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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.

SCOTUS Nominees, Abortion Rulings, and The Republican Constitution

Randy Barnett, Georgetown law professor and author of the new book Our Republican Constitution, joined Ben Domenech in studio to discuss this week’s SCOTUS cases, how Republicans should view the court, and the two fundamentally opposing views of the Constitution. Barnett argued that the reason we now have Donald Trump is because of Justice Roberts.…

Women in Media, Fat Shaming, and the Downfall of Breitbart

Lisa De Pasquale, columnist and founder of GetBrightEmail.com, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to talk about women in media, fat-shaming, and what 2016 would look like if Andrew Breitbart were still alive. The biggest challenge of being a right-of-center woman in journalism and media is addressing both politics and pop culture. “All of us on…

How Brexit Will Impact the Global Economy

David Beckworth, economist and research fellow at the Mercatus Center, joined Federalist Radio to discuss Britain’s exit from the EU and how it will impact the global economy. Dr. Desmond Lachman, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, also explained some of the reasons why the UK voted the way they did. The decision to…

Accomplishing ‘Deep Work’ In A Distracted World

This episode of The Federalist Radio Hour originally aired on March 25, 2016. “Deep work” is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task and it’s one of the most valuable skills in our economy. Cal Newport is the author of Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, and…

‘Hamilton’, ‘Star Wars’, and the Self-Parody of Donald Trump

Alexandra Petri, writer and blogger at the Washington Post, talks “Hamilton” the Musical, Star Wars, and the comedic challenge of parodying Donald Trump on this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour. Donald Trump is a performance and you can’t re-perform a performance. “There is no parody of Trump that’s better than the self-parody that Trump…

Dr. Charles Kesler on Populism, Elites, and The Meaning of Trump

Dr. Charles Kesler, editor of the Claremont Review of Books and senior fellow of the Claremont Institute, talked about the collision of the rise of Trump and the rise of political correctness on the Federalist Radio Hour with Ben Domenech. In his latest essay, Kesler described the 2016 experience and the inability of republicans to…

Heather Mac Donald on Discretionary Policing, Violent Crime, and Black Lives Matter

Heather Mac Donald, fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss her new book, “The War on Cops.” MacDonald addressed the motives of movements like BlackLivesMatter and how it has impacted police forces across the nation. Mac Donald said crime decreased during the years of economic downturn since 2008 despite liberal…

The End of the Bernie Sanders Campaign and Hillary’s Twitter Bots

Clare Foran, writer at The Atlantic, joined The Federalist Radio Hour to provide some closure on the Bernie Sanders’ campaign and explained ways his supporters may split over Hillary. Foran shared stories from the democratic campaign trail and the political social media war zone. There’s a juxtaposition within Sanders’ platform between a desire for a…

Terrorist Watch Lists, Gun Control, and the Sexual Violence in Game of Thrones

Joel Gehrke, political reporter for the Washington Examiner, joined the Federalist Radio to report on all sorts of bills and filibusters on the hill this week as a response to Orlando and the call for gun control. Bre Payton and David Harsanyi discussed Obama’s remarks in Orlando this week and his refusal to acknowledge the…

Is the GOP Donor Class Angry or Scared or Both?

Alex Isenstadt, reporter at Politico, returned from a Republican donor class summit in Utah and joined the Federalist Radio to share what leaders were feeling about Trump and the future of their party. Domenech and Isenstadt also discuss potential VP picks for both campaigns and how Trump failed to use the Orlando shooting for his own political…