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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.

Social Media, The Secret Lives of Teenagers, and Hook-up Culture

This episode of The Federalist Radio originally aired on March 10, 2016.  Nancy Jo Sales spent the last two and half years traveling across the United States, talking to over 200 girls, ages 13 to 19. She talked to them about social media, texting, sexualization, and how all of it has impacted their lives. Sales…

What Do Immigration, Brexit, and Globalization Mean for Our Economy?

Daniel Griswold is a senior research fellow and co-director of the program on the American Economy and Globalization at the Mercatus Center. Griswold discussed the implications of Brexit, of immigration, and how trade really impacts US workers. “There’s no doubt some people are disadvantaged by global competition and competition generally. There are far more Americans…

Veterans Healthcare Reform, the Iraq War, and Political Philosophy

Shaun Rieley, policy analyst at Concerned Veterans for America, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to talk VA reform, political philosophy, the Iraq War. Part of the VA scandal in 2014 included the deaths of veterans who died while they were on secret waiting lists for care. “Essentially you have a situation set up where there…

Free Trade Myths, Trade Protectionism, and ‘Pokémon Go’ Free Markets

Scott Lincicome, trade attorney and Cato Institute Adjunct, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to add to the ongoing conversation of free trade, circulating myths and backlash against trade, and the free market aspects of “Pokémon Go.” “The actual polling on trade in terms of support or opposition is always right around 50 percent… so it’s…

Criminal Justice Reform and How Conservatives Turned Against Mass Incarceration

Steven Teles is an associate professor of political scientist at Johns Hopkins University and the author of “Prison Break: Why Conservatives Turned Against Mass Incarceration.” Mary Katharine Ham, senior writer at the Federalist, interviewed Teles about transpartisanship, the story of Texas’s state criminal justice reform, and what the crime debate looks like in 2016. In his…

Inner City Economic Inequality, Entitlement Reform, and Globalization

Michael Tanner, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, joined Federalist Radio to talk about how economic policy and poverty has impacted African Americans and their communities. He also discussed globalization, the national debt, the entitlement crisis and his new book, Going For Broke. A web of criminal backgrounds, lack of employment opportunities, out-of-wedlock births, have…

‘Do You Want to Build a Strawman?’ with Mary Katharine Ham and John McCormack

Mary Katharine Ham, senior writer at The Federalist, and John McCormack, senior writer at The Weekly Standard, discussed FBI Director James Comey’s testimony on the Hill today, Donald Trump’s bewildering inability to attack Clinton, and the latest partisan politics. Donald Trump could have easily picked on Hillary Clinton and her email story this week, but…

The FBI, Hillary Clinton, and Why Americans Don’t Trust Their Government

Sarah Westwood, investigative reporter for the Washington Examiner, joined today’s Federalist Radio to explain this week’s news surrounding Hillary Clinton and the FBI. Westwood also discussed the perception of Washington corruption and the biggest scandals coming out of the Clinton Foundation. “The fact that this announcement came just a few hours before President Obama and…

Remembering The Birth Of American Freedom

This episode of The Federalist Radio Hour originally aired on July 3, 2015. More than a day off for barbecues and fireworks, Independence Day will forever mark the beginning of an American era, the anniversary of our first birth of freedom. Today on the Ben breathes life into a historical anthology of the Fourth of July.…

Kim Strassel on Political Scare Tactics, Loretta Lynch, and Silencing of Free Speech

Kim Strassel, Wall Street Journal columnist, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss her new book, The Intimidation Game: How the Left is Silencing Free Speech. Strassel breaks down corruption surrounding campaign finance laws, political scare tactics, why American’s feel the government is inept, and the President’s constant politicizing of federal agencies. Strassel explained how the…