Kyle Smith is the critic-at-large for National Review. Ben Domenech and Smith discuss movies, television, the Academy Awards, and how to keep up with the extreme volume of content in today's entertainment industry.
Josh Kraushaar, political editor for National Journal, joins Ben Domenech to give his take on how the 2020 Democratic candidates are wrestling with culture war issues, the Obama legacy, and identity politics. They also discuss how suburban voters, especially suburban women, are moving red states purple, and whether ideology still matters to voters.
Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi interview Fred Fleitz, a political, military and nuclear weapons analyst, and CEO of the Center for Security Policy. He served in 2018 as a Deputy Assistant to President Donald Trump and Chief of Staff to National Security Adviser John Bolton. They discuss denuclearization in North Korea, Russian election meddling, and partisan politics within the intelligence community.
Senior Editors Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi discuss why Americans gravitate toward conspiracy theories, Joe Biden's gaffs, and other leading 2020 candidates. They also talk movies, music, and the progressive indoctrination on college campuses.
It was a watershed moment this week for established media when the New York Times changed their front page headline after outrage from an online Twitter mob. Saagar Enjeti, The Hill's Chief Washington Correspondent and co-host of The Hill TV, joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky and Producer Madeline Osburn discuss major shifts in media, the political pushback against Silicon Valley, Taylor Swift's banal political takes, and the boycotting of SoulCycle and Equinox.
Paul Beston is managing editor of "City Journal," a quarterly magazine of urban affairs. Beston and Domenech discuss crime, policing, and the evolution of New York City. They also discuss the life of Ross Perot and the memorable 1992 election.
Matthew Schmitz, senior editor of "First Things", joins Ben Domenech for a discussion on emerging ideological arguments in nationalist, libertarian, and free market wings of the conservative movement. Are corporations or government a bigger threat to American people? Are Christians ignoring the moral implications of cultural content like Game of Thrones? Have Conservatives become too focused on policy while ignoring spiritual needs?
Coleman Hughes is a Quillette columnist and an undergraduate philosophy major at Columbia University. Hughes and Domenech discuss how the word "racist" doesn't mean what it used to, whether Trump and his supporters should be considered racist, and the growing support of reparations for slavery.
Josh Hammer, Editor-at-Large of The Daily Wire, joins Ben Domenech to discuss recent political issues happening on Capitol Hill and the 2020 campaign trail including anti-Israel bills, immigration, and "The Squad." They discuss the conservative movement's internal debates on foreign policy and the role of government. Josh is also Of Counsel at First Liberty Institute, the Texas-based religious liberty legal defense firm.
Politico reporter Tim Alberta sets out to answer the question, "How did Donald Trump become president of the United States?" Alberta joins Ben Domenech on the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss his new book, "American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump." They recount the history of the Tea Party, the 2016 Republican convention, and how political judgements made by conservatives like Paul Ryan, Mark Meadows, and others look in retrospect.
Senior Editors Mollie Hemingway and David Harsanyi discuss concerning takeaways and implications of Robert Mueller's hearing in front of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, and the mainstream media's moving of goal posts. Mueller was supposed to be a savior for the #Resistance. Did he let them down? They also discuss the reaction to bestseller "Justice On Trial" and David describes his first experience at a Broadway musical (Spoiler: He hated it).