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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.

Why is McDonald’s changing its menu and will it work?

Since changing their menu, adding breakfast all day and fighting the fast-casual restaurant industry, McDonald’s has been made the news with ups and downs lately. Today on the Federalist Radio Hour, we discuss the future fast food franchise’s food and labor. David Freedman is a contributing editor at the Atlantic and writes on all things…

Veteran Kiowa Warrior Helicopter Pilot speaks on Syria, Russia and VA Scandal

Amber Smith, a senior fellow at Independent Women’s Forum and veteran, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the events coming to a head in the Middle East between Syria, Putin, ISIS and Obama’s response to it all. She said that as people start to see more of Russia’s presence in the Middle East, Americans…

What’s in a name? A lot if your name is Shakespeare

In the midst of conversations on political correctness, cultural appropriation and tyrannical leaders around the world, one historical voice remains remains relevant: Shakespeare. Kate Havard, research analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and Shakespeare enthusiast, gives her take on how Shakespeare fits into to American culture today. Havard shares stories of Shakespeare plays…

Best Costumes, Horror Movies and Halloween Folklore with Mary Katherine Ham

On a very spooky edition of the Federalist Radio Hour, we are joined by author and Halloween enthusiast, Mary Katharine Ham. As the “Wendell Berry of costume-making” and a grade A horror junkie, Ham shares tales of her own Halloweens past and reviews some of her favorite scary movies. Bre Payton, staff writer at the…

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The Good, The Bad, and The Wrong From The GOP Debate with Jon Ward

Joining the Federalist Radio Hour to recap the CNBC GOP presidential debate is Jon Ward, senior political correspondent at Yahoo. Ward and Domenech reflect on the performances of both the candidates and the moderators, and suggest that a war game or a fantasy football draft would be a better way to let the candidates debate.…

Jay Cost and Tim Carney on the 2016 Campaign Trail the Bad Budget Deal

Jay Cost discusses the frustration in Washington leadership in light of Obama and Boehner’s budget deal on today’s Federalist Radio Hour. Cost is a staff writer at The Weekly Standard and author of the book What’s So Bad About Cronyism? Cost said he thinks the strategy that Republicans are employing is to make as little…

Date-onomics: It’s Not You, It’s The Data

“It’s not that he’s just not that into you—it’s that there’s not enough of him.” This is the premise of Jon Birger’s book, Dateonomics. The author and journalist joined the Federalist Radio Hour today and explained how he used data, demographics, and university case studies to understand the dating dilemmas that many single, college-educated women…

James Sherk Explains How Labor Unions Are Like Cartels

Today The Federalist Radio Hour is joined by James Sherk, research fellow in labor economics at The Heritage Foundation. He explains how unions are blowing gaskets across the country, the differences between right-to-work and non right-to-work states, and the economics behind the government’s interference with employee benefits. Obama recently commented that the middle class has…

Lincoln Chafee Drops Out and Comedians Challenge The PC Police

Senior Editors at the Federalist, David Harsanyi and Mollie Hemingway, host today’s Federalist Radio Hour to discuss Lincoln Chafee, Paul Ryan and the political correctness movement in comedy. Lincoln Chafee has dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary race, following in the footsteps of his fellow candidate, Jim Webb. “People keep saying the Republican party…

Federalist Radio: What House Select Committees and Jedi Have In Common

Today is a great week for Hillary Clinton said Gabriel Malor, an attorney and writer for The Federalist. Clinton’s appearance before the House Select Committee on Benghazi today comes in the same week that Vice President Biden pulled his name from her race. Both which she will use to her advantage. Malor said despite the…