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May 31, 2017

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson is an acclaimed astrophysicist, author, and a highly popular science communicator who serves as director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC.  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.

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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May 25, 2017

Filmmaker David Michod discusses his new film WAR MACHINE starring Brad Pitt.  He talks about adapting Michael Hasting's book The Operators for film and his decision to fictionalize the character based on General Stanley McChrystal.  He discusses the flawed thinking behind counter-insurgency and the danger of leaders making decisions within a bubble.  Plus we talk about about Sir Ben Kingsley’s fopish portrayal of former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Brad Pitt’s power walk,
and why no one grows cotton in Afghanistan.

WAR MACHINE is available on Netflix and in theatres starting Friday, May 26.  For more information, visit www.netflix.com.

Today’s episode is sponsored by On the Media.  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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May 22, 2017

 

Dr. Robert Ballard is the famed ocean explorer responsible for some of the greatest undersea discoveries including the RMS Titanic, the German battleship Bismarck, and John F. Kennedy's WW II boat PT-109.  Today Dr. Ballard reveals that he was actually on a top secret government mission when he found the Titanic, what it was like the first time he physically went down to visit Titanic, and his outrage at those who are looting this sacred burial ground for profit.  We also discuss what really sank the Lusitania, what Russia is up to in the waters around vital fiber optic cables in the Atlantic, and the future of fishing with sustainable floating fisheries in the open ocean.  Plus, how Dr. Ballard is now trying to bring his underwater adventures right into every classroom in America.

Learn more about Dr. Robert Ballard and his Ocean Exploration Trust at www.oceanexplorationtrust.org, and as of May 12, you can follow the explorations of Dr. Ballard and the crew of the EV Nautilus in real time at www.nautiluslive.org.  Follow Dr. Ballard and his team on Twitter at @EVNautilus.

Today’s episode is sponsored by FilterBuyOn the Media, and Resume Writing Sucks.  Get 10% of a new air filter for your HVAC unit by going to www.filterbuy.com/KICK 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. ResumeWritingSucks.com perfectly tailors your resume for the job you want for FREE at www.resumewritingsucks.com.

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May 18, 2017

Comedians Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds, hosts of The Dollop podcast share some of the stranger tales in their new book The United States of Absurdity: Untold Stories in America's History.  They discuss quack medicine, meat showers, and straw hat riots. We talk about the excruciating death of America’s founding father, and how another U.S. president left a 1400 lb wheel of cheese sitting in the White House hallway for over year. We talk about Congress’s plan to bring hippo meat to the masses, Dr. Henry Heimlich’s idea to cure AIDS with malaria, two guys who built a flying Pinto, and how, not surprisingly, alcohol played a key role in some of the weirdest and most idiotic chapters in our history.

Order The United States of Absurdity: Untold Stories in America's History on Amazon or download the audiobook for free with a special trial offer from Audible at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews.  Subscribe to Dave and Gareth’s podcast The Dollop on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts or go to www.dolloppodcast.com.  Follow the them on Twitter at @daveanthonycomedy and @reynoldsgareth. 

Today’s episode is sponsored by Church & State and On the Media.  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.   Church & State is the hilarious new dramedy about faith, politics and "the Twitter" now playing at New World Stages in NYC.  For tickets and information, visit www.churchandstatetheplay.com.

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May 15, 2017

A double bill today w/ Ohio Governor John Kasich and Dr. Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations.  In Part 1, Governor Kasich discusses his book Two Paths: America United or Divided, the contentious 2016 GOP primary, and how to heal the country.  He talks about valuing truth in the age of alternative facts, he shares why he’s opposed to the current version of the Republican healthcare bill, and why he’s tired some in his own party telling him to shut up about it. Governor Kasich also discuss how the Trump campaign approached his team about putting him on the ticket and why he’s more interested in swimming than running for President these days.  

In Part 2, Dr. Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, talks about his book A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order.  He says the old world order is poorly equipped to address the crises of the 21st Century so he’s calling for a 2.0 version of world order that takes into account non-state actors and our increasing interconnectedness. We also discuss Russia, the Syria crisis, North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, and “Twitter diplomacy.”

Order Two Paths: America United or Divided and A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order on Amazon or download the audiobook for free with a special trial offer from Audible at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews.  Follow Governor John Kasich on Twitter at @JohnKasich or at www.governor.ohio.gov. Follow Dr. Richard Haass on Twitter at @RichardHaass and learn more about the Council on Foreign Relations at www.cfr.org.  

Special thanks to the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum for hosting my interview with Governor John Kasich, and thank you to the Milken Institute for hosting my interview with Dr. Richard Haass during their 2017 Global Conference.

Today’s episode is sponsored by FilterBuy.com and ResumeWritingSucks.com.  Get 10% of a new air filter for your HVAC Unit by going to www.filterbuy.com/KICK.  Start creating your perfect resume for FREE at www.resumewritingsucks.com.

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May 11, 2017

Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter, president of the New America Foundation and former director of the State Department Office of Policy Planning discusses her new book The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World. She talks about the old model of Cold War era game theory and how the US needs to employ more inclusive strategies to deal with an increasingly more complex and decentralized world. She discusses how criminal and terrorist networks are using this type of organization to great effect, she talks about the divide between open and closed societies as the new capitalism vs communism, and how “America First” is terrible foreign policy in the age of globalization. She also discusses her time in the State Department, what she learned working for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and what might have been if her old boss was in the Oval Office right now.

Order Anne-Marie Slaughter’s book The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World on Amazon or download the audiobook for free with a special trial offer from Audible at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews. Follow Dr. Slaughter on Twitter at @SlaughterAM and visit the New America Foundation at www.newamerica.org.

Today’s episode is sponsored by Church & State, the hilarious new dramedy playing at New World Stages in NYC. For information and tickets, visit www.churchandstatetheplay.com.

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May 9, 2017

The king of bad taste director John Waters discusses his new book Make Trouble.  We talk about his career in film, some of his inspirations, and why he considers his biggest commercial success to be his most subversive film.  John Waters throws cold water on the romanticization of the tortured artist, extols the virtues a healthy work ethic, and suggests that in an age when everyone seems to want to be an outsider, maybe it’s more daring to be an insider.  Plus we talk about political correctness, why everyone needs a "youth spy," and the origins of his famous pencil thin moustache.

Order Make Trouble on Amazon or download the audio version for free with a special offer for our listeners at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews. Visit the ultimate John Waters fan site at www.dreamlandnews.com.

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May 4, 2017

Professor Allan J. Lichtman has successfully predicted every US Presidential election since 1984, and now he predicts a bumpy road ahead for President Donald Trump in his new book The Case for Impeachment.  He talks about what he sees as the 8 most likely paths to impeaching Donald Trump including the possibility of removing Trump from office on the grounds that he is mentally unfit to hold office.  He discusses the surprising likehood of Republicans in Congress abandoning Trump in favor of VP Mike Pence, and he gives some tips for how Donald Trump could save his Presidency.  Step 1 - fire Steve Bannon!

Order The Case for Impeachment on Amazon
or download the audio version for free with a special offer for our listeners at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews. Follow Professor Lichtman on twitter at @AllanLichtman.

Today's episode is sponsored by Churh & State, the new dramedy about faith, politics, and “The Twitter"now playing at the New World Stages in NYC.  For tickets and information, visit www.churchandstatetheplay.com.  

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May 1, 2017

Political writer Jonathan Allen discusses his new book Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign.  He talks about the various warring factions in the Clinton camp including Huma Abedin, John Podesta, and Robby Mook, and organizational disfunction and “too many cooks in the kitchen” undermined Hillary’s campaign. We discuss some of the fundamental flaws with Hillary Clinton as a candidate including her inability to articulate why she was running, her tone deaf response to outrage over her private email server, and he own admission that she didn’t “get what’s happening with the country.” Plus we’ll discuss how how close Joe Biden got to entering the race, how much of a factor Bill Clinton was, and a minute by minute account of election night from those who witnessed Hillary’s soul-crushing defeat first hand.

Order Shattered: Insider Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign on Amazon
or download the audio version for free with a special offer for our listeners at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews. Follow Jonathan Allen on twitter at @jonallendc.

Today's episode is sponsored by Amazon's Bosch and FilterBuy.  Watch Season 3 of Bosch now on Amazon Prime.  Visit www.filterbuy.com/kick for 10% off a new air filter.

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