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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.

Mary Katharine Ham on Debate Previews, Moderators, and School Choice

Mary Katharine Ham previewed the upcoming presidential debate with Guy Benson, political editor at TownHall, and Amelia Hamilton, correspondent at Watchdog.org, on today’s Federalist Radio Hour. Benson said he thinks the first debate of the three is the most important, particularly for Trump.  “Trump doesn’t have to wow everyone with a bunch of policy knowledge…

The Case of JonBenet Ramsey Reopened and the Political Activism of Entertainers

Senior editor David Harsanyi joined Ben Domenech on Federalist Radio to weigh in on the CBS documentary of JonBenet Ramsey’s murder, the entertainment industry’s political activism, and the new season of “Survivor.” Harsanyi said it’s obvious that one of the parents was responsible for the murder of JonBenet Ramsey, but that they weren’t arrested because…

David Frum on Rebellion Against Leftist Monoculture and American Prosperity

David Frum, senior editor at The Atlantic, joined The Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the dangers of a Putin-Trump relationship, how the TV industry’s left agendas hurt Clinton, and how politics of the 1970s have influenced our politics today. Frum said should Trump become President, he would govern with even more executive activism than the…

The Death of ESPN, Fighting Islamic Totalitarianism, and America’s Morality

ESPN has lost over 10 million subscribers in the last two and half years. At the top of the hour, Ben Domenech explained the death of sports networks and why they have taken a turn for the worse. “What is it going to take for a sports channel to come along and offer a kind…

Why Lifelong Democrats in Pennsylvania are Voting for Donald Trump

Today on Federalist Radio, Ben recapped his Intelligence Squared debate from last week on blaming the elites for Trump, and spoke to Salena Zito, national political reporter, about why Democrats in Pennsylvania are voting for Trump. Zito described the Western Pennsylvanian democrats who had never voted Republican in their life, yet are voting for Trump.…

Julia Ioffe on Putin, Twitter Trolls, and Why Russia Cares About 2016

Julia Ioffe, contributing writer at Politico Magazine and columnist at Foreign Policy, shared stories from Russia, anecdotes about Putin, and how Russians view the United States and the 2016 election. When it comes to U.S. and Russian relations, Americans often misunderstand that Putin’s ploys are more about what’s happening within his own country than internationally.  “This…

Former Gov. Bob McDonnell Shares His Faith and His Fight For Freedom

Months after the Supreme Court threw out Governor Bob McDonnell’s conviction, the Justice Department announced last week they would drop its corruption case against the former Virginia Governor. McDonnell opened up on Federalist Radio about his legal battle, his faith, and his path forward. “I got a call at 1:45 with my lawyer just saying ‘it’s over,’”…

House Oversight Committee Subpoenas FBI for Full Clinton Report

Sarah Westwood, investigative reporter at the Washington Examiner, joined Senior Editor Mollie Hemingway in studio to discuss this week’s House Oversight Committee hearings on the FBI’s meeting with Hillary Clinton and Colin Powell’s hacked emails. Rep. Jason Chaffetz and the Oversight Committee were upset with how the FBI was selective in what facts they released…

Rebecca Berg on Hillary’s Transparency, Rick Perry’s Dancing, and the Trump Foundation

Rebecca Berg, national political reporter for RealClearPolitics, and Mary Katharine Ham, senior writer at The Federalist, recap the dramatic season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars”, Hillary Clinton’s interview with Anderson Cooper on her health, and the latest news on the Donald J. Trump Foundation. The list of this season’s “Dancing with the Stars” contestants include…

Clinton’s Health, Trump’s Alt-Right Support, and Other Election Unpredicatables

Robert Tracinski, senior writer at The Federalist, and Byron York, chief political correspondent at the Washington Examiner, discussed the weekend news surrounding Hillary Clinton’s health, Donald Trump’s “deplorable” supporters, and the media’s conflicting coverage of both campaigns. The media and the Clinton campaign have created a fog that actually raises more questions about why Hillary…