The Federalist Radio Hour

Hosted by Ben Domenech, The Federalist Radio Hour is a daily podcast featuring engaging and in-depth conversations with journalists, scholars, authors, politicians, and thinkers of all stripes. Along with guest hosts Mollie Hemingway, David Harsanyi, and Mary Katharine Ham, Domenech delivers smart and compelling dialogues on politics, culture, religion, and entertainment every day of the week. Support the show by subscribing, rating, and writing a review!


Will Either Party Change Course After Midterms? Probably Not

McKay Coppins, staff writer at The Atlantic, joins Ben Domenech to discuss whether Republicans and Democrats will do some soul searching now that they've seen the results of their 2018 campaigning. Coppins explains that the GOP is actually more Trumpy than before, and it seems Dems have no plans of shedding their progressive leanings. They also discuss how Newt Gingrich broke Congress, and paved the way for Trump's rise.
00:55:00 11/10/2018

Past Episodes

Sohrab Ahmari, op-ed editor at the New York Post, joins Ben for a conversation on faith, populism, and the shrinking existence of religion in media and politics. They discuss the Left's favorite phrase, "the right side of history," and how the Right could offer solutions for progressive voters.
00:41:00 11/8/2018
Michael Hendrix, director of state and local policy at the Manhattan Institute, unpacks important election results impacting gubernatorial seats and local policy proposals. They discuss some of the biggest issues in urban areas like housing and economic development that could be improved with conservative policy ideas.
00:52:00 11/7/2018
Brian Kilmeade, co-host of "Fox & Friends" and author of "Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America's Destiny," joins Ben Domenech the day after the 2018 midterms to discuss the biggest surprises of the results. They discuss Trump's influence on voters, 2020 presidential candidates, and changing voter demographics.
00:46:00 11/6/2018
Comedian and filmmaker Louis C.K. was accused of harassment by five women just weeks before his latest film, "I Love You, Daddy" was set to hit theaters in the fall of 2017. After watching the now impossible-to-find movie, Emily Jashinsky, Inez Stepman, and Madeline Osburn discuss why it's a movie our culture should see and discuss, especially in light of the #MeToo era. The movie addresses sexual politics and feminism in a way that is heavily ironic now that it will never be seen because of the way society is grappling with sexual politics.
00:59:00 11/5/2018
In his new book, "The Once and Future Worker," Oren Cass, Manhattan Institute senior fellow, lays out his hypothesis on labor, wages, and how a renewal of jobs is crucial for a thriving, self-sufficient society that offers opportunity to all. Domenech and Cass also discuss Universal Basic Income and the plight of the unemployed men.
00:42:00 11/4/2018
Are the roots of the incivility crisis deeper than we think? Os Guinness is an English writer and social critic who has written over 30 books. Guinness and Domenech discuss America's historical understanding of freedom and how the choice of freedom will chart our country's future . His newest book is "Last Call for Liberty: How America's Genius for Freedom Has Become Its Greatest Threat."
01:01:00 11/1/2018
What is the origin of birthright citizenship, the 14th amendment, and the debate over its interpretation? Mark Krikorian is executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies. He joins Ben Domenech in studio to explain tourist births, asylum laws, and the practical implications of eliminating birthright citizenship.
01:00:00 10/31/2018
Stanley McChrystal served for thirty-four years in the US Army, becoming a four-star general, in command of all American and coalition forces in Afghanistan. He joins Ben Domenech in studio for a conversation on leadership, the future of military service, and iconoclasm. McChrystal's new book is, "Leaders: Myth and Reality."
00:58:00 10/30/2018
Peter Suderman and Ben Domenech discuss what you should watch this Halloween. They break down classic horror movie tropes and Netflix's new "The Haunting of Hill House." They also give their reactions to playing the new "Red Dead Redemption 2" video game. Suderman is the managing editor at
01:02:00 10/29/2018
Stephen Walt is a leading thinker in American foreign policy and a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Walt discusses the foreign policy establishment's stubborn commitment to "liberal hegemony," and the surprising similarities between Obama's and Trump's foreign policy leaders. Domenech also asks him about military power, Trump's favorability for Israel, and whether we should be concerned about China. Walt's latest book is, "The Hell of Good Intentions: America's Foreign Policy Elite and the Decline of U.S. Primacy."
00:46:00 10/28/2018

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