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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.






How To Live A Focused Life In A World Of Buzzing Technology

Is there a way to embrace technology without letting it control our daily lives? Cal Newport's philosophy of "digital minimalism" teaches how to live a focused life in an increasingly noisy world. Newport is a professor at Georgetown and the author of the new book, "Digital Minimalism."


New Zealand, Brexit, And Progressive Demand For Centralization

Brendan O'Neill is the editor of spiked, the online magazine that wants to make history as well as report it. He joins Ben Domenech on today's show to discuss the mass shooting in New Zealand and the rush to examine the attack's political framework. They also discuss Brexit, the evolution of the U.K.'s political parties, and progressive movement's struggle to accomplish big promises.


The Migrant Crisis On The Border Is A 'Money-Making Machine'

Federalist Senior Correspondent John Daniel Davidson interviews investigative journalist Jay Root on his new documentary "Border Hustle," in which TIME and The Texas Tribune collaborated to track the family separation crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border. They dig into the billion-dollar smuggling industry and why the border has dominated the political conversation around immigration.


Senator Joni Ernst On Women In Combat, Iowa, And Paid Family Leave

Senator Joni Ernst joins Ben Domenech in studio to discuss women in the military, government waste, and her new paid parental leave proposal. They also discuss the highly political Iowa and the 2020 Democratic candidates that are swinging through her state.


David Frum Makes The Case For Restricting Immigration

David Frum, writer at The Atlantic, joins Ben Domenech for a discussion on how immigration impacts the economy, birthrates, and future citizens. They also discuss the college admission fraud scandal and 2020 contenders. Frum's cover story for The Atlantic this month is, "If Liberals Won’t Enforce Borders, Fascists Will"


Arthur Brooks On How To Lead Americans Away From Hating Each Other

Arthur Brooks, President of AEI, joins the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss increasing ideological polarization and why Americans have stopped speaking to friends and family over politics. His new book, "Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt" addresses how we can find our way out of this era of tribalism.


Jonathan Swan On The Evolution Of Trump's White House Operations

Jonathan Swan, White House reporter for Axios, discusses the challenges of covering the White House and how it's changed over the course of Trump's tenure. They also discuss the relationship between Trump and Congress, and the Democrats renewed impeachment efforts.


The Most Insane College Courses Radicalizing A Generation Of Students

Emily Jashinsky and YAF's Spencer Brown discuss the craziest courses offered at American universities just this year alone. Subsidized by tax dollars, colleges are creating classes that don't just teach about debated ideologies like intersectionality or “Unsettling Whiteness," but condition students to believe their ideologies are the correct ones to subscribe to without teaching the other side.


Best And Worst Films Of The Last Year With Kyle Smith

Kyle Smith is the critic-at-large for National Review. Ben Domenech and Smith discuss movies, television, the Academy Awards, and how to keep up with the extreme volume of content in today's entertainment industry.


The Crumbling Of Community And Civic Life Is How You Got Trump

Journalist Tim Carney joins Ben Domenech and Emily Jashinsky to discuss why so many people believe, as Donald Trump declared, that "the American Dream is dead." Carney uses both data and personal stories to argue that the increase in economic despair and political strife is related to the decline in institutions and social connectedness. His new book is, "Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse."


This Year's Oscar Films: Critical Acclaim Vs. Audience Popularity

Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday joins Emily Jashinsky for a discussion on this year's best movies and the stories behind the Oscar nominated films--both the ones that won, and those who didn't but deserved to. They discuss A Star Is Born, Death of Stalin, and motivations behind the Academy voters. Most importantly- Did Bradley Cooper lose because he's too attractive?


Bonus Mini Episode: Visiting The Migrant Emergency At The Border

Federalist Correspondent John Daniel Davidson travelled to the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas. On this special report, listen to Davidson's conversations with border patrol agents about why a wall alone cannot fix the emergency at the border. Davidson discusses the broken asylum system, and explains how a wall will not stop determined Central American migrant families, or the cartels who profit from smuggling in the U.S.


Where Did Identity Politics Come From? Where Is It Taking Us?

David Azerrad studies conservatism, progressivism, and identity politics at the Heritage Foundation. He joins Ben Domenech to discuss where he sees the future of identity politics going, and his argument for reestablishing our national identity. They also discuss the echo chamber of wokeness in Hollywood and political trends that will likely hurt the Democratic party.


Former Trump Aide On Writing His West Wing Tell-All

Ben Domenech interviews former special assistant to the President, Cliff Sims, about his tell-all book, "Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House." Sims discusses his path to DC, his relationship with Trump, and what the West Wing thinks about him now after he's written about them publicly.


Maria Butina: Russian Spy Or Perfect Scapegoat?

Newspapers ran to push "Russian Spy" headlines after the U.S. government arrested Maria Butina in 2018. But who is she really, and does the U.S. really have evidence she is an unregistered agent of the Russian Federation? Journalist James Bamford joins the Federalist Radio Hour to share his reporting on Butina and other coverage of the American intelligence community.


John McAfee Has A Plan To Run For President

John McAfee is a businessman, cybersecurity innovator, exile, and potentially the Libertarian Party nominee for 2020. McAfee calls in from Central American to discuss cybersecurity, big government, socialism, and his conflict with the authorities in Belize. Matt Welch, editor at large at Reason, also joins the show to share his thoughts on McAfee and the direction of the Libertarian Party.


Mercenaries, Military Strategy, And The Future Of War

Sean McFate is an 82nd Airborne veteran, former private military contractor, and professor of war studies at the National Defense University. McFate provides a real world perspective on how corporations, mercenaries, and rogue states often have more power than "nation states." His new book, "The New Rules of War: Victory in the Age of Durable Disorder," explores the future of military engagement and what we must know if we want to win.


The NFL's Small Beginnings, And The Art Of The Sports Column

The National Football League was not always the dominating organization that it is today. John Eisenberg is a Baltimore Ravens columnist and author of "The League: How Five Rivals Created the NFL and Launched a Sports Empire." They discuss the history of the NFL through its tumultuous early decades, where it's going now, and how sports journalism has changed.


Notable Moments From This Year's Grammys And Award Show Circuit

Here's the good and the bad from Sunday night's Grammys award show, and what to expect from the upcoming Oscars in a few weeks. Federalist writers Ellie Bufkin, Emily Jashinsky, and Madeline Osburn discuss the best performances, the anticipated politics, and the unfolding celebrity drama of award season.


The Green New Deal, Virginia Democrats, And Decline Of Davos

James Hohmann, national political reporter at the Washington Post, joins Ben to discuss a heavy news week including Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal, the future of the Democratic Party in Virginia, and the billionaires at Davos.