Rerun: Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Today's episode is a rerun of my interview acclaimed astrophysicist, author, and a highly popular science communicator Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. 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 nig

Rerun: Carol Burnett

The great Carol Burnett joins me to reminisce about some of the best times on The Carol Burnett Show. She shares stories about Harvey Korman, Tim Conway and Vickie Lawrence, including which one she almost had to fire and which one could always crack her up in front of the cameras. She talks about the boys club that was network television in the 60’s and 70’s and she reveals the comedy sketch that she wished she hadn’t done and some of her favorite questions from the audience. Plus some advice for young comedic actors and some exciting news about her big return to network television. If you enjoyed today’s podcast, then you can order Carol Burnett's memoir In Such Good Company: Eleven Years

EP 204: Richard Dawkins Has a Soul for Science

Famed evolutionary biologist, author, and science communicator Richard Dawkins shares his wonder for science, debunks the entire premise of intelligent design, and calls on the scientific community to stop calling evolution a theory. He talks about Berkley University’s recent decision to uninvite him to speak and what he calls higher learning’s dangerous elevation of opinion over truth and objective facts. Plus the well known atheist talks about his friend the late Christopher Hitchens, where an atheist gets their moral code, and why he’s still more than happy to wish you Merry Christmas. Order Richard Dawkins' new book Science in the Soul: Selected Writings of a Passionate Rationalist on

EP 203: Al Madrigal on Comedy, Trump, and Avoiding Cilantro

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 hilariou

EP 202: Dennis Prager on Politics, Religion, and Happiness

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 3P

EP 201: Rob Reiner Talks Movies, Politics, & Presidents LBJ to Trump

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 th

EP 200: Anthony Atamanuik, Host of Comedy Central's THE PRESIDENT SHOW

Anthony Atamanuik, host of Comedy Central's The President Show joins me 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, Anth

EP 199: Snopes Founder David Mikkelson on Fighting Fake News

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

EP 198: The Creators of Amazon's COMRADE DETECTIVE

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

EP 197: The Other Russia Scandal w/ Filmmaker Bryan Fogel

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

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