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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.

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Josh Kraushaar on 2016 Candidates and Fantasy Sports Gambling

Today on the Federalist Radio Hour, Josh Kraushaar discusses strategy behind the 2016 presidential campaign, other political news from the Hill, and recent statements from fantasy sports gambling websites. Kraushaar is the political editor at National Journal and editor-in-chief of the Hotline. As Donald Trump takes his first dip in poll numbers, Kraushaar says he…

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John Schindler on Putin in Syria, Intel Cherry-picking, and Hillary’s Emails

Today on the Federalist Radio Hour, Ben’s hosts John Schindler, national security columnist at the Observer, security consultant and former NSA analyst. They discuss Putin’s activity in Syria and the reactions of Russian citizens as well as the White House. Schindler tells Ben, “We are getting to the point where valid intelligence is going to…

Exploring the Science and Cinema behind The Martian

Ridley Scott’s The Martian has rocketed to the top of box offices everywhere. Today on Federalist Radio, Ben hosts a space symposium to explore the science and theatrics behind the film. First, Sonny Bunch reviews the film artistically. The Free Beacon film critic maintains that the “almost anti-cinematic movie become fantastic” purely on the strength…

Celebrity Chef Christopher Kimball Demystifies the Kitchen

Celebrity chef and culinary media personality, Christopher Kimball joins Federalist Radio to demystify the kitchen. The host of America’s Test Kitchen and editor of Cook’s Illustrated, Kimball explains his food philosophy. He argues that “cooking is not an art. Food is functional…I’ve adopted a very practical approach.” Originally a Columbia graduate with a degree in…

Mollie Hemingway Breaks Down the Most Important Moments In the Planned Parenthood Hearing

On today’s special edition of Federalist Radio, Senior Editor, Mollie Hemingway guest-hosts for Ben. She recaps the marathon, five-hour Congressional testimony of Planned Parenthood CEO, Cecile Richards. Joined by Sarah Torre of the Heritage Foundation, the two offer a play by play of yesterday’s proceedings to highlight Pro-Life victories and missed opportunities. Later Anna Paprocki,…

Stephanie Edelman On the Attractive Side of Retro-Sexism

Stephanie Edelman joins Federalist Radio to discuss the retro-sexism phenomenon and why so many modern women seek inspiration from the vintage ideal of classic Americana.  The writer tells Ben that more than ever “it’s frowned upon to have kids and be married before 30.” She explains that, in reaction, many women choose so-called retro sexism…

Governor Jeb Bush Loves Rob Gronkowski

Governor Jeb Bush is in first place in his Fantasy Football league. From the campaign trail, the presidential hopeful joins Federalist Radio to show his lighter side. To unwind, Governor Bush sets his fantasy lineup and he boasts that this year he’s 3-0. He has “one long word” of advice for any Fantasy Football fans,…

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Katherine Mangu Ward On the Paper vs. Plastic Debate

For Federalist Radio, Katherine Mangu-Ward separates fact from fiction in the “paper or plastic debate.” The editor of Reason Magazine tells Ben that plastic bags have been carelessly demonized. She reports that although “plastic bag bans are largely symbolic,” the plastic prohibition has led to serious unintended consequences like creating corrupt kickbacks in the public sector…

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Shane Harris, McKay Coppins, and John Siciliano On American Intelligence, Scott Walker, and Pope Francis

The US Military has been pressuring analysts to cook the intel books in an effort to paint a more positive picture of American offensive action against ISIS reports Shane Harris. The Senior National Security Correspondent for the Daily Beast joins Federalist Radio to share his exclusive findings. Harris tells Ben that over 50 intelligence pros…

Hugh Hewitt, Neil Greenberg, and Joy Pullmann Join Federalist Radio

After partnering with CNN to moderate the second GOP debate, radio show host and media provocateur, Hugh Hewitt, debriefs with Ben. Known as one of the most aggressive interviews in radio, he offers some poignant advice for future debate moderators this election cycle. “Develop a reputation for being tough on everybody so you can honestly…