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
Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn on t...
Aging, Science, Longevity, Health, Wellness, Genetics, Telomeres, Biology, Self Help, Fitness, Psychology, Gerontology, Medicine,
41 min
Cyberwar Expert Alexander Klimburg
national security, defense, cybercrime, cyberwar, Russia, China, Putin, election, infowar, war,
41 min
99% Invisible's Roman Mars Talks Trump, the Con...
Design, Architecture, Radiotopia, 99% Invisible, Trump, Constitution, Law, Podcasting, Politics,
43 min
Sea Power w/ Admiral James Stavridis
Navy, Military, Sea, Ocean, NATO, Geopolitics, China, Russia, Foreign Policy, Naval, History,
38 min
Coral Bleaching: The Next Ecological Catastroph...
ocean, oceanography, environmentalism, fish, coral, ecology, documentary, film, sea, climate change, science, global warming,
47 min
Senator Al Franken Is Allowed To Be Funny Again!
Politics, Comedy, Senate, Satire, Humor, Congress, Saturday Night Live, Democrat, Progressive, Comedy,
44 min
Science Writer Mary Roach on the Curious Scienc...
science, war, military, research, combat, medicine, soldiers, veterans, health,
49 min
John McEnroe on Tennis, Temper, and a Few Life ...
tennis, Wimbledon, French Open, sports, grand slam, athletics, U.S. Open,
43 min
Nuns! Nuns! Nuns! w/ Kate Micucci
movies, film, comedy, comedian, Sundance, UCB, funny, entertainment,
41 min
Senator Mike Lee on the Forgotten Founding Fathers
American history, Constitution, Hamilton, Federalist, Bill of Rights, founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, Republican, politics,
41 min
GMOs: Fact v. Fiction w/ Filmmaker Scott Hamilt...
GMO, genetically modified organisms, science, food, farming, agriculture, crops, genetic engineering, health, Neil deGrasse Tyson,
54 min
The Great Communicator Alan Alda Returns!!
communicating, empathy, psychology, communication, public speaking, television, science, doctors, theory of mind, acting, improv, improvisation, MASH,
53 min
The Art of Manliness w/ Brett McKay
men, men's interest, fatherhood, skills, survival, self-improvement, self-defense, Teddy Roosevelt, camping, guys, Men's Health, Art of Manliness,
40 min
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Remembers Coach John Wooden
basketball, NBA, UCLA, Lakers, sports, hoops, coaching, civil rights, jazz, inspirational, lessons, friendship,
33 min
The Daily Show's Jordan Klepper Solves Guns
politics, constitution, guns, safety, regulation, comedy, humor, satire, the daily show, jon stewart, trevor noah, improv,
40 min
Comedy Legend Carl Reiner Returns!
comedy, entertainment, television, aging, movies, comedian, comic, TV, showbusiness, Hollywood, humor, documentary,
45 min
Comedian Demetri Martin on Directing, Drawing &...
comedy, comedian, film, directing, humor, art, death, grief, standup, movies, entertainment,
46 min
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson Gives a Lesson in Astro...
science, space, astrophysics, planets, big bang theory, NASA, StarTalk, Cosmos, universe, education, NOVA,
38 min
WAR MACHINE Director David Michod
War, Film, Afghanistan, Movie, Satire, Military, McChrystal, Taliban, Counterinsurgency, Politics, Foreign Policy,
35 min
Ocean Explorer Dr. Robert Ballard on Finding Ti...
Ocean, Exploration, Titanic, Archeology, shipwrecks, Sea, National Geographic, Sea, Discovery, Pacific, Education, Boats, Nautilus,
52 min
Dave Anthony & Gareth Reynolds of "The Dollop" ...
America, U.S., history, podcast, humor, President, comedy, stories, George Washington, comedians,
42 min
Governor John Kasich/Dr. Richard Haass
Politics, foreign policy, President, Ohio, Republican, international affairs, GOP, primary, 2016, healthcare, national security, Obamacare, Russia, North Korea, campaign, CFR, Council on Foreign Relations, Trump, campaign, diplomacy,
45 min
Anne-Marie Slaughter on Strategies of Connectio...
foreign policy, international affairs, state department, politics, globalization, New America, Syria, North Korea, Hillary Clinton,
38 min
Bad Taste & Making Trouble w/ Director John Waters
film, creativity, art, movies, Hairspray, inspiration, political correctness, counter-culture, director, filmmaker, Baltimore,
38 min
Prof. Allan Lichtman Predicts Impeachment for P...
Politics, President, Presidential, Impeachment, Constitution, Trump, Russia, Nixon, White House, Abuse, Law, Political, Congress, Legal,
40 min
Inside Hillary Clinton's Shattered Campaign w/ ...
Hillary Clinton, Presidential, Election, 2016, Campaign, Politics, DNC, Trump, Bill Clinton, Obama, Biden
35 min
Comedian W. Kamau Bell on Denzel, the KKK & Bla...
CNN, news, comedy, comedian, race, politics, humor, diversity, Denzel Washington,
46 min
Adam Campbell of NBC's "Great News"
Comedy, NBC, television, sitcom, Tina Fey, UK, SNL, CNN, 30 Rock, News, humor, fake news, England, Britain, Hollywood,
38 min
Chris Whipple on the President's Gatekeeper
White House, Chief of Staff, government, President, Reince Priebus, West Wing, Nixon, Reagan, Obama, Trump,
43 min
Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night w/ NYT ...
comedy, David Letterman, talk show, Johnny Carson, comedian, late night, television,
57 min
Daniel Franklin of "The Economist" Envisions Te...
Technology, Futurist, The Economist, Future, AI,
40 min
Laughing Through the Arab Spring w/ Bassem Youssef
comedy, political, satire, Egypt, Middle East, Arab Spring, humor, The Daily Show, Jon Stewart, Muslim Brotherhood,
46 min
Philipp Meyer & Kevin Murphy Talk Texas Oil & B...
Texas, Oil, Literature, Television, Native American, American, History, Cowboy, Border, Wars,
37 min
Exploring the Dark Net w/ Mati Kochavi
Tech, Security, Deep Web, Dark Web, Internet, documentary, Israel, technology, trafficking, arms, terrorism, hacking, news, trends, Arab Spring,
34 min
Theoretical Physicist Lawrence Krauss Answers "...
science, physics, existentialism, origins, evolution, universe, big bang, religion, bible, Einstein, atheism, atomic, doomsday, education,
31 min
P.J. O'Rourke on Election 2016: How the Hell Di...
politics, satire, libertarian, conservative, humor, election, president, Trump, Clinton, Weekly Standard, political, campaign,
48 min
Professor Tom Nichols on the Death of Expertise...
education, politics, schools, national security, Snopes, facts, internet, conspiracy theories, reason, science, college, sociology, Jeopardy, Trump,
52 min
Henry Winkler on the Fonz, Fonts & Helping Dysl...
dyslexia, learning, disorder, reading, acting, television, children, film, Hollywood, Happy Days, Hank Zipzer, ADD,
39 min
Making a Murderer: Jerome Buting vs. Ken Kratz
true crime, marking a murderer, law, serial, criminal, trial, mystery, documentary, Steven Avery, legal, conspiracy,
54 min
Evgeny Afineevsky Discusses His Documentary "Cr...
Syria, FSA, Revolution, Free Syrian Army, Protests, Arab Spring, Civil War, Bashar al-Assad, Assad, Putin, Syrian, Refugees,
41 min
Man of 1000 Voices Rich Little
comedy, impersonations, comics, Hollywood, celebrities, Reagan, Carson, Tonight Show, show business, television, movie, stars,
41 min
Author Patricia Cornwell Solves Jack the Ripper...
true crime, forensics, Jack the Ripper, murder, serial killer, art, detective, Scarpetta, London, Scotland Yard, Britain, history, impressionism,
49 min
The Most Famous Hacker Gives Tips For Personal ...
Hackers, Cyber-Security, Hacking, Tech, Protection, Computers, Security,
46 min
Legendary Mathematician Edward Thorp on Card Co...
Math, Investing, Finance, Blackjack, Casinos, Counting, Odds, Statistics, Computers, Wall Street, Gambling,
47 min
VICE Correspondents Gianna Toboni & Isobel Yeung
Vice, HBO, news journalism, documentary, current events, Syria, ISIS, Russia, media, Shane Smith,
44 min
Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on ...
Australia, Asia, Pacific, Politics, Diplomacy, China, Japan, North Korea, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Policy, United Nations, One China,
43 min
Bloomberg Tech Editor Brad Stone on Uber, AirBn...
Uber, AirBnB, technology, business, tech, startup, sharing economy, Lyft, innovation, regulation, Trump, Amazon, Decrypted, Bezos,
52 min
The Cast & Creators of AMC's HUMANS Imagine a F...
artificial intelligence, television, tv, AMC, tech, future, robots, BBC, the singularity, science, technology, A.I.
46 min
Political Dirty Trickster Roger Stone on The Ma...
Politics, strategy, opposition research, Trump, President, Nixon, Republican, Russia, hack, campaign, Reagan,
44 min
Hugh Hewitt's "Fourth Way" for President Trump...
Hugh Hewitt, Conservative, Republican, Constitution, Trump, Hamilton, Lincoln, Infrastructure, Immigration, Navy, Nixon, Impeachment, Government, Law,
46 min
Amazon's Fresh Take on Zelda & Scott Fitzgerald
Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda Fitzgerald, television, literature, Great Gatsby, Jazz Age, author, 1920s, This Side of Paradise, Amazon, TV, Series,
45 min
John Avlon, Editor of The Daily Beast on Washin...
George Washington, American History, Presidents, Founding Fathers,
49 min
In Praise of Free Trade w/ Austan Goolsbee, Mar...
trade, economics, White House, President, markets, foreign policy, globalism, TPP, free trade, NAFTA, Trump, trade war, China, Trans-Pacific Partnership, economy,
53 min
The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein w/ CIA Anal...
CIA, Intelligence, Iraq, Saddam Hussein, ISIS, Middle East, Iraqi, history, human rights, Bush, Bagdad, Muqtada al-Sadr, terrorism, Al-Qaeda,
42 min
Louie Anderson, Martha Kelly & Jonathan Krisel ...
Baskets, comedy, comedians, humor, clowns, FX, stand-up comedy, television, Zach Galifinakis, Austin, Comedy Store, Portlandia, Funny, TV,
47 min
The Cast & Creators of History Channel's SIX
SEALS, SEAL Team Six, Military, Special Forces, Counter-terrorism, DevGru, Navy, covert, specials ops, history, veterans, television, bootcamp,
46 min
Globalist Parag Khanna Calls for Technocracy in...
globalization, economics, trade, government, governance, Singapore, Switzerland, Presidency, Technocrat, Democracy,
49 min
Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics Wants To Tell Yo...
Freakonomics, Podcast, Behavioral, Economics, Markets, Steven Levitt, Psychology, Tell Me Something I Don't Know,
42 min
Brain Warriors Dr. Daniel & Tana Amen Share Tip...
brain, health, mental, longevity, aging, mind, neuroscience, neuroplasticity, medicine, fitness, psychology,
47 min
Bradley Birkenfeld, The Swiss Banker Turned Whi...
Swiss, Banking, Tax Fraud, IRS, Justice, Whistleblower, Switzerland, tax haven, bank, UBS,
43 min
Olympic Gold Medalist Greg Louganis
Diving, Diver, Olympics, Medal, LGBT, gay, rights, sports, mentoring, HIV, human rights, Rose Parade, Tournament of Roses,
42 min
AOL Founder Steve Case on the Third Wave of Tec...
AOL, business, America Online, tech, entrepreneur, start-up, internet, future, Toffler, innovation,
43 min
Comedian David Steinberg Talks Carson, Comedy, ...
Comedy, Comedian, Humor, Standup, Improv, Tonight Show, Johnny Carson, Second City, Curb Your Enthusiasm,
53 min
Are You a Risky Drinker? w/ Dr. George Koob & f...
Alcohol, Abuse, Drinking, Alcoholism, Addiction, Disorder, Treatment, Alcoholics Anonymous, HBO, Medicine,
48 min
Former CIA Analyst Nada Bakos Is NOT "Maya" fro...
CIA, Intelligence, Terror, Spy, Espionage, Al Qaeda, Iraq, Politics, War, Intel, Bin Laden, Terrorist,
35 min
Middle East Peace w/ Senator George Mitchell & ...
Middle East, Peace, Israel, Palestinian, Abbas, Netanyahu, Jerusalem, Obama, Diplomacy, Politics, Ireland, Foreign Policy, Gaza, Arab,
49 min
The Daily Show: An Oral History as Told by Jon ...
Daily Show, Comedy Central, Political, Satire, Humor, News, Politics, Fox, Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah, Election, Colbert, John Oliver,
50 min
Michael Medved on The American Miracle
American history, United States, Founding Fathers, George Washington, Lincoln, Conservative, Politics, Republican, Faith,
43 min
Award-winning Author Deirdre Bair on Al Capone'...
Capone, True, Crime, Gangster, Mafia, Prohibition, Chicago, Mob, 1920s, Criminal,
50 min
Dana Perino Says "If You Want a Friend in Washi...
Fox News, The Five, White House, Politics, President, Bush, Dogs, Washington, Press,
49 min
Rebroadcast: Arianna Huffington Is Starting A S...
Huffington Post, Sleep, Rest, Health, Brain, Medicine, Meditation, Productivity, REM, dreams
33 min
The Boston Marathon Bombings w/ Documentary Fil...
Boston, Marathon, Documentary, Film, Terrorism, Attack, Homeland, Security, Wounded Warriors, Tsarnaev,
31 min
Space Journalist Leonard David on NatGeo's MARS
space, Mars, planet, NASA, National Geographic, Science, Exploration, Astronomy, Ron Howard,
53 min
Carol Burnett Reminisces About 11 Hilarious Yea...
Carol Burnett, television, sketch comedy, theatre, tv, variety show, entertainment, Hollywood,
38 min
Supermensch Shep Gordon on Film, Food, & Rock '...
music, entertainment, rock, band, Hollywood, celebrity, chef, fame, Buddhism, Dalai Lama, Hawaii, recording industry, independent, film, Hawaii, friendship, life,
50 min
An Anti-Endorsement and Final Thoughts on the 2...
Election, 2016, President, Politics, Trump, Clinton, Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Campaign, NeverTrump, 270, White House, Electoral,
42 min
Historian H.W. Brands on the Epic Rivalry Betwe...
American, History, Korean, War, Truman, MacArthur, Cold War, President, military, Soviet, World War,
43 min
Chef Mario Batali Celebrates America's Favorite...
Chef, cooking, foodie, Italian, restaurants, food, recipes, culinary, regional, American, Batali, The Chew, James Beard,
38 min
Author James Patterson on the Shocking True Cri...
True Crime, criminal, scandal, Bill Clinton, Trump, politics, sex, Palm Beach, Florida, Alex Cross, thriller
44 min
Critical Thinking in the Information Age w/ Dr....
news, politics, internet, science, psychology, sociology, data, polls, social media, fact-checking, neuroscience, conspiracy theories, medicine, health, election,
52 min
Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick At Wired, On 12 Te...
Technology, Wired, Business, Virtual Reality, Data, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Tech, Future
44 min
Director Rod Lurie on "Killing Reagan" for Nati...
Ronald Reagan, President, American history, Bill O'Reilly, Nancy Reagan, National Geographic, Politics
50 min
Dylan Thuras of Atlas Obscura on the World's Hi...
travel, Atlas, Obscura, vacation, explore, weird, strange, unique, trivia, tourism, supernatural, curiosity
43 min
Artificial Intelligence (Pt. 2) w/ Prof. Nick B...
Artificial Intelligence, Superintelligence, Singularity, cognitive computers, technology, Science, AMC, Humans, Threats,
53 min
Artificial Intelligence (Pt. 1) w/ Michio Kaku,...
artificial intelligence, cognitive computing, IBM, Watson, Wired, Robots, Singularity, Tech, Future, Technology
43 min
Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer of CRIMINAL Pod...
CRIMINAL, true crime, podcast, mysteries, investigation, Serial, justice, stories, anthology, police, law
47 min
CNBC'S Larry Kudlow & Historian Brian Domitrovi...
Economics, CNBC, politics, Kennedy, Reagan, taxes, supply-side, policy, election, economy, Reaganomics, Laffer Curve, Conservative, Democrat,
42 min
Al Jean, Head Writer/Exec Producer of "The Simp...
Simpsons, Comedy, Humor, Animation, Fox Network, Television, Writing, James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Tonight Show, Johnny Carson, Lampoon
49 min
HBO's "Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo ...
Terrorism, Paris, Attack, Freedom of Speech, Al-Qaeda, Islamic State, Extremism, Satire, 1st Amendment, Politics, France, Homeland Security, Burkini
40 min
James Carville Makes the Democrats' Case for 2016
Democrat, Liberal, Politics, Strategy, Election, President, Clinton, Economy, Matalin, War Room,
29 min
Discovery Network's "Taking Fire" w/ Kyle Bouch...
Army, War, Afghanistan, Military, Taliban, Al-Qaeda, war on terror, terrorism, documentary,
34 min
David Cay Johnston On The Making of Donald Trump
Donald Trump, Politics, Taxes, Net Worth, Fraud, Campaign, Trump U, Atlantic City, Election, Investigation, Business,
43 min
Ann Coulter on Trump, Immigration, The Roast & ...
Coulter, Trump, Conservative, Reagan, Republican, Election, Politics, Hannity, Comedy Central, Roast, Rob Lowe,
40 min
David Priess Reveals All About "The President's...
CIA, Intelligence, National Security, Intel, President, Espionage, POTUS, NSA, Top Secret, Politics, Bush, Conspiracies
48 min
CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin on the Patty H...
True Crime, Law, Legal, Hearst, SLA, CNN, FBI, News, New Yorker, People vs. O.J. Simpson, Stockholm Syndrome,
35 min
Mary Matalin Says the GOP Needs to Change, not ...
Conservative, Republican, Libertarian, Election, 2016, Presidential, Politics, Donald, Trump, Gary, Johnson, Carville, Tea, Party,
30 min
Creators of AMC's Halt & Catch Fire, Chris Cant...
TV, tech, AMC, Silicon Valley, television, Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Silicon Prairie, programmers,
43 min
Can a Robot Take YOUR Job? w/ guest Martin Ford
Robots, Artificial Intelligence, A.I., tech, science, economics, economy, jobs, singularity,
37 min
Alexandra Pelosi Exposes the World of Political...
Campaign finance reform, political fundraising, Citizens United, Koch Brothers, Soros, Nancy Pelosi, documentary, HBO,
39 min
100th Episode! Special Guest Dick Cavett
television, TV, history, Hollywood, comedy, Cavett, talk show, Tonight Show, Groucho Marx, wit, stories, anecdotes, jokes,
50 min