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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.

Bill James on The Cubs, Analytics, Crime, and JonBenét Ramsey

Bill James is a baseball writer, historian, author, and statistician. He joins Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the Cub’s World Series victory, the role of analytics in sports, and our obsession with popular crime. James also answers audience questions about this year’s baseball season. “The war on analytics is over and we did win,” James…

Can Men And Women Be Just Friends? Plus, CNN’s War With Trump

Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi discuss this week’s news and the latest outrages on today’s Federalist Radio. They cover Susan Rice’s unmasking, White House leaks, CNN’s war with Trump, the controversial Pepsi commercial, and whether men and women can be just friends. Newsrooms have twisted themselves in knots in their attempts to connect Trump to…

Syria, Political Islam, and Why Egyptians Like Trump

Shadi Hamid, senior fellow at Brookings Institute Center for Middle East Policy, joins Federalist Radio to discuss the political climate in Syria, why Egypt is Trump country, and U.S. relations with Islamists. “Obviously some of this is just rhetoric and we are going to have to wait and see what Trump actually does, but I…

Here’s the Latest on Republican Efforts to Overhaul Obamacare

Chatter continues on Capitol Hill about making another attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare. Avik Roy, president of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, explains the health care positions of GOP leadership, the moderates, and the Freedom Caucus. “Try to fix it in the House before you send it to the Senate,” Roy said.…

Unpacking ‘Unmasking’, Susan Rice, and Intelligence Reports

Todd Shepherd, investigative reporter at The Washington Examiner, joins the Federalist Radio Hour to untangle this growing story involving Rep. Devin Nunes, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and the “unmasking” of members of the Trump transition team. “This was information that did not have anything to do with a particular security concern, or something related to…

What the Writings of H.L. Mencken Can Tell Us About Religion and Politics Today

H.L. Mencken was a writer, cultural critic, and famous American agnostic. The new biography, “Damning Words: The Life and Religious Times of H.L. Mencken,” by author D.G. Hart shows how Christianity actually framed Mencken’s ideas and shaped his career. Hart is a professor of history at Hillsdale College, and he joins Federalist Radio to discuss what…

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…