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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.

The Rise of Progressivism and Administrative Agency in American History

Ronald J. Pestritto, dean of the graduate school of statesmanship at Hillsdale College, joined The Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the rise of progressivism in American history and it’s role in shaping our government and modern politicians. Pestritto’s research on the birth of American progressivism has lead him across the party lines as well as…

John Dickerson Shares Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History

John Dickerson, host and moderator of CBS’ “Face the Nation”, joined Ben Domenech to discuss his new book “Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History,” and how covering the 2016 race compares to past elections. Despite the rise in data-driven political coverage over the last decade, we can still see how there is often…

The Factual Feminist: Women in Philosophy, The Wage Gap, and Gender Sterotypes

Christina Hoff Sommers, resident scholar at AEI and the Factual Feminist, joined Mollie Hemingway, senior editor at The Federalist, in the studio today to discuss the gendering of children’s toys, the Netflix show “Stranger Things”, why women aren’t majoring in philosophy, and why women should have more children, earlier in life. The White House recently…

Swimming, Sexism, and Other Olympic Stories From Week 1 in Rio

Mary Katharine Ham talks breaking news on the Clinton Foundation and recaps the major news stories from the Olympics this week with Christine Brennan, USA Today Sports columnist who is in Rio, and Kelsey Harkness, senior reporter at The Daily Signal. NBC has been criticized on their Olympic coverage and the volume of dramatic athlete…

Defining Equal Opportunity and Discrimination with David Azerrad

David Azerrad joined Ben Domenech in studio to talk political philosophy, equality of opportunity, and libertarianism vs. conservatism. Azerrad is the¬†Director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics and AWC Family Foundation Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. Azerrad explained the specific perceptions applied to the broad term of equal opportunity. “I think…

The Olympics, the Kardashians, and Hillary Clinton’s Free Media Pass

Kaitlan Collins, entertainment editor at The Daily Caller, joined Bre Payton, staff writer at The Federalist, to talk about stories from the Olympics, the Kardashians, and the hypocrisy of Hillary Clinton. The media loves to dish out puff pieces on the Clinton family, like today’s story in the New York Times about how broke they…

The Anti-Trump Media, National Security, and Abortion in Bojack Horseman

David Harsanyi and Mollie Hemingway, senior editors at The Federalist, discussed the media class frenzy of anti-Trump hate and the frustration with craven Republican politicians who now openly talk about finding a new candidate. They debated whether Trump or Clinton would have the more dangerous foreign policy and a recent episode of the Netflix show…

CJ Ciaramella on Police Reform and Politics Surrounding Local Crime

CJ Ciaramella, criminal justice reporter at Reason Magazine,¬†discussed his latest reporting on national and local crime on today’s Federalist Radio, including the politics and policing in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. “What [protesters] say they’re asking for is police accountability, for there to be more mechanisms for police to be held accountable,” he…

Robby Soave on Libertarian Town Hall and Why Millennials Are Having Less Sex

Robby Soave, associate editor at Reason Magazine, joined Senior Editors Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi on The Federalist Radio Hour today to talk about the Libertarian town hall, why millennials aren’t having sex, the cargo shorts debate, and more. Gary Johnson’s campaign and the Libertarian Party are have gained more support than usual this election…

Matt Schlapp Argues Why Conservatives Should Vote Trump Over Clinton

Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, talked about the latest polls, the question about whether Donald Trump is a actually a racist, and debated with Ben about what a vote for Trump really means to a conservative. “I know that [Trump] looks at these polls, I know that they impact him. I know…