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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

Alyssa Mastromonaco on Surviving Presidential Travel, IBS, and "Beaver Fever"

3/18/2019
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Alyssa Mastromonaco spent 6 years in the Obama White House as assistant to the president, director of scheduling and advance, and deputy chief of staff for operations. She says working in the West Wing is a lot like VEEP and recalls some of the lighter moments including getting down on the dance-floor with Michelle Obama, impersonating a hedge hog for President Obama, and the time the leader of the free world tried to play matchmaker. She opens up about her at times comical struggles with...

Duration:00:48:46

Bryan Callen Believes We're All Complicated Apes

3/14/2019
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Actor/comedian Bryan Callen (THE GOLDBERGS, SCHOOLED, HANGOVER I & II) shares how his childhood growing up in countries all over the world inspired him to question labels and defy categorization, and he discusses his particular issue with the catch all term "Asians" to describe 48 different nationalities. We talk about the polarizing effect of political parties, why he believes that liberals and conservatives share the same fundamental values, and why everyone should demand to be treated...

Duration:00:51:36

Arthur Brooks Rejects the Politics of Outrage and Culture of Contempt

3/11/2019
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Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute, returns to the podcast to call on Americans to reject the culture of contempt and the outrage industrial complex. He talks about the event that woke him up to the ugliness of our political discourse two and a half years before the 2016 election. He pulls back the curtain on how political parties are pushing us farther apart and how talking heads in the media are profitting from stoking division and hate. Arthur reveals the...

Duration:00:47:06

Into the Danger Zone w/ Captain Dan Pederson

3/7/2019
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On the 50th Anniversary of the Navy's legendary fighter pilot school known as Top Gun, the founder Captain Dan Pederson discusses how the pilot losses he witnessed in the Vietnam War led to the formation of Top Gun, how he and the other original "9 bros" got it up and running in just a matter of weeks with little or no funding, and what they looked for in new recruits. He recalls the days before Top Gun when aerial combat training was banned by the military and how he and his fellow pilots...

Duration:00:46:41

Roger McNamee Says Facebook Undermines Democracy

3/4/2019
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Roger McNamee was a mentor to a young Mark Zuckerberg and an early investor in Facebook, but now he warns that the social media platform has become a threat to democracy, privacy, competition, and even public health. He talks about when he noticed the first signs that not all was well at Facebook and what happened when he brought his concerns to his old friend. He discusses the role that Facebook played in the 2016 election, how its algorithms are actually designed to polarize and spread...

Duration:00:49:57

The Man Who Caught El Chapo

2/25/2019
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For 30 years, DEA special agent Jack Riley led the manhunt for the world’s most wanted drug-lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. He reveals how El Chapo cleverly wrangled the cocaine trade from the Columbian cartels, how he saw America’s growing opiod epidemic as an opportunity to branch out into meth and heroine, and how he managed to run a multi-billion dollar drug empire from a Mexican prison (until he escaped). Jack discusses being on the dangerous front-lines of the war on drugs as head...

Duration:00:39:19

The French Intellectual Who Loves America

2/22/2019
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France’s leading public intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy accuses President Trump of following the same path of retreat begun by Barack Obama and suggests it has created a void that is now being filled by five old-world empires that are making an unlikely resurgence. Bernard-Henri talks about the Iran Nuclear deal and the larger problem of the Middle East, he discusses his long association with the Kurds who he says represent a hopeful new path for Islam, and he recalls his own role in the...

Duration:00:48:38

Parag Khanna Says the Future Is Asian

2/21/2019
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Parag Khanna says America has a China problem and the solution is Asia. He suggests that rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership and building stronger ties with other countries in the region are much more effective and less risky ways to gain leverage over China than a direct trade war. He reveals what President Trump gets wrong when he says that America holds all the cards with China, and suggests that Trump’s tariffs may actually hasten China’s push to become self-sufficient. He talks...

Duration:00:44:40

The Dangerous World of Larry Charles

2/18/2019
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Legendary comedy writer and director Larry Charles (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Borat) talks about traveling the world in search of humor in the most unusual, unexpected and deadliest places for his new Netflix series Larry Charles’ Dangerous World of Comedy. He talks about meeting former child soldiers who perform standup in a cemetery in Liberia, the "Jon Stewart" of Iraq who has a price on his head, and the imprisoned terrorist who wanted to show Larry the lighter side of ISIS. Larry...

Duration:00:55:48

Governor Chris Christie Gets the Last Word

2/14/2019
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Former NJ Governor Chris Christie sets the record straight about his tenure as a corruption-busting prosecutor and a Republican running a Democratic state, as well as what really happened on the 2016 campaign trail and inside Trump Tower. He recalls how his friendship with Donald Trump began and the nasty details of the infamous Charles Kushner case that would later come back to haunt him. He talks about why he passed on running for President in 2012, Hurricane Sandy and that notorious Obama...

Duration:00:39:49

Madeleine Albright Warns That Fascism Is Making a Comeback

2/11/2019
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Madeleine Albright fled fascists during her childhood and faced them down as Secretary of State, and today she comes on the podcast to warn that fascism is once again on the rise. She shares how her own refugee experience during World War II and the Cold War shaped her worldview and recalls her meetings with with authoritarian strongmen like Kim Jong-il, Slobodan Milošević, and Vladimir Putin. She reveals that most fascists come into office through democratic elections or a constitutional...

Duration:00:43:13

National Geographic Chair Jean Case on Being Fearless

2/7/2019
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Former AOL exec and chairman of National Geographic Society Jean Case talks about her new book Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose. She says leaders need to start viewing risk as R&D and failure as a learning experience. In fact, Jean Case encourages people to talk about their own mistakes by sharing her own "failure resume" and hosting "fail tests." She discusses why CEO’s need to get out of their bubble and get uncomfortable, and how greater diversity...

Duration:00:50:19

Marc Freedman on Connecting the Generations

2/4/2019
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Encore.org founder Marc Freedman says seniors are an untapped resource and calls on society to stop segregating the elderly from society and renew the bond between young and old. Marc talks about the mentors who influenced his life, what we can learn from the movie The Intern, and the evidence that shows that seniors who take an interest in a young person actually live longer, happier lives. He talks about the elderly neighbors who act as "surrogate grandparents" to his own children, calls...

Duration:00:55:04

White House Aide Cliff Sims Tells All

1/31/2019
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Cliff Sims recalls his time as President Trump's Director of Messaging Strategy in a chaotic White House that he likens to "Game of Thrones with the cast of VEEP." He shares the real story behind the fiasco around Trump’s inauguration numbers, how the administration takes disorganization to a whole new level, and how many times the President’s senior staff learn of about major policy decisions on cable news. He recalls helping President Trump draft his notorious "enemies list," how he...

Duration:00:38:29

Rock Star Scientist Professor Brian Cox

1/28/2019
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Science Communicator Professor Brian Cox reveals why he left a popular rock band for a career in particle physics, what he is learning through his participation in the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, and why he says the LHC has disproven the existence of ghosts. He discusses Brexit, the vital link between democracy and science, and his concern over the growing education disparity. He talks about walking in the footsteps of his hero Carl Sagan as a leading science communicator,...

Duration:00:57:05

Filmmaker Joe Berlinger Goes in the Dark Mind of Ted Bundy

1/24/2019
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Award-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Brother's Keeper, The Paradise Lost trilogy) reexamines America's most notorious serial killer on the 30th anniversary of his execution in his new Netflix documentary Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes. He discusses how one of Bundy’s first jobs gave him an inside view of the flaws in America’s law enforcement system, how Bundy exploited those weaknesses to his own devilish advantage, and how it led to dramatic changes in how the FBI...

Duration:00:43:04

Dr. Phil Says People Never Stop Surprising Him

1/21/2019
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Dr. Phil McGraw says that some of his guests still surprise him even after 2000+ episodes of his #1 daytime talk show The Dr. Phil Show. He recalls how losing a football game in junior high school inspired him to go into psychology, what it was like to go into practice with his father, and why he eventually decided to go from getting into the minds of his patients to getting into the minds of juries as a trial consultant. He explains how that put him into contact with Oprah Winfrey, how he...

Duration:00:51:44

Dr. Steven Pinker Says Good News Is a Hard Sell

1/17/2019
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A year ago, Dr. Steven Pinker's book Enlightenment Now made headlines for giving hard data that proved that the world is safer, happier, and freer than ever, but he was surprised by how many people just don't want to believe good news! Today Dr. Pinker returns to the podcast to review the metrics of societal progress that continue to show that the world just keeps getting better, but he also discusses two areas that give him cause for concern. Steven Pinker ponders whether the immigration...

Duration:00:54:54

Howie Mandel's Audience Is His Muse

1/14/2019
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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 first time he want on stage turned into his signature improvisational style, and how he still finds much of his comedic inspiration from interacting with his audience. He recalls opening for Diana Ross in Vegas, his very first TONIGHT SHOW...

Duration:00:56:59

Broad City's Abbi Jacobson on the Road Trip as Therapy

1/10/2019
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Abbi Jacobson opens up about the frustrations of TV development hell, playing “herself” on Comedy Central’s Broad City, and being a woman in a position of power. She discusses her ongoing struggle with work-life balance, how it took a book deal just to make her take 3 weeks off to travel the country and get over a broken heart, and how that trip taught her that “the things we’re most afraid of, are the things that will most change us.” Abbi reveals how she and co-creator Ilana Wexler got...

Duration:00:51:25