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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.






Your Holiday Wine Guide For Hosting, Gifting, And Drinking

David White is one of the world’s leading wine writers and author of the book, "But First, Champagne: A Modern Guide to the World?s Favorite Wine." White walks us through various wine regions, how wine is made, and how that can have an impact on the wine you pick out this year, for your holiday parties and presents alike.

Duration: 00:52:06

Are Politics Changing Comedy For The Worse?

Andrew Heaton is a standup comedian, actor, and producer for Reason Magazine. Ben Domenech interviews Heaton about his career in comedy and how politics has changed the comedy scene. "I think part of the reason there aren't a lot of conservatives comedian is because you can't have sacred cows in comedy. The more sacred cows you have, the more reduced your playing field is," Heaton said. "But I think we're starting to see that on the left now, where political correctness is effectively...

Duration: 00:50:44

Public Theology, Liturgy, And Augustine With James K. A. Smith

James K. A. Smith is a philosopher, professor, and author of the new book, "Awaiting the King: Reforming Public Theology." Smith and Domenech discuss the intersections of politics, culture, and religion. "A christian vision of public life and political is disciplined by what we call eschatology," Smith said. "We are trying to be faithfully present in this meantime that Augustine calls the saeculum... to bend policies and practices to look more like the flourishing that we believe God wants...

Duration: 00:52:09

Al Franken, Roy Moore, Tax Reform, And Superhero Movies

Jeremy Senderowicz is a New York attorney and commentator who joins Ben Domenech on Federalist Radio to discuss the number of Democratic Senators calling for Sen. Al Franken's resignation. Later in the hour they discuss tax reform, the economy, and the mess that both DC and Marvel have made of their superhero universes.

Duration: 00:48:24

SCOTUS Hears Oral Arguments For Masterpiece Cakeshop Case

Mike Farris is president, CEO, and general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, the religious freedom group representing Jack Phillips before the Supreme Court today. Farris explains how the Masterpieces Cakeshop case is deciding whether a government can coerce a creative professional to create expression that conflicts with their religious beliefs.

Duration: 00:46:15

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai On Net Neutrality And The Future Of The Internet

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai joins this episode of Federalist Radio Hour with Ben Domenech. Pai addresses the blowback to his recently announced plans to repeal net neutrality, and other misinformation about cable providers and internet regulations. "The argument I am making in this plan is: the best way to address this risk is to have the FCC examine on a case by case basis any situations in which we believe there is any competitive conduct," Pai said. Later in the hour, they discuss how consumers...

Duration: 01:20:08

The Magic Of Hallmark Channel Christmas Movies

Mary Katharine Ham and Amelia Hamilton are here to tell you about the essential elements that create the magic of Hallmark Channel Christmas movies. They break down the stock characters, Christmas villages, and featured tropes that are found among the 30 plus movies churned out each holiday season.

Duration: 00:41:05

How Do Cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, And Blockchain Economy Work?

Peter Van Valkenburgh is the research director at Coin Center, a non-profit research and advocacy center focused on the public policy issues facing cryptocurrency and decentralized computing technologies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. Van Valkenburgh explains the technical process for mining Bitcoin, as well the skyrocketing value of Bitcoin we've seen this year. "We had this thing that could only be done by PayPal or JP Morgan or a big company, and now it can be done just with software and...

Duration: 00:52:02

Prince Harry's Engagement And Why Americans Can Care About The Royals

Kristen Soltis Anderson and Mary Katharine Ham are here for your fill of Royals in light of the news of Prince Harry's engagement. They discuss why it's okay for Americans to care about the Monarchy and why Megan Markle is a controversial pick. "Their relationship has been public for a couple of months now, in part because Prince Harry put out a statement," Anderson sad. "Megan Markle is mixed race. Her mother is black. Her father is white. This led to absurd coverage in the British...

Duration: 00:47:22

The Trouble With The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Adam White is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution and Executive Director at the Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University's Antonin Scalia Law School. White answers questions about issues with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, its controversial history, and former CFPB Director Richard Cordray. "Under [Cordray's] leadership the agency has been a reliable, relentless advocate for progressive ideological policy and financial regulation," White...

Duration: 00:49:09

Robby Soave On Sexual Assault, Due Process, CFPB Regulations, And Net Neutrality

Robby Soave, editor at Reason Magazine, joins Ben to discuss the newest sexual assault allegations in Washington, net neutrality, and how to talk to your woke college student relatives this Christmas. Soave explains how due process applies in these cases. "If they're going to be held accountable in the criminal justice system, that's when due process comes in," he said. "But they don't have a right to be a Senator or a Representative... You have a right to not be jailed without due process....

Duration: 00:53:48

The Meaning Of Thanksgiving, As Told By Washington, Lincoln, Coolidge, And Churchill

This episode originally aired on Nov. 21, 2017. Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday with rich traditions. Ben interviews Wall Street Journal opinion editor and author Melanie Kirkpatrick about the history and the meaning of Turkey Day. He also reads the prescient Thanksgiving proclamations from George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Calvin Coolidge, and Winston Churchill.

Duration: 00:48:46

Megan McArdle And Joy Pullmann Debate School Choice And School Vouchers

Megan McArdle, Bloomberg View columnist, debates school choice and school voucher programs with Federalist Managing Editor Joy Pullmann. They discuss the government's role in education as well as their Thanksgiving menus.

Duration: 01:01:27

Here Are The Biggest Religious Liberty Court Battles Happening Now

Jeremy Dys is deputy general counsel at the First Liberty Institute, the largest legal organization in the nation dedicated to protecting religious liberty. Dys joins Federalist Radio to discuss some of the upcoming religious liberty cases at both the Supreme Court and the appellate courts.

Duration: 00:51:14

Hemingway And Harsanyi Talk Sexual Assault, Twitter Policing, And Movies

Senior editors David Harsanyi and Mollie Hemingway discuss the escalating number of sexual abuse and assault cases in Hollywood and elsewhere. They also consider the lines between the public and private space as it applies to Twitter's responsibility to regulate users' speech. "We don't have good guardrails and norms for what is appropriate interplay between colleagues and whatnot," Hemingway said. "Some stuff is so clearly over the line, just absolutely awful. And other things, you kind of...

Duration: 00:51:37

Britt McHenry On Colin Kaepernick, Roger Goodell, And Sports Media

Britt McHenry, sports journalist and Federalist contributor, joins Federalist Radio to discuss Colin Kaepernick being named "GQ Magazine Citizen of The Year," as well as the NFL owners disputes with Commissioner Roger Goodell. "I don't think Kaepernick has done even to bridge the divide. I think he's continually deepened the divide," McHenry said. It's seems like every sports talk show these days is based around hosts yelling at each other. "How did this happen? It's archaic and...

Duration: 00:53:08

David Ignatius On Spy Novels, Technology, And Trump's Foreign Relations

David Ignatius is an author and columnist at The Washington Post, and his newest espionage novel is "The Quatum Spy." Ignatius joins Federalist Radio to discuss writing, technology, Trump's Asia trip, and the turmoil in Saudi Arabia. "As journalists, we are now covering a world that is weirder than any spy novel I've ever written," Ignatius said. "I promise you people would say 'that's preposterous...that's an unbelievable novel." Is our growing distrust of government and institutions a...

Duration: 00:57:20

Political Reporter Ben Jacobs Talks Roy Moore, Wikileaks, And Tax Reform

Ben Jacobs, political reporter at The Guardian, discusses the allegations against Roy Moore, the latest on Wikileaks, and tax reform. "The people who really like Roy Moore, really like Roy Moore. The people who don't, really don't even within the Republican party. He's divisive. He's controversial," Jacobs said. What are Julian Assange's intentions, and has he made an impact on American politics? "It's been interesting to watch Assange going from this 'brave truth-teller' to someone whose...

Duration: 00:54:34

Victor Davis Hanson Reinterprets History's Deadliest Conflict: WWII

Dr. Victor Davis Hanson is a professor, military historian, contemporary commentator. He joins the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss his newest book, "The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won." How did new technology, specifically the addition of air power and aerial bombings, have an impact of the war? "When [the U.S.] got over there, the British had already been trying to bomb in '40 and '41 and they said you cannot do daylight bombing," Hanson said. "By...

Duration: 00:53:31

Hearing Justice Antonin Scalia's Wisdom And Humor Through His Speeches

Chris Scalia is the co-editor of a new collection of his father's speeches, "Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Fatih, and a Life Well Lived." Bre Payton and Scalia discuss what the late Supreme Court Justice had to say about education, originalism, religion and more, to audiences of high-schoolers and turkey-hunters alike. "It was cathartic in a way because we started the project less than a year after he died, so it was great to hear his voice again," Scalia said. "In these speeches,...

Duration: 00:50:59

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