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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.

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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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.






Hemingway And Harsanyi: Khashoggi, Treasury Leaks, And 'The Good Place'

Senior Editors Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi discuss two big stories this week: the US Treasury employee arrested for leaking classified information, and the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. They also debate their TV consumption, currently "Man in the High Castle" and "The Good Place."


The Horrifying Story Of America's Opioid Crisis And The Mexican Cartels Behind It

Investigative Reporter Sara Carter traveled the country to document the heroin and opioid crisis, to find out where the drugs are coming from, and to find a way to help the kids, teenagers, and adults who are dying everyday. The new documentary, "Not In Vein," exposes how this crisis and our southern border are a national security threat, and why the Mexican cartels behind it should be considered terrorists.


White House Correspondent Major Garrett Documents Wild First Year Of Trump Presidency

Major Garrett has covered Congress and four different presidencies for three news outlets. He is now Chief White House Correspondent at CBS and author of the book, "Mr. Trump's Wild Ride: The Thrills, Chills, Screams, and Occasional Blackouts of an Extraordinary Presidency." Garett shares his experiences covering politics, how television and print media have changed, and his own account of the first year of the Trump presidency.


Playboy Writer Talks Gender Roles, Relationships, And Feminism

Bridget Phetasy writes on sex and dating for Playboy, Mel Magazine, and does stand up comedy in L.A. She joins Ben in studio to discuss gender roles, modern dating, what men and women should know about the opposite sex, and how Playboy can save itself. "I always say to women: If you think all men are murdering rapists at their core, then we wouldn't have made it this far. There have to have been men that are more interested in protecting women and children than killing women or we literally...


How Journalists Messed Up Big Time In Covering The Kavanaugh Confirmation

Becket Adams, commentary writer and media critic at The Washington Examiner, joins Ben in studio to discuss the media coverage of the Kavanaugh hearings, the biggest journalistic failings of the last few weeks, and how the MeToo movement is impacted by reporting like Ronan Farrow's. Stick around for the third segment where they go down a Westworld/Star Wars rabbit hole.


What To Watch? The Latest From Netflix, Indie Film Studios, And Superheroes

Ellie Bufkin and Ben Domenech give a run down of all the new movies, television and entertainment out for consumption. Bufkin is a senior contributor at The Federalist, a co-host of the podcast "Flix It," and a film critic. They discuss Bradley Cooper's "A Star is Born", what Netflix is investing in and why, and whether we are at the end of good super hero movies.


"Women For Kavanaugh" Leader Describes Chaos, Media, And Agony For Women

Penny Young Nance is the CEO and President of Concerned Women for America and the leader of the "Women For Kavanaugh" campaign. Nance describes the behind the scenes of the last three months--from her conversations with the White House before they even selected Kavanaugh, to the intense waiting in the Senate Gallery for the cloture vote. She also shares her own story of sexual assault, and how the media exploits the deeply hurt women and victims of assault.


Andrew McCarthy Says Mueller's Russia Investigation Is Winding Down

Andrew McCarthy, contributing editor of National Review and Fox News contributor, joins Ben Domenech to discuss Kavanaugh, the status of the Mueller investigation, and FBI FISA abuse. McCarthy shares his perspective into the Russian investigations and the excuses made by Comey and the DOJ as a former federal prosecutor.


Are Political And Media Institutions Broken Beyond Repair?

Jamie Weinstein, host of The Jamie Weinstein Show at National Review, joins Ben Domenech in studio for a conversation on media bias, the consumption of news, and why judicial nominations are broken.


America's History With The Gun: Innovation, Power, And Freedom

David Harsanyi joins Ben Domenech to discuss his new book, "First Freedom: A Ride Through America's Enduring History with the Gun." Harsanyi explains how firearms have helped create and preserve American institutions for over two centuries. Stick around for the third segment where they also talk Kavanaugh, politics, and the golden age of television.


Rethinking Prisons, Police, And Overcriminalization

Vikrant Reddy, who focuses on state and federal corrections policy, joins Ben Domenech to discuss how states have simultaneously reduced crime and the number of people in their prisons. They also talk police training, drug laws, and civil asset forfeiture. Reddy is the Criminal Justice Reform Senior Research Fellow at the Charles Koch Institute.


A Detailed, Nonpartisan Look At The Story-book Life Of Ronald Reagan

Bob Spitz is the biographer of The Beatles, Julia Child, Bob Dylan, and now President Ronald Reagan, in his new non-partisan biography, "Reagan: An American Journey." Spitz and Domenech discuss the extraordinary interviews he got with people close to Reagan over the course of his story-book life. They cover Reagan's drive, his time in Hollywood and California politics, and the rich details of his life.


Why Women Are Angry After Last Week's Kavanaugh Hearings

Ben Domenech and Inez Stepman, who protested at the Kavanaugh hearings on Thursday in support of due process for Brett Kavanaugh, discuss their impressions of last week's testimonies and the anger of Republican women. Stepman is a senior contributor at The Federalist and senior policy analyst at Independent Women's Forum.


Swedish Economist Explains The Truth About Swedish 'Socialism'

Johan Norberg is a Swedish filmmaker, Cato Senior Fellow, and host of the new documentary, “Sweden: Lessons for American?” Norberg debunks the myths and misconceptions about the supposedly “socialist” country of Sweden. They discuss what lessons America can learn from Sweden’s economy, education system, and more.


Steve Hilton Believes The Populist Revolution Is Good For America

Steve Hilton is a former senior policy advisor in the UK and host of "The Next Revolution" on Fox News. After experiencing Brexit and 2016, Hilton is advocating for ways to channel populism into positive and practical solutions. His new book is, "Positive Populism: Revolutionary Ideas to Rebuild Economic Security, Family, and Community in America." Stick around for the third segment of the show on how Hilton lives life without a cell phone.


New Accusations Against Kavanaugh Fuel The Political Circus

Julie Kelly is a writer at The Federalist and American Greatness. Kelly and Bre Payton discuss the latest accusations against Brett Kavanaugh, the hearing scheduled for Thursday, and the resulting media frenzy. Kelly also breaks down the surveillance and deep state controversies around Carter Page and the FISA Courts.


How Do Religious Trump Voters View Immigrants, Minorities, And Class?

Emily Ekins, director of polling at the Cato Institute, shares new data on religious vs. secular Trump voters, and what her data says about areas where politics and religion have become intertwined. The media narrative portrays religious conservatives as backwards or villainous, but what does the polling tell us about what practicing Christians, Jews, and Muslims actually believe?


Open Borders Are Bad For Everyone, Reihan Salam Argues

Are we headed for a tribal fracture to the degree of another civil war? Are borders and enforced immigration laws racist? Reihan Salam discusses the complicated discourse around immigration, and why uncontrolled immigration is bad for everyone. His new book is, "Melting Pot or Civil War?: A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders." He is the executive editor of National Review. "Our politics right now feels like the Four Loko-ization of ideas, rather than actually taking ideas...


Are Big Tech Monopolists A Threat To Our Humanity?

Franklin Foer is a writer at the Atlantic, formerly editor at The New Republic, and author of the new book, "World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech." Foer and Domenech discuss big tech monopolies, what happens when Silicon Valley meets journalism, and the new world of misinformation.


The Cultural Clash Around #MeToo, Comedy, And Kavanaugh

Emily Jashinsky is culture editor at the Federalist. She joins Ben Domenech in studio to discuss the cultural surge around #MeToo, and it's manifestation into politics, comedy, and this moment in American history. They discuss the backlash to Norm MacDonald's new show, Louis C.K., the comparisons of Anita Hill to the Kavauangh hearings, and the direction of comedy.