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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, and Mary Katharine Ham, Domenech delivers smart and compelling dialogues on politics, culture, religion, and entertainment every day of the week. Support the show by subscribing, rating, and writing a review!

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Ken Starr Opens Up 20 Years After The Clinton Investigation
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, memorable moments, regrets, and the similarities between Clinton's case and the investigations of the current President. "I did not know where the road might lead. I would say that I was reasonably prepared but not fully prepared given the dimensions...the public narrative and reaction was so overpowering."
Sep 19, 2018
Revisiting History's Favorite Populists With Chris Stirewalt
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 populists, the rise of Donald Trump style populism, and the political game being played around Bret Kavanaugh's nomination.
Sep 18, 2018
Mark Leibovich Goes Inside The World Of Football, Sports Writing, And Roger Goodell
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 eccentric team owners, and the fate of the league's cultural dominance.
Sep 17, 2018
Hemingway And Harsanyi: Kavanaugh, Midterms, And Norm Macdonald
Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi discuss the Democrats recent smear against Brett Kavanaugh, the return of Obama, Norm Macdonald's #MeToo comments, and comedy.
Sep 14, 2018
Behind The Scenes Of The 'Gosnell' Abortion Doctor Movie
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 of media coverage, and the challenges of producing and selling a movie that Hollywood didn't want made.
Sep 13, 2018
Can Nationalism Save The World From Universalist Ideologies?
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 danger, and why the world should be built on independent, self-governing nations. Hazony shows how the Old Testament models political order based on the independence of a nation living within limited borders alongside other independent nations.
Sep 12, 2018
Democrats Push Single Payer, Republicans Push Paid Family Leave
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.
Sep 11, 2018
America's Bros: Kavanaugh, Michael Avenatti, And Jay Cutler
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? Who are the bros running for 2020? They debate other bro and not-bro athletes and politicians including Jimmy Kimmel, Ted Cruz, Colin Kaepernick, Ryan Gosling, Keith Hernandez, and more.
Sep 10, 2018
DC Plays Whodunnit With NYT Anonymous Op-Ed
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 White House, and why Twitter banned Alex Jones and InfoWars.
Sep 07, 2018
Recapping The Circus In The Senate At Kavanaugh's SCOTUS Hearings
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.
Sep 06, 2018
What Cultural Trends Created 'The Coddling Of The American Mind'?
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 studio to discuss fearful parenting, the turmoil on college campuses, and the crippling of Americans' social, emotional, and intellectual development.
Sep 05, 2018
New Title IX Rules Could Restore Due Process On College Campuses
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 transportation: scooters. "The new guidance will apparently will be saying colleges have no obligation to handle these things if they're not actually happening on campus," he said. "In tweaking these proceedings, maybe we are blowing an opportunity to say, 'Actually colleges should play no role in the adjudicating of violence and sexual crimes.'"
Sep 04, 2018
Unpacking The Latest Catholic Church Scandals And Political Infighting
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 Pope Francis and Church leadership has responded to these stories and the political implications for the institution as a whole.
Aug 31, 2018
Leading Up To Midterms, The 'Blue Wave,' And Dating In DC
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.
Aug 30, 2018
The Best Of Federalist Radio Interviews On Gun Safety & Firearm Laws
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.
Aug 29, 2018
Hemingway And Harsanyi: Lanny Davis, Media Hypocrisy, And Spies
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 correct. Finally, Mollie breaks down the major problems with the New York Times' reporting about the FBI's human informants on the Trump campaign.
Aug 28, 2018
Tribalism, Identity, And The Search For Political Unity
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 Americans can overcome our debilitating political tribalism. America is a “super-group…a group in which membership is open to individuals of any background but that at the same time binds its members together with a strong, overarching, group-transcending collective identity.”
Aug 27, 2018
Thumbtack Wants Become The Amazon For Home Services
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 starting a tech company, the future of the service economy, and how Thumbtack meshes with neighborhood and community.
Aug 24, 2018
Kara Swisher On The Biggest Misconceptions About Silicon Valley
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. They discuss free speech, trouble-making bots, social media, and the misconceptions about Silicon Valley's political ideology.
Aug 23, 2018
Hemingway And Harsanyi: Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, And Impeachment
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 convictions implicate President Trump?
Aug 22, 2018
The Paid Family Leave Plan Republicans Want Congress To Pass
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 benefits. Domenech and Biggs also discuss the financial disaster in Puerto Rico and the challenges they face in becoming economically stable.
Aug 21, 2018
Restoring Human Dignity Is Essential For Improving Public Discourse
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 political debates. Darling is the vice-president of communications for the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Aug 20, 2018
Security Clearances Are Not Free Speech And Other Ideas The Media Elite Get Wrong
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 the 2016 fake news...panic," Tracey said. "There was this reckoning among political media elites...and they in large part concluded that the most significant contributor to that was the fact that the Internet was just too open and too susceptible to bad actors."
Aug 17, 2018
Here's What Is Happening In Turkey: Sanctions, Erdo?an, And Border Conflicts
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, Turkey's border crisis, and the Iran deal.
Aug 16, 2018
Author Makes The Case For Pulling Your Child Out Of Public School
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 ideological curriculum, will impact their children's character.
Aug 14, 2018
Can Silicon Valley Fix Their Free Speech Problem?
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 government might try to regulate the digital world.
Aug 14, 2018
David Harsanyi's Music Picks: Sex Pistols, R.E.M, The Replacements
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, R.E.M., The Replacements, Nirvana, and Big Star.
Aug 13, 2018
Can This Private Social Network Bring Neighbors Together?
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 problems, encouraging positive interactions among neighbors, and discouraging anonymous users.
Aug 10, 2018
Policy Impacts On Women & Families: Paid Leave, Housing, And Social Engineering
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.
Aug 09, 2018
North Korean Defector Shares Her Story Of Torture, Escape, And Freedom
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 thought we would die in North Korea because it was exposed to the government that we believed in Christianity."
Aug 08, 2018
Oren Cass On Political Economics And The New Labor Market
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 that people don't understand how good things are," Cass said. "If the economic data are saying that things are wonderful and people in the country are saying things are not, we need to ask what the economic data is missing."
Aug 07, 2018
Mollie's Music Picks: David Bowie, New Order, And The Smiths
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 Bowie, New Order, and the Smiths.
Aug 06, 2018
Sex Neuroscientist Researches Biological Differences Between Men And Women
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 skewed by the media, and the biggest misconceptions about gender.
Aug 03, 2018
'Conservative Millennial' Allie Stuckey On Comedy, Kardashians, And Teens
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 attacked for using humor. They discuss her message to millennials and the cultural influence of Instagram celebrities.
Aug 02, 2018
How Conservatives Benefit From A Disrupted Media Industry
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, the and importance of owning the libs.
Aug 01, 2018
When Religious Institutions Collide With Politics, Sexual Abuse, And Millenials
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 impacts both American politics and institutions.
Jul 31, 2018
Hemingway And Harsanyi: Collusion, FISA Documents, And Comedians In Cars
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 be allowed to seek out information on opponents from foreign agents?
Jul 30, 2018
Ireland Voted To Make Abortion Legal. Here's How It Happened
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 years? Did Facebook and YouTube ban pro-life messages? What happens now that the vote to repeal the 8th amendment won?
Jul 27, 2018
"Conflation Of The Republican Party And Conservatism"
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 socialism.
Jul 26, 2018
Midterm Elections And The Donors Behind Them
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.
Jul 25, 2018
Why We Need Moral Clarity In The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
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 Middle East and why America should ultimately support freedom and freedom-seekers.
Jul 24, 2018
Simpsons Creator Shares The Jokes That Didn't Make It
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 against Apu, Simpsons predictions, and the behind-the-scenes of joke writing.
Jul 23, 2018
Bari Weiss On Why Everybody Hates Her And The Intellectual Dark Web
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.
Jul 20, 2018
"Facebook: Where Truth Struggles To Live"
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.
Jul 19, 2018
The Dying Days Of A Small Town Appalachia Honky-Tonk
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 discuss themes of his book: country music, local celebrity, and dying Appalachia communities.
Jul 18, 2018
Should We Care About Trump Vs. Putin? Does Denouncing Putin Matter?
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.
Jul 17, 2018
A Look At Brett Kavanaugh's Judicial Record
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 Kavanaugh's judicial record. They discuss 4th amendment issues, John Roberts, and what to expect from the hearings in August.
Jul 16, 2018
News Round Up On Fiery FBI Hearing, Plastic Straws, And Scarlett Johansson
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 out of a trans acting role.
Jul 13, 2018
Filmmaker Says Elvis Presley's Life Is A Metaphor For America
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 between American politics in the eras of Elvis and Trump.
Jul 12, 2018
Should We Give People Money? UBI, Poverty, And Work
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 poverty, technology, the future of work, and what would happen if we gave everyone $1000.
Jul 11, 2018
Shannon Bream On Kavanaugh, Roe v. Wade, And Recent SCOTUS Decisions
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 report on the judicial branch.
Jul 10, 2018
David Brooks Talks Localism, Conservatism, Writing On The NYT Opinion Page
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.
Jul 09, 2018
The Chernobyl Catastrophe And The Fall Of The Soviet Union
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 the stories of the firefighters, scientists, and the thousands who fell ill after the nuclear disaster.
Jul 06, 2018
Independence Day Readings From Coolidge, Douglass, And Tocqueville
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 celebrate U.S. independence.
Jul 03, 2018
Aspen Ideas Live Taping: The Future Of The American Right
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 redefining the Republican Party and the conservative movement, and what does it mean for domestic and foreign policy in the future? Is the party of Ronald Reagan lost forever? Is Trump an aberration or the way of the future? What issues and trends will define the American right post-Trump?
Jul 02, 2018
Relationships, Dating In The Digital Age, And 'The Bachelorette'
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.'
Jul 02, 2018
Hemingway And Harsanyi: Annapolis Shooting, SCOTUS, And Civility
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 one of the oligarchs in black robes causes this much angst, that is a really good indication that the Supreme Court has taken too much authority over the lives of the American people," Hemingway said.
Jun 29, 2018
One Story Of Overcoming Childhood Trauma, Poverty, And Mental Illness
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 undeserved childhood, substance abuse, PTSD and anxiety.
Jun 28, 2018
Janus Vs. AFSCME, Progressive Victory For Ocasio, And Country Music
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 decision on Janus vs. AFSCME and the infiltration of pop country music.
Jun 27, 2018
Why Does Everybody Hate Each Other? Politics, Trust, And Twitter
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 social media's destructive powers.
Jun 26, 2018
The State Of The Arts, Political Harassment, And Linguistics Of Trump
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.
Jun 25, 2018
Writer And Director Makes Feature Film Out Of Landmark Legal Case
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 issues through storytelling.
Jun 22, 2018
Jay Cost On Hamilton, Madison, And America's Wealthy Origin Story
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 America's origin as a wealthy yet unequal nation. They also talk current 2018 elections and competitive races this year.
Jun 21, 2018
What's Happening With The Border And Immigration Legislation On The Hill
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 Davidison reports on what Border Patrol agents are dealing with on a daily basis and how drug cartels play a major role in the inflation of migrants.
Jun 20, 2018
Hemingway And Harsanyi: Border Enforcement, IG Report, And FBI Investigation
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 Hillary Clinton investigation.
Jun 19, 2018
Mona Charen On Feminists, Hook-Up Culture, And The War On Men
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 for women. She also shares her research on dating, hook-up culture, and the war that has been waged against men.
Jun 18, 2018
One Year Later: On Steve Scalise And The Congressional Baseball Shooting
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 race for the next Speaker of the House.
Jun 15, 2018
Appellate Judge On The Promises And Failures Of Baby Boomers And American Institutions
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 and pleads with future generations not to repeat them. Wilkinson is a Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge and the author of "All Falling Faiths: Reflections on the Promise and Failure of the 1960s."
Jun 14, 2018
How To Escape Busyness And Find The Time You Don't Seem To Have
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 management, and skills of CEOs and other successful time managers.
Jun 13, 2018
Discussing 'The Bachelorette,' 'Sex And The City,' And Miss America In The #MeToo Era
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-centered shows. Later in the hour, they discuss the announced changes to the Miss America competition.
Jun 12, 2018
Christopher Nixon Cox Revisits President Nixon's Legacy, Policies, And Relationship With Press
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 today, and Chris's memories of his grandfather.
Jun 11, 2018
The Latest Changes And Road Blocks In Health Care Policy, Obamacare
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.
Jun 08, 2018
Podcast: Dave Rubin On Free Speech, Comedy, Identity Politics, And Abortion
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 other topics including comedy, identity politics, YouTube censorship, and why he is pro-choice.
Jun 07, 2018
Cathy Young On The Enlightenment, Modern Feminists, And Socialism
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.
Jun 06, 2018
Does America Have A Foreign Policy? Jacob Heilbrunn Argues Yes
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 conservatism, the new German Ambassador, and Trump's feud with the NFL.
Jun 05, 2018
Former Lobbyist Turned Inmate Is Now Fighting For Criminal Justice Reform
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 Radio for a discussion on Matthew Charles, criminal justice reform under Trump, and his own personal experiences with law enforcement.
Jun 04, 2018
McKay Coppins On Trolling, Stephen Miller, And Presidential Pardons
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 Coppins also discuss Martha Stewart, parenting, and high school.
Jun 01, 2018
An Inside Look At The Writing And Creative Process Of Video Games
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 gameplay.
May 31, 2018
Has Trump Been Good For Comedy? The New Late Night, Stand-Up, And Netflix Specials
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 the news cycle have had on comedians.
May 30, 2018
NPR's Mara Liasson Talks Media, Baby Boomers, Midterms, And 2020
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.
May 29, 2018
Mary Katharine Ham Watches Star Wars For The First Time
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 watch the films, her reaction to her first viewings, and how the films have held up over time.
May 25, 2018
Charlie LeDuff Calls Out The Facade Of The Media And America's Elite Class
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 traveled across the country talking to Americans, reporting on the tragic, desperate ways their lives are crumbling and why the media fails to tell their stories.
May 24, 2018
David Frum On Immigration, Civil Discourse, Foreign Policy, And Impeachment
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 debate in society, and the current policies of the Trump administration.
May 23, 2018
Olivier Knox On Why Consumers Have Lost Trust In The News Media
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 engage with new stories.
May 22, 2018
Royal Wedding Recap, Fixing The Federal Budget, And Summer Fitness
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 bill, and summer work out trends.
May 21, 2018
Hemingway and Harsanyi: FBI Spying, Leaks, And Gaza Riots
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.
May 18, 2018
Let's Get Ready To Gamble: SCOTUS Strikes Down Sports Betting Ban
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 on sporting events, and to ESPN reporter David Purdum about the economics and impact on the gambling industry.
May 16, 2018
Salena Zito Talks To The Voters Creating Trump's Populist Coalition
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 across 10 swing counties. How is the American electorate shifting and what is the national media leaving out of the conversation?
May 16, 2018
Inside The Love-Hate Relationship Of The Media And Donald Trump
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 Trump. He discusses the evolution of news media, Trump's relationship with Morning Joe, and other White House drama the media loves to hate.
May 15, 2018
Danielle Crittenden On Feminism, Incels, And Modern Dating
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.
May 14, 2018
A Guide To 'Avengers: Infinity War' And The Future Of Marvel's Cinematic Universe
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 questions like, "Are crossover stories a cop out?" and "Is Robert Downy Jr. too old to play Iron Man?"
May 11, 2018
Outrages And Apologies: From Celebrities And Twitter Mobs To Kanye And Katy Perry
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 gap.
May 10, 2018
Amanda Carpenter On Trump's Lies, Conspiracies, And Gaslighting Politics
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 and how Carpenter herself was publicly smeared during the 2016 presidential race.
May 09, 2018
Becket Adams On WHCD, Stormy Daniels, And Westworld
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 for the new season of HBO's Westworld.
May 08, 2018
The State Of Free Speech, Culture Wars, And Tolerance Of Ideas
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 people who describe themselves as 'liberals' to engage in liberalism when it comes to ideas," Domenech said.
May 07, 2018
Fans Take On Marvel, DC, And The Comic Book Industry's SJW Self-Destruction
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 comics industry.
May 04, 2018
A New Era Of Public Opinion Polling, Data, And Market Research
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 technology and online surveys are used for consumer data and market research.
May 03, 2018
The History, Strategy, And Gameplay Of Dungeons And Dragons
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 Dragons.
May 02, 2018
Former Carl's Jr. CEO Andy Puzder Talks Capitalism, Advertising, And Business
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 Plot to Stop It," explains how pro-business policies lead to economic growth for everyone.
May 01, 2018
Jonathan Rauch On Happiness And Why Life Gets Better After 50
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 slump is a natural and essential part of a human's life, but also how said human can find a path a through it.
Apr 30, 2018
On Puerto Rico: Hurricane Recovery, Statehood, And Debt Crisis
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.
Apr 27, 2018
Ross Douthat On Pope Francis, The Catholic Church, And Fantasy Novels
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 current Pontifex has created a division in the church.
Apr 26, 2018
Meet The Unemployed MBA Student Who Launched Luxury Dress Shirt Company
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 dressing men. "It's shirt-making-- this has been going on for hundreds of years so we are aware of that," he said. "But I think at the same time we were comforted by that we weren't creating like the new solar technology, but that if we created a great product, used great materials, priced it at value...we could create a business that worked."
Apr 25, 2018
Here's How Facebook Decides What You Can And Can't Post
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 often see social media companies as faceless silicon valley overlords.
Apr 24, 2018
Mike Pence, Clinton Country, And The Bubbles We Create With Adam Wren
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 views of him in Indiana, as well as the political bubbles both urban and rural Americans find themselves in.
Apr 23, 2018
Hemingway And Harsanyi Talk Comey Memos, Mueller Probe, And Hannity
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. "[Comey] publicly gave every indication and every selective leak coming out of that bureau was suggesting that this was a huge deal," Hemingway said. "That the President was implicated and that there was actual treasonous collusion between Trump and Russia and by the way that is still going on today."
Apr 20, 2018
America's Biggest Military Concerns In Russia, Syria, And Congress's Authority
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 in Syria and the Middle East, and Congress's involvement in America's foreign policy.
Apr 19, 2018
Dating, Rape Culture, And Remembering Barbara Bush
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 hour, they discuss the life of First Lady Barbara Bush and what women can learn from her legacy today.
Apr 18, 2018
Mike Lee On Measuring Social Capital And The Closeness Of Communities
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 what studying families, health, crime, and volunteer work tells us about American institutions, religion, loneliness, and communities.
Apr 17, 2018
Writer Lionel Shriver On Censorship, Literature, Social Media, And TSA
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 world of literature.
Apr 16, 2018
How San Francisco's Liberal Utopia Invites Homelessness, Drugs, And Crime Into The City
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 to Erielle Davidson, a Federalist Contributor and current San Francisco resident, about how rampant crime, drugs, and homelessness have taken over the city.
Apr 13, 2018
Saying Goodbye To Paul Ryan, Plus Ted Kennedy And 'Chappaquiddick' Movie
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 Ted Kennedy's legacy might be different in today's Washington politics.
Apr 12, 2018
Naomi Schaefer Riley On Screen Time, Social Media Mobs, And Ideological Diversity
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 media mobs and their fear of ideological diversity.
Apr 11, 2018
Discussing National Security, Syria, And Jazz Music
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, music, and vinyl.
Apr 10, 2018
Parsing Out Successes And Set Backs Of The Pro-Life Movement On Capitol Hill
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 original organizer of Susan B. Anthony List, a grassroots lobbying organization that works to pass pro-life legislation and elect pro-life politicians.
Apr 09, 2018
Behind The Scenes Of First Lady Nancy Reagan's White House
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 both of the famous and lesser known stories in the press at the time about Mrs. Reagan. She also describes the First Lady's passion for the tough issue of teen drug abuse.
Apr 05, 2018
White House Updates On Tariffs, Saudis, And Facebook
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 Domenech discuss Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg's expected testimony on Capitol Hill next week.
Apr 05, 2018
Latest On Gaza Protests, Plus Christianity In Middle East Conflicts
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 Gaza right now.
Apr 04, 2018
Sebastian Gorka On Bolton, Pompeo, And Revisionist History
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 revisionist history of Obama's foreign policy legacy.
Apr 03, 2018
Latest From The FDA And Scott Gottlieb On Drug Trials, Nicotine, And Opioids
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 out of Trump's Food and Drug Administration. Riggs explains new legislation on "right to try" drug trials and how bureaucrats are attempting to address the opioid crisis.
Apr 02, 2018
SCOTUS Update: Free Speech For Pro-Life Groups And Gerrymandering
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 centers.
Mar 30, 2018
Is Journalism Also Activism? Josh Kraushaar On Midterms And Sports Media
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 journalists, whether you're an opinion journalist, whether you're a reporter...the goal is to pursue truth."
Mar 29, 2018
Mollie Hemingway Moderates Panel Of Leading Conservative Women
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 DeCasper, and former Congresswoman Nan Hayworth.
Mar 28, 2018
Students At 'March For Our Lives' Rally Argue For Safety Over Freedom
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 expressed fears of dying at school, despite the fact that schools are statistically safer than ever before. Later in the hour, they discuss the sustained fight against free speech and due process on college campuses, plus his recent venture into the game of "Dungeons and Dragons."
Mar 27, 2018
Politico's Tim Alberta On Journalism, Dave Ramsey, And Pat Buchanan
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 journalists can both succeed and fall short in covering politics.
Mar 26, 2018
A Deep Dive Into Western Movies And Spring Fashion Banality
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. Later in the hour, they discuss the do's and don'ts of fashion trends this spring.
Mar 23, 2018
Why Is The FBI Probing NCAA College Basketball?
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.
Mar 22, 2018
An Analysis Of Identity Politics, Tribalism, And Progressive Political Thought
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 AWC Family Foundation Fellow at the Heritage Foundation.
Mar 21, 2018
Ken Cuccinelli On FBI Investigations, Andrew McCabe, And Cable News
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 on cable news this last year.
Mar 20, 2018
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers On Trust, Culture Wars, And Down Syndrome
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 diagnosed with down syndrome.
Mar 19, 2018
Reforming Welfare, Health Care, And Drug Policy At The State Level
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 nuts and bolts of health care policy.
Mar 16, 2018
Unraveling The Insane Story Of Gawker, Hulk Hogan, And Peter Thiel
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 later when Theil is unmasked that the New York Times and essentially all media outlets flip out," Holiday said. "The precedent legally is much less than anyone thinks. The precedent culturally...that a few individuals working in secret can have massive implications on the discourse or relationship with technology is the real precedent."
Mar 15, 2018
Hohmann: Rex Tillerson, Pennsylvania Special Election, And Midterms
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 Tillerson's exit from the Trump administration. "Being a corporate executive, being a master of the universe running ExxonMobil is a very different job from being a diplomat," he said. "The way that you're powerful [as Secretary of State] is being perceived as having the confidence of the President."
Mar 14, 2018
Amy Chua On Tribalism And How To Restore American Unity And Pride
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 tribalism. "Tribalism, not only is it not always bad, it's hard wired in us," she said. "It's not that we can't overcome it, but our natural tendency is to want to belong to groups."
Mar 13, 2018
What Happens Everyday On The Texas-Mexico Border In Rio Grande Valley
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.
Mar 09, 2018
NYT Reporter Jeremy Peters On His Career In Political Journalism
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 what conservative voters are thinking now.
Mar 08, 2018
Kmele Foster Talks Race In Politics And Entertainment
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 and rather than talking about meaningful solutions... the only thing we can talk about is slavery and discrimination and how people who disagree with you are racist," Foster said.
Mar 07, 2018
Steven Pinker On Science, Progress, And Why Humanity Is Better Than Ever
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 on the rise across the globe.
Mar 06, 2018
Daniel Hannan On Conservatism, History, And Nostalgia
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 American politics.
Mar 05, 2018
The Movies President Ronald Reagan Watched
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 look at the Reagan presidency.
Mar 02, 2018
Fed Reserve President Kashkari On Wages, Monetary Policy, And 2008 Financial Crash
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 were in the middle of the financial crisis, in our worst moments, we didn't think we'd get a single dollar back from the TARP," he said. "The fact of the matter is we got virtually all the money back for the taxpayers."
Mar 01, 2018
Marion Le Pen, Emmanuel Macron, And Disruption In European Politics
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.
Feb 28, 2018
Mollie Hemingway And Sean Davis On Second Amendment And Russia Conspiracies
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 investigations into who has actually colluding with Russians.
Feb 27, 2018
Behind The Cameras Of White House Press Briefings, CPAC, And DACA
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 Contributor at The Federalist, breaks down the details of Wheaton College's victory over the Obamacare contraceptive mandate.
Feb 26, 2018
Gun Debates, Russia Security Threats, Justin Trudeau, And Jersey Shore
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 the hour, they also discuss the revival of the Jersey Shore and Kylie Jenner's baby.
Feb 23, 2018
Dana Loesch On CNN Town Hall, Background Checks, And Mental Health
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 communicate to students and gun control activists about background checks, mental health, gun laws and more.
Feb 22, 2018
Andy Ferguson On Writing, Politics, And Bogus Expertise
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 is so much bogus social science out there," he said. "I'm worried about people getting cowed by experts and intellectuals...there are ways of breaking those bubbles of hot air that these people blow."
Feb 21, 2018
Biology Is Not Bigotry And Other Responses To Transgender Activists
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 multiple areas of policy. Anderson explains how "biology is not bigotry" and dismantles the logical fallacies of the transgender movement.
Feb 20, 2018
Labor Unions And Free Speech Face Off In 'Janus Vs. AFSCME' SCOTUS Case

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 case and how, as a public sector employee, he has had to jump through hoops to exercise his own first amendment rights. 

Daniel DiSalvo is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and an associate professor of political science in the Colin Powell School at the City College of New York–CUNY. 

Feb 19, 2018
Scott Flanders: Playboy CEO To Leader Of Health Insurance Marketplace
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 Obamacare on the healthcare marketplace. Flanders reflects on his time at Playboy and why they made the changes they did to their products and brand.
Feb 16, 2018
'Black Panther' Movie, Comic Books, And Superhero Fatigue
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.
Feb 15, 2018
Jonah Goldberg On Shifting Parties, Trumpism, And Nationalism
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.
Feb 14, 2018
Winter Olympic Standouts, Best Olympics Movies, And Valentine's Day
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.
Feb 13, 2018
Sexual Harassment At Cato, Rob Porter, And The Making Of Politico's Playbook
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" each morning. Later in the hour, Lippman and Domenech discuss the Obamas' official portraits and the art that comes out of a presidency.
Feb 12, 2018
In The News: Censorship, Compelled Speech, Jordan Peterson, And Rose McGowan
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 demanding pregnancy centers to display signs about abortion services. David Marcus, Federalist correspondent, discusses trans activists shouting down Rose McGowan last week and why everyone is talking about professor Jordan Peterson.
Feb 09, 2018
Sean Trende Explains Election Analysis, Demographics, And Midterms
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.
Feb 08, 2018
Buck Sexton Weighs In On FBI Antics, James Comey, And House Memos
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 anything sensitive or damaging to sources in that memo is laughable, and we should remember that was a primary objection, for at least a few days leading up to its release, from Democrats and the FBI itself," Sexton said.
Feb 07, 2018
Brian Kilmeade On Andrew Jackson, American History, And Sports Media
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 Trump.
Feb 06, 2018
The Midterm Elections, Voters, And Candidates With Amy Walter
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.
Feb 05, 2018
A Tale Of Two Russian Conspiracies, A Dossier, And A Memo On The FBI
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.
Feb 02, 2018
Julia Ioffe On Russian Collusion, Putin, And Potential Indictments
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...there is a criminal justice element of it but there is also a political element," Ioffe said.
Feb 01, 2018
Trump's First SOTU Speech, Jimmy Kimmel, And Paid Family Leave
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 Trump's relationship with the media. Later in the hour, Ben gives his proposal for a smarter way to provide Americans with paid family leave.
Jan 31, 2018
Niall Ferguson Maps The World's History Of Networks And Power
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 the importance of systems and networks throughout history. Domenech and Ferguson also discuss populism, institutions, and our American networks.
Jan 30, 2018
Jeb Bush On Running For President, Immigration, And Education
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, and immigration.
Jan 29, 2018
The Politicization Of Abortion And The Future Of The Pro-Life Movement

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 movement.

"The pro-life movement has been running people who are strong pro-life Republicans to defeat pro-life Democrats. But what about Republicans? Are we just going to roll over every time they ignore what we say we want them to do?" Camosy said. 

Jan 26, 2018
What's In Store For Health Insurance Markets, Entitlements, And Drug Trials?
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 year.
Jan 25, 2018
Yuval Levin On The Failures Of Congress And Trump's First Year

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 Republican presidents. 

Yuval Levin is Vice President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center and EPPC's Hertog Fellow, and is the editor of National Affairs magazine. 

"Congress ought to make its work more legislative, not executive, and that means breaking down these consolidated processes," Levin said. "The trouble is Congress doesn't actually want control... if they did, they could do it by reforming their own institution." 

Jan 24, 2018
Nuclear Strategy, North Korea, And Trump's Foreign Policy
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 policy.
Jan 23, 2018
Failures Of #MeToo, Feminism, And Woes Of Modern Dating
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.
Jan 19, 2018
This Week In Congress, The White House, And The Political Media Bubble
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 doctor.
Jan 19, 2018
What Is FISA? Rand Paul And Others Debate Privacy And Surveillance
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 Jamil Jaffer, a former Bush administration official and Founder of National Security Institute.
Jan 18, 2018
Clay Travis Talks Sports Media, ESPN, And Future Of The NFL
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 business model to that of Blockbuster's. "Blockbuster's entire business plan was what? They rented the content that other people created and gave you an opportunity to rent to rent it yourself, " he said. "And once you could get that content direct, there was no reason for Blockbuster video to exist."
Jan 17, 2018
Tracing The Arc Of The #MeToo Movement, From Weinstein To Ansari
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 movement a witch hunt. "I think the Aziz Ansari incident shows that we need to start splitting the #MeToo conversation into stories about sexual misconduct, and then into the discussion what constitutes sexual misconduct," she said.
Jan 16, 2018
Gun Training, Gun Laws, And Media With Cam Edwards
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.
Jan 12, 2018
The Latest News In Marijuana Regulations, Policing, And Crime
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 marijuana, and one of the biggest problems with normalizing the marijuana market is uncertainty," he said. Later in the hour, Ciaramella shares details of his reporting on civil asset forfeiture, prisons and policing. "Agencies who participate in the Justice Department's big asset forfeiture program get payouts from a giant pool that all contribute to," he said.
Jan 11, 2018
Reviewing "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" With Alexandra Petri
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 of the The Last Jedi.
Jan 10, 2018
Rabbi Meir Soloveichik On Religion, Jewish Ideas, And The American Founders
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 Shearith Israel in New York City, and the director of the Zehava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University. Later in the hour , Soloveichik explains why declaring Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is bigger than Trump or politics. Soloveichik is teaching an online course on Jewish ideas and how our American Founding Fathers encountered them.
Jan 09, 2018
College Football, Playoffs, And The Rose Bowl With Mary Katharine Ham And Guy Benson
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 college athletics are proving to have a stronger fan base than professional sports leagues.
Jan 08, 2018
Hemingway And Harsanyi: FBI Investigations, North Korea, And Bannon
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 mail.
Jan 05, 2018
A White House Gossip Book, Steve Bannon, And A Year Of Fake News
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. Later in the hour, Adams describes his 15,000 word compilation of bad reporting and fake news stories from 2017.
Jan 04, 2018
Understanding The New Tax Policy With Veronique De Rugy
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.
Jan 03, 2018
A Reading Of Timeless Christmas Poems, Essays, And Speeches
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 Coolidge, as well as classic poems and essays from Chesterton, Dickens, Bohoeffer, R. C. Sproul and more.
Dec 22, 2017
This Year In Sports: The Players, Teams, And Media Of 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 doesn't think Eli Manning is worthy of the Hall of Fame. "It's supposed to be reserved for great players, not very good players," he said. "Eli, while very good, probably doesn't rise to the level of Hall of Fame."
Dec 21, 2017
Recapping A Year Of Trump Politics With Robert Draper
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 around Trump, the Mueller investigation, the legislative successes and failures, and the Democratic game plan in 2018.
Dec 20, 2017
The Economic And Cultural Impact Of Marriage On Men, Women, And Children
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 both impact economics, class divides, and individual success. "We do know that when it comes to your happiness in life, marriage tends to give you a boost, and that kids tend to reduce your happiness...of course they also tend to increase your sense of meaning in life," Wilcox said. Domenech and Wilcox explore why men are delaying marriage and the rise of cohabiting relationships.
Dec 19, 2017
Bill McMorris On The Most Notable Bros Of 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 been accused of sexual harassment? Anyone from the cast of 'The Jersey Shore'. These guys are squeaky clean evidently," McMorris said.
Dec 18, 2017
The Crisis Of Modern Political Parties And A Broken Government
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 constitutional government. "I think what we're seeing is the growing crisis of this form of governing and politics fighting over that," Spalding said. "All of this feeds the way the modern bureaucratic state and modern presidency has transformed itself over some decades now. The modern left is playing to win...I don't know how the Republicans are going to proceed here."
Dec 15, 2017
Will Rahn On Roy Moore, Trumpism, And Our Culture's Sex Crisis
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 essay, "Cat Person" and the cultural consequences of the sexual revolution.
Dec 14, 2017
The Alabama Senate Race, Phony Feminists, And #MeToo Pitfalls
Inez Feltscher Stepman and Bre Payton discuss last night's election between Roy Moore and Doug Jones in Alabama. They discuss evangelical voters and their pro-life beliefs, as well as other issues both Democrats and Republicans may be facing as the parties shift and the bases change. Stepman and Payton also share their opinions on the #MeToo movement and how many feminists are out to put down women they don't agree with, rather than building them up. .
Dec 13, 2017
The Last Jedi And The Future Of The Star Wars Canon (Spoiler-Free!)
Stephen Kent is a Star Wars expert and host of the politics and Star Wars podcast, "Beltway Banthas." Kent discusses his expectations and predictions for the new Star Wars film coming out this week, "The Last Jedi." Don't worry, no spoilers here! "I'm excited to see a little more human and down-to-earth Luke." Kent said. "Ryan Johnson is an artistic film maker. He doesn't things a different way. He has a really different approach to timelines." Later in the hour, Kent and Domenech discuss the business side of the franchise and what Disney might have in store for future storylines.
Dec 12, 2017
Your Holiday Wine Guide For Hosting, Gifting, And Drinking
David White is one of the world’s leading wine writers and author of the book, "But First, Champagne: A Modern Guide to the World?s Favorite Wine." White walks us through various wine regions, how wine is made, and how that can have an impact on the wine you pick out this year, for your holiday parties and presents alike.
Dec 11, 2017
Are Politics Changing Comedy For The Worse?
Andrew Heaton is a standup comedian, actor, and producer for Reason Magazine. Ben Domenech interviews Heaton about his career in comedy and how politics has changed the comedy scene.

"I think part of the reason there aren't a lot of conservatives comedian is because you can't have sacred cows in comedy. The more sacred cows you have, the more reduced your playing field is," Heaton said. "But I think we're starting to see that on the left now, where political correctness is effectively becoming it's own blasphemy zone."
Dec 08, 2017
Public Theology, Liturgy, And Augustine With James K. A. Smith
James K. A. Smith is a philosopher, professor, and author of the new book, "Awaiting the King: Reforming Public Theology." Smith and Domenech discuss the intersections of politics, culture, and religion.

"A christian vision of public life and political is disciplined by what we call eschatology," Smith said. "We are trying to be faithfully present in this meantime that Augustine calls the saeculum... to bend policies and practices to look more like the flourishing that we believe God wants for his creation."

They also discuss how social media has forever changed our public discourse. "You could disagree in person with your best friend because there were certain goods and commonalities that you could count on," he said. "Now you just feel like you're being constantly overheard by people who don't understand that intimacy."
Dec 07, 2017
Al Franken, Roy Moore, Tax Reform, And Superhero Movies
Jeremy Senderowicz is a New York attorney and commentator who joins Ben Domenech on Federalist Radio to discuss the number of Democratic Senators calling for Sen. Al Franken's resignation.

Later in the hour they discuss tax reform, the economy, and the mess that both DC and Marvel have made of their superhero universes.
Dec 06, 2017
SCOTUS Hears Oral Arguments For Masterpiece Cakeshop Case
Mike Farris is president, CEO, and general counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom, the religious freedom group representing Jack Phillips before the Supreme Court today. Farris explains how the Masterpieces Cakeshop case is deciding whether a government can coerce a creative professional to create expression that conflicts with their religious beliefs.
Dec 05, 2017
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai On Net Neutrality And The Future Of The Internet
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai joins this episode of Federalist Radio Hour with Ben Domenech. Pai addresses the blowback to his recently announced plans to repeal net neutrality, and other misinformation about cable providers and internet regulations. "The argument I am making in this plan is: the best way to address this risk is to have the FCC examine on a case by case basis any situations in which we believe there is any competitive conduct," Pai said.
Dec 05, 2017
Josh Kraushaar On Congress, Health care, And The Future Of Both Parties
Josh Kraushaar joins Ben Domenech for a conversation on politics, including the future of the Republican party, health care, deal-making in the Senate, and changes in the Democratic party. "Kicking things to Congress now effectively means nothing will happen," Domenech said. "Which is basically what [Trump] just did with the Iran deal." When it comes to the Democratic candidates' strategy in 2020, the most important question will be whether they feel the need to pander to the loud, identity politics wing of their party? "I call it the Collin Kaepernick wing of the Democratic party. The issues that these voters care about are actually are even a minortiy within a lot of the Democratic party voters in a lot of states," Kraushaar said.
Oct 23, 2017
What Happens When Sports Leagues And Sports Media Cross Over Into Politics
Josh Kraushaar is the politics editor at National Journal, but he joins Ben on this episode of Federalist Radio Hour to talk sports. Kraushaar discusses EPSN's political feuds, Roger Goodell's biggest mistakes, and the changing genre of sports media. "When you try to meld the corporate standards of ESPN with the more unregulated, outspoken nature of sports talk radio or a start up... the traditional political alliances are totally scrambled," Kraushaar said. Will there be push back against this new politicalization of sports leagues? "We've crossed a line a into a new era where this is the new normal. This is going to be the way it is for the foreseable future, at least as long as Donald Trump is President," Domenech said.
Oct 20, 2017
Van Jones On Tribalism, The Culture War, Whitelash, And The Messy Truth
Van Jones is a CNN political contributor and author of the new book, "Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together." Jones addresses the hypocrisy on both sides of the political debate. Domenech and Jones discuss the 2016 campaign, the elites, the culture wars, and the term "whitelash." Jones explains how progressives freaking out about tweets everyday is not a strategy for getting their party back on track. "To the extent that there are people who, for whatever reasons, may be less enthusiastic about multiculturalism than I am. I still want to keep those people in my circle of moral concern and my community of dialogue and discourse," he said.
Oct 19, 2017
A Look Inside The Mind Of Donald Trump And His Life's Philosophy
Christopher Bedford is the editor-in-chief of the Daily Caller News Foundation and author of the new book, "The Art of the Donald: Lessons from America's Philosopher-in-Chief." Bedford explains Trump's rules to live by, spanning from communication and leadership to business and branding. In the book, Bedford shares anecdotes from the campaign trail, Trump's personal tastes, and long career in business. One of Trump's winning tactics is using chaos to confuse the competition. "President Trump is very disciplined and predictable in his decision to cause chaos," Domenech said.
Oct 18, 2017
The Federal Reserve, Tax Reform, And The Automation Effect On Jobs
John Tamny, editor of RealClearMarkets and a columnist at Forbes, joins Federalist Radio Hour to argue that whoever is chosen at the next Federal Reserve Chairman will be inconsequential. He also discusses Trump's plan for tax reform and the future of work. "The Fed cannot change the access to what we as business people are seeking in the real economy," Tamny said. "The Fed can't suddenly declare computers cheap, or office space cheap. So what could the Fed chairman really do?"Tamny argues that tax reform will not have the impact that Republicans pretend that it will. "The reality is the markets are rallying based on nothing from Washington," he said. "Markets will not correct, because they never expected anything from [tax cuts] to begin with."
Oct 17, 2017
The Protest Culture Of Feminists, Social Justice Warriors, And Hollywood
Author and columnist Lisa De Pasquale joins staff writer Bre Payton on Federalist Radio to explain what really happened at the Berkeley Free Speech Week. They also discuss Hollywood's Harvey Weinstein problem, the protests by feminist activist, and how the stunts and tactics of the Left have proven to be unproductive. "To me this is a perfect example of where black feminists and conservatives could come together and talk about these issues rather than making it political...but instead they want to focus on a 'Sexy Native American' costume," De Pasquale said. "The Social Justice Warrior Handbook: A Practical Survival Guide for Snowflakes, Millennials, and Generzation Z." is De Pasquale's new book and is helpful around the season of problematic Halloween costumes.
Oct 16, 2017
Harvey Weinstein, Workplace Sexual Assault, And Trump's Healthcare Exec. Order
Mary Katharine Ham discusses the growing number of sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein with Emily Miller. Later in the hour, Ham interviews Federalist Senior Contributor Chris Jacobs about the President's executive order on health insurance and what this means for insurance at the state levels. While it's reported that Weinstein is headed for "sex rehab," Miller argues that "sex addictions" are not real, but simply created for rich and famous men to save their careers. "Regular men either lose their jobs, their wives leave them, or they keep doing it... but you don't get to go to 'sex rehab.' That's ridiculous," Miller said.
Oct 13, 2017
Eli Lake On The Iran Deal, Trump, And Neoconservatives
Eli Lake, columnist at Bloomberg View, joins Federalist Radio to discuss the current statuses of the Iran Deal, Senator Bob Corker, and neoconservatism. "In some ways the Corker legislation unwittingly gave Trump this way of appearing to reject the [Iran] deal without actually doing it, which is perfect for Trump," Lake said. Lake explains the changing definitions of terms like "neoconservatives" and "globalists" and how they influence our foreign policy."It's true that there are these huge institutions that have become less and less accountable to Congress...and when you leak transcripts of monitored communications of an incoming national security advisor, that's interring in politics in a way that we ought to have a big red line," he said.
Oct 12, 2017
Congressman Will Hurd On Cybersecurity, Intelligence, And Race In America
Congressman Will Hurd represents Texas' 23rd district, one of the largest congressional districts in the country spanning over 800 miles of the border. Hurd previously spent nearly a decade in the CIA.Domenech and Hurd discuss cybersecurity, his work on counterterrorism in special operations overseas, and the current issues surrounding race in our culture. "We have to make the distinction between, the operators, the people who collect the intelligence and the people who use the intelligence," Hurd said. "You should never try to weaponize intelligence, and unfortunately the people who pay that cost are the men and women who are putting themselves in harm's way collecting information."
Oct 11, 2017
Hemingway And Harsanyi On Personalized Politics, Patriotism, And Movies
Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi host the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss controversies in this week's news including Twitter censoring pro-life ads, the NFL's protest problem, and personal politics of Senator Bob Corker. Twitter deemed Rep. Marsha Blackburn's campaign ad about Planned Parenthood as inflammatory. "Isn't that really convenient... that you can dismember an unborn child in the womb, but if you in any way depict what's going on, or talk about in too visceral of a way, you're the one who is wrong?" Hemingway said. Later in the hour, they discuss good movies adults and children can both enjoy. "I pull out old movies to watch with my kids and if they like them I know they withstand the test of time," Harsanyi said.
Oct 10, 2017
Breaking Down Investigations Into Russian Hacking And Facebook Election Interference
Shane Harris, senior writer for national security at the Wall Street Journal, discusses the numerous stories surrounding alleged Russia's hacking of the election and how Facebook and Twitter are now being questioned for their advertising involvement. "What I don't think we've assessed yet is at what point did the Russians decide, 'We're going to do this multi-prong's going to be on Facebook, Twitter, Google," Harris said. "It's very sophisticated. It comes out of a Russian propaganda playbook."
Oct 09, 2017
A President's Faith And Why Evangelical Christians Voted For Donald Trump
Stephen Mansfield is the author of the new book, "Choosing Donald Trump: God, Anger, Hope, and Why Christian Conservatives Supported Him." Mansfield examines how religious leaders justified their support for Trump and whether Donald Trump is a man of faith. "Americans should want someone who can distill their faith into a political philosophy. I don't need the President to pray like I pray... I do want to know that this person is committed to religious liberty," Mansfield said. Does Donald Trump view himself as a Christian? "When he speaks of Christianity, he speaks of it as a force of empowerment to success. And so repentance, transformation in Jesus, holiness--these are not themes that were an emphasis in his life," he said.
Oct 06, 2017
Ann Coulter And Mark Krikorian On Immigration Policy Under The First Year Of Trump
The Federalist Radio Hour interviews both Mark Krikorian, Executive Director at the Center for Immigration Studies, and author and columnist Ann Coulter on immigration under the Trump administration. Krikorian and Coulter both express praises and critiques for Trump's actions or lack thereof on immigration. "One place where I would identify a short coming... is work site enforcement, because the President made a big deal about the wall," Krikorian said. "Weakening the magnet of jobs that attracts illegal immigrants is the key thing we have to do."What will happen to Trump if the wall isn't built in the next two years? "I can tell you exactly what will happen. Trump will know he is headed for a humiliating defeat," Coulter said. "If he builds the wall he's getting re-elected. His base does not care."
Oct 05, 2017
Ramesh Ponnuru On Gun Laws, Tax Reform And GOP Leadership
Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor at National Review and contributor at Bloomberg View, discusses the debates this week about gun laws, tax reform, and Republican policy-making. "The conversation about guns really shifts in a lunatic way from the storylines involved," Domenech said. "It doesn't care about whether any of the policies involved actually solve a problem, because it can't deal with the reality that none of them would." Is the Republican Party incapable of designing policy that actually reflects its actual coalition? "This tax plan does not look appreciably different if it was President Jeb Bush or President Scott Walker," Ponnuru said. "In a way it's not their fault for clinging to a pre-Trump agenda, if Trump is not going to try to change that agenda himself."
Oct 04, 2017
David Rennie Explains Globalism, Protectionism, And Macron
David Rennie is the Washington Bureau Chief of The Economist. Rennie provides a broader look at global economic trends and the rising anger from communities who feel like they've been left behind. "I think a lot of voters in a lot of rich Western countries want to be protected against competition that they feel is unfair or unbearable," Rennie said. Rennie shared stories from talking to conservatives on the campaign trail. "My hunch is that an awful lot of grassroots conservatives, what they hate is not really government. What they hate is redistribution, and what they really hate is free stuff for the feckless poor on their dime," Rennie said. How does France's election of Macron, and Macron's analysis of what's happening in politics compares to Trump's? "What Macron's bet is, is that you can make people trust you enough that you're going to protect them from that competition, but that you can't make it go away."
Oct 03, 2017
Sebastian Gorka On 2018 Elections, The Media, And The Swamp
Sebastian Gorka was formally a strategist for President Trump and is now Chief Strategist MAGA Coalition. Gorka discusses his time in the White House, the President's approach to national security, and the many failures of political journalists. "The swamp never dissolves itself. Departments never disband themselves." Gorka said. "My prediction is that by the end of the year the President will realize he's being ill-served and there will be some very high level heads rolling."Will the President's messages remain consistent without the presence of Gorka or Bannon? "The fact is the President is very loyal and if you're loyal to him and he values your counsel, he will always value your counsel," Gorka said.
Oct 02, 2017
Campus Free Speech, Hollywood's Politicization, And Jimmy Kimmel On Health Care
Kristen Soltis Anderson and Mary Katharine Ham are here for your fill of Royals in light of the news of Prince Harry's engagement. They discuss why it's okay for Americans to care about the Monarchy and why Megan Markle is a controversial pick. "Their relationship has been public for a couple of months now, in part because Prince Harry put out a statement," Anderson sad. "Megan Markle is mixed race. Her mother is black. Her father is white. This led to absurd coverage in the British press." Later in the hour, Anderson breaks down her top five figures from all across Europe's royal families.
Sep 20, 2017
Game Of Thrones, The Craft Cocktail Revival, And Animated Television
Peter Suderman, writer and editor at Reason Magazine, joins Ben Domenech to discuss Sunday's season finale of Game of Thrones, as well as other current television trends and the future of Marvel.  Suderman also has a recent feature on the history of the American cocktail scene and how it became a lost art during Prohibition and the decades following. "It really became a movement, a national thing only about 10 years ago," Suderman said. "It's really elevating drinking and drink making and mixology, and the entire experience into this...highly intellectualized experience."
Aug 28, 2017
Thoughtless Mobs Seek To Erase History By Destroying Statues
Jarrett Stepman, contributor at The Daily Signal, reports back from his recent trips to Charlottesville, Virginia and Baltimore, Maryland where statues are being covered and removed. Domenech and Stepman discuss the history behind many of the confederate, and even non-confederate monuments that have been defaced. "It's revealing of just how little history people are willing to grapple with," Domenech said. "Do you have a view of history in which these people were not human?"Stepman also shares about his time at Brietbart and what it means for the news site with Bannon back in their leadership. "Allowing the alt-right to have more room to grow was dangerous," he said. "I thought of it as playing with fire and something that could become a much larger movement." 
Aug 25, 2017
McKay Coppins On Jeff Flake, Free Speech, And The Future Of The GOP
McKay Coppins, staff writer at The Atlantic, joins Ben Domenech on Federalist Radio to discuss his reporting on Boston protestors, Senator Jeff Flake, and the trouble brewing in the Republican Party. Who is deciding what is hate speech and what are the biggest concerns for the future of free speech? "I think there's a kind of short-sighted argument being advanced by some on the left right now—in five years it could be on the right—where they don't like the fringe elements that are gaining power because of their free speech," Coppins said. As Jeff Flake approaches a season of reelection, some are wondering if he even wants to be a politician anymore.  "I think he fundamentally doesn't like the political climate we're in and doesn't like operating in it," Coppins said. 
Aug 24, 2017
Afghanistan, Trump In Arizona, And Senate Leadership With James Hohmann
James Hohmann is a national political reporter for The Washington Post and author of the Daily 202. Hohmann and Domenech break down this week's news coming out of The White House and Trump's rally in Arizona. Will Trump's supporters waver at all in light of Trump changing his position on foreign policy and troops in Afghanistan? "If people have stuck with him this far through thick and thin, they're going to buy his explanation," Hohmann said. "[Trump] said all the right the things, where if you were a supporter you would hear the things that you care about." Frustrations with Mitch McConnell escalate in the Senate. Domenech and Hohmann discuss some of his major miscalculations. "Frankly, no one is more important to getting Trump's agenda through on Capitol Hill than McConnell." 
Aug 23, 2017
Discussing Problematic Confederate Monuments And Previewing Fall SCOTUS Cases
Kevin Daley, Supreme Court reporter at the Daily Caller News Foundation, joins staff writer Bre Payton on Federalist Radio to discuss the movement to destroy all problematic statues, this fall's upcoming court cases, and why Justice Breyer is the most hip Supreme Court Justice. The list of Confederate statues that are to be removed, destroyed, protested or have already been defaced continues to grow. Now some are questioning the placement of Roger Taney, the Supreme Justice behind the Dred Scott case, in the Court's Hall of Justice."I've seen really shocking public opinion polls that have indicated most Americans don't think the way I do," Daley said. "This seems to underscore all the more the importance of having some kind of democratic procedure for deciding what to do the statues."
Aug 22, 2017
Solar Eclipse Mania, Creating Tech Jobs For Coal Miners, And Blonde Problematic Women
Kelsey Harkness, senior reporter and news producer at the Daily Signal, joins associate managing editor Grace Olmstead on today's Federalist Radio Hour. They discuss today's solar eclipse, turmoil in Venezuela, and how Obama spent $2 million on a program that created a total of 17 jobs. Harkness responds to a New York Magazine column that paints conservative women racist because of their blonde hair. "This author is basically demeaning their successes to the color of their hair," she said. "The last thing we should be doing is teaching young girls and women to formulate more judgements than you already are based on someone's appearance." 
Aug 21, 2017
How Cities Are Fighting Innovation And Hurting Their Own Economic Progress
Jared Meyer is a senior fellow research fellow at The Foundation for Government Accountability and author of the new book, "How Progressive Cities Fight Innovation." Meyer and Domenech discussed how cities and their city councils embrace regulation to keep out online services AirBNB and Uber, which is ultimately stifling technological innovation. "Cities are really driving the US economy right now. I worry that 7...9...13 members of city councils aren't really equipped with the big questions that are going to be be raised," Meyer said. 
Aug 18, 2017
Where Is The Line Between Free Speech And Violence?
Katherine Mangu-Ward, editor in chief of Reason Magazine, joins Mary Katharine Ham in studio to discuss a long week of arguments over free speech, hate speech, and the anxiety-driven social media virtue signaling. "You cannot let the government regulate speech, even when it is yucky because the next government might think your speech is yucky. That's it. It's a very simple idea," Mangu-Ward.  Why is it that our of our Facebook friends, who are not public figures, are writing virtue signally posts this week as if it's mandatory?  "There is this idea that folks who are just posting on Facebook have an obligation to put out a statement, essentially which is what many are asking, on all of their social media platforms to avoid accusation." Ham said. Mangu-Ward also shares her views on genetically modified foods and the overhyped anticipation for the eclipse. 
Aug 17, 2017
Britt McHenry Talks Sports Reporting, ESPN, And Social Media Mobs
Britt McHenry, sports journalist, joins the Federalist Radio Hour to open up about her early career, the ESPN layoffs, social media mobs, and her thoughts on the future of sports media. McHenry said her interests have shifted from sports to more social and political issues. "I'd rather do something that I believe and I love than just take a job reading copy or doing a sideline report. I feel like I've done that already...I want to enter a new arena." Do sports journalists intentionally alienate their audience with their political views? "I think there's a disconnect with the viewers," McHenry said. "I think that when you go on too much of a pioneering social justice stand, that's great... but sports fans just want to watch sports."
Aug 16, 2017
Discussing Health Policy, Hospitals, And Drug Trials With Paul Howard
Paul Howard is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and director of health policy. He is also a health innovator fellow in the Aspen Institute's Global Leadership Network. Howard discussed some of the key issues with the American health care system, and why so many of our leaders don't know the facts about these issues. "We're spending an awful lot of money on health care that doesn't actually improve health, but our debate is still so focused on insurance...we're kind of missing the boat in a way that prevents out ability to drive better policy," he said. Domenech and Howard also discussed drug trials, Medicaid, hospital consolidations, and why it's easier to close a military base than a hospital. 
Aug 15, 2017
Making Sense Of Reactions To Charlottesville Protests And Violence With Mary Katharine Ham
Mary Katharine Ham talks to Robert Tracinski, senior writer at The Federalist and Editor of Real Clear Future, about the violent protests in Charlottesville, VA this weekend. She talks to Mike Warren, senior writer at the Weekly Standard, about President Trump's response and the media criticisms against him. "They came ready to fight. They came hoping to provoke the counter reaction, and of course the Antifa people came with the same hope," he said. "That's the big concern for me: the fact that you have these two forces that want us to get used to the idea that political differences are going to be solved by brawling in the streets." Ham said it's fair to ask Trump to be clear and precise on what he's disavowing. "Someone else's bad behavior and bad faith doesn't take away from the need to act properly," Ham said. "It's a really good opportunity to point out actual racism, because the Left is constantly conflating the entire Right in this country with actual Nazis."
Aug 14, 2017
Jamie Weinstein Discusses Afghanistan, West Wing Drama, And Healthcare
Jamie Weinstein, host of the Jamie Weinstein Show, joins Ben Domenech on Federalist Radio Hour where they discuss Middle East policy, Donald Trump's relationship with the GOP, and Trump influencers like Roger Stone. Hypothetically, if Donald Trump left the Republican Party tomorrow, does his support go up or down? "I think it goes up, but I think he would have to take some stances to bring it up," Weinstein said. "And I think he could...think he's the one most likely to get a comprehensive immigration reform." 
Aug 11, 2017
What You Need To Know About North Korea And Nuclear Weapons
Today's episode features a trio of authors and experts to discuss the nuclear and military history of North Korea's regime, and how Donald Trump is addressing current U.S.-North Korea relations. Tom Nichols, professor at the Naval War College, says this is not the next Cuban Missile crisis and describes the potential for this conflict escalating. "Some of that has been driven by the President winging it from a golf course," he said. "There is no imminent threat from North Korea today."Harry Kazianis, Director of Defense Studies at the Center for the National Interest, explains how North Korea has been working on nuclear weapons for decades. "They want nuclear weapons to head off regime change that the United States or anyone else would impost on them," he said. John Davidson, correspondent at the Federalist, explains negotiations with North Korea in context of Obama's Iran Nuclear Deal. 
Aug 10, 2017
Bro Culture Episode III: Vetting The Bros Of Politics, Hollywood, And Silicon Valley
Bill McMorris, reporter at the Washington Free Beacon, joins the Federalist Radio Hour in his third episode vetting and ranking America's bros and the facets of bro culture. On this episode, McMorris and Domenech debate the bro-ness of Gen. James Mattis, Anthony Scaramucci, Ryan Zinke, Mel Gibson, and many others. "There's a point to understand that putting of childish things doesn't mean putting of bro things, but it does mean adding 'older bro' things," Domenech said. They discuss bro controversies such as this year's fashion trend, the RompHIM, and Michael Phelps' race agains a mechanical shark. 
Aug 09, 2017
The Problematic Google Memo, White House Communications, And Messaging
Kevin Madden, Republican communications consultant, joins Ben on today's episode of to address some of the communication issues facing the White House and the GOP more broadly. They also discuss the Google engineer's memo and what it means for diversity and free speech inside Silicon Valley and other corporations. "This is just the latest example of someone saying something that is politically incorrect, and then being told, 'well the diversity that we talk about doesn't apply to you. It applies to everyone else." Domenech said. 
Aug 08, 2017
Chris Stirewalt Debates The Fall Football Tailgate Menu With Mary Katharine Ham
Chris Stirewalt, politics editor at Fox News, joins Mary Katharine Ham on Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the quickly-approaching tailgating season and debate what food and beverages belong on the menu. They also discuss West Virginia's Jim Justice's party switch and Trump's approval rating. The great tailgate debate of 2017 addresses controversies including boiled peanuts, whether Popeyes is better than Bojangles', and whether pimento cheese is a dip or a spread. 
Aug 07, 2017
Charles Murray Defends His Studies On Intelligence, Social Class, And White America
Dr. Charles Murray, the influential social scientist and AEI scholar, joins managing editor Joy Pullmann in discussing the recent alt-right accusations and protests against his work, his controversial book, "The Bell Curve," and the divergence of American classes and cultures. Murray's studies on human intelligence and IQ manifest into his book "Coming Apart" and the social implications of intelligence.  "The upper class these days is not an upper class just because of money and position, it also has in common, in general, a very high cognitive ability."Murray contrasts lives and communities of "texture" to those in glossy suburbs, and prescribes what is needed to remove barriers between the two.  "More humility, in terms of recognizing our luck, and more realism, in understanding at a deep level that being smart doesn't make you good, doesn't make you valuable, doesn't make you wise," Murray said. 
Aug 04, 2017
An Investigation Into Brexit, Populism, Individualism, And Global Politics
David Goodhart is a British journalist and former editor and founder of Prospect Magazine. His new book is "The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics" is an investigation into global politics and studies the tribes divided over the Brexit vote. Goodhart describes the conflicting world views of two different tribes of people. "The problem, I think both Britain and the U.S. in the last generation or so, is that one side has become over dominant...they've completely dominated politics and policy and some have felt excluded, and in many cases have stopped voting." 
Aug 03, 2017
How One State's Medicaid Program Had An Economic Impact On Citizens
Health economist Kate Baicker, is currently a professor at Harvard, but also the incoming Dean of the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. Baicker discusses the supply and demand of health care and how her Oregon health care experiment studied how health coverage works at the state level. "We had this amazing opportunity in Oregon to bring really rigorous scientific evidence to bare on what the Medicaid program is actually doing," she said, describing the perfect randomized selection of people as a data set. "Oregon had a waiting list for it's Medicaid program in they drew names by lottery from the waiting list." 
Aug 02, 2017
Ross Douthat On The Trends Of The Right, The Left, Media, And Culture
Ross Douthat, columnist at the New York Times and author, joins Federalist Radio to discuss the state of conservative and liberal politics, the state of the media and national editorial boards, and the state of our country's culture. "You have a argument among conservatives that's  largely defined by what you think about Trump himself and his capacities," Douthat said. "And the battle lines among conservatives are drawn more around if you think Trump can be a good president or not." Why are there no pro-Trump columnists at the Washington Post or The New York Times? Should there be? "It's hard to be a pro-Trump columnist and be a good columnist because the pro-Trump arguments are very weak," Douthat said. 
Aug 01, 2017
Why Should Conservatives Care About Urbanism And City Development?
Jonathan Coppage, visiting senior fellow with the R Street Institute where he researches urbanism and the built environment, joins host Gracy Olmstead on Federalist Radio. They discuss the ways that design can have impact on our communities and neighborhoods. "Building a house to engage and to face the street is the first step of reviving a public space," he said. "Having a public space that orients people towards it is not just part of good community's part of public safety." They discuss Jane Jacobs, Wendell Berry, and others who have written about the spaces in which we live. 
Jul 31, 2017
Carl Cannon On Obamacare, American History, And His Unforeseen Path To Journalism
Carl Cannon is the Washington Bureau Chief of Real Clear Politics and author of the new book, "One This Date: From The Pilgrims to Today, Discovering America One Day at a Time." He joins Federalist Radio to discuss Thursday night's dramatic health care vote, how history can teach us about ourselves, and his journey into political journalism. Cannon's book highlights the fascinating, and often unknown, stories behind specific dates in American history. "I try to explain what the American identity is. We're a resourceful people, and brave...we usually get things right and it takes us a while sometimes but we're usually better than we were before," he said.
Jul 28, 2017
Can Lessons From Thucydides Keep America From War With China?
Graham Allison was Director of Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs from 1995 until July 2017. His latest book, "Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?" quickly became a bestseller. Allison discussed how the writings of Greek historian Thucydides can advise us, not just when it comes to US relations with foreign powers, but in our domestic and personal lives as well. Later in the hour, our hosts asks Allison about his experiences as a college professor at a time of hostility and anti-free speech on university campuses. 
Jul 27, 2017
Nicholas Eberstadt Measures Longevity, Men In The Labor Force, And US-Korea Relations
Nick Eberstadt is a political economist at the American Enterprise Institute. He joins Ben Domenech on Federalist Radio to discuss some of his latest research on lifespan, longevity, the status of our workforce, and what to know about North and South Korea. "Usually when people are talking about inequality they are talking about wealth or income. There are two important aspects of the human condition... one of these is length of life and the other is the amount of schooling," Eberstadt said. "Both of these are important to their well being...and yet these two aspects of our condition are almost never examined." Where have all the men in the labor force disappeared to? "There are about 7 million civilian, non-institutional men between the ages of 25 and 54 who are neither working or looking for work."
Jul 26, 2017
How William F. Buckley Jr. Changed The Face Of American Politics
Alvin Felzenberg's new book, "A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr." gives an enlightening account of one of the most compelling personalities in American politics. Felzenberg sheds lights into Buckley's childhood, charm, career, and key relationships with leaders like Nancy and Ronald Reagan. "Reagan said that Buckley was not only his guide and mentor as he made the long journey from Democrat to conservative Republican, but that William F. Buckley in all did more to create the Reagan presidency more than anyone else," he said. 
Jul 25, 2017
Is There A Glimmer Of Hope For The Health Care Bill?
John McCormack, senior writer at The Weekly Standard, and Mary Katharine Ham, senior writer at The Federalist, discuss rodent infestations, an update on healthcare, and more on this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour. "If the choice is between pet cat and pet rat, who might keep said rats away, I'm team cat," Ham said. "The cat would need to be a cat with can't just be a cat that's lying around." Does anyone know what's actually going on with the health care bill right now? "Right now it seems that Susan Collins, Rand Paul are definitley hard-nose on anything to do with some sort of partial repeal and replace bill," McCormack said. "If John McCain comes back there is a glimmer of hope." 
Jul 24, 2017
Hemingway And Harsanyi: Sean Spicer, Russia, And Dunkirk
Senior Editors Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi discuss the breaking news of Sean Spicer's resignation and changes to the President's communications staff. Later in the hour, they talk Russian culture, Putin, and argue about couples who live together before marriage. Have Americans lost their credibility when it comes making a case against tyranny and leaders like Putin? "I think we have lost a lot of our understanding of what it means to be American based on any support or belief in our founding principles," Hemingway said. "We use the power of our state to go after people."  Nicole Kidman urged Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington to propose to his girlfriend before moving in together. "If some people aren't ready for a serious relationship and a marriage, I don't see that it's the end of the world for them to live together. I am not a priest. I am not a rabbi. I am not telling people what to do here," Harsanyi said. 
Jul 21, 2017
Discussing Social Institutions, Attacks On Religious Freedom, And Modern Love
Bre Payton and Gracy Olmstead host today's Federalist Radio Hour to discuss an array of timely topics like economic mobility and social capital, cases of religious liberty under attack, and the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death. Olmstead defines social capital and the unmeasured, non-economic elements that are keys to building healthy communities. "You've got this fragmented society at the top, that isn't always the same at the bottom," she said. "The stronger those social ties are at the bottom, the more those people are enabled and empower to rise to the top." Throughout her novels, Jane Austen crafts lessons and stories of virtue that remain pertinent.  "If you think that Jane Austen is just the writer of chick flicks you could not be more wrong," Olmstead said. "The characters have both sly humor and insight into human nature that I really don't think people should miss." 
Jul 20, 2017
America's Opioid Crisis: Abuse, Trafficking, And Paths To Recovery
Sally Satel is resident scholar at AEI, an addiction psychiatrist, and lectures at the Yale University School of Medicine. Satel explains America's latest opioid epidemic, the causes, the political ramifications, and what communities are doing about it. "One of the biggest problems of over prescribing is the diversion of too much drug being out there. Not so much so the average person will become an addict but that those medications will get out into the stream of abusable drugs," Satel said. Synthetic drugs like Fentanyl and Carfentanil are some of the most lethal on the market, coming over from China. "Fentanyl is 50 times more potent than heroin and carfentianil is 5000 times," she said. "At the level of demand, you have Narcan which creates a paradox. It keeps people alive so they can overdose again." 
Jul 19, 2017
The Trouble With National Solutions For Local Problems
Jon Ward, reporter for Yahoo News, joins Ben Domenech to discuss the collapse of Mitch McConnell's health care reform, Trump's reaction, American institutions, and some presidential history. "I do think there is this fear of what happens if Trump loses interest or gets upset and there's all this pressure in the White House to get to tax reform," Ward said. "My preference for that they would have done a regular order process for this and had it been a bipartisan result." Ward's new podcast, The Long Game, explores Americans' inabilities to solve problems and the changing climate of institutions. "I was fascinated by the way in which political parties as institutions had lost so much power," he said. 
Jul 18, 2017
What Shakespeare's Roman Plays Teach Us About Modern Politics
Dr. Paul Cantor is a professor at the University of Virginia and author of the new book, "Shakespeare's Roman Trilogy: The Twilight of the Ancient World." Cantor discusses how Shakespeare's Roman plays chronicle the political climates and communities, and the ways some of those observations have lived on into our modern politics."Shakespeare had a remarkable grasp of this Roman Republic. He knows the institutions and understands it in very political terms," Cantor said. "It is a problem for democratic politics, and in Rome Shakespeare shows that the separation of powers and the balance of powers works to check someone like Coriolanus."Cantor also studies the likeness between Shakespeare's works and American pop culture. "At all times and at all places, culture is a pyramid. At the very top are the great works produced by the great authors. At the bottom is the trash, and you only create the top of the pyramid on the basis of trash." 
Jul 17, 2017
Untangling Charges Of Collusion, Treason, And Leaking Sources
Lachlan Markay, White House reporter for The Daily Beast, joins Federalist Radio Hour to break down this week's news surrounding Donald Trump Jr., the investigations into collusion with Russia, and White House leaks. "The collusion question has now split into two different questions," he said. "One is did they collude in general, and then two is did they collude on the blatantly criminal acts of hacking the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign." Later in the hour, Markay and Domenech discuss the nuances of center-right views at left-leaning publications. "I think as long as you realize that a certain outlet is coming at a question from a certain perspective, I don't think internally there need to be alternate perspectives, as long as people are able to get alternate perspectives elsewhere, Markay said. 
Jul 14, 2017
Megan McArdle On Social Capital, Health Care, And Life With Algorithms
Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and author of "The Upside of Down." McArdle joins Ben Domenech on FDRLST Radio to discuss the latest Senate health care bill woes, the new season of Game of Thrones, and the algorithms that determine our entertainment.   First they discuss the ideas ignited by David Brooks' column this week on social class and barriers created by the elite. "First of all, Brooks was clearly talking about social class, but second of all, social class and economic class are entangled," McArdle said. "Social capital helps you get financial capital. Social is knowing how to get a better job." 
Jul 13, 2017
Free Speech, Campus Protests, Raising Chickens, And Enjoying Bad TV
Daniel Payne is Assistant Editor at The College Fix and a Senior Contributor at The Federalist. Payne discusses a range of topics with Publisher Ben Domenech, including campus protests, baking, parenting, raising chickens, and the nostalgia-fueled entertainment industry.  College students have created the strong and pervasive climate on their own campuses. "Underneath [the riots] is really a much broader, more troubling trend of free speech suppression, and ideological conformity," Payne said. Domenech asks Payne to explain his infamous love of "Fuller House," "Star Wars: Episode II," and other unpopular indulgences. "I guess you might be able to say that all the stuff I like is a little more populist," he said. "But it really ends up for being for different reasons." 
Jul 12, 2017
George Will On Russian Collusion, Health Care, Twitter, And Baseball
George Will is a columnist at the Washington Post, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and conservative commentator. He joins Ben Domenech on Federalist Radio where they discuss why today's pundit are not knowledgeable, Twitter, reading, and baseball. When is comes to health care 'repeal and replace' efforts, Republicans are not governing like a serious party, Will said. "We're fighting over health care because only relatively recently in the human story has health care been worth fighting over," he said. Will shares what he sees in the MLB right now and baseball history. "Baseball is a game of episodes and not flow. Hockey is flows. Football is flows," he said. "Baseball is episodes.... that's how baseball produces this enormous, ever-thickening sediment of numbers that is the basis of the analytics." 
Jul 11, 2017
Relationship Advice For America With Christine Emba
Christine Emba, is an opinion writer at The Washington Post and editor of the "In Theory" blog. Emba joins Mary Katharine Ham to discuss rat infestations, 'The Handmaid's Tale,' and the differences and common ground between Generation X and millennials. "There's always been this misfit group between Generation X and the millennials, born in the late '70s and early '80s," Ham said. Emba explains how some of the most common indicators for divorce, are the same red flags we see in current American political discourse. "Polarizing comments are...polarizing. They take place at the ends of the conversation. The real discussion seems to happen in that messy middle," Emba said. 
Jul 10, 2017
Do Think Tanks Still Matter? AEI's Arthur Brooks Weighs In
Arthur Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute and author of "The Conservative Heart." Brooks sits down with Ben Domenech to discuss the purpose of think tanks in today's media and political world. "We should be vertically integrated with the people who do politics, and we should stay in the climate of ideas," Brooks said. "It's less sexy. Sometimes it's less relevant,  it's more esoteric, but that's what we're uniquely good at." 
Jul 07, 2017