Kickass News

Hosted by Hollywood producer and political media strategist Ben Mathis, KickAss News is a twice weekly podcast that features the most interesting personalities and thought leaders in politics, entertainment, tech, business, science, and more. Enjoy the podcast? Then please support the show and help keep us on the air by making a donation to our GoFundMe campaign at Another way you can support the show is to subscribe to the podcast and leave us a review on iTunes to help keep us ranking strong on the top podcasts charts. For more information visit Thanks for listening!

Society & Culture
Introducing Everything Everywhere
This is a short preview of Everything Everywhere podcast.
13 min
Basketball Great Dwayne Wade
Dwayne Wade talks about his basketball career, his 3 NBA Championships for the Miami Heat, and playing for the Redeem Team.
31 min
Master Magician David Copperfield
Master illusionist recalls his beginnings as a childhood magician, his very first magic act, and why his early heroes were filmmakers and dancers instead of magicians.  He reveals how he comes up with new ways to astound audiences and the...
38 min
Brad Meltzer Returns
Bestselling author returns to talk about his Ordinary People Change the World series of children's books and the importance of giving kids real heroes.  He discusses his latest children's book , why he thinks kids will find Oprah's story...
30 min
Bob Woodward and Robert Costa
Acclaimed journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa talk about the candid moment when President Donald Trump privately admitted that he had lost the 2020 election, how Rudy Giuliani convinced him to contest the results, and why Senate leaders in...
45 min
Science Writer Mary Roach on Animal Law-Breakers
Mary Roach discusses her new book about the strange things that happen when humans and animals intersect.
37 min
Ron and Clint Howard Recall Their TV Childhood
Ron and Clint Howard discuss their early years as TV stars and how their parents still managed to give them a normal childhood.
38 min
Masters of Scale Reid Hoffman & June Cohen
Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder of LinkedIn, Partner at Greylock, and Host of Masters of Scale Podcast and June Cohen, his producer and Co-Founder and CEO of WaitWhat, discuss their new book .  They talk about the entrepreneurial...
41 min
Alexander Vindman on Doing What's Right
Alexander Vindman discusses the infamous Trump-Ukraine call and why he knew he had to speak out.
44 min
When Things Go Wrong
Host Frank Supovitz interviews former NFL security head Jeffrey Miller about crisis management.
47 min
Legends of the Old West Presents The Pleasant V...
Legends of the Old West Presents Season 18 about the most deadly range conflict in U.S. history.
27 min
The 1978 Lufthansa Heist
This is episode one of the new season of Infamous America which is all about the notorious 1978 Lufthansa Heist
29 min
Ben Rhodes on Activism vs Authoritarianism
Ben Rhodes, A former White House aide and close confidant to President Barack Obama, discusses what it was like to go from being the ultimate White House insider to reporting on world events from the outside.  He talks about his...
43 min
Brad Stone Takes Us Inside Amazon
Bloomberg tech editor Brad Stone discusses the rise of Jeff Bezos and the unprecedented success of Amazon.
45 min
Malcolm Gladwell on the Bomber Mafia
Malcolm Gladwell discusses the stranger fiction of the story of a Dutch genius and his homemade computer, a band of brothers in central Alabama, a British psychopath, and pyromaniacal chemists at Harvard to examine one of the...
41 min
Jon Meacham on the Roots of the Capitol Riot
Historian Jon Meach Talks about the Roots of the Alt-Right, the Death of Truth, and his New Podcast "Fate of Fact."
38 min
Alex Gibney on the Crime of the Century
Filmmaker Alex Gibney Reveals How Big Pharma Manufactured the Opioid Epidemic
38 min
Airwave Presents: Food with Mark Bittman
Best-selling food writer Mark Bittman shares his love of food including interviews, recipes, cooking tips, and more.
1 min
Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on Ernest Hemingway
Ken Burns and Lynn Novick come back to the podcast to discuss their new 3-part documentary on .  They share their own memories of the first Hemingway books they ever read, the challenges of getting to the real person behind the...
43 min
Comedian Jo Koy
Comedian talks about growing up as a biracial military brat, his mom’s immigrant hustle, and his first taste of the spotlight as a childhood Michael Jackson impersonator.  He recalls selling tickets door to door for his first comedy...
42 min
Melissa Bernstein of Melissa & Doug Toys
Melissa Bernstein co-founded the wildly successful toy company .  You might think that this happily-married mother of 6, who has created over 5,000 toys which have sold over a billion dollars, is always chipper and full of positivity, but...
50 min
Admiral James Stavridis and Novelist Elliott Ac...
Former commander of NATO and decorated Marine and novelist envision how a naval clash between the US and China in the South China Sea could lead to World War III in their disturbingly plausible work of speculative fiction titled .  They...
31 min
A Huge Announcement from Kickass News
It's official!  We're launching a brand new podcast network called this May!  In addition to Kickass News, Airwave will be the new home for many of your other favorite podcasts.  Airwave will also debut over a dozen original...
2 min
Walter Isaacson on the Next Scientific Revolution
Bestselling author Walter Isaacson (Jobs, Leonardo DaVinci) shares how Nobel Prize-winning scientist Jennifer Doudna and her collaborators blazed a trail in a field dominated by men and turned a curiosity of nature into an something that will...
38 min
Comedian Howie Mandel
Howie Mandel talks about making his first comedy special in 20 years, his childhood growing up in Toronto, and how the show Candid Camera inspired him to pull an elaborate prank that got him expelled form high school. He shares how "winging it" the...
52 min