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.


The Crisis Of Modern Political Parties And A Broken Government

Dr. Matthew Spalding is Associate Vice President and Dean of Educational Programs for Hillsdale College in Washington, D.C. He joins Federalist Radio Hour to discuss the break down of American political parties and how we can return to a functioning constitutional government. "I think what we're seeing is the growing crisis of this form of governing and politics fighting over that," Spalding said. "All of this feeds the way the modern bureaucratic state and modern presidency has transformed itself over some decades now. The modern left is playing to win...I don't know how the Republicans are going to proceed here."
00:56:00 12/14/2017

Past Episodes

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

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