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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.

Addiction, Heroin, and Struggles of the Middle Class with Eli Saslow

Eli Saslow, staff writer at The Washington Post, shared his latest reporting on heroin, addiction, and job loss in the American economy. Saslow’s feature story this month uses one family’s struggle with painkillers and opioids to give readers perspective on what it’s like to go through addiction problems in the U.S. healthcare system. “It’s an unbelievable…

Gary Johnson’s Religious Liberty Fail, Immigration, and White Working Class Frustrations

Ilya Shapiro, senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute, joined Federalist Radio Hour to tell his own immigration story, discuss Gary Johnson’s religious liberty fail, and how the experiences of the working class explain Donald Trump. Shapiro said Johnson is running as someone who is less concerned about constitutional issues and more about Uber…

Top Stories Coming Out of Two Weeks of Conventions with Zeke Miller

Zeke Miller, political reporter at Time Magazine, returns from back to back coverage of the RNC and DNC conventions. On today’s show, he discussed Hillary’s remarks at the end of the week in Philly, Trump’s comments on the Kahn family, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the resurfacing of Harambe. Trump’s feud with the muslim family who…

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…