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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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Aug 21, 2017

Comedian Al Madrigal (The Daily Show, I'm Dying Up Here) talks about exploring the dark side of the 70's stand-up comedy boom on his new Showtime series, why he’s resisted being pidgeonholed as a latino comic, and why he thinks white guys actually have it tougher in comedy.  He discusses his audition for The Daily Show, and faking a border crossing as a field correspondent.  Plus seafood as revenge,
why you might want to avoid cilantro for the next 4 years,
and Al Madrigal on Donald Trump and the border wall.

Watch Al Madrigal’s standup special Shrimpin' Ain’t Easy and his series I’m Dying Up Here with a subscription to Showtime or Showtime Anytime.  Listen to his podcast and other hilarious shows on the All Things Comedy podcast network at www.allthingscomedy.com or wherever you get your podcasts.  For Al Madrigal’s live standup dates and other fun stuff, visit www.almadrigal.com, and follow him on Twitter at @almadrigal.

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Aug 18, 2017

Radio host and author Dennis Prager discusses the politicization of his recent classical concert at Walt Disney Hall, explains why the media is a greater threat to America than Vladimir Putin, and warns that America may be in the middle of a "second civil war."  Dennis says he'd rather spend most of his time talking about the big issues in life than politics, he shares his philosophy of happiness, and why he believes happiness is not just a feeling but a moral obligation.  Plus we talk about his love of a good cigar, the time he shared a stogie with George Burns, and why LA traffic sometimes brings out the worst in him.

The Dennis Prager Show airs from 9AM to Noon Pacific and from Noon to 3PM Eastern.  Visit www.DennisPrager.com to find your local station and learn more.  Check out his educational videos at www.PragerU.com and consider making a donation to support Prager University.  Order Dennis Prager's book Happiness is a Serious Problem on Amazon, and follow him on Twitter at @DennisPrager.

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Aug 14, 2017

Director Rob Reiner talks about his new film LBJ and how his own view of President Lyndon Johnson has changed since he was a young man of draft age during the Vietnam War.  He shares some favorite LBJ legends and talks about the evolution of Johnson as a civil rights warrior.  He discusses growing up in showbusiness, his father Carl Reiner's remarkable energy at 95, and the time a very young Rob Reiner got in trouble for grabbing Mary Tyler Moore's ass on the set of his dad's show.  Plus Rob weighs in on President Trump, the Russia investigation, healthcare, and whether he could get used to the words "President Meathead" in 2020.

Mark your calendars for his latest film LBJ which comes out this Nov 3, and follow Rob Reiner on Twitter at @RobReiner.

Today's show is brought to you by Michael Moore's world premiere Broadway show - The Terms of My Surrender.  Visit www.MichaelMooreonBroadway.com for tickets and information.  

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Aug 10, 2017

Anthony Atamanuik, host of Comedy Central's The President Show joins us for the 200th episode of Kickass News!  Anthony reveals what goes into his dead-on impersonation of the President, he shares his mixed feelings about having his own fortunes tied to those of Donald Trump, and explains why he thinks "The Donald" is a lot more like "an old lonely dowager" than the macho man he pretends to be.  Atamanuik describes how Trump is not that different than the guys he grew up with in Massachusetts, he recalls what it was like to attend a Trump rally dressed up as the man himself, and he dishes about his online feud with fellow Trump impersonator Alec Baldwin.  Then at the end of the podcast, Anthony Atamanuik will step aside and allow "President Trump" to answer a few of my questions about Valdimir Putin, his marriage to Melania, and more.

The President Show airs Thursdays at 11:30 Eastern on Comedy Central.  For more information including full episodes, behind the scenes extras, and bonus content visit www.cc.com/shows/the-president-show.com Follow Anthony Atamanuik on Twitter at @TonyAtamanuik.

Today's show is brought to you by Michael Moore's world premiere Broadway show - The Terms of My Surrender.  Visit www.MichaelMooreonBroadway.com for tickets and information.  

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Aug 7, 2017

Snopes founder and CEO David Mikkelson talks about combatting fake news and why he's asking fans of the popular fact checking site to help save Snopes.  David reveals what inspired him to start Snopes 20 years ago, how it grew from a site that debunked urban legends to the most reliable fact checking site that is depended on by everyone from Facebook to the Washington Post, and a few tips on how you can verify the news you consume.  He discusses the danger of misinformation, where misleading stories often originate, and how some of the worst offenders have even tried to peddle fake stories about Snopes and David Mikkelson himself.  Plus we find out if Snopes is funded by CNN, George Soros or the CIA, and we answer burning questions like "is Bob Barker dead?" and "Are there snakes in your Doritos?"

Visit www.snopes.com and follow Snopes on Twitter at @snopes.  If you want to fight alternative facts and fake news and keep Snopes running, consider donating to the Save Snopes campaign at www.GoFundMe.com/SaveSnopes.

Today's episode is sponsored by Hello Fresh.  For $30 off your first week of meal deliveries, visit www.hellofresh.com and enter KICK30 when you subscribe.

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Aug 3, 2017

The creators of the new Amazon series COMRADE DETECTIVE Brian Gatewood and Alessandro Tanaka and series director Rhys Thomas talk about recreating a Cold War-era Romanian police drama that satirizes both Soviet and American propaganda of the 80's.  They discuss the 80’s cop shows and a popular Czech TV series that inspired COMRADE DETECTIVE, why graffiti was such a problem for them in post, and working with a Romanian crew that included a foul-mouthed translator.  Plus, a lesson about blindly following political dogma that is just as applicable today as it was during the Cold War.  

COMRADE DETECTIVE is available exclusively on Amazon beginning this Friday, August 4.  Visit www.amazon.com for more information.

Today's episode is sponsored by Hello Fresh.  For $30 off your first week of meal deliveries, visit www.hellofresh.com and enter KICK30 when you subscribe.

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Aug 1, 2017

Filmmaker/cyclist Bryan Fogel set out to see if he could take performance enhancing drugs and get away with it, but he soon found himself in the middle of the most notorious doping scandal in sports history as he helped scientist Grigory Rodchenkov escape Russia and expose an elaborate state-run conspiracy to dope Russia's Olympic athletes.  It's all in his thrilling documentary ICARUS which is available on Netflix and in theaters starting on 8/4.  

Bryan Fogel discusses how he used himself as a human guinea pig to prove just how easily athletes can cheat anti-drug tests, and he shares how he firsthand experienced the power and the limitations of human growth hormones.  Bryan Fogel reveals how Russia’s FSB agents helped athletes at the Sochi Olympics cheat the system, just how high up this scandal goes, and why he says scientist Grigory Rodchenkov is Russia’s Edward Snowden.  He also discusses the reaction when he presented this evidence to officials at the World Anti-Doping Agency, and he speculate on why the International Olympic Committee ignored WADA’s recommendations and allowed Russian athletes to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. 

ICARUS comes out in select theaters and on Netflix this Friday, August 4.  For more information visit www.netflix.com.  Keep up with Bryan at www.bryanfogel.com and follow him on Twitter at @BryanFogel.

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Jul 28, 2017

Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn is a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who was named one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People for her research into human telomeres and how they affect how we age.  She’ll share how everything from your marriage to where you live effects your longevity, how trauma experienced during childhood and even in the womb can shorten our lives, and some tricks you can use to change your perspective and keep life’s worries from sending you to an early grave.  She'll give tips for extending longevity and repairing your telomeres, she’ll weigh in on tests that measure your telomeres and supplements that claim to extend telomeres, and she'll explain why when it comes to telomere growth, you CAN get too much of a good thing.

Order her book THE TELOMERE EFFECT: A REVOLUTIONARY APPROACH TO LIVING YOUNGER, HEALTHIER, LONGER on Amazon or download the audiobook for free with a special trial offer just for our listeners at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews.  

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Jul 24, 2017

Cyber security expert Alexander Klimburg discusses his book  THE DARKENING WEB: THE WAR FOR CYBERSPACE and just what the recent Russia hack means for the US, the internet, and the state liberal democracy around the world.  He reveals what he believes Russia was really up to in the 2016 presidential race, and how it may be far more sinister and potentially devastating than simply influencing one election.  He discusses how some of America’s most fundamental democratic values make us particularly susceptible to information warfare, how authoritarian governments like Russia and China want to scare the US into rolling back internet freedoms, and how the US may one day soon have to make a difficult choice between preserving our freedoms here at home and supporting freedom abroad.

Order THE DARKENING WEB: THE WAR FOR CYBERSPACE on Amazon
or download the audiobook for free with a special trial offer just for our listeners at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews.  Follow Alexander on Twitter at @AKlimburg.

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Jul 20, 2017

Roman Mars, host of 99% INVISIBLE, talks about his love of good design, his hatred for ugly city flags, and his new podcast WHAT TRUMP CAN TEACH US ABOUT CON LAW.

Subscribe to 99% INVISIBLE and WHAT TRUMP CAN TEACH US ABOUT CON LAW on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.  Keep up with Roman Mars at www.romanmars.com and follow him on Twitter at @RomanMars.

This episode is sponsored by Outside the Box podcast and The Weather Channel.  

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Jul 17, 2017

Former Supreme Allied Commander of NATO Admiral James Stavridis spent 35 years sailing the seven seas and talks about his love of the ocean and the strategic importance of America's naval power.  He takes us on an ocean by ocean tour, discussing his experiences and his concerns about geopolitical events in every region of the world, from China’s manmade islands in the South China Sea to Russia’s ambitious territorial grab in the Arctic Circle.  He urges President Trump to sign the Law of the Sea Treaty and warns him not to abandon our NATO allies, and he describes how he’s seen the results of global warming with his own eyes in the Arctic.

Order Admiral James Stavridis's book SEA POWER: THE HISTORY AND GEOPOLITICS OF THE WORLD’S OCEANS on Amazon or download the audiobook for free with a special promotion for our listeners at www.audible.com/kickassnews.  Follow Admiral Stavridis on Twitter at @StavridisJ

This episode is sponsored by The Weather Channel.  Subscribe to Kickass News on iTunes and take a minute to take our listener survey at www.podsurvey.com/KICK. Support the show by donating at www.gofundme.com/kickassnews. Visit www.kickassnews.com for more fun stuff.

Jul 13, 2017

Emmy and Sundance Award-winning documentary filmmaker Jeff Orlowski discusses his new film CHASING CORAL.  He’ll explain the extraordinary ecosystems that form around coral and how the health of our ocean’s coral is an early indicator of the health of the planet as a whole.  We discuss some of the technical and logistical hurdles that Jeff and his team faced in their race to capture images of the most recent bleaching event, whether the rapid demise of coral reefs can be reversed before it’s too late, and why some coral reefs are suddenly and mysteriously glowing.

CHASING CORAL will be available on Netflix and in theaters beginning Friday, July 14.  For more information, visit www.chasingcoral.com.

This episode is sponsored by Hello Fresh and The Weather Channel.

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Jul 10, 2017

Senator Al Franken talks about his journey from Saturday Night Live to the Senate and his new book AL FRANKEN: GIANT OF THE SENATE.  He shares his memories of SNL cast members like Chris Farley and John Belushi,
and why he's glad Lorne Michaels didn't cast him as the anchor on Weekend Update.  He discusses how he won over a reluctant Democratic establishment in his first election and how he has had to control his comedic impulses as a Senator.  He gives the inside scoop on his confrontational exchange with Jeff Sessions, doing comedy routines with Republican Senator Pat Roberts, and why he describes Ted Cruz as a toxic co-worker.  Plus, Senator Franken sings for his supper with his very own fundraising song.

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This episode is sponsored by OUTSIDE THE BOX podcast and BOMBFELL.  Check out OUTSIDE THE BOX on iTunes, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcasts.  Get $25 off your first BOMBFELL clothes purchase at www.bombfell.com/KICK.

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Jul 6, 2017

Science writer Mary Roach talks about her new book GRUNT: THE CURIOUS SCIENCE OF HUMANS AT WAR which explores the often ignored aspects of modern warfare that relate not to the killing, but to keeping soldiers alive.  She talks about various oddball military research projects with names like “The Chicken Gun” and “Stench Soup, why diareah is enemy #1 for US Special Forces, and how she experienced first hand the insomnia of working on a nuclear submarine.  Plus why combat fashion matters, how medics train for real combat scenarios, and why maggots might be a wounded soldier’s best friend.

Order GRUNT: THE CURIOUS SCIENCE OF HUMANS AT WAR on Amazon or download the audiobook for free with a special promotion just for our listeners at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews.  Keep up with her at www.MaryRoach.com, and follow her on Twitter at @Mary_Roach.

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Jul 3, 2017

Tennis great John McEnroe talks tennis, temper, and his new book BUT SERIOUSLY.  He discusses winning his first grand slam at age 20, his life after the pros, and a recurring nightmare he has about his 1984 French Open match with Ivan Lendl.  McEnroe talks about some of his famous arguments with tennis umpires, and how his temper helped his game in his younger years but he says it held him back later in his career.  He’ll handicap this year’s Wimbledon finals, give his characteristically frank take on the state of the game and a few things he’d like to do away with in tennis.  Plus, he’ll even give me a few tips on how to improve my serve.

John McEnroe's new book BUT SERIOUSLY on Amazon or download the audiobook for free with a special promotion just for our listeners at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews.  Look for John McEnroe broadcasting live from Wimbledon 2017 on ESPN and the BBC, and learn more about the John McEnroe Tennis Academy at www.sporttimeny.com.

Today's podcast is sponsored by The Weather Channel and Hello Fresh.  When storm season hits, you need the nation's most trusted source for severe weather coverage The Weather Channel.  Visit www.HelloFresh.com and enter KICK30 when you subscribe for $30 off your first week of delicious meal deliveries.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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