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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.

This Week on Bill Nye, Pro-Life Democrats, and the Future of NASCAR

Mary Katharine Ham, senior writer, and Gracy Olmstead, associate managing editor, host the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the tension between the DNC and pro-life democrats, the outrage at Bill Nye, and the retirement of Dale Earnhardt Jr. from NASCAR. Bernie Sanders and Tom Perez received blowback after endorsing a pro-life candidate for mayor of…

Everything You Need To Know About Trump’s Tax Reform Proposal

Daniel J. Mitchell, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, joins Federalist Radio to discuss President Trump’s tax plan, why the border adjustment-tax is a bad idea, corporate tax rates, and how Congress is trying to juggle tax reform. “The problem with the Trump tax plan, good on paper but┬áhere’s the problem. We’re in a fiscal…

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Net Neutrality, Privacy, and Rickrolling

On Wednesday Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Council, announced his plan to eliminate net neutrality rules put in place by the Obama administration in 2015. After his announcement, he joined Ben Domenech in studio to discuss internet regulation, privacy issues, cable cord-cutters, and rickrolling. “Net neutrality, if it means a free and open…

David Azerrad Argues the Differences Between “Trumpism” and Conservatism

David Azerrad is the Director, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics and AWC Family Foundation Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. Azerrad and Domenech discuss President Trump’s first 100 days in office, the definition of “Trumpism”, and the differing schools of thought within┬áthe conservative movement. “On the executive front, [Trump] is delivering. Working with…

Mollie Hemingway on Media Echo Chambers, Twitter Groupthink, and Pat Buchanan

Ben Domenech interviews Mollie Hemingway about her new book, “Trump vs. The Media,” on this episode of Federalist Radio. They discuss the ways the media echo chamber failed to do their job the last eight years, and how that has destroyed their credibility in covering the Trump administration. “You would hope after the media failure…

One Woman’s Journey From Professional Ballerina to Presidential Campaign Media Director

In less than six years, Lauren Zelt went from a professional ballerina dancing with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, to the Director of Media Affairs on Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. Zelt sits down with Mary Katharine Ham to talk about her childhood dedication to dancing, her career-ending injury, and how she found herself in the world…

Talking South China Sea Tensions and Hollywood’s Chinese Box Office Problem

Alice Ekman is a research fellow at Center for Asian Studies of the French Institute for International Relations. Ekman joins today’s Federalist Radio to discuss the global conflicts surrounding the South China Sea, U.S. relations with China, Ekman provides a background on how China views their own leadership and some of their regional iniatives. “Overall…

How To Keep The Hackers Out And Protect Your Information Online

Eric Geller is a cyber security reporter at Politico and he joins Federalist Radio to discuss intelligence gathering, encryption, DNC leaks, and what professional hackers look like in real life, as opposed to Hollywood’s depiction. “This is an issue that doesn’t t just affect the State Department or Target. It really affects all of us,…

Shakespeare’s Greatest Comedic Character: Falstaff, Plus the New Star Wars Trailer

Kate Havard reviews Harold Bloom’s new book, “Falstaff: Give Me Life,” which is the first in his Shakespeare personalities series. Havard and Domenech discuss the complexities of Shakespeare’s characters, Shakespeare in politics, and the newest Star Wars teaser trailer. [Bloom] elevates Falstaff to this mystical category of a prophet and a saint who disdains morality…

The Religious Freedom Case Going Before SCOTUS This Week

Kerri Kupec serves as legal counsel and communications director with Alliance Defending Freedom. Kupec explains the religious freedom case going before the Supreme Court this week, which will also be one of Justice Gorsuch’s first cases to hear on the bench. “It’s really a basic free exercise and equal protection argument,” she said. “[Missouri] is…