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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.

Let’s Talk About ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ With Alexandra Petri

After seeing “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Alexandra Petri and Ben Domenech discuss their questions on and initial reactions to the movie, the characters, and what this movie means for future Star Wars films. Spoilers included!  Tony Gilroy was a writer brought in to work on Rogue One once it was in post-production. “There…

A Guide to Champagne, Wine Regions, and Tastings for Enthusiasts and Amateurs

David White is a wine writer and author of “But First, Champagne: A Modern Guide To The World’s Favorite Wine.” On the Federalist Radio Hour, White discusses the history of Champagne, wine policy, wine fraud, and how amateur wine enthusiasts can learn to order something they will enjoy. Champagne, France is the northern most serious…

Christmas Party Tips and How The Left Still Lacks Post-Election Introspection

Chris Bedford, editor in chief of The Daily Caller News Foundation, shares tips for how to throw a holiday party, as well as his thoughts on the current state of political media, all on today’s Federalist Radio Hour. “These reporters and journalists have no concept of what freedom of expression is and what the first…

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Does Innovation Eliminate Jobs? Technology in Economics and Aviation

Eli Dourado, director of the technology policy program at the Mercatus Center, joins Ben Domenech to determine whether innovation and technology are really job killers or not. They also discuss how technology effects trade, the sharing economy, and the future of aviation. The U.S. is at an all-time high for manufacturing, that many who have…

The Best of Bad Christmas Movies and Trump’s Twitter Foreign Policy

Kristen Soltis Anderson, columnist at The Washington Examiner and co-host of “The Pollsters” podcast, joins Mary Katharine Ham on this holiday episode of The Federalist Radio Hour. They discuss Christmas traditions, bad Hallmark movies, and how Trump’s tweets impact U.S. foreign relations. Is the Christmas tradition of forcing your crying children to sit in Santa’s…

Why Is Everyone Talking About ‘Fake News’ and Does It Matter?

T. Becket Adams, commentary writer at the Washington Examiner, explains this trending conversation on “fake news” on the Federalist Radio Hour with Ben Domenech. They also discuss what journalists and newsrooms can do to improve their reporting, as opposed to doubling down on the approaches they had been using prior to the election. A lot…

NYT Writer Robert Draper Says Media Should Do More Reporting, Less Hot Takes

Robert Draper, author and writer for New York Times Magazine and National Geographic, joins Ben in studio to discuss narrative journalism, how to report in the era of “fake news,” and the concept of a free press in the US compared to other countries. Most of the media continues to fall in the trap of…

Amber Smith Shares Her Journey as a Combat Helicopter Pilot in the Middle East

Amber Smith joins Federalist Radio to share stories from her time as a combat helicopter pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan, and discuss her new book “Danger Close.” Smith also speaks to concerns of veterans, national security, and the future of the military under the new administration. Smith described the experience and the intensity of flying a Kiowa…

Anthony Fisher on Film-making, Comedy, and 2016 as Entertainment

Anthony Fisher is a film writer, director and associate editor at Reason magazine. Fisher joined Ben Domenech on The Federalist Radio Hour to discuss comedy, film-making, the creative process, and his new movie “Sidewalk Traffic.” They also speculate how 2016, the campaigns, and the election are going to be portrayed movies and TV shows to…

Wall Street, Tax Policy, and Financial Regulations Under the Trump Administration

Jeremy Senderowicz, a New York attorney, joins Ben Domenech in studio to discuss what financial regulation, the SEC, and Wall Street will look like under the Trump administration. From Dodd-Frank to Fannie Mae, there are many financial areas that the new administration could have an enormous impact. Reform conservatives are concerned about Trump’s protectionist policies…