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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!

Episodes

Astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison's Plan for a 100 Year Starship  

Astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison discusses her bold initiative to create a starship capable of transporting humans beyond our solar system.  She talks about the cooperation that will be necessary across all scientific fields, the logistical and biological hurdles to be overcome in order to make extended human space travel feasible and safe, and why it's important for longterm "moonshot initiatives" to inspire the next generation.  Plus the first astronaut to appear on Star Trek shares her childhood love of the show and the real science behind it.

Visit Dr. Mae Jemison at www.DrMae.com and follow her on twitter at @MaeJemison.  To learn more about 100 Year Starship, visit www.100YSS.org and follow them on twitter at @100YSS.

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Danny Strong Brings Author J.D. Salinger to the Big Screen  

Actor, writer, director Danny Strong talks about his new movie Rebel in the Rye about the life of author J.D. Salinger.  He discusses the challenges of portraying a man who spent so much of his life out of the public spotlight, the autobiographical aspects of his novel Catcher in the Rye, and why this film is probably the closest we will ever get to a Catcher in the Rye movie.  Plus, Danny reveals how a young video clerk named Quentin Tarantino stoked his early love of film, and we talk about Danny's big screen adaptation of the musical Guys & Dolls.

Rebel in the Rye opens in theatres tomorrow Friday, September 8,
and his show Empire returns for a 4th season on September 27 on Fox.  Follow Danny Strong on Twitter at @DannyStrong.

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Bryan Cranston on Life Before Acting and Becoming Walter White  

Actor Bryan Cranston recalls a difficult childhood and the two year road trip that changed his life.  He shares some of his adventures before acting including traveling as a carny, catching shoplifters as security guard, and the time he ended up a suspect in a murder investigation.  He talks about getting a crash course in comedy from Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, landing the role of a lifetime on Breaking Bad, and how he built one of the most iconic characters in the history of television.  Bryan Cranston also gives some advice for aspiring actors, reveals how his life has changed since "Walter White," and why he loves making small talk with old people.

Order Bryan Cranston's bestselling memoir A Life in Parts on Amazon or download the audiobook at www.audible.com.  Bryan Cranston stars in Last Flag Flying which opens in theatres November 3.  Follow Bryan on Twitter at @BryanCranston.

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Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson (Rerun)  

Today's episode is a rerun of my interview acclaimed astrophysicist, author, and a highly popular science communicator Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.  Today Dr. Tyson talks about his new #1 New York Times Bestseller Astrophysics for People in a Hurry and why he wants to make science accessible and understandable for all.  He shares his thoughts on how movies and television portray science.  He reveals just how rapidly the universe was born and why the debate over the big bang theory vs intelligent design really shouldn’t be a debate at all because as he says “science doesn’t care about your opinion.”  Plus we talk about Einstein’s thought experiments, wormholes, what’s in the dark areas of the night sky, how to gain a “cosmic perspective” of the universe, and whether Pluto can ever work its way back into Dr. Tyson's good graces.  We'll be back with new episodes next Tuesday after Labor Day starting with guest Bryan Cranston.

Order Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson's new bestseller Astrophysics for People in a Hurry on Amazon or download the audio version for free with a special offer for our listeners at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews.  Subscribe to his weekly StarTalk podcast on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts or visit www.startalkradio.net.  You can also learn more about Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Hayden Planetarium at www.haydenplanetarium.org/tyson and follow him on Twitter at @neiltyson.

Today’s episode is sponsored by ResumeWritingSucks.com and On the Media.  Tailor your resume for the job of your dreams for free at www.resumewritingsucks.com.  On the Media is the weekly podcast hosted by Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield that investigates how the media shapes our world view.  Subscribe to On the Media on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Carol Burnett (Rerun)  

This a previous episode with the great Carol Burnett who reminisces about some of the best times on The Carol Burnett Show.  She shares stories about Harvey Korman, Tim Conway and Vickie Lawrence, including which one she almost had to fire and which one could always crack her up in front of the cameras. She talks about the boys club that was network television in the 60’s and 70’s and she reveals the comedy sketch that she wished she hadn’t done and some of her favorite questions from the audience. Plus some advice for young comedic actors and some exciting news about her big return to network television.  New episodes of Kickass News return after Labor Day weekend.

If you enjoyed today’s podcast, then you can order Carol Burnett's memoir In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox on Amazon or you can download the audio version for free at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews

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Richard Dawkins Has a Soul for Science  

Famed evolutionary biologist, author, and science communicator Richard Dawkins shares his wonder for science, debunks the entire premise of intelligent design, and calls on the scientific community to stop calling evolution a theory.  He talks about Berkley University’s recent decision to uninvite him to speak and what he calls higher learning’s dangerous elevation of opinion over truth and objective facts.  Plus the well known atheist talks about his friend the late Christopher Hitchens, where an atheist gets their moral code, and why he’s still more than happy to wish you Merry Christmas.

Order Richard Dawkins' new book Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist on Amazon.  Learn about the Richard Dawkins Foundation at www.richarddawkins.net and follow him on Twitter at @richarddawkins. 

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Al Madrigal on Comedy, Trump, and Avoiding Cilantro  

Comedian Al Madrigal (The Daily Show, I'm Dying Up Here) talks about exploring the dark side of the 70's stand-up comedy boom on his new Showtime series, why he’s resisted being pidgeonholed as a latino comic, and why he thinks white guys actually have it tougher in comedy.  He discusses his audition for The Daily Show, and faking a border crossing as a field correspondent.  Plus seafood as revenge,
why you might want to avoid cilantro for the next 4 years,
and Al Madrigal on Donald Trump and the border wall.

Watch Al Madrigal’s standup special Shrimpin' Ain’t Easy and his series I’m Dying Up Here with a subscription to Showtime or Showtime Anytime.  Listen to his podcast and other hilarious shows on the All Things Comedy podcast network at www.allthingscomedy.com or wherever you get your podcasts.  For Al Madrigal’s live standup dates and other fun stuff, visit www.almadrigal.com, and follow him on Twitter at @almadrigal.

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Dennis Prager on Politics, Religion, & Happiness  

Radio host and author Dennis Prager discusses the politicization of his recent classical concert at Walt Disney Hall, explains why the media is a greater threat to America than Vladimir Putin, and warns that America may be in the middle of a "second civil war."  Dennis says he'd rather spend most of his time talking about the big issues in life than politics, he shares his philosophy of happiness, and why he believes happiness is not just a feeling but a moral obligation.  Plus we talk about his love of a good cigar, the time he shared a stogie with George Burns, and why LA traffic sometimes brings out the worst in him.

The Dennis Prager Show airs from 9AM to Noon Pacific and from Noon to 3PM Eastern.  Visit www.DennisPrager.com to find your local station and learn more.  Check out his educational videos at www.PragerU.com and consider making a donation to support Prager University.  Order Dennis Prager's book Happiness is a Serious Problem on Amazon, and follow him on Twitter at @DennisPrager.

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Rob Reiner Talks Movies, Politics, & Presidents LBJ to Trump  

Director Rob Reiner talks about his new film LBJ and how his own view of President Lyndon Johnson has changed since he was a young man of draft age during the Vietnam War.  He shares some favorite LBJ legends and talks about the evolution of Johnson as a civil rights warrior.  He discusses growing up in showbusiness, his father Carl Reiner's remarkable energy at 95, and the time a very young Rob Reiner got in trouble for grabbing Mary Tyler Moore's ass on the set of his dad's show.  Plus Rob weighs in on President Trump, the Russia investigation, healthcare, and whether he could get used to the words "President Meathead" in 2020.

Mark your calendars for his latest film LBJ which comes out this Nov 3, and follow Rob Reiner on Twitter at @RobReiner.

Today's show is brought to you by Michael Moore's world premiere Broadway show - The Terms of My Surrender.  Visit www.MichaelMooreonBroadway.com for tickets and information.  

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200th Episode w/ Anthony Atamanuik, Host of The President Show  

Anthony Atamanuik, host of Comedy Central's The President Show joins us for the 200th episode of Kickass News!  Anthony reveals what goes into his dead-on impersonation of the President, he shares his mixed feelings about having his own fortunes tied to those of Donald Trump, and explains why he thinks "The Donald" is a lot more like "an old lonely dowager" than the macho man he pretends to be.  Atamanuik describes how Trump is not that different than the guys he grew up with in Massachusetts, he recalls what it was like to attend a Trump rally dressed up as the man himself, and he dishes about his online feud with fellow Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin.  Then at the end of the podcast, Anthony Atamanuik will step aside and allow "President Trump" to answer a few of my questions about Valdimir Putin, his marriage to Melania, and more.

The President Show airs Thursdays at 11:30 Eastern on Comedy Central.  For more information including full episodes, behind the scenes extras, and bonus content visit www.cc.com/shows/the-president-show.com Follow Anthony Atamanuik on Twitter at @TonyAtamanuik.

Today's show is brought to you by Michael Moore's world premiere Broadway show - The Terms of My Surrender.  Visit www.MichaelMooreonBroadway.com for tickets and information.  

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Snopes Founder David Mikkelson on Fighting Fake News  

Snopes founder and CEO David Mikkelson talks about combatting fake news and why he's asking fans of the popular fact checking site to help save Snopes.  David reveals what inspired him to start Snopes 20 years ago, how it grew from a site that debunked urban legends to the most reliable fact checking site that is depended on by everyone from Facebook to the Washington Post, and a few tips on how you can verify the news you consume.  He discusses the danger of misinformation, where misleading stories often originate, and how some of the worst offenders have even tried to peddle fake stories about Snopes and David Mikkelson himself.  Plus we find out if Snopes is funded by CNN, George Soros or the CIA, and we answer burning questions like "is Bob Barker dead?" and "Are there snakes in your Doritos?"

Visit www.snopes.com and follow Snopes on Twitter at @snopes.  If you want to fight alternative facts and fake news and keep Snopes running, consider donating to the Save Snopes campaign at www.GoFundMe.com/SaveSnopes.

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The Creators of Amazon's COMRADE DETECTIVE  

The creators of the new Amazon series COMRADE DETECTIVE Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka and series director Rhys Thomas talk about recreating a Cold War-era Romanian police drama that satirizes both Soviet and American propaganda of the 80's.  They discuss the 80’s cop shows and a popular Czech TV series that inspired COMRADE DETECTIVE, why graffiti was such a problem for them in post, and working with a Romanian crew that included a foul-mouthed translator.  Plus, a lesson about blindly following political dogma that is just as applicable today as it was during the Cold War.  

COMRADE DETECTIVE is available exclusively on Amazon beginning this Friday, August 4.  Visit www.amazon.com for more information.

Today's episode is sponsored by Hello Fresh.  For $30 off your first week of meal deliveries, visit www.hellofresh.com and enter KICK30 when you subscribe.

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The Other Russia Scandal w/ Filmmaker Bryan Fogel  

Filmmaker/cyclist Bryan Fogel set out to see if he could take performance enhancing drugs and get away with it, but he soon found himself in the middle of the most notorious doping scandal in sports history as he helped scientist Grigory Rodchenkov escape Russia and expose an elaborate state-run conspiracy to dope Russia's Olympic athletes.  It's all in his thrilling documentary ICARUS which is available on Netflix and in theaters starting on 8/4.  

Bryan Fogel discusses how he used himself as a human guinea pig to prove just how easily athletes can cheat anti-drug tests, and he shares how he firsthand experienced the power and the limitations of human growth hormones.  Bryan Fogel reveals how Russia’s FSB agents helped athletes at the Sochi Olympics cheat the system, just how high up this scandal goes, and why he says scientist Grigory Rodchenkov is Russia’s Edward Snowden.  He also discusses the reaction when he presented this evidence to officials at the World Anti-Doping Agency, and he speculate on why the International Olympic Committee ignored WADA’s recommendations and allowed Russian athletes to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. 

ICARUS comes out in select theaters and on Netflix this Friday, August 4.  For more information visit www.netflix.com.  Keep up with Bryan at www.bryanfogel.com and follow him on Twitter at @BryanFogel.

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Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn on the Science of Aging  

Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn is a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who was named one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People for her research into human telomeres and how they affect how we age.  She’ll share how everything from your marriage to where you live effects your longevity, how trauma experienced during childhood and even in the womb can shorten our lives, and some tricks you can use to change your perspective and keep life’s worries from sending you to an early grave.  She'll give tips for extending longevity and repairing your telomeres, she’ll weigh in on tests that measure your telomeres and supplements that claim to extend telomeres, and she'll explain why when it comes to telomere growth, you CAN get too much of a good thing.

Order her book THE TELOMERE EFFECT: A REVOLUTIONARY APPROACH TO LIVING YOUNGER, HEALTHIER, LONGER on Amazon or download the audiobook for free with a special trial offer just for our listeners at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews.  

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Cyberwar Expert Alexander Klimburg  

Cyber security expert Alexander Klimburg discusses his book  THE DARKENING WEB: THE WAR FOR CYBERSPACE and just what the recent Russia hack means for the US, the internet, and the state liberal democracy around the world.  He reveals what he believes Russia was really up to in the 2016 presidential race, and how it may be far more sinister and potentially devastating than simply influencing one election.  He discusses how some of America’s most fundamental democratic values make us particularly susceptible to information warfare, how authoritarian governments like Russia and China want to scare the US into rolling back internet freedoms, and how the US may one day soon have to make a difficult choice between preserving our freedoms here at home and supporting freedom abroad.

Order THE DARKENING WEB: THE WAR FOR CYBERSPACE on Amazon
or download the audiobook for free with a special trial offer just for our listeners at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews.  Follow Alexander on Twitter at @AKlimburg.

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99% Invisible's Roman Mars Talks Trump, the Constitution, & Ugly Flags  

Roman Mars, host of 99% INVISIBLE, talks about his love of good design, his hatred for ugly city flags, and his new podcast WHAT TRUMP CAN TEACH US ABOUT CON LAW.

Subscribe to 99% INVISIBLE and WHAT TRUMP CAN TEACH US ABOUT CON LAW on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.  Keep up with Roman Mars at www.romanmars.com and follow him on Twitter at @RomanMars.

This episode is sponsored by Outside the Box podcast and The Weather Channel.  

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Sea Power w/ Admiral James Stavridis  

Former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Admiral James Stavridis spent 35 years sailing the seven seas and talks about his love of the ocean and the strategic importance of America's naval power.  He takes us on an ocean by ocean tour, discussing his experiences and his concerns about geopolitical events in every region of the world, from China’s manmade islands in the South China Sea to Russia’s ambitious territorial grab in the Arctic Circle.  He urges President Trump to sign the Law of the Sea Treaty and warns him not to abandon our NATO allies, and he describes how he’s seen the results of global warming with his own eyes in the Arctic.

Order Admiral James Stavridis's book SEA POWER: THE HISTORY AND GEOPOLITICS OF THE WORLD’S OCEANS on Amazon or download the audiobook for free with a special promotion for our listeners at www.audible.com/kickassnews.  Follow Admiral Stavridis on Twitter at @StavridisJ

This episode is sponsored by The Weather Channel.  Subscribe to Kickass News on iTunes and take a minute to take our listener survey at www.podsurvey.com/KICK. Support the show by donating at www.gofundme.com/kickassnews. Visit www.kickassnews.com for more fun stuff.

Coral Bleaching: The Next Ecological Catastrophe w/ Filmmaker Jeff Orlowski  

Emmy and Sundance Award-winning documentary filmmaker Jeff Orlowski discusses his new film CHASING CORAL.  He’ll explain the extraordinary ecosystems that form around coral and how the health of our ocean’s coral is an early indicator of the health of the planet as a whole.  We discuss some of the technical and logistical hurdles that Jeff and his team faced in their race to capture images of the most recent bleaching event, whether the rapid demise of coral reefs can be reversed before it’s too late, and why some coral reefs are suddenly and mysteriously glowing.

CHASING CORAL will be available on Netflix and in theaters beginning Friday, July 14.  For more information, visit www.chasingcoral.com.

This episode is sponsored by Hello Fresh and The Weather Channel.

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Senator Al Franken Is Allowed To Be Funny Again!  

Senator Al Franken talks about his journey from Saturday Night Live to the Senate and his new book AL FRANKEN: GIANT OF THE SENATE.  He shares his memories of SNL cast members like Chris Farley and John Belushi,
and why he's glad Lorne Michaels didn't cast him as the anchor on Weekend Update.  He discusses how he won over a reluctant Democratic establishment in his first election and how he has had to control his comedic impulses as a Senator.  He gives the inside scoop on his confrontational exchange with Jeff Sessions, doing comedy routines with Republican Senator Pat Roberts, and why he describes Ted Cruz as a toxic co-worker.  Plus, Senator Franken sings for his supper with his very own fundraising song.

Order AL FRANKEN: GIANT OF THE SENATE on Amazon or download the audiobook for free with a special promotion just for our listeners at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews.  Keep up with him at www.franken.senate.gov, and follow him on Twitter at @AlFranken.

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Science Writer Mary Roach on the Curious Science of Humans at War  

Science writer Mary Roach talks about her new book GRUNT: THE CURIOUS SCIENCE OF HUMANS AT WAR which explores the often ignored aspects of modern warfare that relate not to the killing, but to keeping soldiers alive.  She talks about various oddball military research projects with names like “The Chicken Gun” and “Stench Soup, why diareah is enemy #1 for US Special Forces, and how she experienced first hand the insomnia of working on a nuclear submarine.  Plus why combat fashion matters, how medics train for real combat scenarios, and why maggots might be a wounded soldier’s best friend.

Order GRUNT: THE CURIOUS SCIENCE OF HUMANS AT WAR on Amazon or download the audiobook for free with a special promotion just for our listeners at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews.  Keep up with her at www.MaryRoach.com, and follow her on Twitter at @Mary_Roach.

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