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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.

America’s Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality with Yaron Brook

There is a narrative that we must fight inequality by raising the minimum wage, raising taxes and redistributing wealth. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute, suggests that this narrative is wrong and that the real threat to the American Dream is an all-out war on success. Brook coauthored the book Equal is…

Rebecca Berg: Trump Flip Flops on Abortion and Begins Delegate Hunting

Rebecca Berg, national politics reporter for Real Clear Politics, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to talk about Trump’s abortion flip flops, why Paul Ryan shouldn’t seek a nomination and the comic book background behind Batman v. Superman. Because there are fewer candidates and the race tightens, people are starting to pay attention to what Trump…

How California Negotiated A Minimum Wage Raise, A Deadlocked SCOTUS, and Batman v Superman

Bre Payton, staff writer at The Federalist, and Bill McMorris, reporter at The Washington Free Beacon, hosted today’s Federalist Radio Hour to discuss labor union cases and the expected minimum wage hikes at both state and federal levels. Later in the hour, The Federalist’s movie critic, Rebecca Cusey reviewed the good and the bad from…

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White Working Class Frustration and the Rise of Trumpism with Tim Carney, Scott Winship

Tim Carney, senior political columnist at the Washington Examiner, and Scott Winship, the Walter B. Wriston Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joined the Federalist Radio Hour today to debate the cause for the rise of Trumpism and it’s ties to working class frustration. “I’ve got a pretty good empirical case that economics has been an…

Mary Katharine Ham Interviews Charlie Sykes, John McCormack, and Mollie Hemingway

Today on the Federalist Radio Hour, Mollie Hemingway explains the religious freedom bill vetoed in Georgia, John McCormack reports from the ground in Wisconsin, and Mary Katharine Ham interviews Charlie Sykes. Despite being the first right mentioned in the First Amendment, religious freedom has become a controversial issue. “The media frequently characterize these pieces of…

Bird Sexual Assault, Free Speech on Campuses and Trump’s Tactical Errors

Today on the Federalist Radio Hour, Ashe Schow explained the latest issues from college campus sexual assault cases and recent antics from Jackie, the reported victim in the Rolling Stone UVA story. Schow is a commentary writer at the Washington Examiner and a senior political columnist at the Observer. Later in the hour, Ben Domenech…

What ‘Hamilton’ the Musical Says About Elites, History, and Pop Culture

The hit musical “Hamilton” is an original mix of rap, hip-hop, R&B, and more that has dominated the conversation of cultural elites for the last year. On today’s episode of the Federalist Radio Hour, Kate Havard joins to discuss the growing cultural significance of musicals and the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s current production of “Othello.” Havard…

How To Focus Deeply In A Distracted World with Cal Newport

“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 he joined the Federalist Radio Hour to explain how email and social media…

Meet The Millennial Running For Congress: Grant Starrett

Grant Starrett is running for Congress in Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District, and if elected would be the youngest sitting member. Starrett joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the challenges of running against a Republican incumbent, the difficulties of navigating an atomized American culture, and the issues the Republicans party needs to address in order…

The Potential for a Third-Party Candidate with Bill Kristol

Today the editor of The Weekly Standard, Bill Kristol, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the potential of a third party candidate in the 2016 election, the tactical priorities of it, and some of the concerns that conservatives have about the future of the Republican party. “I think it’s a good idea because I…