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
Ben Shapiro on Political Correctness & Journali...
Daily Wire, Breitbart, Conservative, Free America, Political Correctness, Colleges, Republican, GOP,
34 min
The Holdouts - Prominent Republicans Against Trump
Republican, Conservative, Trump, Jeb, Romney, Libertarian, National Review, Free the Delegates, GOP, RNC, NeverTrump,
74 min
The Dawn of Driverless Cars
Automotive, Tech, Autonomous, Vehicles, Self-Driving, Connected, Cars, Uber, GM, Tesla, Tech, Google, Driving,
38 min
Alan Alda on Making Scientists & Doctors Better...
Science, Medicine, Communication, MASH, improv, Doctors, acting, Teaching, Physics, Hospitals, ER, television, Emmy, TV,
41 min
Dana Loesch Stands Up for Flyover Country
Conservative, Republican, Flyover, Blue Collar, Walmart, Guns, Second Amendment, Trump, Texas, The Blaze, Glenn Beck,
35 min
Glenn Beck Talks Trump, Libertarianism, & Orson...
Conservative, Libertarian, The Blaze, Fox News, Trump, NeverTrump, Orson Wells, Radio, Republican, Glenn Beck Program,
38 min
The Hilarious Gilbert Gottfried
Comedy, Hollywood, Entertainment, Movies, Stand-up, Comedians, Funny, Amazing Colossal Podcast, SNL, Saturday Night Live, Friar's Club, Comedy Central, Roasts,
45 min
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Trump...
Senate, Senator, Congress, Republican, Obamacare, Trump, Conservative, Kentucky, Elections, Campaigns,
34 min
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper Talks Beer,...
Colorado, Denver, Beer, DNC, Democrat, Election, 2016, marijuana, legalization, fracking, energy, bipartisan, politics, Hillary Clinton, brewing,
37 min
Comedian David Steinberg Talks Comedy, Carson &...
Comedy, Comedians, Funny, Humor, Improv, Stand-up, Jokes, Tonight Show, Johnny Carson, Second City, Curb Your Enthusiasm, David Steinberg, Larry David,
51 min
Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Suing the Preside...
Texas, Greg Abbott, Austin, Governor, state, Constitution, Bill of Rights, Tea Party, Obamacare, Supreme Court, law, lawyer, paraplegic, disabled, inspiration,
40 min
General Wesley Clark on Vietnam, the Wars in Bo...
Bosnia, War, Kosovo, Serbs, Albanians, Yugoslavia, military, NATO, Eisenhower, Vietnam, army, Democrat, strategy, Clinton,
43 min
Parag Khanna Explains Why Globalism Is Great fo...
Globalism, free trade, immigration, markets, business, travel, international, connectivity
47 min
Dr. Francis Collins, Director of NIH & Head of ...
genomics, genetics, medicine, science, Genome Project, HapLap, pharmaceuticals, research, DNA,
36 min
Director Jay Roach Goes ALL THE WAY with LBJ
Lyndon Johnson, Politics, Civil Rights, LBJ, President, History, Elections, Campaign, Democrat, Movies, Martin Luther King, Freedom Summer,
46 min
Paul Wolfowitz on Fighting Dictators, Encouragi...
Conservative, Hawk, Foreign Policy, neocon, neoconservative, Republican, Reagan, Bush, International Affairs, Defense, Iraq, Indonesia, poverty, development, bank,
43 min
Campaign Advance Man Josh King On White House S...
campaign, media, production, Dukakis, stagecraft, Clinton, President, events, politics, optics, press, photography,
43 min
Vicente Fox Unloads on Trump, Trade, & The Wall
Mexico, immigration, trade, wall, Trump, border, NAFTA, drugs, education, election, 2016
53 min
Disaster Response w/ Steven McAndrew, Head of E...
disaster, response, Red Cross, ebola, pandemic, Syrian, refugee, crisis, emergency, humanitarian, relief,
40 min
AOL Co-founder Steve Case on the Third Wave of ...
AOL, business, America Online, tech, entrepreneur, start-up, internet, future, Toffler, innovation,
41 min
Juan Williams of Fox News on the Modern-Day Fo...
Fox News, The Five, founding fathers, America, civil rights, constitution, Thurgood Marshall, Kennedy, Reagan, JFK, history, NPR,
48 min
Nominate KICKASS POLITICS for the 2016 Podcast ...
Special Announcement from KickAss Politics podcast
1 min
Arianna Huffington Says Go To Bed!
Huffington Post, Sleep, Rest, Health, Brain, Medicine, Meditation, Productivity, REM, dreams
33 min
Comedy Legend Carl Reiner
Comedy, Humor, Television, TV, funny, sitcoms, film, Reiner, Dick Van Dyke, Mel Brooks, Steve Martin,
46 min
China's One Child Policy w/ Mei Fong, Pulitzer-...
China, One Child, Population, Chinese, Communism, Social Engineering, Big Brother, Manufacturing,
53 min
Documentary Filmmaker Ken Burns
American History, Documentary, Film, Director, Baseball, Jackie Robinson, Civil Rights
42 min
Cyber War w/ National Security Journalist Fred ...
Cyber War, Cyber Security, Espionage, N.S.A., C.I.A., Stuxnet, Internet, China,
51 min
Jacob Weisberg, Editor-in-Chief of Slate Magazi...
Slate Magazine, Donald Trump, Never Trump, #NeverTrump, Trumpcast, election, politics, GOP primary,
35 min
Innovation Expert Alec Ross on The Industries o...
Technology, Business, Investments, Investing, Careers, Future, Robotics, Genomics, Big Data, Cyber-security, Industry, Jobs, Economy,
35 min
War Correspondent Michael Ware On The War In Ir...
Iraq, CNN, Zarqawi, ISIS, Al Qaeda, Falluja, terrorism, war, journalism, marines,
37 min
Part 2: Futurist Dr. Michio Kaku On Amazing Inv...
Science, Science Fiction, Technology, Inventions, Genomics, Brain, Robots, nanotechnology, Physics,
40 min
Part 1: Dr. Michio Kaku, Theoretical Physicist ...
Unified Theory, string theory, Einstein, science, string field theory, theoretical physics, gravity waves, science fiction, scifi, inventions, Star Trek, parallel universes, quantum theory, space time,
46 min
Steve Forbes, Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Magazin...
Forbes, Magazine, Financial, Investing, Economy, Election, Flat Tax, IRS, Federal Reserve, healthcare, policy
43 min
Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard On ...
conservative, Republican, GOP, primary, election, neo-con, Trump, Rubio, campaign,
39 min
Debunking Conspiracy Theories w/ Dr. Michael Sh...
conspiracy theories, skeptic, science, rational, reason, Alex Jones, New World Order, critical thinking, Skeptical, Scientific American,
58 min
General Michael Hayden, Former Head of CIA & NSA
CIA, Intelligence, NSA, National Security, surveillance, espionage, cyber war, Guantanamo, Al Qaeda, spy, James Bond,
41 min
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Political Cartoonist Mic...
Political, editorial, satire, cartoons, comics, conservative, Republican, IBD, Investors,
47 min
Donald Rumsfeld On Modernizing The Military, Sa...
National Defense, Iraq, Pentagon, Military, Gerald Ford, Leadership, Churchill, Central Asia, Middle East,
51 min
Oscar-Nominee Evgeny Afineevsky On His Document...
Ukraine, Maidon Square, Kiev, Revolution, Protest, Democracy, Putin, Yanukovych, Crimea
47 min
Doug Schoen, Pollster & Fox News Political Anal...
Fox News, Polls, Richard Nixon, Presidency, China, Clinton, Politics, Campaigns, Strategy, Polling, Republican, Democrat, Silent Majority, Conservative, Newsmax
34 min
Iconic Photographer Platon On Shooting World Le...
Photography, Presidents, Leaders, Power, Human, Rights, Time Magazine, Magazines, New Yorker, News, Politics, Putin, Clinton,
39 min
Mark McKinnon, Co-Host of Showtime's Political ...
Presidential Primary, New Hampshire, President, Election, 2016, documentary, campaign, strategy, Trump, Sanders, Rubio, Clinton, Cruz, McCain
42 min
Greg Barker, Director of HBO's "Homegrown: The ...
terrorism, jihad, radical, islam, FBI, counter-terror, San Bernadino, muslim, homegrown, domestic, terrorism
41 min
What's an Iowa Caucus? w/ Congressman Steve Kin...
Iowa, Caucus, Election, Primary, Ethanol, Biofuel, Trump, Ted Cruz, Voting, Presidential, Campaign, Grassley,
50 min
Senators Trent Lott & Tom Daschle on Fixing the...
Senate, Partisan, Bipartisan, Congress, Legislation, Compromise, Politics, Leadership, Government,
38 min
Rich Lowry, Editor of National Review, on Donal...
Against Trump, National Review, Donald Trump, GOP, Establishment, Republican, Debate,
47 min
Congressman Michael McCaul, Chair of the House ...
terrorism, homeland, security, bio-terror, cyber-attack, China, Russia, Iran, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, dirty bomb, border,
39 min
Criminal Justice Reform w/ Sen. Rob Portman, Ju...
prison, criminal, corrections, jail, mandatory, minimums, reform, Libertarian, Conservative, Congress,
58 min
(Rebroadcast) Part 2: The Political Genius of G...
George Washington, history, America, Patriot, Revolutionary War, President, Politics, Conservative, Republican, Libertarian, Government, Tea Party, Founding, Fathers, Liberty, Constitution
27 min
(Rebroadcast) Part 1: The Political Genius of G...
George, Washington, history, America, Patriot, Revolutionary, War, President, Politics, Conservative, Republican, Libertarian, Government, Tea Party, Founding Fathers, Constitution, Liberty,
27 min
(Rebroadcast) Pt. 2: E.M.P. - The Day the Eart...
EMP, electromagnetic, pulse, nuke, nuclear, Iran, North, Korea, Russia, defense, neocon, electric, grid, NORAD, national, security,
33 min
(Rebroadcast) Pt. 1: E.M.P. - The Day the Eart...
EMP, electromagnetic, pulse, nuke, nuclear, Iran, North, Korea, Russia, defense, neocon, electric, grid, NORAD, national, security,
33 min
Daniel Pipes, President of the Middle East Foru...
Islam, ISIS, Iran, Syria, Jihad, Israel, Palistinian, terrorism, Islamist, terrorism,
39 min
Rich Lowry, Editor of National Review on Willia...
Conservative, William, Buckley, National, Review, Republican, Firing Line, Fox, News,
46 min
Garry Kasparov Warns That Vladimir Putin Is The...
Russia, Vladimir, Putin, President, Ukraine, Crimea, KGB, FSB, Kremlin, Medvedev, Corruption, Yeltsin, NATO, Gorbachev
49 min
Karl Rove on William McKinley & Why the Electio...
Rove, politics, political, American, Presidential, history, election, McKinley, Bush, 1896
39 min
Brian Kilmeade, Co-Host of "Fox & Friends" on T...
Thomas, Jefferson, Barbary, Wars, Pirates, Tripoli, Navy, Marines, Revolution
34 min
The Young Turks - Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, & ...
TYT, Young, Turks, Think, Tank, News, Current, Events, Politics, Online, YouTube, Millennials, MSNBC,
41 min
The Rise & Reign of Vladimir Putin w/ guest Ste...
Putin, Russia, President, KGB, FSB, Soviet, Tsar, Ukraine, Sochi, Syria, Yeltsin
52 min
Rebroadcast: Reagan's "A TIME FOR CHOOSING" spe...
Ronald Reagan, Goldwater, Republican, President, Politics, Conservative, speech, campaign, Libertarian,
33 min
Bob Woodward on Nixon & The Last of the Preside...
Woodward, Bernstein, Watergate, President, Richard, Nixon, Washington, Post, Vietnam, Republican, Henry, Kissinger,
41 min
Fred Barnes & Mort Kondracke from Fox News' "Th...
Jack, Kemp, Fred Barners, Mort Kondracke, Reagan, supply-side, economics, Reaganomics, elections, Congress, House
50 min
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann on Tax Reform, t...
Republican, Conservative, Tea, Party, Congress, House, Minnesota, Politics, Presidential, Election, Flat, Tax, Iran, Russia, Obama
47 min
Mike Pesca, Host of Slate's The Gist
Slate, Magazine, The, Gist, podcast, NPR, On, The, Media, journalism, politics
38 min
Curator of the International Spy Museum Dr. Vin...
Spy, Espionage, Cold, War, CIA, KGB, Intelligence, BRIDGE OF SPIES, James, Bond, gadgets, SpyCast,
51 min
David Axelrod On The President, Hillary Clinton...
President, Barack, Obama, Election, Campaign, Strategy, 2016, Democrat, Debate, The, Axe, Files, Progressive, Liberal, Chicago, Illinois, Clinton,
48 min
Michael Reagan On Why Conservatives Need To Sto...
Ronald, Reagan, Michael, Reagan. President, 2016, Republican, Primary, Election, Debate, Trump, Bush, Rubio, politics, Reaganism,
45 min
ISIS's War on Cultural Heritage & the Modern Da...
ISIS, archeology, Islamic State, terrorist, Syria, civil war, ISIL, Palmyra, ancient, antiquities, artifacts, Middle East, conservative, political,
54 min
Cuba Under Castro w/ guests Miami Mayor Tomas R...
Cuba, Fidel, Castro, Obama, Foreign, Policy, Embargo, Havana, Dictator, Socialist, Miami, Cuban, Dissidents, Exile, Human, Rights,
43 min
Senator Lindsey Graham on the Iran Nuclear Deal...
Iran, nuclear, agreement, Obama, foreign, policy, hawk, conservative, Republican, Presidential, Primary, 2016, election, campaign, GOP
25 min
Millennials & the 2016 Election w/ Pollster Kri...
Millennials, Young, Voters, Selfie, Vote, Election, Polls, Republican, GOP, Pollsters, Data, Campaign, Trump, Clinton, Issues
47 min
The End of Doom with Ronald Bailey, Science Wri...
End, of, Doom, Reason, Magazine, Cato, Institute, Science, Environment, Environmental, Skepticism, Climate, Change, Global, Warming, EPA, Greenpeace, population, world, hunger, FDA, GMO, pesticide, endangered, species
41 min
THE CONSERVATIVE HEART w/ Author Arthur C. Broo...
AEI, American Enterprise Institute, Conservative, Republican, Tea Party, Conservative, Heart, Election, GOP, Debate
44 min
A Governor, a Speechwriter & the Scandal That B...
Speechwriter, Politics, Governor, Mark Sanford, Writing, Scandal, Republican, Tea Party, Conservative, Crisis Management, Spin, Damage Control, Public Relations
41 min
Former Israeli Ambassador Danny Ayalon On The I...
Israel, Benjamin Bibi Netanyahu, Iran, nuclear agreement, Obama, Middle East, diplomacy, nuclear proliferation, defense, security, John Kerry, conservative, Republican, hostages, weapons of mass destruction, I.A.E.A., International Atomic Energy Agency,
32 min
The Iran Nuke Deal w/ guest Michael Rubin, Midd...
Iran, Nuclear, Agreement, Deal, Obama, Rouhani, Terrorism, Israel, Middle, East, Security, Defense, Conservative, Diplomacy
35 min
Bruce Carlson, Host of MY HISTORY CAN BEAT UP Y...
American, history, politics, elections, President, Presidential, Washington, Founding Fathers, Alexander, Hamilton, Jefferson, LBJ, Kennedy, Congress, campaigns,
42 min
John Tamny, Editor of & Au...
economics, Forbes, tax, politicy, trade, regulation, capitalism, investment, Milton, Friedman, Popular, Economics, realclearmarkets, markets, business, Lebron, Rolling, Stones, Downton, Abby, Freakonomics, Conservative, Libertarian, Republican,
38 min
Dr. Ben Carson On The Debate, His Vision For Am...
Doctor, Dr, Ben, Carson, Conservative, Debate, GOP, Presidential, Primary, Election, Republican, Surgeon, Johns, Hopkins, National, Prayer, Breakfast, Gifted, Hands, Politics, Obama, News,
32 min
Senator Mike Lee on Our Lost Constitution
Constitution, Bill, of, Rights, Revolution, Founding, Fathers, separation, powers, News, politics, current events, taxes, tax, reform, Utah, libertarian, government, conservative, republican, liberty, tea, party, history, federalist, Washington, Jefferson
29 min
Grover Norquist Says It's Time to END the IRS
News, politics, current events, Grover, Norquist, taxes, tax, reform, IRS, libertarian, small, government, spending, economy, conservative, republican, liberty, tea, party, history,
36 min
Policing for Profit - The Civil Asset Forfeitur...
Civil, Asset, Forfeiture, Civil, Liberties, Fourth, Amendment, Constitution, Tea, Party, Libertarian, Police, abuse, Republican, Conservative, Civil, Rights, liberty
24 min
Policing For Profit - The Nightmare Of Civil As...
Civil Asset, Forfeiture, Civil Liberties, Fourth Amendment, Constitution, Tea Party, Libertarian, Police, abuse, Republican, Conservative, Civil Rights, liberty
36 min
George Washington Deserves His Own Day
President, George Washington, history, revolutionary war, America, founding fathers, politics, political, Republican, patriot, Libertarian, Tea Party.
23 min
Bonus Episode - The Wit And Wisdom Of Winston C...
Winston, Churchill, Wit, Humor, Quotes, Funny, History, Britain, Conservative, Republican, Leader, WWII, Politics,
13 min
Churchill on Leadership with guest Dr. Steven F...
Winston Churchill, WWII, politics, conservative, history, Britain, Republican, Libertarian, war, military, leadership,
46 min
Stephen Hadley, Former National Security Adviso...
Stephen Hadley, Conservative, President Bush, White House, National Security, Republican, Defense, ISIS, Islamic State, Russia, Condaleeza Rice, George W. Bush, International Affairs, News, Politics, History
32 min
African-Americans Deserve A Leader Like Nelson ...
Nelson Mandela Apartheid South Africa Leadership Black Lives Matter Ferguson Missouri Protests Riots Civil Rights Race Michael Brown Al Sharpton Jesse Jackson
33 min
Fox News National Security Correspondent Jennif...
Fox News, Jennifer Griffin, Pentagon, Correspondent, Journalism, Politics, National Security, Conservative, Republican, Israel, Russia, Palestinian, Middle East, Foreign, Policy, National Defense, Mandela
36 min
Disruptive Technology vs. Government Regulation...
sharing economy, disruptive technology, Uber, Lyft, AirBnB, business, Libertarian, government regulation, cities,
36 min