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Kickass News

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.

Latest Episodes:

  • The Egyptian Indiana Jones Dr. Zahi Hawass
    Dr. Zahi Hawass is the former Egyptian Minister of Antiquities and Director of Excavations at Giza, Saqqara, the Bahariya Oasis, and the Valley of the Kings. He is often referred to... Read more
    Published on: 2021-03-04
  • Mark Bittman on Our Complicated History with Food
    James Beard Award-winning food writer and #1 bestselling author Mark Bittman offers a panoramic view of how the frenzy for food has driven human history to some of its most catastrophic... Read more
    Published on: 2021-03-01
  • Director Lee Daniels on Jazz Icon Billie Holiday
    Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels (Precious, The Butler) talks about his latest film The United States vs. Billie Holiday and how the 1971 movie Lady Sings the Blues inspired him to go... Read more
    Published on: 2021-02-25
  • Gayle Lemmon on the Women Who Beat ISIS
    Journalist and author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon talks about the women who fought ISIS in Syria.  She discusses how the female fighters of Kobani helped to deliver the first blow to the previously... Read more
    Published on: 2021-02-22
  • Jared Diamond Explores Nations in Crisis
    Pulitzer Prize-winning author, scientist, and renowned polymath Jared Diamond reveals that many of the factors in how individuals cope with personal crises can also predict how countries survive national crises.  He... Read more
    Published on: 2021-02-19
  • Comedian Tom Papa
    In this age of insurmountable consumption of media where bad news travels fast from all directions, comedian Tom Papa wants to remind us to take care of ourselves, embrace who you’ve become, and absorb the... Read more
    Published on: 2021-02-15
  • True Crime Documentary Filmmaker Joe Berlinger
    True crime documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes, Paradise Lost) discusses his new Netflix docu-series Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel that... Read more
    Published on: 2021-02-11
  • David Mamet Talks Jazz, Gangsters, and Noir
    In this 2018 interview with David Mamet, the Pulitzer-winning writer/director discusses how the old gangster stories he heard as a child inspired him to write CHICAGO: A NOVEL.  He talks about... Read more
    Published on: 2021-02-10