On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, former Trump National Security Advisor, joins Host Ben Domenech for a conversation about his new book, “Battlegrounds: The Fight to Defend the Free World.” McMaster details his time in the White House and some of the policy initiatives made concerning China, Russia, and other countries. He argues historians will call some of the Trump Administration’s decisions “the greatest shift in foreign policy since the Cold War.”

Ilya Shapiro is a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute, and author of the timely new book, “Supreme Disorder: Judicial Nominations and the Politics of America’s Highest Court.” With host Ben Domenech, Shapiro explains the history of contentious court fights and how they transitioned from an insulted political conflict into the public square. They also discuss Trump’s potential nominees and how a new justice may cause specific areas of law to undergo a significant shift.

Independent Institute research fellow and professor emeritus of economics in College of Business at the University of Nevada, Reno, Thomas Cargill, joins Host Ben Domenech to discuss the lack of educational materials covering the progressive movement’s history, particularly how the movement advocated eugenics and forced sterilization in order to attain a better society.

Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli joins Host Ben Domenech to discuss federal initiatives of “law and order” in cities like Portland, his history in politics and law enforcement, and the Donald Trump’s leadership during COVID-19 and rioting. 

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich joins Host Ben Domenech to discuss the 2o20 election season, President Trump’s political strategy, the media, and the future of America and American politics. “This is one of the great transition periods,” Gingrich explained. “I think the most important thing to recognize is that this is a historic rather than a political period.”

Voice actor James Urbaniak joins Host Ben Domenech and Federalist Intern Paulina Enck to discuss the Adult Swim animated tv series, “The Venture Bros.” Together, the group dives into the creativity and popularity behind adult cartoon shows like “The Venture Bros.” and what makes the show and its characters so special.

“From the beginning, ‘The Venture Bros.’ has always had a very classical sort of narrative and I think the fact that it lasted that long and that it expanded, the universe expanded, and the depth of character expanded. And I think that expansion was very exciting. I think opened the door for that new kind of storytelling and animation,” Urbaniak said.

Director of the Office of Management and Budget Russell Vought joins Host Ben Domenech to discuss how his office responded to the discovery of the recent critical race theory curriculum being used by federal agencies. He also explained how the OMB dealt with economic uncertainty during COVID-19 and what fiscal responsibility looks like under the Trump administration.


Libertarian Party Presidential Nominee Jo Jorgensen joins Host Ben Domenech to discuss her life on the campaign trail, COVID-19 lockdowns, party polarization, bringing the troops home, and more. As the 2020 election draws nearer, Jorgensen says she is working hard to communicate that there is a party and a candidate that prioritizes individual freedom and not dependency on the government.


Chief political correspondent at the Washington Examiner and author Byron York joins Host Ben Domenech to discuss his most recent book “Obsession: Inside the Washington Establishment’s Never-Ending War on Trump.”

York explains his work documenting the Democrats’ quest to impeach President Trump from day one of his presidency and explores why “the media were gripped by an anti-Trump hysteria that blinded them to reality.”

Kelley Paul, wife of Sen. Rand Paul, joins Host Ben Domenech to discuss the recent attack on her and husband by a mob after the Republican National Convention, life as a family in politics, the media’s role in falsely portraying the riots and conservatives.

Ethan Strauss of The Athletic joins Host Ben Domenech to discuss the implications of politicized sports and sports media on viewership numbers. Using the NBA as an example, Strauss and Domenech break down the “taboo” of acknowledging the cultural effects of incidents like the NBA’s conflict with China and recent Black Lives Matter walkouts and it impact the sport’s audience.


On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Benjamin Raphael Teitelbaum, an assistant professor of Ethnomusicology and International Affairs at the University of Colorado Boulder, joins Host Benjamin Domenech to discuss the political career, endeavors, and recent arrest of Steve Bannon, former White House aide to President Trump.

Executive Washington editor for The Wall Street Journal Gerald F. Seib joins Host Ben Domenech to outline the shift from Ronald Reagan conservatism to the nationalist and populist platform of President Trump. Seib also details the effects of the leaders and cultural events that contributed to the shift such as Pat Buchanan, Sarah Palin, the Tea Party, and 9/11.

Senior Editor Chris Bedford joins Host Ben Domenech to analyze night two of the Republican National Convention. Together, they outline the strengths and weaknesses of the speakers and production at the RNC as well as what to look forward to on night three.

Matthew Lysiak author of “The Drudge Revolution: The Untold Story of How Talk Radio, Fox News, and a Gift Shop Clerk with an Internet Connection Took Down the Mainstream Media” joins host Ben Domenech, to discuss how Matt Drudge changed the media landscape. With the development of social media, however, Lysiak says Drudge’s influence has changed. “Matt and the Drudge Report have lost some of their influence. Social media took a big chunk out of Matt Drudge,” he said.

On today’s edition of Federalist Radio Hour, BlazeTV host Lauren Chen joined Ben Domenech for a wide-ranging discussion that touched on everything from the decline of organized religion to recent attacks on capitalism. Chen argued that conservatives can successfully convince the public by advancing the right arguments and educating people on the issues.

Katie Herzog, writer and host of the podcast, “Blocked and Reported,” joins Ben Domenech to discuss Cancel Culture, academia, media narratives, and how she changed her approach as a journalist post-2016. Domenech also asks Herzog, as someone based in Washington state, why the Pacific Northwest always seems to be a particularly aggressive toward culture issues.

“Part of this civil unrest we’re seeing right now is responding to the media narrative rather than reality,” Herzog said. “And this is not to say racism doesn’t exist…police violence exists but it exists across races.”

In his new book, “Defender in Chief: Donald Trump’s Fight for Presidential Power,” author and constitutional scholar John Yoo makes the case that despite popular belief, President Trump has been a protector of constitutional law, not an offender. Yoo joins Ben Domenech to discuss how Trump’s executive actions compare to President Barack Obama’s, the consequences of Trump’s foreign policy, and whether Trump understands the limits of his presidential power. Yoo is a Hoover visiting fellow and Berkeley Law School professor.

Journalist and former academic Dr. Deborah Soh joined host Ben Domenech to discuss how she takes a scientific and research-based approach to debunking the most common misconceptions about gender identity. Soh compiled her research in her new book, “The End of Gender: Debunking the Myths about Sex and Identity in Our Society.”

Soh said she’s grateful to no longer be in the academic world, where everyone is required to accept so many scientific mistruths as facts. As a liberal herself, Soh said the evolution of gender identity has been used by the radical left to further a narrative that’s harmful to children and not based in science.

Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) joined host Ben Domenech to discuss the danger of big tech censorship for the American public. Rep. Buck’s new book, “Capitol Freedom: Restoring American Greatness,” is out now.

Many Republicans argue all private companies ought to remain unfettered by government intervention, but Buck argues that big tech companies such as Google don’t use the extreme level of power they wield over free speech fairly. He debunked the idea that there’s no relationship between privacy and size, saying that if these companies didn’t have a monopoly on free speech, they couldn’t get away with their actions.