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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

Pete Holmes Talks Fatherhood, Comedy, and Making It Weird

12/13/2018
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Comedian Pete Holmes talks about his new HBO comedy special PETE HOLMES: DIRTY CLEAN, paying his dues as a comic, and all of life’s weird and wonderful questions. Pete says standup is still his first love, but podcasting is how he makes friends these days, and he believes everyone, no matter who they are or where they live, should start of podcast of their own. He talks about being a brand new father, why his audiences always want him to complain about his baby, and why he’s determined not...

Duration:00:55:30

Tha Fabulous Tina Brown Returns

12/10/2018
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The legendary Tina Brown returns to talk about growing up in an entertainment family, how she got expelled from 3 different boarding schools for being a “subversive influence,” and how that same subversiveness served her well as editor of Vanity Fair. Tina talks about her 37 year marriage to the former editor of The Sunday Times - Harry Evans, and their morning ritual of having a “news buffet.” She talks about turning around The New Yorker after her successful run at Vanity Fair, how she...

Duration:00:48:51

Historian H.W. Brands on Washington in the Age of Compromise

12/6/2018
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Historian H.W. Brands discusses his new book Heirs of the Founders: The Epic Rivalry of Henry Clay, John Calhoun and Daniel Webster, the Second Generation of American Giants. Professor Brands talks about how these three political giants crafted the Compromise of 1850 which barely held the Union together, why none of these three men was ever elected President, and how compromise went from being politics at its finest to a dirty word in today’s Washington. He discusses John Calhoun’s beliefs...

Duration:00:47:16

The Daily Show's Trevor Noah

12/3/2018
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Trevor Noah talks about his new 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 with the hate itself. He shares how the 2016 election affected his own vision for THE DAILY...

Duration:00:41:51

David Priess Reveals How to Get Rid of a President

11/29/2018
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David Priess returns to deliver a colorful political history of the schemes, maneuvers, and conspiracies that have attempted to remove unwanted presidents. He discusses the various President’s who’ve died in office of natural and unnatural causes including two President’s who some suspect may have been poisoned and a bizarre conspiracy by a cabal of wealthy businessman to overthrow President Franklin Roosevelt. He explains the 25th Amendment which allows for the President’s Cabinet and...

Duration:00:18:13

Author Michael Connelly on Cops, Crime Reporting, and Classic Noir

11/26/2018
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Best-selling crime novelist Michael Connelly talks about his literary hero Raymond Chandler, how he followed in the footsteps of the king of detective noir when he first came to Los Angeles, and how Chandler’s novels influenced his own writing. He reveals why he spent over two decades working as a crime reporter before diving into fiction, how he went about cultivating relationships with LAPD’s top homicide detectives, and how those sources still inform his work today. He talks about...

Duration:00:49:23

Dan Rather on the Values That Unite America

11/22/2018
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Legendary newsman Dan Rather talks about his 60 year career and how his travels and conversations have given him a “wide shot” of the American experience and the values that unite us. He condemns recent attacks on some on those values (including freedom of the press), he shares his own family's experience during the Great Depression as a lesson in empathy, and he recalls how his time spent with men like Martin Luther King Jr. and Medger Evers opened his eyes to institutionalized racism in...

Duration:00:47:58

General Stanley McChrystal on Myths and Realities of Great Leaders

11/19/2018
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General Stanley McChrystal talks about the myths and reality of leadership. He shares how he came to reassess the legacy of his military hero General Robert E. Lee in the aftermath of Charlottseville, how he personally learned that the man at the top often gets credit he doesn’t deserve, and why leaders aren’t always judged by their results. He discusses a 15th century Chinese admiral who has become the symbol for that country’s global ambitions, why he didn’t realize that Coco Chanel was a...

Duration:00:48:51

Willem Dafoe on Art, Acting and "Embracing the Mystery"

11/15/2018
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Oscar-nominated actor Willem Dafoe (Platoon, Spiderman, The Grand Budapest Hotel) shares how his beginnings in experimental theater inform his acting, what draws him to independent films, and what it’s like to make his 100th movie. He talks about how his latest film At Eternity's Gate challenges the image of Vincent Van Gogh as a unappreciated mad genius and rethinks the constructs of the traditional biopic. He reveals what it was like to immerse himself in Van Gogh’s world and find his...

Duration:00:42:15

Washington Post Reporter Greg Miller on Trump, Russia, and the Assault on the Free Press

11/12/2018
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Greg Miller is one of the reporters for The Washington Post who received the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for his groundbreaking stories on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, and the resulting investigations of the Trump campaign and administration. Today he shares how he cornered the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at a science conference in Washington and caught General Michael Flynn in a blatant lie about his dealings with Russian officials. He describes the...

Duration:00:53:07

Comedian Chris Gethard on the Art of Losing

11/8/2018
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Comedian Chris Gethard illustrates his personal and professional manifesto "lose well" with hilarious and ultimately empowering tales about his own missteps, misadventures, and public failures from the cancellation of his Comedy Central sitcom after ten episodes to rediscovering his comedic voice and life’s purpose on a public access channel. He recalls how getting miscast in a school production of Bye Bye Birdie changed his life, the time he invited a heckler on stage during his comedy set,...

Duration:00:53:07

Roger Daltrey on The Who, Woodstock, and his Rock 'n Roll Life

11/5/2018
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Roger Daltrey, founder/lead singer of The Who, discusses how the hardships experienced by Brits in WWII paved the way for the musical revolution of the 1960s, he recalls what it was like to be the poster-boys for the British “mod” movement (and why he never fully embraced the fad), and he remembers the “utter chaos” of performing at Woodstock. He talks about how he and Peter Townsend pushed each other’s creative boundaries during the making of the first rock opera Tommy, how he managed to...

Duration:00:43:38

Sir Michael Caine on Old Movie Stars, Young Cockneys, and Life Lessons

11/1/2018
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Sir Michael Caine has starred in over 100 movies and won two Academy Awards, and today he shares stories and advice from his remarkable career. He reveals why he never believed in taking advice from older movie stars, why he never wanted to be James Bond, and how the 1960’s made it cool to be a young cockney in the movies. He recalls his humble working class beginnings in the projects of London known as the Elephant Castle, shares how he learned his famous discipline while serving in the...

Duration:00:36:17

Senator Ben Sasse on Political Division and America's Loneliness Epidemic

10/29/2018
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Senator Ben Sasse does a deep dive into the societal shifts affecting modern American life and the roots of our political divisiveness. He talk about the outsized role politics plays in our daily lives, how "polititainment" celebrities like Sean Hannity are fueling dangerous tribalism in America, and how to build a healthier tribe of family and friends instead of political outrage. He shares recent data that indicates that Americans are feeling increasingly lonely, and explains how the...

Duration:00:53:35

Anthony Atamanuik Opens Up the Trump Presidential Archives

10/25/2018
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Anthony Atamanuik, host of Comedy Central's The President Show returns to the podcast to talk about his new book American Tantrum: The Donald J. Trump Presidential Archives, why the President wants to open his Presidential Library while he's still in office, and what kind of secrets we might find in there. He shares the reason why he stopped doing field pieces in public as Donald Trump, he delves into the strange psyche of the man, and theorizes that Trump might actually welcome news of his...

Duration:00:46:08

Julian Castro Is Always Looking Ahead

10/22/2018
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Julian Castro graduated high school a year early, won election to city council while he was still in law school, and became San Antonio's youngest mayor at age 27, before eventually serving as President Obama's Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and making Hillary Clinton's short-list for VP in 2016. He talks about his family's American dream including the remarkable story of how his Grandmother fled the violence of the Mexican Civil War for America and the values that his political...

Duration:00:47:56

Legendary Sports Announcer Verne Lundquist

10/18/2018
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Legendary sports broadcaster Verne Lundquist recalls some of his favorite moments in sports and some of his favorite calls from Jack Nicklaus's final victory at the 1986 Masters and Tonya Harding's attack on Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994 Olympics to Christian Laettner's buzzer beater in the NCAA tournament and the Auburn-Alabama shocker of 2013. Verne shares why one radio station owner wanted him to change his name to "Jerry Lund," why he hated his short lived stint as a local news reporter in...

Duration:00:37:06

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