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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.

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…

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Charles Murray Says the Original American Project Is Dead

“The American project, as originally defined, is dead,” says Dr. Charles Murray. The WH Brady Scholar of the American Enterprise Institute and accomplished author joins Ben on today’s episode to discuss his new book,By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission. Murray believes that an emasculated limited government has allowed the modern regulatory state to run amok,…

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James Antle, Amy Otto, and Betsy Woodruff Breakdown the Second GOP Debate

On today’s episode of Federalist Radio, Ben offers post debate analysis with James Antle, Politics Editor of The Washington Examiner. Together, they score round two of the GOP primary contest. Senior Federalist contributor, Amy Otto, reports on what she saw firsthand from the spin room at the Reagan Library. Among the press, Trump generated the…

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Matt Lewis and Kevin Madden Preview the Second GOP Primary Debate

Again, it’s debate night in America and the Republican primary field has gathered together at the California Reagan Presidential Library. Although it’s early in the race, Matt Lewis says it’s already “make or break time” for many of the candidates. Looking at what he considers the primary playoffs to a future general election World Series,…

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Nile Gardiner and Anne Applebaum on the European Refugee Crisis

Nile Gardiner joins Federalist Radio as thousands of refugees continue to pour over European borders. The scholar sorts through the refugee crisis to explain what it means for the future of the European Union and the World. Gardiner says that the “collapse of the European Union has been in cards for a long time,” and…

Ronald Bailey Debunks Decades of Environmental Doomsday Theories

Ronald Bailey isn’t surprised by those who regularly renew warnings of environmental Armageddon. The award winning author and Reason journalist says there’s a simple reason for so much gloom: “doom sells.” From Peak Oil to the Population Bomb, Bailey goes through a veritable anthology of debunked environmental doomsday prophecies on today’s episode of Federalist Radio.…