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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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Apr 24, 2017

British actor Adam Campbell (Epic Movie, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) talks about Great News, NBC's new comedy series from the creators of 30 Rock.  He discusses British comedy, the English funny men who inspired him, and defines a particular type of sarcasm known as "west country humor."  He talks about living as a British ex-pat in LA, his thoughts on "fake news," and how Great News creator Tracey Wigfield may have drawn her inspiration from her time as intern at CNN.

The series premiere of Great News airs Tuesday, April 25 at 9/8 central on NBC.  For more information visit www.nbc.com/great-news and follow Adam on Twitter at @adamcampbelly.

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Apr 20, 2017

Emmy and Peabody-winning producer and journalist Chris Whipple (60 Minutes, ABC News Primetime) discusses his new book called The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency.  He'll reveal why the Chief of Staff is considered the 2nd most powerful job in government, who is considered to be the gold standard of White House Chiefs, and why the burnout rate is so high.  He'll talk about how this relatively recent position was born out of Dwight Eisenhower's experience in the military and he'll discuss the Presidents who tried (and failed) to get by without a Chief of Staff.  Plus, Chris rates the new Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and reveals which mistake is a "hanging offense" for a White House Chief of Staff.

Order The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency on Amazon or download the audio book for free with special promotion for our listeners at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews.  You can read can visit Chris Whipple’s website at www.chriswhipple.com and follow him on Twitter at @ccwhip.

Today's episode is sponsored by the Amazon series Bosch.  Stream season 3 of Bosch on Amazon Prime on April 21st.

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Apr 17, 2017

Jason Zinoman, the comedy critic New York Times, talks about his new book Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night.  Jason discusses how Letterman created something totally different that parodied talk shows and rewrote the conventions of comedy and he talks about the many ways that Letterman’s legacy can be seen on every late night show on television today. We’ll get into the legendary “late night wars” between Leno and Letterman, what made Letterman a far superior interviewer to Carson or Jay Leno, his amazing ability as an ad-libber, and his subtle and not so subtle digs at the phoniness of celebrity. Plus, stupid pet tricks, top 10 lists, and Jason’s surprisingly candid interview with David Letterman himself.

Order Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night on Amazon.  Read Jason Zinoman's column in the New York Times and follow him on Twitter at @Zinoman.

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Apr 13, 2017

Daniel Franklin, Executive Editor at The Economist discusses his book Megatech: Technology in 2050 including the best ways to predict tech trends,
which sector will most benefit from technology in the 21st Century,and why some are predicting that Moore’s Law may finally be running out of steam. He reveals how 3D printing may bring manufacturing jobs back to the US, how your next car might be sewn together, and why Google glasses might be poised to make comeback. Plus Daniel Franklin talks about how his 3 decades at The Economist have shaped his world view and what he sees as the role of the magazine that extolls globalism, free trade and immigration in the face of the current populist revolt. Click below to listen.

Order Megatech: Technology in 2050 on Amazon and subscribe to The Economist at www.economist.com.  Follow Daniel Franklin on Twitter at @EconWorldIn.


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Apr 10, 2017

Bassem Youssef is the political satirist described as the "Jon Stewart" of Egypt and host of Fusion TV's Democracy Handbook with Bassem Youssef. Today he shares how he went from being a doctor to the host of the most popular show in the history of Arab-language television during one of the most tumultuous chapters in Egypt’s history. He talks about the Egyptian military's absurd claim that they had invented an "AIDS curing machine" and the time he had to explain to government interrogators why people were laughing at his show. He also discusses his disappointment at many Egyptian protesters who he says simply traded Islamist fascism for military fascism, he reveals some of the tensest moments behind the scenes of his show, and remembers the heartbreaking day he fled Egypt for good. Plus, Bassem Youssef says he's feeling a disturbing degree of de ja vu as he covers the presidency of Donald Trump.


Order Bassem Youssef's new book Revolution for Dummies: Laughing through the Arab Spring on Amazon or download the audio book for free with special promotion for our listeners at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews. Check out his show Democracy Handbook with Bassem Youssef on Fusion TV. For more information www.fusion.net. Follow Bassem Youssef on Twitter at @BYoussef.


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Apr 6, 2017

Philipp Meyer and Kevin Murphy discuss adapting Meyer's Pulitzer-nominated novel THE SON into an epic new AMC drama series starring Pierce Brosnan.  They talk about the frontier spirit that led larger than life characters to risk everything, first in the cattle business and then in the Texas oil boom, and how that story fits into the mythology of America.  They talk about the violent racial history of Texas including the oft forgotten chapter known as the "bandit wars," and how popular culture glosses over native Americans' own bloody past.  Plus Philipp Meyer drinks buffalo blood!

The 2 hour series premiere of THE SON airs tonight Saturday, April 8 at 9/8C on AMC.  For more information, visit http://www.amc.com/shows/the-son.  Order Philipp Meyer's novels THE SON and AMERICAN RUST on Amazon.  Visit Philipp Meyer's website at www.philippmeyer.com and follow Kevin Murphy on Twitter at @@kevinmurphyhc

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Apr 3, 2017

Mati Kochavi is the Israeli tech entrepreneur who created the Showtime docu-series Dark Net, which explores the mysterious world of the deep web and how technology is changing our lives for better and for worse. Today, he talks about the dark web, home of illegal arms sales, sex trafficking, drug deals, and chat rooms for hackers, terrorists, and other illicit communities. He discusses how his interest in the deep web began with the our failure to predict the Arab Spring and what the deep web can reveal about our changing society. Plus Mr. Kochavi shares how we may be the last generation to enjoy privacy and why technology may soon make human love obsolete.

Season 2 of Dark Net premieres Thursday, April 6, at 10PM Eastern on Showtime, or you can watch it whenever you want with a subscription to Showtime Anytime. For more information visit www.showtime.com. You check out Mati Kochavi’s news site Vocativ at www.vocativ.com.

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Mar 30, 2017

Theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss (A Universe from Nothing) is at the forefront of the quest to discover the origins of the universe and human existence. He says human beings need to get past our need to believe that we’re “the center of the universe” and to start focusing on how we’re here instead of why we’re here.  Today he talks about that and his new book The Greatest Story Ever Told--So Far: Why Are We Here?  He gives a sweeping narrative of the history of science, which he says is far more compelling than bible parables, and he discusses some of the great physicists who make up part of that story.  He extols the virtue of science for science sake and not just for developing new consumer gadgets.  In the process, he takes on education in America, President Donald Trump, so-called “intelligent design,” and Deepak Chopra.  Plus he reveals why The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (which he chairs) just moved the infamous “doomsday clock” a lot closer to midnight.

Order The Greatest Story Ever Told--So Far: Why Are We Here? on Amazon or download the audiobook for free at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews.  Learn more about Lawrence Krauss at www.krauss.faculty.asu.edu and follow Lawrence Krauss on Twitter at @LKrauss1.

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Mar 27, 2017

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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Mar 23, 2017

 

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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Mar 20, 2017

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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Mar 16, 2017

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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Mar 13, 2017

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.

Today's episode is sponsored by Stamps.com, Blue Apron, and GoDaddy. Visit www.Stamps.com and enter the promo code KICK for a 4 week Trial that includes postage and a digital scale. Try Blue Apron and get your first three meals free by visiting www.blueapron.com/kick.  Visit www.godaddy.com and enter our promo code "KICK30" to get 30% off a new domain. 

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Mar 9, 2017

“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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Mar 6, 2017

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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Mar 2, 2017

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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Feb 27, 2017

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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Feb 23, 2017

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.  Follow Gianna and Isobel on Twitter at @giannatoboni and @isobelyeung.

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Feb 20, 2017

 

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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Feb 16, 2017

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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Feb 13, 2017

The creators of the AMC drama series HUMANS Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent return to the podcast, and then I'm joined by the stars of the show Gemma Chan, Tom Goodman-Hill and Sam Palladio.  We discuss how consciousness might spread among intelligent machines, what "the singularity" might be like from their perspective, whether recent behavioral and psychological disorders arising from kids attachment to smart devices may foreshadow even more disturbing problems to come, and Gemma Chan shares what it’s like to learn to be a robot at "synth school."  Plus robot marriage counselors, robot/human love, and the Scartlett Johansen robot.

If you enjoyed this episode, then don't miss the season 2 premiere of HUMANS tonight, Monday, February 13, at 10/9 Central on AMC. For more information, visit www.amc.com/shows/humans.

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Feb 9, 2017

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.

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Feb 6, 2017

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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Feb 3, 2017

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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Jan 31, 2017

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.  

He’ll discuss the origins of George Washington’s Farewell Address and why he describes it as the most famous speech you’ve never read. He’ll reveal some of the other founding fathers worked as ghost writers on the address, discuss how Washington’s Farewell Address influenced President Eisenhower’s famous Farewell Address, and how it was even misused as a rallying cry for one pro-Nazi organization at the start of World War II. Plus John Avlon debunks the phrase most famously associated with the Farewell Address and shares the dire warning that President Trump and Congress ignore at their peril.

If you enjoyed today’s episode then you can order his book Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations on Amazon or you can download the audio version for free through a special offer for our listeners at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews. Follow John Avlon on twitter at @JohnAvlon or at www.johnavlon.com. You can also read many of John Avlon’s articles and other good stuff covering politics and culture at www.thedailybeast.com.

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