The Federalist Radio Hour

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.


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.
00:54:00 1/17/2018

Past Episodes

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."
00:47:00 1/16/2018
Emily Jashinsky, commentary writer at The Washington Examiner, joins Ben Domenech in studio to discuss the change in course of the #MeToo movement. Some women continue to share discomforting sexual encounters, while other women are calling the whole 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.
00:41:00 1/15/2018
Cam Edwards is currently the host of the "Cam & Company" show on NRA TV He lives on a 40-acre farm with his family in Farmville, Virginia. Edwards joins Ben in studio to answer questions on gun laws, gun training, and his role in conservative media.
00:51:00 1/11/2018
CJ Ciaramella, criminal justice reporter at Reason Magazine, discussed latest Attorney General Jeff Sessions actions on Marijuana and the future of the weed industry. "We have a giant chunk of the United States where there is recreational 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.
00:55:00 1/10/2018
Warning, this show contains Star Wars spoilers! Alexandra Petri is an opinion columnist for the Washington Post and Star Wars enthusiast. Petri and Domenech talk through their thoughts on the good, the bad, the silly, and the biggest disappointments of the The Last Jedi.
00:53:00 1/9/2018
Rabbi Meir Soloveichik discusses issues of religious liberty, the decline of religion in America, and give a historical perspective on how faith and the role Judaism played in the creation of our country. Soloveichik is the Rabbi of Congregation 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.
01:02:00 1/8/2018
Mary Katharine Ham and Guy Benson take a break from their day job of talking politics to discuss football and tonight's NCAA National Championship. They preview tonight's Georgia-Alabama face off and break down the season. They also discuss why college athletics are proving to have a stronger fan base than professional sports leagues.
00:50:00 1/7/2018
Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi host this episode of Federalist Radio Hour, discussing the latest on the FBI's ongoing election investigation, Fusion GPS, and the infamous dossier. They also talk Steve Bannon, Trump's North Korea tweets, and hate mail.
00:57:00 1/4/2018
Becket Adams is a commentary writer and media reporter at "The Washington Examiner." Adams and Domenech discuss the latest D.C. gossip surrounding the Bannon-Trump feud, as well as how Michael Wolff seemingly embedded himself in Trump's White House. Later in the hour, Adams describes his 15,000 word compilation of bad reporting and fake news stories from 2017.
00:55:00 1/3/2018
Veronique de Rugy is a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. She joins Ben Domenech to discuss the aftermath of the GOP tax bill, the new corporate tax rate, federal spending, and some French politics.
00:54:00 1/2/2018
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.
00:41:00 12/21/2017
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."
01:04:00 12/20/2017
Robert Draper is an author and writer at New York Times Magazine and National Geographic. Draper joins Federalist Radio to review how this year in politics went for Republicans, Democrats, and our new President. They explore changes in the staff around Trump, the Mueller investigation, the legislative successes and failures, and the Democratic game plan in 2018.
00:57:00 12/19/2017
W. Bradford Wilcox is Director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, Professor of Sociology, and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies. Wilcox shares his research on marriage, families, and how the structure of 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.
00:55:00 12/18/2017
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.
00:55:00 12/17/2017
Dr. Matthew Spalding is Associate Vice President and Dean of Educational Programs for Hillsdale College in Washington, D.C. He joins Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the break down of American political parties and how we can return to a functioning 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."
00:56:00 12/14/2017
Will Rahn, politics editor at CBS News Digital, joins Ben Domenech on Federalist Radio to discuss this week's election in Alabama and what it means for the Republicans and Democratic Parties in the long run. They also discuss the viral New Yorker essay, "Cat Person" and the cultural consequences of the sexual revolution.
00:54:00 12/13/2017
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. .
00:55:00 12/12/2017
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.
00:47:00 12/11/2017
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.
00:54:00 12/10/2017
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."
00:52:00 12/8/2017
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."
00:53:00 12/7/2017
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.
00:50:00 12/6/2017
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.
00:47:00 12/5/2017
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.
00:50:00 12/4/2017
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.
00:55:33 10/23/2017
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.
00:28:25 10/20/2017
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.
00:55:33 10/19/2017
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.
00:31:53 10/18/2017
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."
00:32:02 10/17/2017
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.
00:31:45 10/16/2017
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.
00:35:45 10/13/2017
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.
00:55:33 10/12/2017
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."
00:29:53 10/11/2017
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.
00:55:33 10/10/2017
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."
00:32:26 10/9/2017
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.
00:55:33 10/6/2017
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."
00:55:33 10/5/2017
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."
00:55:33 10/4/2017
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."
00:35:50 10/3/2017
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.
00:55:33 10/2/2017
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.
00:52:46 9/20/2017
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."
00:32:39 8/28/2017
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." 
00:29:52 8/25/2017
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. 
00:55:33 8/24/2017
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." 
00:55:33 8/23/2017
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."
00:32:40 8/22/2017
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." 
00:55:33 8/21/2017
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. 
00:32:06 8/18/2017
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. 
00:55:33 8/17/2017
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."
00:31:05 8/16/2017
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. 
00:29:47 8/15/2017
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."
00:55:33 8/14/2017
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." 
00:30:57 8/11/2017
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. 
00:55:33 8/10/2017
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. 
00:55:33 8/9/2017
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. 
00:55:33 8/8/2017
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. 
00:55:33 8/7/2017
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. 
00:55:33 8/4/2017
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." 
00:55:33 8/3/2017
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." 
00:27:41 8/2/2017
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. 
00:33:47 8/1/2017
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. 
00:32:06 7/31/2017
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.
00:55:33 7/28/2017
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. 
00:55:33 7/27/2017
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."
00:55:33 7/26/2017
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. 
00:34:33 7/25/2017
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." 
00:55:33 7/24/2017
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. 
00:30:00 7/21/2017
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." 
00:55:33 7/20/2017
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." 
00:55:33 7/19/2017
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. 
00:55:33 7/18/2017
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." 
00:31:13 7/17/2017
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. 
00:55:33 7/14/2017
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." 
00:55:33 7/13/2017
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." 
00:33:47 7/12/2017
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." 
00:55:33 7/11/2017
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. 
00:55:33 7/10/2017
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." 
00:55:33 7/7/2017
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."  
00:55:33 7/6/2017
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." 
00:32:04 7/5/2017
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.
00:55:33 7/3/2017
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?"
00:31:01 6/30/2017
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."
00:34:20 6/29/2017
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." 
00:34:15 6/28/2017
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." 
00:29:21 6/27/2017
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. 
00:55:33 6/26/2017
Douglas Murray is the author of "The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam" and the associate editor of the Spectator in London. Murray explains 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."
00:55:33 6/23/2017
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." 
00:55:33 6/22/2017
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." 
00:55:33 6/21/2017
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.
00:55:33 6/20/2017
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."
00:55:33 6/19/2017
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.
00:55:33 6/16/2017
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.
00:34:28 6/15/2017
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.
00:28:57 6/14/2017
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.
00:29:10 6/13/2017
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.
00:33:02 6/12/2017
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.
00:55:33 6/9/2017
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;
00:55:33 6/8/2017
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."
00:55:33 6/7/2017
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."
00:31:14 6/6/2017
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."
00:29:16 6/5/2017
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.
00:32:40 6/2/2017
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;
00:55:33 6/1/2017
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;
00:29:22 5/31/2017
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.
00:55:33 5/30/2017
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.
00:31:56 5/26/2017
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.
00:31:55 5/25/2017
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;
00:55:33 5/24/2017
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.
00:55:33 5/23/2017
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.
00:31:57 5/22/2017
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.
00:32:59 5/19/2017
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;
00:32:40 5/18/2017
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.
00:55:33 5/17/2017
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.
00:31:58 5/16/2017
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.
00:19:49 5/15/2017
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.
00:55:33 5/12/2017
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.
00:55:33 5/11/2017
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.
00:30:05 5/10/2017
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.
00:28:42 5/9/2017
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;
00:30:05 5/8/2017
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;
00:31:45 5/5/2017
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.
00:33:01 5/4/2017
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;
00:32:50 5/2/2017
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;
00:31:11 5/1/2017
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.
00:29:01 4/28/2017
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.
00:55:33 4/27/2017
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.
00:55:33 4/26/2017
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.
00:30:35 4/25/2017
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.
00:32:44 4/24/2017
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.
00:55:33 4/20/2017
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.
00:30:19 4/18/2017
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.
00:55:33 4/17/2017
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;
00:55:33 4/12/2017
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;
00:32:10 4/11/2017
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.
00:55:33 4/10/2017
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.
00:55:33 4/6/2017
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;
00:55:33 4/5/2017
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.
00:31:48 3/29/2017
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;
00:33:32 3/28/2017
Tom Nichols is a professor at the Naval War College, Jeopardy champion, and author of the new book, The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters. Nichols joins Ben Domenech on Federalist Radio to discuss how increasing access to technology, information, and education has lead to a rejection of experts and an inflation of our own narcissism. There a false intimacy and pedestal of expertise that we give to celebrities and anyone on television. The boomers went from trusting to no one to trusting any idiot with a symmetrical face in business casual, Nichols said. There comes a time to say, I cant speak to that issue. Nichols describes how people react to the errors of experts. When experts are wrong, they have a double duty. They not only have to fix it. They have to own it. They have to come forward with it, he said. People want to scapegoat experts for things that are just bad life choices.
00:55:33 3/24/2017
Marc Dunkelman is the author of The Vanishing Neighbor: The Transformation of American Community, and he joins Federalist Radio to discuss an epochal shift in our social landscapes and daily interactions that have always been essential in civil discourse and compromise. Dunkelman discusses how both technology and disappearing institutions have changed the type of people we come into contact with. Because there are only 24 hours in a day...we are choosing to invest in the inner and outer most rings... and we are abandoning those middle rings, he said. And it is in the middle rings where you come into contact with people who generally have different points of view than you. The non-cognitive skill of grit is also a characteristic that studies show is needed to maintain a bond with someone whom you disagree. People abandon neighborly relationships. They dont engage in conversations about religion or politics or whatever social issue...because they are afraid of what might happen if the other person that they are talking to takes a different view.
00:32:48 3/23/2017
Shane Harris, senior writer on national security at the Wall Street Journal, joins the Federalist Radio to discuss James Comeys hearing this week, current FBI investigations, CIA hacking operations, and other Wikileaks stories. Reporting on this story is like feeling your way around in a dark room, Harris said. The sense that I have gotten has always been is that its looking at more than just Carter Page, Roger Stone, and Paul Manafort, that there may be a more extensive examination of contacts. Potentially financial ties. Harris shares some of the basics that everyone should know about privacy, cyber security and protecting their devices. Once a week turn the phone off and reset it. If someone actually did manage implant something on your phone, reseting the phone sometime actually can kick it off, he said.
00:30:53 3/22/2017
Science journalist Michael Lemonick tells the story of Lonnie Sue Johnson, a woman whose unique memory loss has led to groundbreaking studies in neuroscience, learning, and memory. Lemonick is the opinion editor at the Scientific American and his new book is The Perpetual Now: A Story of Amnesia, Memory, and Love. After an infection burned through Johnsons hippocampus, she was left with almost no memories, and the inability to form and retain new ones. I began to understand that unlike H.M., she had a vastly rich trove of memories and abilities that neuroscientists could go about testing and deepening our understanding of memory, Lemonick said. Domenech and Lemonick discuss our brains ability to fabricate memories that didnt happen, as well as forget ones that did. Every time we retrieve a memory, the actual memory itself gets mixed in with stuff we have learned subsequently, Lemonick said.
00:55:33 3/21/2017
Rebecca Berg is a national political reporter at RealClear Politics and a political analyst at CNN. She sits down with Mary Katharine Ham in studio to recap this weeks news from the White House including Trumps budget, the health care bill, the upcoming SCOTUS confirmation hearing, and the hiring of Omarosa as an assistant to the President. Even though budgets coming from the Presidents office rarely pass Congress, anger heightened this week over the cutting of funding for PBS or Meals on Wheels. Even when we are talking about a budget that will never pass, we still cant talk in a mature way about making priorities in a budget, which is what budgets are supposed to be, Ham said. Berg shares her reporting on the relationship between Donald Trump and his former Apprentice contestant, Omarosa. She became the driving force behind the first season of the show... and so ever since then Donald Trump has held her in really high regard, she said.
00:55:33 3/17/2017
Scott Greer is an editor at The Daily Caller and author of the new book, No Campus For White Men. Greer joins Federalist Radio to discuss the heated conflicts on American college campuses with a particular tie to race issues, and other ways white privilege has been inserted into our culture and politics. Greer says the way privilege is now tied to race has created a new moral culture of victimhood. Everyone is competing to be the bigger victim to prove that they are victimized, he said. It has nothing to do with socio economic primarily has to do with racial identity. Domenech and Greer also discuss the recent protests against Charles Murray, how state lawmakers can make a difference at public universities, and the new race-savvy horror movie Get Out. andnbsp;
00:30:07 3/9/2017
Ben Domenech starts off this episode of Federalist Radio sharing some news and a personal note for our listeners. Later in the hour, he is joined in studio by David Schoenbrod, author of DC Confidential: Inside the Five Tricks of Washington. Schoenbrod explained the real reasons for our broken political system and the sleights of hand that politicians use to avoid accountability. What really made things go haywire started in the late 1960s, where the representatives were basically able to take credit for the good parts of regulation and avoid blame for the bad parts of regulation, he said. Later in the hour, they discuss how even today with the new healthcare legislation, Congress continues to pass off their responsibility to make law onto the regulatory bureaucracies.
00:29:50 3/8/2017
Christine Emba, writer and editor of In Theory at the Washington Post, joins Mollie Hemingway on this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, where they discussed free speech in the context of recent protests on college campuses and the A Day Without a Woman strike. They also talk authoritarianism, political turmoil, Lena Dunhams Girls, and how the sexual revolution has hurt women and dating. The upcoming womens strike is getting pushback on the idea that its only women of privilege that can afford to take the day off or risk losing their job. There is this question, Who is this feminism for? Emba said. You find these questions of intersectionality, of representation, of class, equality, and structure, I think really infiltrating the movement and theres a lot of friction. Later in the hour, they discuss the pushback against Trump and recent confusion on intelligence leaks surrounding the administration. I hope that people of all political stripes understand the damage of intelligence agencies being engaged in the this type of behavior and how much it does to undermine peoples confidence in institutions, Hemingway said.
00:30:38 3/7/2017
Music writer and enthusiast, Billy Rosenbeck, joins Ben on this episode of Federalist Radio to discuss the music industry, music curation, the elements of modern rock bands, various artists like Josh Ritter and other up-and-coming bands. Were in this playlist generation where everything comes at us really quickly and the shuffle button is always available, Rosenbeck said. Theres so much coming at you all the time that you kind of have to find your place, and its out there but it takes some work to sort through it all. Rosenbeck suggests music has swung towards an era of the singer and songwriter, as opposed to the arena rock bands of the last few decades. When we think of those big rock bands of the past, you knew the lead singer and you knew the lead guitar player, he said. Now there are few guitar players that really play in a recognizable way. Rosenbeck is the host of a podcast called, Lets Drink 3 or 4 Beers and Talk About How Good Josh Ritter Is.
00:29:02 3/1/2017
Suzanne Venker is a cultural critic and author of the new book, The Alpha Females Guide to Men and Marriage: How Love Works. Mary Katharine Ham and Joy Pullmann interview Suzanne on the Federalist Radio Hour about how strong women can learn to make their marriages less competitive and more complementary. Venker discusses some of the differences between the sexes and how some of ways women empower or assert themselves in the workplace, may cause conflict in their relationships. Its not that men cant handle strong women. Its that theres a difference between strong and being strong-willed, where you refuse to back down, she said. Your strength is wonderful for [men], but not when its used against them. Later in the hour, writer and author Amelia Hamilton joins Mary Katharine in studio to discuss what she saw at CPAC last week and what it says about the future for conservatives.
00:30:18 2/28/2017
James Poulos is a senior contributor at the Federalist and author of the new book, The Art of Being Free: How Alexis de Tocqueville Can Save Us from Ourselves. He joins Federalist Radio to explains what Tocqueville might have to tell us about Brittany Spears, death, dating, sex, and living lives of freedom. The way forward is obscure, whether in the small details or in the big picture, Poulos said. In a strange way [Tocqueville] is even more relevant to our pain and awkward anxiety in this moment than he was to his own time. Poulos offers some optimism in light of cultural challenges facing American institutions and religion. There is still enough in the American character of that unreasonable yearning for rebirth and renewal...personally and together with those you care about and those may be strangers to you, he said.
00:55:33 2/24/2017
Erica Grieder, Texas-based journalist and author, joins Federalist Radio to discuss CPAC, conservative media, Rick Perry, and the nuances of Texas politics. Donald Trumps lack of ideology and tendency towards ethno-nationalist populism is a poor fit with republicans in Texas, Greider said. Even our democrats are not very populist in Texas, she said. Trump was a weak candidate in Texas. He underperformed there. He lost the primary by 17 points to Ted Cruz. Domenech and Greider discuss how the 2016 election results are reflective of both media bias and the differences between conservatives in red states and blue states. Youre talking on some level about the differences between states where people have strong community ties and neighborhoods, where they feel they are part of a community that can solve its own problems, and those who feel like theyre disenfranchised or communities are falling apart, Domenech said.
00:55:33 2/23/2017
Steven F. Hayward is a professor at UC Berkeley and the author of the new book, Patriotism Is Not Enough: Harry Jaffa, Walter Berns, and the Arguments that Redefined American Conservatism. He joins the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the thinkers and writers who shaped the conservative movement and how they fit into Americas intellectual history. Hayward explains how the students of Leo Strauss, such as Harry Jaffa and Walter Berns, focused on American political thought as opposed to European. They argued more profoundly than anyone else that people like Madison and Hamilton...and the philosophy of the American founding... although it has some similarities to European conservatism, it also has some distinctive new things that it has to offer the world, he said. Later in the hour, they discuss whether the ideas of Strauss and other conservative philosophers will be able find their way into the Trump administration.
00:55:33 2/22/2017
Sarah Westwood, White House correspondent at the Washington Examiner, joins Mary Katharine Ham in studio to give some insight into the White House briefing room and media groupthink. They recap Trumps attack of the media in Thursdays press conference and how he addressed the few policy questions that were asked. andnbsp; I think the press underestimates how little they are liked and trusted, and how much people enjoy watching them get a little bit of their own medicine, Ham said. Westwood explained how Sean Spicer has broken press conference protocol and why members of the media are upset. Its had the effect of changing up the kinds of questions we see in the briefing room, which is whatever the trending topic is that day, she said. andnbsp;
00:55:33 2/17/2017
Richard Torregrossa is the author of Cary Grant: A Celebration of Style and joins Federalist Radio Hour to discuss mens style and how the fashion choices of figures like presidents and news anchors has an impact on their message. It says something about [Trumps] aggression, and I think the way President Obama dresses also says something about his lack of aggression, Torregrossa said. President Trump uses that size as a part his language. Later in the hour, Domenech and Torregrossa discuss the biggest mistakes most men make in their wardrobes and the key elements they should consider when upgrading their style. The suit is the main event and everything else should be toned down, he said. andnbsp;
00:30:39 2/14/2017
Paul Coyer is a historian, a professor at the Institute of World Politics, and a contributing editor at Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy. Coyer discussed the foreign policy challenges facing the new administration including relationships with Russia, China, and radical Islam. Coyer discussed the balance between the dangers of extreme American exceptionalism and the importance of national values and identity. There are always going to be negative impulses in nationalism because it is human nature to be tribalistic in a negative sense, he said. Donald Trump and the people around him have a better grasp of nationalism not as a negative thing, but it can be a positive. Fighting radical Islam is more than about military force. It requires attacks against the ideology of jihadism. You need to attack the ideas. You need to attack the metanarrative. You need to counter the whole idea of muslims as always the victims of Christianity, he said.
00:32:38 2/10/2017
Joy Pullmann, managing editor at The Federalist, interviews professor and author Dr. Anthony Esolen on Federalist Radio. Esolen discusses his latest book, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture and how we can save art, beauty, music from the crumbling institutions of Western civilization and the sexual revolution. Dr. Esolen also shared the story of a campus outrage against him at Providence College where he is a literature professor. I was the object of a month or two of campus-wide scorn, he said. All is not lost here but the fight is going to be bitter and bloody. Pullmann and Esolen discussed some practical ways parents and children can restore culture and encounter the natural world. We need the kids out doing wholesome play without the parents direction, he said.
00:55:33 2/8/2017
Tim Ballard is the founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad, an organization dedicated to rescuing victims of human trafficking, child slavery, and bringing justice to their perpetrators. Ballard joins Federalist Radio to discuss the horrific details of this industry and how his team partners with law enforcement on operations around the world. There are two million children forced into the commercial sex trade. There is five and half million children if you include slave labor, Ballard said. OUR Rescue is unique in their ability to work on the ground, empowering and providing resources for developing countries. Our main mission is empowering law enforcement, but we can do it through very aggressive means if they want us to, he said.
00:55:33 2/6/2017
Mary Katharine Ham hosts todays Federalist Radio to discuss this Sundays big game, including the politicized commercials, expectations Lady Gagas half time performance, Commissioner Roger Goodells latest antics, and of course Superbowl food. Rich Cromwell, senior contributor at The Federalist, explains why America needs to root for the Patriots. Guy Benson, editor at, gives his thoughts on the politicization of sports. And later in the hour, Matt Battaglia, explains why Goodell yanked the infamous Barstool Sports media credentials and then lied about it. [Lady Gaga] is right in that her message has always been something that now sounds like a lefty rebuke to Donald Trump, but actually could just be her normal performance, Ham said. Im not sure she would need to add that much, or need to be more blowhard, to be obvious that shes lecturing us.
00:28:04 2/3/2017
Carrie Severino, chief counsel and policy director of the Judicial Crisis Network, joins Federalist Radio to discuss the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch, his credentials, and the Senate confirmation process. In [Gorsuchs] writing style, in the types of arguments he makes, really evokes Justice Scalia, Severino said. Very entertaining, very thoughtful and well-argued. His commitment to those judicial principles is very clear through his writing. They discuss the politics behind Gorsuchs confirmation and what whether we can expect Trump to have one or two more nominations. Its not President Obamas seat. Its not Merrick Garlands seat. Its not Chuck Schumers seat. This is a seat on the Supreme Court that ultimately belongs to the American people and the Constitution has a method that this gets filled by, she said.
00:29:03 2/1/2017
Dr. Kermit Gosnell was convicted of murdering four people, including three babies, and it is suspected that he also killed hundreds, if not thousands of others in his House of Horrors abortion clinic. Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer join the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss their book, Gosnell: The Untold Story of America's Most Prolific Serial Killer and the upcoming film adaptation. Hed give the women drugs to make them give birth... the babies were born alive and then he would kill them by stabbing them with scissors, McAleer said. Hes in prison because he committed murder... his death toll goes back decades. andnbsp; andnbsp;
00:55:33 1/27/2017
Emma Green, writer at The Atlantic, joins Ben Domenech in discussing the changing cultural landscape of religion and millennials. Green also shares her reporting on the Womens March and the divides between feminists and pro-life women. The way that millennials in particular have ordered their lives and the way they communicate with one another are outside of those institutions that used to be the center of their lives, Green said. Domenech and Green discuss utopian groups or communes who have emerged in response to Trump. I dont think its a huge phenomena, people choosing to withdraw and commit to that alternative lifestyle, she said. but I think its instructive for showing us, what are the frustrations that people have...with modern life.
00:55:33 1/26/2017
Tim Carney, commentary editor at the Washington Examiner and visiting fellow at AEI, discusses the Inauguration crowd, what Trump will do with Obamacare, and reactions from the Washington establishment. Carney said Trump doesnt have a reason to worry about the lack of people who made it to DC for the Inauguration. Trump, unlike most Republicans, drew from further down the income ladder. People who were less likely to get up and travel to DC, he said. People who werent surrounded by strong institutions of civil society... people who didnt have a church group that could organize a bus. What kinds of deals is Trump making with Carrier, Boeing, and the like? Im afraid that Trump is showing up in these meetings and either getting fooled by these people, or doing what weve always done where the two people behind the closed door conspire against the rest of the country, he said.
00:55:33 1/25/2017
Dr. Russell Moore, president of the Ethics andamp; Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, shares some of things hes praying for President Trump, his thoughts on SCOTUS picks, the pro-life movement, and the future of the church. They discussed some of the biggest issues facing conservative Christians in todays politics. If this becomes attached to only one party then that means that something as crucial the the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, rises and falls with whoever is in power at the time, Moore said. Newsrooms, urban cities, and rural red states have all seen a decline in church attendance and biblical literacy. Its going to take churches that are externally focused on the people who arent there, rather than simply living in nostalgia for the past, he said. andnbsp;
00:30:50 1/24/2017
Mary Katharine Ham and Bre Payton host the Inauguration Day episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, discussing their initial reactions to this weeks inaugural events, President Trumps speech, protestors in D.C., and why Americans cant trust the media to cover the Trump administration. At the end of his address, he explicitly says that it aint about words anymore. Its about action and that is central to his message, Ham said. There is so much merit in throwing the deck in the air and confusing this town, and the fact that you and I, who mostly agree on policy, can have wildly different reactions to him. The media continued to embarrass themselves in the coverage of Gov. Rick Perrys and Betsy DeVos confirmation hearings. The media coverage of the Trump transition seems to signal often that no one learned anything from the campaign, Ham said.
00:30:41 1/20/2017
Bill McMorris, reporter at The Washington Free Beacon, returns to the Federalist Radio Hour to update the whos who and whos not of ultimate bros. They discuss female bros, Ryan Lochte becoming a father, and what kind of bros we will see in Washington under the new administration. Key things that bros need to know is that being a dad is awesome, McMorris said. The kids are exactly like your buddies in college. They scream all night. They poop their pants and they hug you... and I think Ryan Lochte has all of the tools to actually be fantastic father. Is Tucker Carlsons ascension to Fox News prime time an ascension for bros everywhere? Tucker is a hallmark of the WASPs in that he admits the only person he is scared of in his life is his wife, Domenech said.
00:25:39 1/19/2017
Sean Davis, co-founder of The Federalist, joins Federalist Radio to dispel some common myths and misconceptions about guns and gun laws. Davis gave advice on self-defense practices, suppressors, and factors consumers should consider before buying a gun. Military style means it looks black and scary. Either something is an assault rifle -- a military issue rifle capable of select fire-- or its not, and if its not, its not military style, he said. Journalists continually cover gun issues and gun-related stories inaccurately. Among a lot of the gun-control left, the lack of knowledge is seen as a virtue, he said. Its a signal that they dont have to get their hands dirty with these nasty killing machines in order to know how evil they are. andnbsp;
00:55:33 1/18/2017
Bram Weinstein, former SportsCenter host and now host of the Bram Weinstein show on ESPN 980, discussed the changing landscape of sports media, behind the scenes of ESPN, and how our political media overlaps with sports news. They discussed the extent to which non-sports conversations, specifically political topics, are becoming more frequent in sports media. [ESPN] toggles between a very tough place of being a news organization and also being an entertainment purveyor and finding that middle ground with the talent and content is very difficult, Weinstein said. ESPN has lost millions of subscribers this year as more customers cut the cord. Theyre the biggest and they have a large portion of money that comes from cable subscribers that effects their bottom line, he said. So when 10 million people stop paying that monthly, their bottom line gets affected more than anybody else.
00:28:23 1/17/2017
Emily Esfahani Smith is the author of a new book, The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matter. She joined Ben Domenech in studio to discuss the psychology and philosophy of happiness, purpose, and why so many working Americans feel alone or left behind. One of the indicators of this meaning crisis that I write about is the rising rate of social isolation and loneliness, she said. People list their relationships to others as the most powerful builders of meaning in their lives. As American communities fall apart, the rates of suicide, drug-use, and depression continue to rise. When other people treat you like you matter, then you feel like your life matters too, Smith said. But if you have no institutions in society that are reinforcing you or giving you a role to play, then you start to wonder, What value does my life have?
00:29:32 1/16/2017
Jonathan Rauch is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and contributor at The Atlantic, and has been writing about the state of American politics and institutions. Rauch and Domenech discuss the ways in which communities have degraded and their expectations for the new incoming elite class in Washington D.C. Congress now is so disorganized because any individual or group can stop things. Its so disorganized that its very hard for them to do the basic work of governing, Rauch said. Meanwhile, over on the political side you also have chaos. The runner-up for the Democratic nomination was not a Democrat, Bernie Sanders. The winner for the Republican nomination was not a Republican in any meaningful sense. Despite Donald Trump having shown no opposition to gay and lesbian rights, the level of outrage from the LGBT community remains extreme. This is not someone who is anti-gay, Rauch said. Of course, presidents have to build coalitions. Evangelicals were a key element of support for President Trump.
00:55:33 1/13/2017
Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi, senior editors at the Federalist, discussed Donald Trumps press conference, the self-destructing media, and the controversial dossier. Our media are so completely out-of-their-minds hysterical, that they couldnt even pick 10 things to be concerned about, much less one, Hemingway said of the way reporters are attempting to cover Trump. If the media want to be taken seriously right now... they need some discipline and they need to calm down. Later in the hour, our hosts discuss their weekly round up of the television and movies theyve been watching. The other night before we started watching Dial M for Murder, we found ourselves watching a sort of long portion of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Hemingway said.
00:33:57 1/12/2017
Matt Kibbe is an economist, libertarian, and president of Domenech and Kibbe discuss the cause and effects of CNNs and Buzzfeeds reporting on Donald Trump and the intelligence community in the last 24-hour news cycle. I think were learning with disintermediation of media that every journalist has an agenda and its more honest to wear that on your sleeve, but that doesnt free you from the facts, Kibbe said. Later in the hour, Kibbe shares his experiences with the Tea Party, community organizing, and how to look outside the cultural bubbles we find ourselves in. I think we should force ourselves to get out there and to understand what matters to real people, he said.
00:31:02 1/11/2017
Gene Healy, vice president of the Cato Institute, joins Ben Domenech in studio to discuss the expansion of executive power, President Obamas legacy, and the position that Donald Trump will now occupy. One of Obamas central aspects of his legacy is expanding the imperial presidency in certain ways more significantly than George W. Bush had, Healy said. Adding new weapons, new powers to the imperial presidency and then paying it forward to Donald Trump. Obama will become the first two-term president to preside over a nation at war everyday of his presidency. Obama has made presidential war permanent and normalized, he said. The gravity of what hes done is coming home to him in these last few weeks before he turns the keys over to Donald Trump.
00:32:49 1/10/2017
On the first Federalist Radio Hour of 2017, Emily Miller, senior political correspondent at One America News Network joins Mary Katharine Ham to discuss New Years resolutions, Hollywood, Meryl Streeps Golden Globes speech, and the new season of The Bachelor. Marie Kondo is the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and a champion of the KonMari method, a drastic way to simplify and organize your home. Its to get rid of all the stuff that you dont need and doesnt make you happy, Miller said. Just this morning I threw out the toaster, the blender, the spatula... Later in the hour, they discuss how Hollywood and celebrities continue to speak out while simultaneously staying in their elite bubble. Meryl Streep delivered among the more predictable, reflexively liberal, condescending speeches, Ham said.
00:32:17 1/9/2017
Senior Editors Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi discuss why 2016 was actually a good year. They review the positives coming out of Congress, political realignments, television, movies, and what we should expect from the first 100 days of Donald Trumps presidency. I do think there was a big realignment in the Republican party. A painful, very public realignment, Hemingway said. And that there is a realignment in the country might seem small and insignificant, but I think that it is the beginning of something. They talk Westworld, Man in the High Castle, Luke Cage, and more. I think Westworld has lots of promise. Ill watch the next season, obviously what else am I going to do? Harsanyi said. andnbsp;
00:30:42 12/23/2016
Siraj Hashmi, assistant editor at Red Alert politics, joins the Federalist Radio Hour to share perspectives on Donald Trump and foreign policy from American Muslims. Hashmi and Domenech discuss recent terrorist attacks, fake hate crimes on social media, and the radicalization of Islam. YouTube Star Adam Saleh posted a video Wednesday morning of him apparently being removed from an airplane for speaking Arabic. If it came from literally any other person who is not know for prank videos and hoaxes, you would have taken that video at face value and not thought twice about the authenticity of it. Hashmi said. Hashmi said he believes one of Donald Trumps best allies in fighting terrorism could be American Muslims. If Trump really extended an olive branch to American-Muslims to at least incorporated them, he will get a greater understanding of the Islamic faith, he said. Rather than saying Islam hates us, [Trump] will say, terrorists hate us and thats the difference. andnbsp;
00:31:47 12/21/2016
Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi, senior editors at The Federalist, discuss the electoral college, Russia, Donald Trumps relationship with the media, and Star Wars. Leading up to the electoral college voting this week, the Left has tried to reiterate that Hillary Clinton won the national popular vote. Its an incredibly stupid argument because if there was a popular vote... people would campaign differently, Harsanyi said. There are tons of Republicans in California and New York and in big states that dont vote because their vote doesnt count. Harsanyi said he hopes that The Force Awakens is a table setting for the Star Wars movies to come. This is what Im proposing to Lucas Films: I think they need to go back and re-do the prequels, he said. I would like to see them give us the whole Anakin Skywalker story from the beginning and dive into these villains.
00:30:52 12/20/2016
Ilya Shapiro, senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute, joins Ben Domenech to talk celebrities post-election freak-outs, filibusters, Supreme Court justice nominees. They also discuss whether the government gets to determine whats a slur, such as the Redskins. If the Supreme Court affirms the federal circuit, then that part of the Lanham Act is struck down, and trademark examiners will no longer have the power to not allow as trademark registration as being disparaging, Shapiro said. Come 2017, senators will being the process of confirming or filibustering one of Donald Trumps SCOTUS nominees. Currently a number of Republicans--Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham, Susan Collins-- have said theyre not ready to get rid of the filibuster right now, he said. But if the rubber hits the road, and the Democrats filibuster is on the table, will they change their minds? andnbsp;
00:55:33 12/19/2016
After seeing Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Alexandra Petri and Ben Domenech discuss their questions on and initial reactions to the movie, the characters, and what this movie means for future Star Wars films. Spoilers included! Tony Gilroy was a writer brought in to work on Rogue One once it was in post-production. There were enough reshoots that they actually had to fire the original composer, Domenech said. Gilroy was mostly concentrated on fixing the third act and man, did he fix the third act. Most of all, this movie allows the Star Wars franchise to go into different genres. You have permission to play around in the Star Wars universe and you dont have to worry so much about proving to us that its a Star Wars movie with all these cameos, Petri said. Just trust the universe and have a good time, and people will come with you. andnbsp;
00:27:43 12/16/2016
David White is a wine writer and author of But First, Champagne: A Modern Guide To The Worlds Favorite Wine. On the Federalist Radio Hour, White discusses the history of Champagne, wine policy, wine fraud, and how amateur wine enthusiasts can learn to order something they will enjoy. Champagne, France is the northern most serious wine region in the world, and its cold weather plays a role in Champagnes fermenting process. It was actually in England where wines from Champagne frequently had bubbles... they thought it was a flaw, White said. How can you make sure you get the most out of a restaurant or sommelier experience? Tell them what you like and why, and dont worry about how you sound, White said. andnbsp;
00:55:33 12/15/2016
Eli Dourado, director of the technology policy program at the Mercatus Center, joins Ben Domenech to determine whether innovation and technology are really job killers or not. They also discuss how technology effects trade, the sharing economy, and the future of aviation. The U.S. is at an all-time high for manufacturing, that many who have lost their jobs to robots believe otherwise. We dont really have that many robots in day-to-day life yet, so I think thats a little overstated, Dourado said. Its difficult for those left unemployed in the rust belt to physically move to cities where there are job opportunities. Im not sure that a lot of people know what it is that they should be doing to retrain, to develop new skills, he said. The way we structure employment in this country through regulation and habits... makes it fairly difficult to hire somebody at an entry-level, who doesnt have a lot of experience. Later in the hour, Dourado shares his research on supersonic flight and ways the aviation industry is being held back by regulation.
00:55:33 12/13/2016
Kristen Soltis Anderson, columnist at The Washington Examiner and co-host of The Pollsters podcast, joins Mary Katharine Ham on this holiday episode of The Federalist Radio Hour. They discuss Christmas traditions, bad Hallmark movies, and how Trumps tweets impact U.S. foreign relations. Is the Christmas tradition of forcing your crying children to sit in Santas lap really worth the chaos and mall lines? They dont look happy. Theyve been standing in line for an hour. Anderson said. It always looks like a mess. Cant you just photoshop? Cant we clone Santa? Theres surely a way to make supply meet demand. From Trumps tweets on flag burning to floating cabinet picks, the media freaks out about most all of them. The President tweeting effectively is a declaration of foreign policy, Anderson said. When Trump tweets something about Russia, something about China, thats what I think we should freak out about.
00:31:11 12/12/2016
T. Becket Adams, commentary writer at the Washington Examiner, explains this trending conversation on fake news on the Federalist Radio Hour with Ben Domenech. They also discuss what journalists and newsrooms can do to improve their reporting, as opposed to doubling down on the approaches they had been using prior to the election. A lot of major media outlets are talking about fake news as a way to pass the buck of their failure to fairly report on the election. On the other hand, Fake news has become some sort of rallying cry for conservatives who have long been irked by the medias sloppy reporting, Adams said. Adams and Domenech describe the DC groupthink and the medias blindspots that impaired their coverage. They didnt see any of it coming. There was a reason there was a general consensus, which is got to the point where even (Hillary Clintons) own campaign bought it. he said.
00:33:34 12/9/2016
Robert Draper, author and writer for New York Times Magazine and National Geographic, joins Ben in studio to discuss narrative journalism, how to report in the era of fake news, and the concept of a free press in the US compared to other countries. Most of the media continues to fall in the trap of Trump, to yell about everything until nothing becomes worth yelling about. What do you do with the nations chief executive when he is constantly saying things that simply are just not true? Draper said. [Trump] is a master of the media and no one has played the media more successfully. Draper said he resists the temptation of many journalists to give up on objectivity and retreat into their own ideology. The reflex action to go first-person instead of staying third-person and actually finding out the way the world is-- instead of telling the world how your world is-- is a reflex that is to be avoided, he said.
00:33:28 12/8/2016
Amber Smith joins Federalist Radio to share stories from her time as a combat helicopter pilot in Iraq and Afghanistan, and discuss her new book Danger Close. Smith also speaks to concerns of veterans, national security, and the future of the military under the new administration. Smith described the experience and the intensity of flying a Kiowa Warrior helicopter. I had no idea what to expect. I went in sort of blind, my bubble existed in the aircraft, she said. I think the hardest part of being a Kiowa pilot is learning to multitask up on a level that youve never experienced before. Many veterans struggle with the transition back into civilian life and feeling lost as to how to use the skills they honed in the military. War is not normal... in our society going to war is not a normal thing, Smith said. So what you experienced isnt normal and thats OK... War sucks, but you came home and you have a life and you get to choose what you make of it. andnbsp;
00:31:00 12/7/2016
Anthony Fisher is a film writer, director and associate editor at Reason magazine. Fisher joined Ben Domenech on The Federalist Radio Hour to discuss comedy, film-making, the creative process, and his new movie Sidewalk Traffic. They also speculate how 2016, the campaigns, and the election are going to be portrayed movies and TV shows to come. I kept waiting for the bottom to fall out but it didnt. We got it to production. We made the movie. We edited the movie. We got it into film festivals, Fisher said. It was a matter of everything else failing and then coming up with an idea that could be done on the streets of New York. One challenge of the films to be made about this election, is the casting of Donald Trump as something more than a SNL character. And of course then theres the election night scenes, Domenech said. Theres so much going on there I dont know how as a creative person you wrap your arms around it.
00:29:19 12/6/2016
Allysen Efferson is a senior contributor at The Federalist and licensed therapist. On todays Federalist Radio Hour, Efferson and Domenech discuss the appointment of General James Mattis as Secretary of Defense, as well a number of other topics including grief, therapy, protected beliefs and discrimination. Like most of Trumps other cabinet selections, he is picking people who are outsiders but not unqualified outsiders. Everyone wants to destroy ISIS, but what the soldiers want and what the American people really want is clearly defined strategy to that end, Efferson said. It would be nice if we involved people who were on the ground in that strategy. For most the holiday season is cheerful, but for others its a reminder of family and friends weve lost. Efferson gives advice for how to extend grace to those who may be grieving. They want to be joyful...they see the lights, they see the excitement, but they are simply not in a place emotionally and personally to participate. andnbsp;
00:31:17 12/2/2016
Peter Suderman, features editor at Reason magazine, joined Senior Writer Mary Katharine Ham in breaking down the current White House transition and the Trump Administrations cabinet appointments. Suderman also reviews the movies out this month you should see, and later, Bre Payton joins to recap Netflixs Gilmore Girls revival. This week Trump appointed Rep. Tom Price as secretary of Health and Human Services. There is a lot to like about Tom Price, and certainly you can imagine a lot worse picks, Suderman said. He doesnt have a lot of demonstrated experience managing a massive bureaucracy and thats what HHS is. Is Trumps accomplishment of keeping Carrier from moving to Mexico just saving jobs or a prime example of cronyism? I suspect that a lot of Trumps economic policy will be these sorts of negotiated deals, Suderman said. I certainly think if President Obama had something like this conservatives would have been freaking out. andnbsp;
00:35:55 12/1/2016
Will Rahn, digital politics managing editor at CBS News, joins Ben Domenech in studio to discuss his 2016 experience as a DC journalist and the unbearable smugness of the press. They also open the conversation about whether we still need a designated capital city in the modern era, and other ways that technology is disrupting our culture broadly. It made sense to have a capital when Hamilton and Jefferson made the deal. People didnt want to travel that far... you couldnt telecommute, Rahn said. Whats the point of having this entrenched elite in this peculiar little city on the Potomac? The communities and institutions of American life that originally made self-government possible have been increasingly on the decline, and inadequately replaced by social media. The loss can be attributed to the degradation of peoples ability to step out on their front porch and look around, Domenech said. It gives you a semblance of having some kind of neighborhood connection, but one that has a lot less value.
00:55:33 11/30/2016
Mike Gonzalez, senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, joins Ben in studio to discuss how Fidel Castro destroyed the country of Cuba and why the media has been praising the dictator since his death on Friday. Not only did he repress the Cuban people, he made them flee or put them in prison, and made them very poor, Gonzalez said. But he changed the Cuba he inherited. He made it different thing and not a better thing. On the recent U.S. deal-cutting with Cuba, Gonzalez said Obama gave up all the leverage. [Obama] gave the Castros almost everything they wanted, he said. Everything we are doing is putting money into the military... and is putting money into the Castro family. andnbsp; andnbsp;
00:55:33 11/28/2016
The long-awaited Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life makes its Netflix debut on Friday, Nov. 25. Our Federalist Radio Hour hosts, Mary Katharine Ham and Gracy Olmstead, are also Gilmore Girls super fans who discuss their predictions and hopes for the reboot. Senior Contributor Bethany Mandel also joins the conversation to argue which of Rorys three infamous boyfriends really proved to be worthy. I do wonder, depending on the show that comes out and what it does, whether it will call the viewer to more than just this kind of nostalgic, sit back and enjoy this small town life, Olmstead said. Or if it will draw on some of those old themes: life is hard, relationships are hard, you should pursue them anyways. andnbsp; andnbsp;
00:29:32 11/25/2016
Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday with rich traditions. Ben talks to Wall Street Journal opinion editor and author Melanie Kirkpatrick about the history and the meaning of Turkey Day. He also reads some of the prescient Thanksgiving proclamations from George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Calvin Coolidge, and Winston Churchill. Kirkpatrick is the author of Thanksgiving: The Holiday at the Heart of the American Experience and shares of some of the little known ways that Thanksgiving rituals have evolved. For the pilgrims, what we know as the first Thanksgiving, was not a Thanksgiving. It was instead a three day feast, she said. From Calvin Coolidges Thanksgiving Proclamation on November 5, 1923. The American people, from their earliest days, have observed the wise custom of acknowledging each year the bounty with which divine Providence has favored them. In the beginnings, this acknowledgment was a voluntary return of thanks by the community for the fruitfulness of the harvest. Though our mode of life has greatly changed, this custom has always survived.
00:29:25 11/23/2016
This episode originally aired on in November of 2015. Celebrity chef and culinary media personality, Christopher Kimball joins Federalist Radio to demystify the kitchen. Kimball share tricks and tips to use in preparing our holiday meals this year. The host of America's Test Kitchen, editor of Cook's Illustrated, and most recently the founder of Milk Street Kitchen, Kimball explains his food philosophy. He argues that "cooking is not an art. Food is functional...I've adopted a very practical approach." Originally a Columbia graduate with a degree in Primitive Art, Kimball launched a gourmet cooking career in the early 1980's according to a simple and original recipe: "stubbornness, stupidity, and energy." Since then, the chef has pioneered one of the most uniquely authentic and successful culinary brands.
00:55:33 11/22/2016
Rebeccah Heinrichs, foreign policy expert and Hudson Institute fellow, joins Ben Domenech to discuss what national security and foreign policy in the Trump administration looks like. Domenech also responds to this weekends freakout over the cast of Hamilton lecturing Mike Pence, and the extreme virtue signaling we can expect from the left. These rights that you have are inalienable. Donald Trumps rise to the White House does not remove them from you, Domenech said. [The Left] is grappling with the idea that this rejection of their progressive world view means something that is going to tear America apart. Heinrichs explains some of the patterns she has seen in Trumps thoughts on foreign relations. He does want a greater contribution from our allies. He doesnt want the United States handling security abroad for free, she said. But when it comes to actual war fighting, hes been very clear, when it comes to ISIS for instance, that hes not afraid to use force. They discuss some of the names being passed around this week as potential cabinet members, and later in the hour, some predications of what will be the first major foreign policy fights of Trumps presidency.
00:31:40 11/21/2016
Emily Ekins, Research Fellow and Director of Polling at the Cato Institute, joins Ben Domenech in studio to discuss what pollsters got wrong this year and some of the surprising data that is still being processed. When you have a lot of third-party voters, it creates a lot of uncertainty in the polls and thats what were seeing play out in the results, Ekins said. In swing states where Trump won, third-party votes actually exceeded the margin. This election also revealed that the emerging democratic majority theory was based on voter behavior that didnt happen as expected. Many hispanics are first or second generation Americans and over time their incomes are going to rise, education levels are going to rise, Ekins said. And as a result their going to be voting more Republican. I think most social scientists acknowledge this. Later in the hour, Ekins takes the Bubble Quiz.
00:32:52 11/18/2016
Gracy Olmstead, associate managing editor, and Mary Katharine Ham, senior writer, host todays Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the continued post-election hysteria from celebrities, the media, and all of our Facebook friends. They also talk about feminism, Ina Garten, and the new Netflix series, The Crown. This week, the media continues to criticize the Trump transition team and react to every name suggested for his cabinet. If you freak out about everything, no one believes you that this is important, Ham said. That was the recipe for disaster for Democrats and for triumph for Trump the whole way through. Between critiques of Ina Gartens cooking and Hillary Clintons famous line about deciding to not stay home and bake cookies, women are sick of being told what should or shouldnt make them happy. The feminists of the world tell women, If you want to bake cookies, you are not fulfilling your greatest potential, and yet so many women actually do enjoy baking cookies, Olmstead said. And why shouldnt they?
00:32:20 11/17/2016
Penny Young Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America, joins Ben Domenech in studio to give the perspective from evangelical women who voted for Trump, and what they expect from the next four years. Nance is the author of Feisty and Feminine: A Rallying Cry for Conservative Women. In some ways, evangelicals had to settle for Trump as a defender for the things the believe, even if he does not practice those beliefs. Were looking for a fighter, and wouldnt it be shocking if we had a thrice-married, playboy, nominal Presbyterian who ended up being our champion, Nance said. I hope thats the case and Im going to do everything I can to make him successful. Nance discussed the Clinton campaigns poor use of celebrities and gender politics to win over women voters. And later in the hour, the potential fights the Trump administration will face with transgender bathrooms and other hot button issues. There are over 800,000 registered sexual predators in the United States. Im not worried about a young man whose grappling with his sexuality, she said. I am very worried about the fact that you have sexual predators who will use any excuse to get to women and children.
00:55:33 11/16/2016
James Hohmann, Washington Post national political correspondent, discussed the role of confirmation bias in 2016, the names being floated for Trumps cabinet appointments, and the lessons that the press should take away from this election. Confirmation bias is a human condition in which we corroborate what we expect to happen. I think we put too much emphasis on the polls, Hohmann said. We shouldnt have treated the polls like they show her up by eight when she was really up by three... the anecdotal stuff needs to matter, that needs to get more attention in the future. Hohmann discussed the differences between people inside and outside Washington DC reacting to a Trump administration, as well as Obamas downplaying of how much damage Trump will actually do. If its not that big a deal to be president for four or eight years, then how can you in the next breath talk about how transformational your presidency was? Hohmann asked.
00:55:33 11/15/2016
Earlier in the election cycle on The Federalist Radio Hour, Senior Editors Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi wagered a bet on who would be the next president of the United States. On todays show they discuss Tuesdays outcomes, the medias response, the deceiving election day polls, and the future Trump administration. Pundits and media who are shocked at the outcome of the race will now be forced to look for failures in their coverage and analysis of the race. Polling clearly predicted a Hillary Clinton win. The modeling based on polling predicted a Hillary Clinton win with certainty ranging from 66 percent to 100 percent, Hemingway said. That did not happen. From those on the left, we are already hearing calls for federalism and for congress to take back legislative power. I find this unbelievably hypocritical on the part of our media and democrats, that they were such big fans the growth of this administrative state so long as it benefited them, but now that Donald Trump is in power, they suddenly have qualms about it, Hemingway said. andnbsp;
00:55:33 11/9/2016
Mary Katharine Ham and John McCormack, senior writer at The Weekly Standard, discuss swing state voters and other Election Day news with John Davidson, Federalist senior correspondent, and Kelly Maher, a Colorado GOP operative. Davidson recently returned from traveling through the Rust Belt where he talked to local voters about the economic downturn in their states. I think the first step is to acknowledge what has happened to some of these places, he said. We have to talk about and think about people as they are. The reality is in a place like Northeast Ohio or western Pennsylvania, a lot of people do received public assistance because the economy in those places has been absolutely gutted. Maher discussed some of the oddities that make up the Colorado electorate and some surprises that she has seen happen on the ground already. Usually Republicans peak early and dont then turn in late, and the first week we saw that Democrats were actually leading Republicans in the state in turnout, Maher said. Then Republicans actually came back and are now going into election day leading...
00:30:28 11/8/2016
Two Trump supporters give their case for the Republican nominee on the final day before voters head to the polls. Mercedes Schlapp, Fox News contributor and Washington Times Columnist, and Jeffrey Lord, CNN commentator and American Spectator contributor, join Ben Domenech on The Federalist Radio Hour. Schlapp discussed the importance of minority voters and maintaining control of the Supreme Court. I see it as, [Trump] has made it clear where hes going to go forward on the Supreme Court, and hes talked issues that are resonating with the American worker, Schlapp said. Plus hes laid out a tax reform plan that we know are going to cut taxes and cut regulation which we hope will boost the economy. Lord said he believes that Trump can organize and influence guiding principles for Republicans after the election. Im suggesting that their are people out there who can carry the Trump flag into the next election, he said. Hes picked up this massive army of people who are quite serious about doing this.
00:55:33 11/7/2016
The acquittal of Ammon Bundy and 6 others in the Oregon Refugee Occupation trail came as a surprising verdict last week. On todays Federalist Radio Hour, we talk about the case, the prosecutors, the trial, and what it means for federal land management. Ben Domenech interviews Karina Brown, Oregon-based reporter for Courthouse News; Mike Arnold, Oregon attorney, and Ammon Bundys original lawyer; and Lisa Ludwig, defense lawyer and standby counsel for Ryan Bundy. We were very vocal in the media trying to establish the narrative of the political protestors, rather than the previous media narrative being armed militants. Arnold said. The government failed to charge these people with the one crime they were expecting to be charged with, and that was criminal trespass. That was because the government overreached and they lost. Ludwig said the prosecutors attempt to use guns as a scare tactic in the courtroom did not phase the jury. Running a prosecution based on scary firearms in front of a jury that wasnt going to buy that was probably an error, she said.
00:28:49 11/4/2016
Benjy Sarlin, political reporter at NBC News and MSNBC, joins Ben Domenech on The Federalist Radio to discuss this weeks conversation around the FBI, Donald Trumps obsession with revenge and violence, and the future of The Republican Party. Many of the biggest news stories from the campaign trail this year can be traced back to Donald Trumps habits of retaliation. [Trump] has gotten this far in life with this very specific philosophy that no matter what happens, if anyone touches you, you have to immediately respond. You have to respond in force, Sarlin said. Later in the hour, they discussed what types of fights on the Right will play out after the election. There is not really an effective advocacy structure for this group that Donald Trump has brought up. Theres talk radio, theres populist outlets on social media, theres Breitbart... but they dont have the most coherent policy agenda, Sarlin said.
00:55:33 11/2/2016
Shane Harris, senior intelligence and national security correspondent for The Daily Beast, joined Ben Domenech in studio to talk this weekends breaking news surrounding the FBIs discovery of Hillary Clintons emails on Anthony Wieners laptop. They also discuss DNC hacks, Putin, Russia, and the threat of cyber wars. New reports have revealed the internal tension between the FBI and the DOJ. There are at least four FBI field offices we know from the Wall Street Journal report that have been looking into aspects of this including the Clinton Foundation, Harris said. Its clear that there are FBI agents who felt for sometime that Comey should have pressed for the case and that there was more there. Many have questioned the relationship between Donald Trump and Russia, and whether he is more than just a useful idiot for Putin. Russian understanding of the way our government works is getting more sophisticated, he said. This is a domain, cyberspace, in which the Russians can compete with us and in many ways are better at it than we are.
00:55:33 10/31/2016
On todays Halloween edition of Federalist Radio, Mary Katharine Ham talks all things spooky: Obamacare, horror movies, and ghosts of Washington D.C. Featuring guests Guy Benson, political editor at Townhall, Alex West, co-host of The Faculty of Horror podcast, and Christopher Robin, ghost expert from National Nightmares. The average baseline premium under Obamacare is going up by double digits, and Hams own is increasing by 96 percent. Its not affordable, which was the selling point of the whole thing, Ham said. I would refer to my monthly payment now as having gone from a decent car payment to a real America mortgage payment. From slasher films to the supernatural, Alex West suggests some of the best horror movie classics to watch this year. I wanted to get to the meat and bones were of these films...what are the themes, why does it matter what were scared of? Later in the hour, Christopher Robin describes some of the haunts and ghosts hes been spooked by on Capitol Hill.
00:55:33 10/28/2016
Evan Smith, CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, joins Ben Domenech in studio to talk state politics, digital media, Ted Cruz, and Texas as a battleground state. The state of Texas has significant ties to issues like healthcare, immigration, gun control, oil, and the many of the most recent Supreme Court cases. Everything that is meaningful in this country from a public policy standpoint really starts in Texas and migrates out to the rest of the country, or starts somewhere but hits Texas with a particularly loud thud, Smith said. Smith discussed The Texas Tribunes approach to new media and how theyve navigated success and failure in todays journalism. The media has faulted on its responsibility to grab people by the collar and to tell them, This is important. Pay attention, he said. I think our success has been in part betting that if we did tell people to pay attention, that they would. Later in the hour, Smith shares stories from his interviews with Senator Ted Cruz, U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, and how Texas politics have been impacted by Donald Trump.
00:33:43 10/27/2016
Alyssa Rosenberg, culture opinion writer at The Washington Post, watched and read her way through the last 100 years of American cop stories. She describes how the depiction of police has evolved in television and movies on todays Federalist Radio Hour. It struck me that the undercurrent of all conversations about policing and police-involved shootings...really depended on our expectations for the role of officers in a community, Rosenberg said. And one of the biggest sources of those expectations is mass culture. Eventually audiences became more interested in the superheroes than they did the cops. The point of a superhero is that they operate outside the law in this gray area where theyre leaving the bad guys tied up for the cops, maybe, Domenech said. The whole storyline of almost every superhero story begins with a situation of the unjustified guy who is set free. Later in the hour, Rosenberg reviews the new HBO series Westworld. andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp;
00:55:33 10/26/2016
Garry Kasparov is Chairman of the Human Rights Foundation, Russian pro-democracy leader, former world chess champion and author of "Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the enemies of the free world must be stopped. On the Federalist Radio Hour, Kasparov gives analysis of Russian politics and the dynamics between Putin and Donald Trump. It is starting to become clear that Putins political intentions may go beyond the surrounding European countries, and into the U.S. For Putin and other world leaders...they can no longer pretend to be democratic leaders, Kasparov said. Their goal is to drag everyone else down to their level, and of course Putin saw Trump as a perfect agent of chaos. Kasparov said he doesnt believe that the Republican party will be able to recover after this election. I think we are facing a major shift in domestic U.S. politics because both parties are no longer capable, in my view, of presenting coalitions that can move forward under one roof, he said.
00:55:33 10/25/2016
Kaitlan Collins, entertainment editor at The Daily Caller, joins Mary Katharine Ham in studio to talk the latest WikiLeaks news, this weekends Saturday Night Live, and the disappointment of The Walking Dead. The WikiLeaks emails have confirmed what everyone believed about Hillary Clintons campaign and her corruption. These emails show the internal discord between her campaign. Theyre worried she doesnt seem sincere. John Podesta said she was low energy, Collins said. Saturday Night Live is finally bouncing back with this election season after several years of bad ratings. Twice this year theyve had the highest ratings theyve ever seen, Collins said. It proves that mocking Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is really good for business. andnbsp; andnbsp;
00:55:33 10/24/2016
Katherine Mangu-Ward, editor in chief of Reason magazine, discusses free speech issues in campaign finance, on college campuses, and Facebooks board of directors. In regards to Hillary Clintons beliefs on free speech, Mangu-Ward said what Clinton says in public, is what she really believes about the first amendment. She started her career saying lets put labels on music, she said. She wanted to use the power of the state to shut down people who were being mean. Bre Payton, staff writer at The Federalist, later joins the program to discuss the recent history of rigged or stolen elections. When Donald Trump says the election is rigged, I think it implies there is this larger, globalist conspiracy at work, which we dont have any evidence that that is occurring at all, she said. But there are so many examples of vulnerabilities and issues with our electoral system.
00:28:44 10/21/2016
Ben Domenech, publisher of The Federalist, wraps up the final debate of 2016 and discusses what will happen after November 8th. He is joined by Andrew Stiles, political reporter at Heat Street, and Charlie Sykes, radio host and editor in chief of The first half hour of the debate was particularly substantial on issues of the Supreme Court, gun control, and abortion. I had a hard time imagining any conservative or pro-life voter who watched that who was not horrified and was not convinced that no matter what you think of Donald Trump, you can not possibly think about voting for Hillary Clinton, Sykes said. But the line from the debate that newspapers are still talking about is Donald Trumps refusal to say he will accept the results of the election if he loses. Hes insured that he will have the highest rated concession speech in the history of America. And thats good for Trump, good for the media, Stiles said.
00:31:04 10/20/2016
Lachlan Markay, reporter at the Washington Free Beacon, discussed expectations for the final presidential debate tonight and his reporting on WikiLeaks and the Podesta emails. Ben Domenech and Markay also explain the conservative digital media amidst the mainstream media landscape. What direction will Donald Trump aim his attacks in the last debate against Hillary Clinton? He thinks the problem is that some of his core supporters are no longer with him because the media is lying to them or the Republican establishment is trying to siphon them away from him, Markay said. John Podestas emails provide an insight into the world of Clinton donors and the many hats the Podesta wears on her campaign. This is who weve been saying Clinton and her people are for years and this was basically the entire impetus for Bernie Sanders support...this notion that it is a total political machine, Markay said. andnbsp;
00:31:55 10/19/2016
Republican Strategist Kevin Madden sits down with Ben Domenech to discuss the frustrations, debates, and impact of the 2016 election compared to past presidential campaigns. This election cycle seems to be driven more by grievances than higher ideals, Madden said. This is a race to see who hits the bottom last and we may lose a generation of people who may have gone into politics. They discussed the ways in which the orientation of the Republican Party may shake out among its electorate over the next two years. Recognizing that you cant win this column of economic populist who are driven more by their support of the individual than than the issues, and the alt-right which is much more focused on taking down the establishment, Madden said. And then appeal to those conscientious objectors who want a center-right country. andnbsp;
00:32:37 10/19/2016
Ben Jacobs, political reporter for The Guardian, joined Ben Domenech in studio to discuss this weeks election news, the countrys heightened distrust in the media, and Trumps influence on future politicians and down-ballot Republicans. There havent been people yet conscientiously modeling themselves after Trump, trying to adopt the avatar, Jacobs said. Part of it is that this has happened in such a dramatic way that if you were in a primary in March or April, no one would even think of being this sort of avatar Trump movement. Sites like InfoWars and Breitbart have allowed Trump and his supporters have built up an echo chamber of far right media. Once you have a splinted landscape where there arent as many gatekeepers, consensus opinion is harder to form around a particular group of facts, Domenech said. andnbsp;
00:32:33 10/17/2016
April Ponnuru, senior advisor at the Conservative Reform Network, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the trouble with the Republican partys brand, the current meltdowns surrounding the Trump campaign, and other October surprises. With the weight of stagnant wages, rising college tuition, and other economic downturns, working Americans have had a hard time believing conservatives have solutions. Republicans were just too slow addressing those concerns, Ponnuru said. People think of Republicans and think elites and they think rich people and that is not a winning strategy. As women step forward accusing Donald Trump of sexual assault, his support among female voters continues to collapse. Theres this obvious hypocrisy in saying we should believe all these Clinton accusers but were not going to believe any of these women... particularly when your candidate has said I have done these things to women, Ponnuru said. Later in the hour, Ponnuru and Mary Katharine Ham discuss the temptation for parents to give their children cell phones and screen time. andnbsp;
00:31:47 10/13/2016
Andrea OSullivan is the program manager of the technology policy program for the Mercatus Center where she combines her interests in economics, cryptology, alternate currency, and emerging technologies. She joined Ben Domenech in studio to discuss the recent hackings of government data, Hillary Clintons emails, and the future of Bitcoin. Institutions and countries are facing cyber security vulnerabilities all over the world. You just have to assume that any time any information thats out there can be compiled... in this time of big data thats a real concern both in terms of good governance and national security, she said. With the increase of hackers and as the government takes a more active role in shutting down bank transactions of companies at their discretion, many consumers are investing in alternate currencies. The important thing about Bitcoin is not necessarily anything about its monetary its heart its important because its a censorship resistant protocol, OSullivan said. andnbsp; andnbsp;
00:55:33 10/12/2016
Kelly Riddell, deputy opinion editor at the Washington Times, joined Ben Domenech on Federalist Radio to discuss how Republicans have failed to communicate with the working middle class and the recent anger and frustration at Donald Trump coming from Republican women. There is a lack of awareness from the establishment that the Republican base really does want an outsider candidate. There is the level of arrogance from these political operatives in Washington DC, that as soon as Trump is gone, his voters are gone too, and his base is gone, and the 14 million people who voted for him, Riddell said. With the likelihood that the Republican party will lose multiple factions of its voters after November, Republican leaders also have a lot to lose. Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan--they cannot ignore this Trump faction that is out there and they need to talk to them, Riddell said. They cannot just all of a sudden get into power and move forward with immigration policy, or green-light whatever Hillary Clinton wants. andnbsp; andnbsp;
00:55:33 10/11/2016
Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi give their top takeaways from the second Presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. They also discuss Trumps vulgar recorded conversation about women in 2005 and some strong opinions on Halloween and Oktoberfest. This debate was unlike anything in all of American political history. It did seem very surreal but I kind of felt that the whole campaign has been surreal and almost as if fates are conspiring to bring us to this moment, Hemingway said. After the 2005 recording surfaced last week, many people in Republican and RNC leadership have started walking back their endorsements of Donald Trump. It is cowardice to do what theyre doing right now, Harsanyi said. We had a chance to stop this, you didnt do it. Not just that you didnt do it, but you called people who wouldnt go along with you traitors. andnbsp;
00:55:33 10/10/2016
Mary Katharine Ham, senior writer, and Gracy Olmstead, associate managing editor, host todays Federalist Radio Hour to discuss college football, the vice president debate, birth control, mental health, and more. After attending the Georgia-Tennessee football game in Athens on Saturday, Ham retells the story of one of her teams greatest losses in SEC history. One can hope that they are forged in the crappy crucible that was Saturday, Ham said. Olmstead recently wrote about partisan Livability rankings and the political fracturing that some have seen in our countrys towns and local levels. A lot of these issues that we see on the national level as so polarizing, make their way out, get thought out and reasoned out on a local level, she said. Later in the hour, they discuss the Danish study linking birth control and depression in women. It really can erode so much of your daily productivity, your ability to live a happy life, I mean its a chemical problem, Ham said. You dont know what is you and what is synthetic hormones.
00:55:33 10/7/2016
With both major parties lacking clear support for the pro-life movement, Ben Domenech argues for case for a third party: The Party of Life. Charles Camosy, associate professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University, discussed the political climate for pro-lifers, and Richard Winger, editor of Ballot Access News, discussed the logistics and legal challenges to get third party candidates on the ballot at state and federal levels. We need a party that behaves and focuses on this issue. One that elevates the pro-life agenda at the centerpiece its campaign, and does so in critical contests across the country where its a close race between a Republican and a Democrat, Domenech said. Camosy said there is a surprising amount of pro-life common ground existing in the American electorate. A lot of most peoples political commitments arent based on arguments or evidence...its more like a club or a tribe, he said. Pro-lifers for so many decades now...have just thought of the Republicans as their tribe.
00:31:20 10/6/2016
James Rosen, Fox News Chief Washington Correspondent, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the new book, A Torch Kept Lit: Great Lives of the Twentieth Century that collects the best writings of William F. Buckley. Rosen and Domenech also discussed Elvis, The Beatles, comedy, politics and more. In this book, Rosen has collected 50 of Buckleys best eulogies on varied types of great figures of his time. This is the only place in the world where you will find Milton Friedman rubbing elbows with Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead, he said. Buckley also eulogies for John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Princess Diana, Jackie Onassis, Martin Luther King, Winston Churchill, and in so many of these cases, Buckley knew these people. Rosen, a devout Beatles fan, discussed the new documentary by Ron Howard, Eight Days A Week. The Beatles are universal, he said. Its overpowering how great they were and how far away it is now, its sad to me, he said. andnbsp;
00:32:29 10/5/2016
This episode originally aired on June 21, 2016. We will be back tomorrow with a new episode. Heather MacDonald, fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss her new book, "The War on Cops."MacDonald addressed the motives of movements like BlackLivesMatter and how it has impacted police forces across the nation. Mac Donald said crime decreased during the years of economic downturn since 2008 despite liberal rhetoric that economic downturn increases crime. "Staring in the second half 2014 however, after the shooting of Michael Brown and Ferguson, Missouri...crime in heavily black neighborhoods starting going up because again officers are backing off of policing under the relentless hostility they get on the streets and under the message that they they are the biggest threat facing young black men," she said. Domenech and Mac Donald discuss the "Ferguson Effect", discretionary policing, Freddie Gray, the broken windows theory, and what policing is becoming in Chicago, Detroit, and other urban areas.
00:29:25 10/4/2016
Heather Hendershot, professor of film and media at MIT, is the author of the new book, Open to Debate: How William F. Buckley Put Liberal America on The Firing Line. She joined the Federalist Radio to discuss Buckleys role as a conservative contrarian and how The Firing Line impacted the conservative media landscape. Every week, American intellectuals, artists, and athletes would engage in debates with William F. Buckley on the issues of the day. You could watch the show as a conservative, and become a better conservative, more informed conservative, Hendershot said. But you could also watch it as a liberal, and become a better liberal and a more informed liberal. Hendershot described Buckleys sharp wit and the huge vocabulary he was known for. He has a wonderful put-down style thats never personal and cruel, but always very concise and clever, she said. He loved the word hobgoblinized. They discuss the ways in which conservatism and comedy have intertwined on late night television.
00:32:37 10/3/2016
Senior Editors Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi discussed how the media continues to turn a blind eye to any and all corruption associated Hillary Clinton and treat her as a victim. This weeks media insanity includes the skewed coverage of former Miss Universe Alicia Machado and the Judiciary Committee hearing with FBI Director James Comey. Later in the hour, Harsanyi argues that there is no originality or creativity left in Hollywood. Its not just way too much of the media deciding they will do whatever Hillary Clinton wants, but exactly how she wants, Hemingway said. If youre going to deep dive and make this person a sympathetic figure in democratic should mention that a Venezuelan judge accused her live on air of threatening to kill him. After being questioned about his support for the Iraq War in this weeks debate, Donald Trump would be smart to bring up the past decisions and polices that Hillary Clinton stood for. I cant believe were still talking about Howard Stern, Harsanyi said. Why dont they play the speech of her on the floor talking about weapons of mass destruction? She saw all the CIA reports...yet shes let off the hook completely like she had nothing to do with it.
00:35:57 9/30/2016
Dr. Paul D. Miller, associate director of the Clements Center for National Security at The University of Texas at Austin, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the future of conservative foreign policy, and his new book, American Power and Liberal Order: A Conservative Internationalist Grand Strategy. Miller said the Obama Administration may have learned the wrong lessons from US history in the Middle East. In the Obama Administrations mind, we messed up in Iraq and Afghanistan and so the lesson is: dont do that ever again, he said. I think the lesson is, when you have to do it, do better. Some conservatives have been cautious about saying that we ought to try to spread democracy around the world. But in the long run, we have been doing it and doing it very successfully for a very long time, Miller said. Using our power to win Europes wars, WWI and II and the Cold War, was the event that catalyzed huge democratic transformation across the continent. andnbsp; Donald Trump has claimed that other nations are simply free riding off of US military protection. Trump seems to go one step further and suggest the European allies should actually pay us for our defense... and that misunderstands the notion of international alliances, Miller said.
00:55:33 9/28/2016
Chris Stirewalt, digital politics editor at Fox News, and Bill Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, reviewed the good, the bad, and the ugly of last nights first presidential debate between Trump and Clinton. Stirewalt said in defense of Lester Holts questions, character and fitness are part of the discussion. Once we get pass the basic world view questions, I care very little about specific policy provision that politicians have because they lie and then they always change their minds and do the opposite, he said. Kristol said he is surprised that Hillary Clinton isnt doing better than she is. Shes clunky, she has these bad, pre-planned little attack lines, he said. Which you would think the Democrats have some intelligent speech writers and people working for them... they could come up with something better than Trumped up trickle down, he said. andnbsp;
00:29:17 9/27/2016
This episode originally aired on June 15, 2016. We will be back tomorrow with a new episode of the Federalist Radio Hour. Yuval Levin, editor of National Affairs, joined The Federalist Radio Hour to discuss his new book, "The Fractured Republic: Renewing America's Social Contract in the Age of Individualism." Levin explained why baby boomers are so nostalgic about the way America used to be and the frustration with the present moment. Levin's book walks through the America of the 20th century and how it's isolated from the rest of American history. "The country that came out of World War II was an incredible cohesive and unified version of the United States, very usually so," he said. "Almost immediately after the war that began to break down." One lesson conservatives can learn from 2016 already is that they have had the wrong impression of the Republican electorate. "Donald Trump has just run roughshod over all those litmus tests," he said. "The idea that the Republicans electorate is a highly conservative voting base strikes me as a mistake that's analogous to the mistake social conservatives make about the country at large." Levin discussed the areas that both political parties are blind to, and how our fragmented national life can play to its strengths within it's diversity and decentralization. // //
00:55:33 9/26/2016
Mary Katharine Ham previewed the upcoming presidential debate with Guy Benson, political editor at TownHall, and Amelia Hamilton, correspondent at, on todays Federalist Radio Hour. Benson said he thinks the first debate of the three is the most important, particularly for Trump. Trump doesnt have to wow everyone with a bunch of policy knowledge that we never knew he had. He just needs to look and sound like a rational, sound, plausible president. Earlier this week, Mary Katharine Ham participated in an Atlantic panel about early childhood education and universal preschool. As an education correspondent, Hamilton and Ham discussed the risks and dangers of putting preschoolers into the standardized testing pipeline. You dont want to get into this cradle-to-grave the government tells you how to parent, how to educate, what and when to teach, Hamilton said.
00:34:01 9/23/2016
Senior editor David Harsanyi joined Ben Domenech on Federalist Radio to weigh in on the CBS documentary of JonBenet Ramseys murder, the entertainment industrys political activism, and the new season of Survivor. Harsanyi said its obvious that one of the parents was responsible for the murder of JonBenet Ramsey, but that they werent arrested because they were a powerful and wealthy family in Boulder. The problem was, not that there wasnt evidence, is that there was too much evidence... every single thing that was used in this kidnapping was found in the house, he said. A conversation about late night television comedians and their political influence surfaced on social media this week in response to Ross Douthats column about Clintons Samantha Bee Problem. I wonder if the people who would be affected by this arent already liberal anyway, Harsanyi said. Though I think they normalize things in culture that arent that healthy, like comparing Donald Trump to Hitler. Later in the hour, Harsanyi explained how the new season of Survivor pits millennials and Gen-Xers against each other. In the end, as with most Survivor seasons, even with the races and everything else, you find out that people in the same groups are very different from each other, and sometimes more similar to people in the other group. andnbsp;
00:55:33 9/22/2016
David Frum, senior editor at The Atlantic, joined The Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the dangers of a Putin-Trump relationship, how the TV industrys left agendas hurt Clinton, and how politics of the 1970s have influenced our politics today. Frum said should Trump become President, he would govern with even more executive activism than the Obama Administration. [Russia] has provided [Trump] with a model of the type of President he wants to be, and that is a thing that Republicans, conservatives and people who are concerned about the abuse of government for private purposes... that is something they need to watch carefully. Late night talk show hosts and the majority of the entertainment industry have created a suffocating monoculture that has also enticed a rebellion against itself. Samantha Bee, yes shes Hillary Clintons problem, but shes also part of the array of forces that enable Donald Trump, Frum said. andnbsp;
00:55:33 9/21/2016
ESPN has lost over 10 million subscribers in the last two and half years. At the top of the hour, Ben Domenech explained the death of sports networks and why they have taken a turn for the worse. What is it going to take for a sports channel to come along and offer a kind of break downs and analysis that we cant get by just stopping some random person on the street... Elan Journo is the Director of Policy research at the Ayn Rand Institute and author of the new book, Failing to Confront Islamic Totalitarianism: From George W. Bush to Barack Obama and Beyond. Journo joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss fundamental problems with American foreign policy and how our leaders have failed to defend us and our ideas. America has incredible military strength, but what it lacks is moral self-confidence, he said. The source of that is certain ideas about morality and how to organize foreign policies that are in effect at odds with ourselves. Journo argued that there is good that would be done globally as a result of a self-interested foreign policy. Instead of going into all these countries with our welfare aid missions trying to push these ideals through programs, what if we actually stood by them and lived by and told people this is our standard? he said. andnbsp;
00:31:56 9/20/2016
Today on Federalist Radio, Ben recapped his Intelligence Squared debate from last week on blaming the elites for Trump, and spoke to Salena Zito, national political reporter, about why Democrats in Pennsylvania are voting for Trump. Zito described the Western Pennsylvanian democrats who had never voted Republican in their life, yet are voting for Trump. What was interesting to me, is not that they love Donald Trump. It is more that they have this feeling that he has their back, Zito said. When he makes gafs or says things that are inappropriate, or politically incorrect, or awful, they dont hear that. What they hear is someone who talks in the same way that they do. There has been a focus this election cycle on struggling communities and how conservatives should respond to the towns hit hardest by globalization and the decline in manufacturing. The way the democratic machine has been able to put a stranglehold on these voters is by promising, not only that they were going to bring things back, but holding them captive by dolling out money, she said. But in the 30 years since Democrats have been doing that, that has changed and these are voters are starting to understand the economy doesnt work that way. andnbsp; andnbsp;
00:55:33 9/19/2016
Julia Ioffe, contributing writer at Politico Magazine and columnist at Foreign Policy, shared stories from Russia, anecdotes about Putin, and how Russians view the United States and the 2016 election. When it comes to U.S. and Russian relations, Americans often misunderstand that Putins ploys are more about whats happening within his own country than internationally. This song is not about us. Or at least its only partially about us, Ioffe said. Its mostly about whats happening inside Russia, and I think Putin wanted to show, both to people at home and abroad, that you could not change his regime. Ioffe shared stories of Putins background, his rise, and his control of Russian media. When he first came into office, was obsessed with TV and understood its power, she said. Russians, even though they spend the most hours out of anyone in Europe on social media, still get most of their news from TV, and that news is very tightly controlled by the Kremlin. Later in the hour, Ioffe and Domenech discussed the rise of online Russian trolls and the DNC hack. They do want to disrupt. They do want to troll. They do want to muddy the waters and that is a kind of old soviet ideological element... Ioffe said. But I think mostly its to show strength, to show the [Putin] can do this.
00:33:54 9/16/2016
Months after the Supreme Court threw out Governor Bob McDonnells conviction, the Justice Department announced last week they would drop its corruption case against the former Virginia Governor. McDonnell opened up on Federalist Radio about his legal battle, his faith, and his path forward. I got a call at 1:45 with my lawyer just saying its over, McDonnell said. After a long road of heartache and suffering, it was just great news. McDonnell said he has a new and robust view of the meaning of freedom. I had two occasions during this trial and the appeal process last year where I was just a couple of weeks away from being ordered to report to a prison for a crime that I knew with all my heart that I did not commit. Throughout the last two years, McDonnell said his faith has been tested and strengthen. Truly I believe it was a supernatural display of Gods divine providence in my life, he said. To now be a criminal defendant when I spent most of my career enforcing the law, and standing up for the law and making the was crushing, he said. I know now that all that was something that God blessed.
00:29:49 9/15/2016
Sarah Westwood, investigative reporter at the Washington Examiner, joined Senior Editor Mollie Hemingway in studio to discuss this weeks House Oversight Committee hearings on the FBIs meeting with Hillary Clinton and Colin Powells hacked emails. Rep. Jason Chaffetz and the Oversight Committee were upset with how the FBI was selective in what facts they released about the Hillary Clinton email case. This representative of the FBI, Jason Herring, when he was pressed by the committee on when the FBI would provide additional details about the investigation, he suggested to Jason Chaffetz that Congress just file a Freedom of Information Act like the rest of us, Westwood said. After multiple excuses for Hillary Clintons apparent fainting on Sunday, the media seemed satisfied with her campaigns final reasoning: pneumonia. You did get an answer from the Clintons, but it would be really nice to see journalists be a little bit more skeptical of a Clintonian answer, given the vast majority of Clintonian answers turn out not to be true, Hemingway said. Later in the hour they discussed Melania Trump, New York Fashion Week, and Donald Trumps health records. I think Dr. Oz even said himself a couple of days ago that he wasnt going to ask Donald Trump any questions that Donald Trump didnt want to answer, Westwood said. andnbsp;
00:31:04 9/14/2016
Rebecca Berg, national political reporter for RealClearPolitics, and Mary Katharine Ham, senior writer at The Federalist, recap the dramatic season premiere of Dancing with the Stars, Hillary Clintons interview with Anderson Cooper on her health, and the latest news on the Donald J. Trump Foundation. The list of this seasons Dancing with the Stars contestants include Gov. Rick Perry, Ryan Lochte, and Calvin Johnson Jr. There are people who cared enough that Ryan Lochte exaggerated his story from Brazil, that they are willing to storm the stage at Dancing with the Stars, Ham said. Whats even more interesting to me are their anti-Lochte t-shirts. On CNN last night, Anderson Cooper asked Hillary Clinton whether her campaigns handling of her apparent fainting confirms voters suspicions about her transparency. Can you believe she would say, I thought it wouldnt be a big deal, after everything weve seen with the Clintons and their intense need for privacy backfiring on them time and again on this campaign? Berg said. Of course it would be a big deal. Youre running for president and there are all these conspiracy theories out there about your health. andnbsp;
00:55:33 9/13/2016
Robert Tracinski, senior writer at The Federalist, and Byron York, chief political correspondent at the Washington Examiner, discussed the weekend news surrounding Hillary Clintons health, Donald Trumps deplorable supporters, and the medias conflicting coverage of both campaigns. The media and the Clinton campaign have created a fog that actually raises more questions about why Hillary Clinton cannot be upfront about her health, Domenech said. The problem for the Clinton operation is now they have burned through a significant amount of trust with the people who like her the most and thats members of the media, who have been her defenders in the public square. More than once, the Trump campaign has shared content and memes generated by the alt-right on social media. This is a gaf-free election. Nobody can commit a gaf because theres nothing thats bad enough to actually impact the race, Tracinski said. Everybody is doing so many bad things that nothing stands out enough. Byron York said he expects the upcoming debate between Clinton and Trump to offer surprises and that the Commander in Chief forum didnt offer much of a preview. You have to weigh the obvious unpredictability of this race... against some of the solid, immutable factors we know, York said.
00:29:41 9/12/2016
Nicholas Eberstadt, scholar in political economy at AEI, joined Federalist Radio to discuss his new book, Men Without Work: Americas Invisible Crisis, and the cultural and economic shifts that have led to a decline in the U.S. labor force. Eberstadts research examines the flight from work and the rise of young men who remain unemployed. You can draw basically a straight line from 1965 to the present, with respect to this flight from work, he said. In no other affluent industrial democracy has this collapse of labor force participation for prime age guys been this acute, as intense as in the United States. What may be more frightening is how these unemployed men are spending their time. Worship of the screens accounts for an average of over 2,000 hours a year. It is akin to full-time work. Eberstadt said. The huge problem here, of course, is what this may do to the suitability for reentry into the labor force. One debate to come out of this data will be how much of this is due to globalization and economic change, and how much is due to other factors. I also look at something which scandalously has been under examined which is the huge crisis for men who have felony convictions in their background, Eberstadt said.
00:26:37 9/9/2016
Iain Murray, vice president of strategy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, discussed the aftermath of Brexit, its impact on global markets, and British politics on this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour. Despite what many commenters warned would happen to British economy, there has been a surge of confidence in the markets. All the indicators of a solid economy are there and as a result, the proposed recession has not occurred, Murray said. Britain is now confidently going forward. At one point, it looked like both the major political parties were going to be in chaos following Brexit, Murray said. In the end, [Theresa May] was actually the ideal candidate to take the reigns. The leadership election fizzled out as every other candidate withdrew and Theresa May was appointed Prime Minister very quickly, he said. Later in the hour, Murray and Domenech talked labor regulations and independent contractors. andnbsp;
00:55:33 9/8/2016
Jon Ward, political reporter for Yahoo News, joined The Federalist Radio Hour to discuss masculinity, the influence of cable news, the altering of political parties, and other themes of 2016. Historically, Americans have chosen quieter, stronger leaders, rather than the outspoken, machismo personalities. I do think people see in [Trump] someone who has a knack for action, an instinct for action, Ward said. I dont feel like its the kind of manliness that comes from reflection and an inner life that leads you to principles. Many have tried assign blame for the rise of Trump to Fox News. Its easy to get distracted by the shiny object that this is the one conservative channel, Domenech said. The bigger issue is less what Eric Bolling was saying, or what Bill OReilly was saying, than it is the whole thing, the whole of the conservative media space. What are the lessons to be learned from 2016? For the Republican leaders? For the donor class? For the voters? One of the things you need to do to fix some of this, is you need good leaders and you need good ideas, and I do think part of the solution here might be that parties need to retrench and circle the wagons a bit to regain some control, Ward said. andnbsp;
00:55:33 9/7/2016
Ashe Schow, writer at the Washington Examiner and columnist at the Observer, joined Mary Katharine Ham to discuss the latest safe space outrages on college campuses, Harambe memes, and how the SJWs have finally turned on Lena Dunham. Guy Benson also joined the conversation on the FBIs latest report on Hillary Clintons emails. The supporters of safe spaces and trigger warnings always go back to idealized definition that no one could disagree with...that a safe space is a place where people of similar backgrounds and experiences can get together and be free from being challenged, Schow said. Well thats a friend group. Go find friends. In other SJW news, Lena Dunhams comments about, and then apology to, Odell Beckham Jr. has finally turned some of her fans into her critics. Its actually real privilege to assume you can read peoples minds and know what their innermost thoughts and feelings are, Ham said. She feels entitled to say that Odell Beckham Jr. believes this about her. Later in the hour, Guy Benson of shared some of the most critical facts we learned about Hillarys Clintons July interview with the FBI. The FBI is confirming for the first time that there is actual evidence that an outside actor penetrated and breached the email system using hacking technology, Benson said. Yet we are told by our moral betters that it is just a right-wing obsession and its time to move on.
00:55:33 9/6/2016
Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi, senior editors at The Federalist, discussed this weeks biggest outrages including: Pick-up artists, sexting scandals, pornography, boycotting the National Anthem, and movies that critics have overrated. Between Anthony Weiners sexting scandal and Pamela Andersons Wall Street Journal editorial on pornography, there are many conversations around sex going all directions. It is absolutely, obviously true that there is a problem with porn-use in this country, in this world, and that its related to the ease with which you can obtain it, and its effecting peoples ability to form relationships, Hemingway said. The media has shown little interest in showcasing Hillary Clintons corruption. I think journalism has completely failed America this election. You can hate Donald Trump and still investigate in an honest way whats going on with Hillary, Harsanyi said. Later in the hour they debate the ending of the HBO series, The Night Of, and some of the most overrated movies of all time. I like a lot of these movies than are art rather than just simply entertainment...but I think the best movies can be both, Harsanyi said.
00:55:33 9/2/2016
Christine Rousselle, managing web editor at, joined Mary Katharine Ham in studio to discuss Trumps meeting with the President of Mexico on Wednesday, and to share a number of underrated Disney movies for parents who are sick of Frozen. Initial comments from Trump after his meeting in Mexico yesterday implied that they did not discuss who would pay for the much anticipated wall. It is unclear where he stands because it is unclear almost everyday. This is the one issue on which it was always fairly clear until the past two weeks when he decided to make it unclear, Ham said. Despite its animation, musical numbers, and complex plot lines that address racial and power structures, Disneys 2009 Princess and The Frog is one childrens movie that got overshadowed by the rise of Pixar. One thing I like about it versus Frozen is that the magic that drives the story is explained, whereas in Frozen its just there. Ham said. andnbsp; andnbsp;
00:27:50 9/1/2016
Molly Ball, politics writer at The Atlantic, joined Mary Katharine Ham on Federalist Radio to recap Tuesday nights primary results, talk news of more deleted Hillary Clinton emails, Trumps flip-flopping on immigration. Last nights biggest races to watch included John McCains in Arizona and Marco Rubios in Florida. This is the beginning, make no mistake, of Marco Rubios presidential positioning for a future presidential run. Hes not really even trying to hide it, Ball said. Despite huge gafs by Hillary Clinton every few weeks it seems, such as the emails related to Benghazi just released, Trump doesnt attack her as much as he could. The reason the polls are narrowing is because Hillary is sinking a little bit and I would give props to the media for this because we dont just chase whatever Trump has decided is a story, Ball said. Later in the hour, they swapped back-to-school stories as summer comes to a close. My first lunch box, which Ive always been sort of proud of, was tin not plastic, and it was Gremlins, Ham said.
00:55:33 8/31/2016
Two Washington Post reporters, Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher, collaborated with more than a dozen other Post writers, editors, and fact-checkers to write an investigative biography of Donald Trump. Kranish and Fisher joined The Federalist Radio to share the stories they uncovered in Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power. Trump has had decades to create and to manipulate his public image. What we tried to do is push past that and look at everything, maybe some of the things he didnt want everyone to know or didnt want to be a part of his public image, Fisher said. Over the course of the book you get a sense of Donald Trump as a much more complicated man than he likes to let on. How much is Donald Trump worth? Does he have friends? Does he know how government works? These are just a few of the questions Trump Revealed tries to answer. Trump has certainly found a way through the mass market, through his name, in an aspirational sort of way, Kranish said. [People] admire that hes a tough person. They most likely dont know all the details.
00:55:33 8/30/2016
Bill McMorris, reporter at the Washington Free Beacon, joined Federalist Radio Hour to define bro culture and discuss how society should rank our countrys top bros. Bros wouldnt exist if women didnt find them attractive in some way, and one way is bros make everything fun, McMorris said. The bros write in very direct prose as opposed to the beat poetry of the beatnik. While swimmer Ryan Lochte has previously been considered the platonic ideal of brodem, there is now a need for reevaluating what it means to be a bro and how the latest drama surrounding Lochte alters his bro ranking. He got slammed in all these media outlets as an irresponsible American who left the scene of a crime, but now it seems that this is kind of a vindication that Americans are targeted around the world, Domenech said. McMorris and Domenech verified and ranked an exhaustive list of bros including Rob Gronkowski, John Mayer, The Rock, Justin Bieber, and others. Heres my problem with Wahlberg: Hes kind of a meta bro, Domenech said. He was orignially a bro but he got really smart and now hes the executive the producer on a bunch of shows including Ballers which itself is a meta commentary on bro culture.
00:32:14 8/29/2016
Scott Winship, Walter B. Wriston Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joined Federalist Radio to talk about his latest report, Poverty After Welfare Reform, that looks at poverty in America 20 years after the landmark antipoverty reform act passed. With so many types of government programs and benefits going in different directions, it can be difficult to tell whats actually working. In 2014 there were fewer kids who were poor, even if you dont count any cash or non-cash benefits from the government. Few poor children than there were in 1996 when you count all cash benefits including welfare, Winship said. So that says to me it was earnings and work. Winship said there are elements to poverty that we still arent sure how to address such as single parenthood and out-of-wedlock births. Why not just provide a very clear financial incentive for people to delay their childbearing until after their married and so Ive proposed a fairly big increase in child tax credit for married couples, he said. andnbsp;
00:33:25 8/26/2016
Evan McMullin, independent conservative presidential candidate, joined Ben Domenech in studio to talk through his efforts to get on state ballots across the country, his stances on the biggest issues of 2016, and what he hopes to accomplish. I felt so strongly that this country had to have better options in this election, McMullin sadi. We as Americans are not being given good options for leaders in this election and someone needed to step forward. McMullin explained legal action as part of his strategy to get on the ballot. There are a number of states that have requirements for petitioning onto their ballots if youre an independent candidate that are really designed to keep independent candidates off the ballot...we intend to challenge them. McMullin said he believes humans were created to be free and have a natural desire for freedom. Democracies dont fight each other. Terrorists dont tend to come from places where they feel like they have recourse in a political system. andnbsp; andnbsp;
00:32:35 8/25/2016
Dr. Anand Parekh, senior advisor at the Bipartisan Policy Center, joined Federalist Radio to discuss the Zika virus including its origin, its impact on pregnant women and children, and what lawmakers are or are not doing to combat it. For the last 18 months this has really been a real pubic health concern, and the concern is really focused pregnant women because this virus is the first mosquito-born virus that we know definitely can potentially lead to birth defect, Parekh said. Compared to other pandemics in recent years such as Ebola or Swine Flu, the government has had a more difficult time reaching a consensus about the Zika. Is it because the public hasnt been as informed? Is this caught in election year politics? he said. There is a lot of tension in congress to support the effort to provide funding. andnbsp; andnbsp;
00:30:32 8/24/2016
James Hohmann, Washington Post national political correspondent and author of the Daily 202 newsletter, to discuss Russian meddling in the 2016 race, backlash from Eastern European pockets in America, and the status of swing states in this election. These people have interests that are contrary to Americas interest. These arent just bots. This is real, Hohmann said of the Trump campaigns ties to Russia and the Kremlin media outlets support for Trump. Thats the thing to think about with Putin is he is a bad actor and he has sinister ambitions. Hohmann said he thinks Trump is bad at time management and has yet to show he can run a professional campaign. The most valuable commodity that a presidential candidate has is time, he said. I dont think spending a couple of hours on Sunday night tweeting at Joe and Mika on Morning Joe is productive way to spend your time if youre a major party nominee. andnbsp;
00:32:54 8/23/2016
David Fucillo, editor of Niners Nation and covering the NFL for SB Nation, joined The Federalist Radio Hour to talk about the world of sports media, the upcoming NFL season and provide some advice for picking your fantasy football teams this year. Some of the headlines heading into this season include rule changes, the Patriots controversy recovery, the new Los Angeles Rams. The one issue is that the Rams have not been very good for a while, Fucillo said. Its going to be interesting to see if L.A. is a frontrunner city...I think this first year no matter what theyre going to sell well. Fucillo previewed the teams and players that look to be in the best shape for this season in each conference. An interesting team to follow is going to be the Jacksonville Jaguars, he said. Theyve slowly rebuilt whatever it was that fell apart and theyve got Blake Bortles as a quarterback and some really good young receivers. Every year, fantasy drafters want to know what players are the sleepers, the bounce-back years, the break-out stars. The NFL has become more pass friendly...but at the same time it always seems like a running back, Adrian Peterson or someone, is the one going number one overall, Fucillo said. But its wide receivers this year. Brown, Odell Beckham, Julio Jones are consistently up at the top.
00:32:05 8/22/2016
Gracy Olmstead, senior writer at The American Conservative and senior contributor at The Federalist, joined Ben in studio to discuss her latest reporting on small scale American farmers, the regulatory burdens facing them, and the culture leading children to flee the family business. She also reviewed the summer blockbuster Stranger Things. Olmstead interviewed farmers across the country about the politics and policies that impact their businesses. Everything that the federal government has put in place has really been fostered by the farm lobby--these big factory farms who have all the power in Washington who are able to keep smaller players out, Olmstead said. Once a majority agrarian society, American farming now struggles in the face of a culture that makes farming out to be a lesser, blue collar job. What I see as being incredibly important about the generational family farming model is the longevity that it produces, in terms of loyalty to community and family, and then the way it makes you take care of the land you own. Later in the hour, they discussed the 80s nostalgia captured by the new series Stranger Things, and its strength in storytelling through a childs eyes. If the focus had shifted away from the kids and the teenagers, it could have just been an X-files episode, Domenech said. I did find it interesting that this was a story that was more about the kids than it was the adults and thats not something you typically see in this genre. andnbsp; andnbsp;
00:32:49 8/19/2016
Alex Isenstadt, reporter at Politico, joined The Federalist Radio Hour to discuss this all the latest shake-ups coming out of Trumps campaign this week, plus news that Renice Priebus may try to return to the RNC after this election. Earlier this week news broke that Donald Trump brought Breitbart Chairman Stephen Bannon and Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway to the top of his campaign staff. Theres also a sense that the people who have been giving Trump the challenging advice, that he needed to shape up, theyre kind of at the back of the bus now, Isenstadt said. andnbsp; Trumps campaign is far from any traditional political campaign, lacking all the yard signs and bummer stickers and TV ads, even swing states like Florida. They havent done the basic blocking and tackling, Isenstadt said. A lot of people say they got started really late and its hard to get caught up at a certain point. Reince Priebus has floated the idea that hes going to run for another term to lead the RNC after 2016. If Republicans lose this election, Priebus will have overseen two unsuccessful presidential campaigns for Republicans and he still wants a shot at success, he said.
00:30:00 8/18/2016
Ronald J. Pestritto, dean of the graduate school of statesmanship at Hillsdale College, joined The Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the rise of progressivism in American history and its role in shaping our government and modern politicians. Pestrittos research on the birth of American progressivism has lead him across the party lines as well as to politicians like Woodrow Wilson. Its really amazing how thoroughly [progressivism] comes to dominate politics and political culture toward the end of the 19th century, Pestritto said. The idea of progress and the power of that is deeply embedded. The chief characteristic of todays government that reflects progressivism is government by administrative agency, Pestritto said. The things that the state gets itself involved in today are so vast and so complex, that theres no way that they can be handled, even a little bit, by ordinary legislation. Later in the hour, Domenech and Pestritto discussed whether constitutional limits and ideas are even something that voters actually care about anymore. Since the election of Barack Obama, weve had an extraordinary window of opportunity... to talk about constitutional principles, Pestritto said. I worry that the current election cycle season may mark the closing of that window.
00:32:18 8/17/2016
Mary Katharine Ham talks breaking news on the Clinton Foundation and recaps the major news stories from the Olympics this week with Christine Brennan, USA Today Sports columnist who is in Rio, and Kelsey Harkness, senior reporter at The Daily Signal. NBC has been criticized on their Olympic coverage and the volume of dramatic athlete profile packages they are airing in place of showing the full competitions. The entire US team is so great, and by smashing the entire gymnastics competition into some highly manufactured TV package, youre really missing the big picture of how diverse this sport is, and what the different gymnasts from different countries look like, Harkness said. Christine Brennan shared some of the best events and athletes that she has been able to watch this week in Rio, starting with Katie Ledecks gold medal finish in the womens 200-meter freestyle swim. This is the most incredible thing Ive witnessed so far and will be one of my greatest memories of any Olympics, she said. Ledecky basically straps on a motor and somehow finds another gear in those last 15 meters. andnbsp;
00:28:01 8/12/2016
David Harsanyi and Mollie Hemingway, senior editors at The Federalist, discussed the media class frenzy of anti-Trump hate and the frustration with craven Republican politicians who now openly talk about finding a new candidate. They debated whether Trump or Clinton would have the more dangerous foreign policy and a recent episode of the Netflix show Bojack Horseman that is centered around abortion. There is nothing different about what Donald Trump is doing this moment than what he has been doing for the last year. [Republican politicians] knew exactly what they were doing when they got in bed him, Hemingway said. They knew exactly what they were doing when they brutally crushed perhaps the only path to keeping Donald Trump from getting the nomination. On foreign policy, Hemingway said humans are reluctant to go to war, but that if they do go to war they want to secure victory rather than nation building. I think that is a real thing that Donald Trump has tapped into and the Republican party in Washington, D.C. would like nothing more than to avoid talking about it. andnbsp;
00:55:33 8/9/2016
CJ Ciaramella, criminal justice reporter at Reason Magazine, discussed his latest reporting on national and local crime on todays Federalist Radio, including the politics and policing in response to the Black Lives Matter movement. What [protesters] say theyre asking for is police accountability, for there to be more mechanisms for police to be held accountable, he said. Part of the problem with making this a national debate about police reform is that every police agency is a local agency and all criminal justice really starts at the local level. The tension between local-level conflicts and national-level solutions has been a major part of the rise in anti-police attitudes. Thats where the rubber meets the road-- at the very local level. Starting with the district attorneys. Staring with the police chiefs, Ciaramella said. Youre starting to see a big uptick in challenges in competitive campaigns for DAs and state attorneys.
00:00:01 8/8/2016
Matt Schlapp, chairman of the American Conservative Union, talked about the latest polls, the question about whether Donald Trump is a actually a racist, and debated with Ben about what a vote for Trump really means to a conservative. I know that [Trump] looks at these polls, I know that they impact him. I know that when he has a bad stretch like he did with the California judge, and other episodes, I think it changes him because he sees the impact, Schlapp said. He responds to that as a business person, as one of the metrics. Schlapp argued that the immigration plan of George W Bush is the same as Trumps but with different labels. People are calling Donald Trump a racist for a policy that tells illegals they have to go home, get legal, and then come back. Whereas, they told George W Bush that he was a sell-out amnesty squish, Schlapp said. Lets all get a little more honest and detailed about these things before we start throwing out these terrible condemations. andnbsp; andnbsp;
00:55:33 8/4/2016
Eli Saslow, staff writer at The Washington Post, shared his latest reporting on heroin, addiction, and job loss in the American economy. Saslows feature story this month uses one familys struggle with painkillers and opioids to give readers perspective on what its like to go through addiction problems in the U.S. healthcare system. Its an unbelievable traumatic problem in the country right now and the more I learned about the numbers, the more staggering it was for me, Saslow said. [Amandas] dissent into addiction mirrors what a lot of people have gone through. Saslow has also written about economic decline of the middle class, specifically in the manufacturing town of Huntington, Indiana where factories are shutting down and moving to Mexico. Huntington is a town of about 15,000 so to lose 800 jobs in a town that size, it will decimate it, he said. And these arent just 800 jobs, but they are the last 800 really solid middle class jobs.
00:32:06 8/3/2016
Zeke Miller, political reporter at Time Magazine, returns from back to back coverage of the RNC and DNC conventions. On todays show, he discussed Hillarys remarks at the end of the week in Philly, Trumps comments on the Kahn family, Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the resurfacing of Harambe. Trumps feud with the muslim family who spoke at the DNC show his counter punches are the same to anyone who criticizes him. These comments make you look like not just somebody who says that are politically incorrect but as someone who actually holds racist views and I feel like this controversy is similar to the judge in that respect, Domenech said. Miller was on the floor talking to Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton delegates. Theres this civil war in both parties, this schism, and on the Democratic side they havent resolved it, Miller said. From a lot of democrats there is a lot of blame on the President and the White House. The fact that Trump had thought out commentary on the death of Harambe says a lot about him as a candidate, compared to traditional candidates with executive experience. His reaction to being asked about Harambe was not Why are you asking me this? or This isnt important or what any other conventional politician would have said, Domenech said.
00:55:33 8/1/2016
Peter Suderman, managing editor at Reason Magazine, joined Mary Katharine Ham in the studio to discuss the disappointment of Trumps lackluster RNC, the historical nomination of Hillary Clinton, the potential for Gary Johnson, and much anticipated Star Trek movie of the summer. Despite Donald Trumps promise for a glamorous, celebrity-filled RNC, he is now trying to distance himself from the claim of convention planning as it pales in comparison to this weeks DNC. It is the partys job to build this picture, Ham said. Donald Trump, many of the things that hes supposed to be good at and that are in fact the rational for his candidacy... were not on display during that week. An inspiring orator has never been one of Hillary Clintons characteristics. I think what Clinton did was simply say, Look, you may not love me, but Im the normal candidate, Suderman said. Thats her argument... It was in many ways a conservative appeal in temperament. Later in the hour, Suderman and Ham discuss the potential for a third-party candidate and the future of the libertarian party. If you look at where the young people on the Right are at, they essentially look like libertarians even if they dont call themselves that, he said.
00:55:33 7/29/2016
Mary Katharine Ham, senior writer at The Federalist, talked to Sonny Bunch, editor at The Washington Free Beacon, and David Marcus, senior contributor at The Federalist about the DNC, Comic Con, and the protests in Philadelphia on todays Federalist Radio. On night three of the DNC, we heard speeches from Tim Kaine, Joe Biden, and President Obama. I thought Obamas speech was totally fine and it was very much aimed at that kind of disaffected moderate Republican, the college-educated white Republican who has not been hit hard over the last eight years, Bunch said. Bunch recapped the all the news coming out of last weeks Comic Con in San Diego, including debut of the DC Animated Universe's The Killing Joke. The Killing Joke addition to becoming a very classic and beloved Batman tale, has also become problematic, he said. The social justice warriors really hate this comic book. David Marcus has been on the the ground in Philadelphia this week, talking to Bernie Sanders supporters and following their protests. A lot of them thought she got a free pass on the email scandal, but really its just that they dont want the party going back to that third way, Clinton-Blair style of the Democratic Party, Marcus said. andnbsp; andnbsp;
00:30:28 7/28/2016
Benjy Sarlin, political reporter at MSNBC and NBC news, returned from Cleveland to share some of the most surprising parts of the Republican convention and share some of his data-driven reporting after following the Trump campaign for the last year. Sarlins reporting looks at the county data of where Trump won primaries as well as demographic information of who was voting. It was a small plurality that kept growing as it went on, he said. When we looked at how the first six weeks of the primaries played out vs. the second six weeks, is that group of people has a very distinct identity. There were a lot of markers that separated them from Trump support now. In talking to dozens of well-known republicans across the spectrum, Sarlin hopes to get a sense of what the future of the party will look like, win or lose. It has just destroyed assumptions of what the republican party is on a policy level, he said. andnbsp;
00:33:51 7/25/2016
Kelly Cohen, political reporter at The Washington Examiner, joined Federalist Radio Hour to discuss Donald Trumps first speech as the Republican nominee, the speeches from Ivanka Trump and Ted Cruz, and Hillary Clintons potential VP picks. Ivanka Trump comes across as everything that Donald Trump isnt and her speech Thursday night reflected that. She spouted of the stats on the war on women and democratic talking points, so I was very surprised that she was doing that and getting away with it, Bre Payton said. Rumors have circulated today that Hillary Clinton may select Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine. If its going to be Kaine, hes going to have to sneak on some plane tonight to Miami, Cohen said. If Tim Kaine gets picked, his replacement would be selected by a democratic governor...but the other three people Clinton was looking at are all from states with Republican governors.
00:32:18 7/22/2016
Mary Katharine Ham and Mollie Hemingway break down Donald Trumps Veep pick, the aftermath of the coup in Turkey on Friday, and the latest drama unfolding between Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. Lee Smith, senior editor at the Weekly Standard, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to explain what was happening within the Turkish government and what position should the US take. What were seeing a large part here is power politics, Smith said. Erodgan has been looking to purge as many of these people, as many of the Gulenists as possible. Ham and Hemingway preview some this weeks RNC convention and what we can expect with the addition of Mike Pence to the Trump ticket. It just seems so boring and off-brand, Ham said of Pence. I suspect that the Pence pick was indeed the kids and the more conventional thinkers in [Trumps] camp, Last night on SnapChat, Kardashian posted videos of a phone call between her husband and Swift, completing out Swifts claim Kanye never had permission to rap about her in his new single. Its been a string of bad PR that makes Taylor Swift seem like a hyper-manipulative Regina George, Hemingway said.
00:28:29 7/18/2016
This episode of The Federalist Radio originally aired on March 10, 2016. Nancy Jo Sales spent the last two and half years traveling across the United States, talking to over 200 girls, ages 13 to 19. She talked to them about social media, texting, sexualization, and how all of it has impacted their lives. Sales joined the Federalist Radio Hour to talk about her new book, American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers. Sales, author and journalist for Vanity Fair, talked to girls about their concerns with social media. "Girls are being exposed at a very young age to a lot of explicit content," she said. "Social media sites and pornography sites are kind of conjoined at the hip...and if you have a kid on social media, it's pretty likely that at some point they are going to see pornography." Even in the girls she spoke with who hated social media, Sales said she found they had anxiety about being on it all time. "I really wondered what this is doing to their brains, and even our brains," she said. "The way that it's all changed sex and love and intimacy--I don't think anybody over the age of 20 has any idea what it means to be coming of age now and trying to figure out what it means to have a relationship. It affects our whole notion of intimacy." Later in the hour, Domenech asked Sales about how her findings relate to hook-up culture. "Being behind a screen, certainly makes boys bolder," she said. "Girls tell me that hook-up sex is unsatisfying...because they tell me young boys just want to do what they see in porn."
00:29:39 7/15/2016
Shaun Rieley, policy analyst at Concerned Veterans for America, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to talk VA reform, political philosophy, the Iraq War. Part of the VA scandal in 2014 included the deaths of veterans who died while they were on secret waiting lists for care. Essentially you have a situation set up where there are perverse incentives and there different interests that are all looking out for themselves, Rieley said. There is a debate about whether veterans care should be pushed to privatization or kept to specialized veterans doctors. Our intent is not to privatize the system, to blow up the system, our intent is to make sure veterans get the care that they need however that looks, he said. As a veteran of the Iraq War, Rieley said it taught him about US military force in the world and whether the goals of the war were really attainable. A more prudential approach rather than sort of an absolute abstract approach to what the United States role needs to be is warranted, he said. andnbsp;
00:55:33 7/13/2016
Steven Teles is an associate professor of political scientist at Johns Hopkins University and the author of Prison Break: Why Conservatives Turned Against Mass Incarceration. Mary Katharine Ham, senior writer at the Federalist, interviewed Teles about transpartisanship, the story of Texass state criminal justice reform, and what the crime debate looks like in 2016. In his book, Teles provides background on how the conservative party has changed their position on criminal justice reform, but also who influenced them in doing so. The reason why Republicans start switching is that sense of disorder, at least where crime was concerned, went down. We had this absolutely gargantuan decrease in crime, he said. That really created an opening for Republicans who for their own reasons wanted to change the partys position. Emotional energy and the heat from the media covering crime stories over the last year forces conservatives into their corner Teles said. What I worry about, especially on the police side, is theres a lot we can do to improve the quality of policing that also improves the treatment of African Americans and minorities, he said. But its hard to have that conversation when everyone is getting their tribal energy and emotion up.
00:31:56 7/11/2016
Michael Tanner, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, joined Federalist Radio to talk about how economic policy and poverty has impacted African Americans and their communities. He also discussed globalization, the national debt, the entitlement crisis and his new book, Going For Broke. A web of criminal backgrounds, lack of employment opportunities, out-of-wedlock births, have serious economic impacts in inner cities. In terms of social welfare policy, we need to recognize the over criminalization that goes on in America has a real impact on poverty in this country, Tanner said. Despite years of frustration with entitlement reform, deficits, and Americas debt, there has been a lack of concern coming from leading presidential candidates. We had made some progress for various reasons. The deficit had actually fallen last year to about $430 billion or so, Tanner said. Basically we had a little respite and we forgot about it and now you have two candidates on the trail who both reject any sort of reform to entitlement policy.
00:55:33 7/8/2016
Sarah Westwood, investigative reporter for the Washington Examiner, joined todays Federalist Radio to explain this weeks news surrounding Hillary Clinton and the FBI. Westwood also discussed the perception of Washington corruption and the biggest scandals coming out of the Clinton Foundation. The fact that this announcement came just a few hours before President Obama and Hillary Clinton were set to appear on stage together for the first time...clearly nothing about the way this was handled suggests that impartiality was a priority for the Justice Department, Westwood said. Westwood shared several examples of questionable coincidences associated with the Clinton Foundation continue to leak. This is the type thing that people are angry about. They think the system is rigged and you couldnt fabricate a better example of a rigged system of a non-profit whose donor network whose donor network overlaps almost seamlessly with the candidates political campaign donor network, she said. andnbsp;
00:30:45 7/6/2016
This episode of The Federalist Radio Hour originally aired on July 3, 2015. More than a day off for barbecues and fireworks, Independence Day will forever mark the beginning of an American era, the anniversary of our first birth of freedom. Today on the Ben breathes life into a historical anthology of the Fourth of July. The people who made up the rebellion within the American colonies, a rebellion that turned into a revolution, were animated by a strong degree of courage, but not necessarily a clear understanding of what is was they were fighting for, Domenech said. It was through the words of their leaders that they came to understand what they were really fighting for and that this was more than just the appreciation of their rights a English subjects. //
00:55:33 7/5/2016
Christopher Kimball is a chef, author, and founder of Americas Test Kitchen and, now Milk Street Kitchen. Kimball shares his Fourth of July weekend menu, the best tips for the grill, and how Americans have drastically changed the way we think about food. I have no interest in ethnically replicating a dish from Bangkok, but I am interested in ways of doing things that are simpler, easier and have bigger flavors, Kimball said. There are ways of thinking about cooking where the flavors are bigger, they use more spices, they use stronger ingredients...and it turns out its actually easier. Kimballs newest project, Milk Street Kitchen, is based in downtown Boston and will include a cooking school, TV set, and of course, a kitchen. Im more excited about cooking now and I do more cooking at home than I ever have and I just think thats a wonderful thing to teach people, he said. andnbsp;
00:55:33 6/30/2016
Randy Barnett, Georgetown law professor and author of the new book Our Republican Constitution, joined Ben Domenech in studio to discuss this weeks SCOTUS cases, how Republicans should view the court, and the two fundamentally opposing views of the Constitution. Barnett argued that the reason we now have Donald Trump is because of Justice Roberts. John Roberts, among other people, was basically responsible for the demise of the constitutional conservative wing of the Tea Party, he said. He changed the law so that he could uphold it. Yesterdays case ruled on the Texas abortion laws and their unconstitutionality, but also addressed the courts levels of scrutiny . I was very sympathetic with both the majority opinion and also Justice Thomas dissenting opinion, Barnett said. We cant even keep the levels of scrutiny straight within the levels of scrutiny.
00:32:56 6/29/2016
Lisa De Pasquale, columnist and founder of, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to talk about women in media, fat-shaming, and what 2016 would look like if Andrew Breitbart were still alive. The biggest challenge of being a right-of-center woman in journalism and media is addressing both politics and pop culture. All of us on the right are interested in movies and music and culture and not just politics, De Pasquale said. I think that pop culture and entertainment is a good way to bridge the gap and take our ideas, or education people who arent political, and do it through a means thats not just hitting them over the head. De Pasquale writes about the lefts fat-shaming movement and how feminists have made body-positivity strictly about their appearance. So much of their attention is on this one aspect of themselves-- theyre still bringing it back to their looks, she said. Why not just be a great writer? If I were a feminist, probably and old school feminist, I would be like, Why are you still talking about your bodies? andnbsp; andnbsp; andnbsp;
00:55:33 6/28/2016
This episode of The Federalist Radio Hour originally aired on March 25, 2016. "Deep work" is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task and it's one of the most valuable skills in our economy. Cal Newport is the author of Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, and he joined the Federalist Radio Hour to explain how email and social media have changed the way our brains work. Newport suggested that focusing on too much on what's negative about distraction lead to an ambiguous muddle. "I think we have forgotten how much value we can get out of being able to concentrate intensely," he said. "If you're one of the few to cultivate this skill, then you're really going to thrive." Newport explained "context switching" or that feeling you get when your brain reflexively moves to constantly check Twitter or your inbox. "A workflow that's built around constant quick checks is actually reducing the cognitive capacity of your brain," he said. When it comes finding work you love or are "passionate" about, Newport said our desires to do so don't match the reality of the market place. "Typically passion emerges over time," he said. "As you do something well, as you develop a craft, as the skill gives you more control and leverage over your career...passion is a side effect."
00:55:33 6/24/2016
Alexandra Petri, writer and blogger at the Washington Post, talks "Hamilton" the Musical, Star Wars, and the comedic challenge of parodying Donald Trump on this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour. Donald Trump is a performance and you can't re-perform a performance. "There is no parody of Trump that's better than the self-parody that Trump is everyday," Petri said. "Why would you ever watch a Trump impression when there is the one Trump impression that's being performed live on television all of the time, by Donald Trump?" Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Hamilton" picked up 11 Tony awards this year. "It's amazing once you see because you start to understand that history doesn't have to be boring," Domenech said. "These are real people with crazy lives of love and hate and bitterness...and once you understand them in that context, it makes it a lot more interesting." Later in the hour, Petri gave her Disney elevator pitch for a Star Wars rom-com spin off and other opinions on upcoming Star Wars movies.
00:55:33 6/23/2016
Heather Mac Donald, fellow at the Manhattan Institute, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss her new book, "The War on Cops." MacDonald addressed the motives of movements like BlackLivesMatter and how it has impacted police forces across the nation. Mac Donald said crime decreased during the years of economic downturn since 2008 despite liberal rhetoric that economic downturn increases crime. "Staring in the second half 2014 however, after the shooting of Michael Brown and Ferguson, Missouri...crime in heavily black neighborhoods starting going up because again officers are backing off of policing under the relentless hostility they get on the streets and under the message that they they are the biggest threat facing young black men," she said. Domenech and Mac Donald discuss the "Ferguson Effect", discretionary policing, Freddie Gray, the broken windows theory, and what policing is becoming in Chicago, Detroit, and other urban areas.
00:29:25 6/21/2016
Clare Foran, writer at The Atlantic, joined The Federalist Radio Hour to provide some closure on the Bernie Sanders' campaign and explained ways his supporters may split over Hillary. Foran shared stories from the democratic campaign trail and the political social media war zone. There's a juxtaposition within Sanders' platform between a desire for a revolutionized political system, and a message of nostalgia for the days before globalization. "It seems to me a lot of what Sanders was saying had a similar appeal (to Trump), the difference is he's saying it to young people about a time that existed before they born," Domenech said. "Not in the way Trump is saying to older voters and baby boomers about when they were kids." Foran described the motives of the faction of Sanders supporters have become #NeverHillary and whether the Clinton campaign even feels the need to unite the Democratic party. "I certainly think that the Democrats are banking on Trump as a unifying force, basically a vote against Trump, even if it's not a vote for Clinton," she said. andnbsp;
00:32:35 6/20/2016
Yuval Levin, editor of National Affairs, joined The Federalist Radio Hour to discuss his new book, The Fractured Republic: Renewing Americas Social Contract in the Age of Individualism. Levin explained why baby boomers are so nostalgic about the way America used to be and the frustration with the present moment. Levins book walks through the America of the 20th century and how its isolated from the rest of American history. The country that came out of World War II was an incredible cohesive and unified version of the United States, very usually so, he said. Almost immediately after the war that began to break down. One lesson conservatives can learn from 2016 already is that they have had the wrong impression of the Republican electorate. Donald Trump has just run roughshod over all those litmus tests, he said. The idea that the Republicans electorate is a highly conservative voting base strikes me as a mistake thats analogous to the mistake social conservatives make about the country at large. Levin discussed the areas that both political parties are blind to, and how our fragmented national life can play to its strengths within its diversity and decentralization.
00:55:33 6/15/2016
Alyssa Canobbio, media analyst at the Washington Free Beacon, shares of some of the most annoying aspects of the mainstream media and the medias ignorance when it comes to covering not just politics, but events like the Orlando shooting. Theyll say one thing and it sets off the far left and that sets off the far right to go after the far left, Canobbio said. The lack of understanding and the lack of knowledge and the lack wanting to understand-- you dont see Joan Walsh going out and trying to learn about guns. As a New Jersey native, and former employee of Donald Trump, Canobbio gave some insight into the local impression of the Republican front runner. He bankrupted Atlantic City and put so many people out of work, she said. Later in the hour, Canobbio talks weddings, deceptive editing controversies, and the decline of trust in media.
00:29:13 6/14/2016
Today the Federalist Radio Hour heard from several journalists and national security experts in attempting to debrief and understand the terrorist attack in Orlando. John Schindler, national security columnist at the Observer, said the gun control debate is a red herring. If you simply say this is a crazy guy with a gun without looking at other motivations, youre not going to vet the next one, he said. Michael Daly, is a special correspondent for the Daily Beast, and has reported on the killers personal background and family history. Usually they acquire the weapons sometime before, but this was like he decided what he was going to do and just went ahead and did it, Daly said. M.G. Oprea, senior contributor at The Federalist, addressed the language that Obama and other leaders are deferring to as opposed to facing the reality of dangerous Islamic beliefs. Its more important to be careful not to criticize or offend anybody than it is to accurately assess the threat, she said. Obama and a lot of people on the left, cannot believe that people would have actual religious convictions that would lead them to do anything.
00:55:33 6/13/2016
Today on Federalist Radio, J.C. Derrick, reporter at World Magazine, discussed how Renee Ellmers lost re-election, the FTO controversies under Hillary Clintons State Department, and recent news surrounding collegiate student athlete sexual assault cases. There is a back story to how Ellmers defeat has much to do with betraying pro-lifers. Theres been a great deal of frustration express by pro-life groups in recent years with the existing structure of leadership in Washington, Domenech said. Derrick explained his findings in reporting on the Clinton Foundation, the State Department, and donors possible efforts in thwarting combat against Boko Haram. We discovered these ties between the Clinton family and very wealthy, corrupt Nigerian businessmen and politicans, he said. Much has been written about the Clinton and these oddities... but most of these stories have not tied these donations from suspicious people and government entities to any specific policy.
00:55:33 6/10/2016
Jared Meyer, fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of Uber-Positive: Why Americans Love the Sharing Economy joined Ben in studio today. Meyer explained why local governments like to regulate Uber and other sharing economy businesses out of business, despite the market demand for them, and how Washington elites are betraying millennials. Washington Democrats, including both Bernie and Hillary, are lining up against the sharing economy, citing that these businesses exploit workers and decrease public safety. Theyre making all these arguments that people who actually everyday engage in the sharing economy completely reject, Meyer said. So youre seeing a big disconnect between progressive voters and progressive politicians. Many entrepreneurs have tried to export the connivence and success of ride-sharing companies to other types of services and products. Of course Uber gets the most attention, but confining your view of the sharing economy to just the popular ones, which is what a lot of politicians are doing, is ignoring the reality that a lot of people would love to be there own boss, Meyer said. Two-thirds of millennials want to work for themselves.
00:55:33 6/7/2016
T. Becket Adams, media reporter at the Washington Examiner, joined Federalist Senior Editors Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi in studio to discuss the medias reaction to the violence and riots at a Trump rally in California this week. Leftists dont view this as part of their movement, or part of the Left. Its just some separate thing that happens and maybe Trump deserves it because violence begets violence, Harsanyi said. I think the coverage does reflect that in a way. If this was a Hillary outing and Trump supporters did this, we would be in the middle of a giant conversation. They discussed Paul Ryans Trump endorsement and Hillary Clintons attacks against Trump in her speech on foreign policy on Thursday. A lot of her main criticisms against Trump, not just that they were coherent and fluent, but they were familiar because all of them were the exact same argument put out by Rubio and Ted Cruz and republicans, Adams said. So that explains why the RNC didnt have a rapid response for a really long time. andnbsp;
00:34:04 6/3/2016
Mary Katharine Ham dug into gears of polling today on the Federalist Radio Hour with Stephanie Slade, deputy managing editor at Reason Magazine, and Alex Smith, national chairman for College Republicans. They discussed the usefulness of polling this prematurely to the general election, how polling outfits actually gather data, and what polls have told us about millennial voters. Because of a shrinking number of landlines and plummeting response rates, its becoming increasingly difficult to reach people to poll. Remember that things can change very quickly after a partys nominee gets the nomination locked up, Slade said. Were actually seeing that right now with Donald Trump. Although hes been leading for months and months, there were a lot of theyre coming around. There is no silver bullet when it comes to best practices in polling. You ultimately still have a problem of figuring out who is actually going to turn out to vote, and what is the electorate going to look like demographically, Slade said. College Republicans just released data from their survey of young Americans that show millennials favoring Democrats but prefer limited government. This generation is one that actually uses freedom in its everyday life, Alex Smith said. Thats why its so incompatible with a top-down structure like healthcare, telling us we all have to fit in the same box. andnbsp;
00:30:52 6/2/2016
Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi, senior editors at The Federalist, discussed documentary making in light of last weeks backlash against Katie Courics deceptive editing in her documentary on gun control. Theres really no debate about whether the Couric documentary was deceptive, Hemingway said. Once the perpetrator has admitted to the crime, you dont really need to keep on saying alleged. Harsanyi and Hemingway discuss the upcoming Ghostbusters remake and Sonys attempt to save it from tanking. I hate that politics and identity politics are attached to almost everything these days, Harsanyi said. I just want to see funny movies. The years National Spelling Bee ended in a tie for the third consecutive year. I am totally opposed to the idea of co-champions. I think its un-American, Hemingway said. So much about life right get a participation trophy, you get accolades regardless of whether you deserve them or not. But a spelling bee is a really nice contest of skill and Im glad that our country still celebrates it.
00:55:33 5/31/2016
Jamie Weinstein, senior editor at the Daily Caller, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to talk about the medias coverage of Donald Trump, the relationship Trump has with wealth and the actual amount of his worth, and the potential for a third-party candidate. When it comes to reporters asking Trump difficult questions, he knows how to play the refs. He makes it so difficult when you ask a question. Hell go on Twitter and attack the questioner. Hell pretend that you asked the most difficult question in the world that you almost dont want to ask a tough question, Weinstein said. One of Trumps most sensitive areas of self-consciousness is his money, perhaps because he fudges how much he actually has. We know he has a history of lying about his net worth. If I had a to take a guess, I would guess maybe under what Forbes and Bloomberg say, he said. Later in the hour, Weinstein and Domenech talked through the logistics of VP candidates and potential third-party candidates. If you at the numbers at the polls, there a lot of people yearning for someone else to get in the race, Weinstein said. We have a choice right now between malaria and ebola. I think Hillary is malaria. I think Trump is ebola.
00:55:33 5/23/2016
Emily Washington, policy research manager at the Mercatus Center and writer at, studies land-use regulation and policy as it relates to urban development. Washington joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the current state of affordable housing, zoning issues, Jane Jacobs, and transportation. The marketplace in urban areas faces a challenge in supplying the higher number of millennials and their housing needs, and government often feels pressure to weigh in. A lot of cities are revisiting their planning codes and in many cases adopting more liberal codes that are improved for denser and mixed-use development, but its often a very long and difficult process because homeowners want to keep things the way they are, Washington said. Jane Jacobs advocated for diverse, walkable, and mixed-use neighborhoods. Many modern city planners agree with her views, but often fail to create policies that reflect her ideas. To the extend that cities are willing to persue deregulation, allowing more freedom for developers to build what they see consumers demanding, that will get us closer to Jane Jacobs approach to urban development, she said. Later in the hour, Domenech and Washington discussed the overlapping patterns of crime, subsidized housing, and anti-poverty programs.
00:29:14 5/19/2016
Molly Ball, politics writer for The Atlantic, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss how the republican party is dealing with their nominee who is at odds with so much of the party and its leaders. Ball explains her understanding of how the Tea Party, conservative media, and other specific factions within the conservative movement should or should not take responsibility for the success of Trump. The Republican Party is divided and its seems unlikely that the future will see it uniting around Trump. It is hard to imagine this not being some kind of divorce, Ball said. I dont think were going to see Bill Kristol come around and start holding hands with Trump in the name of solidarity. Ball explained how the Tea Party was a coalition of resentment voters and ideological conservatives, but we didnt know that until Trump came along. Trump fundamentally redrew the battle lines of that old civil war and created a new one, she said.
00:33:00 5/16/2016
Matt Battaglia is a designer, illustrator, and comic book enthusiast. Battaglia joined Ben Domenech in the studio to review Captain America: Civil War and to explain the ins and outs of the comic book industry. This latest superhero movie is adapted from an original story arc from the comic version of Captain America. The movie really fleshes out Captain Americans side and actually brings a lot of the political debates of personal and individual responsibility vs. the strong hand of government taking over for these heroes, he said. The comic book industry has experienced weird shifts and changes in recent years, from the rise of self-publishing to the politically correct character trends. Marvel and DC have turned there comics for the most part into weird political thought pieces, Battaglia said. While I think its fine to have a diverse cast, it seems weird when you force it in ways that arent really story driven or if its just done simply to do it. Later in the hour, Battaglia explains how entertainment and fandom have changed the market for comic books and characters. The focus has shifted where the fandom is the focus, rather than the actual product. Which is interesting in that being a fan of comics is now...has become the thing to be.
00:55:33 5/13/2016
Caleb Brown, director of multimedia at the Cato Institute, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss wealth and mobility in America, pop culture and King of the Hill it relates to politics, and using culture to bridge the gap between people and economics. Lessons about liberty and contrarian principles are less frequently found in pop culture, but there are few exceptional examples by actor and director Mike Judge. I think Hank Hill is a classic American character, Brown said. King of the Hill in particular presents an idea of an American, middle-aged, conservative man who has a lot of his own prejudices to deal with but hes not a bad guy. The great irony of populism is that a large dissatisfaction with the government often leads to giving the government more power. Get the government out of it is rarely every presented as a serious option and if it is, its not usually adopted, Brown said.
00:01:25 5/12/2016
Dr. Matthew Mehan, teaching fellow at Hillsdale College, joined the Federalist Radio Hour today discuss how Shakespeare is still applicable to pop culture, the true meaning of Liberal Arts, and what Shakespeare can teach our statesmen and community leaders. Shakespeares understanding of public leadership was very practical, and through characters like the Prince of Denmark, he demonstrates how leaders must be citizens first. You actually need to go through the difficult work of rising in community with trust and growing in good faith and taking office, Mehan said. The willingness of leaders to actually suffer is a huge Shakespearean lesson. The trending darkness of American TV characters and story arcs are can be drawn from threads of Shakespeares cannon. From the Dark Knight to Game of Thrones, Shakespeare exploration of tragedy and anger remains influential. Despite existing in one of the most open-minded, engaging and technologically advance eras, the American people are angrier than ever with our leaders. Coming up with the artful, rhetorical way to lead people in stages, but not the kind of faux lead people in stages...but actually engaged with living people before they die...that requires real rhetorical imagination and real poetics, Mehan said.
00:55:33 5/10/2016
Senior Editor David Harsanyi joined Ben Domenech in the studio to discuss Carly Fiorina's addition to the Ted Cruz ticket, Donald Trump's attempt at a foreign policy speech, and some of the best and worst TV shows currently offered on streaming services. Harsanyi said he doesn't think naming Fiorina as Cruz's running mate will have any significant benefit in Indiana or California. "I think she competent and would do a good job, but there's not one poll number in any polling that I've seen that tells me she's going to change anything," he said. "I think Boehner calling [Cruz] 'Lucifer in the flesh' probably helps him more." Ted Cruz is often toted as the most hated man in Washington by elites, and as the Zodiac Killer by teenagers. Harsanyi and Domenech discussed how Cruz's likability has both helped and hurt him. "I'm not sure I've seen a politician as prominent as him, since Richard Nixon, that had that level of personal awkwardness in all of his relations with humanity," Domenech said. Later in the hour, Harsanyi shared some of his takes on the newest season of Silicon Valley, Daredevil and The Walking Dead. "What's great about Silicon Valley, not just that it's incredibly funny and it mocks Silicon Valley and people in that industry, but you also learn a little bit about building a company," he said.
00:55:33 4/28/2016
Senior Editor Mollie Hemingway joined Ben Domenech in the studio to discuss Donald Trump's sweep in the Northeastern States' primaries, the recent death of Prince and make to make of the loss, and her reports from the most recent congressional hearing on the trafficking of aborted baby parts. "If he had never sung a song, he would still be one of the world's best guitar players," Hemingway said of Prince. "That's how talented he was." Hemingway said since Prince's death, many journalists have attempted to characterize him as gender bending and queer. "For one thing he was a man who dressed in a feminine way frequently," she said. "But this was a guy who did more for female self-esteem than anybody by recognizing and praising female sexuality." Last week, the House Select Panel on Infant Lives heard testimonies from witnesses about evidence of a widespread market for for unborn baby parts. Hemingway recapped the hearing and what the witnesses had to say. "The first thing they showed is that federal prohibits profiting from the sale or transfer of fetal parts," she said. "Then they showed that abortion clinics don't actually do any work to get these aborted baby parts. Other people come into a clinic and they do everything."
00:55:33 4/27/2016
Bre Payton, staff writer at The Federalist, joined Ben Domenech in studio today to debate about whether Beyonce's new album is a marketing ploy, the differing definitions of beauty according men and women, and the firing of Mizzou professor Melissa Click. Many have asked about the racial and political undertones in "Lemonade" and the mantle Beyonce has taken up for the Black Lives Matter movement. "I'm almost wondering if there is pressure within the music industry to comply with the Black Lives Matter movement," Payton said. In other celebrity news, People Magazine recently declared actress Jennifer Aniston the most beautiful woman in the world, and many men are surprised. "I've been saying for years that there is a huge difference between what men think is pretty and what women think is pretty," Payton said. Domenech argued that there is a middle ground, as in a type of appearance that both men and women find attractive. "I would argue that's what you see 90 percent of the time on TV... It's trying to be what both men and women will find attractive without being over the top in sex appeal," he said.
00:32:54 4/26/2016
Zeke Miller, political reporter at Time Magazine, joined the Federalist Radio Hour today to discuss last nights news that the Ted Cruz and John Kasich campaign are essentially collaborating to stop Trump from getting delegates. Domenech and Miller also discuss potential VP picks for Donald Trump and the differences between the 2012 and 2016 elections. Isnt the best way for Trump to undermine the #NeverTrump movement by being more of a uniting figure or stopping some of these more insult-based attacks and instead making the case for himself as a consensus nominee? Domenech asked. Miller said Trump has missed every opportunity to put this race away. He has won despite his lack of organization. He has not crafted some new way to win elections. Hes taken advantages of the weaknesses of the system... He has broken all the rules and is somehow winning despite that, he said. Miller explained some of the delegate math that we might see at a contested convention and how the vice president ballot will play a role. If you are somebody they want to consider being the VP, being vetted is not something that is a pleasant experience, he said.
00:00:06 4/25/2016
Mark Mills, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a Forbes columnist, writes about energy policy, energy markets, and the climate change debate. He joined the Federalist Radio Hour today to discuss technology advancement in American resources, providing energy for under developed countries, and what happens not that millennials are buying cars. Mills said there is not current disruption in the energy industry that will change the way we use energy in the future. If there has been something that we can call a revolution, its clearly been shale resources, he said. The interesting thing about the shale revolution is that it wasnt planned, expected, subsidizes, taxed into existence. Bill Gates recently discussed the intersection of climate concerns and energy in and interview with the Atlantic. Mills critiqued and expanded on what Gates had to say. His focus in that to say we should be concerned with spending more money on basic research and development, Mills said. Energy policy is at the heart of many international disputes. The geopolitics of energy is arguably far more important than the environmental aspects of energy, not that both arent important, but there is an immediacy and urgency associated with the geopolitics because wars have been, are being, and will be fought over resources, Mills said.
00:32:50 4/19/2016
Representative Dave Brat joined the Federalist Radio Hour with Ben Domenech to discuss the national debt, education, the myths the media projects onto Congress, and how the decline of religion has led to despair in so many other areas of American culture. As a professor of freshmen college students, Brat said the government is not able to fill in the role that religion use to play in creating healthy communities and instilling values in children. Its a shift in theology, its got very little to do with public policy, he said. Its got to do with ethics, religion, your view of society and how you want to see society move. Brat explained how ethics, religion, free markets and the culture wars across our country are all intertwined. As our times change we are going to have to have some theologians who are very intelligent about how to use free markets and not many theologians are very friendly when it comes to free markets, he said. We do not believe in imposing our will on others. andnbsp;
00:55:33 4/18/2016
"Poverty Inc." is a documentary shot in 20 different countries, exploring the rise of charity as a multibillion dollar industry and how our American dollars have an impact, for better or worse, on those in poverty. Mark Weber, co-producer of "Poverty Inc," joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss NGOs, social entrepreneurship, and the power of documentary-making. Weber suggested the term charity has been cheapened by the non-profit world. "I don't think removing compassion or thinking about these things in pure economics is the answer," Weber said. "For me, compassion means seeing the person on the end of every interaction and regarding that person with the dignity they have innately as a person." He shared stories from some of the interviews the film features, from foreign government officials to entrepreneurs in underdeveloped countries. "What we are hearing through our interviews, and from books that are coming out of Africa especially, is that we are undermining governance," he said.
00:55:33 4/15/2016
On todays Federalist Radio, Mary Katherine Ham, Guy Benson, and Robby Soave discuss the latest outrages on college campuses. Later in the hour, Emily Zanotti, senior contributor at The Federalist, joined to explain the premise and the buzz behind the anticipated Suicide Squad movie. One of the most recent acts of free speech that college students have taken offense to is the words Trump 2016 written on sidewalks at their universities. Its remarkable the extent to which college students will ask their administrators to treat them like children, Ham said. A small glimmer of hope Im seeing on college campuses is a copy catting of Trump 2016 chalking going on across the nation and my guess is that not all of it is sincere Trump support, but a lot of it is a statement for free speech. Movie trailers for both Suicide Squad and Captain America: Civil War were released earlier this week during the MTV Movie Awards. I dont know about you, but I dont know if Im ready for someone who is not Heath Ledger to play the Joker, Soave said.
00:21:52 4/12/2016
Ted Cruz largely defeated Donald Trump in the Wisconsin primary and Trump has now gone over a month without a single victory speech to give on air. Chris Moody, senior reporter for CNN, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the Republican race, the delegates who will be attending their convention and the role that social media plays in the midst of it all. Ted Cruz has to win on the stump, and if he doesnt win on the stump, he doesnt win on the floor in Cleveland. "We can't understate how unpopular Ted Cruz is in Washington DC," Moody said. Cruz is now showing that he can not only rack up delegates, but take some away from Donald Trump. "He's proving himself as the one who can do that," Moody said. "There's now hope for Republicans to keep Trump from that 1237 and that hope was not there a few weeks ago." Social media gives voters and delegates voices that they did not have before. "They have been out in force flying the Bernie Sanders flag on Facebook and that can be good," Moody said. "But there also have been many stories this year about how Bernie Sanders supporters have gone a little too far, and been a little too excited about their candidate." andnbsp;
00:55:33 4/6/2016
There is a narrative that we must fight inequality by raising the minimum wage, raising taxes and redistributing wealth. Yaron Brook, executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute, suggests that this narrative is wrong and that the real threat to the American Dream is an all-out war on success. Brook coauthored the book Equal is Unfair: America's Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality, and joined the Federalist Radio Hour to explain how free markets and limited government can save the American Dream. Brook explained how entrepreneurs and inventors took America from their poor collection of colonies in 1776 to the most robust economy in the world by 1914. "It's the system of government that the founding fathers set up in 1776, and later with the constitution, that made it possible for entrepreneurs from all over the world to come to the United States and take advantage of the opportunities that freedom allowed them." Brook described many of the policies and initiatives under Clinton, Bush and Obama that have been destructive to the economy. "Almost all government policies over the last few decades have created a worse situation for American business and therefore a worse situation for the American worker," he said.
00:55:33 4/5/2016
Rebecca Berg, national politics reporter for Real Clear Politics, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to talk about Trump's abortion flip flops, why Paul Ryan shouldn't seek a nomination and the comic book background behind Batman v. Superman. Because there are fewer candidates and the race tightens, people are starting to pay attention to what Trump actually says about his positions and policies. In the last week he has had 5 different positions on abortion. "Finally I think we are getting to a point where the sum of all of his remarks that he has made, that a presidential candidate would never really make, are really bearing fruit for him," Berg said. Trump is addressing his delegate hunt by meeting with people in DC including Renice Priebus and the RNC and hiring Paul Manafort. "It was surprising to many people but here is an experienced hand who actually might be showing us that Donald Trump is starting to take the rules part of this process a little more seriously," Berg said. Later in the hour, Ben Domenech, publisher of the Federalist, explains how the Batman v. Superman movie deviated from the original comic story line. "If the movie was going to be titled correctly, it would be "Batman executes Superman" because basically he's able to beat him almost immediately," Domenech said.
00:55:33 4/4/2016
Bre Payton, staff writer at The Federalist, and Bill McMorris, reporter at The Washington Free Beacon, hosted today's Federalist Radio Hour to discuss labor union cases and the expected minimum wage hikes at both state and federal levels. Later in the hour, The Federalist's movie critic, Rebecca Cusey reviewed the good and the bad from Batman v. Superman. Last week, California legislators made some back room negotiations with labor unions to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in order to prevent a wage hike via a ballot initiative. "What spooked even the democrats in that state is the way that the ballot initiative was worded, basically gave them no contingencies if there is any sort of economic collapse," McMorris explained. "It's put the ball back in the court of lawmakers instead of just the voters." Among other labor news, the Supreme Court deadlocked on a California teacher's lawsuit against her union, the California Teachers Association. "Scalia's death left a vacancy. The liberals all voted together. The conservatives all voted together, and when it's a 4-4 split, basically the tie produced a victory for the union," McMorris said. Expectations for the new movie, Batman v. Superman, were so high so it wasn't likely that the movie could actually live up to the hype. "It wasn't a great movie, it's not going to be remembered for the ages, but it's a fun movie," Cusey said. "It's somewhat incoherent in that even the style of the movie feels like little pieces put together."
00:00:44 4/1/2016
Today on the Federalist Radio Hour, Mollie Hemingway explains the religious freedom bill vetoed in Georgia, John McCormack reports from the ground in Wisconsin, and Mary Katharine Ham interviews Charlie Sykes. Despite being the first right mentioned in the First Amendment, religious freedom has become a controversial issue. "The media frequently characterize these pieces of legislation as anti-gay. They talk about them as discrimination," Hemingway said. "They don't understand the contours of religious freedom very well. They don't understand the history so they just do a horrifically bad job of covering it." Later in the hour, Mary Katharine Ham, senior writer at The Federalist, interviewed the Wisconsin radio talk show host, Charlie Sykes, who made news this week after his interview with Donald Trump. Sykes explained why the conservative media in Wisconsin is different than the rest of the country. "I'm honestly surprised why nobody had asked Donald Trump why he behaves likes a 12-year-old on the playground," Sykes said. "In Wisconsin, Donald Trump is not going to have the air cover that he's had from his fan boys in the national media, and I think that does change the dynamic of this primary."
00:55:33 3/30/2016
Today on the Federalist Radio Hour, Ashe Schow explained the latest issues from college campus sexual assault cases and recent antics from Jackie, the reported victim in the Rolling Stone UVA story. Schow is a commentary writer at the Washington Examiner and a senior political columnist at the Observer. Later in the hour, Ben Domenech gave some advice to Donald Trump in Wisconsin and described some of the more tactical errors the Trump campaign has made in the last week. Universities are creating policies to address cases of sexual assault that eviscerate due process for the accused. "There are groups out there advocating for due process, the problem is the other side has such a prominent voice and if you dare suggest accused students deserve due process, you're called a rape apologist," Schow said. This week the American Association of University Professors argued that Title IX has created a need for clarification between speech that constitutes for sexual harassment and speech that is merely offensive or upsetting. "These elite students are the kind of people being produced who have been taught lessons about the consequences of indignation, offense, and the idea that opinions that differ from theirs are things that should threaten them...and those are the kids that are going to be credentialed to become the next American elites," Domenech said.
00:55:33 3/29/2016
Today the editor of The Weekly Standard, Bill Kristol, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the potential of a third party candidate in the 2016 election, the tactical priorities of it, and some of the concerns that conservatives have about the future of the Republican party. "I think it's a good idea because I think people should have an alternative to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump," Kirstol said. "It's not too late to get on the ballot. It's a little challenging in one or two states...but basically if you could raise money and have someone with some stature, it's a doable." Kristol and Domenech discuss what they come to understand as the reason for Trump, including the desire for big change. "'There is a big desire for big change and the other candidates didn't capitalize on that enough," Kristol said. "It's easy to say well, 'At least it's big change, we'll take the risk,' but history suggests irresponsible ways of responsible to legitimate grievances... they can go pretty wrong." There is a general perception that the Republican Party is in crisis and that it lacks a sense of identity. While they've seen their share of failures, Kristol said he thinks there is enough data to show that conservatism should be stronger than it was 50 years ago. "I agree there is a crisis of self-confidence, and there also some of big things that haven't succumb to conservative recipes or prescriptions," Kristol said.
00:32:23 3/23/2016
Tom Rogan joined the Federalist Radio Hour today to discuss this morning's terrorist attack in Brussels and the next steps in foreign policy for the U.S. and Europe. Rogan is a columnist at National Review, a senior contributor as OpportunityLives, and a panelist at The McLaughlin Group. There has been a tendency by leaders in similar situations regarding Islamic terrorists to retreat to platitudes about peace and about what Western attitudes ought to be. Rogan said the people who suffer most from the inability to identify the core issues, are innocent muslims. "I think now with the debate becoming much more crystallized in people's eyes, it will be engaged," he said. "There is an imperative to engage with it because the consequence of not engaging with this debate is that you see the retrenchment of a lot of people in the kind of Trump identification of the issue, which is so over broad and absurd and counterproductive." Later in the hour, Domenech and Rogan talked about NATO, ISIS, and the comparison of Donald Trump to Pat Buchanan.
00:55:33 3/22/2016
There have been a number of cases threatening religious liberty at the Supreme Court this year and the death of Justice Antonin Scalia makes the upcoming decisions even more significant. Today's Federalist Radio Hour featured legal experts following these cases as well as a local Oregon business woman whose own religious liberty has been threatened. Professor Helen Alvare teaches law at George Mason University School of Law, and is the founder of Women Speak for Themselves, a community of over 43,000 women activists for both religious freedom and women's freedom. Alvare explained the latest on this Wednesday's oral argument before the Supreme Court in the case of the Little Sisters of the Poor v. Sylvia Burwell. Harmony Daws, of Oregon, was fired from her job at a housecleaning business after she was nominated president of a local pro-life organization. Daws said she fears Americans' First Amendment rights are at stake. "I respect [my employer's] decision to terminate me, even if it was for a horrible reason, but I'm going to turn around and go back to the marketplace," she said. Finally, Casey Mattox, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, discussed the HHS mandate, the recent SCOTUS nomination and the reason for protecting free speech on college campuses.
00:32:16 3/21/2016
Mary Katharine Ham, senior writer at The Federalist and contributor at CNN, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to recap news from this week including the suspension of Marco Rubio's campaign, Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, and the season finale of "The Bachelor." Marco Rubio entered the 2016 race as the favorite for so many political commentators and on paper, he looked like someone who could bring factions together. "Being the combination of all things, although it would work theoretically, actually worked against him in a split race," Ham said. "If you want the most populist candidate you vote Trump, if you want the most conservative candidate you vote Cruz, and if you want the most moderate dude you vote Kasich," Ham said. The Republican Senate has been adamant that they are not even going to consider a SCOTUS nominee until after the election, and yet there is some push from moderate Republicans to settle for Merrick Garland. "From the very beginning Republicans have been saying this is not about the person, it's about the principle and were going to stand on it," Ham said. "They also have at their disposal the arguments of Senator Barack Obama and Senator Joe Biden." Finally, they wrapped up this season of "The Bachelor" and discussed whether Ben Higgins can be the nice guy this season portrayed him as, if he told two different women that he loved them.
00:32:09 3/16/2016
Anticipating Donald Trump victories in today's Super Tuesday primaries, the Federalist Radio Hour discussed all the latest elements of the Trump campaign including the polls, the media, the possibly contested convention, and violence at Trump rallies. Asawin Suebsaeng, deputy social media hour at The Daily Beast, was the guest of the hour. The polls show that Trump is significantly behind Hillary Clinton in a general election. "There are so many unknowns and variables that come out with a Trump candidacy in a general election that just do not happen if the nominee is Rubio, Cruz, Kasich..." Suebsaeng said. Domenech and Suebsaeng discussed the issues between Breitbart, Michelle Fields, and the Trump Campaign. " has been very pro-Donald Trump for quite some time to the point where the coverage of him is almost universally decried as laughable," Suebsaeng said. "It's not really journalism. It's a PR operation."
00:33:48 3/15/2016
Peter Suderman is senior editor at Reason Magazine. He joined the Federalist Radio Hour to talk about the future for Marco Rubio, Donald Trump's policy plans or lackthereof, and J.J. Abrams's approach to movie making. When should Rubio suspend his campaign and what happens to him after that? These are the types of questions everyone is asking about his failed campaign. "Rubio is very much just a vessel for establishment hopes and that's not an accident," Suderman said. "He has worked, as far as I can tell, his entire political career to be their vessel and most years that's a really good bet for becoming the nominee." The given plans on health care and social security from Trump's campaign are not actually plans. "Donald Trump and his campaign and his inability to understand or remember even the most basic talking points has really destroyed the ability, even of the other candidates, to talk in any serious way about policy," Suderman said. Finally, Suderman explains the mystery behind J.J. Abrams's new movie, 10 Cloverfield Lane, that seemingly appeared out of nowhere. "Even the actors did not know part of a Cloverfield sequel."
00:55:33 3/14/2016
Elizabeth Edwards Spalding, associate professor at Claremont McKenna College, and Lee Edwards, distinguished fellow in conservative thought at the Heritage Foundation, set out to correctly organize the ideologies and the historic events that together made up the crucial American conflict know as the Cold War. Spalding and Lee joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss their new book, A Brief History of the Cold War. "Often, especially in academic circles, that ideological piece is taken out and the role of communism and Soviet aggression and the expansion of the Cold War is not given due credit," Spalding said. They explained the roles of several key historical figures throughout the Cold War, including Reagan, Stalin, and McCarthy. "There is one thing [McCarthy] was serious about and that was communism," Edwards said. "He was so obsessed with fighting communism that he would not listen to anybody." The authors provide insight into the implementation of the Truman Doctrine, containment, and Reagan's philosophy of "they lose, we win." "But you get up to the 1987 period, and Reagan standing there at the Berlin Wall, at the Brandenburg Gate saying 'tear down this wall,' is a moment in all of history, not just Cold War history," Spalding said.
00:55:33 3/11/2016
Nancy Jo Sales spent the last two and half years traveling across the United States, talking to over 200 girls, ages 13 to 19. She talked to them about social media, texting, sexualization, and how all of it has impacted their lives. Sales joined the Federalist Radio Hour to talk about her new book, American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers. Sales, author and journalist for Vanity Fair, talked to girls about their concerns with social media. "Girls are being exposed at a very young age to a lot of explicit content," she said. "Social media sites and pornography sites are kind of conjoined at the hip...and if you have a kid on social media, it's pretty likely that at some point they are going to see pornography." Even in the girls she spoke with who hated social media, Sales said she found they had anxiety about being on it all time. "I really wondered what this is doing to their brains, and even our brains," she said. "The way that it's all changed sex and love and intimacy--I don't think anybody over the age of 20 has any idea what it means to be coming of age now and trying to figure out what it means to have a relationship. It affects our whole notion of intimacy." Later in the hour, Domenech asked Sales about how her findings relate to hook-up culture. "Being behind a screen, certainly makes boys bolder," she said. "Girls tell me that hook-up sex is unsatisfying...because they tell me young boys just want to do what they see in porn."
00:29:39 3/10/2016
The Federalist Radio Hour asked for some perspective on the Bernie Sanders phenomena from a Bernie Sanders fanatic, Cassandra Fairbanks. Writer at Sputnik News and Teen Vogue, Fairbanks covers politics and has been a long-time supporter of Sander's and now his campaign. Fairbanks discussed why young people are attracted to Sanders and how is campaign appeals to people who are frustrated. "He goes by issues, not necessarily party lines," she said. "The parties no longer represent the people, and that's why we're getting these oddball candidates we would have never thought would do well." Later in the hour, Fairbanks discussed universal health care, Wal-mart and raising the minimum wage, her hated for Hillary Clinton, and why the internet loves Bernie memes.
00:34:17 3/8/2016
On today's episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Ben Domenech, publisher of The Federalist, recaps the presidential candidates performances in last night's GOP debate. He also explores the rise of socialism in America and the desperate need for patriots from the millennial generation. Domenech said that many of the elements that are core to Trumps brand were undermined in last night's debate. "That presents an opportunity to his opponents to seize the moment and go after him," he said. "And I think you're also going to see a number of people in the Trump camp having to be more specific in their defenses when it comes to these policy issues." Later in the hour Domenech explains his concern when it comes to the loss of the many elements the country was founded on, and how they are replaced by being comfortable and a convenience of being risk-averse. "This risk-aversion animates so much what we see about the appeal of power, the appeal to Bernie Sanders, the idea that, 'Hey- let's just do this all together so we can take care of ourselves together so that we don't have to worry about anything.'" "But slowly and surely you lose something in that too," he said. "You lose the idea that once lived here in this New World."
00:31:35 3/4/2016
Olivia Nuzzi, writer at The Daily Beast, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to recap Super Tuesday results and explain how Chris Christie lost his soul to Donald Trump. Nuzzi said she thinks the worst blow back is front the people of New Jersey who are mocking him relentlessly. "He has a very low approval rating in New Jersey to start with," she said. "I think a lot of people were surprised because he always seemed to act the adult in the room and this was just at odds with that." Many pundits and politicos are at a standstill when it comes to making any more predictions about this election and what the candidates each choose to do. People who do politics for a living don't know how to handle these phenomenons. "If you're not willing to admit what you don't know, you run the risk of being someone who doesn't know anything at all," Nuzzi said. Domenech and Nuzzi discussed the #NeverTrump movement and decision that conservatives are going to be faced with in a general election. "I think what we're going to see is how important these intellectuals on the conservative side, really are to the conservative movement," she said. "Do their opinions really have any weight when it comes to what the public decides to do?"
00:21:11 3/2/2016
Mary Katharine Ham, senior writer at The Federalist, and Rebecca Berg, political reporter at Real Clear Politics, joined the Federalist Radio to discuss Super Tuesday, the Oscar's, Chris Rock, The Bachelor, Trump voters, and more. Polling numbers are indicating that Donald Trump is going to have a pretty clean sweep in today's primaries across the country. Ham explored the Trump dynamic that is appealing to voters. "American politics has made itself so silly, that of course a reality TV star can be the frontrunner," she said. "I'm very sympathetic to the fact that the candidates didn't know how to take this on because [Trump} does seem to defy all the rules." During Sunday night's Academy Awards, comedian Chris Rock chose not to boycott his hosting duties, and instead engaged in a much more effective message against racism and political correctness. Ham said that Rock's entertaining commentary was more effective than Lady Gaga's sexual assault victims tribute or Leonardo DiCaprio's climate change speech.
00:31:11 3/1/2016
The founders predicted that there would be a day when the federal government abuses its authority. Mike Farris, co-founder of the Convention of the States Project, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to explain how the founders knew we would need structural changes to reign in that abuse of power when that day comes. Also joining the show, and opposing the call for a convention of the states, was Phyllis Schlafly, founder of Eagle Forum. Farris explained the current movements to use Article V of the Constitution, to call for a convention of the states, and to work with state legislators to restore checks and balances. "The thing that we know for sure is that you have to have two-thirds of the states agree on the topic to call a convention, otherwise we would have had a dozen or more conventions by now," he said. Schlafly disagreed with both the need for a convention and a state's power to call for a convention, arguing that Article V gives the sole power to Congress to call for a convention. "I wouldn't want the kind of changes that a lot of people who will show up as delegates to this alleged convention, would be supportive of," she said. "We should beat up on (our representatives), and not beat up on the Constitution."
00:55:33 2/23/2016
Justice Antonin Scalia fundamentally influenced the Supreme Court and changed the behavior of critics who disagreed with him. Joining the Federalist Radio Hour today to remember the late Justice and to speculate on the future of the court is Randy Barnett, lawyer and law professor at Georgetown University Law Center. Barnett said Scalia, who died on February 13th, transformed the court even as a single dissenting Justice. "No one had more influence on the direction of a Supreme Court, maybe other than Chief Justice Marshall, than Justice Scalia had," he said. Later in the hour, Domenech and Barnett discussed the type of person that Obama might appoint to the court and the consequences for how Senate Republicans address any nominations. "I do think if the Senate Republicans are unable to hold the line here, it could very well spell the end of the Republican control of the Senate and it could even lead to the end of the Republican party," Barnett said.
00:55:33 2/22/2016
A rising number of young Americans have labeled themselves as socialists as the term has peaked in popularity with the rise of Bernie Sanders. David Azerrad joined the Federalist Radio Hour today to discuss the meaning and implications behind these labels and other words like "inequality," "liberal," and "progressive." Azerrad is the director of the B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics, and the AWC Family Foundation fellow at the Heritage Foundation. Some have tried to compare the implementation of socialism in European countries to America's failure to do so. Azerrad asked what the point of the endless comparisons are, because copying Denmark is neither desirable nor possible. "We are a nation that has been shaped by certain institutions, we have a certain way of mind, certain way of looking at the world, and what works for Denmark...can't be applied to America." Later in the hour, Azerrad explained the issue of income inequality and how the lowering of tax rates has contributed to the rise of inequality, but how other massive global changes to the economy that have had a greater impact. "The implication that this is because of tax rates and Reagan doesn't do justice to reality," he said.
00:55:33 2/17/2016
Staff Editor at Reason magazine, Elizabeth Nolan Brown, spent four days at this year's ANV Awards in Las Vegas. Brown joined The Federalist Radio Hour to report her experiences at the premiere adult video awards and what the adult entertainment industry thinks of the presidential candidates. Brown had conversations with porn stars and others in the industry about politics, the debate on consent, virtual reality adult videos, and market forces with amateur and web-cam performers. At the AVN expo, there was a wide-spread support for Bernie Sanders, especially with the young female performers she said. "I talked to two people who had both played Donald Trump and one of them was a huge Trump Fan and the other one was actually a Hillary Clinton fan and they both liked to argue about politics together," she said.
00:55:33 2/16/2016
Yuval Levin is the editor of National Affairs, a quarterly journal of essays on domestic policy and politics. He is also the Hertog Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a contributing editor to National Review and the Weekly Standard. Levin joined the Federalist Radio Hour, where he discuss his observations on political trends and frustrations, both in Washington and across the U.S. Levin noted the extreme sense of nostalgia coming from both parties, longing to return to their glory days. "Everybody is talking about something they miss in American politics and very few people are talking about what's actually happened and where we are now and what our strengths might be, as well as what our weaknesses are." Domenech and Levin also discussed how the bottom third of American society is experience less integration with the institutions that make success possible. "Family, religion, community, work--all have been breaking down for people and I think this is a direct function of exactly the same process that is driving our diversity and economic dynamism," Levin said. Both contributors to National Review's Against Trump symposium, Domenech and Levin discuss what Trump supporters look and sound like. "One of the things conservatives need to wrestle with is that their ideology and their policy prescriptions have nothing to offer the Trump voter," Domenech said.
00:34:01 2/12/2016
The Obama administration is going to leave behind a legacy of the abuses of executive power and the expansion of the administrative state. John Yoo is is a law professor at UC Berkeley and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He served in the Justice Department from 2001 to 2003 and is the editor of Libertys Nemesis: The Unchecked Expansion of the State. Yoo joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the founder's intentions for balance of powers and how the expansion of the government explains so many political scandals in the last decade. Congress has given so much power and so many resources to the President, Yoo said. "Congresses of both parties for many decades have contributed to this by giving more and more power to the agencies," he said. "People are very dissatisfied with government because of this dynamic, because their representatives don't make the laws. They transfer them to bureaucrats." Later in the hour, Yoo explains the war games he uses to teach students how easy it is to critique the government from the outside and after-the-fact. "When you're inside, you make decisions with not that much information, under the pressure of circumstances, so the decision making is rushed and it's interesting to see how people think through what to do." He applies this to the current candidates we are about to pick the next President from. We should pick presidents not because they are good legislators but because they made good decisions under fire. "That's a different quality. Some people are good at it and some people are not good at it," he said.
00:33:28 2/11/2016
Did Ernest Hemingway write drunk and what did he actually drink? Museum of the American Cocktail co-founder and author of To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion, Phillip Greene, joined The Federalist Radio to answer these questions and discuss other cocktail folklore. Greene also explains how American cocktails have experienced a renaissance in the last two decades, just as how the food and drink industry has. "We started to see it with single-malt scotches and small-batch bourbons--it just continued with the revival of bitters. People just wanted to get back to getting away from mass-produced, commercialized, bland, lowest common denominator offerings," he said. But first, Ben Domenech addresses Donald Trump's recent complaints about the Iowa Caucus and claims of Ted Cruz's voter fraud. Even Trump's backers in the media are not going to be able to defend these complaints. "They're not going to be able to stand up there and say with a straight face that there was any kind of voter fraud. It's just not something that stands up under any kind of scrutiny," he said. andnbsp;
00:55:33 2/3/2016
Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the house, and Sean Trende, senior elections analyst at Real Clear Politics, joined the Federalist Radio Hour to recap Monday's Iowa caucus. After discussing Hillary's angry victory speech and Donald Trump's biggest campaign mistakes in Iowa, they offered their advice to the candidates going forward into New Hampshire and North Carolina. Ted Cruz is a divisive figure. "Maybe the most divisive figure in politics today, but that's not the perspective people of Iowa had of him," Ben Domenech said. "I thought it was very telling that he was able to win Iowa, despite his position on the issue of ethanol." Gingrich said he thinks Rubio is going to have to consolidate voters who aren't willing to take the risk Trump or Cruz. "Remember, Bill Clinton lost all the way until the Georgia Primary," he said. As someone who has always been on the fringe of Congress, even as late as Obama's presidency, Bernie Sanders is now someone who half of the Democratic electorate are supporting. "There is this energy on the Democratic side to push things further than they did with Obama, and especially if the Democrats lose, that energy is not going away."
00:32:51 2/2/2016
Author and senior contributor at the Daily Caller, Matt K. Lewis, wants the Republican Party to return to real conservatism. Candidates and pundits alike are in a cycle of saying outrageous dumb or offensive statements, and while they sell more books and go up the polls, Republicans and conservatives collectively suffer. Lewis' new book, Too Dumb To Fail, describes how conservatism began as a thoughtful, intellectual philosophy, and how it has changed. He joined the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss his investigation of populism, party elites, and how the ideas are evident in the 2016 election. He said he thinks part of the reason we have Donald Trump is because elites and establishment types have failed average Americans. "I think that what we're seeing right now is that there are so many frustrated, angry, mostly working-class Americans who believe that the American dream has left them behind," Lewis said. Domenech and Lewis discuss Tucker Carlson's recent piece, 'Donald Trump is Shocking, Vulgar and Right,' and why conservative think tanks or institutions have done more than Carlson gives them credit for. Domenech argues that these intellectual nonprofits have bore incredible fruit over the last 30 years. "We've has all sorts of innovations in this space: innovations that have resulted in welfare reform, innovations that have show a significant shift in state-level policy." Lewis and Domenech recap the most recent Republican debate and whether Trump's absence was a mistake for the reality TV star. "We've had candidacies in the past two decades that have been completely destroyed just because a guy yelled into a mic on a stage," Domenech said. "Because people have said something mildly extreme in one debate and they're over. It just doesnt apply to him."
00:55:33 1/29/2016
Today on Federalist Radio Hour, Michael Walsh and Denise McAllister discuss the philosophy of "critical theory" and how the rise of political correctness endangers culture. Walsh is the author of The Devil's Pleasure Palace: The Cult of Critical Theory and the Subversion of the West, and McAllister is a senior contributor at The Federalist. Walsh explains the birth of critical theory, how it made it's way from Germany to America, and how it's applied today. "Diversity, equality, tolerance; these are all critical theory values that sound good and there's nothing wrong with them, except that the way they're applied is almost always as a battering against the culture that is under attack," he said. "The sexual revolution was definitely critical theory." Few politicians, except for the obvious Donald Trump, are willing to engage in battle against political correctness. McAllister said people fear being labeled as intolerant. "There's all these regulations and rules that are increasing at the school level, she said. "It's exhausting to people. These People are silenced. The children are silenced." Later in the hour, McAllister explained her perspective on Donald Trump as someone who has been a Washington outsider and active in the Tea Party movement. She said there are conservatives who have really core beliefs, but they don't see anyone representing them in the establishment. "To a lot of people who hear out Donald Trump, they don't hear someone who's not conservative or someone who's not to be trusted. They hear someone who is saying 'I'm not going to put up with political correctness,' and 'I'm going to put up these borders.'" andnbsp;
00:55:33 1/28/2016
Dr. Larry Arnn is the president of Hillsdale College and the author of Churchill's Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government. Arnn explored Churchill's life and some of his greatest speeches, writings and beliefs. Arnn noted that you can learn something about how to live by studying a great statesman. "We have enormous power of nature, which means enormous power over one another," he said. "And so that makes war potentially more catastrophic and that makes politics potentially more despotic than they've ever been." They discussed the lessons that Churchill took from the first World War, and how he applied them to the second. Arnn described his daily routines, his decision making, and his self-criticisms. "Freedom means doing something more than whatever you please," he said. "Anybody who takes your security in his hands, will be in a position to tell you what to do." World War II was in many ways a great disappointment to Churchill and he felt country had become weaker. "And he saw all that and he fought against it. Almost all of Churchill's life is fighting against odds that are implausible that he could stand up to." Arnn said.
00:34:06 1/27/2016
Hundreds of thousands of people will march through Washington D.C. today, marking the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and partaking in the largest pro-life demonstration in the world. Mollie Hemingway, senior editor at The Federalist, and John-Henry Westen, editor-in-chief and cofounder of LifeSiteNews hosted the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss this year's March For Life and how abortion law has impacted the country for decades. "A very special part of the March started about a decade ago and that is the women who experience abortion themselves, have some to share their stories and to save their sisters from experiencing the same tragedy," Westen said. "They're a testimony that the pro-life movement cares not only about the children per say, but also about women themselves." They discussed last year's news of Planned Parenthood's practice of altering abortion procedures to be able to secure valuable human organs from abortion children and the impact of the undercover videos. "I think it brought home the killing in such a way that it made America wake up and take offense," Westen said. "It also gave pro-life governors the ability to say, 'Woah, wait a minute, we are going to defund Planned Parenthood.'" andnbsp;
00:28:59 1/22/2016
David Harsanyi, senior editor at The Federalist, and Scott Lincicome, senior contributor and trade attorney, hosted The Federalist Radio Hour where they discussed Donald Trump's trade policy, foreign and domestic manufacturing, and the new Benghazi movie, 13 Hours. Lincicome, adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, explained the fallacies behind Donald Trump's statements on losing to China in trade. The idea that the President has power to unilaterally raise tariffs by 45 percent, as Trump says he will, is absurd. "Not only is there a serious problem under U.S. law, there's also the problem of our global international relations at the World Trade Organization," he said. Harsanyi and Lincicome addressed the myths that Americans believe about job creation and whether jobs are actually being lost in the U.S. "People value security more than they value progress," Harsanyi said. "They want to know that they're going to have a job and a pension. Not everyone is excited the creative aspects of an economy as they are the guarantee of a job." Later in the hour, Rebecca Cusey, movie critic at The Federalist, joined to review Michael Bay's 13 Hours, and explained why so many critics have not appreciated it the way the general public has. "Movie critics in general tend to think the same way Hollywood does about soldiers and movies that are unapologetically patriotic," she said. "They get uncomfortable if soldiers are portrayed well."
00:28:42 1/21/2016
Robby Soave, staff editor at Reason magazine and a columnist at the Daily Beast, joined the Federalist Radio Hour today to talk about game theory in reality TV shows, teen sexting laws and other news stories covering threats to individual liberty. As a loyal fan of the show "Survivor," Soave said the show is better than ever and has evolved into an athletic and strategy competition. He compared past "Survivor" contestants to current 2016 presidential candidates. "The easiest one would be Donald Trump is Russell Hantz, whos this great villain of Survivor who is actually a wealthy businessman too," he said. "He does well when you don't expect him to do well because he's always finding ways to survive." Everyday we see stories in the local news about teen sexting scandals and minors being charged with child pornography. Soave said he doesn't think this is surprising because in all of human history, teenagers have been interested in sex. "Now, it's just that they have camera phones," he said. "This is how they express that now, and the laws that we have on the books were not written at a time where we comprehend that, so they're all getting caught up in." Later in the hour he discussed stories he's covering in which individuals' constitutional rights are being infringed upon, an update on Rolling Stone's UVA rape story, and Sean Penn's meeting with El Chapo.
00:31:44 1/13/2016
The Federalist Radio Hour returned from its holiday hiatus, hosted by Federalist staff writer, Bre Payton. Ashe Schow, commentary writer for the Washington Examiner and senior political columnist at the Observer, also joined the show to discuss the rise of "Faux Feminism." The women also addressed the sexism of Hillary Clintons campaign, the latest outrage over the tampon tax, and how the campus sexual assault cases and stories are impacting men, women, and future victims. Payton suggested that feminism has gone from empowering women in finding their own conclusions or having dialogue, to being railroaded with an extreme agenda. "I think it's deafening and drowning out... it's silencing the real issues that are important to women." Schow said that the Left claims to stand up for women, but only women who agree with them. "If you disagree with them, then you get the Sarah Palin treatment," she said. Some women in California are harnessing the idea that sales tax on feminine hygiene products are unfair and discriminatory against women. "It's a complete political ploy just like the free birth control thing was," Schow said. "It's a wedge issue, a dividing thing, and nobody is going to save any money." Later in the hour, Schow and Payton discuss the ways in which universities are addressing rape and sexual assault case is only going to increase the number of false accusations. "These kids are not being provided due process," Schow said. "It definitely pits women against men because now you are being taught that your guy friend is just waiting to get you drunk and rape you, and then of course men are now coming to see that any woman you talk to could accuse you of rape."
00:55:33 1/11/2016
On the last episode of The Federalist Radio Hour of 2015, we were joined by Stan Coerr, author, poet and Marine. Coerr is the author of Rubicon The Poetry of War and shared his perspective on the current military strategy against radical islam, combat, history, the Middle East, and the inspiration for his poetry. Coerr said there is no place to look for what winning looks like in the Middle East. "This is an islamist, fundamentalist, transnational, sort of clearinghouse for jihad. This is not a coherent enemy," he said. "This is not a place you can go and a country which you can attack and a city which you can destroy and people you can kill in order to achieve what you would call a victory." After saving his journal from a burning tent in a fire that destroyed half of their camp in Kuwait, used his writing to inspire his memoir and poetry. "I thought well, 'If I was close enough to get this journal, then I must need to do something with it, which I did.'" "What's interesting about combat is that it's the most elemental of human emotions all happening at once," he said. "It is hatred and fear and love all happening at the same time, in the same place, with the same people." Thank you to all our listeners and subscribers this year and we look forward to more radio in 2016.
00:55:33 12/24/2015
From Serena Williams to Jordan Spieth, this year has had its fill of great sports moments and scandals. Christine Brennan, USA sports columnist, joined the Federalist Radio Hour today to recap some of her favorite moments and share some of her thoughts on the future of sports journalism. On Ronda Rousey's recent loss to Holly Holmes, Brennan said that learning to lose is a tough, but valuable lesson. "As a journalist, I find it fascinating that a woman is so dominant in this and has controlled the conversation and I love seeing that." Brennan and Domenech discussed the trend among parents to insulate their children from losing and if participations trophies are as dangerous as some pose them to be. "I think there is a delicate starts with great coaching, whether that be a mom or dad or a professional and understanding you don't have to overcook your kid, and don't put too much pressure on them." Later in the hour, Brennan talked about the Twitter era of sports journalism and the conflict between accuracy and speed. "Double check the spelling. Triple check the spelling. Double check that fact. Mistakes are horrible," she said. "There's this old school sense about this very new school. I think you can have both, I think you have to co-exist to be successful."
00:55:33 12/23/2015
Myron Ebell, director of the Center for Energy and Environment at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, attended the framework conference on climate change in Paris a few weeks ago. He joined to Federalist Radio Hour to discuss what is in the agreement, what it's about, what it means for Global Warming, and what it doesn't. "I don't want to say it's a disaster, but I think it is potentially a disaster for humankind and not necessarily any good for the planet," Ebell said. Ebell noted that both President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry have been saying for years that our biggest security threat is Global Warming. "This is an attempt to change the subject. It's to get off real dealing with problems that have very serious dangers and consequences and moving to this kind of feel-good issue of global warming." Later in the hour, Doug Domenech joined the conversation on how these new regulations will have an impact at the state level. Domenech is the director of the Fueling Freedom Project at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and former Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources. State policies that claim to have a big environmental benefit and small economic cost, are actually creating economic stagnation at the state level. "The administration's big climate program is the Clean Power Plan and has been finalized by the EPA and published in the federal register about two months ago and what you saw was immediately 27 states filed suits in the courts," Domenech said. "It's going to boil down to the state level."
00:27:02 12/22/2015
Victoria Coates is a foreign policy advisor for Ted Cruz's presidential campaign and author of David's Sling: A History of Democracy in 10 Works of Art. She joined the Federalist Radio hour to discuss her research as an art historian, as well as the challenges that lie ahead for Ted Cruz's relationships with foreign leaders. She described how art relates to democracy and the societies that chose to commemorate that free system. "[The Parthenon] is the embodiment of democracy and what's so poignant about it though is of course it was destroyed in relatively modern times, so what we have is a shell of the Parthenon," she said. Coates said of the recent conflict between Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio on foreign policy, that Cruz's view of the world is emerging and showing how he would address these problems and opportunities as President. "If anyone can look at Ted Cruz's history and consider him an anti-semite or an isolationist then you're simply not looking at the actual record," he said. Later in the hour, Coates explored the issues that would face a potential President Cruz taking office in January 2017 and how his administration would approach them. "[Cruz] believes very strongly that the best way to promote democracy is through the example of America. That America is the aspiration," she said. "That has to be our great contribution. And that's how you bring people along with you rather than forcing your values on them."
00:31:42 12/17/2015
Paul Bonicelli is a professor of government at Regent University, former assistant administrator at USAID, and former staff member U.S. House of Representatives. He explains the differences between Rubio and Cruz's foreign policies, the marks that are going to be left on Obama's legacy, and political crisis facing universities. Ben Domenech, publisher of The Federalist, noted that neoconservative meant something different in the 1980's and 1990's than it does today. "Now people use 'neoconservative' to describe people like Dick Cheney, who is just an old-fashioned hawk," he said. Regarding Obama as a president, Bonicelli and Domenech discuss the ways in which he fails as a leader and his lack of alpha male qualities. "George Bush did not feel diminished if he was wrong or had to change his mind. I really believe Barack Obama is the kind of person that cannot personally do that-- it's too painful," Bonicelli said. Finally, as a professor himself, Bonicelli discusses what kind of leadership it will take to address the student and administrative protests on public college campuses. "That's to me where a conservative governor comes in and says, 'I represent the people of this state and they don't want money wasted this way.'"
00:27:52 12/15/2015
There is no other holiday tradition as essential as food and wine. Jack Bishop, Chief Creative Officer of America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Illustrated, joins the Federalist Radio Hour to share cooking advice and the dishes being served at his own Christmas dinner. A professional sommelier and veteran of the fine dining industry, Ellie Bufkin, and her foodie father, David Bufkin join the show to share some of their favorite holiday wines and the best foods to serve them with. Bishop said he loves food-friendly wines. "Generally I look to cook with the wines that I'm drinking," he said. "In [America's Test Kitchen] we have a philosophy about what wines we think work really well in recipes and those are the ones that I think work really well on the table with the food." From cranberry-walnut bread to Beef Wellington, Bishop and Bufkin explore some traditional and non-traditional Christmas foods and kitchen secrets that they enjoy.
00:28:02 12/9/2015
Rachel Greszler, senior policy analyst on economics and entitlements at the Heritage Foundation, joined the Federalist Radio Hour today to discuss and explain the challenges with social security, disability and welfare programs. She said disability has become more of an unemployment insurance program. "One of the big problems there is the eligibility criteria for disability insurance includes factors that are called medical vocational factors," she said. "These are simply your age, your skill level, and your education." Greszler offers some alternatives and solutions to these programs such as returning to the programs' original purposes, preventing poverty in case of disability. "If we were to replace that progressive benefit structure instead with a flat benefit and anti-poverty benefit, you could actually solve social security's short falls."
00:27:31 12/1/2015
Obama rebuked ISIS today by talking about climate change. Joining the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the President's disaster of a foreign policy is Justin Johnson, a specialist in defense budget and policy at the Heritage Foundation. Later in the hour, Paul D. Miller, associate director of the Clements Center for History, Strategy andamp; Statecraft at The University of Texas at Austin, joined the conversation on Syrian Refugees. As more critics from Obama's own party begin to criticize his actions or lack thereof, he continues to demonize Republicans and simply ignore his own Democratic critics. "I think President Obama seems to be living in his own alternate reality or drinking too much of his own Kool-Aid," Johnson said. Johnson explains the situation between Russia and the Middle East with the Russian plane that was shot down and the triangle that has formed between Putin, Obama and al-Assad. "I think the idea that Assad has to go, is really out of step with reality," Domenech said. "There was a window there where you could have gotten rid of Assad if you really pressed your foot on the pedal. The American people didn't support that direction so it ultimately failed." Miller said that he is confident we are not going to have 100 percent success in vetting terrorists from Syrian refugees. "The American people need to make a decision. Are they willing to accept a small heightened risk of terrorism inside our country in exchange for welcoming tens of thousands of people who genuinely need help." He also said that allowing refugees would allow for a more controlling government. "The more we open ourselves up to the world, the more the government will feel obliged to increase it's ability to keep tabs on everyone.
00:55:33 11/24/2015
On the radio today, David Harsanyi, senior editor at The Federalist, and Rebecca Berg, reporter at Real Clear Politics, discuss the day's news including: Donald Trump's stance on a Muslim database, the CNN reporter suspended for tweeting her bias, and Adele's decision to not stream her music. Berg said Trump is now clarifying that he personally did not suggest the idea of a national database tracking American-Muslims, but that he simply acknowledged a reporter who suggest it. "I don't think I've ever heard him say 'no' outright to a question," she said. "This is the problem we have with Donald Trump: It's tough to pin him down because he's constantly evolving and changing what he's saying." Harsanyi and Berg explore the idea of bias media and whether unbiased reporters exist. "I've long argued that everyone in the media should simply be honest about their biases because every person is biased," Harsanyi said. Later in the hour, Brent Scher from the Washington Free Beacon joined to discuss different artists' approach to selling their music, like Adele and Justin Bieber, as well as the Apple Music CEO's comments about women having difficulty selecting music. "It seems like [women] will play whatever pops up on their Spotify and whatever is playing like 100 times a day on whatever radio stations they listen to," Scher said. "Going back to Adele--everybody likes that Skyfall song. She literally just shrieks 'skyfall' over and over again."
00:55:33 11/20/2015
Thought crimes, safe spaces and political correctness are at their apex, especially on college campuses. Our guest today is Robby Soave, a staff editor at reason magazine and a columnist at the Daily Beast, who has been covering students' outrage across the country. Rich Cromwell, senior contributor at the Federalist, also joined to explain why porn stars are furious with Charlie Sheen. Soave said these offended students have a lot more power than anyone thought. "They've redefined safety or danger or violence, in a way such that it's still a threat to them. They've redefined it to be words are now a literal act of violence to them," he said. "Grievances can be seen as just as justified as escaping refugees and people being gunned down on inner city streets." In light of the nearing one-year anniversary of Rolling Stone's cover story about a campus rape case that proved to be false, CNN is soon to premiere the so-called documentary, The Hunting Ground. Soave suggested the film is a work of activist propaganda. "It's just stunning that when it comes to campus crime, it should be handled this way by administrators," he said. "How many of these of high profile accusations have to fall apart or be far more complicated than they seemed when presented by their activist narrative?"
00:55:33 11/18/2015
Molly Ball joined the Federalist Radio Hour today to discuss news from Europe, the President's strategy against ISIS and her work on Bill de Blasio's fight against inequality. Ball, a staff writer at the Atlantic who covers politics, said she thinks that the outsider candidates like Carson and Trump bolster the case that extreme times call for extreme measures. "You have these outsider candidates proposing outsider solutions to the problem that may be viscerally appealing to the people who elevated them in the first place because they wanted something that felt more extreme," she said. Ball said her piece based on Bill de Blasio and the Left grew out of her fatigue in covering the Republican civil war. "I wanted to take a look at the future of the Left and the issues dividing the Democratic party," she said. According to Ball, de Blasio's term as mayor so far has been ironic. "You can make a strong case that he is waging a multi-front war on income inequality, at the same time, where he's fallen down is on the politics...on the ability to respond to public opinion," she said. Later in the hour we are joined by John Schindler, national security columnist at the Observer, to discuss Obama's press conference about ISIS and the recent calls to close U.S. borders to Syrian refugees. Schindler said that it's easy for world leaders to say the wrong thing, but Obama's ability to say so many wrong things in a single press conference is a work of art. "The Obama administration has been search for a strategy on Syria and I've strongly criticized the lack of any strategy," he said. "That said, I'd rather the White House have no strategy toward Syria and ISIS than have him adopt Putin's strategy, which is deeply at odds with Western interests."
00:55:33 11/16/2015
James Rosen, Chief Washington Correspondent for Fox News, joins the Federalist Radio Hour to talk about his new book, his conversations with Vice President Dick Cheney, his media career and his Beatles obsession. In Rosen's book, Cheney One on One, the journalist interviews Dick Cheney over the course of several days about his life and political career that spans across decades. Rosen covered the Bush-Cheney White House for Fox News and traveled the world with Dick Cheney as vice president to the Middle East and elsewhere. Rosen wrote about unique elements of Cheney's administration that show he was not the Darth Vader so many people assume he is. One example being the arrangement between his staff and President's staff. "Cheney had all to often seen how vice presidential staffs were not linked up with the presidential staff, were isolated and it led to political problems and misunderstandings and tensions," he said. "So as a deliberate measure he integrated his staff into President Bush's staff and that doesn't strike me as empire-building." Later in the hour, he discusses the season of upheaval journalism and how it's another function of the digital revolution--that may just be in its infancy for all we can tell. "It's never been easier to get information, but you have more sources throwing it at you and it's not easy to tell whom to trust, and that's the burden of the so-called digital natives," he said.
00:55:33 11/5/2015
On a very spooky edition of the Federalist Radio Hour, we are joined by author and Halloween enthusiast, Mary Katharine Ham. As the "Wendell Berry of costume-making" and a grade A horror junkie, Ham shares tales of her own Halloweens past and reviews some of her favorite scary movies. Bre Payton, staff writer at the Federalist, and Aaron Mahnke, storyteller and producer of the Lore podcast, talk about why supernatural thrillers can be so frightening and why people come up with them.
00:29:52 10/30/2015
Joining the Federalist Radio Hour to recap the CNBC GOP presidential debate is Jon Ward, senior political correspondent at Yahoo. Ward and Domenech reflect on the performances of both the candidates and the moderators, and suggest that a war game or a fantasy football draft would be a better way to let the candidates debate. Ward said he thinks the RNC will use this debate to gage the short term fixes in future debates of the election cycle. "They might use this as leverage in negotiations over who will moderate," he said. Ward also said he felt bad for Jeb Bush after his rough performance and hits taken from Marco Rubio last night. "I've always thought it would be Rubio or Jeb as the nominee and it looks to me at this moment it will be Rubio," he said. "I think Jeb is going to be an interesting story because I don't think he could get out if he wanted to because I don't think his family would let him." Later in the hour we are joined by Kevin Keating, long time baseball fan and collector of baseball memorabilia, to discuss the ongoing World Series. Keating said he thinks the series is an interesting match-up because both teams are so strong in so many areas. "Baseball has turned out to be exceedingly interesting with the changes that the long post-season had provided," he said. "I think the Mets looked really good going into the post-season because of their pitching rotation," he said. andnbsp;
00:55:33 10/29/2015
Jay Cost discusses the frustration in Washington leadership in light of Obama and Boehners budget deal on today's Federalist Radio Hour. Cost is a staff writer at The Weekly Standard and author of the book What's So Bad About Cronyism? Cost said he thinks the strategy that Republicans are employing is to make as little noise as possible between now and the presidential election. "They want to give people confidence that they can vote for a Republican presidential candidate and put Republicans completely in charge of the government without things going crazy," he said. Cost also offers his insight on the 2016 campaigns and their candidates, SuperPACs, and the Carson/Trump fight for poll numbers. He said that Donald Trump should be wary of attacking Ben Carson's religiosity. "I think that he has not the first clue of how religiosity works among conservative Christians in Western Iowa," he said. "That is a very dangerous play, to go after Carson for being a Seventh-day Adventist." Tim Carney, senior political columnist at the Washington Examiner, joins the conversation on the budget deal, adding that Republican leadership hasn't figured out to deal with Harry Reid, Barack Obama, and the Tea Party in a balancing way that works. Reactions are going to differ between Capitol Hill and the rest of the country. "You're going to have the military-industrial complex caring a lot more about breaking the budget caps than you are going to have average grassroots Americans care about keeping the budget caps," he said. Carney later suggests that the party has suffered on its foreign policy front and this plays out in the 2016 race. "The fact is there just isn't a foreign policy infrastructure on the right that really puts forward the arguments of restraint," he said. "I think the way presidents campaign when it comes to foreign policy, there is such little correlation to how to they end up governing on foreign policy."
00:55:33 10/28/2015
"It's not that he's just not that into you?it's that there's not enough of him." This is the premise of Jon Birger's book, Dateonomics. The author and journalist joined the Federalist Radio Hour today and explained how he used data, demographics, and university case studies to understand the dating dilemmas that many single, college-educated women face. Birger expected this shortage of single and college-educated men to be a big-city phenomenon, but it actually turned out to be a national trend, even in rural areas like Montana. "The research shows that both men and women have become more rigid about dating across educated lines." This, of course, has an impact on other dating and marriage statistics. "When women are in oversupply, everybody gets married later," he said. "Every year a man holds out, his market gets better." The author's research took him to two different university campuses and studying the dating culture of many across the country. He explains how the hookup culture, the dating apps and technology like Tinder, and the campus sexaul assault cases all fall under this umbrella of data, one way or another. Later in the hour, Dan Mitchell joins the show to discuss Congress' latest budget deal and how it gives Obama almost everything he wanted. Mitchell, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, said the new deal will spend more now and promises to spend less in the future. "We wound up with a kiss your sister situation, and we don't exactly have a pretty sister in this case," he said. Republicans were negotiating this deal out of fear and only wanted to avoid a potential government shutdown fight. "Don't forget there is another piece to this puzzle: the debt limit has been increased," Mitchell said. "And republicans might be scared of a shutdown fight, but they are terrified of a debt limit fight."
00:55:33 10/27/2015
Today is a great week for Hillary Clinton said Gabriel Malor, an attorney and writer for The Federalist. Clinton's appearance before the House Select Committee on Benghazi today comes in the same week that Vice President Biden pulled his name from her race. Both which she will use to her advantage. Malor said despite the anticipation for this hearing, people shouldn't get too excited. "Don't look for a smoking gun here--committees don't solve problems." He also noted the classic "Clintonian" ways in which she will answer questions throughout the hearing, her handling of the investigation, and her relationship with Sid Blumenthal. "It's important to listen to her exact words," Malor said on her claims that most of her work was not done on email and that didn't have a computer in her office. Later in the hour, Dr. Tom Nichols, a professor at the U.S. Naval War College and at the Harvard Extension School, joins with his take on the answers Hillary had been giving Congress. "If you're running for President of the United States you can't stiff arm questions by saying 'Oh the world is so complicated and my goodness I barely have time to keep up with social media,'" Nichols said. He suggests this entire investigation is being conducted like it's 1980 as emails are slowly being shared as hard copies. Malor agreed, noting that, "when you print an email is you destroy all the metadata on the back end." Other important news that broke the internet this week was the release of trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Malor and Domenech discuss J.J. Abrams, flawed story lines, and why Jedi might actually be the bad guys. Malor said there is a similarity between the Jedi and the Congressmen who try to hold beneficial hearings on the Hill but who fail because of the system. "When I talked about good individuals with good intentions locked in an essentially powerless institution--that's the Jedi. It's the Select Committee and it's also the Jedi," he said. andnbsp;
00:55:33 10/22/2015
Craig Shirley is an author, historian and biographer who has written four books on President Ronald Reagan. His latest book, Last Act, describes Reagan's life post-presidency and the legacy that emerged in his final years. "Reagan is constantly evolving, constantly changing, not static," Shirley said on today's Federalist Radio Hour. "He was active his whole life and remained active. He was 81 years old, but he was a very good 81 years old." Shirley describes to us the shortcomings of other books on Reagan that have been publishing, most recently Bill O'Reilly's Killing Reagan. "O'Reilly does not do his scholarship and it has misinformation big and small in there," he said. "If you read Killing Reagan, you will come across things that just don't seem right to you." Later in the hour we are joined by another author and historian, David Pietrusza. In his book out this week, 1932: The Rise of Hitler and FDR, Pietrusza juxtaposes the lives of these two men from different countries. "So much is happening in 1932 and 1933, and the parallels chronologically between the careers of Adolf Hitler and Franklin Roosevelt are pretty startling," he said.
00:55:33 10/20/2015
Rebeccah Heinrichs, fellow at the Hudson Institute, joins the Federalist Radio Hour today to discuss the Iran Nuclear Deal, issues in Syria and other foreign policy issues the White House has discombobulated. Heinrichs said that even though many negative reports have come to light since the Iran deal was finalized, the administration is still deterred to keep it going. "The longer the American people have to actually see what's in this deal, the more unpopular it becomes," she said. Iran has demonstrated their willingness to violate UN standards of security. "The Iranians have no intention of actually proving that they are willing to be a part of the international community here," Heinrichs said. Later in the hour, the Washington Post's Neil Greenberg joins the conversation to give us the Monday update on the weekend's NFL news. He explains why Peyton Manning is struggling in Denver and why the Carolina Panthers are not the team that everyone thinks they are. "The Carolina Panthers have played the weakest set of games in the entire NFL," he said. "They're an average team. This isn't the team that dominates on any side of the ball." Greenberg also gives insight on the Cubs-Mets series, specifically Daniel Murphy's unbeatable performance. "It's really tremendous what the Mets have been able to do," he said. "We'll see if they can sustain it in Wrigley, but right now the best way to neutralize Daniel Murphy is just to walk him."
00:55:33 10/19/2015
Scott Lincicome joins the Federalist Radio Hour today to discuss recent issues surrounding the U.S., particularly in the context of Hillary Clinton's recent comments on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Lincicome is a trade attorney, adjunct scholar at the Cato Institute, and senior contributor at The Federalist. Media outlets have been fighting each other to see who could find more videos of Hillary Clinton praising the TPP, in light of her new position against it. "Unfortunately, she has a long history of not just supporting the TPP, but her husband being one of the last big free-trade democrats out there," Lincicome said. He explains how American labor unions' intense opposition to free trade and how Bernie Sanders is a threat to win over that opposition. "Hillary knows that for the most part, she can come out anti-TPP and she's not going to lose many votes on the pro side," he said. Later in the hour, Lincicome dispels common myths about trade and manufacturing in America, citing that manufacturing in the U.S. is at an all-time high and is doing quite well. Another myth out there is that free trade agreements benefit corporations at the expense of the working class. "You see corporations lobbying for these deals and advocating exports, but at the end of the day, there are significant benefits that will accrue to American consumers," he said. "That means you and me."
00:55:33 10/16/2015
Paul Bonicelli, professor of government at Regent University, joined the Federalist Radio Hour's conversation on Obama's foreign policy, the mess in the Middle East, and why smart staffers are endorsing a not-so-smart Iran deal. Bonicelli also suggests issues that Hillary Clinton will face in convincing voters of her foreign policy experience and recalls a time when Republicans saw her as a competent leader. "I don't see any benefits for Hillary Clinton in foreign policy at all," he said. Later in the hour, we are joined by resident Canadian, Ezra Levant. The lawyer and author fills us in on the upcoming Canadian election for Prime Minister and how the media is corrupting the political process. "We have a government surplus now. We have the lowest business tax rate in the G7," Levant said, explaining that because things are good, Canadians are willing to take a risk on a liberal, "Zoolander" of a candidate.
00:55:33 10/15/2015
Gabby Morrongiello, reporter for the Washington Examiner, weighed in on the first democratic presidential debate on today's Federalist Radio Hour. She discussed Hillary Clinton's successes on stage, Bernie Sander's missed opportunities, and other highlights from the night. "[Bernie] is closing in on her in the polls and I think this was the one opportunity he had to give himself an edge over her, and he didn't take advantage of that last night and I think perhaps today he and his campaign are regretting that," Morrongiello said. She also noted her disappointment in Donald Trump's attempt to live-tweet the debate. "It was a bit boring, similar to what he described the democratic debate being." Mark Hemingway, senior writer at the Weekly Standard, also joined the show to give his thoughts on the candidates, including potential candidate Joe Biden. "[Biden] has spent 43 years in either the Senate or the White House and he has next to nothing in terms of an actual legacy," Hemingway said. "Joe Biden has always had this pathological need to be liked." Finally, upcoming MLB playoff games were speculated with Dan McLaughlin, editor at RedState and Mets fanatic. "The major difference between the Mets and the Dodgers is that the Mets have this very deep front-end of their rotation," McLaughlin said. "The Mets the really do have a much better offense. The Dodgers do not have the offense they had a few years ago."
00:55:33 10/14/2015
David Byler, elections analyst for RealClearPolitics, joins the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the data behind election demographics and poll numbers. Later in the hour, Ben is joined by Dr. Roger Scruton, English philosopher and writer. As Hillary Clinton slowly loses support, democrats are starting to pay more attention to their other potential candidates, including the ones who haven't announced their candidacy yet. "Biden is the break glass in case of emergency candidate in this scenario," Byler said. "It's easier to be a theoretical candidate than it is to be an actual candidate." Byler explained the widget he built that allows scenarios to play out with candidates' poll numbers. Users can make adjustments to see results as if other candidates were to drop out or not enter in the first place. Then, as a man with a foreigner's perspective, Scruton discussed how America has retreated as a world leader. "It's certain that President Obama will not be seen as a strong president," he said. "What are we, the rest of the world, to do without American leadership?" After a conversation on free speech and the thought crime craze on college campuses, Ben asks the philosopher for his thoughts on Playboy's recent announcement to cease publishing nudity. "Women without clothes are a wonderful thing, but only if they have beautiful bodies," Scruton said.
00:55:33 10/13/2015
The Federalist Radio Hour was hosted today by David Harsanyi, senior editor at the Federalist, and Bill McMorris, reporter at the Washington Free Beacon. After recent news that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy dropped out of the race for Speaker, the media is asserting that Washington is in chaos and that the disarray of the Republican party is a bad sign. Harsanyi and McMorris suggest that the media forgets this is how Congress is suppose to work. "The House is the most democratic institution we have, but yet when there is actual democracy going on and people aren't lock-stepping, they act as if everything is falling apart," Harsanyi said. The hosts also move to discussions about potential candidates for the Speaker position, as well as Ben Carson's latest comments on gun control. Carson suggested that if the Jews in the Holocaust had been armed, then things might not have been as bad as they were. "I think that's a little nuts, which is how Carson usually comes across to me," Harsanyi said. Later in the hour, Rebecca Cusey joins to discuss the recently released movie, The Martian, as well as other upcoming films to look forward too. The hosts debate the notion of prequels and whether Star Wars movies were actually good or if we are just nostalgic about them. Finally, writer for the Washington Free Beacon, Brent Sher joins tells us why Obama is not the sports fan he portrays himself to be. "Obama exposed himself as a complete fraud as a White Sox fans," Sher said. "Yesterday they asked him for in the playoffs, and he said he was rooting for the Cubs. I think this is the final straw that he is completely full of it on baseball."
00:55:33 10/9/2015
Helicopter parenting, politicalization of affirmative consent, and student debt up to the eyeballs are just a few of the issues facing kids today according to Robby Soave, staff editor for Reason magazine. Soave joined The Federalist Radio Hour today with Ben Domenech. Legislation is defining consent for anyone engaging in sexual activity as a response to the current sexual assault crisis on college campuses. "The affirmative consent is really sweeping the nation," Soave said. "Tons of universities are putting them in place, even if their states are not requiring them to." Soave and Domenech also discuss whether Rand Paul might be one of the likeliest candidates to drop out of the presidential election next. They wrap up the hour on the future of the Libertarianism in the U.S. "I think we do need to be aware of what the government is doing and fight them as they do try to limit those things," Soave said. "I worry about kids being raised in these structured government environments where they are not actually learning to be free, creative people."
00:55:33 10/8/2015
Betsy Woodruff from the Daily Beast, and presidential candidate Carly Fiorina joined today's Federalist Radio Hour to talk all things 2016. Presidential candidates Ben Carson and Donald Trump seem to be polar opposites when it comes to campaigning. However, they both share a pattern of unaffiliated organizations using their name to raise money in particular ways or PACs. "Super PACs pop up overnight," Woodruff said. "The lesson is let the donor beware." Fiorina joined the conversation to discuss the media's reaction to her stance on the Planned Parenthood videos and suggests that people should pay attention to the amount of propaganda the media produces as opposed to facts. She also addresses recent rumors that money from Fiorinas foundation has given money to Planned Parenthood. It takes five seconds to know thats a false statement, she said. The hour wrapped up touching on eminent domain, the question of Joe Biden entering the race, and what we can expect to see next from Hillary Clintons campaign.
00:55:33 10/7/2015
Today on the Federalist Radio Hour, Josh Kraushaar discusses strategy behind the 2016 presidential campaign, other political news from the Hill, and recent statements from fantasy sports gambling websites. Kraushaar is the political editor at National Journal and editor-in-chief of the Hotline. As Donald Trump takes his first dip in poll numbers, Kraushaar says he thinks people have overestimated Trump's staying power. "The big question is, 'What is the end game for Donald Trump?'" Ben and Kraushaar also discuss the strategy of a candidate's super PAC and some of the challenges set to face Carly Fiorina. Neil Greenberg, reporter for the Washington Post, also joins the conversation on the latest in the MLB and tells us who is the best and the worst in the NFL mid-season. Greenberg says he hopes the Washington Nationals firing of Manager Matt Williams does not come as a surprise and that he hopes his replacement is someone more adaptable and flexible than Williams.
00:55:33 10/6/2015
Today on the Federalist Radio Hour, Ben's hosts John Schindler, national security columnist at the Observer, security consultant and former NSA analyst. They discuss Putin's activity in Syria and the reactions of Russian citizens as well as the White House. Schindler tells Ben, "We are getting to the point where valid intelligence is going to get shut down because it's not what the Obama administration wants." They also discuss news of intelligence analysts at Central Command who have been commanded under the Chief of Intelligence to change their assessments and higher power's "cherry-picking of intelligence." Later in the hour, Schindler gives his take on what Congress should be asking Hillary Clinton about the motivations behind her emails and how the scandal has impacted her race for president. He suggests democrats should be hoping for Joe Biden to enter the race and Ben offers that, "Joe Biden's career is one long expression of YOLO." andnbsp; andnbsp;
00:25:54 10/5/2015
Stephanie Edelman joins Federalist Radio to discuss the retro-sexism phenomenon and why so many modern women seek inspiration from the vintage ideal of classic Americana. The writer tells Ben that more than ever "it's frowned upon to have kids and be married before 30. She explains that, in reaction, many women choose so-called retro sexism as a way to reclaim feminism, "to believe that [it] is about women doing what makes them happy, not about fitting into some preordained academy orthodoxy." Later, Kelsey Harkness of the Daily Signal reports on Planned Parenthood's hearing before crisis. Then Noah Rothman of Commentary Magazine speaks to Carly Fiorina's ability to actualize her political potential and win the presidency.
00:55:33 9/29/2015
For Federalist Radio, Katherine Mangu-Ward separates fact from fiction in the "paper or plastic debate." The editor of Reason Magazine tells Ben that plastic bags have been carelessly demonized. She reports that although "plastic bag bans are largely symbolic," the plastic prohibition has led to serious unintended consequences like creating corrupt kickbacks in the public sector and breading dangerous diseases in private homes. During a robust discussion, the Reason editor touches on the free fall in food prices, the state of immigration reform, and the future of Flamin Hot Cheetos. Click here to subscribe, or use the embedded link below to listen.
00:55:33 9/23/2015
The classified emails discovered on Hillary Clinton's private server must not be taken lightly. NSA agent and analyst turned professor, John Schindler, reminds Ben that "people have died defending this top-secret, code-word information." On Federalist Radio, Schindler takes the American security status quo and cuts it to size, explaining everything from Russian meddling in the Middle East to the refugee crisis sweeping Europe. Later Roger Severino, Director of the DeVos Center at the Heritage Foundation, explains what's at stake with the Kim Davis controversy. It's a "fundamental clash between the Obergefell decision and religious liberty," he says, noting that the conflict "has long been on the horizon and now it has finally arrived."
00:55:33 9/9/2015
Donald Trump is sweeping early polling contests with an anti-immigration narrative. To determine the efficacy of the candidates proposed immigration platform, Alex Nowrasteh of the CATO Institute joins Ben on this edition of Federalist Radio. The scholar says Trump's plan would be completely untenable and would "essentially impose a permanent ban on all immigration going forward." He cautions candidates that "if you try to co-opt populism, populism will co-opt you." Later, Nowrasteh clashes with Mark Krikorian of the Center For Immigration Studies. andnbsp;
00:55:33 9/4/2015
The times, they are changing when it comes to Republican perceptions of Constitutional Conservatism. Celebrated scholar and Supreme Court litigator, Randy Barnett joins Federalist Radio to preview his vision of proper, conservative jurisprudence. Barnet rejects the principle of judicial restraint, pointing to Chief Justice John Robert's ObamaCare decision. Instead, he champions a more active role where justices defend the sovereignty of the individual. Later, the libertarian law theorist explains away the myth and establishes the fact of the Lochner v. New York, Supreme Court case.
00:55:33 9/1/2015
For Federalist Radio, Katherine Mangu-Ward separates fact from fiction in the "paper or plastic debate." The editor of Reason Magazine tells Ben that plastic bags have been carelessly demonized. She reports that although "plastic bag bans are largely symbolic," the plastic prohibition has led to serious unintended consequences like creating corrupt kickbacks in the public market and breading dangerous diseases in private homes. During a robust discussion, the Reason editor touches on the free fall in food prices, the state of immigration reform, and the future of Flamin Hot Cheetos.
00:55:33 8/31/2015
The hilarious Mark Normand of Last Comic Standing joins Federalist Radio. The funnyman tells Ben that today comedy has never been better and prudish political correctness has never been worse. Always funny and often politically edgy Normand says his college agent fired him. Turns out, "college used to be counter culture, he says, but now they're the man. Students think adults are cool." Later Robby Soave of Reason joins the program to debunk the flawed academic studies fueling the campus sexual hysteria sweeping the nation. Finally, The Federalist's own Neal Dewing reveals the superhero alter egos of the GOP presidential primary contenders.
00:55:33 8/28/2015
As Patriot's Quarterback Tom Brady and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell square off in court, Ben hosts an all-star cast to discuss the Deflategate controversy. AEI economist, Stan Veuger deflates the erroneous and infamous Wells Report fueling the prosecution. After examining all evidence, he has concluded that there's "no direct evidence that the Patriot's balls were deflated." Later, Houston Chronicle writer and lawyer, Stephanie Stradley sorts through the legalese of the Tom Brady suspension. Yahoo Sports Reporter, Andy Behrens, gauges how the case could impact Fantasy Football rosters this season. And the Washington Post's Sally Jenkins weighs the potential fall out from the case.
00:55:33 8/26/2015
The stormy debt crisis crashing around the paradise of Puerto Rico perfectly illustrates the consequences of that territory's systemic fiscal irresponsibility according to Luis Fortu?o. The former Governor of Puerto Rico explains that "bottom line, you can never tax yourself out of a hole." On Federalist Radio, the retired pro-growth executive explains how the territory got itself into its current mess and what lessons the United States ought learn from its protectorate. "Fiscal conservative policies work," he notes. "The opposite does not...that brings about collective despair, unemployment, and bankruptcy." Later in the program Cate Long, founder of Puerto Rico Clearinghouse, joins Ben and the governor to report in-depth on the current state of the commonwealth's finances.
00:55:33 8/20/2015
"Hillary Clinton has had plenty of problems," John Schindler says, but "stupidity has never been one of them." A retired NSA counterintelligence officer and accomplished author, Schindler analyzes the growing email scandal that continues to plague the former Secretary of State. On Federalist Radio, Schindler explains how Clinton's team decided to "consciously violate very fundamental secrecy laws of the US Government." Later in the program, Schindler briefs Ben on the numerous threats facing the United States around the globe. Finally, David Daleiden of the Center For Medical Progress reports on his organizations continued investigation of Planned Parenthood.
00:55:33 8/19/2015
More than theatrics, Donald Trumps first policy paper on immigration actually furthers the discussion of the issue according to Mark Krikorian. The Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies believes that Trump has elevated the immigration debate by barring other presidential hopefuls from offering vague platitudes in place of policy solutions. From opposed perspectives, Ben and Kirkorian discuss the challenges of legal and illegal immigration into the United States. Krikorian rejects a market-based solution arguing that immigration, unlike global trade, ultimately imports people rather than exporting products. The scholar further concludes that mass immigration is incompatible with modern society, and promotes instead what he calls, a unified theory of immigration. Together the two offer a comprehensive first preview of an issue that will continue to drive debate and produce headlines during the 2016 contest for the White House.
00:55:33 8/18/2015
Last night, the GOP field for president erupted. Seventeen Republican hopefuls on two separate stages debated the issues facing the country, attracting a record breaking national audience. Today on Federalist Radio, Ben breaks through the theatrics to deliver meaningful analysis. Veteran strategists and political operators, David Axelrod and Newt Gingrich join the program. According to Axelrod, none of the candidates broke character or broke down. The man behind both of President Obama's successful presidential bids, credits the Fox moderators for fostering a quality discussion. "They acquitted themselves very well. The moderator's questions were well researched. Fox News did well." Later, the former Speaker of the House and presidential candidate also scored the Republican field. Of note, Gingrich says that Carly Fiorina "hit a home-run in the first debate," Trump "clearly did not win" in the second, and both Marco Rubio and Chris Christie "did very well."
00:55:33 8/7/2015
The stage is set and the cast, determined. Tonight the GOP primary field will square off for the first time, officially marking the beginning of the 2016 presidential race. Betsy Woodruff of the Daily Beast joins Federalist Radio to preview the contest. A seasoned political reporter, Woodruff says that it will "basically be the Donald Trump show," but otherwise "we don't know how things will go." Together, Ben and Betsy break down the numerous debate possibilities and outcomes. The Washington Examiner's Nicole Duran also joins the program to report on the other side of the aisle. The big news buzzing around Democratic circles: a Joe Biden bid. She says the Vice President might be late to the contest but shouldn't be discounted.
00:55:33 8/6/2015
A Los Angeles court has ordered the Center for Medical Progress not to publish further video exposing the sale of aborted babies. Another Federal Court has also barred the release of specific documents pertinent to CMPs investigation. On Federalist Radio today, Ben cuts through the legalese with scholars from Powerline Legal Blog and the Alliance Defense Fund. Paul Mirengoff, a lawyer and author at Power Line Blog, explains that both courts have made use of prior restraint, an instrument barring free expression before publication. He says that this legal mechanism has long been deemed as unconstitutional and highly unfavorable in most cases. Casey Mattox, Senior Council for the Alliance Defense Fund, predicts that, in the long run, these videos will keep coming out. Also during the program, the founder of Puerto Rico Clearing House, Cate Long, explains how that US territory ended up in default for the first time in history.
00:55:33 8/4/2015
Ben is back in studio as the countdown to the first GOP presidential primary debate begins. On today's Federalist Radio Hour, Ben breaks down the polling and the cash that drives the debate cycle. Jay Cost of the Weekly Standard profiles the registered voter responding to the polls that shape Thursday's debate on Fox News. He argues that thanks to blunt instruments like national surveys, many of the second tier candidates still polling in the single digits wont make it to the debate stage. Later, Politico's Tarini Parti counts the cash contributions that serve as score keepers in the Republican primary. She reports that the influx of the Koch Brother's cash continues to grow.
00:55:33 8/3/2015
Reeling from the Great Depression, the United States and Germany elected two new leaders of diametrically opposed ideologies. In 1932, Franklin Roosevelt won the presidency and Adolf Hitler became chancellor. Products of economic circumstance, these events forever changed the course of world history. Today, author and historian David Pietrusza joins Federalist Radio to discuss his upcoming book, 1932: The Rise of Hitler and FDR--Two Tales of Politics, Betrayal, and Unlikely Destiny. Later in the program, Linda M. LeFauve exposes the specious reasoning underlying the theory of serial sexual assault on campus. A writer at Reason and an associate vice-president of Davidson College, LeFauve offers an academically rigorous critique from a position of professional and intellectual authority.
00:55:33 7/30/2015
Cecil the lion is dead. While Mollie Hemingway regrets the loss, she has no sympathy for a media that expresses more anger over a dead jungle cat than Planned Parenthoods sale of aborted baby organs. On today's episode of the Federalist Radio Hour, she guest hosts with David Harsanyi. The two argue that perhaps society should "correctly order their outrage." Later in the program, David Marcus, the artistic director of Blue Box World, explores Donald Trump's connection to the mob. He argues that if Trump wants to be a serious candidate for president, he needs to answer serious questions about his construction dealings in New York and Philadelphia during the 1980's.
00:55:33 7/29/2015
If Republican legislators simply ran out the clock, they couldve shrunk the High Way Trust fund and restored a decentralized approach to transportation funding. Thats according to Dr. Daniel J. Mitchell, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, who joined Ben on todays episode of the Federalist Radio Hour. Instead, he says politicians opted to send money to Washington in leaky buckets, before sending it back to the states in more leaky buckets. Later in the program, author and blogger, Lenore Skenazy, discusses the Free-Range Kids Movement. Like most parents, she remembers the days when kids came back from school to play outside before coming home. Now the author chronicles cases of Police and Child Protective Services overreach. She says that liberals today tend to overestimate dangers and underestimate families and children.
00:55:33 7/27/2015
Matthew Continetti and company host today's edition of the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss and debate the future of Hillary Clinton, the Iranian nuclear deal, and Planned Parenthood. The Free Beacon correspondent covering the Democratic Primary, Andrew Stiles reports that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent classified information from an unsecured private email account. While other candidate "would be sunk for this," a politically astute Hillary Clinton, "will be just fine," Stiles concludes. The correspondent also credits Clinton for sidestepping the Netroots Nation conference, and guest host Continetti wonders "when did Heckling become mainstream?" Adam Kredo, also of the Free Beacon, recounts how Ted Cruz exposed the heckling "Code Pink Clown Show" over the Iranian Nuclear Deal. Later, John McCormack of the Weekly Standard joins the program to detail how the GOP primary will feature "the most sincerely Pro-Life field the Republican Party has ever fronted." Finally, at the bottom of the hour, Sonny Bunch offers a critique of society through a pop culture lens.
00:55:33 7/24/2015
David Axelrod, the architect of the Obama presidency, joins the Federalist Radio Hour. Once the Administration's top political advisor, Axelrod now gives Ben his take on the race for the White House in 2016. While he believes that Donald Trump can never win, Axelrod admits that there's an "element of outrage that he speaks to by being outrageous." On the other aisle of the race, Axelrod admits that he enjoys watching Bernie Sanders, comparing that candidate to "a great summer fling because he won't be around long." A seasoned veteran of campaigns at all levels, Axelrod also discussed his new book, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics. Later on the program, Elizabeth Brown the staff editor of Reason.Com explains "the unbearable smugness" of the newest contender for the GOP nomination, Ohio Governor John Kasich. Finally, David Stiles of the Free Beacon places the Iran nuclear deal in its American political context.
00:55:33 7/22/2015
Failure to deal with terrorism abroad makes domestic attacks more likely. That's according to Commentary's Noah Rothman who joins David Harsanyi and Mollie Hemingway on today's episode of the Federalist Radio Hour. The assistant online editor argues that the attacks like those in Chattanooga "have become a part of life, and will continue, until their roots overseas are stopped." Rothman reasons that while an ideological assault is necessary to win the battle of ideas, it must occur in tandem with military action to stop the violence. Later, and on a lighter note, Federalist contributor Rebecca Cusey reviews Amy Schumer's new film, Trainwreck. Raunchy but sweet and honest without being preachy, the film presents an approachable redemption story.
00:55:33 7/17/2015
Arthur Brooks has called on Conservatives to make a sweeping paradigm change. The President of AEI argues that its never enough to stand against something. Rather, the right must stand up for someone, if they are to remain politically relevant. On todays edition of the Federalist Radio Hour, Brooks joins David Harsanyi and Mollie Hemingway to discuss his new book, "The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America. During the broadcast, Brooks rejects the concept of demographic as destiny. He argues instead that Conservative ought to be in the business of creating a culture of opportunity and liberty.
00:55:33 7/16/2015
The Federalist Radio Hour reacts in horror to the revelation that Planned Parenthood has been harvesting and selling the limbs and organs of aborted children. On todays program, Mollie Hemingway joins Ben to discuss how to respond. In addition to sadness over the slaughter, the two express outrage over the media's complicit coverage. A Senior Editor at the Federalist and longtime journalist, Hemingway explains that, "if it bleeds, it leads in the news." That is, unless the story includes the abortion industry. Later in the broadcast, Charmaine Yoest joined the program to underscore the importance of the issue. The President of Americans United For Life says this controversy will bring the inescapable reality of abortion home to the pro-choice community. andnbsp;
00:55:33 7/15/2015
Economist Ike Brannon diagnoses the diseased command economies of China and Greece on todays episode of The Federalist Radio Hour. The Bush Institute fellow joins guest host Robert Tracinski to make sense of the crashing Chinese stock market and the debt crisis burgeoning Greece. According to Brannon, Beijing is now learning the hard way that state run capitalism is not a permanent solution. Looking west, he observes that Greece seems to be employing a game theory strategy to grapple with EU creditors and dodge that nations debt. Later in the program, Barbara Bowman shares her experience confronting Bill Cosby. Speaking truth to celebrity, the PAVE ambassador refused to remain silent. Hear her story.
00:29:54 7/9/2015
As the Culture War reaches its recent wild zenith, Robert Tracinski explains its iron rules. There are two constants: the winning side will always overreach and the youth will always rebel. Today on the Federalist Radio Hour, Tracinski guest hosts to survey the battlefield of the conflict he's dubbed, Culture War 4.0. Oregon's Labor Commission has issued a "cease and desist order" warning a Christian bakery not to speak of their opposition to gay marriage. Kelsey Harkness of the Daily Signal tells Rob the latest. At the bottom of the hour, pundit turned politician, Mike Flynn joins the program. Running for Aaron Schock's old seat, Flynn says he wants to jettison talking points and run an intellectually honest campaign.
00:29:57 7/6/2015
More than day off for barbecues and fireworks, Independence Day will forever mark the beginning of an American era, the anniversary of our first birth of freedom. On today's Federalist Radio Hour, Ben breathes life into a historical anthology of the Fourth of July. Drawing from the battle of Bunker Hill to the symposium at Independence Hall, he builds a vivid picture of the men who sacrificed and fought to make liberty more than an ideal. Illuminating their struggle through personal letters and first hand accounts, Ben shows how the Fourth endures as a testament to our permanent heritage. Listen to the broadcast here, or use the embedded clip below.
00:55:33 7/3/2015
On the Federalist Radio Hour, George F. Will offers his account of the state of the American nation, education, and baseball. A Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist and accomplished author, Will looks critically at the judicial events of the past weeks. He finds optimism in the Obergefell dissent of John Roberts, noting that the Chief Justice dealt a blow to the administrative standard of chevron justice. Will predicts that by reestablishing the Judiciary over any administrative agency, the decision will have "an enormous effect down the road, helping to further the most important of conservative objectives." The retired professor reserves his harshest judgment for American academia and its impulse to rewrite history. He notes that today's colleges "infantilize students on campus" sheltering them from truth. Toward the end of the hour, the baseball enthusiast looks at the present state of the American pastime.
00:55:33 7/2/2015
Much pursued but little understood, millennials represent a key demographic for any candidate seeking the White House. Co-founder of Echelon Insights, host of the Pollster podcast, and author, Kristen S. Anderson joins Ben on today's episode to discuss her new book, The Selfie Vote: Where Millennials Are Leading America (And How Republicans Can Keep Up). Anderson argues that while younger voters remain sympathetic to certain liberal policies, they're much more skeptical of the left's overall agenda. And that's a big opportunity for Republicans. Her advice to the GOP's 2016 field? Copy Taylor Swift. The pollster explains that millennial voters crave authenticity and expect honesty. Listen now.
00:29:56 6/30/2015
It has been a momentous few days at the Supreme Court as the justices handed down three groundbreaking decisions. Today on the Federalist Radio Hour, Ben gets the first draft reactions from top scholars on the issues. Sarah Torre of the Heritage Foundation sifts through the court's marriage decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, explaining that "the Constitution had nothing to do with this decision." A Senior Fellow of the Cato Institute, Ilya Shapiro also joined the program to shed light on King v. Burwell. Funny man and political philosopher Andrew Heaton rounded out the hour on a lighter note to discuss the state of American comedy in the day of political correctness.
00:55:33 6/26/2015
Today the Supreme Court handed down its King v. Burwell decision concerning the fate of the Affordable Care Act. In studio, Robert Tracinski guest hosted for Ben to unpack the court's controversial ruling. Patent attorney and Federalist Contributor, Scott Lincicome explained the legal ramifications of the case, while Ashe Schow of the Washington Examiner explored what the decision means politically for Republicans. Later Trevor Burrus, a research fellow at the Cato Institute's Center for Constitutional Studies, provided a full diagnosis of the Courts philosophical makeup, previewing how the body might rule in the future.
00:29:51 6/25/2015
On a moonless Autumn night, a young Alexander Hamilton charged ahead of his troops in a midnight assault against the British fortifications at Yorktown. With fixed bayonets, Hamilton captured the critical Redoubt No.10 by cold steel and courage alone, helping to win the battle and end the war. Had Hamilton been cut down that night, he would still deserve the praise of our nation. Because he survived, that he continued to serve in the Founding, Hamilton deserves the admiration of all history. Today on The Federalist Radio Hour, Ben Domenech offers a primer on America's youngest and perhaps most important Founding Father. An immigrant bastard turned self-made statesman, Hamilton deserves more than just a ten-dollar bill. He deserves our fond reverence.
00:29:56 6/24/2015
A federal jury has sentenced him to death, but Dzhokhar Tsarnaev must still appear before a Boston Judge to officially receive his sentence this Thursday. Today on the Federalist Radio Hour, two senior Federalist writers debate the justice executing the Boston Bomber. Neal Dewing argues that for the good of the social order the man, who killed 3 and injured 250 more, must die. But an execution won't deter future terrorists or bring back the dead, Daniel Payne responds. A death penalty will only quench an unjust thirst for vengeance. The two exchange philosophical, political, and religious salvos in this interesting and exciting debate. Later in the program, F. Bill McMorris joins Ben for a lively discussion of the Vatican's recent encyclical on climate change.
00:29:49 6/22/2015
A Florida man entered the airport with $11,000 dollars and a ticket home, but after a confrontation with the police, he left without his life savings. Today on the Federalist Radio Hour, the Daily Signal's Melissa Quinn explains how civil asset forfeiture laws allow the state to treat innocent citizens like criminals. Later in the program, Christopher Koopman joins Ben to discuss the teachable moment provided by innovative ride-sharing technologies. The Mercatus Center fellow says Uber and Lyft demonstrate the triumph of entrepreneurship, but warns of the dangers when these companies collude with government regulators.
00:29:50 6/19/2015
The Federalist Radio Hour gets an insiders look on some of Congress hottest summer issues. Coalitions Director for the Republican Study Committee, Rachel Kopec joins Ben to dissect the debate on the Export-Import Bank, the Highway Transportation Bill, and the Affordable Care Act. If conservatives can't address corporate welfare, the senior staffer asks how can we have any credibility on social welfare reform? Later in the program, former Ambassador Francis Rooney, the U.S. Delegate to The Holy See under President George Bush, discusses Pope Benedicts recent climate change encyclical. The Vatican, he believes, ought to focus on more pressing needs rather than hot-button political controversies.
00:55:33 6/18/2015
Ann Coulter joins Ben in-studio on this edition of The Federalist Radio Hour. The two sparred over Coulters suggested approach to immigration reform. Advertising her new book, Adios America!, Coulter offered a pointed critique of what she considers cyclical Republican foolishness, and also gave her take on the contemporary field of GOP presidential hopefuls.
00:29:47 6/17/2015

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