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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!
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Sep 29, 2016

CRIMINAL is the wildly popular true-crime podcast hosted by Phoebe Judge and produced Lauren Spohrer.  These "partners in crime" talk about the criminal justice system, their love of fictional detective stories, and how the name of their podcast sometimes proves problematic when booking guests.  They share some of the quirkier and more touching stories they’ve investigated including a truck stop owner with a Bengal tiger, the black market for a famously hard to get bottle of bourbon, and a white collar prison inside the last leper colony in America. Plus we discuss getting letters from prison, cops who won’t talk, and whether or not they would take an interview with Charles Manson.

Subscribe to CRIMINAL on iTunes and visit their website at www.thisiscriminal.com.  Follow CRIMINAL on Twitter at @CriminalShow and follow Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer at @PhoebeVJudge and @LaurenSpohrer.

Order tickets to their upcoming live podcast recordings in Washington, DC (10/25), Durham, NC (10/27), Philadelphia, PA (10/28), Anaheim, CA (10/29), Brooklyn (10/31-11/01), Boston, PA (11/02), Chicago, IL (11/04), Iowa City, IA (11/05), Minneapolis, MN (11/06), Seattle, WA (11/07), Portland, OR (11/09), San Francisco (11/14), and Toronto (11/18).

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Sep 28, 2016

CNBC's Larry Kudlow and historian Brian Domitrovic talk about their new book JFK and the Reagan Revolution: A Secret History of American Prosperity.  They dismantle the perception of John F. Kennedy as a Keynesian and make the case that he was the first President to embrace supply-side economics and an inspiration for Reagan's Presidency.  Brian and Larry talk about the popular myth of post-war prosperity in the 1950s, the unusual team of rivals who advised Kennedy on economic policy, and how that policy influenced civil rights.  Plus Larry Kudlow talks about his role as informal economic advisor to Donald Trump.

Order JFK and the Reagan Revolution: A Secret History of American Prosperity on Amazon or download the audio version for free through a special offer for our listeners at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews.

Larry Kudlow can frequently be seen on CNBC and you can read his articles at National Review Online. His radio show The Larry Kudlow Show airs on Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. ET on WABC Radio and is syndicated nationally by Cumulus Media. His website is www.Kudlow.com, and you can follow him on Twitter at @Larry_Kudlow. You can read Brian Domitrovic’s work at www.LafferCenter.com or at www.Forbes.com, and follow him on Twitter at @BrianDomitrovic.

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Sep 23, 2016

The moment Al Jean completed the first episode of The Simpsons in 1989, he knew that he wanted to work on that show for the rest of his career.  He's been doing just that as the head writer and exec producer of The Simpsons, guiding that groundbreaking series to a record-breaking 28 seasons.  

Today Al Jean talks about his early days writing for “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” including those famous letters to Santa that were supposedly from little children. Then he talks about the birth of the Simpsons, the origin of many of the characters, and the early controversies that surrounded the show including a strange rivalry between the fictional Simpsons family and the first President Bush.

We talk about the process of making the show, the challenge of keeping the show fresh after 625 episodes, and what he’d like to do with the final episode (if that day ever comes). Plus we talk about the fans and some of the crazy conspiracy theories they have about the show.

Be sure to watch the season premiere of The Simpsons this Sunday 9/25 at 8PM Eastern on Fox and watch Simpsons reruns five days a week on FXX.  For more fun Simpsons fan stuff, visit www.SimpsonsWorld.com.  Follow Al Jean on Twitter at @AlJean and you can even follow the Simpsons on Twitter at @TheSimpsons

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Sep 19, 2016

 

Emmy-nominated filmmaker Dan Reed talks about his new HBO documentary THREE DAYS OF TERROR: THE CHARLIE HEBDO ATTACKS. He discusses the cartoons that served as the catalyst for the vengeful massacre of 10 employees at the French satiric magazine Charlie Hebdo by two brothers affiliated with Al-Qaeda in Yemen and the sympathy attacks by a third terrorist which became the Islamic State’s first assault on the French homeland. We talk about the broader issue of freedom of speech, the French government’s “burkini ban,” and the second wave of deadly Paris attacks that caught French authorities off guard just 10 months after the Charlie Hebdo murders.

THREE DAYS OF TERROR: THE CHARLIE HEBDO ATTACKS airs Monday, September 19, at 8PM Eastern on HBO. You can also watch THREE DAYS OF TERROR any time with HBO ON DEMAND, HBO GO or HBO NOW. For more information, visit www.HBO.com. Follow Dan Reed on Twitter at @danreed1000 or at www.amospictures.co.uk.

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Sep 17, 2016

Political strategist, author and pundit James "The Ragin' Cajun" Carville comes on the show to talk about his new book We're Still Right, They're Still Wrong: The Democrats' Case for 2016.  Carville says "it's still the economy, stupid!" and he claims to have the hard data that proves that the economy does better under Democratic Presidents than Republican Presidents.  He credits Donald Trump with dragging the Republican Party to the issue of income inequality but says Trump's solutions to the problem are all wrong.  He also discusses his problem with the idea of being a "social liberal and a fiscal conservative," the scandals or non-scandals around the Clintons (including Hillary Clinton's health), and why he says politics and social media don't mix.  

If you enjoyed today’s episode, then order James Carville's new book
We're Still Right, They're Still Wrong: The Democrats' Case for 2016 on Amazon, or you can download the audio version for free with a special offer for our listeners at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews.  Follow James Carville on Twitter at @JamesCarville or at www.jamescarville.info.

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Sep 13, 2016

TAKING FIRE is a 5-part docu-series for The Discover Network that follows a handful of rookies with the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division who packed helmet cameras to film their one year deployment to the farthest flung region of the Taliban-held Korangal Valley in Afghanistan in 2010. 

Today I talk with Kyle Boucher and J.J. McCool who did triple duty as soldiers, cameramen and stars of this unconventional series. They reveal how they were able to film this remarkable footage without interference from the Pentagon, they talk about some of the risks they took to get the perfect shot, and discuss the creepy feeling of fighting an enemy they couldn’t see but who was constantly watching them. They speak frankly about their working relationship with the Afghan National Army and the local Police forces, and what it's like getting shot at in the shower, at dinner, and while working out at “the world’s deadliest gym.”

The first episode of TAKING FIRE premieres tonight, Tuesday, September 13, at 10PM ET/9PM CT on The Discovery Network. Check your local listings or visit www.discovery.com to learn more.

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Sep 8, 2016

David Cay Johnston is a Pultizer Prize winning investigative reporter who covered Donald Trump for 30 years for the New York Times. He pulls back the curtain on the carefully crafted illusion of Donald Trump in his new best-seller The Making of Donald Trump

Today David shares what he knows about Trump’s shady family history, and his close ties to organized crime bosses and a convicted drug trafficker. He calls into question Trump’s claims that he is a billionaire, a philanthropist, and a Wharton MBA. He exposes the many investors, vendors, and clients who have been ripped off, swindled, and stiffed by Donald Trump. He reveals evidence that Donald Trump deceived the New Jersey Gaming Commission in order to get his casino license and speculates on the curious matter of a forged tax return. Plus we’ll answer why Trump doesn’t want to release his taxes and does Donald Trump have any friends?

Order David Cay Johnston’s new bestseller The Making of Donald Trump on Amazon or download the audio version for free through a special offer for our listeners at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews. You can read David Cay Johnston’s weekly columns in www.thedailybeast.com and www.investopedia.com.
You can follow him on Twitter at @DavidCayJ and learn more on his website at www.DavidCayJohnston.com.

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Sep 6, 2016

Ann Coulter follows up her Comedy Central Roast appearance by coming on Kickass Politics to talk about Trump, immigration, and more.  She explains what the Trump phenomenon is really about, why she says he is uniquely suited to take on the political establishment, and why it’s time for the GOP stop living in the 80’s and get past Reagan.  We talk about Trump’s meeting with Mexican President Nieto and the speculation that Trump is “softening” his stance on deportation.  Plus she answers listener questions like “Is this all an act?” and “Is she a lizard person?”

And if you enjoyed today’s episode with Ann Coulter, then order his book IN TRUMP WE TRUST: E PLURIBUS AWESOME on Amazon or download the audio book at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews. You can follow Ann Counter on Twitter at @AnnCoulter or at www.anncoulter.com .

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Sep 2, 2016

My guest today is former CIA analyst and daily intelligence briefer Dr. David Priess, and he talks about his new book The President's Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America's Presidents from Kennedy to Obama. Today he’ll talk about the history of the top secret document, how it’s tailored to each President’s taste, and the massive intelligence bureaucracy that goes into publishing what is essentially a highly classified daily newspaper created just for one customer. We talk about the daily briefers like David who personally deliver “the book” every morning and discuss the most sensitive national security developments with the most powerful man in the world. We also discuss the intelligence briefs that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are now getting as candidates and which President’s had preference for gossip about the bedroom antics of fellow world leaders in the daily brief.

And if you enjoyed today’s episode with David Priess, then order his book The President's Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America's Presidents from Kennedy to Obama on Amazon or download the audio book at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews. You can follow David Priess on Twitter at @DavidPriess or at www.davidpriess.com.

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