The Federalist Radio Hour



Hosted by Ben Domenech, The Federalist Radio Hour is a daily podcast featuring engaging and in-depth conversations with journalists, scholars, authors, politicians, and thinkers of all stripes. Along with guest hosts Mollie Hemingway, David Harsanyi,...Show More

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

52:00 | Mar 1st

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...Show More

Yoni Appelbaum Urges Congress To Pursue Trump's Impeachment

56:00 | Jan 23rd

Yoni Appelbaum, senior editor at The Atlantic, wrote this month's Atlantic cover story, "Impeach Donald Trump." Ben Domenech interviews Appelbaum on what he discovered about impeachment historically and his arguments for why Congress should take acti...Show More

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

52:00 | Mar 22nd

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 ...Show More

New Zealand, Brexit, And Progressive Demand For Centralization

36:00 | Mar 20th

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. ...Show More

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

49:00 | Mar 18th

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...Show More

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

46:00 | Mar 15th

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...Show More

David Frum Makes The Case For Restricting Immigration

55:00 | Mar 13th

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 Atl...Show More

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

57:00 | Mar 11th

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 ...Show More

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

52:00 | Mar 8th

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 impea...Show More

The Most Insane College Courses Radicalizing A Generation Of Students

50:00 | Mar 6th

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...Show More

Best And Worst Films Of The Last Year With Kyle Smith

45:00 | Mar 4th

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.

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

53:00 | Feb 27th

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, De...Show More

Bonus Mini Episode: Visiting The Migrant Emergency At The Border

12:00 | Feb 26th

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. D...Show More

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

55:00 | Feb 25th

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...Show More

Former Trump Aide On Writing His West Wing Tell-All

52:00 | Feb 22nd

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 We...Show More

Maria Butina: Russian Spy Or Perfect Scapegoat?

57:00 | Feb 20th

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 jo...Show More

John McAfee Has A Plan To Run For President

49:00 | Feb 18th

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 ...Show More

Mercenaries, Military Strategy, And The Future Of War

52:00 | Feb 15th

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 ...Show More

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

51:00 | Feb 13th

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 histor...Show More

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

54:00 | Feb 11th

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 polit...Show More

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

49:00 | Feb 8th

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.

The Convoluted Ideology Of Social Justice With Noah Rothman

1:03:00 | Feb 6th

Where does the concept of social justice come from and what happens when social justice begins to govern a society? Noah Rothman is the Associate Editor at Commentary Magazine and author of the new book, "Unjust: Social Justice and the Unmaking of Am...Show More

What Parents Should Know About School Choice And The Classical Education

1:05:00 | Feb 4th

What is a "classical education" and what are the benefits of "school choice?" Executive Editor Joy Pullmann interviews educators Tom Cox and Nathanael Rea about the nexus between freedom and education, what parents should look for in their child's s...Show More

What To Know About U.S Nuclear Strategy And Intelligence Assessment

55:00 | Feb 1st

Matthew Kroenig joins Ben Domenech for a discussion on nuclear strategy, CIA director Gina Haspel, missile defense, and the situation in Venezuela. Kroenig is the Deputy Director for Strategy, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at Georgetown ...Show More

The NFL's Biggest Problems: Rule Changes, Branding, And Dan Synder

54:00 | Jan 30th

Mark Leibovich joins Ben Domenech on the podcast to discuss the upcoming Super Bowl game and other reflections on this year's NFL season. They discuss coaches, owners, and the NFL feud with Barstool Sports. Leibovich is Chief National Correspondent ...Show More

Sideline Reporter Michele Tafoya Talks NFL, Quarterbacks, And The Super Bowl

44:00 | Jan 28th

Michele Tafoya, broadcast sports journalist for NBC Sports, dishes to Ben Domenech about what it's like to chase down players and coaches on the sideline. They talk football, her journalism career, overtime rules, and her predictions for the Super Bo...Show More

Understanding The Crisis In Venezuela And U.S. Response

1:00:00 | Jan 25th

Buck Sexton, host of "The Buck Sexton Show," and Mike Gonzalez, foreign policy senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation, join Ben in studio to discuss the escalating political crisis in Venezuela. Sexton also breaks down what's happening at our south...Show More

Should Journalists Get Off Twitter? A.B. Stoddard On Media, Congress, and More

56:00 | Jan 22nd

A.B. Stoddard, associate editor and columnist at RealClearPolitics, joins Ben Domenech for a discussion on political journalism, new media, and the government shutdown. They also discuss the Twitter maelstrom around the Covington Catholic students, a...Show More

Eric Metaxas On Evangelicals, Faith, And Censorship Of Wrong-Think

1:02:00 | Jan 18th

Eric Metaxas discusses pushback against his interview with Milo Yiannopoulos and the escalating censorship of thought and speech with Ben Domenech. They also discuss his work on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the evangelical experience, his personal faith jour...Show More

When Religion Becomes A Political Football In The Middle East

1:02:00 | Jan 16th

Ben Domenech and Shadi Hamid discuss and debate the U.S. position in Syria and relationship with Saudis after the Khashoggi crisis. They also dive into liberalism, religion as an institution, and how religions can be exploited as political movements....Show More

Congressman Sean Duffy On The New Reality TV Style Politicians

29:00 | Jan 14th

Congressman Sean Duffy was the first Republican elected in his Wisconsin district in 42 years. Emily Jashinsky interviews Duffy in his DC office on his reality TV background, Trump's hold in Wisconsin, and the new Instagram Live politician.

The Year 2018 Blended Politics And Culture

55:00 | Jan 9th

Today's show is a look back at the cultural trends of 2018 and some predictions for 2019. Ben Domenech and Andrew Heaton discuss the blending of politics and entertainment, and whether it is still true that politics is downstream from culture. Heaton...Show More

Remembering Bre Payton

42:00 | Jan 8th

Listen to our beloved staff writer and guest host Bre Payton's joyful laugh and incisive commentary on The Federalist Radio Hour.

Dr. Charles Murray On The Growing Divides In Race And Class

55:00 | Dec 21st, 2018

Dr. Charles Murray, now emeritus scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, joins Ben Domenech for a discussion on broader cultural trends such as tribalism, free speech, and our insatiable appetites for entertainment.

Tyler Cowen On Economic Growth, Star Wars, And Big Tech

54:00 | Dec 20th, 2018

Tyler Cowen is an economist and professor at George Mason University. Ben Domenech and Cowen discuss trends in the economy, democracy, and political rhetoric. They also discuss Cowen's anti-Jedi and anti-Sith perspectives on Star Wars. His new book i...Show More

AMA With Mollie Hemingway And David Harsanyi

1:05:00 | Dec 19th, 2018

As their final episode of 2018, senior editors Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi answer listener questions. They discuss everything from music to politics, and have some heated debates on conservatism, free trade, and lying to the police.

Ask Me Anything With Ben Domenech

1:03:00 | Dec 18th, 2018

Ben Domenech answers all your questions, dear listeners. Bill McMorris joins him in studio to discuss media, homeschooling, firearms, Pete Davidson, Dan Crenshaw and more.

A Wild Recap Of 2018 Entertainment And Pop Culture News

1:00:00 | Dec 17th, 2018

If you thought 2018 went by fast, wait until Bre Payton and Emily Jashinsky remind you of all the insane new cycles we just lived through the past 12 months. They run through this year's breakups, deaths, movements, social media firestorms, celebrity...Show More

Megan McArdle On Kitchen Appliance Guidance And Holiday Meals

1:02:00 | Dec 14th, 2018

Megan McArdle, columnist at the Washington Post and kitchen extraordinaire, offers her best tips and suggestions for kitchen gadget gift giving and your holiday meals. Domenech and McArdle also discuss the folding of The Weekly Standard and the futur...Show More

As American Religion Declines, Identity Politics And Tribalism Rises

1:03:00 | Dec 13th, 2018

Jon Ward is a Senior Political Correspondent at Yahoo News and host of the podcast, "The Long Game." Ward recently interviewed Andrew Sullivan on his ideas on the decline of American Christianity. Ward and Domenech discuss the political impact of sec...Show More

How The Feminist Dream Leaves Women Unfulfilled

38:00 | Dec 12th, 2018

The feminist life script ignores the truth about what makes women happy and what's biologically achievable for women. Federalist Staff Writer Bre Payton interviews Inez Stepman, senior policy analyst at the Independent Women's Forum, about why it's i...Show More

Can Google Manipulate Your Thoughts And Behaviors?

35:00 | Dec 11th, 2018

Dr. Robert Epstein is a longtime psychology researcher and professor. Bre Payton interviews Epstein on his studies of Internet user data, Google's censorship, online privacy, and how search engines can be used to shift opinions and votes. He has also...Show More

Hemingway And Harsanyi: Mueller, Cohen, And Russian Conspiracies

44:00 | Dec 10th, 2018

Senior Editors Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi break down the latest media frenzy surrounding Michael Cohen's sentencing and the special counsel's investigation into the Trump campaign. Reporters are cobbling together pieces of information that a...Show More

Our Reality TV President, Kevin Hart, And Ariana Grande

48:00 | Dec 7th, 2018

Saagar Enjeti is the White House Correspondent for The Daily Caller. He joins Emily Jashinsky on today's show to discuss the news of Trump's latest hires and his political media savvy. They also discuss how the outrage mob got Kevin Hart fired from h...Show More

How Politicians Became Celebrities, With Matt Bai

47:00 | Dec 6th, 2018

Matt Bai is a political journalist, author, and now screenwriter. His book, "All The Truth Is Out," about the presidential candidate Gary Hart was the basis for the new movie, "The Front Runner," starring Hugh Jackman. Domenech and Bai discuss the hi...Show More

Walker Percy's Faith And Crisis Of Self-Knowledge

47:00 | Dec 5th, 2018

Ben Domenech interviews Jennifer A. Frey, assistant professor of philosophy at the University of South Carolina, on the work and life of Southern writer Walker Percy. They discuss the overlapping themes of his novels, his conversion to Catholicism, a...Show More

Changes In The GOP, From George H.W. Bush To Today

51:00 | Dec 4th, 2018

Ramesh Ponnuru is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist and senior editor at National Review. Ponnuru and Domenech discuss the life and Presidency of George H.W. Bush, as well as the shifts we've seen in the Republican party since then. Ponnuru also talks cu...Show More

Flashback: Jeb Bush On Belonging To A Political Family

33:00 | Dec 3rd, 2018

This episode originally aired on January 28, 2018. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush sits down with host Ben Domenech on The Federalist Radio Hour to reflect on his presidential run in 2016 and to discuss the challenges of belonging to a political fam...Show More

A Guide To Champagne For Enthusiasts And Amateurs

54:00 | Nov 30th, 2018

This episode first aired on Dec. 15, 2016. How can you make sure you get the most out of your grocery store wine or sommelier experience? David White is a wine writer and author of “But First, Champagne: A Modern Guide To The World’s Favorite Wine.” ...Show More

The Slow Death Of Europe's Identity, Politics, And Culture

54:00 | Nov 29th, 2018

This episode first aired on June 23, 2017. Douglas Murray is the author of “The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam” and the associate editor of the Spectator in London. Murray explains the impact of migration into Europe and the re...Show More

129 Ways To Get A Husband

50:00 | Nov 28th, 2018

The Internet presented to us a 1958 McCall's article titled, "129 Ways to Get a Husband." Mollie Hemingway, Ellie Bufkin, and Emily Jashinsky join the podcast to discuss both their objections and praises with ideas for dating on this entertaining lis...Show More

Are Americans Forgetting The Troops Dying In Afghanistan?

43:00 | Nov 27th, 2018

November has been the deadliest month this year for U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Bre Payton and Amber Smith discuss America's longest war, PTSD, and migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Smith is a combat veteran helicopter pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan...Show More

Twitter, Google, And Our Problem With Free Speech Online

51:00 | Nov 26th, 2018

Today's episode is a compilation of Federalist Radio Hour interviews on social media, Silicon Valley censorship, and political correctness. Naomi Schaefer Riley shares her personal story of being fired from a publication because of a social media mob...Show More

How Polling Tracks Changes In Partisan Issues And Demographics

47:00 | Nov 21st, 2018

Carroll Doherty, Director of Political Research at the Pew Research Center, joins Ben in studio to discuss polling, demographic changes, the partisan issues dividing Americans, and how families will be discussing politics over the holidays. Domenech ...Show More

'Bare Minimum Parenting' May Be Better For You And Your Kids

46:00 | Nov 20th, 2018

Co-hosts David Harsanyi and Mollie Hemingway interview author and humor writer James Breakwell on his new book, "Bare Minimum Parenting: The Ultimate Guide to Not Quite Ruining Your Child." They discuss how to turn your child into a functional adult ...Show More

Henry Olsen On The Midterm Revenge Of The RINOS

55:00 | Nov 19th, 2018

Henry Olsen, senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, predicted the "revenge of the RINOS" in this year's midterm election. He joins the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss suburban voters, Paul Ryan, and 2020 Senate predictions.

Marvel Legend Stan Lee And The Growing Comic Industry That Lives On

54:00 | Nov 16th, 2018

David Betancourt writes about comic book culture for the Washington Post. With the recent passing of Stan Lee, the Godfather of Marvel comics, Betancourt and Domenech nerd out over his work and the future of the comic book entertainment industry. The...Show More

Are Successful, Bipartisan Policy Debates Possible?

57:00 | Nov 15th, 2018

Avik Roy joins Ben Domenech to discuss why Republicans fail at health policy, think tanks, how to have productive policy debates, and the reformed conservative movement. Roy is President of The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity and editor ...Show More

Richard Brookhiser Chronicles The Life Of Justice John Marshall

56:00 | Nov 14th, 2018

Richard Brookhiser is a biographer, historian, journalist, and senior editor National Review. Domenech and Brookhiser discuss the founding fathers, the life of Judge John Marshall, identity politics, and tolerance. His new book is, "John Marshall: Th...Show More

Rep. Mike Gallagher On How To Make Congress Work Again

57:00 | Nov 13th, 2018

Congressman Mike Gallagher, who represents the 8th district of Wisconsin, joins Ben Domenech for a conversation on Wisconsin midterms, Green Bay football, healthcare, and how we can reform the legislative process on The Hill. Gallagher argues his ide...Show More

Will Either Party Change Course After Midterms? Probably Not

55:00 | Nov 11th, 2018

McKay Coppins, staff writer at The Atlantic, joins Ben Domenech to discuss whether Republicans and Democrats will do some soul searching now that they've seen the results of their 2018 campaigning. Coppins explains that the GOP is actually more Trump...Show More

Sohrab Ahmari On How Religion Sustains The West's Democratic Ideals

41:00 | Nov 9th, 2018

Sohrab Ahmari, op-ed editor at the New York Post, joins Ben for a conversation on faith, populism, and the shrinking existence of religion in media and politics. They discuss the Left's favorite phrase, "the right side of history," and how the Right ...Show More

What The Election Results Mean For State And Local Level Politics

52:00 | Nov 8th, 2018

Michael Hendrix, director of state and local policy at the Manhattan Institute, unpacks important election results impacting gubernatorial seats and local policy proposals. They discuss some of the biggest issues in urban areas like housing and econo...Show More

Brian Kilmeade Talks Midterm Election Results And 2020 Contenders

46:00 | Nov 7th, 2018

Brian Kilmeade, co-host of "Fox & Friends" and author of "Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America's Destiny," joins Ben Domenech the day after the 2018 midterms to discuss the biggest surprises of the results. Th...Show More

We Need To Talk About Louis CK's Unreleased Movie: 'I Love You, Daddy'

59:00 | Nov 6th, 2018

Comedian and filmmaker Louis C.K. was accused of harassment by five women just weeks before his latest film, "I Love You, Daddy" was set to hit theaters in the fall of 2017. After watching the now impossible-to-find movie, Emily Jashinsky, Inez Stepm...Show More

Why The Labor Market, Not Consumption, Is Central To Economic Prosperity

42:00 | Nov 5th, 2018

In his new book, "The Once and Future Worker," Oren Cass, Manhattan Institute senior fellow, lays out his hypothesis on labor, wages, and how a renewal of jobs is crucial for a thriving, self-sufficient society that offers opportunity to all. Domenec...Show More

America's Division Stems From Opposing Views Of Freedom

1:01:00 | Nov 2nd, 2018

Are the roots of the incivility crisis deeper than we think? Os Guinness is an English writer and social critic who has written over 30 books. Guinness and Domenech discuss America's historical understanding of freedom and how the choice of freedom w...Show More

Unpacking The Birthright Citizenship Debate

1:00:00 | Nov 1st, 2018

What is the origin of birthright citizenship, the 14th amendment, and the debate over its interpretation? Mark Krikorian is executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies. He joins Ben Domenech in studio to explain tourist births, asylum la...Show More

General Stanley McChrystal On Leadership, Afghanistan, And Robert E. Lee

58:00 | Oct 31st, 2018

Stanley McChrystal served for thirty-four years in the US Army, becoming a four-star general, in command of all American and coalition forces in Afghanistan. He joins Ben Domenech in studio for a conversation on leadership, the future of military ser...Show More

The Scary Movies And Television To Watch This Halloween

1:02:00 | Oct 30th, 2018

Peter Suderman and Ben Domenech discuss what you should watch this Halloween. They break down classic horror movie tropes and Netflix's new "The Haunting of Hill House." They also give their reactions to playing the new "Red Dead Redemption 2" video ...Show More

What Is The Problem With America's Foreign Policy Elite?

46:00 | Oct 29th, 2018

Stephen Walt is a leading thinker in American foreign policy and a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Walt discusses the foreign policy establishment’s stubborn commitment to “liberal hegemony," and the surprising similarities bet...Show More

The Latest On: Bomb Threats, Migrant Caravans, And Papadopoulos

55:00 | Oct 26th, 2018

Mollie Hemingway interviews former CIA analyst Buck Sexton on today's big stories. They discuss what we know about the pipe bomb suspect arrested in Florida on Friday and the responses from media outlets and law enforcement. Sexton also explains what...Show More

Motives: Pipe Bombs, Saudi Arabia, And Megyn Kelly

59:00 | Oct 25th, 2018

This week: Megyn Kelly gets dropped by NBC, explosives were mailed to Democrats and CNN, and President Trump deals with Saudi-U.S. relations after death of Khashoggi. Ben Domenech has a lively discussion with Siraj Hashmi from the Washington Examiner...Show More

How To Quit Your Job And Retire Early According To The FIRE Movement

56:00 | Oct 24th, 2018

What if you worked because you wanted to, not because you had to? Cody and Georgi Boorman are co-authors of "Clocking Out Early: The Ultimate Guide to Early Retirement." They discuss investing, saving, and the growing "FIRE" movement: Financially Ind...Show More

Top Five Most Significant Guns In American History

45:00 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Senior Editors Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi talk through the history of guns in America. They discuss which guns are considered the most significant (the Kentucky Rifle, the AR-15, etc.) and why other guns didn't make the list.

Why We Need Poetry And Literature To Teach Us Practical Philosophy

52:00 | Oct 22nd, 2018

How can we return to teaching the arts, humanities, rhetoric, and learning how to persuade each other in peace and truth? Matthew Mehan argues that we can rebuild a culture of self-government and it starts with teaching practical philosophy. Domenech...Show More

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

50:00 | Oct 19th, 2018

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 consumpti...Show More

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

54:00 | Oct 18th, 2018

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...Show More

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

1:01:00 | Oct 17th, 2018

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 E...Show More

Playboy Writer Talks Gender Roles, Relationships, And Feminism

56:00 | Oct 16th, 2018

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 itsel...Show More

How Journalists Messed Up Big Time In Covering The Kavanaugh Confirmation

53:00 | Oct 15th, 2018

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 ...Show More

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

49:00 | Oct 11th, 2018

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 Coope...Show More

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

55:00 | Oct 10th, 2018

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 ev...Show More

Andrew McCarthy Says Mueller's Russia Investigation Is Winding Down

1:00:00 | Oct 9th, 2018

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 an...Show More

Are Political And Media Institutions Broken Beyond Repair?

50:00 | Oct 5th, 2018

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

48:00 | Oct 4th, 2018

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 aro...Show More

Rethinking Prisons, Police, And Overcriminalization

47:00 | Oct 3rd, 2018

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 forfe...Show More

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

53:00 | Oct 2nd, 2018

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...Show More

Why Women Are Angry After Last Week's Kavanaugh Hearings

59:00 | Oct 1st, 2018

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...Show More

Swedish Economist Explains The Truth About Swedish 'Socialism'

51:00 | Sep 28th, 2018

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 Amer...Show More

Steve Hilton Believes The Populist Revolution Is Good For America

52:00 | Sep 27th, 2018

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, "Pos...Show More

New Accusations Against Kavanaugh Fuel The Political Circus

50:00 | Sep 26th, 2018

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...Show More

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

48:00 | Sep 25th, 2018

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 conservative...Show More

Open Borders Are Bad For Everyone, Reihan Salam Argues

53:00 | Sep 24th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Are Big Tech Monopolists A Threat To Our Humanity?

57:00 | Sep 21st, 2018

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 meet...Show More

The Cultural Clash Around #MeToo, Comedy, And Kavanaugh

53:00 | Sep 20th, 2018

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 Ma...Show More

Ken Starr Opens Up 20 Years After The Clinton Investigation

57:00 | Sep 19th, 2018

Ken Starr, former special prosecutor, has written his definitive account of the Clinton impeachment in a new book, "Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation." Ben Domenech interviews Starr on the common misconceptions of his investigation, mem...Show More

Revisiting History's Favorite Populists With Chris Stirewalt

50:00 | Sep 18th, 2018

Fox News Politics Editor Chris Stirewalt, joins Ben Domenech in studio to discuss the Kavanaugh accusations, populism, and his new book, "Every Man a King: A Short, Colorful History of American Populists." Their discussion includes history's favorite...Show More

Mark Leibovich Goes Inside The World Of Football, Sports Writing, And Roger Goodell

53:00 | Sep 17th, 2018

Mark Leibovich, reporter and bestselling author of "This Town," is out with a new book probing the world of football and the issues that plague the NFL. "Big Game: The NFL in Dangerous Times" chronicles the story the despised Roger Goodell, the eccen...Show More

Hemingway And Harsanyi: Kavanaugh, Midterms, And Norm Macdonald

55:00 | Sep 14th, 2018

Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi discuss the Democrats recent smear against Brett Kavanaugh, the return of Obama, Norm Macdonald's #MeToo comments, and comedy.

Behind The Scenes Of The 'Gosnell' Abortion Doctor Movie

50:00 | Sep 13th, 2018

Ann McElhinney is an Irish filmmaker and author of the New York Times best selling book, "Gosnell: The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer." McElhinney describes how her and her husband came to discover the Gosnell trial, the lack o...Show More

Can Nationalism Save The World From Universalist Ideologies?

58:00 | Sep 12th, 2018

Yoram Hazony is an Israeli philosopher, Bible scholar and one of the world's leading political theorists. His new book, "The Virtue of Nationalism," argues that nationalist movements like the election of Trump and Brexit are not putting the world in ...Show More

Democrats Push Single Payer, Republicans Push Paid Family Leave

32:00 | Sep 11th, 2018

Hadley Heath Manning is director of policy at Independent Women's Forum. Manning joins Bre Payton in studio to reflect on the anniversary of 9/11, and discuss recent policy pushes on healthcare and paid family leave.

America's Bros: Kavanaugh, Michael Avenatti, And Jay Cutler

57:00 | Sep 10th, 2018

Bill McMorris is a writer at the Washington Free Beacon and a self-proclaimed Bro. McMorris and Ben Domenech update their ranking America’s bros and the facets of bro culture. What does the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh mean for bros across America? ...Show More

DC Plays Whodunnit With NYT Anonymous Op-Ed

52:00 | Sep 7th, 2018

Ben Jacobs, reporter at The Guardian, joins Ben Domenech in studio to discuss this week in politics including: the Senators who seem to be kicking of their presidential campaigns during the Kavanaugh hearings, the infamous anonymous author within the...Show More

Recapping The Circus In The Senate At Kavanaugh's SCOTUS Hearings

52:00 | Sep 6th, 2018

Elizabeth Slattery, Legal Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, joins Ben Domenech to recap the Supreme Court Nominee hearings this week, protestors, Brett Kavanaugh's judicial record, and how the court is being used to fight culture wars.

What Cultural Trends Created 'The Coddling Of The American Mind'?

1:01:00 | Sep 5th, 2018

Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt and First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff have authored the new book, "The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure." Both authors join Ben Domenech in...Show More

New Title IX Rules Could Restore Due Process On College Campuses

52:00 | Sep 4th, 2018

Robby Soave, associate editor at Reason, joins Federalist Radio to discuss changes to Title IX guidances coming from the Department of Education. They also discuss the free speech debate happening on Twitter, and Robby's new favorite mode of transpor...Show More

Unpacking The Latest Catholic Church Scandals And Political Infighting

50:00 | Aug 31st, 2018

Julie Zauzmer, Washington Post religion reporter, explains the multiple cases of sexual abuse allegations within the Catholic Church that have been exposed this summer. Bre Payton interviews Zauzmer and Federalist writer Margot Cleveland about how Po...Show More

Leading Up To Midterms, The 'Blue Wave,' And Dating In DC

50:00 | Aug 30th, 2018

Daniel Lippman is a Politico reporter and co-author of the Politico Playbook newsletter. He joins Bre Payton to discuss recent primaries in Florida and Arizona, the Blue Wave, Nancy Pelosi, White House staff turnover, and dating in DC.

The Best Of Federalist Radio Interviews On Gun Safety & Firearm Laws

51:00 | Aug 29th, 2018

Today's show is a round up of our best second amendment content, from interviews with Dana Loesch, Sean Davis, and NRA TV's Cam Edwards. They discuss gun laws, mental illness, and the biggest mistakes journalists make when reporting on guns.

Hemingway And Harsanyi: Lanny Davis, Media Hypocrisy, And Spies

55:00 | Aug 28th, 2018

Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi discuss the news of Senator John McCain's death and some of the hypocritical media coverage surrounding it. They also discuss media blunders on a story about Michael Cohen that CNN got wrong and is refusing to corr...Show More

Tribalism, Identity, And The Search For Political Unity

58:00 | Aug 27th, 2018

This episode originally aired on March 13, 2018. Amy Chua is bestselling author of “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother,” and a Yale Law School Professor. In her new book, “Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations,” Chua explores how Amer...Show More

Thumbtack Wants Become The Amazon For Home Services

46:00 | Aug 24th, 2018

Thumbtack is an app and website that makes it easy for consumers to connect local services and professionals. Ben Domenech interviews one of Thumbtack's co-founders, Sander Daniels, in their San Fransisco offices. They discuss the challenges in start...Show More

Kara Swisher On The Biggest Misconceptions About Silicon Valley

50:00 | Aug 23rd, 2018

Kara Swisher is executive editor of Recode, host of the Recode Decode podcast, and a New York Times columnist. Ben Domenech sits down with Swisher in her San Francisco home to critique the political missteps of tech gods like Facebook and Twitter. Th...Show More

Hemingway And Harsanyi: Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, And Impeachment

55:00 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi discuss the key takeaways from Tuesday's breaking news about the convictions of Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen. Do they have any relation to the Russian collusion investigation? Do these campaign finance convictio...Show More

The Paid Family Leave Plan Republicans Want Congress To Pass

48:00 | Aug 21st, 2018

Andrew G. Biggs is a resident scholar at AEI where he studies Social Security reform, state and local government pensions, and public sector pay and benefits. Biggs makes the case for a paid family proposal that would draw from Social Security benefi...Show More

Restoring Human Dignity Is Essential For Improving Public Discourse

51:00 | Aug 20th, 2018

Daniel Darling, author of " “The Dignity Revolution: Reclaiming God’s Rich Vision for Humanity," joins Bre Payton to call Christians back to remembering the importance of dignity. Dignity can transform our conversations on social media and in politic...Show More

Security Clearances Are Not Free Speech And Other Ideas The Media Elite Get Wrong

56:00 | Aug 17th, 2018

Michael Tracey, writer and columnist, joins Ben on this episode to discuss free speech, Alex Jones, security clearances, Russian "hackers", big tech, and the common threads that run through each of these public debates. "I trace all this back to th...Show More

Here's What Is Happening In Turkey: Sanctions, Erdo?an, And Border Conflicts

54:00 | Aug 16th, 2018

Nicholas Danforth is a historian and an expert on Turkey and the Middle East, as well as a senior policy analyst at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Danforth and Domenech discuss the cause and effect of Trump's sanctions on Turkey, the rise of Erdogan, ...Show More

Author Makes The Case For Pulling Your Child Out Of Public School

51:00 | Aug 14th, 2018

Mary Rice Hasson is the author of the new book, "Get Out Now: Why You Should Pull Your Child from Public School Before It's Too Late." She argues that families of faith should consider how issues facing public schools, like gender identity and ideolo...Show More

Can Silicon Valley Fix Their Free Speech Problem?

37:00 | Aug 14th, 2018

Elizabeth Dwoskin, The Washington Post's Silicon Valley correspondent, has been following the issues tech companies are facing with free speech and how users view their platforms. Dwoskin and Domenech discuss shadow banning, Alex Jones, and how the g...Show More

David Harsanyi's Music Picks: Sex Pistols, R.E.M, The Replacements

53:00 | Aug 13th, 2018

On this special music edition of the Federalist Radio, Senior Editor David Harsanyi shares his top three albums with Mark Hemingway. They discuss the history and the music scene backstories behind bands like The Clash, Dinosaur Jr., The Sex Pistols, ...Show More

Can This Private Social Network Bring Neighbors Together?

52:00 | Aug 10th, 2018

Steve Wymer is the Vice President of Communications and Policy at Nextdoor, the private social network for neighborhoods. Executive Editor Joy Pullmann interviews Wymer on how Nextdoor differs from other other social media sites in solving local prob...Show More

Policy Impacts On Women & Families: Paid Leave, Housing, And Social Engineering

50:00 | Aug 9th, 2018

Vanessa Brown Calder is a policy analyst at the Cato Institute, where she focuses on social welfare, housing, and urban policy. Calder discusses government paid leave, the impact of policy on women, and social engineering.

North Korean Defector Shares Her Story Of Torture, Escape, And Freedom

54:00 | Aug 8th, 2018

Grace Jo was born in North Korea and lost most of her family to starvation. Her father was killed by the state. She joins Bre Payton in studio to share her journey through suffering, escape, faith, and transition to life in the United States. "We tho...Show More

Oren Cass On Political Economics And The New Labor Market

50:00 | Aug 7th, 2018

Oren Cass, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joins Ben Domenech on this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour for a discussion on labor, social safety nets, economics, UBI, and the future of work. "There's a real problem with the argument th...Show More

Mollie's Music Picks: David Bowie, New Order, And The Smiths

49:00 | Aug 6th, 2018

On a special music edition of Federalist Radio, Senior Editors Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi discuss their favorite artists, albums, dance music, and formative tunes. Mark Hemingway also joins the round table discussion on artists like David Bo...Show More

Sex Neuroscientist Researches Biological Differences Between Men And Women

48:00 | Aug 3rd, 2018

Dr. Debra Soh is a neuroscientist and sex researcher who writes about science, sex, and gender. Soh joins Ben Domenech on the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss research documenting biological differences between men and women, how academia has been sk...Show More

'Conservative Millennial' Allie Stuckey On Comedy, Kardashians, And Teens

52:00 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Allie Beth Stuckey is the host of "Allie" on CRTV, podcaster, and blogger known as the Conservative Millennial. Stuckey discusses the backlash she faced for her satire video of a fake interview with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and how conservatives get ...Show More

How Conservatives Benefit From A Disrupted Media Industry

55:00 | Aug 1st, 2018

Michael Knowles is an actor, author, and the host of The Michael Knowles Show at The Daily Wire. Domenech and Knowles discuss how conservatives or contrarians can create content in Hollywood, how conservative benefit from a disrupted media industry,...Show More

When Religious Institutions Collide With Politics, Sexual Abuse, And Millenials

52:00 | Jul 31st, 2018

Emma Green is a reporter at The Atlantic who covers religion and has lived in Israel for the last year. Domenech and Green discuss the sexual assault allegations rising in the Catholic Church, the politics on the ground in Israel, and how religion im...Show More

Hemingway And Harsanyi: Collusion, FISA Documents, And Comedians In Cars

50:00 | Jul 30th, 2018

Senior Editors Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi unwind the newest threads of the infamous Trump-Russia collusion case, including the recently released FISA documents. What is defined as collusion and what is the problem with it? Should candidates ...Show More

Ireland Voted To Make Abortion Legal. Here's How It Happened

56:00 | Jul 27th, 2018

Kate Bryan is a communications strategist who worked with the pro-life movement in Ireland, specifically on the #SaveThe8th campaign this summer to keep abortion illegal. How was the pro-life movement so successful at keeping abortion illegal for 25 ...Show More

"Conflation Of The Republican Party And Conservatism"

54:00 | Jul 26th, 2018

Inez Feltscher Stepman is a senior policy analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum. She joins the podcast to discuss Ivanka's clothing line and fashion of the Trump women, the evolving meaning of conservatism, and the effects of embracing democratic ...Show More

Midterm Elections And The Donors Behind Them

54:00 | Jul 25th, 2018

James Hohmann, national political reporter for the Washington Post, joins Ben Domenech on the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss upcoming midterms, donors, and the future of democratic socialists.

Why We Need Moral Clarity In The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

1:00:00 | Jul 24th, 2018

Elan Journo is director of policy research at the Ayn Rand Institute and an expert on American foreign policy. In his new book, "What Justice Demands: America and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict," Journo explains the nature of the conflict in the Mi...Show More

Simpsons Creator Shares The Jokes That Didn't Make It

48:00 | Jul 23rd, 2018

Mike Reiss is the longest-serving writer and producer of "The Simpsons." Domenech interviews Reiss about his new book, "Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons." They discuss the outrage ag...Show More

Bari Weiss On Why Everybody Hates Her And The Intellectual Dark Web

49:00 | Jul 20th, 2018

Ben Domenech visits the New York Times' offices to sit down with staff editor and writer Bari Weiss. They discuss Trump's foreign policy, conservative representation in legacy media organizations, Jordan Peterson and other cultural phenomenons.

"Facebook: Where Truth Struggles To Live"

36:00 | Jul 19th, 2018

Derek Thompson, senior editor at The Atlantic, talks with Ben Domenech about Facebook's ability to monitor content, the addiction of social media, and the overlaps of technology and culture.

The Dying Days Of A Small Town Appalachia Honky-Tonk

55:00 | Jul 18th, 2018

John Lingan is the author of the new book, "Homeplace: A Southern Town, a Country Legend, and the Last Days of a Mountaintop Honky-Tonk." Lingan has searched out the stories and legends of one small town, Winchester, Virginia. Domenech and Lingan dis...Show More

Should We Care About Trump Vs. Putin? Does Denouncing Putin Matter?

54:00 | Jul 17th, 2018

Jeremy Peters, New York Times politics reporter, joins Federalist Radio to discuss Trump and Putin's relationship, the unity of Republican voters, and the growing divide in the Democratic party.

A Look At Brett Kavanaugh's Judicial Record

54:00 | Jul 16th, 2018

Randy Barnett is a Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center and author of, "Our Republican Constitution: Securing the Liberty and Sovereignty of We the People." Barnett joins Ben Domenech to dive into SCOTUS Nominee Brett Kav...Show More

News Round Up On Fiery FBI Hearing, Plastic Straws, And Scarlett Johansson

51:00 | Jul 13th, 2018

Bre Payton, staff writer at The Federalist, and Kelsey Harkness, senior producer at The Daily Signal, chat about this week's hearing with FBI Agent Strzok, the push for a plastic straw ban, and how the mob pressured Scarlett Johansson into backing o...Show More

Filmmaker Says Elvis Presley's Life Is A Metaphor For America

47:00 | Jul 12th, 2018

Eugene Jarecki is the director of a new documentary, "The King," about Elvis and America. Jarecki drives Elvis Presley’s 1963 Rolls-Royce Phantom V across the country (which sold for almost $400,000 at auction), conducting interviews on the contrasts...Show More

Should We Give People Money? UBI, Poverty, And Work

52:00 | Jul 11th, 2018

Annie Lowrey writes about economic policy at The Atlantic and is the author of the new book, "Give People Money: How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World." Lowrey and Domenech discuss the war on povert...Show More

Shannon Bream On Kavanaugh, Roe v. Wade, And Recent SCOTUS Decisions

46:00 | Jul 10th, 2018

Shannon Bream is Fox News' Legal Correspondent and anchor of "Fox News @ Night." She joins Ben Domenech in studio to recap last night's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the biggest decisions delivered by SCOTUS this year, and what it's like to re...Show More

David Brooks Talks Localism, Conservatism, Writing On The NYT Opinion Page

58:00 | Jul 9th, 2018

New York Times Columnist David Brooks joins Ben Domenech in studio for a discussion on the tectonic shifts in culture and community, the American establishment, and the effects of social media.

The Chernobyl Catastrophe And The Fall Of The Soviet Union

56:00 | Jul 6th, 2018

Serhii Plokhy is a historian of Eastern Europe and Harvard Professor. He joins Federalist Radio to discuss his new book, "Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe." Plokhy uses his first hand knowledge of Ukraine and the Soviet Union to tell t...Show More

Independence Day Readings From Coolidge, Douglass, And Tocqueville

59:00 | Jul 3rd, 2018

In honor of Independence Day, Ben Domenech reads speeches and remembrances from Calvin Coolidge, Frederick Douglass, Alexis de Tocqueville and more. These leaders' thoughts on freedom, liberty, slavery, and democracy are worth revisiting as we celebr...Show More

Relationships, Dating In The Digital Age, And 'The Bachelorette'

59:00 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Mary Katharine Ham, senior writer at the Federalist, and Lisa Bonos, editor of the Solo-ish column at the Washington Post host a conversation on relationships, dating in the age of social media, and the infamous 'Bachelorette.'

Aspen Ideas Live Taping: The Future Of The American Right

1:23:00 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Ben Domenech hosted a live taping of The Federalist Radio Hour at this year's Aspen Ideas Festival. Domenech moderated a panel with David Azerrad, Charlie Sykes, and Inez Stepman. They address questions like: What role has Trumpism played in redefini...Show More

Hemingway And Harsanyi: Annapolis Shooting, SCOTUS, And Civility

57:00 | Jun 29th, 2018

Senior Editors Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi host this episode to discuss Thursday's deadly shooting in Maryland, Justice Kennedy's retirement, journalists' outrage about fake news, and to ironically argue about civility. "If the retirement of...Show More

One Story Of Overcoming Childhood Trauma, Poverty, And Mental Illness

56:00 | Jun 28th, 2018

Ericka Andersen is the author of, "Leaving Cloud 9: The True Story of a Life Resurrected from the Ashes of Poverty, Trauma, and Mental Illness." Andersen discusses how her husband's memoir can be a message of hope to those who are drowning from an un...Show More

Janus Vs. AFSCME, Progressive Victory For Ocasio, And Country Music

53:00 | Jun 27th, 2018

Mary Katharine Ham and Emily Jashinksy discuss last night's shocking election upset: the 28-year-old democratic socialist Ocasio-Cortez defeating incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley in New York's 14th congressional district. They also discuss SCOTUS 5-4 decis...Show More

Why Does Everybody Hate Each Other? Politics, Trust, And Twitter

55:00 | Jun 26th, 2018

Will Rahn, politics editor at CBS news digital, joins Ben Domenech for a discussion on the current moment of hate, both online and in real life. They examine theories such as politicians as proxies, assumptions of political party demographics, and so...Show More

The State Of The Arts, Political Harassment, And Linguistics Of Trump

56:00 | Jun 25th, 2018

David Marcus, writer and New York Correspondent for the Federalist, joins Ben in studio to discuss the arts, political harassment, free speech, race relations, and New York politics.

Writer And Director Makes Feature Film Out Of Landmark Legal Case

53:00 | Jun 22nd, 2018

Courtney Balaker is the writer and director of a new feature film, "Little Pink House," that tells the story of Susette Kelo's landmark legal battle against eminent domain. Balaker discusses the process of filmmaking and her approach to political iss...Show More

Jay Cost On Hamilton, Madison, And America's Wealthy Origin Story

59:00 | Jun 21st, 2018

Jay Cost is a National Review columnist, AEI scholar, and author of the new book, "The Price of Greatness: Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and the Creation of American Oligarchy." Cost and Domenech discuss the founding fathers' relationships and A...Show More

What's Happening With The Border And Immigration Legislation On The Hill

56:00 | Jun 20th, 2018

Need an explainer of what's going on legally with migration crisis? Attorney and Federalist Contributor Gabriel Malor explains how this crisis came to be and digs into the Senate Democrats' carelessly written bill. Senior Correspondent John Daniel Da...Show More

Hemingway And Harsanyi: Border Enforcement, IG Report, And FBI Investigation

51:00 | Jun 19th, 2018

Senior Editors Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi discuss the current debate over immigration and border enforcement . They also dive into the big takeaways from last week's Justice Department inspector general report on the FBI, James Comey, the Hi...Show More

Mona Charen On Feminists, Hook-Up Culture, And The War On Men

56:00 | Jun 18th, 2018

Mona Charen is the author of the new book, "Sex Matters: How Modern Feminism Lost Touch with Science, Love, and Common Sense." Charen discusses the feminist movement's entanglement with the sexual revolution, and why that hasn't turned out to be good...Show More

One Year Later: On Steve Scalise And The Congressional Baseball Shooting

54:00 | Jun 15th, 2018

Elania Plott, staff writer at The Atlantic, joined Majority Whip Steve Scalise for his first baseball practice since the shooting exactly one year ago. Mary Katharine Ham and Plott discuss Scalise's miraculous recovery and questions surrounding the r...Show More

Appellate Judge On The Promises And Failures Of Baby Boomers And American Institutions

53:00 | Jun 14th, 2018

Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III addresses the damage done to the pillars of American life such as the rule of law, the meaning of education, national unity, and our religious institutions. He asks his own generation to recognize its youthful mistakes a...Show More

How To Escape Busyness And Find The Time You Don't Seem To Have

40:00 | Jun 13th, 2018

Laura Vanderkam is an author and speak on the subject of time management, and her newest book is, "Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done." Executive Editor Joy Pullmann interviews Vanderkam about wasted time, the economics of time man...Show More

Discussing 'The Bachelorette,' 'Sex And The City,' And Miss America In The #MeToo Era

58:00 | Jun 12th, 2018

Emily Yahr is a pop culture writer at The Washington Post. Yahr joins Bre Payton for a break down of this season's "Bachelorette", the 20th anniversary of "Sex and The City," and how today's feminism and #metoo movements are reckoning with these sex-...Show More

Christopher Nixon Cox Revisits President Nixon's Legacy, Policies, And Relationship With Press

52:00 | Jun 11th, 2018

Christopher Nixon Cox, grandson of President Richard Nixon and Nixon Foundation Board Member, joins Ben Domenech to discuss President Nixon's impact on both domestic and foreign policy. They reflect on Nixon's contributions to the Republican Party to...Show More

The Latest Changes And Road Blocks In Health Care Policy, Obamacare

48:00 | Jun 8th, 2018

Jennifer Haberkorn is a senior health reporter at Politico. She joins Ben Domenech for a discussion on the state of health care policy in Congress, Right to Try drug policy, and the Trump administration's changes to Obamacare.

Podcast: Dave Rubin On Free Speech, Comedy, Identity Politics, And Abortion

1:30:00 | Jun 7th, 2018

Dave Rubin is a comedian, a political commentator, formerly at the Young Turks, and now host of The Rubin Report. Rubin joins Ben Domenech for an extra long edition of the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss his unique ideological path and a slew of oth...Show More

Cathy Young On The Enlightenment, Modern Feminists, And Socialism

54:00 | Jun 6th, 2018

Cathy Young is journalist who writes at various outlets such as Reason, Newsday, and The Forward. She joins Ben Domenech to discuss current American cultural debates like the positives and negatives of socialism, feminism, and The Enlightenment.

Does America Have A Foreign Policy? Jacob Heilbrunn Argues Yes

59:00 | Jun 5th, 2018

Jacob Heilbrunn, editor of The National Interest, joins Ben for a discussion on American foreign policy debates across various political camps. They compare Tillerson's and Pompeo's State Departments, discuss the idealization of Bush Era conservatis...Show More

Former Lobbyist Turned Inmate Is Now Fighting For Criminal Justice Reform

56:00 | Jun 4th, 2018

Kevin Ring is a former lobbyist and Senate Judiciary Committee counsel, who went to prison himself, and is now back on the Hill fighting for sentencing reform. Ring is the president of Families Against Mandatory Minimums and he joins Federalist Radi...Show More

McKay Coppins On Trolling, Stephen Miller, And Presidential Pardons

59:00 | Jun 1st, 2018

Mary Katharine Ham hosts today's Federalist Radio Hour with guest McKay Coppins, senior writer at The Atlantic. Coppins' latest profile of the White House's Stephen Miller digs into the themes of right-wing provocateurs and campus trolls. Ham and Cop...Show More

An Inside Look At The Writing And Creative Process Of Video Games

54:00 | May 31st, 2018

Erik Wolpaw is a video game writer who previously worked at Valve as a writer on the games "Portal" and "Half-Life 2." Wolpaw and Domenech discuss the creative process of making video games, from the scripts and voice acting to the puzzles and gamepl...Show More

Has Trump Been Good For Comedy? The New Late Night, Stand-Up, And Netflix Specials

56:00 | May 30th, 2018

Elahe Izadi is a writer at The Washington Post who covers pop culture and comedy. Izadi and Domenech discuss her profile of Seth Meyers, as well as the current state of both late night comedy and stand up comedy. They hash out the impact Trump and th...Show More

NPR's Mara Liasson Talks Media, Baby Boomers, Midterms, And 2020

56:00 | May 29th, 2018

Mara Liasson, NPR's national political correspondent, has been covering DC politics for over three decades. She joins Ben Domenech discuss her career in media, covering Bill Clinton, current political divides and the future of both political parties.

Mary Katharine Ham Watches Star Wars For The First Time

1:00:00 | May 25th, 2018

Mary Katharine Ham, senior writer at the Federalist and Star Wars novice, chats with and Kristen Soltis Anderson, a Washington Examiner columnist and long time Star Wars fanatic. Ham and Anderson discuss the order in which Mary Katharine should wat...Show More

Charlie LeDuff Calls Out The Facade Of The Media And America's Elite Class

57:00 | May 24th, 2018

Charlie LeDuff is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, formerly at the New York Times and the Detroit News, and author of the new book, "Sh*tshow: The Country's Collapsing... And the Ratings Are Great." In old fashion, gonzo-style reporting, LeDuff...Show More

David Frum On Immigration, Civil Discourse, Foreign Policy, And Impeachment

56:00 | May 23rd, 2018

David Frum is a senior editor at The Atlantic and author of the new book, "Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic." Domenech asks Frum for his thoughts on the changing nature of human relationships, robots, immigration, free speech and ...Show More

Olivier Knox On Why Consumers Have Lost Trust In The News Media

53:00 | May 22nd, 2018

Olivier Knox is the Chief Washington Correspondent at SiriusXM and the President of the White House Correspondent's Association. Knox and Domenech discuss possible reasons for a decline in trust of the media and changes in how consumers respond to or...Show More

Royal Wedding Recap, Fixing The Federal Budget, And Summer Fitness

57:00 | May 21st, 2018

Mattie Duppler, fellow at the National Taxpayers Union and President of Forward Strategies, joins Mary Katharine Ham to recap Prince Harry and Meghan's royal wedding, discuss Trump's spending rescission request to Congress, the aftermath of the tax b...Show More

Hemingway and Harsanyi: FBI Spying, Leaks, And Gaza Riots

57:00 | May 18th, 2018

Senior Editors Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi discuss this week's media coverage of the Hamas attacks on Israel, as well as the media's defense of the FBI spying on the Trump campaign.

Salena Zito Talks To The Voters Creating Trump's Populist Coalition

49:00 | May 16th, 2018

Salena Zito is a reporter, columnist, and co-author of the new book, "The Great Revolt: Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics." Zito joins Federalist Radio to share what she found after interviewing more than 300 Trump voters acro...Show More

Let's Get Ready To Gamble: SCOTUS Strikes Down Sports Betting Ban

42:00 | May 16th, 2018

The Supreme Court struck down a ban on sports gambling, allowing states to legalize betting on both college and professional sports. We talk to three experts in various fields: Ilya Shapiro of Cato about the legal issues, Bill James about the impact ...Show More

Inside The Love-Hate Relationship Of The Media And Donald Trump

54:00 | May 15th, 2018

Howard Kurtz is a media analyst, Fox News host, and author of the new book, "Media Madness: Donald Trump, the Press, and the War over the Truth." Kurtz's book includes in-depth reporting on White House insiders and reporters' contempt for President...Show More

Danielle Crittenden On Feminism, Incels, And Modern Dating

55:00 | May 14th, 2018

Danielle Crittenden, author and co-host of, "The Femsplainers Podcast," joins Federalist Radio to discuss #MeToo, dating, incels, and how the feminist movement may have hurt itself.

A Guide To 'Avengers: Infinity War' And The Future Of Marvel's Cinematic Universe

56:00 | May 11th, 2018

Peter Suderman, managing editor at Reason magazine, gives us a spoiler-free guide to the new Marvel movie, "Avengers: Infinity War," and other movies we can expect to see from Marvel franchises and characters in the future. Suderman addresses questio...Show More

Outrages And Apologies: From Celebrities And Twitter Mobs To Kanye And Katy Perry

56:00 | May 10th, 2018

Emily Jashinsky, commentary writer at The Washington Examiner, and Mary Katharine Ham, senior writer at The Federalist, round up this week's outrages and apologies including celebrity feuds, offensive prom dresses, Twitter mobs, and Hollywood's wage ...Show More

Amanda Carpenter On Trump's Lies, Conspiracies, And Gaslighting Politics

57:00 | May 9th, 2018

Amanda Carpenter, CNN contributor and former Ted Cruz staffer, is the author of the new book, "Gaslighting America: Why We Love It When Trump Lies to Us." Carpenter examines the ways Trump plays the media and his political enemies with his narratives...Show More

Becket Adams On WHCD, Stormy Daniels, And Westworld

54:00 | May 8th, 2018

Becket Adams, commentary writer at the Washington Examiner joins Federalist Radio to catch us up on everything we missed from the White House Correspondent's Dinner drama, the media coverage of Stormy Daniels and Melania Trump, and Adams' predictions...Show More

The State Of Free Speech, Culture Wars, And Tolerance Of Ideas

54:00 | May 7th, 2018

Ace from the Ace of Spades HQ blog continues his conversation with Ben from Friday about where center-right views fit into the culture today and the tolerance of perspectives in legacy media outlets. "There still seems to be this unwillingness from...Show More

Fans Take On Marvel, DC, And The Comic Book Industry's SJW Self-Destruction

56:00 | May 4th, 2018

The creator and host of the "Diversity & Comics" Youtube Channel, Zack, joins Ben Domenech and Ace of Ace of Spades HQ blog, for a discussion on how he's fighting back (and winning) against the social justice warrior take over of Marvel, DC, and the ...Show More

A New Era Of Public Opinion Polling, Data, And Market Research

53:00 | May 3rd, 2018

Michael Ramlet is the co-founder and CEO of Morning Consult, a technology and media company that is changing the way brands, companies, politicians, and celebrities can accurately monitor America's public opinions. Ramlet discusses how their technolo...Show More

The History, Strategy, And Gameplay Of Dungeons And Dragons

51:00 | May 2nd, 2018

CJ Ciaramella is a criminal justice reporter at Reason Magazine and a Dungeon Master. He joins Federalist Radio Hour partially to discuss his latest investigation into Chicago's car impounding program, but mostly just to talk about Dungeons and Drago...Show More

Former Carl's Jr. CEO Andy Puzder Talks Capitalism, Advertising, And Business

53:00 | May 1st, 2018

Andrew Puzder, the former CEO of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's, joins Federalist Radio to discuss capitalism in America, digital marketing, the fast food industry, and entrepreneurship. His new book, "The Capitalist Comeback: The Trump Boom and the Left's ...Show More

Jonathan Rauch On Happiness And Why Life Gets Better After 50

55:00 | Apr 30th, 2018

Jonathan Rauch is a Senior Fellow at Brookings and author of the new book, "The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better After 50." Rauch researched the feeling of malaise and dissatisfaction that many adults feel in their 40's. He explains how this slu...Show More

On Puerto Rico: Hurricane Recovery, Statehood, And Debt Crisis

45:00 | Apr 27th, 2018

Christian Sobrino, chief advisor to the governor of Puerto Rico, joins Ben in studio to discuss Puerto Rico's financial crisis, the relief efforts on the island in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, and Puerto Rico’s push for statehood.

Ross Douthat On Pope Francis, The Catholic Church, And Fantasy Novels

57:00 | Apr 26th, 2018

Ben Domenech interviews New York Times columnist Ross Douthat, author of the newly-released "To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism." Douthat lays out the political narratives surrounding the church this century and how the ...Show More

Meet The Unemployed MBA Student Who Launched Luxury Dress Shirt Company

46:00 | Apr 25th, 2018

Paul Trible is the founder, CEO, and shirt designer of Ledbury, a luxury men's clothier. The fashion entrepreneur discusses how the 2008 Lehman collapse led him to start a shirt company and some of the things he's learned about design, business, and ...Show More

Here's How Facebook Decides What You Can And Can't Post

30:00 | Apr 24th, 2018

We talked to Monika Bickert, VP of Global Product Management at Facebook, about the social network's publishing of their "Internal Enforcement Guidelines." Ben interviews Bickert about the ways Facebook regulates or removes content and how users o...Show More

Mike Pence, Clinton Country, And The Bubbles We Create With Adam Wren

50:00 | Apr 23rd, 2018

Adam Wren is a contributing editor to Politico Magazine and Indiana Monthly. Wren, who lives in Indiana, wrote a dispatch from Brooklyn, DC, and other notorious areas of Clinton Country. Wren and Domenech discuss the rise of Mike Pence and the view...Show More

Hemingway And Harsanyi Talk Comey Memos, Mueller Probe, And Hannity

57:00 | Apr 20th, 2018

Senior Editors Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi are back on Federalist Radio Hour after a long hiatus. They discuss this week's news on James Comey's book tour and his recently released memos, as well as Bob Mueller's ongoing investigation. " pu...Show More

America's Biggest Military Concerns In Russia, Syria, And Congress's Authority

50:00 | Apr 19th, 2018

Daniel Davis retired from the US Army as a Lt. Col. after 21 years of active service and currently serves as a Defense Fellow and Military Expert for Defense Priorities. He joins Ben on today's podcast to discuss veteran's affairs, what's happening i...Show More

Dating, Rape Culture, And Remembering Barbara Bush

53:00 | Apr 18th, 2018

Ashe Schow is a reporter, columnist, and senior contributor at The Federalist who covers college campuses and feminist issues. Schow and Bre Payton discuss women's issues including the campus dating scene and alleged gender wage gap. Later in the hou...Show More

Mike Lee On Measuring Social Capital And The Closeness Of Communities

46:00 | Apr 17th, 2018

Senator Mike Lee, vice chairman of Congress's Joint Economic Committee, discusses a new index measuring decline in our country's "social capital." Scott Winship is the director of the Social Capital Project, also joins the conversation to explain wh...Show More

Writer Lionel Shriver On Censorship, Literature, Social Media, And TSA

53:00 | Apr 16th, 2018

Lionel Shriver is an award winning writer, novelist, and journalist. Her newest collection of short stories is, "Property: Between Two Novellas." Shriver discusses inspirations for her writings, censorship, social media, and how the Left controls the...Show More

How San Francisco's Liberal Utopia Invites Homelessness, Drugs, And Crime Into The City

55:00 | Apr 13th, 2018

Senior Correspondent John Daniel Davidson reports from the streets and underpasses of San Francisco on the city's dense homeless encampments. Davidson explores how a liberal city governance has wiped out the Middle Class. Later in the hour, we talk t...Show More

Saying Goodbye To Paul Ryan, Plus Ted Kennedy And 'Chappaquiddick' Movie

51:00 | Apr 12th, 2018

Philip Klein, managing editor at The Washington Examiner, joins Federalist Radio to discuss the departure of Paul Ryan from Congress and the impact it will have on the Republican Party. He also reviews the new movie "Chappaquiddick" and how Senator T...Show More

Naomi Schaefer Riley On Screen Time, Social Media Mobs, And Ideological Diversity

45:00 | Apr 11th, 2018

Naomi Schaefer Riley is the author of the new book, "Be the Parent, Please." She shares her research on technology and raising kids in a world full of screens. Riley also shares her personal story of being fired from a publication because of social m...Show More

Discussing National Security, Syria, And Jazz Music

54:00 | Apr 10th, 2018

David Reaboi is a national security consultant and senior vice president at the Security Studies Group. Reaboi and Domenech discuss the changing conservative views on foreign policy and America's current role in the world. They also discuss Jazz, mu...Show More

Parsing Out Successes And Set Backs Of The Pro-Life Movement On Capitol Hill

52:00 | Apr 9th, 2018

Marjorie Dannenfelser discusses the latest progress of the pro-life movement and addresses some of the frustrations of single issue pro-life voters have had such as the continued funding of Planned Parenthood. Dannenfelser is president and an origi...Show More

White House Updates On Tariffs, Saudis, And Facebook

50:00 | Apr 5th, 2018

Zeke Miller, White House reporter for the Associated Press, reports on the latest West Wing news including Hope Hicks' departure, Trump's trade war, and how the White House is handling disarray at the border wall. Later in the hour, Miller and Dome...Show More

Behind The Scenes Of First Lady Nancy Reagan's White House

49:00 | Apr 5th, 2018

Sheila Tate served as press secretary to First Lady Nancy Reagan from 1981 to 1985. She shares stories from her new book, "Lady In Read: An Intimate Portrait of Nancy Reagan, "with host Mary Katharine Ham. Tate gives a behind the scenes look at bot...Show More

Latest On Gaza Protests, Plus Christianity In Middle East Conflicts

41:00 | Apr 4th, 2018

Robert Nicholson is Founder and Executive Director of The Philos Project and publisher of "Providence Magazine." Nicholson joins Bre Payton for an interview on religion, Middle East conflicts, media bias, and what's really happening on the ground in ...Show More

Sebastian Gorka On Bolton, Pompeo, And Revisionist History

54:00 | Apr 3rd, 2018

Sebastian Gorka, national security analyst and author of "Defeating Jihad," joins Ben Domenech for a discussion about the recent foreign policy shake ups in White House staff. They also discuss the U.S.'s current role in the Middle East and the revis...Show More

Latest From The FDA And Scott Gottlieb On Drug Trials, Nicotine, And Opioids

49:00 | Apr 2nd, 2018

Mike Riggs, reporter at Reason Magazine, writes on drugs, the FDA, substances, and criminal justice. Riggs joins this episode of Federalist Radio to discuss the agenda of the new FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and other changes and concerns coming o...Show More

SCOTUS Update: Free Speech For Pro-Life Groups And Gerrymandering

52:00 | Mar 30th, 2018

Kevin Daley is a Supreme Court reporter at The Daily Caller. He joins Bre Payton, staff writer at The Federalist, for an update on the recent oral arguments before SCOTUS. They discuss the cases on gerrymandering, free speech and crisis pregnancy cen...Show More

Is Journalism Also Activism? Josh Kraushaar On Midterms And Sports Media

55:00 | Mar 29th, 2018

Josh Kraushaar is the Politics Editor at National Journal. He joins Ben Domenech to discuss controversial piece on the line between journalists and activists, potential outcomes for 2018 midterms, and the future of sports media. "The goal of journa...Show More

Mollie Hemingway Moderates Panel Of Leading Conservative Women

1:08:00 | Mar 28th, 2018

Mollie Hemingway moderates a panel of conservative women in a discussion on how women can help each other succeed in politics, work, and raising families. Featuring RNC Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel, Chief of Staff for Senator Tim Scott Jennifer...Show More

Students At 'March For Our Lives' Rally Argue For Safety Over Freedom

47:00 | Mar 27th, 2018

Robby Soave, associate editor at Reason Magazine, interviewed students and attendees at the March for Our Lives Rally in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. Soave joins The Federalist Radio Hour, where he describes the staggering number of students who ex...Show More

Politico's Tim Alberta On Journalism, Dave Ramsey, And Pat Buchanan

1:00:00 | Mar 26th, 2018

Tim Alberta is the National Political Correspondent for Politico. He's written a number of political profiles of figures such as Pat Buchanan, John Boehner, and Dave Ramsey to name a few. He joins Ben on Federalist Radio to discuss the different ways...Show More

A Deep Dive Into Western Movies And Spring Fashion Banality

47:00 | Mar 23rd, 2018

Inez Stepman and Mary Katharine Ham dive deep into classic Western films, and spring fashion guidelines. Stepman explains the significance of Westerns in American culture and how they became a great antidote to much of the modern filmmaking landscape...Show More

Why Is The FBI Probing NCAA College Basketball?

50:00 | Mar 22nd, 2018

Will Hobson, sports reporter for The Washington Post, has been following the FBI investigations of NCAA basketball. Hobson describes the college athlete ecosystem and how sports reporting has changed in the digital era.

An Analysis Of Identity Politics, Tribalism, And Progressive Political Thought

57:00 | Mar 21st, 2018

David Azerrad discusses the state of identity politics, the fault lines in both political parties, and his academic study of progressive and liberal political thought. Azerrad is the Director, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics and...Show More

Ken Cuccinelli On FBI Investigations, Andrew McCabe, And Cable News

52:00 | Mar 20th, 2018

Ken Cuccinelli is President of the Senate Conservatives Fund, CNN contributor, and former Virginia attorney general. He joins Federalist Radio to discuss the firing of Andrew McCabe, the loss of respect for the FBI, and other heated discussions held ...Show More

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers On Trust, Culture Wars, And Down Syndrome

35:00 | Mar 19th, 2018

Ben interviews Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers, the conservative Congresswoman from Eastern Washington, in her office on Capitol Hill. They discuss the decline in trust in American politics, institutions, and the eugenics trend of aborting children diagno...Show More

Reforming Welfare, Health Care, And Drug Policy At The State Level

46:00 | Mar 16th, 2018

The Foundation for Government Accountability is a free market think tank focused on health care, welfare, and government reform at the state level. FGA CEO Tarren Bragdon and VP of Federal Affairs Kristina Rasmussen discuss the opioid crisis and the ...Show More

Unraveling The Insane Story Of Gawker, Hulk Hogan, And Peter Thiel

57:00 | Mar 15th, 2018

In the new book, "Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue," author Ryan Holiday examines the threads of an incredible legal battle and tale of revenge that disrupted the world of media. "It's not until two months la...Show More

Hohmann: Rex Tillerson, Pennsylvania Special Election, And Midterms

48:00 | Mar 14th, 2018

James Hohmann, National Political Correspondent for The Washington Post, joins The Federalist Radio Hour after spending four days in Pennsylvania covering the special election. Hohmann discusses other upcoming competitive House races and Rex Tillerso...Show More

Amy Chua On Tribalism And How To Restore American Unity And Pride

58:00 | Mar 13th, 2018

Amy Chua is bestselling author of "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," and a Yale Law School Professor. In her new book, "Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations," Chua explores how Americans can overcome our debilitating political tri...Show More

What Happens Everyday On The Texas-Mexico Border In Rio Grande Valley

50:00 | Mar 9th, 2018

John Davidson, senior correspondent for The Federalist, shares his report from the Rio Grand Valley Texas-Mexico border. Davidson rides along with Border Patrol officers and visits a Catholic charity respite center in downtown McAllen, Texas.

NYT Reporter Jeremy Peters On His Career In Political Journalism

57:00 | Mar 8th, 2018

Jeremy Peters is a politics reporter at the New York Times who has covered campaigns, the auto industry, and now the Republican party. Peters and Domenech take a look back on ways the 2008 and 2012 elections contributed to a Trump presidency, and wha...Show More

Kmele Foster Talks Race In Politics And Entertainment

42:00 | Mar 7th, 2018

Kmele Foster is a producer at Freethink media and host of The Fifth Column podcast. Foster and Domenech discuss the overlaps of freedom, race, politics, and entertainment. "This is another area where you take race, inject it into an important issue...Show More

Steven Pinker On Science, Progress, And Why Humanity Is Better Than Ever

47:00 | Mar 6th, 2018

Steven Pinker is a Canadian-American cognitive psychologist and author of the new book, "Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress." Pinker joins Ben Domenech to discuss how safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are ...Show More

Daniel Hannan On Conservatism, History, And Nostalgia

52:00 | Mar 5th, 2018

Daniel Hannan is a British writer, journalist and politician who was a member of the European Parliament for 17 years. He joins the show to discuss history, public discourse, conservatism, and what European politics can tell us about the changes in A...Show More

The Movies President Ronald Reagan Watched

50:00 | Mar 2nd, 2018

Mark Weinberg is a former special advisor and press secretary to President Ronald Reagan. His new book, "Movie Nights with The Reagans: A Memoir" recollects the movies watched at Camp David with Ronald and Nancy Reagan, and gives a behind-the-scenes ...Show More

Fed Reserve President Kashkari On Wages, Monetary Policy, And 2008 Financial Crash

42:00 | Mar 1st, 2018

Neel Kashkari, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, joins Ben Domenech in a discussion on monetary policy, the 2008 financial crisis, Dodd-Frank, and the current labor market. "We didn't think when we we...Show More

Marion Le Pen, Emmanuel Macron, And Disruption In European Politics

51:00 | Feb 28th, 2018

Bill Wirtz is a policy analyst and political correspondent based in Brussels, Belgium. Wirtz and Domenech discuss the controversial Marion Le Pen, the politics of Emmanuel Macron, European labor unions, and the failure of the EU.

Mollie Hemingway And Sean Davis On Second Amendment And Russia Conspiracies

49:00 | Feb 27th, 2018

Senior Editor Mollie Hemingway and Federalist Co-Founder Sean Davis comment on the current gun control conversations and the government's failure to protect citizens. They also discuss the latest updates we have on House Intelligence memos and invest...Show More

Behind The Cameras Of White House Press Briefings, CPAC, And DACA

51:00 | Feb 26th, 2018

Saagar Enjeti is a White House Correspondent at The Daily Caller News Foundation. He joins Bre Payton in studio, describing the behind the scenes of White House press briefings and recaps the big stories from CPAC. Nicole Russell, Senior Contributo...Show More

Gun Debates, Russia Security Threats, Justin Trudeau, And Jersey Shore

49:00 | Feb 23rd, 2018

Erielle Davidson is a Federalist contributor and an economic research assistant at the Hoover Institution. Mary Katharine Ham interviews Davidson about the media's spin on her panel at CPAC and the Parkland students response on gun control. Later in ...Show More

Dana Loesch On CNN Town Hall, Background Checks, And Mental Health

27:00 | Feb 22nd, 2018

Dana Loesch, nationally syndicated radio host and bestselling author, sits down with Ben Domenech the day after the CNN Town Hall on event on guns. Loesch describes how CNN lost control of the crowd and the debate. She discusses what she wants to com...Show More

Andy Ferguson On Writing, Politics, And Bogus Expertise

58:00 | Feb 21st, 2018

Andrew Ferguson is a senior editor and national correspondent for The Weekly Standard. He joins the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss his long career in journalism, writing, magazines, and politics. "I write a lot about social science because there ...Show More

Biology Is Not Bigotry And Other Responses To Transgender Activists

54:00 | Feb 20th, 2018

Ryan Anderson is the author of the new book, "When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment." Bre Payton interviews Anderson about his work on how transgender activists have disrupted education, civil rights, our military, and multipl...Show More

Labor Unions And Free Speech Face Off In 'Janus Vs. AFSCME' SCOTUS Case

44:00 | Feb 19th, 2018

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments next week for the case "Janus vs. AFSCME," which addresses first amendment issues in public sector labor and seeks to restore workers’ rights to freedom of speech. Daniel DiSalvo explains the details of this...Show More

Scott Flanders: Playboy CEO To Leader Of Health Insurance Marketplace

34:00 | Feb 16th, 2018

Scott Flanders is the CEO of eHealth, Inc, the leading online marketplace for health insurance. Previously he was CEO of Playboy Enterprises and Columbia House Records. Flanders and Domenech discuss health insurance e-commerce and the impact of Oba...Show More

'Black Panther' Movie, Comic Books, And Superhero Fatigue

52:00 | Feb 15th, 2018

David Betancourt is a comic book and culture reporter for The Washington Post. He joins Ben Domenech to nerd out about the new Black Panther movie, the rapidly expanding comic book universe, and the various adaptations for movies and television.

Jonah Goldberg On Shifting Parties, Trumpism, And Nationalism

54:00 | Feb 14th, 2018

Jonah Goldberg is a senior editor at National Review, host of The Remnant podcast, and holder of the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at AEI. Goldberg talks with Ben Domenech about the ways political parties and ideologies have changed.

Winter Olympic Standouts, Best Olympics Movies, And Valentine's Day

58:00 | Feb 13th, 2018

Mary Katharine Ham and Kristen Soltis Anderson discuss the 2018 Winter Olympics, the athletes and the events they are watching, as well as some of their best Valentine's Day failures and successes.

Sexual Harassment At Cato, Rob Porter, And The Making Of Politico's Playbook

52:00 | Feb 12th, 2018

Daniel Lippman is a Politico reporter and co-author of the Politico Playbook newsletter. Lippman joins Federalist Radio to discuss his story on the sexual misconduct of ex-Cato president Ed Crane, as well as the behind-the-scenes of writing "Playbook...Show More

In The News: Censorship, Compelled Speech, Jordan Peterson, And Rose McGowan

52:00 | Feb 9th, 2018

Bre Payton, staff writer at The Federalist, focuses on current court cases and reports of censorship. Payton interviews Montse Alvarado, Executive Director of Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, about compelled speech cases of city ordinances demandin...Show More

Sean Trende Explains Election Analysis, Demographics, And Midterms

52:00 | Feb 8th, 2018

Sean Trende, senior elections analyst at RealClear Politics, joins Federalist radio hour to discuss midterm elections, polling data, demographics, and debunking the biggest myths in political punditry.

Buck Sexton Weighs In On FBI Antics, James Comey, And House Memos

41:00 | Feb 7th, 2018

Buck Sexton is the host of The Buck Sexton Show, a former CIA analyst, and NYPD Intel Division. Sexton breaks down the politicization of the FBI, the Nunes Memo, and the antics of former FBI Director James Comey. "The notion that there was anythin...Show More

Brian Kilmeade On Andrew Jackson, American History, And Sports Media

53:00 | Feb 6th, 2018

Brian Kilmeade is a Fox & Friends host, radio host, and co-author of the book, "Andrew Jackson and The Miracle of New Orleans." Kilmeade revisits the War of 1812 and discusses the comparisons that have been made between Andrew Jackson and Donald Trum...Show More

The Midterm Elections, Voters, And Candidates With Amy Walter

57:00 | Feb 5th, 2018

Amy Walter is the national editor at The Cook Report. She joins Federalist Radio Hour to talk polling, midterm elections, and how voters and parties have rapidly changed.

A Tale Of Two Russian Conspiracies, A Dossier, And A Memo On The FBI

50:00 | Feb 2nd, 2018

Mollie Hemingway and Sean Davis break down the two tales of Russian collusion conspiracy theories and the details of the dossier, the memo, the FBI, and the media's existential crisis over it all.

Julia Ioffe On Russian Collusion, Putin, And Potential Indictments

40:00 | Feb 1st, 2018

Julia Ioffe, staff writer at the Atlantic, discusses her recent trip to Russia, attacks on free press, and the latest on what we know about Russian collusion in the 2016 elections. "The collusion element is in many ways more of a political question...Show More

Trump's First SOTU Speech, Jimmy Kimmel, And Paid Family Leave

36:00 | Jan 31st, 2018

Publisher Ben Domenech and Senior Writer Mary Katharine Ham recap the President's State of the Union address last night and all the included virtue signaling. They also discuss Jimmy Kimmel's interview with Stormy Daniels following the address and Tr...Show More

Niall Ferguson Maps The World's History Of Networks And Power

1:01:00 | Jan 30th, 2018

Niall Ferguson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute and author of the new book, "The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook." Ferguson puts the last 20 years of Silicon Valley into perspective by explaining t...Show More

Jeb Bush On Running For President, Immigration, And Education

32:00 | Jan 29th, 2018

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush sits down with host Ben Domenech to reflect on his presidential run in 2016 and to discuss the challenges of belonging to a political family. Later in the hour they discuss his relationship with Senator Rubio, Trump...Show More

The Politicization Of Abortion And The Future Of The Pro-Life Movement

45:00 | Jan 26th, 2018

Charles Camosy is an associate professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University, and board member of Democrats For Life. Camosy joins Federalist Radio to discuss how abortion has become a partisan issue, and the future of the pro-life...Show More

What's In Store For Health Insurance Markets, Entitlements, And Drug Trials?

51:00 | Jan 25th, 2018

Christopher Pope is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and an expert on health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and entitlement reform. Pope joins Ben Domenech to discuss what he expects to happen to U.S. insurance markets and regulations this...Show More

Yuval Levin On The Failures Of Congress And Trump's First Year

53:00 | Jan 24th, 2018

Yuval Levin and Ben Domenech discuss how Congress as an institution has crumbled internally and tries to legislate through the media. They also debate what Trump's administration has achieved policy-wise this year and how he will compare to other Rep...Show More

Nuclear Strategy, North Korea, And Trump's Foreign Policy

52:00 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Matthew Kroenig is an Associate Professor at Georgetown University and an international security Senior Fellow at The Atlantic Council. Kroenig joins Federalist Radio Hour to discuss nuclear weapons, North Korea, the Trump administration's foreign po...Show More

This Week In Congress, The White House, And The Political Media Bubble

49:00 | Jan 19th, 2018

Igor Bobic, politics reporter at HuffPost, discusses political coverage of Congress and the White House with Ben Domenech. They cover this week's stories from the potential government shut down to this wacky press conference with the White House doct...Show More

Failures Of #MeToo, Feminism, And Woes Of Modern Dating

51:00 | Jan 19th, 2018

Mary Katharine Ham and Inez Stepman address the current dating scene and the current sex panic that feminists are finding themselves in. They discuss the Aziz Ansari story and other stories of women who conflate victimhood with bad dating.

What Is FISA? Rand Paul And Others Debate Privacy And Surveillance

54:00 | Jan 18th, 2018

The Federalist Radio Hour interviews three individuals on this week's FISA bill and what it means for the privacy of American citizens. Ben Domenech discusses surveillance laws with Senator Rand Paul, Cato Institute Senior Fellow Julian Sanchez, and ...Show More

Clay Travis Talks Sports Media, ESPN, And Future Of The NFL

47:00 | Jan 17th, 2018

Clay Travis is a sports writer, Fox Sports Radio Host, and the founder and host of Outkick The Coverage. Travis joins Ben Domenech on air to discuss his unique career path into sports and how sports media is rapidly changing. Travis compares ESPN's...Show More

Tracing The Arc Of The #MeToo Movement, From Weinstein To Ansari

41:00 | Jan 16th, 2018

Emily Jashinsky, commentary writer at The Washington Examiner, joins Ben Domenech in studio to discuss the change in course of the #MeToo movement. Some women continue to share discomforting sexual encounters, while other women are calling the whole ...Show More

Gun Training, Gun Laws, And Media With Cam Edwards

51:00 | Jan 12th, 2018

Cam Edwards is currently the host of the “Cam & Company” show on NRA TV He lives on a 40-acre farm with his family in Farmville, Virginia. Edwards joins Ben in studio to answer questions on gun laws, gun training, and his role in conservative media.

The Latest News In Marijuana Regulations, Policing, And Crime

55:00 | Jan 11th, 2018

CJ Ciaramella, criminal justice reporter at Reason Magazine, discussed latest Attorney General Jeff Sessions actions on Marijuana and the future of the weed industry. "We have a giant chunk of the United States where there is recreational marijuan...Show More

Reviewing "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" With Alexandra Petri

53:00 | Jan 10th, 2018

Warning, this show contains Star Wars spoilers! Alexandra Petri is an opinion columnist for the Washington Post and Star Wars enthusiast. Petri and Domenech talk through their thoughts on the good, the bad, the silly, and the biggest disappointments ...Show More

Rabbi Meir Soloveichik On Religion, Jewish Ideas, And The American Founders

1:02:00 | Jan 9th, 2018

Rabbi Meir Soloveichik discusses issues of religious liberty, the decline of religion in America, and give a historical perspective on how faith and the role Judaism played in the creation of our country. Soloveichik is the Rabbi of Congregation Sh...Show More

College Football, Playoffs, And The Rose Bowl With Mary Katharine Ham And Guy Benson

50:00 | Jan 8th, 2018

Mary Katharine Ham and Guy Benson take a break from their day job of talking politics to discuss football and tonight's NCAA National Championship. They preview tonight's Georgia-Alabama face off and break down the season. They also discuss why colle...Show More

Hemingway And Harsanyi: FBI Investigations, North Korea, And Bannon

57:00 | Jan 5th, 2018

Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi host this episode of Federalist Radio Hour, discussing the latest on the FBI's ongoing election investigation, Fusion GPS, and the infamous dossier. They also talk Steve Bannon, Trump's North Korea tweets, and hate...Show More

A White House Gossip Book, Steve Bannon, And A Year Of Fake News

55:00 | Jan 4th, 2018

Becket Adams is a commentary writer and media reporter at "The Washington Examiner." Adams and Domenech discuss the latest D.C. gossip surrounding the Bannon-Trump feud, as well as how Michael Wolff seemingly embedded himself in Trump's White House. ...Show More

Understanding The New Tax Policy With Veronique De Rugy

54:00 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Veronique de Rugy is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. She joins Ben Domenech to discuss the aftermath of the GOP tax bill, the new corporate tax rate, federal spending, and some French politics.

A Reading Of Timeless Christmas Poems, Essays, And Speeches

41:00 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Ben Domenech, publisher of the Federalist, reads some of the most well-known writings of the Christmas season, as well a several lesser known poems and speeches from our country's past. Listen to Christmas addresses from Churchill, Reagan, and Cool...Show More

This Year In Sports: The Players, Teams, And Media Of 2017

1:04:00 | Dec 21st, 2017

Neil Greenberg is a sports writer and stats geek at The Washington Post, who joins Ben Domenech on Federalist Radio to recap this year in sports. They discuss the big changes in players, teams, leagues, and sports media. Greenberg defends why he do...Show More

Recapping A Year Of Trump Politics With Robert Draper

57:00 | Dec 20th, 2017

Robert Draper is an author and writer at New York Times Magazine and National Geographic. Draper joins Federalist Radio to review how this year in politics went for Republicans, Democrats, and our new President. They explore changes in the staff ar...Show More

The Economic And Cultural Impact Of Marriage On Men, Women, And Children

55:00 | Dec 19th, 2017

W. Bradford Wilcox is Director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, Professor of Sociology, and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies. Wilcox shares his research on marriage, families, and how the structure of ...Show More

Bill McMorris On The Most Notable Bros Of 2017

55:00 | Dec 18th, 2017

Bill McMorris is a reporter at the Washington Free Beacon, and a self-proclaimed bro. McMorris joins Ben to once again hash out the latest additions and upsets in the bro world and to recap how the bros faired in the year 2017. "You know who hasn't...Show More

The Crisis Of Modern Political Parties And A Broken Government

56:00 | Dec 15th, 2017

Dr. Matthew Spalding is Associate Vice President and Dean of Educational Programs for Hillsdale College in Washington, D.C. He joins Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the break down of American political parties and how we can return to a functioning ...Show More

Will Rahn On Roy Moore, Trumpism, And Our Culture's Sex Crisis

54:00 | Dec 14th, 2017

Will Rahn, politics editor at CBS News Digital, joins Ben Domenech on Federalist Radio to discuss this week's election in Alabama and what it means for the Republicans and Democratic Parties in the long run. They also discuss the viral New Yorker ess...Show More