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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!

    Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on Ernest Hemingway

    Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on Ernest Hemingway

    Ken Burns and Lynn Novick come back to the podcast to discuss their new 3-part documentary on Ernest Hemingway.  They share their own memories of the first Hemingway books they ever read, the challenges of getting to the real person behind the legend, and what it was like to re-examining some of the trouble aspects of the writer’s personality from his views on women and race to his struggles with mental health.  They reveal what they learned from the many contemporary authors with whom they spoke as well as Hemingway’s only living son Patrick.  Plus we talk about the time when Ernest Hemingway got in two near-fatal plane crashes within two days, how World War II changed forever changed him, how an astounding number of concussions might have led to his suicide, and why Ken believes that the quality of Hemingway’s writing was inversely proportional to the amount of shooting he did.

    Hemingway airs on PBS tonight April 5 through 7 from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET.  Visit www.pbs.org for more information and follow Ken and Lynn on Twitter at @KenBurns and @LynnNovick.

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    • 43 min
    Comedian Jo Koy

    Comedian Jo Koy

    Comedian Jo Koy talks about growing up as a biracial military brat, his mom’s immigrant hustle, and his first taste of the spotlight as a childhood Michael Jackson impersonator.  He recalls selling tickets door to door for his first comedy show, encountering racism in Hollywood, and how he's now paying it forward to other Philippino artists and comedians. Plus Jo talks about embracing our stereotypes, Philippino crucifixion rituals, and why there really are so many Phillipino nurses.

    Order Jo Koy's new memoir MIXED PLATE: Chronicles of an All- American Combo on Amazon, Audible, or wherever books are sold.  Subscribe to his podcast the Koy Pond wherever you listen and keep up with him at www.jokoy.com and on twitter at @JoKoy.

     

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    • 42 min
    Melissa Bernstein of Melissa & Doug Toys

    Melissa Bernstein of Melissa & Doug Toys

    Melissa Bernstein co-founded the wildly successful toy company Melissa & Doug.  You might think that this happily-married mother of 6, who has created over 5,000 toys which have sold over a billion dollars, is always chipper and full of positivity, but Melissa reveals that many days she wonders if she'll make it tomorrow.  She opens up about how her lifelong battle with existential anxiety and depression almost drove her to suicide, why she finally learned to manage it at age 50, and how she’s now on a mission to help other suffering from mental health issues.  Melissa also discusses how she and her husband Doug decided to start a toy company with no prior experience, how their nostalgia for simple, fun wooden toys that fire the imagination 
    has turned into a movement supported by The American Academy of Pediatrics, and why Melissa believes that designing toys even saved her life.  

    Order Melissa Bernstein's new book LifeLines: An Inspirational Journey from Profound Darkness to Radiant Light on Amazon, Audible or wherever books are sold.  Find additional resources and support at www.lifelines.com and check out her wonderful line of toys for kids at www.melissaanddoug.com.  Kickass News is launching a brand new podcast network called Airwave in May, and we need your help fund our production slate of all new podcasts for 2021.  Please donate to this exciting new venture at www.gofundme.com/airwave.

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    • 50 min
    Admiral James Stavridis and Novelist Elliott Ackerman

    Admiral James Stavridis and Novelist Elliott Ackerman

    Former commander of NATO Admiral James Stavridis and decorated Marine and novelist Elliott Ackerman envision how a naval clash between the US and China in the South China Sea could lead to World War III in their disturbingly plausible work of speculative fiction titled 2034: A Novel of the Next World War.  They discuss how they came together on this project and the power of fiction to draw attention to real world issues and potential areas of crisis.  Admiral Stavridis talks about the China’s increasingly aggressive moves in the South China Sea and how tensions in this region could potential impact 30% of the world’s shipping.  He also reveals how the pandemic is altering the global balance of power, and Elliott lays out how America’s political divisions may signal the end of the two party system.

    Order Stavridis and Ackerman's new book 2034: A Novel of the Next World War on Amazon, Audible, or wherever books are sold.  Follow Elliott Ackerman at www.elliottackerman.com and on Twitter at @elliottackerman.  Follow James Stavridis at www.admiralstav.com and on twitter @stavrisj.  Kickass News is launching a brand new podcast network called Airwave in May, and we need your help fund our production slate of all new podcasts for 2021.  Please donate to this exciting new venture at www.gofundme.com/airwave.

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    • 31 min
    A Huge Announcement from Kickass News

    A Huge Announcement from Kickass News

    It's official!  We're launching a brand new podcast network called Airwave this May!  In addition to Kickass News, Airwave will be the new home for many of your other favorite podcasts.  Airwave will also debut over a dozen original shows hosted by some of the leading thought leaders and storytellers in audio entertainment, including many of my most popular past guests.  

    We can't do it without you though!  We need your financial support to fund our full production slate.  Please become a part of this exciting new venture by donating at www.gofundme.com/airwave.  Every penny of your donation will go toward to the production of the most engaging and entertaining new podcasts of 2021.

    I’ll be sharing more details about those specific shows and other Airwave news over the next few weeks so follow us on Twitter or Facebook at @AirwavePodcasts.

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    • 2 min
    Walter Isaacson on the Next Scientific Revolution

    Walter Isaacson on the Next Scientific Revolution

    Bestselling author Walter Isaacson (Jobs, Leonardo DaVinci) shares how Nobel Prize-winning scientist Jennifer Doudna and her collaborators blazed a trail in a field dominated by men and turned a curiosity of nature into an something that will transform the human race: an easy-to-use tool that can edit DNA.  He reveals how the technology known as CRISPR has launched a revolution that will allow us to cure diseases, fend off viruses, and have healthier babies.  Walter talks the controversy over so-called "designer babies," how Doudna and others are leading the way in the fight against Covid-19, and how the pandemic is actually changing opinions about the potential of gene editing our off-spring.  Walter Isaacson also discusses his mission to get people excited about science and the common trait that links all geniuses from Albert Einstein to Leonardo DaVinci.

    The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, CRISPR, and the Future of the Human Race
    on Amazon, Audible, or wherever books are sold.  Subscribe to his podcast Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson wherever you get your podcasts, and follow him on Twitter at @WalterIsaacson.

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    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.3K Ratings

2.3K Ratings

Lee Fab ,

One of the Best!

Kickass News is absolutely one of my favorite podcasts. Ben has on the most interesting guests, and he’s always well prepared with appropriate questions. Keep up the great work! I’m always looking forward to the next episode.

KristinMc17 ,

Smart, relevant and funny

Ben has access to relevant and interesting guests, he asks smart questions, and he's hilarious.

Jada sons ,

This is great.

This is fantastic podcast! The host is always very well-informed and asks the questions I would want to know of his fascinating guests.

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