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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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Ellie Bufkin Reports On the Best Wine To Buy

We’ve all been there: twenty minutes before a fancy dinner, standing aghast in the grocery, wondering what bottle to pick from a confusing and vast selection of wines. Today, Ellie Bufkin translates the complexity of Chardonnay, the stigma of Merlot, and the jargon of Pinot Grigio into approachable English. A professional sommelier and veteran of the…

James Sherk, David Dewhirst, and Marx Mix On Public Sector Unions

On this special Labor Day edition of Federalist Radio, Ben takes a look at public-sector unions and their impact on the modern American economy. James Sherk, a Labor Policy Expert at the Heritage Foundation, reports that today, “there are more union workers in the U.S. Postal Service than in all of the auto industry.” Though…

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Alex Nowrasteh Critiques Donald Trump’s Immigration Policy

Donald Trump is sweeping early polling contests with an anti-immigration narrative. To determine the efficacy of the candidate’s proposed immigration platform, Alex Nowrasteh of the CATO Institute joins Ben on this edition of Federalist Radio. The scholar says Trump’s plan would be completely untenable and would “essentially impose a permanent ban on all immigration going…

Jim Antle and Sally Jenkins Discuss the Deflategate Controversy

Tom Brady has had his day in court and the Super Bowl champion has won again. Today a Federal Judge overturned the NFL’s suspension of the Patriots quarterback and effectively shut down the ‘Deflategate’ controversy. Jim Antle, the politics editor of the Washington Examiner, explains how politics and sports have intersected at Gillette Stadium in…

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Olivia Nuzzi on the Myth of Media Objectivity

Olivia Nuzzi joins the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss “the beast that the media created,” namely Donald Trump. More than anything else, the journalist says she’s surprised that the GOP front runner “seems just like just another guy from Queens.” An engaging reporter with an active social media presence, the Daily Beast writer says she works…

Legal Scholar and Supreme Court Litigator, Randy Barnett Offers A New Vision of Constitutional Conservatism

The times, they are changing when it comes to Republican perceptions of Constitutional Conservatism. Celebrated scholar and Supreme Court litigator, Randy Barnett joins Federalist Radio to preview his vision of proper, conservative jurisprudence. Barnet rejects the principle of judicial restraint, pointing to Chief Justice John Robert’s ObamaCare decision. Instead, he champions a more active role…

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Katherine Mangu-Ward Reports On The Surprising Merits Of Plastic Bags

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 market…

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Comedian Mark Normand Roasts PC Colleges, Robby Soave Debunks Campus Sexual Assault Hysteria, and Neal Dewing Reveals GOP Superheroes

The hilarious Mark Normand of Last Comic Standing joins Federalist Radio. The funnyman tells Ben that today comedy has never been better and prudish political correctness has never been worse. Always funny and often politically edgy Normand says his college agent fired him. Turns out, “college used to be counter culture,” he says, “but now…

Lachlan Markay Reports On the Green Movement and Olympian Henry Cejudo On His American Dream

The White House has shifted its climate strategy to push controversial new regulation on the states. Lachlan Markay of the Washington Free Beacon joins the Federalist Radio Hour to report. According to Markay, since 2013 the White House has been partnering with several Democratic governors and donors to build a strategy preemptively “selling regulation politically…

Stan Veuger, Stephanie Stradley, Andy Behrens, and Sally Jenkins on the Deflategate Controversy

As Patriot’s Quarterback Tom Brady and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell square off in court, Ben hosts an all-star cast to discuss the Deflategate controversy. AEI economist, Stan Veuger deflates the erroneous and infamous Wells Report fueling the prosecution. After examining all evidence, he has concluded that there’s “no direct evidence that the Patriot’s balls were…