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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.


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.

The Danger of Civil Asset Forfeiture

A Florida man entered the airport with $11,000 dollars and a ticket home, but after a confrontation with the police, he left without his life savings. Today on the Federalist Radio Hour, the Daily Signal’s Melissa Quinn explains how civil asset forfeiture laws allow the state to treat innocent citizens like criminals. Later in the program,…

Holy Encyclicals And Vicious Debates

The Federalist Radio Hour gets an insider’s look on some of Congress’ hottest summer issues. Coalitions Director for the Republican Study Committee, Rachel Kopec joins Ben to dissect the debate on the Export-Import Bank, the Highway Transportation Bill, and the Affordable Care Act. “If conservatives can’t address corporate welfare,” the senior staffer asks “how can we…

Ann Coulter Says Adios America On Federalist Radio Hour

Ann Coulter joins Ben in-studio on this edition of The Federalist Radio Hour. The two sparred over Coulter’s suggested approach to immigration reform. Advertising her new book, Adios America!, Coulter offered a pointed critique of what she considers cyclical Republican foolishness, and also gave her take on the contemporary field of GOP presidential hopefuls.

The TPA, Paul Ryan, and King v. Burwell

Representative Paul Ryan joins Ben to discuss the Transportation Promotion Authority on today’s edition of The Federalist Radio. More concerned with policy than politics, Ryan argues that he’ll push any program that cuts taxes, promotes growth, and opens market–regardless of who supports it. Dubbed “the man who could bring down ObamaCare,” Cato’s Michael Cannon also…

David Azerrad, Adam Bellow

Ben speaks with David Azerrad, Director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center For Principles and Politics at The Heritage Foundation. On the 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta, the two discuss that document’s enduring contribution to Western Civilization, before embarking on an exploration of the competing and conflicting visions of America today. Later Adam Bellow,…

Mollie Hemingway, John Davidson, Rich Cromwell

On a special edition of the Federalist Radio Hour, Mollie Hemingway sits in for Ben Domenech to discuss race, sex, and gender. In studio, John Davidson of the Texas Public Policy Foundation joined Mollie in a conversation about Rachel Dolezal, the controversial NAACP leader. Later, the Texas policy expert explained the competing Liberal and Conservative visions…

Judith Curry, Anthony Watts, John Siciliano

Robert Tracinski sits in for Ben to host a robust discussion about climate change with prominent scholars and a leading DC journalist. Judith Curry, former chair of Atmospheric Science at Georgia Institute of Technology, looks behind the rhetoric of the global warming pause. John Siciliano of the Washington Examiner previews the EPA’s upcoming and hard…

Robby Soave, Jonathan V. Last

Ben speaks with Robby Soave, staff-editor of, today on The Federalist Radio Hour. The two talk about speech codes on campus, the unfortunate plight of Detroit city, and police brutality in McKinney, Texas. Later in the program, Jonathan V. West, a senior writer at the Weekly Standard, describes the golden movie moment of the…

Erick Erickson

Ben speaks with Erick Erickson, editor-in-chief of Red State, on this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour. The two discussed 2016, the old Iowa Straw Poll, and the new Red State Gathering. Domenech also got a sense of the man behind the microphone asking Erickson about how his faith influences his politics.

Dave Weigel, Francis Cianfrocca

Ben speaks with Dave Weigel, the roving reporter for Bloomberg Politics, about the 2016 presidential primaries, transgender politics, and the journalist’s upcoming book about progressive rock. Later in the program, Francis Cianfrocca, CEO of Bayshore Networks, explain what the breech of Federal Government data means for US-China relations and you.