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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

Paul Reiser & Jeff Sotzing Bring Johnny Carson to a New Audience

11/16/2017
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Paul Reiser and Jeff Sotzing discusses their new show There's...Johnny!, a funny and heartwarming coming of age series set amid the backstage antics on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. They talk about bringing Carson to a new generation of TV viewers, meticulously recreating the look of The Tonight Show for There's...Johnny!, and building each episode around some of Johnny Carson's most iconic television moments. Paul recalls his first appearance on Carson, Johnny’s impeccable sense of...

Duration: 00:51:35


Jenna & Barbara Bush on their Unbreakable Bond & Life in a Political Dynasty

11/13/2017
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Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush discuss their surprisingly normal childhood when they assumed that everyone’s grandfather got to have an inauguration, and why they initially didn't want their dad to run for President. Barbara discusses the difficulties of having the same name as the First Lady, and the time a Yale professor offered her an A if she could convince her dad to call off the Iraq War. Jenna talks about the infamous night they got caught drinking underage and recalls her...

Duration: 00:38:57


Alec Baldwin & Kurt Andersen Talk Presidential Parody

11/9/2017
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Alec Baldwin and Kurt Andersen discuss their new book You Can't Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump. Alec shares his thoughts Donald Trump’s bizarre twitter war with SNL, and Alec reveals a secret fan he has in the White House. They talk about the mentally taxing process of getting into the strange mind of Donald Trump, how Trump has blurred the lines between reality and fiction, and Trump’s deep love for...

Duration: 00:36:34


A Lesson in Girl Logic w/ Comedian Iliza Shlesinger

11/6/2017
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Comedian Iliza Shlesinger explains the often misunderstood and highly evolved way of thinking that she calls "girl logic." She relates girl logic to everything from the fashion and the work place to the most frustrating question a man can ask a woman - “what do you want to eat?” Plus Iliza shares her thoughts on Harvey Weinstein, guys who fake their own deaths, how to win a reality show, and how to deal with mermaid hate mail. Order Iliza Shlesinger's new book GIRL LOGIC: The Genius and...

Duration: 00:52:17


Comedian Gilbert Gottfried

11/2/2017
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Comedian Gilbert Gottfried talks about his fear of being "outted" as family man in his new documentary GILBERT, recalls some of the worst gigs he ever had, and reveals why he used to look down on comics who "work dirty." He explains why nazis love him, tells traveling salesmen jokes, does his impressions Humphrey Bogart at the postoffice and Jackie Gleason as Rick in Casablanca, and tells his infamous Danny Thomas story. His documentary GILBERT opens at the IFC Center in NYC on 11/3,...

Duration: 00:52:55


LORE's Aaron Mahnke on Monstrous Creatures & Dark History

10/30/2017
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Aaron Mahnke, host of LORE podcast, shares the real history behind the legends of ghosts, vampires and werewolves, and how our scary folktales say a lot about our attitudes toward women, outsiders, and those who are different. He talks about the spiritualism craze of the turn of the century, the most sadistic witch hunters throughout the ages, as well as the Jersey Devil, the Beast of Bray road, gremlins, fairies and more. Subscribe to LORE podcast on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get...

Duration: 00:45:16


Ron Chernow on Redeeming Ulysses S. Grant

10/26/2017
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Pulitzer-winning author/historian Ron Chernow (Alexander Hamilton, Washington: A Life) wants Americans to rethink the 18th President with his new biography GRANT. He discusses Ulysses S. Grant’s drinking and early failures, his meteoric rise through the ranks during the Civil War, and how Grant struggled with his own personal civil war at home. He makes the case for General Grant as a brilliant military strategist, and argues that he deserves more credit for holding the union together...

Duration: 00:50:21


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

10/23/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:40:31


King of Cards Richard Turner

10/19/2017
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Richard Turner is the greatest card magician in the world and the subject of a new documentary called DEALT. He’s virtually never seen without a deck in his hands, and today he fesses up to shuffling cards in the movies, during church and even while making love to his wife! He shares why he doesn’t like to be called a magician or an illusionist, he discuss some of the less than ethical origins of card trickery, and talks about the man who mentored him in card manipulation. Then after the...

Duration: 00:47:34


Astronaut Scott Kelly's Year in Space

10/16/2017
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Astronaut Captain Scott Kelly talks about his year on the International Space Station, including how it pushed his body the limit, why the hardest physical test was re-adjusting to life on earth, and how his experience could get NASA one step closer to a manned mission to Mars. He reveals how he combatted boredom in space, what he missed most about earth, and how he got along with his Russian crew-mates amid strained US-Russia relations. Plus Scott tells me if the "overview effect" ever...

Duration: 00:46:41


Anthony Bourdain Wants to End Food Waste

10/12/2017
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Anthony Bourdain speaks candidly about the problem of food waste, who is to blame, and who is working on solutions. He discusses how he and his fellow chefs have been fighting this battle for years in their own kitchens, including embracing the "snout to tail" movement, renaming so called "trash fish," and even turning table scraps into delicious pork. He also shares how he manages to juggle his a hectic travel schedule, waxes about his love of Vietnam, and reveals some of his most...

Duration: 00:36:08


Grouchy Historians Ed Asner & Ed. Weinberger

10/9/2017
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Ed Asner and Ed Weinberger discuss their book The Grouchy Historian An Old-Time Lefty Defends Our Constitution Against Right-Wing Hypocrites and Nutjobs. Order Ed Asner and Ed Weinberger's book The Grouchy Historian on Amazon or download the audio book on Audible. Today’s episode is sponsored by Nadex and Sonos. Please subscribe to Kickass News on Apple Podcasts and take our annual listener survey at www.podsurvey.com/KICK. Visit www.kickassnews.com for more fun stuff.

Duration: 00:48:38


Merry Mortician Caitlin Doughty on Changing Americans' Attitudes Toward Death & Dying

10/5/2017
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Mortician, author and activist Caitlin Doughty discusses her new book From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death. She reveasl how America’s funeral industrial complex overcharges and overregulates how we say goodbye to our loved ones and how funerals went from private family affairs to big business in just a century. She shares how people around the world honor the dead including villagers in Indonesia who sleep, eat, and interact with their deceased on a daily...

Duration: 00:51:30


Bill Murray & Jan Vogler Explore New Worlds of Music, Poetry & Humor

10/2/2017
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Actor Bill Murray (Lost in Translation, Rushmore) & classical cellist Jan Vogler discuss how their album New Worlds evolved out of a chance meeting on a flight from Berlin to NYC and a mutual love of music and poetry. Plus, Bill Murray shares his philosophy of life, his favorite American humorists, and his thoughts on being an internet folk hero. New Worlds is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, or wherever you buy music. Bill and Jan's concert tour begins Friday, October 6 in Santa...

Duration: 00:39:07


Astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison's Plan for a 100 Year Starship

9/11/2017
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Astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison discusses her bold initiative to create a starship capable of transporting humans beyond our solar system. She talks about the cooperation that will be necessary across all scientific fields, the logistical and biological hurdles to be overcome in order to make extended human space travel feasible and safe, and why it's important for longterm "moonshot initiatives" to inspire the next generation. Plus the first astronaut to appear on Star Trek shares her childhood...

Duration: 00:43:35


Danny Strong Brings Author J.D. Salinger to the BigActor, writer, director Danny Strong talks about his new movie Rebel in the Rye about the life of author J.D. Salinger. He discusses the challenges of portraying a man who spent so much of his life ou

9/7/2017
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Actor, writer, director Danny Strong talks about his new movie Rebel in the Rye about the life of author J.D. Salinger. He discusses the challenges of portraying a man who spent so much of his life out of the public spotlight, the autobiographical aspects of his novel Catcher in the Rye, and why this film is probably the closest we will ever get to a Catcher in the Rye movie. Plus, Danny reveals how a young video clerk named Quentin Tarantino stoked his early love of film, and we talk...

Duration: 00:45:26


Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson (Rerun)

8/31/2017
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Today's episode is a rerun of my interview acclaimed astrophysicist, author, and a highly popular science communicator Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. Today Dr. Tyson talks about his new #1 New York Times Bestseller Astrophysics for People in a Hurry and why he wants to make science accessible and understandable for all. He shares his thoughts on how movies and television portray science. He reveals just how rapidly the universe was born and why the debate over the big bang theory vs intelligent...

Duration: 00:38:08


Carol Burnett (Rerun)

8/29/2017
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This a previous episode with the great Carol Burnett who reminisces about some of the best times on The Carol Burnett Show. She shares stories about Harvey Korman, Tim Conway and Vickie Lawrence, including which one she almost had to fire and which one could always crack her up in front of the cameras. She talks about the boys club that was network television in the 60’s and 70’s and she reveals the comedy sketch that she wished she hadn’t done and some of her favorite questions from the...

Duration: 00:38:50


Richard Dawkins Has a Soul for Science

8/24/2017
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Famed evolutionary biologist, author, and science communicator Richard Dawkins shares his wonder for science, debunks the entire premise of intelligent design, and calls on the scientific community to stop calling evolution a theory. He talks about Berkley University’s recent decision to uninvite him to speak and what he calls higher learning’s dangerous elevation of opinion over truth and objective facts. Plus the well known atheist talks about his friend the late Christopher Hitchens,...

Duration: 00:38:44


Al Madrigal on Comedy, Trump, and Avoiding Cilantro

8/21/2017
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Comedian Al Madrigal (The Daily Show, I'm Dying Up Here) talks about exploring the dark side of the 70's stand-up comedy boom on his new Showtime series, why he’s resisted being pidgeonholed as a latino comic, and why he thinks white guys actually have it tougher in comedy. He discusses his audition for The Daily Show, and faking a border crossing as a field correspondent. Plus seafood as revenge, why you might want to avoid cilantro for the next 4 years, and Al Madrigal on Donald Trump...

Duration: 00:46:39

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