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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.

A Need For Structural Change Beyond Policy, with Steve Hilton

Steve Hilton, former advisor to David Cameron and now CEO of CrowdPack, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to share his experiences trying to implement a reformed conservative agenda in the UK and how it has shaped his view of American politics. His book, More Human: Designing a World Where People Come First, explores fundamental changes that governments…

Inequality, The Bourgeois, and Liberal Ideas with Deirdre McCloskey

Deirdre McCloskey, an American economist and long time professor, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss inequality, free markets, and her latest book, Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World.  McCloskey explained how much better off the world is now compared to our ancestors, despite our desire for the nostalgic good…

Ted Cruz Being Named ‘Lucifer In The Flesh’ Will Help Him More Than Fiorina

Senior Editor David Harsanyi joined Ben Domenech in the studio to discuss Carly Fiorina’s addition to the Ted Cruz ticket, Donald Trump’s attempt at a foreign policy speech, and some of the best and worst TV shows currently offered on streaming services. Harsanyi said he doesn’t think naming Fiorina as Cruz’s running mate will have…

Prince, Trump, and the House Select Hearing on Fetal Tissue Trafficking

Senior Editor Mollie Hemingway joined Ben Domenech in the studio to discuss Donald Trump’s sweep in the Northeastern States’ primaries, the recent death of Prince and make to make of the loss, and her reports from the most recent congressional hearing on the trafficking of aborted baby parts. “If he had never sung a song,…

Beyonce’s Politics, Jennifer Aniston’s Sex Appeal, and Melissa Click’s Racism

Bre Payton, staff writer at The Federalist, joined Ben Domenech in studio today to debate about whether Beyonce’s new album is a marketing ploy, the differing definitions of beauty according men and women, and the firing of Mizzou professor Melissa Click. Many have asked about the racial and political undertones in “Lemonade” and the mantle…

Zeke Miller on How Cruz and Kasich Strategized Against Trump, Plus VP Picks

Zeke Miller, political reporter at Time Magazine, joined the Federalist Radio Hour today to discuss last night’s news that the Ted Cruz and John Kasich campaign are essentially collaborating to stop Trump from getting delegates. Domenech and Miller also discuss potential VP picks for Donald Trump and the differences between the 2012 and 2016 elections.…

Dana Gioia on The Enchantment of Poetry and American Literary Culture

Dana Gioia, an American poet and writer, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to explain his unconventional style of poetry, his response to his academic critics, and why poetry has seemed to disappear from American culture. Gioia was previously the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts and his newest book is 99 Poems: New…

Everything That HBO Isn’t Telling You About the Anita Hill Story

Mark Paoletta was a lawyer in the Bush White House working on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas. Paoletta joined the Federalist Radio Hour to set history’s record straight in light of the new HBO movie, “Confirmation.” The politically-charged drama tells the story of Anita Hill’s allegations of sexual harassment against Thomas, and…

Trump’s New York Victory and Why Women on Our Currency is a Silly Gesture

Gabby Morrongiello, campaign reporter at the Washington Examiner, has attended countless rallies, following the Trump campaign for months. She joined the Federalist Radio Hour to recap both Donald Trump’s and Hillary Clinton’s victories in the New York primary. Trump walked away with 90 delegates from New York yesterday, giving him momentum going into other states…

Mark Mills on Bill Gates, Pope Francis, Energy Policy and Climate Change

Mark Mills, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a Forbes columnist, writes about energy policy, energy markets, and the climate change debate. He joined the Federalist Radio Hour today to discuss technology advancement in American resources, providing energy for under developed countries, and what happens not that millennials are buying cars. Mills said there…