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Apr 27, 2017

Comedian W. Kamau Bell, host of CNN's United Shades of America discusses the online marketing skills of the KKK, his leisurely stroll through the neighborhood with one of the most notorious gangs in Chicago’s South Side, and what it’s like to open carry while black.  We debate the merits of Denzel Washington films, the phrase "All Lives Matter," and whether the term negro is actually racist.  Plus, a white nationalist who has a big problem with the idea of a black James Bond.

The season premiere of United Shades of America airs this Sunday, April 30 at 10PM Eastern on CNN.  For more information including behind the scenes extras,
visit www.CNN.com/UnitedShades.  For more information on W. Kamau Bell including upcoming live performances visit www.wkamaubell.com and follow Kamau on Twitter at @wkamaubell.  Kamau's new book The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell hits shelves May 2 but you can pre-order it on Amazon now.

Today's episode is sponsored by Amazon's Bosch Season 3.  Watch Season 3 of Bosch now on Amazon Prime.  

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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.

Today's episode is sponsored by Texture, Casper, and Bosch.  Get access to over 200 magazines on your smartphone or tablet with a 14 day free trial at www.texture.com/KICKASS.  Get $50 toward any Casper mattress purchase by visiting www.casper.com/KICK and using offer code KICK.  Stream season 3 of Bosch on Amazon Prime on April 21st.

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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.


Today's episode is sponsored by FreshMac.  FreshMac can speed up your Mac
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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

Today's episode is sponsored by Blue Apron. Try Blue Apron and get your first three meals free with free shipping by visiting www.blueapron.com/kick.

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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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