After attending the Georgia-Tennessee football game in Athens on Saturday, Ham retells the story of one of her team’s greatest losses in SEC history. “One…

The Pro-Life Movement, Ballot Access, and the Case for the Party Of Life

With both major parties lacking clear support for the pro-life movement, Ben Domenech argues for case for a third party: The Party of Life. Charles Camosy, associate professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University, discussed the political climate for pro-lifers, and Richard Winger, editor of Ballot Access News, discussed the logistics and legal…

James Rosen on William F. Buckley, The Beatles, and Media Today

James Rosen, Fox News Chief Washington Correspondent, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the new book, “A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century” that collects the best writings of William F. Buckley. Rosen and Domenech also discussed Elvis, The Beatles, comedy, politics and more. In this book, Rosen has collected 50…

Heather MacDonald on Discretionary Policing and ‘The War on Cops’

This episode originally aired on June 21, 2016. We will be back tomorrow with a new episode. Heather MacDonald, fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss her new book, “The War on Cops.”MacDonald addressed the motives of movements like BlackLivesMatter and how it has impacted police forces across the nation.…

‘The Firing Line’ and William F. Buckley: The Conservative TV Intellectual

Heather Hendershot, professor of film and media at MIT, is the author of the new book, “Open to Debate: How William F. Buckley Put Liberal America on The Firing Line.” She joined the Federalist Radio to discuss Buckley’s role as a conservative contrarian and how “The Firing Line” impacted the conservative media landscape. Every week,…

How Media Complacently Embraces Hillary Clinton and Alicia Machado

Senior Editors Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi discussed how the media continues to turn a blind eye to any and all corruption associated Hillary Clinton and treat her as a victim. This week’s media insanity includes the skewed coverage of former Miss Universe Alicia Machado and the Judiciary Committee hearing with FBI Director James Comey.…