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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.

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Transgender Bathroom Bills, Facebook’s PR Disaster, and Yoga with Kelsey Harkness

Kelsey Harkness, senior reporter and producer at The Daily Signal, joined the Federalist Radio Hour after returning from North Carolina where she spoke to lawmakers and civilians about the the governments’ push that public schools comply with new transgender bathroom laws. “Lawmakers down there really feel that the Obama administration is using children as pawns…

Understanding Tea Party and Establishment Voters with Molly Ball

Molly Ball, politics writer for The Atlantic, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss how the republican party is dealing with their nominee who is at odds with so much of the party and it’s leaders. Ball explains her understanding of how the Tea Party, conservative media, and other specific factions within the conservative movement…

How Social Justice Warriors are Ruining Comic Books for Everyone

Matt Battaglia is a designer, illustrator, and comic book enthusiast. Battaglia joined Ben Domenech in the studio to review “Captain America: Civil War” and to explain the ins and outs of the comic book industry. This latest superhero movie is adapted from an original story arc from the comic version of Captain America. “The movie…

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How ‘King of The Hill’ and Pop Culture Bridges the Gap Between People and Policy

Caleb Brown, director of multimedia at the Cato Institute, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss wealth and mobility in America, pop culture and “King of the Hill” it relates to politics, and using culture to bridge the gap between people and economics. Lessons about liberty and contrarian principles are less frequently found in pop…

Jonathan V. Last on the Trump Phenomenon, Captain America, and Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse

Jonathan Last, senior writer at The Weekly Standard, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the success of the Trump phenomenon, the politics of Captain America and Iron Man in Civil War, and why the Little Mermaid is the worst Disney princess. Trump’s position as a life long New Yorker was a one point used…

What Shakespeare Teaches About Statesmen and the Way They Lead

Dr. Matthew Mehan, teaching fellow at Hillsdale College, joined the Federalist Radio Hour today discuss how Shakespeare is still applicable to pop culture, the true meaning of Liberal Arts, and what Shakespeare can teach our statesmen and community leaders. Shakespeare’s understanding of public leadership was very practical, and through characters like the Prince of Denmark,…

Olivier Knox on Ben Rhodes, Foreign Policy, and the White House Correspondents Dinner

Olivier Knox, Chief Washington Correspondent for Yahoo! News, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the latest news coming out of the White House and Obama’s foreign policy advisors, the White House Correspondents Dinner and the future of relationships between the President and the press. In the area of foreign policy, more so than domestic,…

F.H. Buckley on Economic Mobility, Social Class Change, and Nostalgic America

Frank Buckley, author of The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss a theory of pursuing socialist ends through capitalist means and the issue of economic upward mobility across our country. Buckley reflected on the results of the 2012 election and the way American social classes have evolved…

Creating, Naming, and Picking Candidates For A Third Party With Robert Tracinski

Robert Tracinski, staff writer at The Federalist, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the possibility of a third-party and an alternative candidate for those who can’t bring themselves to vote for Trump or Clinton. They explored the logistics of such a party, what name or label they should adopt, and the potential candidates they…

The Media’s Responsibility for Trump and What Conservatives Care About with Matt Lewis

Matt Lewis, senior contributor at the Daily Caller and commentator at CNN, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the future of the Republican party, a general election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and the ways in which the media has an impact on both. The conversation across social media right now is around…