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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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Sep 2, 2016

My guest today is former CIA analyst and daily intelligence briefer Dr. David Priess, and he talks about his new book The President's Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America's Presidents from Kennedy to Obama. Today he’ll talk about the history of the top secret document, how it’s tailored to each President’s taste, and the massive intelligence bureaucracy that goes into publishing what is essentially a highly classified daily newspaper created just for one customer. We talk about the daily briefers like David who personally deliver “the book” every morning and discuss the most sensitive national security developments with the most powerful man in the world. We also discuss the intelligence briefs that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are now getting as candidates and which President’s had preference for gossip about the bedroom antics of fellow world leaders in the daily brief.

And if you enjoyed today’s episode with David Priess, then order his book The President's Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America's Presidents from Kennedy to Obama on Amazon or download the audio book at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews. You can follow David Priess on Twitter at @DavidPriess or at www.davidpriess.com.

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Aug 29, 2016

Jeffrey Toobin is a CNN legal analyst, journalist, and best-selling author.  Today he talks about his new best-seller American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes, and Trial of Patty Hearst.  He discusses bizarre story of her captors the Symbionese Liberation Army, some of the desperate measures the FBI resorted to in their effort to find her, and Patricia Hearst’s strange transformation from captive to criminal. We talk about how the case influenced media coverage of breaking news events, and how the Patty Hearst saga came to be synonymous with the idea of “Stockholm Syndrome.”  

And if you enjoyed today’s episode, then order Jeffrey Toobin's new bestseller American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes, and Trial of Patty Hearst on Amazon or download the audio book at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews.  You can follow Jeffrey Toobin on Twitter at @JeffreyToobin or at www.JeffreyToobin.com, and look for his legal analysis on breaking events on CNN or in The New Yorker Magazine.

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Aug 25, 2016

Mary Matalin is one of the most respected conservative strategists, authors and pundits in America, and this April she left the Republican Party to register as a Libertarian, but says she will still vote for the GOP nominee Donald Trump.  We discuss her motives for leaving the GOP, why she says it’s been a long time coming, and why she’s more inclined to vote for Trump over the Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson.  Plus I ask Mary Matalin how her mentor President George H.W. Bush and her husband James Carville took the news of her exit from the Republican Party.

If you enjoyed this interview, you can tune in to Mary Matalin's radio show Both Sides Now.  Find out more at www.BothSidesRadio.com.  You can also keep up with Mary at www.MaryMatalin.info.  Finally, I highly recommend Mary Matalin's and James Carville's most recent book Love & War: Twenty Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home.  Order it on Amazon or download the audio version for free through a special trial offer just for our listeners at www.audibletrial.com/kickasspolitics.  

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Aug 22, 2016

Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers are the creators, show-runners, and executive producers of AMC's Halt and Catch Fire, and today they talk about the real stories and personalities that inspired them to create the fictional series about the personal computer revolution that came out of the Texas "Silicon Prairie" in the 1980's.  

We discuss the constant tug of war between the programmers and the visionaries in the tech industry and which Steve they'd rather be (Wozniak or Jobs).  They hint at what we can expect in season 3 including moving the show's setting to Silicon Valley and a shift in focus from the PC boom to the birth of the internet.  Plus, our collective love of dysfunctional 80's robots.

Be sure to watch the 2-hour season premiere of Halt and Catch Fire at 9PM Eastern on Tuesday (8/23) on AMC.  For more information, visit www.AMC.com.  You can follow Chris Cantwell on Twitter at @ifyoucantwell and Chris Rogers at @CCR.

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Aug 12, 2016

Martin Ford is a prominent futurist, best-selling author, and leading expert on artificial intelligence and robotics and their potential impact on the job market, economy and society.  His new book Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future warns that rapid advances in robotics and artificial intelligence are going fundamentally disrupt the world economy and your job just might be a lot more replaceable than you think.  We talk about which jobs are most susceptible AI and Robotics and why it’s not going to be limited to just low-skilled manufacturing jobs. We discuss the ways it could fundamentally change our society and lead to mass uneployment, unrest, and a huge expansion of the government social safety net.

If you liked this episode, then order Martin Ford's book Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future on Amazon or download the audio version for free at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews.  Follow Martin Ford on Twitter at @MFordFuture or visit www.econfuture.wordpress.com

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Aug 9, 2016

My guest today is Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi who has a new film called MEET THE DONORS on HBO.  Today she’ll talk about the Top 100 people who fund US political campaigns including the Koch Bros and George Soros, and she’ll reveal why one Soros family member is working to get money OUT of our politics. We’ll discuss what these mega-donors want from politicians, the perils of this nuclear arms race to buy political influence, Citizens United, and possible solutions to campaign finance reform. Plus I ask Alexandra what her mom Nancy Pelosi had to say about her efforts to shut down the gravy train for Washington politicians. 

You can watch MEET THE DONORS on demand with a subscription to HBO GO or HBO NOW.  Keep up with Alexandra Pelosi by visiting her website at www.AlexandraPelosi.com.

Please subscribe to Kickass News and leave us a review. And support the show by donating at www.patreon.com/kickassnews or www.gofundme.com/kickassnews. Visit www.kickassnewspodcast.com for more fun stuff. Thanks for listening!

Aug 1, 2016

TV legend and witty raconteur Dick Cavett joins me for my 100th episode. Known as the “thinking man’s talk show host,” Dick Cavett shares stories from his 5 decades in television.  He discusses how he broke into show business, his long friendship with his personal idol Groucho Marx, his surprisingly chummy relationship with late-night rival Johnny Carson, his not so chummy relationship with the Nixon White House, and the time a guest actually died on air.  He reminisces about Muhammad Ali, Truman Capote, Jack Benny, Walter Winchell, Ed Sullivan and the night a young woman tried to seduce he and Marlon Brando into a threesome.

If you enjoyed my conversation with Dick Cavett, then order his book Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic moments, and Assorted Hijinks
 on Amazon or you can download the audio version of her book for free through a special trial offer just for our listeners at www.audibletrial.com/kickassnews.  You can follow Dick Cavett on Twitter at @TheDickCavett and visit his website at www.DickCavettShow.com for show clips, episode guides, and news from Dick Cavett.

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Jul 25, 2016

Ben Shapiro is a conservative political commentator, nationally syndicated columnist, author, radio talk show host, and founder/editor-in-chief at The Daily Wire.  Today Ben Shapiro talks about his on-going fight against political correctness on our college campuses, why he cringes every time Donald Trump misuses the cause against political correctness as a "get-out-of-jail-free-card" for Trump's bad behavior, and why Shapiro won't vote for him.  Ben also talks about journalistic integrity and his reasons for leaving Breitbart.com when the news site refused to support his colleague Michelle Fields after she was assaulted by Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.  Plus, Ben Shapiro gives his tips for how to win a political argument with a liberal.

If you enjoyed this episode, then visit www.DailyWire.com to read articles by Ben Shapiro and subscribe to his podcast The Ben Shapiro Show on iTunes.  You can also follow Ben on Twitter at @benshapiro and catch is morning radio show The Morning Answer weekdays on KRLA.  

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Jul 22, 2016

Today I talk to prominent Republicans who say Donald Trump doesn’t speak for them. My guests include GOP political operatives like Stuart Stevens, who was the lead strategist behind Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign, and Tim Miller, who served as communication director for the Jeb Bush campaign and the leading anti-Trump SuperPAC. I also talk with conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg of National Review and former Republican Governor of New Jersey Christine Todd Whitman. Plus Kendal Unruh, founder of the Free the Delegates movement encourages voters to vote their conscience.

You can follow today's guests on Twitter at Stuart Stevens @stuartpstevens, Jonah Goldberg @JonahNRO, Governor Christine Todd Whitman @GovCTW, Tim Miller @TimODC, and Kendal Unruh @ConscienceVoter.  Order Stuart's novel THE INNOCENT HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR on at www.stuartstevens.com, on Amazon or get the audiobook at www.audibletrial.com/kickasspolitics.  You can read Jonah Goldberg’s articles at www.NationalReview.com.  Keep up with Governor Whitman at www.christiewhitman.com and support her efforts to get a third party on the ballot at www.BetterforAmerica.com.  You can support Tim Miller's www.ourprinciplespac.com and www.americarisingpac.org as well as Kendal Unruh's Free the Delegate movement at www.freethedelegates.com

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Jul 15, 2016

Self-driving cars are coming faster than you think.  Today I talk with Raj Rajkumar, co-director of the General Motors-Carnegie Mellon Autonomous Driving Research Lab about the tech behind driverless cars, the challenges they're encountering, and how they plan to protect passengers from a hostile cyber-attack.  Then I talk with Doug Newcomb, the founder and president of the Connected Car Council, about selling American drivers on the idea of giving up so much control, the life-saving/time-saving potential of this technology, and the massive cultural and economic changes that will come from the autonomous car revolution.  We also discuss regulation and how one day soon, driving your own vehicle on public roads will quite possibly be outlawed.

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Jul 11, 2016

My guest today is six-time Emmy and Globe Award-winning actor, director and writer Alan Alda. Science and medicine have influenced his acting in roles like Army Surgeon Hawkeye Pierce on the hit TV series MASH but now he’s using his art to help scientists and doctors become better communicators. He discusses the need for scientists to get better at explaining their very important work to the rest of us and how he’s using improv to help them do just that. He talks about teaching empathy to doctors and challenging scientists to explain a flame to an 11-year-old. Plus we discuss his encounter with a doctor who saved his life in the mountains of Chile, the complicated love life of Albert Einstein, and the medical accuracy of all those surgeries he performed on MASH.

If you enjoyed my talk with Alan Alda then I encourage you to visit wwwcenterforcommunicatingscience.org and support the great work he's doing at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University.  You can also visit www.alanalda.com to keep up with the latest from Alan Alda and follow him on Twitter at @alanalda.  Finally, you might enjoy his highly entertaining autobiographies Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself and Never Have Your Dog Stuffed, and Other Things I've Learned available on Amazon or for audiobook at www.audibletrial.com/kickasspolitics.

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Jul 8, 2016

Dana Loesch is the host of Dana on Glenn Beck's The Blaze TV and the nationally syndicated radio show The Dana Show: The Conservative Alternative.  She has a new book called Flyover Nation: You Can't Run a Country You've Never Been To, and on today's podcast, she stands up for the good folks of the so-called "flyover states" and corrects misperceptions and media portrayals of the hardworking people in middle America.  Dana talks about what matters in Flyover Nation, including issues like gun control, manufacturing jobs, and religious liberty.  We discuss what it is that Trump voters in Flyover Nation are so angry about and the irony of the blue collar Americans choosing a rich New Yorker to represent the interests of the common man.  Plus, Dana really, really likes Walmart!  

If you enjoyed my conversation with Dana Loesch, then order her new book Flyover Nation on Amazon or you can download the audio version of her book for free through a special trial offer just for our listeners from Audible.  You can find out more about Dana including stations and showtimes for her syndicated radio show The Dana Show on her website at www.DanaLoeschRadio.com, and subscribe to The Blaze TV to watch her show Dana every weekday.  Follow Dana Loesch on Twitter at @DLoesch.

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Jul 5, 2016

Glenn Beck hosts the third highest-rated radio talk show in America - The Glenn Beck Program, and he is the founder of www.theblaze.com.  He's also the author of 7 #1 New York Times Best-Sellers.  Today we talk about how Orson Wells inspired Glenn Beck's an early love of radio and why he went the independent route when he left Fox News to found The Blaze.  He shares his worries over recent incidents of people taking the law into their own hands, he reiterates his gravest concerns about Donald Trump, and he makes an impassioned appeal for GOP delegates to vote their conscience at the upcoming convention.  Glenn Beck also discusses why he will most likely be voting for the Libertarian candidate for President, and he makes the case for a Libertarian approach to federal government, drugs, and foreign entanglements.

If you enjoyed my talk with Glenn Beck then visit www.theblaze.com where you can sign up for a free 14 day trial of The Blaze TV.  You can also go to www.glennbeck.com to find out more about Glenn and which radio station broadcast The Glenn Beck Program in your area.  Check out his best-selling books on Amazon and follow him on Twitter at @glennbeck.

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Jun 28, 2016

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried talks about the misery of working on the infamous Season 6 of Saturday Night Live and his ongoing problem with his podcast guests kicking the bucket just before they can make it on his show.  He talks about his lifelong battle against political correctness from his joke at the Friar’s Club Roast 2 days after 9/11 to his tweets about the Japanese Tsnumani that got him fired from his gig as the voice of the Aflac duck.  He talks about old movies and does his impressions of my recent podcast my guest David Steinberg, Vincent Price, early Larry David, old Lucille Ball, and senile Groucho, plus I verify the legend about Milton Berle.  You know which legend I'm talking about!

If you enjoyed my talk with the hilarious Gilbert Gottfried then subscribe to GILBERT GOTTFRIED'S AMAZING COLOSSAL PODCAST on iTunes.  You can also keep up with Gilbert and get upcoming dates for his live shows at www.gilbertgottfried.com or at www.gilbertpodcast.com.  Follow Gilbert on Twitter at @RealGilbert.

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Jun 24, 2016

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell talks about his childhood battle with polio, the longshot bid that got him elected to the Senate in 1984, and his difficult re-election in 2014.  He discusses what the institution of the Senate means to him, his frustration with the 2013 government shutdown, and the need to put an end to Republicans attacking Republicans.  Senator McConnell discussed his endorsement of Donald Trump and the serious concerns he has about the presumptive GOP nominee.  He also reveals what advice he gave Trump in a recent meeting.

If you enjoyed my conversation with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, you can order his new book THE LONG GAME: A MEMOIR on Amazon or download the audio version for free with a special offer just for our listeners at www.audibletrial.com/kickasspolitics.  Follow him on Twitter at @McConnellPress and at www.mcconnell.senate.gov.

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Jun 21, 2016

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is rumored to be on Hillary's short list for VP and today he talks about his unconventional path to political office, his success as a brewmaster, and how he sees his state as a microcosm for America.  He also discusses Colorado as a test case for marijuana legalization and bridging the gap between environmentalists and the energy industry.  Plus Governor Hickenlooper talks about drinking frack fluid, nude photography, what makes a good beer, and why he once took his mother to see the X-rated movie "Deep Throat."

If you enjoyed my conversation with Governor John Hickenlooper, you can order his new book THE OPPOSITE OF WOE: MY LIFE IN BEER AND POLITICS on Amazon or download the audio version for free with a special offer just for our listeners at www.audibletrial.com/kickasspolitics. Follow him on Twitter at @HickforCO and visit his original brewpub Wynnkoop next time you're in Denver.

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Jun 16, 2016

My guest today is legendary comedian David Steinberg.  David Steinberg will talk about how being part of the early days of Second City in Chicago, his 130 appearances on The Tonight Show (more than anyone other than Bob Hope) and his friendship with Johnny Carson, and how his appearance on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour singlehandedly got the most popular show on television cancelled.  Plus David Steinberg talks about directing Larry David on Curb Your Enthusiasm, being bestman at a gangster’s wedding, getting on Nixon’s enemies list, and why he says I definitely should NOT try my hand at stand-up comedy.

If you enjoyed my conversation with David Steinberg, I would highly recommend that you subscribe to his wonderful podcast The David Steinberg Podcast on iTunes.  Order the documentary Quality Balls: The David Steinberg Story on Amazon, and follow David on Twitter at @david_steinberg or at www.thedavidsteinberg.com.  

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Jun 8, 2016

Texas Governor Greg Abbott talks about his plan to restore the Constitution to our federal government as outlined in his new book BROKEN BUT UNBOWED: THE FIGHT TI FIX A BROKEN AMERICA.  Governor Abbott also discusses his inspiring story of how he rose to become the longest serving Attorney General in Texas history and now Governor of that state despite being a paraplegic, how being wheelchair bound may have helped him win one of his first cases, and his thoughts on the Americans with Disabilities Act.  He talks about his 31 lawsuits against the Obama Administration including challenges to Obamacare and President Obama’s executive order granting amnesty to illegals, plus he also gives his tips on where to go for the best BBQ and Tex-Mex in the Lone Star State.

If you enjoyed my conversation with Texas Governor Greg Abbott, I would highly recommend that you order his new book BROKEN BUT UNBOWED on Amazon or you can download the audio version of his book for free through a special trial offer for our listeners at www.audibletrial.com/kickasspolitics.  You can follow him on Twitter at @GregAbbott_TX or visit his website at www.gregabbott.com

Vote for Kickass Politics for the 2016 Podcast Award in the category of News & Politics at www.podcastawards.com. You can vote for us once every day between now and June 12. You can also help us reach our fundraising goal for this year and donate at www.patreon.com/kickasspolitics. Or go to the website for the show at www.kickasspolitics.com and click on the donate button. Thanks for listening!
 

May 31, 2016

My guest today is General Wesley Clark.  In his 38 years of military service, he served in various positions including Director of Strategic Plans and Policy during the War in Bosnia and NATO commander and Supreme Allied Commander in Europe leading Operation Allied Force during the war in Kosovo.  Today General Clark will talk about the harrowing experience that earned him a Silver Star in Vietnam and what strategic mistakes were made in that war.  He'll talk about leading the allied campaign during the war in Kosovo, his first impressions of Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic, and how Milosevich was evaded justice for his war crimes.  He'll discuss how he rethought the traditional organization of our military to give greater strategic responsibility to soldier on the ground plus General Clark speaks about the war in Iraq, the 2016 election, and why he likes Ike.

If you enjoyed my conversation with General Wesley Clark, you can follow him on Twitter at @GeneralClark or visit his consulting firm's website at www.wesleykclark.com.  I would also encourage you to read his excellent book A Time to Lead: Duty, Honor, Country.

Vote for Kickass Politics for a 2016 Podcast Award in the category of News & Politics at www.podcastawards.com.  You can vote for us once every day between now and June 12.  You can also help us reach our fundraising goal for this year and donate at www.patreon.com/kickasspolitics. Or go to the website for the show at www.kickasspolitics.com and click on the donate button. Thanks for listening!

 

May 26, 2016

My guest today is global strategist, world traveler and best-selling author Dr. Parag Khanna.  He's written a new book called Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization.  In contrast to the demonization of globalization, trade and immigration that's taking place in the 2016 election, Parag Khanna offers a hopeful vision of the future in which global supply chains matter more than borders, resources are shared most efficiently, and the most connected nations and people will thrive.  Today he'll talk about the fallacies of nationalism and anti-globalism, he’ll talk about connectivity and trade as the greatest force for world peace, and he’ll discuss how the future will be less about nations and borders and more about interconnected mega-cities.  

If you enjoyed my conversation with Parag Khanna, I'd encourage you to read his book Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization.  You can order it on Amazon or download the audiobook for free through a special trial offer for our listeners at www.audibletrial.com/kickasspolitics. Follow Parag Khanna at www.paragkhanna.com or on Twitter at @ParahKhanna.

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May 23, 2016

 

Today I'm talking about genomics with the man who headed the Human Genome Project Dr. Francis Collins.  He is currently the director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.  On the podcast Dr. Collins explains how genomics works, how it is leading to breakthroughs in our understanding of many diseases, and leaps in early detection and targeted treatment of them.  He also discusses the limits of genomics and some of the ethical and regulatory issues that have arisen from it.

If you enjoyed my conversation with Dr. Francis Collins, you can learn more about the Human Genome Project by visiting www.genome.gov and you can learn about some of the exciting new research going on at the National Institutes of Health at www.nih.gov.  Follow Dr. Collins on Twitter at @NIHDirector.

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May 19, 2016

Emmy-winning director Jay Roach talks about his new biopic ALL THE WAY which stars Brian Cranston (BREAKING BAD) as President Lyndon B. Johnson.  Jay Roach is the Emmy & Golden Globe Award-winning director/producer behind such hits as the AUSTIN POWERS films, MEET THE PARENTS & its sequel MEET THE FOCKERS, THE CAMPAIGN, RECOUNT, GAME CHANGE, and last year’s critically acclaimed movie TRUMBO.  His new film ALL THE WAY (premieres 5/21 on HBO) follows L.B.J. during the tumultuous year when he assumed the White House, passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and staved off a revolt by Southern delegates in his own party to win a difficult re-election as President.

On the podcast, Jay discusses his interest in political subject matter like RECOUNT, GAME CHANGE & ALL THE WAY, and how he finds political history rife with opportunities for humor. We talk about Lyndon Johnson’s unconventional negotiating tactics, why L.B.J. took a huge politics risk in fighting for the Civil Rights Act, and how that risk nearly led to his own political demise at 1964 Democratic National Convention. We talk about his complicated relationships with Martin Luther King Jr., Hubert Humphrey, and his wife Lady Bird Johnson, and how he was perhaps the only President who intimidated J. Edgar Hoover. Plus we ponder whether Lyndon Johnson, the ultimate Washington insider, would survive or thrive in today’s anti-establishment political climate.

If you enjoyed my interview with director Jay Roach, I highly recommend that you watch ALL THE WAY. The performance by Bryan Cranston as President Lyndon B. Johnson is remarkable and the film is certain to win a slew of Emmy Awards this year. It premieres this Saturday May 21 on HBO at 8PM Eastern or you can watch it anytime with a subscription to HBO GO or HBO NOW.

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May 16, 2016

My guest is Paul Wolfowitz, former President of the World Bank, Deputy Secretary of Defense, and Ambassador to Indonesia.  Today the world’s most famous neoconservative will tell us why he doesn’t like the term neocon.  He'll talk about how his hatred of dictators and the teachings of Leo Strauss have shaped his own political philosophy, and how that has led to a lifelong passion for promoting freedom and combatting corruption as the first step to ending global poverty and preventing wars.  Ambassador Wolfowitz will discuss both U.S. conflicts in Iraq and how Saddam Hussein's cynical manipulation of Iraqi Islamists may have inadvertently lead to ISIS.  He will discuss his time as Ambassador to Indonesia and how that country might be a good template for democracy and reform in the Muslim world.  He’ll share some great advice he once got from Secretary of State George Schultz and voice his concerns over the Iran nuclear deal and North Korean missile tests.  


If you enjoyed today’s episode, then you can keep up with Paul Wolfowitz's work and writings at www.aei.org.  You can also follow the American Enterprise Institute on Twitter at @AEI.

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May 13, 2016

My guest Josh King is a master of political optics. He is the former White House director of production for presidential events under President Bill Clinton. He has a new book called OFF SCRIPT: AN ADVANCE MAN’S GUIDE TO WHITE HOUSE STAGECRAFT, CAMPAIGN SPECTACLE, AND POLITICAL SUICIDE. Today he talks about some of the most infamous political blunders caught on camera including the infamous Dukakis in the tank image and his experience on the ill-fated Dukakis campaign. He’ll discuss how advance teams create memorable campaign events, how the best planned photo-op can backfire, why no President EVER wears a hat, and the pitfalls of political optics in the age of social media, including how to avoid creating a meme-able photo.

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May 10, 2016

In his frankest interview yet, former Mexican President Vicente Fox pulls no punches about the man he calls a “false prophet."  It was recorded the same week as his apology to Donald Trump, and President Fox strike a very different tone,doubling down on "I'm not going to pay for the f_cking wall" and adding "and please don’t take out the f_cking full word." Vicente Fox compares the man he calls the "hated gringo" and "ugly American" to Latin American dictators like Hugo Chavez and Juan Peron.  He also warns that if Trump starts a trade war, then Mexico could retaliate by stopping or limiting money transfers and remittances for US corporations and American tourists in Mexico.  Because as Vicente Fox says "Don’t play around with us, we can jump walls, we can swim rivers, & we can defend ourselves."  And he warns that if Trump becomes President, he "could take us to a war, not just a trade war."  

If you enjoyed this interview, you can learn more about the Centro Fox at www.centrofox.org.mx. You can follow Vicente Fox on Twitter at @VicenteFoxQue.

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