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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.

An Up Close Look at the Infamous Border Wall, Plus Trump on Religious Liberty

Kelsey Harkness, senior reporter at The Daily Signal, recently returned from a trip to the U.S.-Mexican border in San Diego. She joins Bre Payton, staff writer at the Federalist, to discuss her reporting on border patrol, the wall, and Trump’s religious liberty executive order. “Border walls and fences under the Trump administration have become very…

Molly Ball Talks Health Care, Parenting, Smart TVs, and Kellyanne Conway

Molly Ball, politics writer for The Atlantic, joins Mary Katharine Ham in studio to recap Thursday’s freak outs over the healthcare bill passed in the House. They also discuss the ways technology is invading our home lives, particularly parenting, and Ball shares her in-depth profiling of Kellyanne Conway. After the GOP-controlled House passed some regulatory…

Interpreting the Founding Fathers’ Political Theory with Thomas West

Thomas G. West, professor of politics at Hillsdale College, said he has been working on his new book, “The Political Theory of The American Founding: Natural Rights, Public Policy, and the Moral Conditions of Freedom,” over the course of the last 20 years. On this episode of Federalist Radio, West defends his interpretations of what the founders…

Israeli-American Writer Shares Latest From Middle East, Turkey, and Hamas

Caroline Glick is an Israeli-American writer, senior editor, and columnist for The Jerusalem Post. While visiting the U.S., she joined Federalist Radio Hour to discuss America’s current relationship with Israel and the greater Middle East, the Israeli reaction to Donald Trump, and the propaganda stunts of Hamas. Glick addressed some of the critiques of President Trump’s foreign…

Why Should Conservatives Care About Fashion?

Bre Payton, staff writer at the Federalist, and Inez Stepman, senior contributor at the Federalist, discuss the ins and outs of style, beauty, Vogue, fashion, and why conservatives should care about the culture. “There should still be a way that a woman opens a magazine and sees something that’s relevant to her life,” Stepman said.…

Olivier Knox on WHCD, North Korea, France, and Fyre Festival

Olivier Knox, Chief Washington Correspondent for Yahoo! News, joins Mary Katharine Ham in studio to discuss this weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, tensions with North Korea, the election in France, and JaRule’s Fyre Festival disaster in the Bahamas. “I think Trump not going this year [to the White House correspondents’ dinner] was a much needed…

This Week on Bill Nye, Pro-Life Democrats, and the Future of NASCAR

Mary Katharine Ham, senior writer, and Gracy Olmstead, associate managing editor, host the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the tension between the DNC and pro-life democrats, the outrage at Bill Nye, and the retirement of Dale Earnhardt Jr. from NASCAR. Bernie Sanders and Tom Perez received blowback after endorsing a pro-life candidate for mayor of…

Everything You Need To Know About Trump’s Tax Reform Proposal

Daniel J. Mitchell, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, joins Federalist Radio to discuss President Trump’s tax plan, why the border adjustment-tax is a bad idea, corporate tax rates, and how Congress is trying to juggle tax reform. “The problem with the Trump tax plan, good on paper but here’s the problem. We’re in a fiscal…

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Net Neutrality, Privacy, and Rickrolling

On Wednesday Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Council, announced his plan to eliminate net neutrality rules put in place by the Obama administration in 2015. After his announcement, he joined Ben Domenech in studio to discuss internet regulation, privacy issues, cable cord-cutters, and rickrolling. “Net neutrality, if it means a free and open…

David Azerrad Argues the Differences Between “Trumpism” and Conservatism

David Azerrad is the Director, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics and AWC Family Foundation Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. Azerrad and Domenech discuss President Trump’s first 100 days in office, the definition of “Trumpism”, and the differing schools of thought within the conservative movement. “On the executive front, [Trump] is delivering. Working with…