KickAss Politics

KickAss Politics

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Hosted by Hollywood producer and political media strategist Ben Mathis, KickAss Politics brings together some of the most interesting people from Hollywood, Washington and beyond to discuss politics, history, techonology, world affairs, business, humor, culture, and more. With nearly 20 years of experience in the movie business and in politics working with Senators, Governors, U.S. Presidents, and World Leaders, Ben Mathis brings a unique, fun perspective to politics, culture and current events. Enjoy the podcast? Then please support the show and help keep us on the air at www.patreon.com/kickasspolitics. Another way you can support the show is to subscribe to the podcast and leave us a review on iTunes at https://itun.es/i6Yn2TK. For more information visit www.kickasspolitics.com. Thanks for listening!

Episodes

P.J. O'Rourke on Election 2016: How the Hell Did This Happen?  

 

Best-selling political satirist P.J. O'Rourke (Parliament of Whores) discusses his new book How the Hell Did This Happen?: The Election of 2016.  The hilarious pundit shares his thoughts on a better way to choose the President, a tax on the Kardashians, and rates the candidates fashion.  He ponders what happened to the Libertarians' "big moment" in 2016, reminisces about his days as editor at National Lampoon, and offers some tips on how to talk like a pundit.

Order How the Hell Did This Happen?: The Election of 2016 on Amazon or download the audiobook for free at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews.  Read P.J. O’Rourke’s regular articles in The Weekly Standard or at www.pjorourke.com. Follow P.J. O'Rourke on Twitter at @pjorourke.

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Professor Tom Nichols on the Death of Expertise & the Rise of American Ignorance  

 

Tom Nichols is a professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College, an adjunct professor in the Harvard Extension School, and a 5 time Jeopardy! champion. He’s a respected expert on national security, Russia, and nuclear proliferation, and he’s alarmed by Americans sudden rebuke of experts like himself, and the elevation of ignorance to some sort of virtue. He writes about it in a new book called The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters.

Today he discusses how colleges are fostering a society in which everyone’s opinion is treated as fact and how the internet is turning Americans into a bunch of ignorant “know-it-alls.” He talks about how fact checking sites like Snopes are fighting a losing battle against the tide of disinformation on the internet, he spells out how experts share part of the responsibility for the rebellion against knowledge, he talks about Donald Trump's professed "love" of "uneducated people," and how the embrace of ignorance could lead to an erosion of democracy in America. Plus, how to consume a balanced diet of news every day, and how to win at Jeopardy!

Order The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters on Amazon. You can visit Tom Nichols at www.tomnichols.net and follow him on Twitter at @RadioFreeTom.

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Henry Winkler on the Fonz, Fonts & Helping Dyslexic Kids  

 

Actor, producer, and author Henry Winkler (Happy Days, Arrested Development) talks about his best-selling series of Hank Zipzer books for children with dyslexia inspired by his own childhood struggles with the learning disability. He shares how his reading disorder led to some creative auditioning when he tried out for Happy Days, his fondest memories of the show’s creator Gary Marshall, and why the network tried to shoot down the Fonz’s famous leather jacket. He discusses how he navigates the hurdles presented by his learning disorder in his roles as actor, producer, and author, and he talks about the innovative new font he uses in the Here’s Hank books that actually makes reading easier for dyslexics. Plus, why bad grades aren’t the end of the world and why “jumping the shark” isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

There are 17 books available in Henry Winkler’s Hank Zipzer: World’s Greatest Under-Achiever series (ages 8-12) and 9 books in the Here’s Hank series (ages 6-8) including his latest Here’s Hank: Always Watch Out for Flying Potato Salad available to order on Amazon. Follow Henry Winkler on Twitter at @hwinkler4real.

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Making a Murderer: Jerome Buting vs. Ken Kratz  

Making a Murderer received over 16 million viewers in its first two months on Netflix, and the docu-series made convicted murderer Steven Avery a household name. Many people now believe Avery was framed and over 500,000 Americans have petitioned the President for a pardon for Avery.

Today, the prosecutor Ken Kratz and Jerome Buting, the defense attorney for Steven Avery, will argue their cases and discuss what Making a Murderer did and didn’t show you. They’ll both share their thoughts on the appeal of Brendan Dassey’s conviction and recent statements by Steven Avery’s former girlfriend Jodi Stachowski in which she says he’s guilty. Plus Jerome Buting will discuss alternative suspects for the Theresa Halback murder, and Ken Kratz reveals why he and Steven Avery later became pen pals.

Order Jerome Buting’s book The Illusion of Justice: Inside Making a Murderer and America's Broken System and Ken Kratz’s book Avery: The Case Against Steven Avery and What "Making a Murderer" Gets Wrong on Amazon or download the audio versions for free with a special offer at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews. You can watch all 10 episodes of Making a Murderer with a subscription to Netflix.

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Documentary Filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky on the War in Syria  

Oscar nominated documentary filmmaker Evgeny Afineevsky (Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom) returns to the podcast to talk about his new HBO documentary Cries from Syria. Evegny details how Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad helped fuel radical groups like ISIS to force the Free Syrian Army to fight a war on two fronts and misdirect media attention toward ISIS instead of Assad’s own crimes. He shares evidence that Assad continues to use chemical weapons on his own people and bombs civilian neighborhoods, hospitals and schools in a deliberate campaign of terror. He tells some of the heartbreaking stories of the thousands of children who have become the innocent victims of the Syrian War and he debunks Vladimir Putin’s claim that Russia is helping to fight ISIS in Syria. Plus Evgeny’s thoughts on the murky Trump-Putin relationship.

CRIES FROM SYRIA airs tonight Monday, March 13 at 10PM Eastern on HBO or you can view it whenever you want with a subscription to HBO NOW or HBO GO. For more information, visit www.HBO.com/documentaries. Follow Evgeny Afineevsky on Twitter at @evgeny_director and visit his production company at www.NewGenerationFilmsInc.com.

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Man of 1000 Voices Rich Little  

 

“The man of 1000 voices” celebrity impersonator Rich Little talks about his 50 years in showbiz and his memoir Little by Little: People I’ve Known and Been. He discusses the time he stood in for Ronald Reagan at a White House press conference, the time Jack Benny led him on a ridiculous quest for the perfect chicken noodle soup, an embarrassing cocktail party at Richard Nixon’s house, and how a trip to the San Diego Zoo helped him perfect his Johnny Carson impersonation. He says Ed Sullivan was dumb as a rock, Cary Grant was surprisingly insecure, and Jimmy Stewart avoided signing autographs by acting like Quasimodo. Rich Little even shares some tips on how to do celebrity voices.

Order Rich Little’s book Little by Little: People I’ve Known and Been on Amazon
or you can download the audio version for free with special offer for our listeners at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews. Visit Rich at www.RichLittle.com or on Facebook and buy tickets for Rich Little Live! at the Tropicana in Las Vegas at www.troplv.com.

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Author Patricia Cornwell Solves Jack the Ripper Case  

 

Best-selling crime writer Patricia Cornwell discusses her investigation into the true identity of the most infamous serial killer of all time. She claims that a famous artist led a double life as Jack the Ripper, and she shares the clues in his paintings, letters, and conversations as well as forensic evidence that implicate him as the Whitechapel killer. She debunks the accepted Ripper timeline and body count, she talks about the frustrating incompetence of the original Scotland Yard investigation, and she shares what the art world has say about her controversial theory.

Order Patricia Cornwell’s book RIPPER: THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER SICKERT on Amazon or you can download the audio version at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews.com. Visit Patricia Cornwell’s website at www.patriciacornwell.com and follow her on Twitter at @1pcornwell.

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The Most Famous Hacker Gives Tips For Personal Cyber-Security  

Kevin Mitnick is the world's most famous hacker and a leading cyber security expert.  

Today he’ll reveal how vulnerable you might be to a security hack, and he’ll share some fairly simple steps you can take to protect yourself.  He’ll discuss what kind of information companies like Uber and Facebook are gathering from you (even when you’re not using their apps), how your digital photos show more than you may think, and whether your computer, your phone, and even your television might be listening to everything you say - even when they’re not on.  Plus why you should never use public wifi, why the documents you store in the cloud may not have 4th Amendment protection, and why anyone with $200,000 to spend, could hack the cellphone of the most powerful man in the world.

Order Edward Thorp’s book The Art of Invisibility: The World's Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data on Amazon or download the audio version for free with a special offer for our listeners at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews.  You can learn more about Kevin’s security testing company at www.mitnicksecurity.com and his security training group is at www.knowbe4.com.  Follow him on twitter at @kevinmitnick.

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Legendary Mathematician Edward Thorp on Card Counting, Quantitative Investing, & Catching Bernie Madoff  

Edward O. Thorp is the legendary mathematician who invented quantitative investing, card-counting, and the first wearable computer. Today he discusses how he used mathematics to win at blackjack, some of the tricks casinos employed to try and thwart his methods, and how he created the first wearable computer in order to beat  casinos at roulette. Then he reveals how he used his math skills to become one of the best hedge fund mangers in the world, why he sees Wall Street as the biggest casino of all, and why he’s skeptical of the so called "wisdom of markets." Plus Ed Thorp shares how he figured out Bernie Madoff was a con man, his calculations on the 2016 election, and his odds on whether there’s an afterlife.

Order Edward Thorp’s book A Man for All Markets: From Las Vegas to Wall Street, How I Beat the Dealer and the Market on Amazon or download the audio version for free with a special offer for our listeners at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews. You can visit Edward Thorp’s website at www.edwardothorp.com.

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VICE Correspondents Gianna Toboni & Isobel Yeung  

 

Gianna Toboni and Isobel Yeung are the fearless correspondents for HBO's news magazine show VICE.

On today’s episode, Gianna and Isobel voice their concerns about President Trump’s recent demonization of journalists and discuss some of the stories they cover in Season 5 of VICE.  Isobel shares her encounter with Bashar Assad’s Orwellian propaganda machine as she covered the War in Syria, and she talks about her experience spending the night in women’s prison.  Gianna reveals the difficult decisions facing trans youths, she shares her personal experience sneaking into France with migrant refugees, and the shocking war on drugs taking place in the Philippines.  Plus extending longevity, curing blindness, and the fast food of the Middle East.

Season 5 of VICE premieres on HBO this Friday, February 24, at 7:30PM Eastern. You can watch it on demand with a subscription to HBO GO or HBO NOW. For more information, visit www.hbo.com/vice or www.vice.com.

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Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on  T.P.P., Pacific Rim Security, China, & The Infamous Trump-Turnbull Phone Call,  

 

Kevin Rudd served twice as Australian Prime Minister as well as Foreign Minister and is currently the President of The Asia Society Policy Institute. He offers his perspective on the strangely confrontational phone conversation between President Donald Trump and Mr. Rudd’s successor as Prime Minister Malcomb Turnbull. He also discusses Trump’s exit from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, what this means for the other partner nations including Australia, and what a new Pacific trade bloc with China might look like. We talk about Trump’s Florida holiday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, his sudden embrace of the "One China Policy," and a wide range of security issues from a Nuclear North Korea to China’s man-made islands in the South China Sea. Plus how to throw a boomerang.

To learn more about The Asia Society, visit www.asiasociety.org. You can visit Kevin Rudd’s website at www.KevinRudd.com and follow him on Twitter at @MrKRudd.

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Bloomberg Tech Editor Brad Stone on Uber, AirBnB, & the New Silicon Valley  

Brad Stone is Senior Executive Editor for technology at Bloomberg News and author of the New York Times bestseller The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World.  

Today he’ll discuss how both companies got there starts including how a James Bond movie inspired Uber and how a wiley illegal hotelier who almost wrecked AirBnB’s plans in New York City. We’ll talk about the rideshare wars between Uber and Lyft, Uber’s efforts to muscle in on the Chinese market, and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s decision to resign from President Trump’s business advisory council. We’ll also discuss why the rivals to Uber and AirBnB failed to take off, we’ll talk about Amazon’s latest experiments with blimps, drones, and cashless convenience stores, and why it’s good to be a “cockroach” in Silicon Valley.

Order Brad Stone’s book The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World on Amazon or you can download the audio version at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews. Read Brad Stone’s articles at www.bloomberg.com or www.brad-stone.com and subscribe to his podcast Decrypted on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.  Follow Brad on twitter at @BradStone.

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The Cast & Creators of AMC's HUMANS  

 

The creators of the AMC series HUMANS Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent return to the podcast, and then I'm joined by the stars of HUMANS Gemma Chan, Tom Goodman-Hill and Sam Palladio.  The second season of HUMANS begins Monday, February 13, at 10/9 Central. For more information, visit www.amc.com/shows/humans.

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Political Dirty Trickster Roger Stone on The Making of the President 2016  

 

Legendary Republican political strategist Roger J. Stone, Jr. has been called “the lord of mischief,” “the master of rightwing political hit-jobs,” and “the most dangerous man in America.”  Stone and his political trickery played an integral role in the elections of Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H.W. Bush, as well as George W. Bush’s victory during the 2000 Florida recount. He was also instrumental in the 2016 win of his friend of 40 years Donald Trump. He writes about it in his new book The Making of the President 2016: How Donald Trump Orchestrated a Revolution.

Today Roger Stone recounts his crash course in underhandedness on the Nixon campaign, his first introduction to Donald Trump through mob-attorney Roy Cohn, and the moment years ago when he knew Trump was serious about running for President. He also addresses allegations that he was involved in the Russian email hacks that brought down Hillary Clinton and he accuses someone in the “deep state” of poisoning him in an attempt to silence Roger Stone once and for all. Plus Roger’s Inauguration fashion tips.

Order Roger Stone’s book The Making of the President 2016: How Donald Trump Orchestrated a Revolution on Amazon or you can download the audio version at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews. Visit Roger Stone’s website at www.stonezone.com and follow him on twitter at @RogerJStoneJr.

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Hugh Hewitt's  "Fourth Way" for President Trump & the GOP  

Conservative author and radio host Hugh Hewitt has what he has described as an “unusual relationship” with President Donald Trump. He interviewed Trump 15 times during the 2016 election and was a panelist on 4 of the Presidential debates, and now Hugh Hewitt draws his personal experience with the President and his service for two previous Republican Presidents in a new book called The Fourth Way: The Conservative Playbook for a Lasting GOP Majority.

Today, he comes on the show to share what the “4th Way” is as well as his suggestions for President Trump’s proposed infrastructure program and why he says Trump should approach immigration the way Nixon approached China. He’ll discuss why he opposes overhauling the tax code and why he’s for Trump’s plan for a 350 ship navy. Hugh Hewitt also explains why Trump must implement the “4th Way” quickly, or he could risk losing the GOP majority in Congress and perhaps even impeachment.

If you enjoyed today’s episode then you can order Hugh Hewitt’s book The Fourth Way: The Conservative Playbook for a Lasting GOP Majority on Amazon or download the audio version for free through a special offer for our listeners at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews. The Hugh Hewitt Show airs 5 mornings a week and is syndicated to over 120 stations on the Salem Radio Network.  You can find your local station or download the Hugh Hewitt app at www.HughHewitt.com and follow Hugh Hewitt on twitter at @HughHewitt.

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Amazon's Fresh Take on Zelda & Scott Fitzgerald  

Amazon is telling the story of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald through Zelda’s eyes in the new television series Z: The Beginning of Everything which stars Christina Ricci and David Hoflin as the original “IT” couple.

Today, David Hoflin talks about filling the shoes of America’s most iconic author, the often disfunctional relationship between Scott and Zelda, and their cautionary tale about getting too much, too soon. Then I talk with the executive producers and creators of Z: The Beginning of Everything Nicole Yorkin and Dawn Prestwich. They talk about what attracted them to Zelda’s POV, they weigh in on whether F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “borrowing” of his wife’s words amounts to plagiarism, and whether Zelda’s husband may have contributed to her steady descent into madness. Plus Nicole shares memories of her father - legendary TV producer Bud Yorkin.

Watch the first season of Z: The Beginning of Everything with a subscription to Amazon Prime. For more information visit www.amazon.com and search Z: The Beginning of Everything. Also be sure to check out Dawn and Nicole’s brilliant show The Killing on AMC.

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John Avlon, Editor of The Daily Beast on Washington's Farewell Address  

 

John Avlon, Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Beast comes on the podcast to talk about his new book Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations.

Today's podcast is sponsored by Decode DC, the podcast that gives you an honest look into how politics affects your life. I've been a fan of Decode DC since been before they become a sponsor so I highly recommend checking them out. Subscribe to Decode DC on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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In Praise of Free Trade w/ Austan Goolsbee, Martin Feldstein & Amb. Michael Froman  

 

In one of his first actions as President, Donald Trump signed an Executive Order that put the final death nail in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (T.P.P.) this week.  My guests today will discuss what was in the T.P.P., what the U.S. will be missing out on by backing out of the T.P.P., and why Trump's decision just opened a window for China to become the dominant player in the Pacific Rim.  

I'll talk with the outgoing U.S. Trade Ambassador Michael Froman who negotiated the Trans-Pacific Partnership on behalf of the U.S., and then I'll talk with two leading economists who both served as the Chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisors. Prof. Austan Goolsbee, served as Chairman of the C.E.A. under President Barack Obama, and Prof. Martin Felstein held that position under President Ronald Reagan, but they BOTH agree that free trade is a net win for the U.S. and the demise of the T.P.P. is a terrible loss opportunity for America.

If you enjoyed today’s podcast, then follow Prof. Austan Goolsbee at @Austan_Goolsbee and Amb. Michael Froman at @MikeFroman.  You can read many articles by Prof. Martin Feldstein at www.nber.org/felstein, and articles and research by Prof. Austan Goolsbee are at www.faculty.chicagobooth.edu/austan.goolsbee.

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The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein w/ CIA Analyst John Nixon  

When the brutal Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was captured in 2003, senior CIA leadership analyst John Nixon was called in to confirm his identity and became the first person to conduct a prolonged interrogation of the man known as the “Butcher of Bagdad.”  He talks about it in his new book Debriefing the President: The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein.

Today Nixon recalls the surreal experience of debriefing one of the most notorious men of our time.  He’ll discuss Saddam’s sadistic sense of humor, his personal heroes, and how his opinion of his fellow leaders in the Middle East.  He’ll talk about Saddam’s delusional view of the US-Iraq relationship, why he thought 9/11 should’ve brought the two countries closer, and his almost prophetic warnings about the rise of extremism and chaos in the region.  Nixon will also reveal what President George W. Bush asked him about Saddam and he’ll weigh in on the Russia-Trump Intelligence Report.

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Louie Anderson, Martha Kelly & Jonathan Krisel of FX's BASKETS  

Today I talk with comedian Louie Anderson, who won an Emmy for his role as "Christine" on BASKETS, and Martha Kelly, who plays the brilliantly deadpan "Martha" on BASKETS.  Louie talks about starting out as a joke writer for the king of the one liners - Henny Youngman, coming up as a young comedian in the heyday of the legendary Comedy Store, and getting his big break on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, plus Louie reveals which of his family members inspired his chactacter "Christine" on BASKETS.

Martha Kelly talks about coming up in the Austin comedy scene, and how her  BASKETS co-star Zach Galifinakis and Jonathan Krisel convinced her to take the role of "Martha."  Then BASKETS show-runner, executive producer, and director Jonathan Krisel talks about why he often prefers to work with non-actors, how the show got past the audience's preconceived expectations, and what it's like working with his co-creators Zach Galifinakis and Louis C.K. on BASKETS and his co-creators Fred Armisen and Carry Brownstein on his other show Portlandia

Season 2 of BASKETS premieres tonight at 10/9C on FX.  For more information including bonus content, behind the scenes footage and cast and crew interviews, visit www.FXNeworks.com.  Follow Louie Anderson at Louie Anderson at www.LouieAnderson.com or on Twitter at @LouieAnderson.  If you want to see Louie perform live, check his upcoming tour dates.  Follow Martha Kelly on Twitter at @MarthaKelly3 or at www.MarthaKelly.net.

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