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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.

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.…

The Media’s Post-Debate Frenzy and ‘Saturday Night Live’ Election Coverage

Hadas Gold, media reporter at Politico, joined Mary Katharine Ham on today’s Federalist Radio talk about the media’s 2016 insanity, the new season of ‘Saturday Night Light’ with Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump, and a preview of all things Autumn including Starbuck’s drinks. Gold shared stories from the spin room after this week’s presidential debate…

The Future of Conservative Foreign Policy and How to Sustain Global Liberal Order

Dr. Paul D. Miller, associate director of the Clements Center for National Security at The University of Texas at Austin, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the future of conservative foreign policy, and his new book, “American Power and Liberal Order: A Conservative Internationalist Grand Strategy.” Miller said the Obama Administration may have learned the…

Chris Stirewalt, Bill Kristol Analyze Aftermath of First Trump-Clinton Debate

Chris Stirewalt, digital politics editor at Fox News, and Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, reviewed the good, the bad, and the ugly of last night’s first presidential debate between Trump and Clinton. Stirewalt said in defense of Lester Holt’s questions, character and fitness are part of the discussion. “Once we get pass the…

Yuval Levin on a Fragmented Culture and Bipartisan American Nostalgia

This episode originally aired on June 15, 2016. We will be back tomorrow with a new episode of the Federalist Radio Hour. Yuval Levin, editor of National Affairs, joined The Federalist Radio Hour to discuss his new book, “The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in the Age of Individualism.”  Levin explained why baby boomers…