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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!

    CNN's Jim Sciutto on How Trump Takes on the World

    CNN's Jim Sciutto on How Trump Takes on the World

    CNN's chief national security correspondent and anchor of CNN NewsroomJim Sciutto discusses the Nixon-era origins of the so-called "Madman Theory" and how it applies to President Trump’s unpredictable approach to foreign policy.  He reveals that the President’s intelligence team deliberately avoids bringing up Russia for fear of upsetting him and how this has lead to a dangerous ignorance of America’s number one geopolitical foe.  Jim delves into the President’s fraught relationship with China, how Trump went from "fire and fury" to "falling in love" with Kim Jung Un,
    and what the failed Hanoi summit taught him about the limits of personal diplomacy.  Plus shares how the Pentagon dangled oil money to keep the President from withdrawing from Syria, one source who makes the cryptic claim that Vladimir Putin is Donald Trump’s "honeypot," and what Trump’s golf game can tell us about his approach to foreign policy.

    Order Jim Sciutto's book The Madman Theory: Trump Takes On the World on Amazon, Audible or wherever books are sold.  See Jim Sciutto anchor CNN Newsroom every weekday from 9 to 11AM EST, and you can follow him on Twitter at @jimsciutto.

    • 45 min
    Ambassador Susan Rice

    Ambassador Susan Rice

    Ambassador Susan Rice is currently at the top of Joe Biden's shortlist for Vice-President.  It's not hard to see why.  She established a good working relationship with Biden during the Obama Administration, and she has been at the table during the most pressing international crises of the past 30 years.  She talk about her family’s unique American story and how playing peacekeeper during her parents troubled marriage made her grow up fast but also prepared her for a life in international diplomacy.  She recalls her baptism of fire when she joined the Clinton administration and immediately got thrown into the deep end with back-to-back crises in Somalia and Rwanda.  She describes the US Embassy bombings in 1998 as the hardest day in her career, her contentious relationship with Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, and how she became the public face of the 2012 Embassy attack in Benghazi.  Plus she speculates on what might be behind Trump's cozy relationship with Russia, she says that in her experience Vladimir Putin is a creep and a pig, and she talks about her famous moves on the dance floor.

    Order Susan Rice's memoir  Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For on Amazon, Audible, or wherever books are sold.  Today's episode was sponsored by Chili.  One of the most effective ways to get better sleep is through temperature regulation.  Chili makes both the chiliPAD and OOLER, two really cool gadgets that fit over the top of your mattress and use water to control the temperature of your bed.  Go to www.chilitechnology.com/KICK, and get one-hundred fifty dollars off any sleep system with code KICK.

    • 44 min
    Paul Begala on How to "Fire" Donald Trump

    Paul Begala on How to "Fire" Donald Trump

    Paul Begala, former strategist to Bill Clinton and CNN political commentator offers a game-plan for how Democrats can beat President Trump in November.  He starts be admitting what he didn’t understand about Donald Trump in 2016  and sharing which of the lessons learned in 2016 can be applied in 2020.  Paul tells the story of how the Obama White House warned the incoming Trump Administration about the threat of a global pandemic almost 4 years ago, and he outlines the best way for Joe Biden to address Trump’s mishandling of the COVID-19 Crisis.  He reveals his plan for expanding voting rights while still protecting election integrity, which Trump voters can be won back in 2020, and the two big issues that may plague Democrats long after Trump is gone.  Plus Paul discusses the time he lost an election to a cartoon character and why he says "it’s still the economy, stupid!"

    Order Paul Begala's book You’re Fired: The Perfect Guide to Beating Donald Trump on Amazon, Audible, or wherever books are sold.  Follow Paul on Twitter at @PaulBegala and look for his frequent political analysis on CNN.

    • 45 min
    The Today Show's Al Roker

    The Today Show's Al Roker

    Al Roker returns to the show to tell stories from The Today Show and his early days in local television including how he annoyed his way into his first gig as a TV weatherman, some of his worst on-air flubs, and what he loved about doing those quirky, feel-good segments at the end of your evening news.  He says every local news team has there own version of Ron Burgundy, recalls working with a young Maury Povich back when Maury was serious DC newsman, and how he once handled a racist comment from another news anchor on live television.  Al discusses the best piece of advice he got from his mentor and predecessor Willard Scott, what it’s like to wake up at 3:45AM every week day to do The Today Show, and what happened on the one time he overslept.  Plus Al Roker shares his favorite live shot from outside on Rockefeller Plaza, his riskiest in person encounter with a major hurricane, and why he thinks five-year plans are overrated.

    Order Al Roker’s book You Look So Much Better in Person: True Stories of Absurdity and Success on Amazon, Audible, or wherever books are sold.  You can see Al every weekday on NBC’s The Today Show and follow him on twitter at @alroker. Today's episode was sponsored by Chili.  One of the most effective ways to get better sleep is through temperature regulation.  Chili makes both the chiliPAD and OOLER, two really cool gadgets that fit over the top of your mattress and use water to control the temperature of your bed.  Go to www.chilitechnology.com/KICK, and get one-hundred fifty dollars off any sleep system with code KICK.

    • 34 min
    Marketing Master Guy Kawasaki

    Marketing Master Guy Kawasaki

    Silicon Valley icon Guy Kawasaki recalls his childhood in Hawaii, his start in the jewelry business, and how his skills at jewelry sales came in surprisingly handy when he became chief evangelist for Macintosh. He talks about personally witnessing the genius and dark side of Apple founder Steve Jobs, he shares some rules that he calls "the Gospel According to Steve," and opens up about the argument that led him to quit Apple in the 90s.  He talks about honor and honesty in the tech industry, his litmus test for doing business with someone, and why many of his best deals are done on a handshake.  He shares plenty of of sage marketing advice including what he calls "Guy’s Golden Rule" and gives me a crash course in how to be a social media influencer without letting it dominate your life.  Plus Guy discusses the costly mistake Hillary Clinton made with her Silicon Valley supporters, a cost/benefit analysis of standing up to Donald Trump, and the two asian celebrities for whom Guy always gets mistaken!

    Order Guy Kawasaki's book WISE GUY: LESSONS FROM A LIFE on Amazon, Audible, and wherever books are sold.  Keep up with him at www.guykawasaki.com, like him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter at @GuyKawasaki.  

    • 40 min
    Oliver Stone on Writing, Directing, and Surviving Platoon

    Oliver Stone on Writing, Directing, and Surviving Platoon

    Oscar-winning writer/director Oliver Stone (Platoon, Wall Street, JFK) discusses why he dropped out of Yale and volunteered to go fight in Vietnam, some of the horrors that he witnessed during that war, and how the black soldiers in his platoon opened his eyes to injustice and saved his life.  He talks about how writing a screenplay about the experience helped him process what he had been through in Vietnam, why it took him 16 years to get Platoon made, and how the ouster of Filipino strongman Ferdinand Marcos nearly shut down production on the movie.  He recalls writing the script for Scarface while trying to kick his own cocaine addiction, his wild adventures with the journalist who inspired his movie Salvador, and how that film opened his eyes America’s role in propping up Central American dictators in the 80s.  Plus Oliver Stone reveals the hardest part about filming in the jungle, what he learned from a young Martin Scorsese in film school, and why he learns as much from his successes as he does from his failures. 

    Order Oliver Stone's new memoir Chasing the Light: Writing, Directing, and Surviving Platoon, Midnight Express, Scarface, Salvador, and the Movie Game on Amazon, Audible, or wherever books are sold.  Today's episode was sponsored by Chili.  One of the most effective ways to get better sleep is through temperature regulation.  Chili makes both the chiliPAD and OOLER, two really cool gadgets that fit over the top of your mattress and use water to control the temperature of your bed.  Go to www.chilitechnology.com/KICK, and get one-hundred fifty dollars off any sleep system with code KICK.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

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2.7K Ratings

2.7K Ratings

Maxcraft430 ,

I do like kickass news

And I found this podcast through Community News with Paul and Sasha podcast. I wish you would have them on your show and think you’re the interviewer who could get to the bottom of who they really are. Would be funny and interesting at least. I like the variety of guests you have.

SingeVert ,

More like Kickass Snooze, amiright?

Just kidding. Mathis is a pretty good interviewer. It's a good show--nothing groundbreaking or unmissable. But man, could it possibly have a more inapt name? It's anything but kickass--so sleepy it makes Teri Gross sound like Jim Cramer. And it's not news! There's very little timely or news-worthy--good interviews with interesting people, which is something I like, but it ain't news.

OnTelephone ,

Great interviews

I never miss an episode.

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