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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.

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.

Avik Roy

Today on the Federalist Radio Hour, Ben speaks with Avik Roy, the senior advisor to Governor Rick Perry’s presidential campaign. The two discussed the mistakes Republican candidates have committed in past elections, and how a nominee can better move toward the White House in 2016.

Mary Katharine Ham, Guy Benson

On The Federalist Radio Hour, Mary Katharine Ham, Editor-At-Large of Hot Air, and Guy Benson, Political Editor at Town Hall, joined Ben in studio to discuss their upcoming book, End of Discussion. The trio discussed how “liberal Neo-Puritanism” shuts down dialogue in higher education and elsewhere, as well as the seemingly tenuous relationship between gay marriage and…

Jonathan Martin

Ben speaks with Jonathan Martin, the national political correspondent at The New York Times. The two discuss both the Republican and Democratic prospects for 2016, and the new challenges of reporting a presidential general election.

Robert Tracinski, Denise McAllister

Ben talks with Robert Tracinski, a senior writer at the Federalist, about the fallacy of Paul Ehrlich’s Population Bomb. Later in the broadcast, D.C. McAllister explains the controversy brewing in South Carolina over the religious rights of magistrates caught in the middle of the same-sex marriage debate.