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The Federalist Radio Hour features a conversation on culture, religion, and politics with the editors and writers of The Federalist web magazine. Hosted by Ben Domenech with regular guests Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi, the show takes on controversies in America from a contrarian point of view.

Episode Date
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
Peter Baker On Covering Presidents, Putin, And White House Press Briefings
Peter Baker is the Chief White House Correspondent at the New York Times. Baker shares his experiences covering four different presidents, and stories from his time in Moscow as the Washington Post's Bureau Chief. "Everything moves so much faster and you almost never have time to stop and think and really report, and I think that's where our challenge is: to continue to do deep coverage without missing out on this accelerated timetable everyone is fixated on," Baker said. Have the White House Press briefings lost all their value in today's media landscape? "The truth is the briefing has become less and less useful over several presidencies," Baker said. "Now you've got a situation where it's so overtly hostile that's not very informational and it's unpleasant."  
Jul 06, 2017
Reactions To Globalist Elites, An Outraged CNN, And Trump's Political Future
Will Rahn, politics editor at CBS News digital, joins Ben Domenech on Federalist Radio to discuss global elitism at this year's Aspen Ideas Festival, an update on the Trump vs. CNN War, and Trump's political path forward. The elites look around and see the world as stable and globalism as a positive. "It's a very different experience for them to suddenly realize there's a huge number of people who really don't like them or the project they've been working on," Domenech said. Rahn and Domenech disagree on the moves Trump has to make to see reelection. "Everything about the Trump White House seems unsustainable right now. At the same time, I can't see a way that he changes course," Rahn said. "That means he's essentially at the mercy of the Democratic Party and he needs Democratic incompetence to see his agenda through." 
Jul 05, 2017
Chef Christopher Kimball Shares Grilling Tips And His July 4th Menu
This episode originally aired on June 30th, 2016. Christopher Kimball is a chef, author, and founder of America's Test Kitchen and, now Milk Street Kitchen. Kimball shares his Fourth of July weekend menu, the best tips for the grill, and how American's have drastically changed the way we think about food.Kimball's newest project, Milk Street Kitchen, is based in downtown Boston and will include a cooking school, TV set, and of course, a kitchen. "I'm more excited about cooking now and I do more cooking at home than I ever have and I just think that's a wonderful thing to teach people," he said.
Jul 03, 2017
Jeff And Audrey Dunham Talk Comedy, Food, And Family
Mary Katharine Ham interviews comedian Jeff Dunham and his wife Audrey Dunham about their lives traveling and eating their way across the country. The Dunham's are the host of the new show, "Incredible, Edible America" on Food Network. Later in the hour, Jeff shares some of the ups and downs of his career in comedy, and how political correctness has hurt the comedy scene for the worse. "Forget going on a college campus and doing comedy. You can't do it," he said. "Any joke that you make is usually some form a criticism of something in life, so what are you left to joke about?"
Jun 30, 2017
Hemingway And Harsanyi Talk CNN, Trump's Tweets, And Marriage
Senior editors David Harsanyi and Mollie Hemingway discuss why CNN has had a rough week and how the media continues to chase the Russia-collusion narrative. "CNN needs Donald Trump to be impeached for collusion with Russia for them to retain their credibility on this story," Hemingway said. They discuss the outrage at The Federalist this week for publishing a piece on why wives should stay fit for their husbands. "We are in an environment where you are not allowed to notice that men and women are different," Hemingway said. "In fact, saying men and women are different is the most radical thing you can say."
Jun 29, 2017
20 Years Later: The Pop Stars, The Boy Bands, And The Best Of MTV's TRL Era
Mary Katharine Ham and Kristen Soltis Anderson are here to bring back the boy bands, the pop princesses, Carson Daly, and the MTV music videos of the late '90s. Looking back after 20 years, they debate who were the winners, the losers, and what are the younger millennials missing out on. They focus on the era of MTV's "Total Request Live" program. "It was an 'American Bandstand' for the '90s where all of the teenagers in America gathered to find out what was cool," Ham said. "It was really an arbiter for music, for fashion and for celebrity gossip." Anderson gives her reasons for ranking Britney over Christina, and NSYNC over Backstreet. "Brittany is an entertainer in a way that I don't think any of the other ones were." 
Jun 28, 2017
Assessing Geopolitical Risk, Global Flash Points, And International Relationships
Milena Rodban is a geopolitical risk consultant who works with technology companies who face security or business risks when expanding into other countries. She joins Federalist Radio to discuss Silicon Valley mentality, disruption in Middle East markets, global flash points, and how foreign policy strategy is like dating strategy. "I've had people who think it's safe to hitch hike through Pakistan. I've had people who think it's just fine and dandy to hang out with members of the military in unfriendly countries," Rodban said. "You really have to cater to lowest common denominator in terms of understanding international affairs, but do it in a way that helps lead them to the conclusion that this is a bad idea, and not just lecture them." 
Jun 27, 2017
Unpacking The Senate Healthcare Bill And Obamacare Aftermath
Last week the Senate revealed its healthcare bill and their attempt to rollback Obamacare. Ben Domenech talks to Avik Roy, president of Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity and an editor at Forbes, good and the bad about what this bill would achieve.Predictions from the media and even the Congressional Budget Office have often turned out to be disingenuous. "The coverage numbers in the CBO report are often highly speculative and inaccurate for a lot of reasons. The most important reason is that the CBO believes the individual mandate has magical super powers, not only in the individual market for health insurance but in every market," Roy said. John Daniel Davidson, senior correspondent at The Federalist, breaks down Medicaid funding and the extent to which Obamacare expanded it. "Obamacare brought in this new class of people. Able-bodied, working age adults, and gave them preferential treatment in the Medicaid program," Davidson said. 
Jun 26, 2017
The Slow Death Of European Culture, Politics, And Identity
Douglas Murray is the author of "The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam" and the associate editor of the Spectator in London. Murray explains what migration has done to Europe and the reaction from the continent's political elite.  "You could say it's a chicken and egg situation. What came first? The desire to bring millions of people into your society and change it irrevocably. Or the people coming in?" Murray said. "Did you do it because you didn't like yourselves, or did it happen and then you didn't like yourselves?" Murray breaks down some of the questions and issues Europeans are mulling over, such as the changes in the culture for muslims and non-muslims alike. "Our societies in Western Europe have become effectively a void," he said. "The whole culture says find your pleasure where you can but there is no explanation."
Jun 23, 2017
Reevaluating Work, Talent, And The Low-Skill Labor Force In A Modern Economy
Aaron Renn is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a contributing editor at City Journal, and is also known as the "Urbanophile." Recently, he has been writing and thinking about talent, the way we value work in our economy, urban companies, and the escalating opioid crisis.  Low-pay and low-skilled jobs have lost an amount of intrinsic value in our American economy. "We don't realize the extent to which we're denigrating the work itself and the people who are working those jobs...sending them a message that maybe you're a chump for being in the labor force at all if you can't become self-actualized in our creative economy," he said.  Renn evaluates the hurting communities of middle America, facing drug addiction, poverty, and more.  "The destruction of the family didn't occur in a vacuum. It didn't just happen. It happened because we deliberately changed policies and we have aggressively promoted social norms that are design to, for example, normalize out-of-wedlock births." 
Jun 22, 2017
Christina Hoff Sommers on Feminists, Eradicating Men, and Campus Culture Misery
Christina Hoff Sommers studies the politics of gender and feminism as an AEI resident Scholar, and is the host of the "Factual Feminist" video series. Sommers joins Ben Domenech on Federalist Radio to discuss the current state of American feminism and its increasing intolerance and aggression.  Sommers explains concepts like the "matrix of oppression" maintained by feminists. "When I was feminist in the '70s and '80s it was fun and about liberation," she said. "And now it's more about collecting grievances."  Some factions of feminists go as far as to call for the eradication of men. "There's so much goodness in people and if you're going to categorize them by their gender and write them off as hateful, then you're just missing out," she said. "It's just going to create a culture of misery and fear, and that's what we are seeing on college campuses." 
Jun 21, 2017
Guy Benson On Georgia’s Special Election and Blaming Political Rhetoric
Guy Benson is the political editor at, Fox News contributor, and co-author of the book, End of Discussion. Benson discusses the attack on free speech, political violence, the blaming of rhetoric. We dont like the blaming of rhetoric. We view that as a deliberate attempt to delegitimize the other side by saying, Ah-ha, youre speech is causing these nutters to go crazy and therefor you better shut up, Benson said. Tuesdays runoff election for Georgias Sixth Congressional seat between Karen Handel and Jon Ossoff has received extensive national media coverage and is now the most expensive House campaign in history. This is a Republican, but not Trump-friendly district, Benson said. National Democrats are positioning this as a referendum on Trump. An updated, paperback edition of Guy Benson and Mary Katharines book, End of Discussion: How the Lefts Outrage and Industry Shuts Down Debate, Manipulates Voters, and Makes America Less Free (and Fun) is out on August 1, 2017.
Jun 20, 2017
Political Violence, Economic Populism, And Corporate Political Power
Christopher Bedford, editor-in-chief of the Daily Caller News Foundation, joins Ben Domenech on today's show to discuss the escalation of political violence and protesters storming a "Julius Caesar" production. They also touch on how the business sector controlled by elite corporate leaders is another battle in the culture war conservatives have lost.The radical left is taking to the streets claiming to fight fascism without a hint of irony. "If you think that environmentalism is your religion and you're out there fighting for your god Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders... than extremism is a lot easier to justify. It's not only required but it's moral for these people to go out and attack," Bedford said.The staying power and political pull of corporations and crony capitalism are stronger than ever. "They have the ability to push forward their agenda regardless of who is actually elected or not," Domenech said. "They don't have to deal with cloture votes and how to get 51. They can exert their pressure often at whim in ways that can have a significant impact."
Jun 19, 2017
Hemingway and Harsanyi Talk Vinyl Records, Having Children, and New TV
Senior editors Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi host Federalist Radio to discuss their record collections, current favorite bands, television shows, and more. People think that records have a tremendous amount of value. They think, Oh if you have a record collection its worth a lot of money, Hemingway said. I dont collect music as a valuable. I collect it to listen to. So its not something that I even care what other people would pay for it...sometimes what makes a record invaluable, non-valuable, is what I like about it. They also discuss Marco Rubios tweet on the correlation between economic stability and having children. It reminded me of this really good advice that my dad gave, which is, if you wait until you have enough money to have children, you will never have children, Hemingway said.
Jun 16, 2017
How Can Conservatives, Christians, and Environmentalists Co-Exist in Caring For Creation?
Joel Salatin is a self-described Christian libertarian environmentalist capitalist lunatic farmer. He joins Gracy Olmstead, associate managing editor, to make explain why environmentalism should not be reserved for secular liberals, but can be part of a Christians calling to stewardship. Salatins new book is The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs: Respecting and Caring for all Gods Creation. Salatin argues against the environmentalist tendency to build fences and remove all human interaction from our resources. Lets build soil. Lets purify the water. Lets make farm and food systems, Salatin said. To have the kind of fear and disconnected relationship that we have is profoundly both inappropriate and ineffectual in enabling us to actually work with nature. The pigness of a pig is an object lesson in bringing glory to Gods creation. I would suggest that a culture that doesnt ask how to honor and respect the pigness of pigs, will quickly quit asking how to honor and respect the God-ness of God and the human-ness of humans.
Jun 15, 2017
Discussing the Congressional Baseball Shooting and White House Palace Intrigue
Rosie Gray, White House correspondent for The Atlantic, joins Mary Katharine Ham on Federalist Radio. They discuss the breaking news of a shooting at the GOP congressional baseball practice Wednesday morning in Alexandria, Va. Gray also shares her reporting on President Trumps revolving staff, palace intrigue, and the grueling job of a White House spokesperson. The communications environment in and around the White House is very unusual, Gray said. [Michael Dubke] was really put into an impossible situation. They discussed why the White House has failed to fill so many open positions in the administration and what can happen when that process is delayed. Because of Trumps management tendency to value loyalty and to really want these things to go through his people, just logistically, hiring for thousands of political positions becomes very hard, Ham said.
Jun 14, 2017
Summer Camping, Air Conditioning, And Scandals On ‘Bachelor In Paradise’
Senior writer Mary Katharine Ham and journalist Emily Miller sit down in studio to escape the summer heat. They discuss the war against air conditioning, summer camping trips, and the recently reported scandals taking place on this season of Bachelor in Paradise. Why would someone choose to live without air conditioning? When you dont have A/C, you live your life differently and it makes communities look different, Ham said. When youre forced outside, you are forced into your community. Production of the current season of ABCs Bachelor in Paradise was suspended after reports of scandal among the contestants. Perhaps this was a problem waiting to happen, Ham said.
Jun 13, 2017
What Did We Learn From The Testimony Of James Comey?
Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi discuss the testimony of former FBI director James Comey, the calls for Trumps impeachment, and other media hysterias. Now we know, based on Comeys own testimony that even Comey admits there was no Russia probe into Donald Trump, Hemingway said. It also shows, through his own testimony, that Comey was really trying to make Donald Trump think he was Donalds Trump buddy...and doing everything in his power to undermine Donald Trump when he was speaking publicly. The term whataboutism often gets thrown around as a logical fallacy, especially when comparing Trump to Obama. I think its important to look at the presidency as a continuum. To see what these abuses have meant and what people have done in the past, Harsanyi said. I dont think there is any problem in talking about the past.
Jun 12, 2017
Podcast: Best of The Federalist Radio with Eberstadt, Ioffe, and Moore
Hear the best of The Federalist Radio Hour on today's episode. Host Ben Domenech starts off the show with Nicholas Eberstadt, the Henry Wendt Chair in Political Economy at the American Enterprise Institute and author of Men Without Work: America's Invisible Crisis. Eberstadt's book dissects how many of America's men are out of the workforce, even though the unemployment rate has dropped. Next, Ben talks with Russian-American journalist Julia Ioffe, contributing writer at Politico and columnist at Foreign Policy. She discusses anecdotes from Russia and Putin's rise to power, as well as Putin's interaction with the media. Ben wraps up the show with Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and author of Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel. They talk about biblical literacy and how Americans engage with the Bible and church today.
Jun 09, 2017
Podcast: From White House to Bakery with Mark Furstenburg
Today on the Federalist Radio Hour, join Ben Domenech as he talks with Mark Furstenburg, owner of the bakery Bread Furst and the winner of the 2017 James Beard Foundation award winner for Outstanding Baker. On the show, Furstenburg describes his journey from White House to baker. After starting a bakery that was eventually burned by bankruptcy, he tried again. And then again. "My aspiration was to create a neighborhood bakery that would have a chance of living for a number of years, not that anybody can control such things," he said. "But I had a much better chance, I thought, if the business was successful. Not just aesthetically, but financially." Furstenburg opened Bread Furst in 2014. Despite his success, he remains humble. "In one sense, I know it's a great honor and I feel quite validated by it," said Furstenburg. "But in another sense, there are a bunch of bakers in the country who deserve this award." andnbsp;
Jun 08, 2017
Podcast: Discussing “Beach Books” and a declining education system with David Randall
Today on The Federalist Radio Hour, David Randall, the Director of Communications at the National Association of Scholars, joins Joy Pullmann to discuss the association's newest Beach Book report and the trends such reports reveal. "Beach books" refers to the reading colleges will assign over the summer, most often to the incoming freshman class. Colleges use these books to help build community among the school, as well as set expectations for the college career. "A great deal of students are not up to college standards," said Randall. "This is remedial work, all too often. In effect, this program, and a great deal of other programs, are meant to 'pre-chew' the college-level stuff, to get you in very slowly and softly. The trouble is the admission standards are so unselective that there are a great deal of people who cannot be expected to read a college-level book and therefore you bring down the quality of the reading you assign. That's affecting not just this common reading, but an awful lot of college curriculum. One of the more troubling trends found in the report was the assignment of a high number of modern books written by Americans. "The point of college is to broaden your mind," Randall said. "You are going to have great difficulties broadening your mind if you can't get beyond Americans living now."
Jun 07, 2017
Podcast: Fighting against assisted suicide
Join Mollie Hemingway as she talks with J.J. Hanson, President of the Patient's Rights Action Fund, and Dr. Brian Callister, also from PRAF. Patients Rights Action Fund was started to fight against the legalization of assisted suicide. "The one thing that a lot of different people within our country agree upon today is that we all want to have some type of personal autonomy," said Hanson. "We all believe in that as Americans. In theory, this would make sense for assisted suicide. If it's just me, why should anyone tell me what to do? But once you look into the details of this legislation, you can find out it's not just about one personal individual's decision at the end of life. In fact, this is going to impact other people's lives." PRAF gives strategic and financial support to help fight against assisted suicide throughout the U.S. Hanson has personal reasons for joining the fight against legalized assisted suicide. "I am a terminal brain cancer patient," Hanson said. "I was told that I had four months left to live three years ago. I've since beaten it; I've gotten well past it. But the legalization of the legislation could end up leading to the death of patients like me."
Jun 06, 2017
Podcast: Heather Haupt’s Knights-in-Training
Join Joy Pullmann as she talks with Heather Haupt about her book, "Knights-in-Training: Ten Principles for Raising Honorable, Courageous, and Compassionate Boys." A mother of three boys and a girl, Haupt challenges parents to raise their boys into men by talking about chivalry, justice, and God. "I wanted to capitalize on everything that made [my boys] so ferociously, amazingly them, and not squash who they were, and yet raise them up to be confident, kind, courageous men." Haupt's book outlines ten principles for parents to help teach their boys to become "knights-in-training." "I hit the jackpot when I tapped into the whole idea of chivalry six year ago, and that totally transformed the way we communicate in our family. When we first read about knights, my boys were stoked. So they're doing sword fights all around me and I thought, 'we're doing chivalry. They're going to know how to treat a woman right.' So I start researching, and that's when I was blown away. Chivalry is so much more than how a man treats a woman."
Jun 05, 2017
Podcast: Reruns with Cowen, Rahn, and Draper
Today on The Federalist Radio Hour is a blast from the past. Join Ben Domenech in excerpts from previous shows as he talks with economist Tyler Cowen, managing editor for CBS News Will Rahn, and New York Times Magazine writer Robert Draper. Cowen discusses his book "The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream," and how American education, technology, and productivity has failed to improve. Will Rahn, digital politics managing editor for CBS News, talks with Domenech about the smugness of the press and decline of American community. New York Times Magazine writer Robert Draper wraps up the show with a discussion on "fake news" and American free press.
Jun 02, 2017
Podcast: Anthony Tjan On Leadership And Goodness
This week on The Federalist Radio Hour, Ben Domenech talks with entrepreneur and The New York Times bestseller Anthony Tjan about his latest book, Good People: The Only Leadership Decision That Really Matters. Tjan aims to change how people think about what makes a "good" leader and shift it away from measurable abilities and toward qualities like compassion, integrity, and character. "I think any mentorship has to begin with the word relationship, Tjan said. There's many times people say: 'Hey, we're a great place to work, we've got great mentors.' But so often that's a check-the-box activity. Real mentorship has to begin with a foundation of some level of chemistry. You have to feel some collegial affection. Once you have that, the overarching theme of the book of what really constitutes goodness is that goodness has been so biased toward competency and skill and so undervalued in terms of character and the real values that make up goodness of character." andnbsp;
Jun 01, 2017
Sen. Mike Lee on The Founders, Social Capital, and The Role of Government
Senator Mike Lee joins the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss his new book, Written Out of History: The Forgotten Founders Who Fought Big Government. Lee also explains his new research initiative, the Social Capital Project and how it can measure the health of our society and institutions. Right now we dont even know exactly what we dont know. This project represented the first step in that direction, toward trying to find out what is happening in America and then we can start to unravel why, Lee said. Lee also discusses the role of faith, Charles Murray, and the future of Congress. Congress is ready to put its Article I pants back on, he said. Congress is in fact the lawmaking organ within the federal government and it needs to start acting like it. andnbsp;
May 31, 2017
Manchester, Trump’s International Trip, Changes in Foreign Reporting
Susan Glasser, chief international affairs columnist at Politico, discusses both her own recent trip to Manchester last week, as well as President Trumps recent international trip. Glasser, who was formerly a Washington Post Bureau Chief in Moscow, shares insights on Putin and U.S.-Russia relations. Glasser and Domenech discuss how American foreign reporting and correspondence has decreased. Its a very frustrating moment. You have more access to information and insight and news than ever before, on one hand. On the other hand, [publications] are still chasing scale and they have a lot of people who arent on the ground doing reporting, Glasser said.
May 30, 2017
Important Changes For Farm Subsidies, Working Families, And Education
Lori Sanders, associate vice president of federal affairs at the R Street Institute, and Gracy Olmstead, associate managing editor at the Federalist, discuss farming, agriculture subsidies, USDA funding in the Trump budget, and the changing relationship between education and employment. What can the government do to improve the employment system for working parents and their children? Sanders shares some proposals to give working families more flexibility. We should be thinking about how we make every single employee--male, female-- more attractive, more productive in the labor force so that more employers want to compete over them, want to offer them these benefits.
May 26, 2017
Unpacking The Context of U.S.-Russia Relations and Foreign Policy
Paul J. Saunders is Executive Director of the Center for the National Interest and an expert on foreign policy, national security, and Russia. Saunders joins Federalist Radio to address some of the questions and concerns surrounding Russia, Rex Tillerson, General Flynn, and the dissonance between elites and the American people on foreign policy. Saunders explains the importance of context in understanding why Russia would be involved in U.S. elections. The context is instead, were having a relationship of rivalry and mistrust in which the United States...really since the end of the Cold War has been trying in various ways to promote political outcomes in Russia, he said. Later in the hour, they discuss the nations former and current leaders in national security from General Flynn to James Clapper. General Clapper has taken a much more simplistic approach and doesnt try to make that kind of intellectual effort, Saunders said.
May 25, 2017
Congressman Dave Brat On Policy, Angry Electorates, And Ethics
Congressman Dave Brat of Virginias 7th district joins Federalist Radio Hour to reflect on the last couple months of change and controversy in Congress. Brat discusses health care, tax reform, how to respond to an angry electorate, and the importance of a leaders faith. Brat sheds light on how negotiations went down among the Freedom Caucus during the AHCA debates. Weve already gone along with a federal program...which keeps all the Obamacare regulations and the press calls us obstructionists for wanting one element of a free market outcome, he said. What happens when our education system no longer teaches systems of ethics or economics? The hard Left is basically about deconstructing the Western paradigm. Which is roughly speaking, the Judeo-Christian tradition, the Rule of Law, and free markets. And you can the Left on three just chipping away. andnbsp;
May 24, 2017
Weight Loss, Fitness, Drug Use, And More With Mike Riggs
Mike Riggs is a reporter at Reason Magazine and writes on nutrition and fitness in his newsletter Protein Pancakes. Riggs shares his story of transformation and how he quit smoking, drinking, and lost 90 pounds. Riggs explains the history of drug-use and testosterone therapy in the different fitness circles and professional sports. Things changed dramatically in the 90s when we get an entire field of medicine out of nowhere called testosterone replacement therapy, he said. On another track you have testosterone use for performance enhancement and throughout the 2000s these things basically become deeply intertwined. Later in the hour, they discuss criminal justice reform and what the government is failing to handle the opioid crisis. These medicated-assisted treatment... methadone, suboxone...this keeps people alive while they can get help, he said. It is not a perfect drug. It is not as good as being un-addicted to opioids, but it works.
May 23, 2017
Stephen Hunter Explains His Novels, Movies, Gangsters, and Guns
Stephen Hunter is the author of twenty novels and the retired chief film critic for The Washington Post. He joins the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss writing, movies, guns, and his newest novel in his Bob Lee Swagger series, G-Man. Hunter contrasts the feelings of critiquing others work and putting his own work out their to be critiqued. The same thing is true of critics as is true of serial killers, is that theyre sort of in the same business. Theyre very good at compartmentalizing, he said. I was able to be a novelist and I was able to be a critic and not really let them interfere with each other. Hunter shares on his childhood obsession with guns, and how he creates stories on subjects that are often politicized. Im not on a soapbox, however on another level...on a cultural level if it were, I want it understood that I believe in the gun. I believe in the second amendment.
May 22, 2017
Pat Buchanan on the Culture War, Populism, and Cable News
In the second half of a two-part interview, Pat Buchanan sits down with Ben Domenech to discuss the his own political career, the role faith plays in politics, and how his own populism compares to what Trump offers. Buchanans new book is, Nixons White House Wars. Buchanans speech at the 1992 RNC was a warning that American values were in jeopardy. I really believe the West is very probably in a terminal decline, he said. Its lost its faith. Its lost its empires. Its losing its unity now. It can defend its borders. Its demographically dying. Later in the hour, they discuss how television has changed for the worse, leaving no space for constructive conversations. You were part of some shows that had intelligent people on them who could talk at length about a particular subject, Domenech said. I worry that people are becoming basically dumber because of the political television that we have on all day today.
May 19, 2017
Pat Buchanan Shares Stories and Memos from Nixon’s White House
Patrick J. Buchanans new book, Nixons White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever, details his time as a speechwriter and senior adviser to President Nixon. Buchanan joins Federalist Radio to share stories from times of both success and defeat in media, politics, and the conservative movement. Buchanan describes his first interaction with Vice President Nixon at age 15, and the how it came to happenstance that he would later work in the White House. I went up to him around midnight in the kitchen and said, If youre going to run in 68 Id like to get aboard early, he said. This is part one of a two-part interview. andnbsp;
May 18, 2017
How One Pro-Life Group is Seeking Out Abortion-Determined Women
The Human Coalition is a non-profit that combines the forces of technology, data, community outreach, and womens care clinics to reach and serve abortion-determined women. Brian Fisher, president and CEO of The Human Coalition, joins Federalist Radio to share the unique ways theyre fighting the abortion industry and how men can have a role in the pro-life movement. Theres almost 2 million internet searches a month in the United States for abortion terms like abortion clinic DC...morning after pill Fisher said. We realized that was an enormous mission field. If there was that many searches for abortion procurement terms, if we could intercept them...we could actually rescue children from abortion. Last week, there was an abrupt backlash against a New York Times op-ed that discussed the issues with linking abortion and economics. The culture tends to look at abortion as solving a womens problem and because finances typically play a part in her decision, that somehow solves that, Fisher said.
May 17, 2017
Hadley Heath Manning on Health Policy, Medicaid Reform, and Miss USA
Hadley Heath Manning is a senior policy analyst and director of health policy at the Independent Womens Forum. Manning shares her insights on Medicaid, the recent healthcare debate, and common sense ways conservatives can improve their health policy messaging. Manning explained alternatives to the current incentives for spending at the state level. Medicaid needed reform before Obamacare. Obamacare made it worse in some sense, Manning said. What [the AHCA] would do is limit the Medicaid expansion that now states get money for spending money on Medicaid. Ivanka Trump has brought working women and issues like paid maternity leave to the forefront of issues at the White House. I hope that Republicans can change their reputation as being stone-cold on these issues, only concerned about cost, Manning said.
May 16, 2017
Covering Capitol Hill with the Reporters Behind Politico’s ‘Playbook’
The duo behind Politicos Playbook and daily audio briefing, Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer, join Federalist Radio Hour to share a behind-the-scenes guide to their daily newsletter and what its like to cover Capitol Hill. They also discuss how Trump consumes the news, plus potential picks for the new FBI director. Every morning, Jake and I get up very early and start G-chatting, trying to figure out what the message of the day it and trying to be that one-stop shop for people, before they go on television, before they go into that 8 a.m. meeting, Palmer said. Senator John Cornyn and Rep. Trey Gowdy have been some of the names floated for the next director of the FBI. Its hard for me to see that Merrick Garland is going to leave that prized judgeship to be the head of the FBI. Theres no indication that he even wants to be the head of the FBI, Sherman said.
May 15, 2017
The Rock for POTUS, Vaping, and Vices with Katherine Mangu-Ward
Katherine Mangu-Ward, editor of Reason Magazine, and Mary Katharine Ham, senior writer at the Federalist, address all the buzz as of late about a possible presidential run by Dwayne The Rock Johnson. They also cover recent regulations and policy myths, such as rape touted as a pre-existing condition in the AHCA, and new laws against vaping. If were going to run celebrities, lets run hotter, smarter ones. And the Rock is both hotter and smarter than the celebrities we have been running, Ham said. The Rock is something we can all agree on, and that would probably be ruined by running for office. The now-debunked idea that rape is a pre-existing condition is just one example of media healthcare narratives. This idea that you take the absolute worst case of the absolute worst case ignoring a variety of political facts on the ground, as well as economic realities, Mangu-Ward said.
May 12, 2017
Yuval Levin Says Conservatives Have Become Detached From Contemporary Problems
Todays guest is Yuval Levin, author of The Fractured Republic, and the Hertog Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. They discuss the extreme amounts of blowback against Trump for the firing of James Comey, how conservatives ought to position themselves in the political landscape, and to think about what conservatism can offer Americans. Levin addresses health care reform and how the process will differ now that its in the Senates hands. These people have all run on repealing Obamacare for the last eight years and now it turns out they want somebody else to do it, he said. In the Senate, the margin just isnt there, and so if something is going to pass essentially every Republican senator is going to have to vote for it.
May 11, 2017
Victor Davis Hanson on Comey, Foreign Policy, and Life on a California Farm
Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at Stanford Universitys Hoover Institution. Hanson and Domenech discuss the breaking news of Donald Trump firing FBI Director James Comey. Hanson also shares insights on Trumps foreign policy, immigration, life on his California farm and the disappearance of agricultural communities. In some ways, Donald Trump has forced change on the Republican partys views on foreign policy. I think [Trump] is Jacksonian or hes nationalist in the sense that he has a tragic view of the world, Hanson said. Trump came along and said the world is a mess, its always going to be a mess, and Im going to create the conditions under which we are not threatened. Hanson described the ways life on a farm develops citizens and a pragmatic way of thinking about the world. Youre responsible for the ramifications of your own ideology, and a problem right now in this country is people always have money or influence to protect them from the consequences of their ideology.
May 10, 2017
How Lefty Narratives Destroy our College Campuses and Comic Books
Ashe Schow is a columnist at the New York Observer and senior contributor at the Federalist. She joins the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the latest college campus outrage, particularly directed at Charles Murray, and the other spaces political correctness has invaded like comic books and video games. This weekend President Obama accepted the John F. Kennedy Library Foundations Profile in Courage award. This whole idea of Obama being courageous by doing everything the lefty media likes, everything liberals like, Schow said. Its not courageous to stand up for the people everyone is standing up for. Marvels continues to sacrifice good characters for the sake of social justice warrior approved messages in their comic books and movies. I think what people actually hate is having narratives jammed down their throat when what they actually want is a good story with a good character.
May 09, 2017
An Up Close Look at the Infamous Border Wall, Plus Trump on Religious Liberty
Kelsey Harkness, senior reporter at The Daily Signal, recently returned from a trip to the U.S.-Mexican border in San Diego. She joins Bre Payton, staff writer at the Federalist, to discuss her reporting on border patrol, the wall, and Trumps religious liberty executive order. Border walls and fences under the Trump administration have become very symbolic of this whole political debate, Harkness said. But whats interesting about San Diego is that, to them, walls and fences are nothing new. Walls and fences have existed since the 90s. Later in the hour, Senior Counsel at The Becket Fund, Hannah Smith, explains the state of the administrations position towards current religious liberty cases. Shortly after the executive order was announced, HHS Secretary Price, in short order, announced his agency would be acting on this executive order to provide some relief to The Little Sisters [of the Poor]. andnbsp;
May 08, 2017
Molly Ball Talks Health Care, Parenting, Smart TVs, and Kellyanne Conway
Molly Ball, politics writer for The Atlantic, joins Mary Katharine Ham in studio to recap Thursdays freak outs over the healthcare bill passed in the House. They also discuss the ways technology is invading our home lives, particularly parenting, and Ball shares her in-depth profiling of Kellyanne Conway. After the GOP-controlled House passed some regulatory changes to the ACA on Thursday, false narratives spread through the media, including rumors about pre-existing conditions and Republicans celebrating with beer afterwards. Part of the reason theres been so much more talk of the politics than the policy is because policies take a while to set in. Polices take awhile to be the immediate consequences are going to be felt in politics, Ball said. andnbsp; andnbsp;
May 05, 2017
Interpreting the Founding Fathers’ Political Theory with Thomas West
Thomas G. West, professor of politics at Hillsdale College, said he has been working on his new book, The Political Theory of The American Founding: Natural Rights, Public Policy, and the Moral Conditions of Freedom, over the course of the last 20 years. On this episode of Federalist Radio, West defends his interpretations of what the founders meant by ideas like nature, equality, and justice. The basic meaning of equality for the founders is that we are equal in the sense that no body has the right to rule us without our consent, West said. Thats what equality means, and thats the fundamental meaning of liberty, too. West writes about the importance of localism at the time of founding. Their idea was: the closer to home, the better, he said.
May 04, 2017
Why Should Conservatives Care About Fashion?
Bre Payton, staff writer at the Federalist, and Inez Stepman, senior contributor at the Federalist, discuss the ins and outs of style, beauty, Vogue, fashion, and why conservatives should care about the culture. There should still be a way that a woman opens a magazine and sees something thats relevant to her life, Stepman said. Theres a not insubstantial minority of women who vote Republican. Theres a not insubstantial minority of women who voted for Donald Trump, and they read fashion magazines too. Payton and Stepman argue over whether Melania Trump is fashionable. Theres a difference between beautiful and fashionable...Its not that I think her outfits are ugly. Its that they dont convey any sense of style, Stepman said. To me they almost look like she sent the gopher out to pick out some stuff at Gucci. andnbsp;
May 02, 2017
Olivier Knox on WHCD, North Korea, France, and Fyre Festival
Olivier Knox, Chief Washington Correspondent for Yahoo! News, joins Mary Katharine Ham in studio to discuss this weekends White House Correspondents Dinner, tensions with North Korea, the election in France, and JaRules Fyre Festival disaster in the Bahamas. I think Trump not going this year [to the White House correspondents dinner] was a much needed corrective, Ham said. It feels a bit like Washington pretending to be L.A. for a couple of days. Knox breaks down the presidential election in France and how far-left and far-right hold different meanings than in the U.S. Basically all the French parties are fundamentally statist. They believe in a very strong role for the government in Paris, he said. andnbsp;
May 01, 2017
This Week on Bill Nye, Pro-Life Democrats, and the Future of NASCAR
Mary Katharine Ham, senior writer, and Gracy Olmstead, associate managing editor, host the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the tension between the DNC and pro-life democrats, the outrage at Bill Nye, and the retirement of Dale Earnhardt Jr. from NASCAR. Bernie Sanders and Tom Perez received blowback after endorsing a pro-life candidate for mayor of Omaha. The Cecile Richards view is the view of the Democratic Party and now they are saying you cant have another [view] in this party, Ham said. Thats fairly dangerous to building a coalition that can actually win. NASCAR race attendance is down, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. may have been the best face to bring in both the older and younger fans. Its a real open question where the sport goes from here. Its an interesting evolution of a sport that really was this niche southern working class sport, Ham said.
Apr 28, 2017
Everything You Need To Know About Trump’s Tax Reform Proposal
Daniel J. Mitchell, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, joins Federalist Radio to discuss President Trumps tax plan, why the border adjustment-tax is a bad idea, corporate tax rates, and how Congress is trying to juggle tax reform. The problem with the Trump tax plan, good on paper but heres the problem. Were in a fiscal environment where we already have $500 million per year deficits, Mitchell said. And if we leave government on auto pilot, were going to wind up by the middle of next decade have trillion dollar annual deficits. Veronique de Rugy, senior fellow at George Mason University's Mercatus Center, joins for the last segment to share her positive and negative reactions to Trumps tax plan. The problem with the approach they are taking is that economic growth alone is going to be enough, and theres no indication that this White House is going to reverse its position on cutting spending, she said.
Apr 27, 2017
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on Net Neutrality, Privacy, and Rickrolling
On Wednesday Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Council, announced his plan to eliminate net neutrality rules put in place by the Obama administration in 2015. After his announcement, he joined Ben Domenech in studio to discuss internet regulation, privacy issues, cable cord-cutters, and rickrolling. Net neutrality, if it means a free and open internet, is something that everybody agrees upon, Pai said. We had a free and open internet before Title II. That is the dividing line...Title II is the wrong regulatory framework to preserve that value. Domenech and Pai discussed the relationship between consumers and corporations, including privacy of users, 5G networks, and cable bundles. At the end of the day its going to settle, I hope, where the consumer is the one who is paying a lower price for the content that he or she wants.
Apr 26, 2017
David Azerrad Argues the Differences Between “Trumpism” and Conservatism
David Azerrad is the Director, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics and AWC Family Foundation Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. Azerrad and Domenech discuss President Trumps first 100 days in office, the definition of Trumpism, and the differing schools of thought within the conservative movement. On the executive front, [Trump] is delivering. Working with Congress is a complicated matter, especially given the tensions within the Republican party, Azerrad said. Given the weakness of Congress in the modern era, theyre definiltey looking for direction from the President. Azerrad defines the Trumpism movement and responds to the critiques who believe the term is meaningless. A temperament that is bold and aggressive and springs from this view of the world that is anchored in conflict. Conflict between nations, and conflict between the classes at home, he said.
Apr 25, 2017
Mollie Hemingway on Media Echo Chambers, Twitter Groupthink, and Pat Buchanan
Ben Domenech interviews Mollie Hemingway about her new book, Trump vs. The Media, on this episode of Federalist Radio. They discuss the ways the media echo chamber failed to do their job the last eight years, and how that has destroyed their credibility in covering the Trump administration. You would hope after the media failure of 2016 there would be some introspection, Hemingway said. You have the same people who ran the same Iran echo chamber, running the story on Russia. Social media, especially Twitter, has led to more groupthink among journalists and a way for reporters to signal to each other. I think we are seeing the end of that American project of trying to have common stories that everyone can join together around to discuss, Hemingway said. And youre going to see, if this last six months is any indiction, many major media not even trying to pretend anymore.
Apr 24, 2017
Talking South China Sea Tensions and Hollywood’s Chinese Box Office Problem
Alice Ekman is a research fellow at Center for Asian Studies of the French Institute for International Relations. Ekman joins todays Federalist Radio to discuss the global conflicts surrounding the South China Sea, U.S. relations with China, Ekman provides a background on how China views their own leadership and some of their regional iniatives. Overall its really interesting to see that China wishes to challenge existing security alliances that exist in the region, she said. There has recently been some controversy within the world of Hollywood and China, regarding the Chinese interests in American films. We should not always see these investments as directly guided by the Communist Party of China, Ekman said. You have to also take into account the bureaucratic limitations taking place in Chinas domestic policy. Later in the hour, Ekman gives her perspective as a native French women on Marine Le Pen and the current election in France.
Apr 20, 2017
Shakespeare’s Greatest Comedic Character: Falstaff, Plus the New Star Wars Trailer
Kate Havard reviews Harold Blooms new book, Falstaff: Give Me Life, which is the first in his Shakespeare personalities series. Havard and Domenech discuss the complexities of Shakespeares characters, Shakespeare in politics, and the newest Star Wars teaser trailer. [Bloom] elevates Falstaff to this mystical category of a prophet and a saint who disdains morality and stands for freedom from society...but also without any real vice or flaws, Havard said. I think thats the most frustrating aspect of Blooms book, is that he wants make [Falstaff] this beacon of amorality. Star Wars: The Last Jedi is this years Star Wars film to be distributed by Disney. I think these Star Wars movies are great when they talk about new worlds and bad guys and adventures...and the more it gets into metaphysics physics of the force, the less I care about it, Havard said.
Apr 18, 2017
The Religious Freedom Case Going Before SCOTUS This Week
Kerri Kupec serves as legal counsel and communications director with Alliance Defending Freedom. Kupec explains the religious freedom case going before the Supreme Court this week, which will also be one of Justice Gorsuchs first cases to hear on the bench. Its really a basic free exercise and equal protection argument, she said. [Missouri] is essentially excluding religious people from participating equally in society. Kupec and Domenech discuss the landscape of several similar first amendment cases regarding freedom of speech and religion. Im really hoping that we start seeing court decisions reflecting a balanced approach, where the freedom of people of faith are weighed equally against the interests of those who identify as LGBT, Kupec said.
Apr 17, 2017
Rethinking Welfare, Job Creation, and The War on Poverty
Peter Cove is the founder of America Works and author of the new book, Poor No More: Rethinking Dependency and The War on Poverty. Cove explains how our the governments welfare and poverty programs have not aided in ending the war on poverty. He makes the case for job placement and a work-first model. The government has really increased the incentives for people to be on government programs. Cove said. People arent working. Only 47 percent of our country has full-time jobs. Cove makes suggests eliminating any welfare programs that provide hand-outs. We get rid of that money, and transfer all of the money into the creation of jobs in the private and public sectors, he said. There are many ways to do it. andnbsp;
Apr 12, 2017
James Hohmann on Syria, Trump’s Inner Circle, and the Senate Nuclear Option
James Hohmann, national political reporter for the Washington Post, joins Ben Domenech to discuss Nikki Haley and the Trump administrations position on Syria, how the Senate confirmed Justice Gorsuch, and other political stories on Capitol Hill. Nikki Haley is the first Republican UN Ambassador to have full cabinet rank since Jeane Kirkpatrick under Ronald Reagan. Nikki Haley is for them, the conscious and the backbone of the administration. I think she is hawkish on Russia and shes hawkish on Iran. Shes very strong for Israel, Hohmann said. She doesnt work for Rex Tillerson. After Senate Republicans deployed the Nuclear Option to confirm Neil Gorsuch, the question remains about future use of the legislative filibuster. I worry that [McConnel] thinks the legislative filibuster is good, but at some point hes not going to be able to defend it, Hohmann said. andnbsp;
Apr 11, 2017
Bill James on The Cubs, Analytics, Crime, and JonBenét Ramsey
Bill James is a baseball writer, historian, author, and statistician. He joins Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the Cubs World Series victory, the role of analytics in sports, and our obsession with popular crime. James also answers audience questions about this years baseball season. The war on analytics is over and we did win, James said. Analytics is not a theory that were smarter than everybody else. Its just knowledge. Popular crime can have an influence on policy and law, and the new media fascination with true crime stories. Crime and politics are joined at the hip because protecting us from criminals is one of the basic functions of government, James said.
Apr 10, 2017
Syria, Political Islam, and Why Egyptians Like Trump
Shadi Hamid, senior fellow at Brookings Institute Center for Middle East Policy, joins Federalist Radio to discuss the political climate in Syria, why Egypt is Trump country, and U.S. relations with Islamists. Obviously some of this is just rhetoric and we are going to have to wait and see what Trump actually does, but I am somewhat encouraged by some of this rhetoric, Hamid said of Trumps remarks on this weeks attacks in Syria. I do think Syria is a direct national security interest and I think one of Obamas biggest mistakes was not realizing that. Hamid discusses why respecting democratic outcomes is important and how his witnessed the various regime changes in Egypt. We like democracy in theory but our problem is we have trouble with the outcomes of democracy, he said. We dont agree with the ideology of groups like the Muslim Brotherhood.
Apr 06, 2017
Here’s the Latest on Republican Efforts to Overhaul Obamacare
Chatter continues on Capitol Hill about making another attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare. Avik Roy, president of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity, explains the health care positions of GOP leadership, the moderates, and the Freedom Caucus. Try to fix it in the House before you send it to the Senate, Roy said. Weve got to take the time to get this right, because if we get this wrong, we will never live to see another major attempt by Republicans at health reform. Chris Jacobs, policy analyst and consultant, also joins the conversation to explain how picking and choosing the good or bad regulations from Obamacare would create an incoherent market. The Congressional Budget Office has said that there would actually be more uninsured under the House bill than if you had just repealed the law outright, including all the regulations, Jacobs said. andnbsp;
Apr 05, 2017
Ben Jacobs Covers Stories on AHCA, Devin Nunes, and Brexit
Ben Jacobs is a political reporter for The Guardian and he joins Ben Domenech in studio to discuss the continued fall out from last weeks health care bill, this weeks stories surrounding the House Intelligence Committee, and an update on Brexit. Mitch McConnell and the Senate took the back seat to the first attempt at the AHCA, but now that may change. I think the pattern that youve see with Ryan and Trump so far, its Lucy and Charlie Brown and Trump always sets up the football for Ryan, Jacobs said. Ryan is truly and ideologue in a way that McConnell is more of a pragmatist. Many have called for Congressman Devin Nunes to recuse himself from the Russian intelligence investigation after meeting with an intel source related to another investigation. Lets get those documents as rapidly as possible then let everyone make a decision about whether they matter or not, Domenech said.
Mar 29, 2017
Chris Scalia on His Father, Family, Literature, and Issues in Academia
Christopher Scalia, the son of Justice Antonin Scalia, is also a writer and former professor. He joins the Federalist Radio Hour to share stories of his father, to discuss growing issues in academia, and to think about literature that can help us understand the world we live in. Scalia tells stories from his childhood and his fathers approach to family and faith. I dont remember him ever sitting me down and saying This is what my faith means to me. He didnt have to. It was obvious. A novel that explains our political landscape is not Orwells 1984, but Scoop by Evelyn Waugh. The term fake news isnt used, but its kind of throughout the novel, Scalia said. The reporters in this novel have an agenda to push and they will push it whatever the cost. andnbsp;
Mar 28, 2017