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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.






The Rise Of Young Radicals And Millennial Activists With Robby Soave

Robby Soave, editor at Reason, is the author the new book, "Panic Attack: Young Radicals in the Age of Trump." Soave investigates the recent rise of millennial activism, on both the left and right, and the suppression of free speech on college campuses. Soave and Domenech also discuss the challenges to ideological and libertarian positions in the Trump era.


The Intersection Of Twitter, Polarization, And Our Vanishing Institutions

Jonathan Rauch and Ben Domenech discuss practical ways to decrease online outrage, increase civility despite the political divide, and restore the disappearing institutions that previously bonded American communities. Rauch is an author, a Brookings senior fellow, and contributing editor at The Atlantic.


What You Need To Know About Single-Payer Health Care

Chris Jacobs, senior contributor at The Federalist and health care policy expert, joins Ben Domenech to discuss the aftermath of Obamacare, 2020 Democratic plans for Medicare for All, and why the costs of healthcare continue to rise. Jacob's new book is, "The Case Against Single Payer: How ‘Medicare for All’ Will Wreck America’s Health Care System."


The Shifting Of World Powers And Foreign Policy Realism

Sumantra Maitra, a doctoral researcher at the University of Nottingham, UK, and a senior contributor to The Federalist, joins Ben Domenech to discuss realism in foreign relations, China as a threat, and political correctness in Great Britain.


Hemingway And Severino: A Behind-The-Scenes Look At Justice Kavanaugh's Confirmation

Senior Editor David Harsanyi interviews Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino, co-authors of the new book, "Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court." The authors share stories they uncovered after conducting over 100 interviews with Senators, Justices, The President, and others involved in the historic confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh last year. They discuss how false accusations have damaged the #MeToo movement and women with real allegations...


Economist Michael Boskin On Tariffs, Immigration, And Social Security

Michael J. Boskin is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a Professor of Economics at Stanford. Domenech and Boskin discuss Trump's trade war with China, global economic and immigration trends in Europe, and the economics behind popular 2020 platforms like the Green New Deal and Medicare For All.


How Government Is Killing International Adoption

Overregulation of international adoption is driving the industry into extinction. Jayme Metzgar, senior contributor at The Federalist and founder of the adoption non-profit Romania Reborn, joins Ben Domenech to discuss major issues with the State Department's adoption policies and the failure to advocate for adoption overseas.


Where The Democratic Candidates Stand After First Round Of Debates

Jeremy Peters, politics reporter at The New York Times, joins Ben Domenech to break down how the Democratic candidates are faring after the first round of debates. Will Kamala Harris be pegged as a progressive socialist or establishment candidate? Does Mayor Pete have a problem with African-American voters? How can someone as outgoing as Beto be so boring?


The 'New Right' And Their Hatred For Progressive Leftists With Michael Malice

Michael Malice is a political commenter and author of the book, "The New Right: A Journey to the Fringe of American Politics." Malice defines the "New Right" as a group of people who don't have anything in common except for who they hate, describing the populists, nationalists, techno-anarchists, and internet trolls. Malice and Domenech discuss Biden's baggage with race issues, what conservatives get wrong about language and political correctness wrong, what the Left gets wrong about the...


Dan Abrams: Law And Crime In The Age Of Mass Media

Dan Abrams is the chief legal affairs anchor for ABC News and host of Live PD. Domenech and Abrams discuss how Americans learn more about our justice system from media coverage of legal cases than coverage of politics. They also discuss the future of cable news, our obsession with popular crime, and Abrams' new book, "Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense: The Courtroom Battle to Save His Legacy."


How Senator Josh Hawley Is Taking On Silicon Valley Giants

Senator Josh Hawley is calling for regulation to keep big social media and tech companies from censoring conservative content. Ben Domenech and Hawley discuss his proposed legislation, free speech, Section 230, neoconservatives and more.


Trends In Crime, Policing, And Where The 2020 Candidates Stand On Criminal Justice Reform

Rafael Mangual is a fellow and deputy director of legal policy at the Manhattan Institute, and he joins the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss criminal justice reform, broken window policing, and 2020 democratic platforms on crime. Mangual makes the case that VP Joe Biden should be proud of his role in shaping the 1994 crime bill, and that perhaps Sen. Kamala Harris harsh record as a prosecutor comes from the things her constituency wanted enforced.


Lessons Learned On The Iraq War, Gay Marriage Debate, And Evangelical Voters

Peter Wehner is a Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, and veteran of three Republican administrations. He joins Ben Domenech for a discussion on his new book, "The Death of Politics: How to Heal Our Frayed Republic After Trump." They discuss the lessons conservatives have learned from issues like the Iraq War, stem-cell research, and religious liberty protections (especially during the George W. Bush era). They debate: Are...


Big Tech's Big Problems And A Conversation With The Pinterest Whistleblower

Ben Domenech discusses issues surrounding big technology and social media companies such a public health, privacy, and censorship. Domenech interviews Eric Cochran, the software engineer who was fired from Pinterest for revealing the company's censorship of pro-life and Christian posts on their platform. Is there an alternative solution to Teddy Roosevelt-style regulation of these companies?


Crime Reporters On The Growing Popularity Of The True Crime Genre

Reporters Megan Cloherty and Jack Moore covered the trial of the D.C. Mansion Murders in 2015, when a D.C. power couple, their 10-year-old son and housekeeper were held hostage for 22 hours and murdered inside their burning house. They join Ben Domenech for a discussion on the case's complicated trail of evidence, the growing popularity of the true crime genre, and the personal impact of covering gruesome crime stories. Their new podcast is called, "22 Hours: An American Nightmare."


The Ethical And Moral Arguments Against 'Throwaway Culture'

Charles Camosy is a pro-life Democrat and professor of Christian Ethics at Fordham University. He believes applying a consistent life ethic to our biggest the political, legal, and moral issues can cut across polarization. Domenech and Camosy discuss abortion, euthanasia, and America's death culture.


Ann Coulter Talks Immigration, Impeachment, And Future Elections

Writer and best-selling author Ann Coulter joins Ben Domenech for a discussion on Trump's immigration failures, the Democrats' plan for impeachment, 2020 candidates, and how voter demographics are rapidly changing. Coulter questions whether Trump can win running on the same campaign promises he made in 2016, and whether the U.S. could really have a president with the name Pete.


George Will Defends Conservatism, History, And Civil Liberties

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George Will joins Ben Domenech to discuss his new book, "The Conservative Sensibility." They discuss how the role of government, the intellectual differences of the American founders, and how progressivism was advanced by figures like Woodrow Wilson.


Hemingway And Harsanyi: Big Tech, Censorship, And Impeachment

Senior Editors Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi debate the power that tech companies have and how they've been inserted in the war on free speech. They dive into the most recent attempts to pursue impeaching the President, William Barr's revealing interview, and all things Russia-gate.


Congressman Chip Roy On The Border, Healthcare, And How To Fix Congress

Congressman Chip Roy is a freshman representative from Texas, who joins Ben in studio for a conversation on the swampiness of D.C. and how to fix the system. They hit issues like the crisis at the border, the disaster relief bill, spending, and healthcare.