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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.

Comparing Conventions, Clinton’s Acceptance Speech, and Third-Party Candidates

Peter Suderman, managing editor at Reason Magazine, joined Mary Katharine Ham in the studio to discuss the disappointment of Trump’s lackluster RNC, the “historical” nomination of Hillary Clinton, the potential for Gary Johnson, and much anticipated Star Trek movie of the summer. Despite Donald Trump’s promise for a glamorous, celebrity-filled RNC, he is now trying…

DNC Speeches, Comic Con, Philadelphia Protestors, and Bernie Bros

Mary Katharine Ham, senior writer at The Federalist, talked to Sonny Bunch, editor at The Washington Free Beacon, and David Marcus, senior contributor at The Federalist about the DNC, Comic Con, and the protests in Philadelphia on today’s Federalist Radio. On night three of the DNC, we heard speeches from Tim Kaine, Joe Biden, and…

What Motivates Jihad and What Is America’s Plan To Defeat It?

Dr. Sebastian Gorka, writer and expert on national security and terrorism, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to explain how America can attack the jihadi movement and defeat the war on terror. He is author of the new book, Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War, now a New York Times Best Seller. ISIS is more powerful than…

How Democrats and Their Nominee Can Overcome Division at the DNC

Steven Dennis, Bloomberg reporter, joined Federalist Radio to discuss the first day of the Democratic convention in Philadelphia and the challenges that Hillary Clinton will face this week and heading into the general election. Bernie Sanders supporters spent the first day in Philadelphia spreading angst and frustration, disrupting many speakers throughout the day. “Whenever Hillary…

Understanding Trump Voters and the Future of the GOP

Benjy Sarlin, political reporter at MSNBC and NBC news, returned from Cleveland to share some of the most surprising parts of the Republican convention and share some of his data-driven reporting after following the Trump campaign for the last year. Sarlin’s reporting looks at the county data of where Trump won primaries as well as demographic…

Reactions to Cruz, Ivanka, and a Potential Clinton-Kaine Ticket

Kelly Cohen, political reporter at The Washington Examiner, joined Federalist Radio Hour to discuss Donald Trump’s first speech as the Republican nominee, the speeches from Ivanka Trump and Ted Cruz, and Hillary Clinton’s potential VP picks. Ivanka Trump comes across as everything that Donald Trump isn’t and her speech Thursday night reflected that. “She spouted…

Terrorism in Nice, European Media, and Star Trek with Tom Rogan

Tom Rogan, writer at National Review and contributor to the McLaughlin Group, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to follow up on the terrorist attacks in Nice, the resulting distrust in government, European media, and the politics of Star Trek. “You have these attacks, it alters people’s belief in Western civil society,” Rogan said. “The anger is…

RNC Day Two, Black Lives Matter, and the Baton Rouge Police Shooting

After another night of controversial speeches and crowds chanting for justice, Mollie Hemingway and Bre Payton recap RNC Day Two on today’s Federalist Radio Hour. M.G. Oprea, Federalist senior contributor, also joined to report what she has seen and heard on the ground in Cleveland. In writing the speech for Donald Trump Jr., Frank H. Buckley…

Harsanyi and Hemingway on Plagiarism, Prayers, and RNC Floor Fights

Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi recap the first day of the RNC convention, including Melania’s plagiarism, the benediction that made Christians cringe, and insanity that on the floor yesterday afternoon. Over time conventions have become elaborate televised productions and speeches, while the actual roles of the delegates are continually diminished. “I think it was 10…

Drama Evolves In Cleveland, Turkey, and Taylor Swift’s PR Team

Mary Katharine Ham and Mollie Hemingway break down Donald Trump’s Veep pick, the aftermath of the coup in Turkey on Friday, and the latest drama unfolding between Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Lee Smith, senior editor at the Weekly Standard, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to explain what was happening within the Turkish…