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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.

How Does Polling Work and is it Too Early to Trust the Data?

Mary Katharine Ham dug into gears of polling today on the Federalist Radio Hour with Stephanie Slade, deputy managing editor at Reason Magazine, and Alex Smith, national chairman for College Republicans. They discussed the usefulness of polling this prematurely to the general election, how polling outfits actually gather data, and what polls have told us…

Gary Johnson’s Nomination, David French, and The Evolution of Socialism

Mary Katharine Ham spoke with Reason Magazine’s Katherine Mangu-Ward on this weekend’s Libertarian Party convention in Orlando, the potential for a third-party candidate, and how the meaning of the word “socialism” has changed. Mangu-Ward explained how the Libertarian Party had, not one but two, principled blue state governors to put forth as candidates. “We have…

Katie Couric, Feminist Ghostbusters, and The National Spelling Bee

Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi, senior editors at The Federalist, discussed documentary making in light of last week’s backlash against Katie Couric’s deceptive editing in her documentary on gun control. “There’s really no debate about whether the Couric documentary was deceptive,” Hemingway said. “Once the perpetrator has admitted to the crime, you don’t really need…

James Hohmann on Why Trump and Hillary are Stuck in the ’90s

James Hohmann, national political correspondent for The Washington Post and author of the 202, joined Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi, senior editors at the Federalist to talk about why this election is stuck in the past. Nearly every day now we see either the Trump or the Clinton campaign bringing up either the good things…

Trump’s Circus, Clinton’s Corruption, and Their Growing Unfavorable Ratings

Betsy Woodruff, politics reporter at the Daily Beast, joined Mary Katharine Ham on the Federalist Radio Hour to talk about Obama lifting an arms embargo in Vietnam and to break down what’s going on inside both the Trump and Clinton campaigns. Kristen Soltis Anderson, columnist at The Washington Examiner, also joined to give an update…

“The Bachelorette”, ’90s Television Reboots, and Upcoming Fall TV Trends

Emily Yahr, pop culture and entertainment reporter at the Washington Post, joined Mary Katharine Ham, senior writer at the Federalist, to break down this season of reality and prime time television. They recap the season premiere of “The Bachelorette”, the many Netflix ’90s reboots, and the season finales of “The Good Wife”, “Nashville”, and “Dancing…

Why Hasn’t Hillary Been Indicted? What Are the “28 Pages”? and Other National Security Questions

Shane Harris, senior correspondent at the Daily Beast, has been following American military activity in the Middle East, the developing prosecution of Hillary Clinton and her email scandal, as well as the controversial “28 pages” that remain to be declassified from Congress’ investigation of the 9/11 attacks. Harris joined today’s Federalist Radio to discuss these…

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Donald Trump’s Relationship With Money, Reporters, and Comedians

Jamie Weinstein, senior editor at the Daily Caller, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to talk about the media’s coverage of Donald Trump, the relationship Trump has with wealth and the actual amount of his worth, and the potential for a third-party candidate. When it comes to reporters asking Trump difficult questions, he knows how to…

The General Election, Meeting with Zuckerberg, and the Offensive Redskins

Josh Kraushaar, Politics Editor at National Journal, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to give his take on the shaping up of the general election and the Trump and Clinton campaigns. Kraushaar explained some the latest polls, surprising endorsements, and the speculations around Hillary Clinton’s potential VP pick. “It’s going to be a competitive race, and…

Affordable Housing, Jane Jacobs, and New Challenges in Urban Planning

Emily Washington, policy research manager at the Mercatus Center and writer at marketurbanism.com, studies land-use regulation and policy as it relates to urban development. Washington joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the current state of affordable housing, zoning issues, Jane Jacobs, and transportation. The marketplace in urban areas faces a challenge in supplying the…