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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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Jun 29, 2017

Kate Micucci discusses her hilarious new movie The Little Hours and the origins of her comedy folk duo that became a Youtube sensation Garfunkel and Oates.  She talks about how The Little Hours satisfied her lifelong obsession with nuns that even includes a "nun collection."  She reveals why no one in the film does an accent, we talk about the funniest nude scene ever, and she shares how she became a professional sandcastle builder.

The Little Hours opens in theatres tomorrow Friday June 30. Keep up with Kate at www.KateMicucci.com and follow her on Twitter at @KateMicucci. Check out some of the best Garfunkel and Oates at www.garfunkelandoates.com.

Today's podcast is sponsored by Outside the Box, US MarkerboardBelay, AwayThe Weather Channel.  Check out the Outside the Box podcast on iTunes, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts.  Get 10% off standard and custom whiteboards, glass boards, and more by going to www.USMarkerboard.com and using promo code KICK at checkout.  Visit www.awaytravel.com/KICK and use promo code KICK at checkout for $20 off an incredible Away suitcase.  Learn more about how a Belay Virtual Assistant can benefit you at www.belaysolutions.com/KICKASSNEWS.  When storm season hits, you need the nation's most trusted source for severe weather coverage The Weather Channel.  

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Jun 26, 2017

Senator Mike Lee returns to the podcast to talk about his new book Written Out of History and some of America's founding fathers you've never heard of.  He discusses the Iriquo chief who had a profound impact on Benjamin Franklin, the slave woman who won her own freedom and paved the way for emancipation, the founding father's who refused to sign the Constitution, and why they may have been vindicated by history.  Plus Senator Lee explains why he thinks it’s time to wrap up the Russia investigation, what the Broadway musical Hamilton gets wrong about Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, and whether or not the founding fathers intended for the U.S. Constitution to be a "living breathing document."

Order Senator Mike Lee's new book Written Out of History: The Forgotten Founders Who Fought Big Government on Amazon or download the audio book for free with a special trial offer from Audible at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews.  Keep up with him at www.lee.senate.gov and follow him on Twitter at @SenMikeLee.

Today's podcast is sponsored by Belay, SimpliSafe, The Weather Channel, Revisionist History, and Aspiration.  Learn more about how a Belay Virtual Assistant can benefit you at www.belaysolutions.com/KICKASSNEWS.  Get 10% off a SimpliSafe home security system at www.SimpliSafe.com/LISTEN.  When storm season hits, you need the nation's most trusted source for severe weather coverage The Weather Channel.  If your fed up with big banks and poor interest rates, check out the bank with a conscience Aspiration at www.aspiration.com/kickass.  Malcolm Gladwell's podcast Revisionist History is returning for a news season, so subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts.

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Jun 22, 2017

Scott Hamilton Kennedy is the Oscar-nominated filmmaker behind a new documentary narrated by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson called Food Evolution which explores the controvery over GMO foods and the science of genetically modified crops. Today, he explains exactly what GMO’s are, and whether there’s any scientific evidence that GMOs harm humans or the environment. He discusses how Hawaii became ground zero for the debate over GMOs and a misguided GMO ban in Uganda that threatened to starve 1/3 of the country’s population. We talk about who is fueling alarmism over GMOs, what motivates them, and the problems facing scientist who are trying to combat the anti-GMO hysteria with facts and data. He debunks the infamous Seralini Study that claimed GMO causes cancer, and he reveals the truth behind claims that GMOs have increased harmful pesticides. Plus he shares some of the remarkable things that scientists are working on with GMOs, and what would happen if the whole world went organic.

Food Evolution opens in theaters in New York City on June 23 and in Los Angeles on June 30. For more information, visit www.FoodEvolutionMovie.com and follow the film on Twitter at @foodevomovie.

Today’s episode is sponsored by U.S. Marker board and the Best of the Left podcast. US Markerboard is the premium supplier of whiteboards and visual display products in North America. Go to www.USMarkerboard.com and use the promo code KICK for 10% off.  Subscribe to the Best of the Left podcast wherever you get your podcasts or visit www.bestoftheleft.com.

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Jun 19, 2017

As an award-winning actor, director, writer, and science communicator, Alan Alda has become something of an expert in empathy, relating to others, and facilitating greater communication and understanding.  Today he returns to the podcast to share some of what he's learned.  He recalls how an unfortunate experience with his dentist set him on a path to teaching better communication between doctors and their patients, and how he became a much better interviewer on Scientific American Frontiers when he stopped trying to be a know-it-all and just indulged his own curiosity.  He talks about theory of mind, how he experimented in his daily life to develop greater empathy for others, how to heal the political divide one conversation at a time, and whether his wife of 60 years thinks he's really a great communicator.

Order Alan Alda's new book If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating on Amazon or download the audiobook for free with a special trial offer just for our listeners at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews. Visit his website at www.alanalda.com and support The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at www.alanaldacenterlearning.org.  Follow Alan Alda on Twitter at @AlanAlda.

Today's episode is sponsored by Aspiration, Revisionist HistoryUSMarkerboard.com, and Couchbase.  If your fed up with big banks and poor interest rates, go to www.aspiration.com/kickass.  Malcomb Gladwell's podcast Revisionist History returns for a new season. Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts.  Find out why US Markerboard is the premium supplier of whiteboards and visual display products in North America.  Go to www.USMarkerboard.com and use the promo code KICK for 10% off.  The Couchbase Data Platform is built on the most powerful No SQL technology to give your web, mobile, and internet-of-things apps unparalleled agility, manageability, and performance at any scale.  You can learn more at www.couchbase.com/KickassNews.

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Jun 15, 2017

Brett McKay is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Art of Manliness, the largest independent men’s lifestyle magazine on the web, and the host of The Art of Manliness podcast.  We discuss the changing definitions of manliness, what many are calling a modern crisis of manhood, and why men don’t fix things anymore.  Brett shares his tips on things like how to be an awesome uncle, how to use your baby as exercise equipment, how to get the perfect shoe shine, survive a bear attack, and how to use your smart phone to start a fire.  Plus Teddy Roosevelt, the Eisenhower decision matrix, and a crash course in situational awareness.

Order Brett McKay's new book The Illustrated Art of Manliness: The Essential How-To Guide: Survival • Chivalry • Self-Defense • Style • Car Repair • And More on Amazon.   Check out www.artofmanliness.com and subscribe to The Art of Manliness podcast on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. Follow Brett on Twitter at @BrettMcKay.

Today's episode is sponsored by Aspiration.  If you're fed up with big banks and poor interest rate,s visit www.aspiration.com/kickass.  

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Jun 12, 2017

NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar talks about his 50 year friendship with the "Wizard of Westwood" UCLA Coach John Wooden.  He says Coach Wooden was more concerned with his players’ grades than with winning basketball games, he shares some of the wisdom that Coach Wooden imparted, and talks about the time Coach helped Abdul-Jabbar forgive another one of his early mentors who used a racial slur.  He talks about how he felt when the NCAA banned dunking and how Coach Wooden helped him overcome that setback by showing him how use his signature "skyhook" to maximum effect on the court.  Plus Kareem shares some of Wooden’s favorite inspirational quotes, the Coach's essential advice on how to put on your shoes and socks, and Kareem explains how his two loves - basketball and jazz are really very similar. 

Order Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's new book Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court on Amazon or download the audiobook for free with a special trial offer just for our listeners at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews. You can learn more about what Kareem is up to these days at www.kareemabduljabbar.com and support his charity The Skyhook Foundation at www.skyhookfoundation.org.  Follow Kareem on Twitter at @KAJ33.

Today's episode is sponsored by USMarkerboard.com.  Find out why US Markerboard is the premium supplier of whiteboards and visual display products in North America.  Go to www.USMarkerboard.com and use the promo code KICK for 10% off.

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Jun 8, 2017

The Daily Show's Jordan Klepper talks about his new Comedy Central special Jordan Klepper Solves Guns.  He reveals what enflames the passions on both sides of the gun debate, and he says Americans really aren’t so far apart on the issue of gun safety.  In fact, he shares some surprising data on where rank and file NRA members stand on things like background checks.  Plus he talks about brining his gun-owning cousin Pete on the program, embedding with the Georgia militiamen, and covering Trump Rallies for The Daily Show during the 2016 election.

Don’t miss Jordan Klepper Solves Guns on Sunday, June 11 at 10PM Eastern on Comedy Central.  For information visit www.comedycentral.com and follow Jordan Klepper on Twitter at @JordanKlepper.

Today's episode is sponsored by Couchbase.  The Couchbase Engagement Database is the only database specifically designed to deliver ever richer and more personalized customer experiences as your business innovates and grows. Learn more at www.couchbase.com/KickassNews.  

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Jun 5, 2017

Comedy legend Carl Reiner returns to talk about his first break in showbiz, confronting a racist army sergeant during WW II, his friendship with Mel Brooks, Your Show of Shows, and the 2000 Year Old Man.  He also discusses his new HBO documentary about thriving in your 90's called If You're Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast and his book Too Busy to Die.  Plus, Carl Reiner says he's figured out the meaning of "cowfefe."

Order Carl Reiner’s newest book Too Busy to Die at www.randomcontent.com and don’t miss his HBO documentary If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast tonight Monday, June 5 at 8PM Eastern on HBO.  For information visit www.hbo.com.  Follow Carl Reiner on Twitter at @CarlReiner.

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Jun 2, 2017

Comedian Demetri Martin discusses his directorial debut on his new movie DEAN.  He talks about how writing and directing a film about coping with grief helped him deal with his own loss and required him to rely more heavily on his own creative instincts.  He also talks about lovingly lampooning LA in DEAN, working with Kevin Kline, giving up law school for comedy, and how he came to incorporate his drawings into his standup act.  Plus Demetri Martin on fatherhood, seeing the world through his children's eyes and how to make binoculars out of toilet paper rolls.

DEAN opens in theaters Friday, June 2.  Check your local listings for theaters and show times or visit www.cbsfilms.com/dean for more information.  Follow Demetri Martin on Twitter at @DemetriMartin and visit his website at www.live.demetrimartin.com for more on his drawings, books, and live shows.

Today’s episode is sponsored by Outside the Box, Couchbase, and Hello Fresh. Outside the Box is a new podcast featuring conversations with some of the most brilliant thought leaders, innovators, and visionaries today, available on Apple Podcasts, Sticher, or wherever you get your podcasts. The Couchbase Engagement Database is the only database specifically designed to deliver ever richer and more personalized customer experiences as your business innovates and grows. Learn more at www.couchbase.com/KickassNews. HelloFresh delivers new delicious meals with step-by-step recipes designed to take around 30 minutes.  For $30 off your first week of deliveries, visit www.hellofresh.com and enter KICK30 when you subscribe!

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