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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.

Jonathan Martin On 2016 and Governor Jim Gilmore On His Bid For The White House

Should the Vice President stay and run for the presidency, or he should go? That’s the trending topic of discussion that Ben takes up with Jonathan Martin of The New York Times. With a finger to the pulse of both party’s primaries, Martin explains that the “conventional wisdom has been upended this year.” As Donald…

Cathy Reisenwitz Calls For A New Era of ‘Sexual Honesty’

Thanks to technology, the dating scene is a brave new world. Now Cathy Reisenwitz, editor of Sex and the State, calls for an end to “radical sexual purity” and the beginning of an era of “radical sexual honesty.” On Federalist Radio, Reisenwitz argues that, in response to market forces, new hookup technologies like Tinder have…

The 100th Episode of the Federalist Radio Hour Featuring John Dickerson, Ted Cruz, and George Will

Today, The Federalist Radio Hour records its 100th episode. In celebration, Ben takes a look back through the archives to share some of the program’s best on-air moments. A daily symposium of common sense, Federalist Radio regularly features prominent journalists, influential policymakers, and Pulitzer Prize winning authors. This centennial edition of the show features some…

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Governor Luis Fortuńo and Cate Long on the Future of Puerto Rico

The stormy debt crisis crashing around the paradise of Puerto Rico perfectly illustrates the consequences of that territory’s systemic fiscal irresponsibility according to Luis Fortuńo. The former Governor of Puerto Rico explains that “bottom line, you can never tax yourself out of a hole.” On Federalist Radio, the retired pro-growth executive explains how the territory…

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John Schindler on Hillary Clinton’s Email Controversy And David Daleiden on the Latest Planned Parenthood Videos

“Hillary Clinton has had plenty of problems,” John Schindler says, but “stupidity has never been one of them.” A retired NSA counterintelligence officer and accomplished author, Schindler analyzes the growing email scandal that continues to plague the former Secretary of State. On Federalist Radio, Schindler explains how Clinton’s team decided to “consciously violate very fundamental…

Mark Krikorian On Limiting Legal And Illegal Immigration

More than theatrics, Donald Trump’s first policy paper on immigration actually furthers the discussion of the issue according to Mark Krikorian. The Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies believes that Trump has elevated the immigration debate by barring other presidential hopefuls from offering vague platitudes in place of policy solutions. From opposed perspectives,…

Arthur Milikh on the Left’s Intellectual Confusion and Kelsey Harkness on Women’s Healthcare After Planned Parenthood

Several Democratic State Parties have opted to strike the names of Presidents Jefferson and Jackson from their fundraising dinners. More than a politically correct public relations move, the decision “reveals the Left’s intellectual confusion,” according to Arthur Milikh.  The assistant director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center at the Heritage Foundation, Milikh argues that the decision…

Noah Rothman and Tom Nichols Explain Donald Trump

Donald Trump continues to lead in the polls and surge ahead of the Republican primary pack. Many wonder why though. Today on the Federalist Radio Hour, Ben speaks with Noah Rothman and Tom Nichols to figure out the phenomenon. The assistant online editor at Commentary magazine, Rothman says that Trump’s a product of the news…

Kristen Soltis Anderson and Margie Omero On the Polls that Tell the 2016 Story

Determining who’s up and who’s down in the race for President of the United States is a job reserved for pollsters. Two veteran analysts, Kristin Soltis Anderson and Margie Omero join the Federalist Radio Hour to demystify the numbers driving opinion polls.  The bipartisan polling duo behind The Pollsters podcast, Anderson and Omero break down the…

Anita Kumar on Hillary Clinton’s Top Secret Emails and Sean Trende on Donald Trump

According to the State Department’s inspector general, Hillary Clinton had two emails marked “top secret” on her unsecured personal email account. Anita Kumar, the White House Correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, joins the Federalist Radio Hour to sort through the weeds of the story and explain its significance. Kumar reports that questions about these emails have…