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Hosted by Hollywood producer and Republican media strategist Ben Mathis, KickAss Politics brings together some of the most interesting people from Hollywood and Washington to delve into the really big ideas that make this country great. We'll talk about where America's heading and we'll look at how we got here. We'll put the headlines in context and we'll tell you about the news stories that no one else is covering plus fun/interesting bonus episodes that give you all sorts of fun and useful information covering politics, history, techonology, world affairs, humor, and more. With nearly 20 years of experience in the movie business and in politics working with Senators, Governors, U.S. Presidents and World Leaders, I like to think that I bring a unique, fun perspective to politics, culture and current events. This show is popular with Conservatives, Republicans, Libertarians, Tea Party activists, Independents, news junkies, and even some Democrats and Liberals find this show impossible to dislike once they download an episode. Please subscribe to the podcast and leave us a review on Itunes for a chance to win Ben's book of the week plus a visit to the studio followed by a special event with Hollywood celebrities and a big name political guest. All you have to do to enter is subscribe and leave a review. For more information, visit www.KickAssPolitics.com.

Hosted by Hollywood producer and Republican media strategist Ben Mathis, KickAss Politics brings together some of the most interesting people from Hollywood and Washington to delve into the really big ideas that make this country great. We'll talk about where America's heading and we'll look at how we got here. We'll put the headlines in context and we'll tell you about the news stories that no one else is covering plus fun/interesting bonus episodes that give you all sorts of fun and useful information covering politics, history, techonology, world affairs, humor, and more. With nearly 20 years of experience in the movie business and in politics working with Senators, Governors, U.S. Presidents and World Leaders, I like to think that I bring a unique, fun perspective to politics, culture and current events. This show is popular with Conservatives, Republicans, Libertarians, Tea Party activists, Independents, news junkies, and even some Democrats and Liberals find this show impossible to dislike once they download an episode. Please subscribe to the podcast and leave us a review on Itunes for a chance to win Ben's book of the week plus a visit to the studio followed by a special event with Hollywood celebrities and a big name political guest. All you have to do to enter is subscribe and leave a review. For more information, visit www.KickAssPolitics.com.
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Hosted by Hollywood producer and Republican media strategist Ben Mathis, KickAss Politics brings together some of the most interesting people from Hollywood and Washington to delve into the really big ideas that make this country great. We'll talk about where America's heading and we'll look at how we got here. We'll put the headlines in context and we'll tell you about the news stories that no one else is covering plus fun/interesting bonus episodes that give you all sorts of fun and useful information covering politics, history, techonology, world affairs, humor, and more. With nearly 20 years of experience in the movie business and in politics working with Senators, Governors, U.S. Presidents and World Leaders, I like to think that I bring a unique, fun perspective to politics, culture and current events. This show is popular with Conservatives, Republicans, Libertarians, Tea Party activists, Independents, news junkies, and even some Democrats and Liberals find this show impossible to dislike once they download an episode. Please subscribe to the podcast and leave us a review on Itunes for a chance to win Ben's book of the week plus a visit to the studio followed by a special event with Hollywood celebrities and a big name political guest. All you have to do to enter is subscribe and leave a review. For more information, visit www.KickAssPolitics.com.

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Episodes

Guy Kawasaki on Marketing, Macintosh, and More

7/15/2019
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Silicon Valley icon Guy Kawasaki recalls his childhood in Hawaii, his start in the jewelry business, and how his skills at jewelry sales came in surprisingly handy when he became chief evangelist for Macintosh. He talks about personally witnessing the genius and dark side of Apple founder Steve Jobs, he shares some rules that he calls "the Gospel According to Steve," and opens up about the argument that led him to quit Apple in the 90s. He talks about honor and honesty in the tech industry,...

Duration:00:43:01

CNN's Jim Acosta on "Fake News" and Freedom of the Press

7/11/2019
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In the President's campaign against what he calls “Fake News,” CNN’s Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta has become public enemy number one, but Acosta warns that Trump's attacks on the press could have dangerous consequences for America. Jim reveals some of the tricks that the White House uses to skew media coverage and avoid tough questions, and he says that the President’s war on the truth is changing journalism itself as reporters have to do double-duty as "real-time...

Duration:00:57:14

Adam Savage Builds, Blows Up, and Has a Blast

7/8/2019
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Adam Savage (Mythbusters, MythBusters Junior) talks about building a working prototype of Marvel’s Iron Man suit for his new series Savage Builds and what it was like to fly around with tiny jet engines strapped to his forearms. He discusses how Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson helped him take to the skies in a real World War I dogfight, why Adam's attempt recreate one of World War II’s most bizarre contraptions was less than successful, and how it served as a lesson in the importance of...

Duration:00:53:59

The Daily Show's Trevor Noah

7/4/2019
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Today's episode is a rerun of a previous podcast that aired December 3, 2018 with guest Trevor Noah. Trevor talks about his standup special TREVOR NOAH: SON OF PATRICIA and why he dedicated it to his mom whom he calls “the first comedian that he ever saw” and “most gangster human being you’ll ever meet in your life.” He discusses growing up in South Africa during Apartheid, the power of humor to fight oppression, and why he believes that hateful words aren’t nearly as important as addressing...

Duration:00:41:51

George Will on the Conservative Sensibility

7/1/2019
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Pulitzer Prize-winning Conservative columnist George Will answers the fundamental question “what is it that conservatives mean to conserve" and suggests that modern conservatives are losing sight of that purpose. He extolls James Madison’s belief in the importance of natural rights and government’s role in protecting them, and he makes that case against his fellow Princetonian Woodrow Wilson who did the most to unravel the Founders’ vision. George discusses his decision to change his...

Duration:00:46:44

Ash Carter on Leadership in the Pentagon

6/27/2019
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Former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter takes me behind the scenes to reveal the inner workings of the Pentagon, its vital mission, and what it takes to lead it. He describes just how massive the D.O.D. is, how he managed a $700 billion dollar budget, and how he recruited top tech talent to the Pentagon. Ash Carter reveals why his background as a physicist came in handy in the Pentagon and how it led him to oppose President Ronald Reagan’s "Star Wars" program in the 80s. He discusses how he...

Duration:00:40:53

Vince Houghton on America's Craziest Intelligence Schemes

6/24/2019
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Vince Houghton, director of the International Spy Museum, returns to take me on a wild tour of missions and schemes that almost happened, but were ultimately deemed too dangerous, expensive, ahead of their time, or insane. These include weaponing animals such as eavesdropping cats, spooky glow in the dark foxes, and one plan to strap incendiary bombs to bats! He reveals some of the CIA’s wackier attempts to take out Castro, the nazi scientist who tried to build a sun gun, and the Florida...

Duration:00:45:37

Scott Pelley on Truth, Values, and Journalism

6/20/2019
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As a 60 Minutes correspondent and former anchor of the CBS Evening News, Scott Pelley has been a witness to events that have changed our world and he talks about some individuals who illustrate the best of America. He recalls the heart-break and exhaustion of reporting on the 9/11 attacks and why he feels it was the finest hour for CBS News. He shares the three rules of journalism that he learned from CBS legend Walter Cronkite, and why he believes that 24-hour cable news create even more...

Duration:00:48:21

Senator Tom Cotton on the Old Guard of Arlington

6/17/2019
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Senator Tom Cotton recalls the storied history of the Old Guard of Arlington National Cemetery and the rigorous training he went through to become a member of this elite regiment. He describes what it’s like to perform a military funeral in America’s most hallowed cemetery and how the soldiers of the Old Guard manage to avoid getting choked up. Senator Cotton shares some of the other ceremonies that the Old Guard performs and how the Old Guard played a pivotal role at the Pentagon in the...

Duration:00:50:42

Admiral William McRaven's Life in Special Operations

6/13/2019
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Admiral William McRaven (Make Your Bed) reveals how a high school track coach inspired him apply for the Navy SEAL program and why he still compares any struggle he faces to the grueling endurance test of the Navy SEALs “Hell Week.” He recalls the night he got a gut feeling he was going to catch Saddam and was right, how Saddam never made his bed while he was in McRaven’s custody, and what McRaven said when he finally decided to meet with Saddam face to face. He talks about the strange...

Duration:00:50:10

Michael Wolff on Trump Under Siege

6/10/2019
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Best-selling author Michael Wolff discusses his new book Siege: Trump Under Fire and how he got so many White House sources to speak to him again after his explosive tell-all Fire and Fury. He tells how Steve Bannon remains the ultimate Trump insider even though he's on the outs with the President and why Trump's misfortune has always been Bannon's opportunity. We talk about how Robert Mueller carefully gamed out every step of the Russia probe and whether Mueller may have actually drafted...

Duration:00:48:20

Ron Howard on Luciano Pavarotti's Operatic Life

6/6/2019
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Oscar-winning filmmaker Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13) discusses his new documentary Pavarotti. He talks about the art of filmmaking and storytelling, how he approaches a documentary versus a narrative film about a real person, and how he got the idea to present Pavarotti’s story as an opera. We get into Pavarotti the romantic, how Ron got the various women of Pavarotti’s life to participate in the film, and why Pavarotti often compared his famous voice to a tempestuous lover. He...

Duration:00:38:47

David Epstein on Dabbling vs. 10,000 Hours

6/3/2019
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David Epstein (The Sports Gene) reveals the flaw in the "10,000 hours" theory of deliberate performance, the fallacy of giving children a head-start, and how it could actually hinder them in the long-run. He shares why athletes should be more like Roger Federer than Tiger Woods and how "serial innovators" tend to have a broad range of knowledge and experience. David says the internet and open source information is a boon to generalists, but artificial intelligence may put a lot of...

Duration:00:51:20

Neil Gaiman Brings Good Omens to the Screen

5/30/2019
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Neil Gaiman talks about adapting his book Good Omens for television, the book’s long journey to the screen, and how he took the reins as show-runner in a promise to his late co-author Terry Pratchett. Neil recalls the origins of their book as a fable about nature vs nurture and opens up about the on screen cameo that was just too painful for him to film. He discusses his writing process, how he manages to avoid distractions, and why he chooses to write across many different mediums. Plus...

Duration:00:38:00

Liam Cunningham Fights White Walkers, Ebola, and Snakes!

5/27/2019
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Liam Cunningham discusses his 7 epic seasons as Sir Davos Seaworth on Game of Thrones and going from fighting "White Walkers" to fighting Ebola in National Geographic Channel's limited series The Hot Zone. We also talk about his original audition for Game of Thrones, why he first thought he got the polite brush off from the series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, and what it's like when he encounters hard-core GoT fans in person. Then Liam discusses the true story of America’s close...

Duration:00:39:37

Jared Cohen on America's Accidental Presidents

5/23/2019
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Jared Cohen talks about the eight men who succeeded to the presidency without being elected to it and how they changed our history for better or worse. He reveals that presidential succession wasn’t clearly defined for most of America’s history and that most Vice-Presidents come to the Oval Office with great reluctance and a serious inferiority complex. We talk about the best and worst accidental presidents, the one who assumed the office with the heaviest burden and the least preparation,...

Duration:00:52:42

David McCullough on the Pioneers Who Defined America

5/20/2019
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Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough discusses his latest book The Pioneers, how it fulfilled his lifelong dream to write a nonfiction version of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, and why he wants his book to serve as reminder of fundamental American values. He tells the story of the New England minister who played an instrumental role in the creation of the Ohio Settlement, how he fought to outlaw slavery in the territory, and how his son carried on his fight for abolition a few...

Duration:00:47:07

Bill Hader's Long Road to Directing

5/16/2019
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Bill Hader (SNL, Trainwreck, Barry) talks about his childhood love of film, his early days as a struggling production assistant in Hollywood, and how he's finally getting back to his cinematic roots with his dark comedy series Barry. He discusses directing the much talked about episode 5 this season, how he staged an epic 30 minute fight scene, and why he had to hire a construction crew to build him the perfect tree. Hader recalls his original audition for Saturday Night Live, his first...

Duration:00:45:01

Jordan Klepper Goes on the Frontlines of Change

5/13/2019
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Jordan Klepper returns to the podcast to talk about getting out of the studio and getting out in the real world again for his new Comedy Central docu-series Klepper. He tells the story of a wrestling club in Texas that is helping veterans body slam their way through PTSD, what it says about how vets get treated by the VA and by their fellow Americans, and how Jordan faired when he donned a cape and got in the ring with them. Then Jordan recalls sleeping in the swamp for two nights and...

Duration:00:46:38

Sir Kenneth Branagh Becomes the Bard

5/9/2019
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Oscar nominated actor and director Sir Kenneth Branagh is the greatest living interpreter of the works of William Shakespeare, and today he talks about his life long love of Shakespeare and stepping into the shoes of his hero for his new film All Is True. Branagh discusses why he chose to focus on the three years following Shakespeare’s retirement and why he wasn’t afraid to deviate from the accepted biography and embrace the mystery around the man. He talks about teaming up with writer Ben...

Duration:00:39:09