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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.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Spoilers with Rebecca Cusey

Rebecca Cusey, movie critic at The Federalist, shared her thoughts and some spoilers on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She said the much anticipated movie is a playful one that she thinks most people will enjoy. “It is nostalgic but there is enough new there that you’re not watching the same thing,” she said. “You…

Paul Bonicelli on Neo-cons, Obama’s Broken Promises, and University Leadership

Paul Bonicelli is a professor of government at Regent University, former assistant administrator at USAID, and former staff member U.S. House of Representatives. He explains the differences between Rubio and Cruz’s foreign policies, the marks that are going to be left on Obama’s legacy, and political crisis facing universities.   Ben Domenech, publisher of The…

Shakespeare and Star Wars with Kate Havard

Kate Havard is both a Shakespeare and a Star Wars aficionado and she joined the Federalist Radio Hour today discuss the plays, books and movies surrounding both the playwright and the franchise. Havard is a research analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Havard said she thought the recently released Macbeth movie directed by…

Chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov says Putin is a Poker Player

Garry Kasparov is a Russian chess Grandmaster and often called the greatest chess player of all time. He is also the author of Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped. On the Federalist Radio Hour, Kasparov shared stories from his 78-year-old mother who grew up under…

Connecticut Hates the Constitution and the Media Loves Donald Trump

Senior editors at the Federalist, David Harsanyi and Mollie Hemingway, hosted today’s Federalist Radio Hour. They discussed how the Connecticut Governor plans to deny citizens their constitutional rights without due process, how Donald Trump has imploded the Republican party, and the new book edited by Jonathan Last, The Christmas Virtues.   “Will Connecticut have to…

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Cook’s Illustrated Chef Jack Bishop Shares Holiday Food and Wine Traditions

There is no other holiday tradition as essential as food and wine. Jack Bishop, Chief Creative Officer of America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Illustrated, joins the Federalist Radio Hour to share cooking advice and the dishes being served at his own Christmas dinner. A professional sommelier and veteran of the fine dining industry, Ellie Bufkin,…

McKay Coppins Shares Behind-The-Scenes Stories About Republican Leaders

What lessons has Ted Cruz learned from Rand Paul? What makes Marco Rubio feel insecure? And who is really behind Donald Trump’s tweets? McKay Coppins, senior political writer at Buzzfeed News, used his unparalleled access to Republican presidential candidates and Tea Party leaders into write his new book, The Wilderness. He shared many of those…

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Alexandra Petri finds humor in the news, Star Wars, and Donald Trump

Alexandra Petri joined the Federalist Radio Hour today to discuss comedy, pun competitions, Star Wars, and the best Christmas presents for people you don’t like. Petri is a Washington Post opinions writer where she also writes the ComPost blog, offering a lighter take on the news and opinions of the day.  She is the author…

Olivier Knox on Paris, Obama’s Press Relationships and Gifts from Saudi Kings

Olivier Knox, chief Washington correspondent at Yahoo News, was born to a French mother and an American father and has been a reporter in both America and France, giving him a unique perspective when it comes to reporting on the Paris attacks. He joined the Federalist Radio Hour to talk about Paris, his years covering…

Dr. Russell Moore on Religious Liberty, the Pro-Life Movement, and Millennials in Church

How can evangelical churches engage American culture in the 21st Century? How are presidential candidates addressing religious liberty issues different than in past elections? Dr. Russell Moore joins the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss these changes in religion. Moore is the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and…