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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

Doris Kearns Goodwin on Presidential Leadership

10/15/2018
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Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin revisits four of her favorite U.S. Presidents for her new book Leadership: In Turbulent Times. Today she discusses the ideological family tree shared by Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson, how their character was shaped by their setbacks, and how their destinies were forged in times of crisis. She shares how Abraham Lincoln gave purpose to the Civil War, how Teddy Roosevelt averted a coal strike...

Duration:00:56:23

Founder of "The Onion" Scott Dikkers

10/11/2018
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As the founder of The Onion, Scott Dikkers practically invented "fake news." He discusses the origins of the satirical news site as a print newspaper on college campuses, how he drew inspiration from National Lampoon and Spy Magazine, and the article about Bill Clinton and the War in Bosnia that prompted The Onion to finally go online. He recalls creating cable news parodies with a young Stephen Colbert on the Dana Carvey Show, how the Onion fooled Mahmud Ahmadenijad, and the article that...

Duration:00:43:36

Mitch Albom on Life, Death, and Morrie

10/8/2018
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Mitch Albom is the author the all time best-selling memoir Tuesday's with Morrie and six #1 Bestsellers that have sold over a million copies worldwide. He talks about his new novel The Next Person You Meet in Heaven, how losing his adopted daughter to cancer inspired his latest book, and what the book has to say about mistakes and forgiveness. He reveals how difficult it was to get Tuesdays with Morrie published, some of the lessons from Morrie Schwartz that have come to mean more to him 20...

Duration:00:53:37

Jeff Bridges Gets Zen About Art, Acting, and the Environment

10/4/2018
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Jeff Bridges discusses his 6 decades in Hollywood and what he learned about acting from dad Lloyd Bridges. He recalls the "Little Rascals" version of Tucker that he and Francis Ford Coppola made prior to filming, laughing it up with Robin Williams and Terry Gilliam on the set of The Fisher King, and how he and his brother Beau tested each other during The Fabulous Baker Boys. He shares stories about making The Last Picture Show, King Kong, Heaven's Gate, The Contender, and True Grit. He...

Duration:00:48:35

Cisco's John Chambers on Leadership in a Startup World

10/1/2018
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John Chambers is widely considered one of the world’s greatest business leaders, and today he discusses how he turned Cisco into a global tech giant with $47 billion in revenues and 70,000 employees. He talks about his early years working at IBM and Wang Laboratories and how those experiences led to his lifelong mantra “disrupt or be disrupted.” He opens up about his struggle with dyslexia, how it helped him see 4 and 5 chess moves ahead as a CEO, and why he encourages other business leaders...

Duration:00:44:49

CBS White House Correspondent Major Garrett

9/27/2018
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CBS News' chief White House correspondent Major Garrett has covered the last 4 administrations but says nothing could prepare him for President Donald Trump. He recalls his strange first encounter with the reality TV star who would become President and the craziest 11 days he’s ever experienced as a White House correspondent. He discusses the many ways in which the President is his own worst enemy, how the President’s failure at healtchare reform lead to his success on tax reform, and yet he...

Duration:00:34:56

Ken Burns on the Mayo Clinic Miracle

9/24/2018
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Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns discusses his new film The Mayo Clinic: Faith Hope Science and tells incredible story of a country physician and a Franciscan nun who built the medical institution known as “The Miracle in Minnesota.” He talks about the natural disaster that led to the formation of the Mayo Clinic, their astounding success rate at a time when going to a hospital was considered a death sentence, and how Dr. W.W. Mayo and his staff innovated everything from sterilization and...

Duration:00:47:03

Sir Richard Branson on his Adventures in Business, Space, and Beyond

9/20/2018
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Sir Richard Branson talks about The Virgin Group philosophy, why he likes to act fast when launching a new business, and how many of his best ideas came from his own desires and frustrations as a consumer. He gives advice to young entrepreneurs and shares what he’s learned from his mistakes. He reveals his reasons for selling Virgin America to Alaska Air, and he outlines his vision of the future with Virgin Galactic and his latest venture Virgin Hyperloop One. Plus he talks about his strange...

Duration:00:36:36

Chris Stirewalt Gives a Colorful History of American Populism

9/17/2018
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Fox News' politics editor Chris Stirewalt discusses the history of American populism, how economic resentment fuels populism even in times of huge prosperity, and why the will of the people doesn’t always make for great policy. He discusses why populist leaders are so prone to hucksterism and easy answers including one politician who literally started out as snake oil salesman, and why it’s a good thing that most populist leaders never actually get to govern. He talks about how the least...

Duration:00:47:00

Comedian Sam Morrill's Therapist Misses Him

9/13/2018
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Comedian Sam Morrill talks about getting his start as an intern on the Colbert Report and breaking into the New York comedy scene. He reveals why dating and standup don't always mix and why his therapist misses him when he's on the road. He talks about some of the jokes that have gotten him in trouble with social justice warriors on the internet and how he handles the moral outrage machine on social media. Plus borscht belt comedy, the worst gigs ever, #MeToo, and more. Don't miss Sam's new...

Duration:00:44:14

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson on the Military Astrophysics Alliance and Trump's Space Force

9/8/2018
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Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson returns to discuss the mutually beneficial relationship between war-makers and star-gazers. He says the military often serves as a source of creative inspiration for astrophysicists and shares some of the unexpected breakthroughs that emerged from government funded defense projects. Then Neil weighs in on President Trump’s proposed Space Force. He cautions that just because Donald Trump suggested it doesn’t necessarily mean it is bad idea, and in fact, he suggested...

Duration:00:53:50

Mark Leibovich Exposes the NFL's Excess and Anxiety

9/6/2018
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Mark Leibovich, Chief National Correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, follows up his #1 bestseller THIS TOWN with a probing examination of pro-football at a moment of peak success and high anxiety BIG GAME: THE NFL IN DANGEROUS TIMES. This native Bostonian apologizes for those famously annoying Patriots fans, and discusses the Patriots superfan in the White House and Trump’s weird obsession with Tom Brady. He offers an unprecedented glimpse inside the one club that Donald Trump...

Duration:00:48:59

Amb. Wendy Sherman on Negotiating Nukes w/ Iran & North Korea

9/3/2018
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Ambassador Wendy Sherman was the lead negotiator on the Iran Nuclear Agreement, and she writes about it in her new book titled Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power, and Persistence. Today she recalls working with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to halt North Korea’s nuclear ambitions in the 90’s, and how they came close to an agreement only to see their efforts derailed by the chaos of the 2000 election. She explains why negotiating with North Korea is always "one...

Duration:00:48:40

Rick Wilson on Trump, Giuliani, and "Vichy Republicans"

8/30/2018
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Republican strategist Rick Wilson was one of the very first conservatives to oppose Donald Trump and a co-founder of the Never Trump movement. Today he enumerate the many reasons why Trump is so abhorrent to him, how his opposition to Trump has caused him to feel like a pariah in his own party, and how he gets far more death threats from crazed Trump-supporters than he ever got from Democrats. He calls out the “vichy Republicans” in Washington who sold out out to Trump, and singles out...

Duration:00:54:15

Arthur Brooks on the Art of Disagreement

8/27/2018
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As the president of the American Enterprise Institute, Arthur Brooks has long worked to foster more civilized and productive discourse, and now he is exploring the art of disagreement on his new podcast The Arthur Brooks Show. Arthur says the answer is not to stop talking with people on the opposite side of the political spectrum but to talk to each other better. Arthur describes how social media lowers our inhibitions and makes us meaner, he discusses America’s addiction to moral outrage as...

Duration:00:46:21

Rob Riggle Talks Improv, Jet Skis, and the Marines

8/23/2018
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Rob Riggle (The Hangover, Step Brothers) shares how a running joke spawned his latest project and what it’s like to play a "heightened version of himself" in Rob Riggle's Ski Master Academy. Rob recalls his 23 years in the Marines, what it was like handling public affairs in a country where people wanted to chop your head off, how he managed to juggle his military service with his comedy career, and his fateful decision to pass up pilot school to try his hand at standup. He talks about...

Duration:00:49:27

Dan Buettner Shares Longevity Secrets from the World's "Blue Zones"

8/20/2018
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National Geographic Fellow Dan Buettner has studied the the world's "blue zones" the 5 areas where people live the longest, and today he shares their secrets. He shares how calorie restriction can lengthen your life, what kind of exercises are best for longevity and mobility, and why loners rarely live to be 100. He talks about an island in Italy where the men outlive the women, why people with daughters live longer than those with sons, and how modern conveniences are driving the world’s...

Duration:00:56:50

Greg Gutfeld: Fox News's Political Unicorn

8/16/2018
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Greg Gutfeld discusses his new book The Gutfeld Monologues: Classic Rants from The Five and how it gave him a unique opportunity troll his own work. He talks about his political evolution starting out at liberal enclave UC Berkeley, his problem with "mob thinking," and how extremism on both the left and the right led him to Libertarianism. He recalls his early days working at the Huffington Post with his best buddy Andrew Breitbart and how a prank involving costumed dwarves got him fired as...

Duration:00:48:28

Topher Grace on How David Duke Got Duped

8/13/2018
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Topher Grace discusses playing David Duke in Spike Lee's latest film Blackkklansman about Ron Stallworth, the black cop who infiltrated the KKK. Topher talks about the agony of reading David Duke’s autobiography for the role, why Duke still denies that he was ever fooled by a black man, and how Duke was using phrases like “America First” and “Make America Great Again” long before Trump. Topher shares how director Spike Lee helped him play the king of all racists, what it was like to screen...

Duration:00:37:53

Jenna Elfman Talks Zombie Preparedness and Dharma & Greg in the Trump Era

8/9/2018
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Jenna Elfman talks about joining the cast of AMC's Fear the Walking Dead, shares her strategy for surviving a zombie apocalypse, and reveals how working on the show got her thinking about her own family's emergency preparedness. She discusses her first experience with a "walker" on set, how doing her own stunts has made her a bit of a badass in the eyes of her two young sons, and what it was like to interact with The Walking Dead’s diehard fans at Comicon. Plus Jenna talks about how she and...

Duration:00:43:36