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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.

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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 www.gofundme.com/kickassnews.

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 www.kickassnews.com. Thanks for listening!

    Oscar-winning Director Steve McQueen

    Oscar-winning Director Steve McQueen

    Director Steve McQueen won an Academy Award for Best Picture for telling the dramatic true story of a free African-American who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in his film Twelve Years a Slave.  Now he’s addressing a form of racial oppression that hits a lot closer to home for him in a new anthology of films called Small Axe, which collectively captures the lives of London’s West Indian community in the 1970s and ’80s and their force of will against systemic racism and discrimination.  Steve McQueen talks about the process of creating five thematically connected but totally different stand-alone movies - each with their own distinct looks, styles, and time periods.  He reveals how his own upbringing in London’s West Indian community and the stories he was told by family members laid the groundwork for Small Axe, and he shares how he based one of the films on his own personal experience with racial injustice as a boy in school.  He also tells the inspiring tale of the Mangrove 9 who stood up to police harassment in a British court, the true story of the West Indian police officer who tried to change things from within, and why he says that the London Metropolitan Police is still plagued with systemic racism to this day.

    Watch Steve McQueen's five-part anthology Small Axe on Amazon Prime TV beginning November 20.

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    • 32 min
    The Mindhunter John Douglas

    The Mindhunter John Douglas

    Legendary FBI criminal profiler John Douglas talks about some of the 5000 cases with which he has been involved and his chilling face to face encounters with the worst monsters in recent memory from Edmund Kemper to Ted Bundy.  He reveals why he first began interviewing serial killers without the FBI’s knowledge or permission, how he prepared for these deeply disturbing meetings, and he and his colleagues found commonalities that would help the FBI catch the most horrific of murderers of our time.  Then he shares how his very first attempt at profiling a wanted fugitive was instrumental to the capture of the white supremacist serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin and how the Franklin case marked a significant turning point in his own career.  He discusses what Joseph Paul Franklin had in common with Charles Manson, why he shot and paralyzed Hustler founder Larry Flynt, and why Douglas fears that social media has become a fertile breeding ground for killers just like him.  Plus John talks about the one murderer that continues to haunt him to this day and offers a psychological profile of the most famous serial killer of all...Jack the Ripper!

    Order John Douglas's new book The Killer's Shadow: The FBI's Hunt for a White Supremacist Serial Killer on Amazon, Audible, or wherever books are sold.  Learn more about John Douglas at www.mindhuntersinc.com and find out about The Cold Case Foundation at www.coldcasefoundation.org.

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    David Sedaris Returns

    David Sedaris Returns

    David Sedaris returns to the podcast to talk about his pre-election anxiety, his lifelong blackout of all social media, and the time he got bullied while testifying before the British House of Commons.  He discusses what it was like the comb through 25 years of material for his new collection of essays The Best of Me, the strangeness of putting out a book without the traditional book tour, and the essay that got him in hot water with bear activists.

    Order David's latest book The Best of Me on Amazon, Audible, or wherever books are sold, and learn more about him at www.davidsedaris.com.

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    • 37 min
    Michael Riedel on Broadway's Recent Past and Uncertain Future

    Michael Riedel on Broadway's Recent Past and Uncertain Future

    New York Post theatre columnist Michael Riedel shares his thoughts on Broadway's uncertain future, what New York theatre may look like whenever it emerges from the pandemic, and some hopeful lessons from Broadway’s dramatic recovery in the wake of the attacks on 9/11.  He says he didn't intend for the title of his new book Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway to be ironic, but a tribute to boom in American theatre in the 90s and the enduring influence of one of America's greatest cultural exports.  He recalls the disastrous Andrew Lloyd Webber musical that put an end the so called British Invasion of the 80s and how a little musical called Rent took the world by storm and changed our idea of what a Broadway musical could be.  We talk about how the musical Chicago went from a flop in the 70s to a massive hit in the 90s, how revivals of classic musical comedies like Guys and Dolls paved the way for Mel Brooks’ The Producers, and the real life story of the flashy Broadway showman who turned out to be a conman!

    Order Michael Riedel's book Singular Sensation: The Triumph of Broadway on Amazon, Audible, or wherever books are sold.  Listen to The Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning show on W.O.R. radio in New York City, look for his column in the New York Post, and follow him on Twitter at @MichaelRiedelNY.

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    • 47 min
    Stacey Abrams on Counting Every Vote

    Stacey Abrams on Counting Every Vote

    With Joe Biden taking a razor thin lead in George and a run-off election expected to decide who controls the Senate, many credit Stacey Abrams with making sure that every vote gets counted and likely delivering Georgia for the Democrats.  Today's episode is a re-release of my 2019 interview with Stacey Abrams in which she discusses why she refused to concede defeat in the 2018 gubernatorial race, why she believes widespread voter suppression tipped that election to her opponent, and how she's continuing the fight for voting rights and fair elections through her organization Fair Fight Action.  She explains the careful balancing act of being a woman of color in a position of power, why minority politicians undergo way more financial scrutiny than their white colleagues, and how the Republican Governors Association mocked her for daring to seek higher office as a woman.  

    Order Stacey Abrams' new book Lead from the Outside: How to Build Your Future and Make Real Change on Amazon, Audible or wherever books are sold.  Learn more about Stacey’s voting rights group Fair Fight Action at www.fairfightaction.com, and follow her on twitter at @staceyabrams.  Please subscribe to Kickass News on Apple Podcasts and leave us a review, follow us on Twitter at @KickassNewsPod, and take our short listeners survey at www.podsurvey.com/kick.

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    • 35 min
    Tim Heidecker Is on a Mission to the Moon

    Tim Heidecker Is on a Mission to the Moon

    Tim Heidecker talks about his new comedy series Moonbase 8, collaborating with fellow comedy geniuses John C. Reilly, Fred Armisen, and Jonathan Krisel on the show, and what it was like to visit NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab and SpaceX headquarters as part of their research.  He discusses how Bob Odenkirk gave him his first big break, the cult following for his Adult Swim series The Time and Eric Awesome Show, and how one Tim and Eric sketch got the attention of QAnon conspiracists.  Plus Tim weighs in on the moon vs mars debate, his tongue-in-cheek run for San Bernadino District Attorney, and what his other show On Cinema has to say about influencer culture.

    Moonbase 8 debuts Sunday, November 8, at 11PM Eastern and Pacific only on Showtime.  Keep up with Tim at timheidecker.com and on Twitter at @TimHeidecker.

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    • 39 min

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