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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.

Mary Katharine Ham Talks April Fool’s, Mule Day, and KonMari Method

Mary Katharine Ham prepares for this year’s April Fool’s Day with guest Emily Miller, journalist and author. They discuss some of the best pranks of past April Fool’s Days, the traditional Mule Day festival, sad country songs, and give an update on their KonMari method lifestyle. “It’s amazing to me how many of the famous…

Randy Barnett on Gorsuch Hearings, Twitter Outrages, and the Best New TV Shows

Randy Barnett, Georgetown Law professor, joins Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the politics and process of confirming Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. He also speaks to legal philosophy, the outrage over the rules of Mike Pence’s marriage, and the best television shows in a new age of entertainment. Barnett explains the relevance of the…

Ben Jacobs Covers Stories on AHCA, Devin Nunes, and Brexit

Ben Jacobs is a political reporter for The Guardian and he joins Ben Domenech in studio to discuss the continued fall out from last week’s health care bill, this week’s stories surrounding the House Intelligence Committee, and an update on Brexit. Mitch McConnell and the Senate took the back seat to the first attempt at…

Chris Scalia on His Father, Family, Literature, and Issues in Academia

Christopher Scalia, the son of Justice Antonin Scalia, is also a writer and former professor. He joins the Federalist Radio Hour to share stories of his father, to discuss growing issues in academia, and to think about literature that can help us understand the world we live in. Scalia tells stories from his childhood and…

McKay Coppins on Paul Ryan, White House Media Coverage, and Tucker Carlson

McKay Coppins, staff writer at The Atlantic and author of “The Wilderness,” joins Federalist Radio to discuss the healthcare fail by Paul Ryan. Coppins also shares about his interactions with Donald Trump and his profile of Fox News host Tucker Carlson. “You can make just as much of a case against House leadership,” he said.…

Tom Nichols on The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge

Tom Nichols is a professor at the Naval War College, Jeopardy champion, and author of the new book, “The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters.” Nichols joins Ben Domenech on Federalist Radio to discuss how increasing access to technology, information, and education has lead to a rejection of experts…

Vanishing Neighbors, Losing Community, and the Importance of Grit

Marc Dunkelman is the author of “The Vanishing Neighbor: The Transformation of American Community,” and he joins Federalist Radio to discuss an epochal shift in our social landscapes and daily interactions that have always been essential in civil discourse and compromise. Dunkelman discusses how both technology and disappearing institutions have changed the type of people…

Shane Harris on Wikileaks, Hacking, and FBI Investigating Trump-Russia Links

Shane Harris, senior writer on national security at the Wall Street Journal, joins the Federalist Radio to discuss James Comey’s hearing this week, current FBI investigations, CIA hacking operations, and other Wikileaks stories. “Reporting on this story is like feeling your way around in a dark room,” Harris said. “The sense that I have gotten…

A Scientific Narrative of Memory, Amnesia, and the Human Brain

Science journalist Michael Lemonick tells the story of Lonnie Sue Johnson, a woman whose unique memory loss has led to groundbreaking studies in neuroscience, learning, and memory. Lemonick is the opinion editor at the Scientific American and his new book is “The Perpetual Now: A Story of Amnesia, Memory, and Love.” After an infection burned…

Lessons Learned on Faith in Politics in the Obama White House

Senior editor Mollie Hemingway interviews Michael Wear, a former White House staffer serving the President Obama’s faith-based initiatives and evangelical outreach. Wear is the author of “Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House About the Future of Faith in America.” Wear recounts how Obama’s faith messaging and invitations to people of faith was…