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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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    • 4.6 • 2.7K Ratings

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!

    Chef Magnus Nilsson

    Chef Magnus Nilsson

    In 2019, Chef Magnus Nilsson closed Fäviken, his one-of-a-kind Michelin-starred restaurant in remote Sweden at the peak of its success.  He shares how Fäviken became one of the top restaurants in the world, how the industry it was a part of has changed, and why he eventually elected to pursue new projects.  He talks about his reliance on fresh local seasonal ingredients, the difference between great produce and "exceptional produce," and why he’d rather eat an exceptional carrot than imported kobe beef or truffles any day.  He speaks frankly about the lack of originality among chefs, how food bloggers, Instagram, and even diners are ruining the dining experience, and what he calls the hypocrisy of sustainability in the restaurant business.  Plus he talks about his new life as an educator and apple farmer and whether he thinks he will ever open another restaurant. 

    Order Magnus Nilsson's new book Fäviken: 4015 Days, Beginning to End on Amazon, Audible or wherever books are sold.  Follow him on Twitter at @Faviken.

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    • 49 min
    Matthew McConaughey on Catching Life's Greenlights

    Matthew McConaughey on Catching Life's Greenlights

    Matthew McConaughey is an Academy Award-winning actor, but he is also a poet, philosopher, husband and father of three, global traveler, writer, occasional orchestra conductor, and passionate student of life.  Today he shares some of things he's learned about himself, others, and the world around him.  He discusses what he calls the "wild rodeo marriage" of his mom and dad, the moment when he became a man in his father’s eyes, and the long line of cattle rustlers, hustlers, and river boat gamblers in the McConaughey family tree.  He talks about landing his first role in Richard Linklatter’s Dazed and Confused, the "launchpad line" that opened up the character of Wooderson for him, and how an improvised line in a scene that wasn’t even supposed to take place became the catchphrase that has followed him ever since.  He recalls going from total anonymity to a celebrity in the span of just 48 hours, stepping away from Hollywood for 20 months at the peek of his success in order to land the kind of serious roles that he really wanted, and the long road to his Academy Award-winning performance in The Dallas Buyers Club.  Plus Matthew talks about healing our nation’s divisions, finding our tribe in our shared values, and whether he just might want to run for office one day.  Order Matthew McConaughey's new book Greenlights on Amazon, Audible, or wherever books are sold.

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    • 53 min
    Astronaut Scott Kelly

    Astronaut Scott Kelly

    This is a rerun of my interview with astronaut Captain Scott Kelly.  He talks about his year on the International Space Station, including how it pushed his body the limit, why the hardest physical test was re-adjusting to life on earth, and how his experience could get NASA one step closer to a manned mission to Mars.  He reveals how he combatted boredom in space, what he missed most about earth, and how he got along with his Russian crew-mates amid strained US-Russia relations.  Plus Scott tells me if the "overview effect" ever wears off, what space smells like, and much more.

    Order Scott Kelly's book Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery (available 10/17) on Amazon or Audible.  Keep up with him at www.ScottKelly.com and follow him on twitter at @StationCDRKelly.

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    • 40 min
    Preview of Get Wired Podcast

    Preview of Get Wired Podcast

    We’re doing something a little different today.  Instead of a regular episode of KickAss News, we wanted to share a clip from our friends over at the Get Wired podcast.  Get Wired is produced by Wired and hosted by senior writer Lauren Goode. It’s all about how the future is realized.  It’s the news of tomorrow, delivered to you today.  The show is nerdy, innovated, and heavy on research.  They’re stories you can trust on everything from the rise of virtual beings and the science of fire tornadoes, to heavy-hitting reporting on the racist history of surveillance tech.  New episodes drop every Monday.  Enjoy this preview of Get Wired, and if you like what you hear, listen and subscribe to Get Wired, wherever you get your podcasts. 

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    • 1 min
    Joe Scarborough Discusses Harry Truman's Lasting Legacy

    Joe Scarborough Discusses Harry Truman's Lasting Legacy

    I talk with Joe Scarborough, host of Morning Joe on MSNBC, about our mutual affection for the politician dismissed as the “strange little man” from Missouri, why Harry Truman couldn’t even get respect from his own wife and mother-in-law, and how historians have gradually rehabilitated the legacy of our 33rd President.  Joe tells the story of the twin crises that kicked off the Cold War and the speech redefined US foreign policy.  We discuss how Truman pulled America out of its isolationist past, the Republican Senator who helped him do it, and how they forged a bipartisan coalition that held for more than 70 years
    and eventually defeated communism.  He discusses Donald Trump’s efforts to reject the Truman Doctrine and undermine longstanding alliances such as NATO, the degree to which President-elect Biden can undo Trump’s disastrous foreign policy, and whether Joe Scarborough, a former Republican Congressman, thinks that he will ever return the GOP. 

    Order Joe Scarborough's book Saving Freedom: Truman, the Cold War, and the Fight for Western Civilization on Amazon, Audible, or wherever books are sold.  Watch him on Morning Joe weekday mornings from 6-9 eastern on MSNBC, and follow him on twitter at @JoeNBC.

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    • 50 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.7K Ratings

2.7K Ratings

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.

badger3452 ,

Wrong season?

Love this podcast ben. I enjoy when you get great guests on here. Only thing is you say something wrong in the intro with a role. Like your episode with I believe it was scoot McNairy or carrie coon where you said they were on a season of a show they were on but were actually on a different season. I believe either you said carrie coon was on a certain episode of Fargo even though she wasn’t. It was season 3 or you said scoot mcnairy was on true detective season 4 or 2 when in fact he was on season 3. You didn’t it again with the latest episode with Matthew McConaughy where you said he was in season 2 of true detective is not in season 2. He’s in the first season of true detective with Woody Harrelson. That is my only complaint and the only thing that I don’t like. Get your info right.

Sideshow Tom ,

Constructive criticism

This is one of my favorite podcasts. There are many great guests, and Ben always has informed, thoughtful questions. My only suggestion is a simple one: Less intro and more interview.

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