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
Tennis Great John McEnroe
This is a rebroadcast of a 2017 interview with John McEnroe, who talks about tennis, his famous temper, and his book But Seriously.  He discusses winning his first grand slam at age 20, his life after the pros, and a recurring nightmare he has...
43 min
Sports Reporter Ben Cohen on the Science of Str...
Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Cohen tells how a child-hood basketball game first got him interested in the mystery of winning streaks, how his work as a sports writer only further convinced him that there is such a thing as being "in...
41 min
Rob Riggle Goes on an Adventure
Rob Riggle returns to shares his lifelong love of history and why he wanted to blend comedy and education for his new series .  He discusses a few of his recent adventures from searching for the Holy Grail to diving for pirate treasure....
43 min
Bryan Cranston on Becoming Walter White and Lif...
Actor Bryan Cranston recalls a difficult childhood and the two year road trip that changed his life.  He shares some of his adventures before acting including traveling as a carny, catching shoplifters as security guard, and the...
52 min
Ezra Klein on America's Polarization Problem
co-founder reveals how America's political system is polarizing us and how we are polarizing it with disastrous results.  He explains that the Founding Fathers planned for many things, but they did not designed a system of...
50 min
Adam Davidson on the Passion Economy
, creator of NPR's podcast and award-winning staff writer, says that the 21st-century economic paradigm offers new ways of making money, fresh paths toward professional fulfillment, and unprecedented opportunities for curious, ambitious individuals...
58 min
Whitmer Thomas Honors His Mom Through Comedy
Comedian talks about returning to his hometown to film his first hour-long comedy special at Alabama's legendary Flora-Bama Lounge where his late mother used to perform with her band Syntwister.  He says his music and comedy is his way of...
43 min
Scoot McNairy on Narcos: Mexico
Actor Scoot McNairy talks about starring in season 2 of as a DEA agent who heads an "off-the-books" operation to avenge the death of a fellow agent and take down a ruthless drug lord.  He recalls growing up in Texas, coping with...
32 min
Doris Kearns Goodwin Reveals the Real George Wa...
Historian talks about executive producing the History Channel miniseries , some things she’s observed from watching Steven Spielberg on the set of Lincoln, and how the collaborative process of making Washington helped her through her husband's...
37 min
Philip Rucker on Trump's Testing of America
The Washington Post's DC bureau chief Philip Rucker discusses his new book A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America.  He shares stories from White House insiders about the time President Trump tried to overturn the Foreign...
44 min
Tom Papa Says Hang in There, You're Doing Great!
In this age of insurmountable consumption of media where bad news travels fast from all directions, comedian  wants to remind us to take care of ourselves, embrace who you’ve become, and absorb the beauty of life in his new...
51 min
Allan Lichtman on Impeachment, Gun Control, and...
Professor explains why he feels that it is necessary for America to repeal the Second Amendment to clear the way for sensible gun reforms and clarifies that repealing the Second Amendment does not mean that the Federal government is going to take...
41 min
Russell Peters: Citizen of the World
Comedian talks about his life as a middle-aged man dealing with health issues, relationships and fatherhood.  He discusses filming his new standup special in Mumbai, whether he’d consider doing a Bollywood movie, and why he was...
40 min
GOP Guru Rick Wilson on How Dems Can Beat Trump
Republican political strategist follows up his #1 Bestseller Everything Trump Touches Dies with a detailed playbook for how Democrats can defeat Trump in 2020.  He warns Democratic candidates that this election is not about policy but a...
53 min
Dr. Daniel Levitin Debunks the Myths of Aging
Neuroscientist and cognitive psychologist reveals that growing old is a lot more than just a gradual period of decline and indeed we get better at many aspects of life as we age.  He explains how memory really works, why online brain...
49 min
BBC's Seven Worlds, One Planet
is a seven part television event that marks the first time that BBC Studio’s Emmy-winning Natural History Unit has explored all the planet’s continents in a single series. Executive producer Jonny Keeling, and producers Emma Napper...
30 min
Greta Gerwig on Art, Commerce, and Female Ambition
Director/writer Greta Gerwig discusses her Oscar nominated film adaptation of the beloved classic , how she imbued her movie with even more of author Louisa May Alcott's own personality, and why it was important for her to give a nod to the author's...
37 min
The Power of Showing Up for Your Kids
Drs. Daniel J. Siegel and TIna Payne Bryson, the bestselling authors of The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline discuss their new book .  They explain what it means to really show up for your children and how your interactions...
52 min
Ambassador Samantha Power on Idealism, Diplomac...
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations  recalls her early years as a freelance journalist covering the Siege of Sarajevo, how her Pulitzer-winning book about genocide got the attention of a young Senator Barack Obama, and what it was like...
47 min
The Blue Zones' Dan Buettner on Eating for Long...
Dan Buettner has become an expert on longevity ever since he wrote his groundbreaking National Geographic article on the , the five places in the world where the most people live to 100 or older.  One of the key factors is diet, and Dan has...
44 min
Dr. Phil
 says that some of his guests still surprise him even after 2000+ episodes of his #1 daytime talk show .  He recalls how losing a football game in junior high school inspired him to go into psychology, what it was like to go...
51 min
Tim Robbins
Actor/director Tim Robbins discusses why his classic political mockumentary BOB ROBERTS is more relevant now than ever.  He says Harvey Weinstein reminds him of the shady operators he knew growing up in New York’s Greenwich Village, he...
50 min
Bret Baier on 3 Days That Changed WW II
For three days in November, 1943, Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin met in Tehran, Iran and made decisions that would change the course of World War II.  It's the subject of a new book by Fox News' titled , and today Bret Baier shares how...
33 min
The Art of Being Mike Nichols
Ash Carter and discuss their new book about the EGOT-winning director Mike Nichols (The Graduate, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Birdcage).   They talk about his early years as one of the founders of the improv group that would become...
57 min
Craig Ferguson's Hobo Fabulous Life
Craig Ferguson talks about his new limited series , why he wanted to do a rockumentary-style show about his US comedy tour, and how he's ready to take a long break from the road after a 2 month American bus tour. Craig recalls that he never...
51 min