The Federalist Radio Hour

Steven Pinker On Science, Progress, And Why Humanity Is Better Than Ever

Steven Pinker is a Canadian-American cognitive psychologist and author of the new book, "Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress." Pinker joins Ben Domenech to discuss how safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise across the globe.

00:47:00 3/5/2018

Past Episodes

The Foundation for Government Accountability is a free market think tank focused on health care, welfare, and government reform at the state level. FGA CEO Tarren Bragdon and VP of Federal Affairs Kristina Rasmussen discuss the opioid crisis and the nuts and bolts of health care policy.
00:46:00 3/15/2018
In the new book, "Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue," author Ryan Holiday examines the threads of an incredible legal battle and tale of revenge that disrupted the world of media. "It's not until two months later when Theil is unmasked that the New York Times and essentially all media outlets flip out," Holiday said. "The precedent legally is much less than anyone thinks. The precedent culturally...that a few individuals working in secret can have massive implications on the discourse or relationship with technology is the real precedent."
00:57:00 3/14/2018
James Hohmann, National Political Correspondent for The Washington Post, joins The Federalist Radio Hour after spending four days in Pennsylvania covering the special election. Hohmann discusses other upcoming competitive House races and Rex Tillerson's exit from the Trump administration. "Being a corporate executive, being a master of the universe running ExxonMobil is a very different job from being a diplomat," he said. "The way that you're powerful [as Secretary of State] is being perceived as having the confidence of the President."
00:48:00 3/13/2018
Amy Chua is bestselling author of "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," and a Yale Law School Professor. In her new book, "Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations," Chua explores how Americans can overcome our debilitating political tribalism. "Tribalism, not only is it not always bad, it's hard wired in us," she said. "It's not that we can't overcome it, but our natural tendency is to want to belong to groups."
00:58:00 3/12/2018
John Davidson, senior correspondent for The Federalist, shares his report from the Rio Grand Valley Texas-Mexico border. Davidson rides along with Border Patrol officers and visits a Catholic charity respite center in downtown McAllen, Texas.
00:50:00 3/8/2018
Jeremy Peters is a politics reporter at the New York Times who has covered campaigns, the auto industry, and now the Republican party. Peters and Domenech take a look back on ways the 2008 and 2012 elections contributed to a Trump presidency, and what conservative voters are thinking now.
00:57:00 3/7/2018
Kmele Foster is a producer at Freethink media and host of The Fifth Column podcast. Foster and Domenech discuss the overlaps of freedom, race, politics, and entertainment. "This is another area where you take race, inject it into an important issue and rather than talking about meaningful solutions... the only thing we can talk about is slavery and discrimination and how people who disagree with you are racist," Foster said.
00:42:00 3/6/2018
Daniel Hannan is a British writer, journalist and politician who was a member of the European Parliament for 17 years. He joins the show to discuss history, public discourse, conservatism, and what European politics can tell us about the changes in American politics.
00:52:00 3/4/2018
Mark Weinberg is a former special advisor and press secretary to President Ronald Reagan. His new book, "Movie Nights with The Reagans: A Memoir" recollects the movies watched at Camp David with Ronald and Nancy Reagan, and gives a behind-the-scenes look at the Reagan presidency.
00:50:00 3/1/2018
Neel Kashkari, president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, joins Ben Domenech in a discussion on monetary policy, the 2008 financial crisis, Dodd-Frank, and the current labor market. "We didn't think when we were in the middle of the financial crisis, in our worst moments, we didn't think we'd get a single dollar back from the TARP," he said. "The fact of the matter is we got virtually all the money back for the taxpayers."
00:42:00 2/28/2018

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