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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.

Fast and Furious: Ranking The Movies, The Characters, and The Beer

In preparation for the newest movie in the franchise, “The Fate of The Furious,” Mary Katharine Ham and Kristen Soltis Anderson break down the good, the bad, and the evolution over the first seven movies. Anderson gives us a preview of what to expect from the new movie, and Ham makes an audacious defense of…

WaPo’s Aaron Blake on Bannon, Trump’s Agendas, and Helicopter Parenting

Aaron Blake, senior political reporter at The Washington Post, joins Federalist Radio Hour to explain Trump’s demotion of Steve Bannon, the Kushners’ role in the White House, and status of Trump’s foreign and domestic agendas. “The prevailing theory is that [Trump] didn’t like the fact that Bannon was becoming too big for his britches, people talking…

Rethinking Welfare, Job Creation, and The War on Poverty

Peter Cove is the founder of America Works and author of the new book, “Poor No More: Rethinking Dependency and The War on Poverty.” Cove explains how our the government’s welfare and poverty programs have not aided in ending the war on poverty. He makes the case for job placement and a work-first model. “The…

James Hohmann on Syria, Trump’s Inner Circle, and the Senate Nuclear Option

James Hohmann, national political reporter for the Washington Post, joins Ben Domenech to discuss Nikki Haley and the Trump administration’s position on Syria, how the Senate confirmed Justice Gorsuch, and other political stories on Capitol Hill. Nikki Haley is the first Republican UN Ambassador to have full cabinet rank since Jeane Kirkpatrick under Ronald Reagan.…

Bill James on The Cubs, Analytics, Crime, and JonBenét Ramsey

Bill James is a baseball writer, historian, author, and statistician. He joins Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the Cub’s World Series victory, the role of analytics in sports, and our obsession with popular crime. James also answers audience questions about this year’s baseball season. “The war on analytics is over and we did win,” James…

Can Men And Women Be Just Friends? Plus, CNN’s War With Trump

Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi discuss this week’s news and the latest outrages on today’s Federalist Radio. They cover Susan Rice’s unmasking, White House leaks, CNN’s war with Trump, the controversial Pepsi commercial, and whether men and women can be just friends. Newsrooms have twisted themselves in knots in their attempts to connect Trump to…

Syria, Political Islam, and Why Egyptians Like Trump

Shadi Hamid, senior fellow at Brookings Institute Center for Middle East Policy, joins Federalist Radio to discuss the political climate in Syria, why Egypt is Trump country, and U.S. relations with Islamists. “Obviously some of this is just rhetoric and we are going to have to wait and see what Trump actually does, but I…

Here’s the Latest on Republican Efforts to Overhaul Obamacare

Chatter continues on Capitol Hill about making another attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare. Avik Roy, president of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, explains the health care positions of GOP leadership, the moderates, and the Freedom Caucus. “Try to fix it in the House before you send it to the Senate,” Roy said.…

Unpacking ‘Unmasking’, Susan Rice, and Intelligence Reports

Todd Shepherd, investigative reporter at The Washington Examiner, joins the Federalist Radio Hour to untangle this growing story involving Rep. Devin Nunes, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and the “unmasking” of members of the Trump transition team. “This was information that did not have anything to do with a particular security concern, or something related to…

What the Writings of H.L. Mencken Can Tell Us About Religion and Politics Today

H.L. Mencken was a writer, cultural critic, and famous American agnostic. The new biography, “Damning Words: The Life and Religious Times of H.L. Mencken,” by author D.G. Hart shows how Christianity actually framed Mencken’s ideas and shaped his career. Hart is a professor of history at Hillsdale College, and he joins Federalist Radio to discuss what…