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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.






Debating Health Care, Tax Reform, UBI And Other Economic Issues With Annie Lowrey

Annie Lowrey is a staff writer and contributing editor at the Atlantic who covers economic policy. Lowrey and Domenech debate and discuss a host of economic ideas including universal basic income, work programs, tax increases, and health care. "I feel like the UBI conversation suffers from too much specificity and too little specificity," Lowrey said. "When you poll people about UBI usually they're in support of having a floor under which nobody can fall, but then when you ask about raising...

Duration: 00:57:54

Campus Free Speech, Hollywood's Politicization, And Jimmy Kimmel On Health Care

Emily Jashinsky is a commentary writer at the Washington Examiner. She joins Ben Domenech on the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the new, frightening polling on students and free speech, and the extreme politicalization of the entertainment industry. "I would hope that people don't really care enough about celebrities to be outraged by their silly opinions, but at the same time... what grates on conservatives and what grates on average Americans is how [celebrities] get a free pass for...

Duration: 00:52:47

Christopher Kimball Leads Home Cooks Into A New Age Of Home Cooking

Christopher Kimball is the founder of "Christopher Kimball's Milk Street," which encompasses a TV show, radio show, cooking school, and a new cookbook, "Milk Street: The New Home Cooking." Kimball joins Ben Domenech to discuss the travels that influenced many of the recipes in this book, which use spices and techniques in ways that are accessible for the home cook. "If you start with big can get to big flavors really quickly," he said. "You don't have to use a lot of...

Duration: 00:51:44

The Crazy Details Of The Alleged Corruption And Trial Of Senator Bob Menendez

Bre Payton, staff writer at The Federalist, is following the ongoing corruption trial of Senator Bob Menendez and his wealthy doctor donor friend. The investigation has uncovered a number of interesting evidence including Medicare fraud, visas for foreign girlfriends, private jets, and trips to Paris. "Maybe you do favors for your friends, but you don't do favors for your friends right after they give you hundreds of thousands of dollars for your reelection campaign and you're intervening...

Duration: 00:55:10

How The Seriously Mentally Ill Have Been Abandoned By Our Mental Health Systems And Serivces

DJ Jaffe is executive director of the think tank, Mental Illness Policy Org, and author of the book, "Insanse Consequences: How the Mental Health Industry Fails the Mentally Ill." Jaffe shares stories of how the government and our mental health system have shunned 10 million adults who are considered seriously mentally ill. "They'll call me up about somebody who is deteriorating. They're walking on eggshells. The family is falling apart. And they're powerless to do anything," Jaffe said....

Duration: 00:50:56

Trump's Immigration Deal, Steve Bannon, Breitbart, And More With Rosie Gray

Rosie Gray, White House correspondent for The Atlantic, discusses the latest stories surrounding the President on this episode of Federalist Radio. They talk Trump's deals with Democrats, Steve Bannon's departure, Breitbart, and the role of Twitter in newsrooms. "It's still very unclear what the wall is and what it would look like," Gray said. "This is another point at which it's going to test Trump's base supporters...if they're not getting anything they were promised, how far do they...

Duration: 00:52:15

How Technology Is Affecting The Children, Teens, And Young Adults Of 'iGen'

Dr. Jean Twenge is a psychologist and author of the book, "iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--And Completely Unprepared for Adulthood--And What That Means for the Rest of Us." Studies of this generation labeled "iGen" are showing unprecedented levels of anxiety and depression. "There are all these indicators from all these different places suggesting that right around the time, 2011, 2012, when most people had a smart phone, is...

Duration: 00:52:02

Cyber Weapons, Drones, And Berkeley Protestors With John Yoo

John Yoo is a professor at Berkeley Law and co-author of the new book, "Striking Power: How Cyber, Robots, and Space Weapons Change the Rules for War." Yoo and Domenech discuss the ethical, political, and practical implications of technology and artificial intelligence in the military. "There's a lot of political fighting behind it that's used to attack the West and the way we fight war," Yoo said. "The Western countries use technology to reduce civilian casualties, to keep harm to as low...

Duration: 00:51:33

David Fahrentold On Covering Hurricanes, Charities, And Foundations

David Fahrenthold, reporter at the Washington Post, joins the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss his coverage of the recent hurricanes, Donald Trump's charitable giving, and how journalists cover waste, fraud, and abuse. "Whenever [Trump] could, he would have somebody else foot the bill and he would get the credit for the philanthropy," Fahrenthold said. "He did actually give that million dollars to veterans that Lewandowski promised but not until we had pointed out that he hadn't." Later in...

Duration: 00:50:47

Hemingway And Harsanyi Talk Debt Ceilings, Republican Leadership, And TV

Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi recap this week's news, Trump's deal with the Democrats, the dying Russian collusion story, and their latest television obsessions. "Legislatively the story of the Trump administration and its Republican congress has been one of failure," Hemingway said. "He wanted to be able to say he got the funding and the only path that made sense was to work with the Democrats." Harsanyi and Hemingway debate whether conservative ideas are upheld by elected...

Duration: 00:55:11

Everything You Need To Know About DACA And Immigration Reform

Alex Nowrasteh is is an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. On this episode of Federalist Radio, Nowrasteh and Domenech discuss the details of DACA, Trump's changing stances on immigration, and political sides with immigration as a whole. "The practical effect is that most [on DACA] that are probably going to expire are basically going to be given another two years [to renew], and then beginning in March about 1,000 people on DACA a...

Duration: 00:53:25

North Korea, Kim Jong Un, And Military Leaders In the White House

Rebeccah Heinrichs, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, discusses missile defense, North Korea, and the generals on staff at the White House. "You look at the capabilities of the country, and then you also look at their intent or their will to use them," she said. "We saw this very audacious testing of a medium range missile that flew over Japan, so they're willing flying over sovereign air space." Heinrichs explains the misconceptions of Kim Jong Un and how the U.S. can effectively...

Duration: 00:51:57

How Do Reagan, FDR, And Modern Conservatives View The Forgotten Man?

Henry Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, and the author of the new book, "The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism." Olsen's book makes a surprising claim that Reagan was not in opposition to the Neal Deal, but actually shared many of FDR's philsophical positions. "As I looked at contemporary politics, I thought that the conservative movement and the Republican party needed to find what had been missing, that...

Duration: 00:57:26

Robby Soave On Berkeley, Free Speech, And Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Robby Soave, editor at Reason Magazine, joins Mary Katharine Ham in studio to discuss the latest unbelievable stories happening on college campuses and the attacks against free speech at Berkeley. Soave and Ham also debate the approaching onslaught of fall and Pumpkin Spice Lattes. This week student groups were triggered upon seeing a banana peel that someone had throwin in a tree on campus. "It's fascinating to hear the language of the aggrieved students here... it's the language of pain...

Duration: 00:47:15

Jerry Seib On Reporting In Egypt, Media Bias, And Tax Reform

Jerry Seib, executive Washington editor at the Wall Street Journal, shares stories from his years as a journalist in the Middle East and his career at the Journal. They discuss foreign reporting, media bias, tax reform, and other key parts of Trump's platform. Seib describes being detained in Iran and accused of being an Israeli spy. "A car pulled up along side me in the parking lot of my hotel. Two guys with camouflage uniforms on jumped out, grabbed me, threw me in the car face down...

Duration: 00:25:21

Jeffrey Lord On Losing His Job At CNN And Who's Advising Who In The White House

Jeffrey Lord is a veteran of the Reagan White House and writer at the American Spectator and Conservative Review. Lord sits down with Ben Domenech to discuss how he lost his job at CNN, the state of political media, and the conflicts within in the Trump administration. "{CNN} operates in a liberal bubble and their assumptions are all based upon conversation with people who are all in that bubble," Lord said. "This is why, in essence, I was able to see Trump coming, because I no longer...

Duration: 00:47:09

Your Guide To Fantasy Football And This Year's NFL Season

David Fucillo is an NFL producer and editor at SB Nation, and the expert guide through your fantasy football draft this fall. Fucillo talks recent NFL news, rookies to watch, and other best strategies for building a winning team. "Getting one or two or three of those reserved guys, especially younger guys who have a chance to break out, are critical to winning your league," he said. "Fantasy football is about volume. It's a quantity not quality." Fucillo shares about what it's like to...

Duration: 00:51:58

Game Of Thrones, The Craft Cocktail Revival, And Animated Television

Peter Suderman, writer and editor at Reason Magazine, joins Ben Domenech to discuss Sunday's season finale of Game of Thrones, as well as other current television trends and the future of Marvel. Suderman also has a recent feature on the history of the American cocktail scene and how it became a lost art during Prohibition and the decades following. "It really became a movement, a national thing only about 10 years ago," Suderman said. "It's really elevating drinking and drink making and...

Duration: 00:54:00

Thoughtless Mobs Seek To Erase History By Destroying Statues

Jarrett Stepman, contributor at The Daily Signal, reports back from his recent trips to Charlottesville, Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland where statues are being covered and removed. Domenech and Stepman discuss the history behind many of the confederate, and even non-confederate monuments that have been defaced. "It's revealing of just how little history people are willing to grapple with," Domenech said. "Do you have a view of history in which these people were not human?" Stepman also...

Duration: 00:49:13

McKay Coppins On Jeff Flake, Free Speech, And The Future Of The GOP

McKay Coppins, staff writer at The Atlantic, joins Ben Domenech on Federalist Radio to discuss his reporting on Boston protestors, Senator Jeff Flake, and the trouble brewing in the Republican Party. Who is deciding what is hate speech and what are the biggest concerns for the future of free speech? "I think there's a kind of short-sighted argument being advanced by some on the left right now—in five years it could be on the right—where they don't like the fringe elements that are gaining...

Duration: 00:51:39

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