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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 Hot Takes with Sonny Bunch and David Harsanyi

For weeks now, the internet has been flooded with arguments surrounding Star Wars in expectation of the franchise’s latest movie. Today on the Federalist Radio Hour, we discussed some of those arguments with the very writers who made them. Sonny Bunch, Jonathan Last, Lyman Stone, and David Harsanyi weigh in on the Jedi and the…

Gamers, The ‘Reset Culture’ and ‘Fallout 4’ on Federalist Radio Hour

With today’s release of the “Fallout 4” videogame, The Federalist Radio Hour was joined by Ashe Schow and Brandon Morse to talk about video game culture, escapism, the looming “reset culture”, and the game itself. Schow is a commentary writer at the Washington Examiner and Senior Political Columnist at the Observer. She shares her story,…

Evan Thomas Humanizes President Nixon in New Biography

Author of Being Nixon: A Man Divided, Evan Thomas, joined the Federalist Radio Hour today to share what complex layers he found in the thirty-seventh president. He tells the Federalist some of the more telling anecdotes he found while researching Nixon and explains some of the difficult moments of his life and presidency. “He’s a…

Chris Moody Shares his Best Stories from the Campaign Trail

Chris Moody, senior reporter for CNN politics, gives the Federalist Radio Hour his insight on the 2016 race after seeing many candidates up close on the campaign trail. He also shares some of his latest not-so-political reports, called Being Moody, about the base jumping festival in West Virginia and the Pawn Star who endorses Marco…

James Rosen on Cheney, Nixon, and his own Fox News Career

James Rosen, Chief Washington Correspondent for Fox News, joins the Federalist Radio Hour to talk about his new book, his conversations with Vice President Dick Cheney, his media career and his Beatles obsession. In Rosen’s book, Cheney One on One, the journalist interviews Dick Cheney over the course of several days about his life and…

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.…