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Ben Mathis brings you news, entertainment and politics


Greta Gerwig on Art, Commerce, and Female Ambition
Jan 16 • 37 min
Director/writer Greta Gerwig discusses her Oscar nominated film adaptation of the beloved classic , how she imbued her movie with even more of author Louisa May Alcott’s own personality, and why it was important for her to give a nod to the author’s…
BBC’s Seven Worlds, One Planet
Jan 13 • 30 min
is a seven part television event that marks the first time that BBC Studio’s Emmy-winning Natural History Unit has explored all the planet’s continents in a single series. Executive producer Jonny Keeling, and producers Emma Napper…
The Power of Showing Up for Your Kids
Jan 13 • 52 min
Drs. Daniel J. Siegel and TIna Payne Bryson, the bestselling authors of The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline discuss their new book . They explain what it means to really show up for your children and how your interactions…
Ambassador Samantha Power on Idealism, Diplomacy, and Human Rights
Jan 9 • 47 min
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations recalls her early years as a freelance journalist covering the Siege of Sarajevo, how her Pulitzer-winning book about genocide got the attention of a young Senator Barack Obama, and what it was like…
The Blue Zones’ Dan Buettner on Eating for Longevity
Jan 6 • 44 min
Dan Buettner has become an expert on longevity ever since he wrote his groundbreaking National Geographic article on the , the five places in the world where the most people live to 100 or older. One of the key factors is diet, and Dan has…
Dr. Phil
Dec 30, 2019 • 51 min
says that some of his guests still surprise him even after 2000+ episodes of his #1 daytime talk show . He recalls how losing a football game in junior high school inspired him to go into psychology, what it was like to go…
Tim Robbins
Dec 26, 2019 • 50 min
Actor/director Tim Robbins discusses why his classic political mockumentary BOB ROBERTS is more relevant now than ever. He says Harvey Weinstein reminds him of the shady operators he knew growing up in New York’s Greenwich Village, he…
Bret Baier on 3 Days That Changed WW II
Dec 23, 2019 • 33 min
For three days in November, 1943, Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin met in Tehran, Iran and made decisions that would change the course of World War II. It’s the subject of a new book by Fox News’ titled , and today Bret Baier shares how…
The Art of Being Mike Nichols
Dec 19, 2019 • 57 min
Ash Carter and discuss their new book about the EGOT-winning director Mike Nichols (The Graduate, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Birdcage). They talk about his early years as one of the founders of the improv group that would become…
Craig Ferguson’s Hobo Fabulous Life
Dec 16, 2019 • 51 min
Craig Ferguson talks about his new limited series , why he wanted to do a rockumentary-style show about his US comedy tour, and how he’s ready to take a long break from the road after a 2 month American bus tour. Craig recalls that he never…
Abby McEnany’s Work in Progress
Dec 12, 2019 • 45 min
Abby McEnany discusses her start in Chicago’s improv scene and how her one woman show turned into her new Showtime series . She reveals how Julia Sweeney’s Saturday Night Live character “Pat” made her life a living hell for a…
Andrew Marantz on Embedding with the “Deplorables”
Dec 9, 2019 • 66 min
Andrew Marantz, a staff writer for the , talks about his experience embedding with the so called “Deplorables,” and how he got a rare insider’s glimpse into the pundits, trolls, and provocateurs who drive the conversation on the alt-right….
Master of Suspense Dean Koontz
Dec 4, 2019 • 50 min
Master of suspense recalls the literary agent who said he’d never be a bestselling author and how he defied expectations with fourteen #1 New York Times Bestsellers. He discusses his new collection of six short suspense stories for…
Mo Rocca Honors History’s Forgotten Figures
Dec 2, 2019 • 56 min
CBS Sunday Morning correspondent and humorist Mo Rocca has always loved obituaries but he says that not every notable life has gotten the send-off it deserves. He’s attempting to right those wrongs with his podcast and his new book ….
Alex Gibney on Putin’s Public Enemy #1
Nov 28, 2019 • 38 min
Oscar and Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker discusses his new film and what it was like to profile Russia’s billionaire oil oligarch turned political activist Mikhail Khodorkovsky. He talks about the parallel rise of Mikhail…
Senator Sherrod Brown Talks Senate History, Impeachment, and 2020
Nov 25, 2019 • 33 min
reveals how he first learned about the rich history of his desk in the U.S. Senate and how he grappled with some of the contradictions and controversies of the men who sat there before him. We discuss the singing cowboy turned one term…
Malcolm Nance on Trump, Ukraine, and Russia
Nov 21, 2019 • 48 min
As the Ukraine scandal continues to heat up, MSNBC intelligence expert explains why US support for Ukraine is in our own national interest, what Rudy Giuliani is getting from being the President’s bag man to Ukraine, and how Paul…
Lawrence Lessig on Solving “Unrepresentativeness” in America
Nov 18, 2019 • 45 min
Harvard Law Professor discusses the fundamental issue that he says underlies many of our current political problems - “unrepresentativeness.” He offers some creative prescriptions for how to cure America’s unrepresentativeness…
Mitch Albom on the Little Girl Who Changed His Life
Nov 14, 2019 • 35 min
Bestselling author returns to the podcast to talk about how he came to run an orphanage in earthquake ravaged Haiti, how recent political instability in Haiti has led to some frightening encounters for the kids, and the hardest part about…
Jeff Garlin Finds Joy in Comedy
Nov 11, 2019 • 49 min
Actor/comedian Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs, Curb Your Enthusiasm) reveals how Jimmy Durante inspired him to get into comedy as a boy, what it was like rooming with a young Conan O’Brien when he started at Chicago’s legendary improv…
Joe Posnanski on Harry Houdini’s Enduring Magic
Nov 7, 2019 • 60 min
Bestselling sports writer recalls delving into the rabbit hole of magician Harry Houdini’s legendary life and separating fact from the fiction invented by Houdini and his followers. Joe discusses the handcuffs that Houdini almost…
Edward Norton Talks Noir, Jazz, and Lost New York
Nov 4, 2019 • 43 min
Golden Globe-winner Edward Norton talks about his film ‘s 20 year journey to the big screen and what it was like to write, direct, and star in this neo-noir masterpiece. He shares some of the things he’s learned from working with directors…
Stuart Russell on Artificial Intelligence
Oct 31, 2019 • 52 min
Artificial Intelligence researcher says that machines are probably a long way from achieving the kind of self-awareness portrayed in films like 2001 and The Predator, but he warns the greater danger is that they might obey our instructions too well….
John Hodgman on Secret Societies and Marginal Celebrity
Oct 29, 2019 • 50 min
Actor, comedian, and humorist talks about the strange sense of validation he gets from his airline loyalty program, the perks and perils of hotel living, and the best way to get thrown into Disneyland Jail. We discuss his…
Chef David Chang
Oct 24, 2019 • 51 min
Chef David Chang shares that he originally wanted to be Tiger Woods not Wolfgang Puck, and he eventually got into cooking because he hated his job in finance. He recalls learning in some of the best kitchens in New York and…
Susan Rice Dishes Some Tough Love
Oct 21, 2019 • 48 min
has been at the table during the most pressing international crises of the past 30 years and she discusses it in her new memoir . She talk about her family’s unique American story and how playing peacekeeper during her parents…
John Kasich on Empowering Everyday Americans
Oct 17, 2019 • 38 min
shares some of the stories of every day Americans doing great things that inspired his latest book to write the book . This two-time Presidential candidate says that the actions of ordinary people matter way more to this country…
Blackstone’s Stephen Schwarzman on What It Takes
Oct 14, 2019 • 45 min
Co-founder, CEO, and Chairman shares lessons for how to think about ambition and scale, risk and opportunities, and how to achieve success through the relentless pursuit of excellence. He talks about his middle class beginnings as the son…
Dave Asprey on Hacking Longevity
Oct 10, 2019 • 45 min
talks about his plan to live to 180 and his new book . He opens up about a traumatic health crisis that got him interested in health and longevity as a teenager and his battle with early cognitive decline that set him on a path to hacking…
Neil deGrasse Tyson Answers Your Questions
Oct 7, 2019 • 55 min
Astrophysicist discusses some of his favorite letters from fans on a diverse array of topics from Pluto and Bigfoot to race and religion. He shares touching personal letters from his cousin wondering about her deceased father’s…
Ryan Holiday on the Power of Stillness
Oct 3, 2019 • 49 min
Bestselling author discusses his new book , how he became the leading modern proponent of Stoicism, and why many people today misunderstand what it means to be a Stoic. He says ancient Greeks and Romans were every bit as distracted as…
Jeannie Gaffigan on Humor and Healing
Sep 30, 2019 • 46 min
Jeannie Gaffigan reveals how she went from a perfectly normal life to being rushed into surgery for a pear-sized brain tumor over the coarse of an Easter Weekend, why things got worse just when she thought she was in the clear, and how she…
America’s Actress Meryl Streep
Sep 26, 2019 • 45 min
Meryl Streep is arguably the greatest actress of this or any generation. She has starred in more than 60 films, won 3 Oscars, and received a record setting 21 nominations. Entertainment reporter Erin Carlson discusses Streep’s illustrious…
Brad Meltzer on History’s Heroes
Sep 23, 2019 • 40 min
New York Times bestselling author grew tired of his kids’ obsession with reality TV and people who were famous for being famous so he began to write children’s books about real heroes from history. He talks about the newest…
Scott Aukerman Talks Between Two Ferns
Sep 19, 2019 • 44 min
Scott Aukerman is the co-creator of hilariously awkward talk show with Zach Galifianakis. He talks about expanding the Ferns universe for how he and Zach improvised the entire film, and what it was to direct his hero David Letterman….
Randall Munroe on Hard Ways to Do Simple Things
Sep 16, 2019 • 45 min
Randall Munroe is the former NASA physicist turned bestselling cartoonist behind and the blog. He talks about his new book . Randall reveals the cost of putting a lava moat around your house, how to move your house…
Caitlin Doughty Answers Kids’ Questions About Death
Sep 12, 2019 • 49 min
is a best-selling author, funeral director, and host of the popular YouTube channel . She returns to the podcast to answer children’s questions about death such as “why don’t we eat human’s after they die?” and “what if they make a mistake…
Salman Rushdie on the “Age of Anything Can Happen”
Sep 9, 2019 • 49 min
Acclaimed author talks about drawing on Cervantes and pop culture for his new novel . He describes having to consume a massive amount of “trash tv” in preparation for the book, how Quichotte addresses the most pressing issues of our time…
Comedian Anthony Jeselnik
Sep 5, 2019 • 41 min
Comedian revels in making audiences a little uncomfortable and now he’s making his fellow comedians uncomfortable as host of the hilarious new interview show . He shares how the Saturday Night Live bit “Deep Thoughts with Jack Handey” inspired…
Frank Abagnale Reveals Scams, Cons, and Rip-offs
Sep 2, 2019 • 48 min
If you’ve ever seen the Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated film , then you know the story of the boy con artist . Abagnale has since reformed his ways and now he is a leading expert on fraud, forgery and cybersecurity who consults for Fortune 500…
Senator Jeff Merkley
Aug 29, 2019 • 47 min
In 2018 Senator Jeff Merkley posted a viral video that triggered worldwide outrage at the forced separation of migrant children from their parents. Now over a year later, he claims that there are still families who haven’t been reunited…
Josh Gates Explores Legends and Lost Treasures
Aug 26, 2019 • 58 min
Adventurer and explorer has spent his career crossing the globe to investigate the world’s most intriguing mysteries as host of on Discovery Network. In the age of Google Maps, he says there are still unexplored parts of the…
Former Secretary of State George Shultz
Aug 22, 2019 • 32 min
This is a rebroadcast of an interview with former Secretary of State George Shultz that originally aired January 19, 2018. Secretary Shultz recalls his close friendship with President Ronald Reagan, the moment he realized that Soviet…
Philip Mudd on the CIA after 9/11
Aug 19, 2019 • 40 min
Former deputy director of the CIA Counterterrorist Center talks about the radical transformation that the intelligence community underwent in the first 90 days after 9/11, why CIA was never intended to be in the business of housing and…
Down the Rabbit Hole w/ the Amazing Johnathan
Aug 15, 2019 • 44 min
begins as a profile on a uniquely deranged magician, who built a career out of shock and deception in the 1980s, but it quickly becomes the bizarre story about the unravelling of his documentarian Ben Berman. and Ben Berman join me at…
George Takei Brings WWII Injustice to the Screen
Aug 12, 2019 • 36 min
Long before Star Trek, a very young was one of 145,000 Japanese Americans held in internment camps during World War II, and now he returns to this formative experience in his life as a historical consultant and star in the second season of AMC’s…
Wyatt Russell on Embracing Everyday Magic
Aug 7, 2019 • 46 min
Actor Wyatt Russell is the star of the most original show on television AMC’s . We discuss the allure of ancient fraternal orders, the importance of embracing everyday “magic,” and getting curious about the places and the people we all too…
Governor Terry McAuliffe on the Lessons of Charlottesville
Aug 5, 2019 • 47 min
Terry McAuliffe was Governor of Virginia at the time of the infamous Unite the Right rally that left three dead and many injured in Charlottesville, VA. He offers a behind-the-scenes account of this infamous chapter in our history and shows how…
Goggins, Gaffigan, and Snakes!
Aug 1, 2019 • 45 min
Walton Goggins and Jim Gaffigan talk about getting over their fear of snakes to portray Pentecostal snake handlers in their new film . They discuss the beliefs behind the religion, why members of these Pentecostal sect live in fear of the…
Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin Bring Back Musical Variety
Jul 29, 2019 • 44 min
Diallo Riddle and and Bashir Salahuddin channeled their nostalgia musical variety shows like SoulTrain and Solid Gold into a hilarious new parody series on IFC. They reveal how they lured artists like John Legend to the show and why all…
Richard Clarke & Robert Knake on Cyber War
Jul 25, 2019 • 44 min
Richard A. Clarke and Robert K. Knake have served as the top cyber security experts to three Presidents, and they discuss their new book . They discuss Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and say that Russia will almost certainly…
Daniel Silva’s Spy Fiction Mirrors Geopolitics
Jul 22, 2019 • 36 min
#1 Bestselling spy novelist ‘s books closely mirror world events, and he reveals how the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi led him to toss out 250 pages of his latest novel and start over. is the 19th book in his wildly successful Gabriel…
MSNBC’s Joy Reid Talks Trump and 2020
Jul 18, 2019 • 50 min
is the host of MSNBC’s and she discusses her new book . She says only a New Yorker who lived in the city during the turbulent 70s and 80s can truly understand the rise of Donald Trump. She likens that era to the lawlessness of…
Guy Kawasaki on Marketing, Macintosh, and More
Jul 15, 2019 • 43 min
Silicon Valley icon recalls his childhood in Hawaii, his start in the jewelry business, and how his skills at jewelry sales came in surprisingly handy when he became chief evangelist for Macintosh. He talks about personally witnessing the genius and…
CNN’s Jim Acosta on “Fake News” and Freedom of the Press
Jul 11, 2019 • 57 min
In the President’s campaign against what he calls “Fake News,” ’s Chief White House Correspondent has become public enemy number one, but Acosta warns that Trump’s attacks on the press could have dangerous consequences for America….
Adam Savage Builds, Blows Up, and Has a Blast
Jul 8, 2019 • 54 min
(, ) talks about building a working prototype of Marvel’s Iron Man suit for his new series and what it was like to fly around with tiny jet engines strapped to his forearms. He discusses how Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson…
The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah
Jul 4, 2019 • 41 min
Today’s episode is a rerun of a previous podcast that aired December 3, 2018 with guest . Trevor talks about his standup special and why he dedicated it to his mom whom he calls “the first comedian that he ever saw” and “most…
George Will on the Conservative Sensibility
Jul 1, 2019 • 46 min
Pulitzer Prize-winning Conservative columnist George Will answers the fundamental question “what is it that conservatives mean to conserve” and suggests that modern conservatives are losing sight of that purpose. He extolls James…
Ash Carter on Leadership in the Pentagon
Jun 27, 2019 • 40 min
Former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter takes me behind the scenes to reveal the inner workings of the Pentagon, its vital mission, and what it takes to lead it. He describes just how massive the D.O.D. is, how he managed a $700 billion…
Vince Houghton on America’s Craziest Intelligence Schemes
Jun 24, 2019 • 45 min
Vince Houghton, director of the International Spy Museum, returns to take me on a wild tour of missions and schemes that almost happened, but were ultimately deemed too dangerous, expensive, ahead of their time, or insane. These…
Scott Pelley on Truth, Values, and Journalism
Jun 20, 2019 • 47 min
As a 60 Minutes correspondent and former anchor of the CBS Evening News, Scott Pelley has been a witness to events that have changed our world and he talks about some individuals who illustrate the best of America. He recalls the…
Senator Tom Cotton on the Old Guard of Arlington
Jun 17, 2019 • 50 min
Senator Tom Cotton recalls the storied history of the Old Guard of Arlington National Cemetery and the rigorous training he went through to become a member of this elite regiment. He describes what it’s like to perform a military funeral…
Admiral William McRaven’s Life in Special Operations
Jun 13, 2019 • 49 min
Admiral William McRaven (Make Your Bed) reveals how a high school track coach inspired him apply for the Navy SEAL program and why he still compares any struggle he faces to the grueling endurance test of the Navy SEALs “Hell Week.” He…
Michael Wolff on Trump Under Siege
Jun 10, 2019 • 46 min
Best-selling author discusses his new book and how he got so many White House sources to speak to him again after his explosive tell-all Fire and Fury. He tells how Steve Bannon remains the ultimate Trump insider even though he’s on the…
Ron Howard on Luciano Pavarotti’s Operatic Life
Jun 6, 2019 • 38 min
Oscar-winning filmmaker (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13) discusses his new documentary . He talks about the art of filmmaking and storytelling, how he approaches a documentary versus a narrative film about a real person, and…
David Epstein on Dabbling vs. 10,000 Hours
Jun 3, 2019 • 51 min
() reveals the flaw in the “10,000 hours” theory of deliberate performance, the fallacy of giving children a head-start, and how it could actually hinder them in the long-run. He shares why athletes should be more like Roger Federer…
Neil Gaiman Brings Good Omens to the Screen
May 30, 2019 • 37 min
talks about adapting his book for television, the book’s long journey to the screen, and how he took the reins as show-runner in a promise to his late co-author Terry Pratchett. Neil recalls the origins of their book as a fable about nature…
Liam Cunningham Fights White Walkers, Ebola, and Snakes!
May 27, 2019 • 39 min
discusses his 7 epic seasons as Sir Davos Seaworth on and going from fighting “White Walkers” to fighting Ebola in National Geographic Channel’s limited series . We also talk about his original audition for Game of Thrones, why he…
Jared Cohen on America’s Accidental Presidents
May 23, 2019 • 50 min
Jared Cohen talks about the eight men who succeeded to the presidency without being elected to it and how they changed our history for better or worse. He reveals that presidential succession wasn’t clearly defined for most of America’s…
David McCullough on the Pioneers Who Defined America
May 20, 2019 • 46 min
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian discusses his latest book , how it fulfilled his lifelong dream to write a nonfiction version of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, and why he wants his book to serve as reminder of fundamental American values….
Bill Hader’s Long Road to Directing
May 16, 2019 • 43 min
Bill Hader (, Trainwreck, ) talks about his childhood love of film, his early days as a struggling production assistant in Hollywood, and how he’s finally getting back to his cinematic roots with his dark comedy series . He discusses…
Jordan Klepper Goes on the Frontlines of Change
May 13, 2019 • 46 min
returns to the podcast to talk about getting out of the studio and getting out in the real world again for his new Comedy Central docu-series . He tells the story of a wrestling club in Texas that is helping veterans body slam their way…
Sir Kenneth Branagh Becomes the Bard
May 9, 2019 • 39 min
Oscar nominated actor and director is the greatest living interpreter of the works of William Shakespeare, and today he talks about his life long love of Shakespeare and stepping into the shoes of his hero for his new film . Branagh discusses…
Jared Diamond on Nations in Crisis
May 6, 2019 • 49 min
Pulitzer Prize-winning author, scientist, and renowned polymath Jared Diamond reveals that many of the factors in how individuals cope with personal crises can also predict how countries survive national crises. He profiles six nations in…
For Newt Gingrich, Collusion Makes Great Fiction
May 2, 2019 • 37 min
Former Speaker of the House talks about his new political thriller and how writing fiction has given him a chance to let his imagination run wild about the darker side of Washington. He discusses why it’s almost impossible to make up a…
Rep. Seth Moulton Says the Presidency Is about Service not Ego
Apr 29, 2019 • 38 min
talks about why he is running for President, what he sees as his path to the Democratic nomination, and how he plans to defeat President Donald Trump by running on Trump’s weakest issues. He discusses why he chose do 4 tours of duty as a…
Janet Napolitano on Homeland Security Since 9/11
Apr 25, 2019 • 47 min
Janet Napolitano served the 4th Secretary of Homeland Security less than a decade after 9/11, and on today’s podcast, she reckons with the critics who call it a Frankenstein’s Monster of government run amok and takes a hard look at the…
Google’s Eric Schmidt on Silicon Valley’s Trillion Dollar Coach
Apr 19, 2019 • 37 min
Former chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt discusses how former college football coach Bill Campbell mentored him and many of Silicon Valley’s greatest visionaries from Jeff Bezos and Larry Page to Marc Andreessen and Steve Jobs. Eric recalls…
Valerie Jarrett Is the Ultimate Obama Insider
Apr 18, 2019 • 42 min
As the longest serving senior official in Obama White House, was known as one who “got” President Obama and helped him engage his public life, but she was also an early mentor, trusted advisor, and family confidante to the Obamas for decades….
In Therapy w/ Lori Gottlieb
Apr 15, 2019 • 44 min
Bestselling psychotherapist talks about the event that led her to seek help for herself, what it was like to switch roles and be the patient on the couch, and how her own quirky therapist got to the underlying issues of in life. She…
George Papadopoulos on Mueller Investigation Intrigue
Apr 11, 2019 • 44 min
As America waits for the full Mueller Report, I talk with the first Trump official to plead guilty in the Mueller Investigation. George Papadopoulos was the young foreign policy advisor to the Trump campaign who reportedly told an…
Chelsea Handler’s Crush on Robert Mueller
Apr 8, 2019 • 54 min
Comedian recalls her anger in the wake of the 2016 election and how Donald Trump became the unlikely catalyst for Chelsea to work through some unresolved personal issues with the help of a clever psychiatrist named Dan. She discusses…
Wyatt Cenac Fixes America One Problem at a Time
Apr 4, 2019 • 40 min
Comedian discusses how he wanted to distinguish his HBO docuseries from his work as a correspondent on The Daily Show including forgoing the traditional studio audience and creating a fun retro 70s look for the show. He talks about checking…
Preet Bharara Says Justice Isn’t Just for Lawyers
Apr 1, 2019 • 35 min
Preet Bharara talks about his eight years as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, what movies and TV get wrong about criminal investigations, and why the job is more than just “connecting the dots” or “following the…
Stacey Abrams Talks Politics, Star Trek, and 2020
Mar 28, 2019 • 39 min
has become a political superstar since running for governor of Georgia in 2018 and delivering the Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Union this February. We talk about her private meeting with Joe Biden, the…
Jeff Bridges Gets Zen About Art, Acting, and the Environment (rerun)
Mar 25, 2019 • 48 min
discusses his 6 decades in Hollywood and what he learned about acting from dad Lloyd Bridges. He recalls the “Little Rascals” version of Tucker that he and Francis Ford Coppola made prior to filming, laughing it up with…
Drs. Warren Farrell and John Gray Warn That Boys Are In Crisis
Mar 21, 2019 • 42 min
Bestselling authors () and () warn that boys around the world are in crisis and say it’s largely the result of a crisis of fathers who suffer from a “purpose void” as their traditional role is being diminished. They reveal how moms and dads…
Alyssa Mastromonaco on Surviving Presidential Travel, IBS, and “Beaver Fever”
Mar 18, 2019 • 48 min
Alyssa Mastromonaco spent 6 years in the Obama White House as assistant to the president, director of scheduling and advance, and deputy chief of staff for operations. She says working in the West Wing is a lot like VEEP and recalls some of the…
Bryan Callen Believes We’re All Complicated Apes
Mar 14, 2019 • 51 min
Actor/comedian (THE GOLDBERGS, SCHOOLED, HANGOVER I & II) shares how his childhood growing up in countries all over the world inspired him to question labels and defy categorization, and he discusses his particular issue with the catch all…
Arthur Brooks Rejects the Politics of Outrage and Culture of Contempt
Mar 11, 2019 • 47 min
, president of the , returns to the podcast to call on Americans to reject the culture of contempt and the outrage industrial complex. He talks about the event that woke him up to the ugliness of our political discourse two and a half…
Into the Danger Zone w/ Captain Dan Pederson
Mar 7, 2019 • 46 min
On the 50th Anniversary of the Navy’s legendary fighter pilot school known as Top Gun, the founder Captain Dan Pederson discusses how the pilot losses he witnessed in the Vietnam War led to the formation of Top Gun, how he and the other original…
Roger McNamee Says Facebook Undermines Democracy
Mar 4, 2019 • 49 min
Roger McNamee was a mentor to a young Mark Zuckerberg and an early investor in Facebook, but now he warns that the social media platform has become a threat to democracy, privacy, competition, and even public health. He talks about when he…
The Man Who Caught El Chapo
Feb 25, 2019 • 39 min
For 30 years, DEA special agent Jack Riley led the manhunt for the world’s most wanted drug-lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. He reveals how El Chapo cleverly wrangled the cocaine trade from the Columbian cartels, how he saw America’s…
The French Intellectual Who Loves America
Feb 22, 2019 • 48 min
France’s leading public intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy accuses President Trump of following the same path of retreat begun by Barack Obama and suggests it has created a void that is now being filled by five old-world empires that are making…
Parag Khanna Says the Future Is Asian
Feb 21, 2019 • 44 min
says America has a China problem and the solution is Asia. He suggests that rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership and building stronger ties with other countries in the region are much more effective and less risky ways to gain leverage over…
The Dangerous World of Larry Charles
Feb 18, 2019 • 55 min
Legendary comedy writer and director Larry Charles (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Borat) talks about traveling the world in search of humor in the most unusual, unexpected and deadliest places for his new Netflix series . He…
Governor Chris Christie Gets the Last Word
Feb 14, 2019 • 39 min
Former NJ Governor sets the record straight about his tenure as a corruption-busting prosecutor and a Republican running a Democratic state, as well as what really happened on the 2016 campaign trail and inside Trump Tower. He recalls how his…
Madeleine Albright Warns That Fascism Is Making a Comeback
Feb 11, 2019 • 43 min
Madeleine Albright fled fascists during her childhood and faced them down as Secretary of State, and today she comes on the podcast to warn that fascism is once again on the rise. She shares how her own refugee experience during World War II and…
National Geographic Chair Jean Case on Being Fearless
Feb 7, 2019 • 50 min
Former AOL exec and chairman of National Geographic Society Jean Case talks about her new book . She says leaders need to start viewing risk as R&D and failure as a learning experience. In fact, Jean Case encourages people to…
Marc Freedman on Connecting the Generations
Feb 4, 2019 • 55 min
founder says seniors are an untapped resource and calls on society to stop segregating the elderly from society and renew the bond between young and old. Marc talks about the mentors who influenced his life, what we can learn from the…
White House Aide Cliff Sims Tells All
Jan 31, 2019 • 38 min
Cliff Sims recalls his time as President Trump’s Director of Messaging Strategy in a chaotic White House that he likens to “Game of Thrones with the cast of VEEP.” He shares the real story behind the fiasco around Trump’s inauguration numbers,…
Rock Star Scientist Professor Brian Cox
Jan 28, 2019 • 57 min
Science Communicator reveals why he left a popular rock band for a career in particle physics, what he is learning through his participation in the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, and why he says the LHC has disproven…
Filmmaker Joe Berlinger Goes in the Dark Mind of Ted Bundy
Jan 24, 2019 • 43 min
Award-winning filmmaker (Brother’s Keeper, The Paradise Lost trilogy) reexamines America’s most notorious serial killer on the 30th anniversary of his execution in his new Netflix documentary . He discusses how one of Bundy’s first jobs gave…
Dr. Phil Says People Never Stop Surprising Him
Jan 21, 2019 • 51 min
says that some of his guests still surprise him even after 2000+ episodes of his #1 daytime talk show . He recalls how losing a football game in junior high school inspired him to go into psychology, what it was like to go…
Dr. Steven Pinker Says Good News Is a Hard Sell
Jan 17, 2019 • 54 min
A year ago, ‘s book made headlines for giving hard data that proved that the world is safer, happier, and freer than ever, but he was surprised by how many people just don’t want to believe good news! Today Dr. Pinker returns to the…
Howie Mandel’s Audience Is His Muse
Jan 14, 2019 • 57 min
Howie Mandel talks about making his first comedy special in 20 years, his childhood growing up in Toronto, and how the show Candid Camera inspired him to pull an elaborate prank that got him expelled form high school. He shares how…
Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson on the Road Trip as Therapy
Jan 10, 2019 • 51 min
Abbi Jacobson opens up about the frustrations of TV development hell, playing “herself” on ’s , and being a woman in a position of power. She discusses her ongoing struggle with work-life balance, how it took a book deal just to make her…
Brad Meltzer on the Secret Plot to Kill George Washington
Jan 7, 2019 • 53 min
Brad Meltzer is the #1 bestselling author of political thrillers like The Escape Artist and The Inner Circle. Today he talks about making his first foray into nonfiction for his latest book , all the research that went into it, and his…
Bill Murray (Rerun)
Jan 3, 2019 • 39 min
Actor Bill Murray (Lost in Translation, Rushmore) discusses how his music and poetry album evolved out of a chance meeting with classical cellist Jan Vogler on a flight from Berlin to NYC. Plus, Bill Murray shares his philosophy of life, his favorite…
Bob Woodward on Nixon, Impeachment, & How Power Corrupts (Rerun)
Dec 31, 2018 • 41 min
Today’s episode is a rerun of my interview with journalist Bob Woodward that originally aired 11/04/15. Bob talks about his book which chronicles the White House career of Alexander Butterfield, who served as deputy assistant to President…
Remembering Anthony Bourdain (Rerun)
Dec 27, 2018 • 36 min
Today’s episode is a rerun of an interview with that originally aired 10/12/17. Anthony speaks candidly about the problem of food waste, who is to blame, and who is working on solutions. He discusses how he and his…
John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan on Becoming Laurel & Hardy
Dec 24, 2018 • 43 min
John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan discuss their childhood love of the Laurel & Hardy movies, stepping into the shoes of the legendary comedy duo for their new film , and the transformation that allowed John to step in the famously large pants…
Leon Panetta on Governing by Leadership Instead of by Crisis
Dec 20, 2018 • 37 min
talks about hard decisions, worthy fights, and “governing by leadership instead of by crisis.” He recalls growing up in Monterey, California as the first generation of Italian immigrants and warns the Trump Administration’s harsh…
The Office’s Paul Lieberstein Turns Back Pain into Laughs
Dec 17, 2018 • 41 min
Paul Lieberstein () talks about his 20 year struggle with crippling back pain inspired his funny and moving directorial debut film . He shares how the king of indie filmmaking Mark Duplass convinced him to make the movie himself rather than…
Pete Holmes Talks Fatherhood, Comedy, and Making It Weird
Dec 13, 2018 • 55 min
Comedian talks about his new HBO comedy special , paying his dues as a comic, and all of life’s weird and wonderful questions. Pete says standup is still his first love, but podcasting is how he makes friends these days, and he…
Tha Fabulous Tina Brown Returns
Dec 10, 2018 • 48 min
The legendary returns to talk about growing up in an entertainment family, how she got expelled from 3 different boarding schools for being a “subversive influence,” and how that same subversiveness served her well as editor of Vanity Fair….
Historian H.W. Brands on Washington in the Age of Compromise
Dec 6, 2018 • 47 min
Historian discusses his new book . Professor Brands talks about how these three political giants crafted the Compromise of 1850 which barely held the Union together, why none of these three men was ever elected President, and how…
The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah
Dec 3, 2018 • 41 min
talks about his new standup special and why he dedicated it to his mom whom he calls “the first comedian that he ever saw” and “most gangster human being you’ll ever meet in your life.” He discusses growing up in South Africa during…
David Priess Reveals How to Get Rid of a President
Nov 29, 2018 • 42 min
returns to deliver a colorful political history of the schemes, maneuvers, and conspiracies that have attempted to remove unwanted presidents. He discusses the various President’s who’ve died in office of natural and unnatural…
Author Michael Connelly on Cops, Crime Reporting, and Classic Noir
Nov 26, 2018 • 49 min
Best-selling crime novelist talks about his literary hero Raymond Chandler, how he followed in the footsteps of the king of detective noir when he first came to Los Angeles, and how Chandler’s novels influenced his own writing. He…
Dan Rather on the Values That Unite America
Nov 22, 2018 • 47 min
Legendary newsman Dan Rather talks about his 60 year career and how his travels and conversations have given him a “wide shot” of the American experience and the values that unite us. He condemns recent attacks on some on those values…
General Stanley McChrystal on Myths and Realities of Great Leaders
Nov 19, 2018 • 48 min
General Stanley McChrystal talks about the myths and reality of leadership. He shares how he came to reassess the legacy of his military hero General Robert E. Lee in the aftermath of Charlottseville, how he personally learned that the man…
Willem Dafoe on Art, Acting and “Embracing the Mystery”
Nov 15, 2018 • 42 min
Oscar-nominated actor Willem Dafoe (Platoon, Spiderman, The Grand Budapest Hotel) shares how his beginnings in experimental theater inform his acting, what draws him to independent films, and what it’s like to make his 100th movie….
Washington Post Reporter Greg Miller on Trump, Russia, and the Assault on the Free Press
Nov 12, 2018 • 53 min
Greg Miller is one of the reporters for who received the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for his groundbreaking stories on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, and the resulting investigations of the Trump…
Comedian Chris Gethard on the Art of Losing
Nov 8, 2018 • 53 min
Comedian illustrates his personal and professional manifesto “lose well” with hilarious and ultimately empowering tales about his own missteps, misadventures, and public failures from the cancellation of his Comedy Central sitcom after ten…
Roger Daltrey on The Who, Woodstock, and his Rock ‘n Roll Life
Nov 5, 2018 • 43 min
Roger Daltrey, founder/lead singer of The Who, discusses how the hardships experienced by Brits in WWII paved the way for the musical revolution of the 1960s, he recalls what it was like to be the poster-boys for the British “mod” movement (and…
Sir Michael Caine on Old Movie Stars, Young Cockneys, and Life Lessons
Nov 1, 2018 • 36 min
Sir Michael Caine has starred in over 100 movies and won two Academy Awards, and today he shares stories and advice from his remarkable career. He reveals why he never believed in taking advice from older movie stars, why he never wanted to…
Senator Ben Sasse on Political Division and America’s Loneliness Epidemic
Oct 29, 2018 • 53 min
does a deep dive into the societal shifts affecting modern American life and the roots of our political divisiveness. He talk about the outsized role politics plays in our daily lives, how “polititainment” celebrities like Sean Hannity are…
Anthony Atamanuik Opens Up the Trump Presidential Archives
Oct 25, 2018 • 46 min
Anthony Atamanuik, host of Comedy Central’s The President Show returns to the podcast to talk about his new book American Tantrum: The Donald J. Trump Presidential Archives, why the President wants to open his Presidential Library while he’s…
Julian Castro Is Always Looking Ahead
Oct 22, 2018 • 47 min
Julian Castro graduated high school a year early, won election to city council while he was still in law school, and became San Antonio’s youngest mayor at age 27, before eventually serving as President Obama’s Secretary of Housing and Urban…
Legendary Sports Announcer Verne Lundquist
Oct 18, 2018 • 37 min
Legendary sports broadcaster Verne Lundquist recalls some of his favorite moments in sports and some of his favorite calls from Jack Nicklaus’s final victory at the 1986 Masters and Tonya Harding’s attack on Nancy Kerrigan at the 1994…
Doris Kearns Goodwin on Presidential Leadership
Oct 15, 2018 • 56 min
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian revisits four of her favorite U.S. Presidents for her new book . Today she discusses the ideological family tree shared by Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, and Lyndon…
Founder of “The Onion” Scott Dikkers
Oct 11, 2018 • 43 min
As the founder of , practically invented “fake news.” He discusses the origins of the satirical news site as a print newspaper on college campuses, how he drew inspiration from National Lampoon and Spy Magazine, and the article…
Mitch Albom on Life, Death, and Morrie
Oct 8, 2018 • 53 min
is the author the all time best-selling memoir Tuesday’s with Morrie and six #1 Bestsellers that have sold over a million copies worldwide. He talks about his new novel The Next Person You Meet in Heaven, how losing his adopted daughter to…
Jeff Bridges Gets Zen About Art, Acting, and the Environment
Oct 4, 2018 • 48 min
discusses his 6 decades in Hollywood and what he learned about acting from dad Lloyd Bridges. He recalls the “Little Rascals” version of Tucker that he and Francis Ford Coppola made prior to filming, laughing it up with Robin Williams…
Cisco’s John Chambers on Leadership in a Startup World
Oct 1, 2018 • 44 min
John Chambers is widely considered one of the world’s greatest business leaders, and today he discusses how he turned into a global tech giant with $47 billion in revenues and 70,000 employees. He talks about his early years working at…
CBS White House Correspondent Major Garrett
Sep 27, 2018 • 34 min
CBS News’ chief White House correspondent Major Garrett has covered the last 4 administrations but says nothing could prepare him for President Donald Trump. He recalls his strange first encounter with the reality TV star who would become…
Ken Burns on the Mayo Clinic Miracle
Sep 24, 2018 • 47 min
Documentary filmmaker discusses his new film and tells incredible story of a country physician and a Franciscan nun who built the medical institution known as “The Miracle in Minnesota.” He talks about the natural disaster that led to…
Sir Richard Branson on his Adventures in Business, Space, and Beyond
Sep 20, 2018 • 36 min
talks about philosophy, why he likes to act fast when launching a new business, and how many of his best ideas came from his own desires and frustrations as a consumer. He gives advice to young entrepreneurs and shares what he’s learned…
Chris Stirewalt Gives a Colorful History of American Populism
Sep 17, 2018 • 47 min
Fox News’ politics editor discusses the history of American populism, how economic resentment fuels populism even in times of huge prosperity, and why the will of the people doesn’t always make for great policy. He discusses…
Comedian Sam Morrill’s Therapist Misses Him
Sep 13, 2018 • 44 min
Comedian talks about getting his start as an intern on the Colbert Report and breaking into the New York comedy scene. He reveals why dating and standup don’t always mix and why his therapist misses him when he’s on the road. He…
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson on the Military Astrophysics Alliance and Trump’s Space Force
Sep 8, 2018 • 53 min
returns to discuss the mutually beneficial relationship between war-makers and star-gazers. He says the military often serves as a source of creative inspiration for astrophysicists and shares some of the unexpected breakthroughs that emerged…
Mark Leibovich Exposes the NFL’s Excess and Anxiety
Sep 6, 2018 • 49 min
, Chief National Correspondent for the New York Times Magazine, follows up his #1 bestseller with a probing examination of pro-football at a moment of peak success and high anxiety . This native Bostonian apologizes for those famously annoying…
Amb. Wendy Sherman on Negotiating Nukes w/ Iran & North Korea
Sep 3, 2018 • 48 min
Ambassador Wendy Sherman was the lead negotiator on the Iran Nuclear Agreement, and she writes about it in her new book titled . Today she recalls working with Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to halt North Korea’s nuclear…
Rick Wilson on Trump, Giuliani, and “Vichy Republicans”
Aug 30, 2018 • 54 min
Republican strategist Rick Wilson was one of the very first conservatives to oppose Donald Trump and a co-founder of the Never Trump movement. Today he enumerate the many reasons why Trump is so abhorrent to him, how his opposition to Trump…
Arthur Brooks on the Art of Disagreement
Aug 27, 2018 • 46 min
As the president of the , has long worked to foster more civilized and productive discourse, and now he is exploring the art of disagreement on his new podcast . Arthur says the answer is not to stop talking with people on the opposite…
Rob Riggle Talks Improv, Jet Skis, and the Marines
Aug 23, 2018 • 49 min
(The Hangover, Step Brothers) shares how a running joke spawned his latest project and what it’s like to play a “heightened version of himself” in . Rob recalls his 23 years in the Marines, what it was like handling public affairs in a…
Dan Buettner Shares Longevity Secrets from the World’s “Blue Zones”
Aug 20, 2018 • 56 min
Fellow Dan Buettner has studied the the world’s “” the 5 areas where people live the longest, and today he shares their secrets. He shares how calorie restriction can lengthen your life, what kind of exercises are best for…
Greg Gutfeld: Fox News’s Political Unicorn
Aug 16, 2018 • 48 min
discusses his new book and how it gave him a unique opportunity troll his own work. He talks about his political evolution starting out at liberal enclave UC Berkeley, his problem with “mob thinking,” and how extremism on both the…
Topher Grace on How David Duke Got Duped
Aug 13, 2018 • 37 min
Topher Grace discusses playing David Duke in Spike Lee’s latest film about Ron Stallworth, the black cop who infiltrated the KKK. Topher talks about the agony of reading David Duke’s autobiography for the role, why Duke still denies…
Jenna Elfman Talks Zombie Preparedness and Dharma & Greg in the Trump Era
Aug 9, 2018 • 43 min
Jenna Elfman talks about joining the cast of AMC’s , shares her strategy for surviving a zombie apocalypse, and reveals how working on the show got her thinking about her own family’s emergency preparedness. She discusses her first…
977 Days Captive By Somali Pirates
Aug 6, 2018 • 47 min
Journalist went to Somalia to write an article about Somali pirates only be kidnapped and held hostage for 977 days as his mother tried to come up with his ransom. He discusses his captivity, his one daring escape attempt, and how he…
“Elder Millennial” Iliza Shlesinger Gives Wedding Advice
Aug 2, 2018 • 45 min
Newlywed comedian and “elder millennial” returns to talk about her new comedy special and give me a little advice for my own upcoming nuptials. She defends a bride’s right to be a “princess” on her special day, explains why it’s…
Bo Burnham Returns to Middle School
Jul 30, 2018 • 38 min
Comedian discusses making his directorial debut with his critically acclaimed film which explores the humor and horrors of modern adolescence. He talks about why he went to great lengths to avoid nostalgia in his portrayal of life in…
Alan Dershowitz on Impeachment and the Criminalization of Politics
Jul 26, 2018 • 42 min
Famed attorney and lifelong Democrat says even though he make not like Donald Trump’s policies, the President is entitled to the same rights as any other American and impeachment is a clearly defined Constitutional procedure not political theatre….
Jim Gaffigan Talks Tumor Humor and Opening for the Pope
Jul 23, 2018 • 51 min
Comedian opens up about his wife/writing partner Jeannie’s brain tumor scare and how she was the first person to suggest using it in his new comedy special . Jim reveals how trial and error led him back to his own authentic voice as…
Malcolm Nance Says Trump Is a “Willing Asset” for Putin
Jul 19, 2018 • 42 min
In the wake of the bizarre Trump-Putin Summit, intelligence expert Malcolm Nance says Trump has gone from being an unwitting asset of Russia to a willing asset deliberately undermining NATO, the European Union, and even his own country….
Ben Rhodes on Hope, Change, and Pragmatism in World Affairs
Jul 16, 2018 • 59 min
Former Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes talks about how he survived a full 8 years in the White House, his close friendship with President Barack Obama, and what it was like to travel the world representing America. Ben says…
Rob Reiner Brings the “Shock and Awe”
Jul 12, 2018 • 39 min
Rob Reiner returns to talk about the long road to making his latest film about the journalists who “got it right” about WMD in Iraq and why he says Americans still may not be ready to deal with the mistakes of the Iraq War. How discusses the…
David Sedaris on the Lighter Side of Death, Aging, and Travel
Jul 9, 2018 • 41 min
Bestselling humorist talks about why he doesn’t do social media, how a fitbit has come to rule his life, and his irritation with the British habit of bullying Americans into drinking. David shares how watching his father grow old…
Astrophysicist Adam Frank on Alien Worlds and Saving Our Own
Jul 5, 2018 • 51 min
Astrophysicist offers an explanation for why we have yet to made contact with extraterrestrials and says it is highly likely that many of ten billion trillion planets in the universe have hosted technologically advanced alien civilizations. He…
Mike Reiss Celebrates The Simpsons’ 30th!
Jul 2, 2018 • 55 min
’s longest-serving writer/producer Mike Reiss celebrates the 30th anniversary of the longest running show in TV history and shares stories, scandals, and gossip about working with America’s most iconic cartoon family. He talks about his…
James Clapper on Trump, Russia, & a Life in Intelligence
Jun 28, 2018 • 43 min
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper recalls how tinkering with a TV set as a boy led to a career in signals intelligence, his frustration when working as an intelligence briefer to General William Westmoreland during the…
Dave Itzkoff on Robin Williams’ Comedy and Tragedy
Jun 25, 2018 • 55 min
New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff talks about the surprisingly patrician upbringing of , his time studying to be a serious actor at Julliard, and Robin’s early influences as a comedian. Dave reveals how Star Wars helped Williams…
Eugene Jarecki Goes Road Tripping with Elvis
Jun 21, 2018 • 50 min
Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Eugene Jarecki drove across the U.S. in Elvis Presley’s 1963 Rolls Royce to talk to people about Elvis as a metaphor for the American dream in his new documentary . He traces Elvis’s journey from his…
An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia
Jun 18, 2018 • 53 min
helped President Obama craft the US-Russia “reset,” and he later had a front-row seat for the end of the reset with the return of the hostile, paranoid Russian President Vladimir Putin. He recalls witnessing history unfold…
Billy Bob Thornton & Mark Duplass on Indie Film, Amazon’s Goliath, and TV’s Renaissance
Jun 14, 2018 • 39 min
and Mark Duplass talk about Season 2 of . Billy reveals why he’s so attracted to outsider roles, what he found particularly appealing about playing an attorney, and how the show’s creators David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro (both…
Bonus Episode - Akimbo
Jun 12, 2018 • 52 min
I love sharing new podcasts, and in this special bonus episode, I want to introduce you to my friend and a great new podcast called . The first episode is about the hype around grand openings, whether it’s a summer blockbuster or a new…
Bob Balaban Puts the “Character” in Character Actor
Jun 11, 2018 • 56 min
Bob Balaban has been a delightful part of many of the best movies and TV shows of the past 50 years including Moonrise Kingdom, A Mighty Wind, Gosford Park, Capote, and Seinfeld. This Oscar and Emmy-nominated actor, director, and…
Todd Purdum on Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Musical Magic
Jun 7, 2018 • 43 min
Todd Purdum, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a senior writer at Politico, discusses his own life-long love of the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, and why their Broadway shows like South Pacific are so timeless. He reveals how…
Max Brooks on Star Wars, Real Wars and Ewok Insurgency
Jun 4, 2018 • 53 min
Author is well known for his bestselling zombie books like and , and he applies the same creative thinking to military strategy as a fellow at the and . He reveals how he gets military leaders to think outside the box about complex…
CNN’s Jake Tapper on Political Fiction, the Swamp, and Secret Societies
May 31, 2018 • 46 min
CNN’S discusses his foray into writing fiction with his new political thriller , his interest in the politics of the 1950s, and the real-life Washington powerbrokers who make up the supporting cast of his story. He shares how his years of…
Sebastian Junger Talks War, Tribalism and Honoring Our Vets
May 28, 2018 • 42 min
Journalist/documentary filmmaker (Restrepo, The Perfect Storm) talks about the new PBS Memorial Day special and his experience as an embedded reporter covering the War in Afghanistan. He recalls his first close call with an I.E.D. in the Korengal…
Al Roker on the Johnstown Flood, America’s Gilded Age Disaster
May 25, 2018 • 38 min
’s talks about his book . He discusses the elite country club that compromised the structural integrity of the South Fork Dam causing the flood, he reveals some of the famous industrialists who belonged to that club, and how they…
Ethan Hawke’s Spiritual Approach to Acting, Life, and Social Change
May 21, 2018 • 46 min
Ethan Hawke joins me on the podcast for wide ranging conversation covering art, politics, spirirtuality, the environment, and more. He describes working with Robin Williams on Dead Poets Society, why he finds the most creative fullfillment…
Ehud Barak on Fighting for Israel & Searching for Peace
May 17, 2018 • 42 min
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak discusses the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, his role in the 2000 Camp David Summit, and his tortured dealings with Yasser Arafat. He recalls his early years growing up on a kibbutz, how his…
Former CIA Director Michael Hayden on Trump’s Attack on the Intelligence Community
May 14, 2018 • 48 min
General Michael Hayden, former Director of the CIA, talks about his concerns over President Trump’s attack on the Intelligence Community and objective facts. He refutes the President’s paranoid narrative of a so called “deep state”…
CNN’s Sally Kohn on Hate, Humanity, and Twitter Trolls
May 10, 2018 • 44 min
CNN political analyst talks about her investigation into the epidemic of hate all around us and how we can stop it. She discusses what scientists and researchers have learned about the evolutionary and cultural roots of hate, and how…
Jon Meacham on the Soul of America and Donald Trump
May 7, 2018 • 45 min
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian helps us understand the present moment of crisis in American politics by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame hatred and reveals how his latest book was born in the dark days…
The Dark Heart of White Nationalism w/ Journalist Vegas Tenold
May 3, 2018 • 49 min
For six years, journalist Vegas Tenold embedded himself among the members of three of America’s most ideologically extreme white nationalist groups including the KKK, neonazis, and the Traditionalist Workers Party. He reveals how…
Cinco de Funny w/ Comedian Paul Rodriguez
Apr 30, 2018 • 43 min
Comedian tells stories from his 40 year career in showbusiness, including his first time on The Tonight Show, why Johnny Carson banned him from the NBC studios, and the “higher power” who intervened on his behalf. He talks about getting…
Michael Isikoff & David Corn on Trump’s Russian Roulette
Apr 26, 2018 • 49 min
Journalists and discuss Russia’s long simmering plan to undermine American democracy, and how the U.S. Intelligence Community failed to see the warning signs in 2016. They delve into a rogue’s gallery of Russia enablers from Paul…
Bryan Cranston on Life Before Acting & Becoming Walter White
Apr 23, 2018 • 52 min
Rerun of 9/5/17 episode w/ guest Bryan Cranston. Actor Bryan Cranston recalls a difficult childhood and the two year road trip that changed his life. He shares some of his adventures before acting including traveling as a carny,…
Steven Pinker Makes the Case for Science, Reason, Humanism, and Progress
Apr 19, 2018 • 44 min
(Bill Gates’ favorite author) discusses the irony that the news media has become measurably more negative at same time as our quality life has dramatically improved. He outlines how the top 15 objective metrics of human progress indicate…
Louie Anderson Says Be Nicer to Your Mom
Apr 16, 2018 • 48 min
Comedian returns to talk about mining the more poignant moments of his childhood for comedy and some of the comedic expressions he borrowed from his own parents. He discusses how his mother Ora Zella Anderson inspired his Emmy-winning role…
Jennifer Palmieri Empowers Women w/ Lessons from the Clinton Campaign
Apr 12, 2018 • 45 min
Jennifer Palmieri, communications director of the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign, says she wants to turn the results of the 2016 election into something empowering for future female leaders and advises the next woman who runs for President to…
Director Barry Levinson on Paterno, Pacino, & Our “Wag the Dog” Reality
Apr 9, 2018 • 44 min
Director explores the Penn State sexual abuse scandal that ended Coach Joe Paterno’s career in his new film on HBO. He explains why he wanted to present the straight facts of the case without actually taking sides, talks the…
Ed Helms on Re-examining Ted Kennedy and Embracing Your Inner-Fool
Apr 5, 2018 • 49 min
Actor Ed Helms (THE OFFICE, THE HANGOVER) talks about playing Ted Kennedy’s best friend in CHAPPAQUIDDICK, why the Chappaquiddick incident is an often forgotten chapter in America’s modern political history, and how making the film led him…
Tim Robbins Humanizes Immigration & Heals Prisoners w/ Theatre
Apr 2, 2018 • 50 min
Actor/director discusses how his new HBO series is tapping into the anxiety of America in 2018 and why his classic political mockumentary BOB ROBERTS is more relevant now than ever. He says Harvey Weinstein reminds him of the shady…
Andie MacDowell on Acting Over 40, Time’s Up, & Her Film “Love After Love”
Apr 2, 2018 • 51 min
Andie MacDowell discusses why there are so few good roles for actresses over 40 and why she thinks that’s about to change. She talks about getting thrown into the deep end on her very first movie GREYSTOKE, the hard work she had to…
David Mamet on Jazz, Noir, and Whorehouse Piano Players
Mar 26, 2018 • 41 min
David Mamet discusses how the old gangster stories he heard as a child inspired him to write . He talks about his love of classic noir and hot jazz, and dislike of social media, computers, and flowery prose. He shares why famous…
Futurist Michio Kaku on Mars, Immortality, and Interstellar Travel
Mar 22, 2018 • 43 min
Futurist says sooner or later humanity will face the possibility of extinction, and it’s up to scientists to come up with a plan B whether it’s another planet or even another galaxy. He explains why it’s important for us to…
Bizarre Foods Host Andrew Zimmern
Mar 19, 2018 • 50 min
host of on talks about how he became the man who’ll eat anything and some of the weirdest foods he’s tried over the years. He reveals some of the strangest delicacies that turned out to be surprisingly good and whether he’s…
Robert Malley Lists 10 Conflicts to Watch in 2018
Mar 15, 2018 • 51 min
Robert Malley, president of the , discusses ICG’s annual list of the . He cautions against Donald Trump’s bluster about decertifying the Iran Nuclear Deal, warns that the stakes in North Korea are too high to be ignored, and speculates on…
Comedian Nikki Glaser Is Up and On the Radio
Mar 12, 2018 • 50 min
Comedian talks about the worst week of her life, why she’s steering clear of politics for a while, and why she decided to move to NYC rather than get up early. She reveals why she likes long distance relationships, why she prefers to follow really…
Steve Buscemi, Armando Ianucci, & Andrea Riseborough on The Death of Stalin
Mar 8, 2018 • 48 min
The cast and creator of talk about mining one of Russia’s darkest chapters for comedy and some of absurd but true stories that make into . Writer/director Armando Ianucci (, ) talks about how fighting ruthless authoritarians is a family tradition…
Cass Sunstein on Authoritarianism in America
Mar 5, 2018 • 46 min
Cass Sunstein attempts to answer the question “Can authoritarianism happen in America?” He discusses a few of America’s past flirtations with authoritarianism, some of the weaknesses in our system that could be exploited by an aspiring…
Matt Ingebretson & Jake Weisman Go Corporate
Mar 1, 2018 • 42 min
Matt Ingebretson and Jake Weisman, the stars and co-creators of the new series talk about their own experiences in corporate America and the irony doing their new show for corporate conglomerate Viacom. They discuss why they wanted a…
Gloria Allred Was Saying Time’s Up Long Ago
Feb 26, 2018 • 43 min
Attorney was fighting for women long before anyone ever hashtagged Me Too or Time’s Up, and she’s the subject of a new Netflix documentary . She reveals how her own personal experience inspired to fight for victims assault, harassment, and…
Comedian Ali Siddiq Goes from Jail to Jokes
Feb 22, 2018 • 47 min
20 years ago comedian served six years in the Texas state penitentiary, and now he’s returning to the cellblock for his new standup special . On today’s podcast, Ali talks about the incident that landed behind bars, and why he says…
Malcolm McDowell on Mozart, Movies & Never Looking Back
Feb 20, 2018 • 47 min
Malcolm McDowell has starred in over 260 films and television shows from classics like Clockwork Orange to his latest role as an egotistical conductor on . He shares stories about “mostly drunken gambling and whoring” at the Royal…
Twice the Funny w/ the Sklar Brothers
Feb 15, 2018 • 55 min
Comedians talk about how they got into comedy and why they don’t just want to be known as the “twin comics.” They talk about their podcast that riffs on the dumbing down of America, talk about a few of the DPT characters who’ve…
An Unspirational Conversation w/ Elan Gale
Feb 12, 2018 • 47 min
Elan Gale, executive-producer of The Bachelor, says if you want to improve your life, be your own worst critic, not your own best cheerleader, and get to know your new best friends…shame, anxiety, and desperation. He takes on some of the…
Whitney Cummings Hacks the Female Brain
Feb 8, 2018 • 46 min
Comedian talks about the humbling experience of being a first time director on her film , how she learned that every moment doesn’t have to be a joke, and why she says isn’t just for the ladies. She shares how she broke free of a…
David Frum on How Trump Corrupts the American Republic
Feb 5, 2018 • 38 min
, former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, discusses his new book . He documents how Trump and his administration is steadily damaging the tenets of American democracy, warns that Trump’s military generals could become a liability to…
David Cay Johnston Tried to Warn You About Trump
Feb 1, 2018 • 44 min
, bestselling author of , returns to the podcast to say “I told you so” and discuss his new book . The Pulitzer-winning investigative journalist says the President who promised to “drain the swamp” has become the biggest swamp monster…
A Skeptic’s Guide to the Afterlife, Immortality, and Utopia w/ Dr. Michael Shermer
Jan 29, 2018 • 48 min
, editor of , talks about his new book . He reveals the surprising history of our concept of heaven, he proves that out-of-body experiences are nothing more than hallucinations, and he questions why reincarnated souls only seem to hang…
Phil Rosenthal Eats His Way Around The World
Jan 25, 2018 • 47 min
, creator of , reveals how the idea for his new travel show came from a trip he and Ray Romano took to Italy, he recalls some of the cultural roadblocks he encountered when he later produced the Russian version of , and talks about the places he…
Secretary of State George Shultz on Reagan, Gorbachev, and Winning the Cold War
Jan 22, 2018 • 32 min
Former Secretary of State George Shultz recalls his close friendship with President Ronald Reagan, the moment he realized that Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev was someone the U.S. could do business with, and Reagan’s Pershing missile moment as…
Greg Barker Captures Obama’s Final Year
Jan 18, 2018 • 41 min
Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Greg Barker (Ghosts of Rwanda, Manhunt, Homegrown) talks about following President Barack Obama and other senior White House officials during the final 12 months of the Obama Administration for his new film . He…
General David Petraeus on the Counterinsurgency, the Paradox of Nation Building & a Military Commander’s Worst Enemy…Yes Men
Jan 15, 2018 • 44 min
General David Petraeus talks about implementing the successful “Surge” strategy in Iraq, and some of the unique complexities he encountered when translating that plan to the war in Afghanistan. He discusses the fundamentals of…
Nightline’s Dan Harris Becomes My Meditation Guru
Jan 11, 2018 • 45 min
’s Dan Harris has become a self-professed meditation evangelist ever since his infamous on-air panic attack in 2004 and today he tries to win over the ultimate skeptic…ME. He reveals how daily meditation has improved life at home and at…
Daniel Ellsberg Reveals America’s Secret Nuclear War Plan
Jan 8, 2018 • 39 min
, the whistleblower behind the Pentagon Papers, reveals how helped design America’s top secret nuclear war plan and why he has since dedicated his life to dismantling it. He explains why the movie Dr. Strangelove is not far from the…
Mike Duncan Answers “Is America Rome?”
Jan 4, 2018 • 41 min
Mike Duncan, host of podcast and , constantly gets asked “Is America doomed to the same fate as the Roman Empire?” Today he points to some startling parallels to US current events including populist demagoguery, economic inequality, the…
Dilbert Creator Scott Adams on Persuasion in the Age of Trump
Jan 1, 2018 • 43 min
, creator of the cartoons, talks about his new book . He reveals why facts and ideology no longer matter, why Donald Trump makes what he says are intentional misstatements, and how Trump uses what he calls “linguistic kill…
Ridley Scott & Charlie Plummer Talk About Saving Their Film on the Getty Kidnapping
Dec 28, 2017 • 35 min
Academy Award-nominated director Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Black Hawk Down, The Martian) joins me on the podcast to discuss how he saved his movie from the Kevin Spacey scandal by making the unprecedented decision to recast the role with the…
Father Greg Boyle with a Holiday Message of Hope & Compassion
Dec 25, 2017 • 44 min
Father Gregory Boyle is the founder of , the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation, and reentry program in the world. He reveals what inspired him to start Homeboy Industries, how he fosters kinship between the most unlikely of…
David Hallberg, the First American in the Bolshoi Ballet
Dec 21, 2017 • 44 min
is a principal dancer with the and the first American ever to be admitted into Russia’s legendary . David talks about the discipline and dedication needed to make to the top as a dancer, the unique chemistry of partnering with the right…
Brian Kilmeade on Andrew Jackson & America’s Second Revolutionary War
Dec 18, 2017 • 45 min
Brian Kilmeade, co-host of , talks about his new book . He describes a confrontation with a British officer that became a defining moment for a young Andrew Jackson, how Jackson lead an army with a bullet wound to his shoulder and…
Corey Lewandowski & David Bossie Say “Let Trump Be Trump”
Dec 14, 2017 • 36 min
Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie served as campaign manager and deputy campaign for Donald Trump’s successful Presidential campaign and they write about that wild ride in their new book . Today they talk about the man they still call…
Judd Apatow Returns to Stand-up Comedy
Dec 11, 2017 • 39 min
Director/writer/producer (Knocked Up, Funny People, Trainwreck) talks about his lifelong love of comedy and how Amy Schumer got him to return to stand-up after a 25 year absence from the stage. He shares some advice to young comedy writers,…
Dan Rather on Patriotism, the Press, and the Values that Unite Us
Dec 7, 2017 • 45 min
Legendary newsman Dan Rather talks about his 60 year career and how his travels and conversations have given him a “wide shot” of the American experience and the values that unite us. He condemns recent attacks on some on those values…
Lawrence O’Donnell on the Lasting Impact of the 1968 Election
Dec 4, 2017 • 55 min
For , host of ’s , the 1968 U.S. Presidential election was his political awakening, and it has remained one of his abiding fascinations. Today he talks about the war that sunk LBJ’s presidency and the wild election that followed…
A.J. Jacobs Explores the World’s Family Tree
Nov 30, 2017 • 47 min
recounts his attempt to throw the worlds biggest family reunion, and his efforts to connect with the billions of people he calls his “cousins” via a project called the world family tree. He discusses how this crazy project all began…
Magazine Queen Tina Brown
Nov 27, 2017 • 40 min
Vanity Fair, news, magazines, publishing, journalism, fashion, celebrity, New York, Conde Nast, media, photography,
Eric Ries on Applying Startup Thinking to Big Companies, Governments & More
Nov 23, 2017 • 52 min
business, entrepreneurship, startup, silicon valley, lean startup, tech, companies, GE, Amazon,
Comedian Brian Regan on Working Clean, Tennis Scores & Middle East Peace
Nov 20, 2017 • 48 min
comedy, comedian, funny, Brian Regan, Netflix, standup, humor,
Paul Reiser & Jeff Sotzing on Bringing Johnny Carson Back to Television
Nov 16, 2017 • 51 min
comedy, television, Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show, Hulu, TV, Mad About You, entertainment, comedians,
Jenna & Barbara Bush on their Unbreakable Bond & Life in a Political Dynasty
Nov 13, 2017 • 38 min
politics, family, President, Bush, George. W. Bush, White House, sisters, 9/11, Republican, inspiration,
Alec Baldwin & Kurt Andersen Talk Presidential Parody
Nov 9, 2017 • 36 min
humor, politics, satire, parody, Saturday Night Live, comedy, political, Donald Trump, President,
A Lesson in Girl Logic w/ Comedian Iliza Shlesinger
Nov 6, 2017 • 52 min
comedy, comedian, stand-up, funny, Last Comic Standing, humor, feminism, women, relationships,
Gilbert Gottfried Gets Real About Comedy, Family Life & His New Documentary
Nov 2, 2017 • 52 min
comedy, comedians, funny, humor, stand-up, entertainment, Hollywood, jokes, impressions, documentary,
LORE’s Aaron Mahnke on Monstrous Creatures & Dark History
Oct 30, 2017 • 45 min
Lore, history, ghosts, paranormal, supernatural, history, witches, story, folklore, mysteries, podcast,
Ron Chernow on Redeeming Ulysses S. Grant
Oct 26, 2017 • 50 min
American history, history, Civil War, Presidents, Reconstruction, military, strategy, leadership, biography, Lincoln, Confederacy,
Sir Richard Branson on his Adventures in Business, Space & Beyond
Oct 23, 2017 • 40 min
business, entrepreneurship, adventure, Virgin, Space, Billionaire, Leadership, Travel, startup,
King of Cards Richard Turner
Oct 19, 2017 • 47 min
magic, cards, magician, illusion, close-up, sleight of hand, entertainment, motivational, inspiration, illusionist, Houdini, documentary, film,
Astronaut Scott Kelly’s Year in Space
Oct 16, 2017 • 46 min
space, astronaut, NASA, space station, science, Mars, orbit, experiment, Johnson Space Center, cosmonaut, stars, planet,
Anthony Bourdain Wants to End Food Waste
Oct 12, 2017 • 36 min
chef, food, foodie, travel, cooking, traveling, culinary, CNN, hunger, waste, gastronomy, Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain,
Grouchy Historians Ed Asner & Ed. Weinberger
Oct 9, 2017 • 48 min
politics, history, America, founding fathers, Constitution, law, Supreme Court, television, comedy, federalist, liberal, political,
Merry Mortician Caitlin Doughty on Changing Americans’ Attitudes Toward Death & Dying
Oct 5, 2017 • 51 min
funerals, death, mortality, Halloween, travel, funeral homes, reform, burial, rituals, Libertarian, Ask a Mortician, cremation,
Bill Murray & Jan Vogler Explore New Worlds of Music, Poetry & Humor
Oct 2, 2017 • 39 min
Actor Bill Murray (Lost in Translation, Rushmore) & classical cellist Jan Vogler discuss how their album evolved out of a chance meeting on a flight from Berlin to NYC and a mutual love of music and poetry. Plus, Bill Murray shares his…
Obama’s Funny Man David Litt
Sep 28, 2017 • 54 min
politics, White House, comedy, humor, satire, Obama, President, Funny or Die, The Onion, jokes, comedian, political, Obamacare,
The Improv’s Budd Friedman & Entertainment Writer Tripp Whetsell
Sep 25, 2017 • 40 min
comedy, comedians, entertainment, The Tonight Show, improv, standup, Hollywood, funny,
Lesley Stahl Celebrates 50 Years of 60 Minutes
Sep 21, 2017 • 44 min
60 Minutes, News, CBS, broadcasting, journalism, politics, world affairs, president, Watergate, television,
Tennis Player Maria Sharapova on Serena, That 2016 Drug Test, and Her American Dream
Sep 18, 2017 • 36 min
tennis, sports, Wimbledon, Russia, Serena Williams, Olympics, U.S. Open, immigration,
Ken Burns & Lynn Novick Re-examine the Vietnam War
Sep 14, 2017 • 51 min
documentary, film, history, American history, Vietnam, War, PBS, politics, Civil War, movies, filmmaking, Presidency, military, veterans,
Astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison’s Plan for a 100 Year Starship
Sep 11, 2017 • 43 min
science, astronaut, space, NASA, Star Trek, solar system, StarTalk,
Danny Strong Brings Author J.D. Salinger to the Big Screen
Sep 7, 2017 • 45 min
Salinger, Catcher in the Rye, literature, film, movies, writing, authors, books, acting,
Bryan Cranston on Life Before Acting and Becoming Walter White
Sep 5, 2017 • 52 min
Breaking Bad, AMC, acting, theater, television, film, Seinfeld, TV, fame, actor,
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson (Rerun)
Aug 31, 2017 • 38 min
Science, Astrophysics, StarTalk, Astronomy, Physics, Einstein, Universe, scientist, Hayden Planetarium,
Carol Burnett (Rerun)
Aug 29, 2017 • 38 min
comedy, television, entertainment, comedian, theater, TV, shows,
Richard Dawkins Has a Soul for Science
Aug 24, 2017 • 38 min
Dawkins, Science, Biology, Darwin, Evolution, Reason, Christopher Hitchens, atheism,
Al Madrigal on Comedy, Trump, and Avoiding Cilantro
Aug 21, 2017 • 46 min
comedy central, stand-up, funny, politics, the daily show, Trump, latino, comedian, comic, Mexico, border, jokes,
Dennis Prager on Politics, Religion, & Happiness
Aug 18, 2017 • 50 min
Philosophy, Wisdom, Religion, Politics, Judaism, Conservative, Talk Radio, Happiness, Self Help, Relationships, Republican,
Rob Reiner Talks Movies, Politics, & Presidents LBJ to Trump
Aug 14, 2017 • 39 min
Film, Movies, LBJ, Politics, President, Lyndon B. Johnson, Trump, Hollywood, Directing, Political,
200th Episode w/ Anthony Atamanuik, Host of The President Show
Aug 10, 2017 • 44 min
Comedy, Politics, Satire, Trump, Comedy Central, Humor, Television, President, Funny, Political,
Snopes Founder David Mikkelson on Fighting Fake News
Aug 7, 2017 • 49 min
news, media, fake news, alternative facts, truth, fact check, research, politics, urban legends, internet,
The Creators of Amazon’s COMRADE DETECTIVE
Aug 3, 2017 • 39 min
television, satire, comedy, propaganda, Romania, cold war, funny, TV, Amazon, series, Soviet, Reagan, humor,
The Other Russia Scandal w/ Filmmaker Bryan Fogel
Jul 31, 2017 • 46 min
Russia, Sports, Olympics, Drugs, Putin, WADA, Socci, Putin, Crime, Athletics, Doping, Lance Armstrong, Bicycling, Documentary, Film,
Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn on the Science of Aging
Jul 27, 2017 • 41 min
Aging, Science, Longevity, Health, Wellness, Genetics, Telomeres, Biology, Self Help, Fitness, Psychology, Gerontology, Medicine,
Cyberwar Expert Alexander Klimburg
Jul 24, 2017 • 41 min
national security, defense, cybercrime, cyberwar, Russia, China, Putin, election, infowar, war,
99% Invisible’s Roman Mars Talks Trump, the Constitution, & Ugly Flags
Jul 20, 2017 • 43 min
Design, Architecture, Radiotopia, 99% Invisible, Trump, Constitution, Law, Podcasting, Politics,
Sea Power w/ Admiral James Stavridis
Jul 17, 2017 • 38 min
Navy, Military, Sea, Ocean, NATO, Geopolitics, China, Russia, Foreign Policy, Naval, History,
Coral Bleaching: The Next Ecological Catastrophe w/ Filmmaker Jeff Orlowski
Jul 13, 2017 • 47 min
ocean, oceanography, environmentalism, fish, coral, ecology, documentary, film, sea, climate change, science, global warming,
Senator Al Franken Is Allowed To Be Funny Again!
Jul 10, 2017 • 44 min
Politics, Comedy, Senate, Satire, Humor, Congress, Saturday Night Live, Democrat, Progressive, Comedy,
Science Writer Mary Roach on the Curious Science of Humans at War
Jul 6, 2017 • 49 min
science, war, military, research, combat, medicine, soldiers, veterans, health,
John McEnroe on Tennis, Temper, and a Few Life Lessons
Jul 3, 2017 • 43 min
tennis, Wimbledon, French Open, sports, grand slam, athletics, U.S. Open,
Nuns! Nuns! Nuns! w/ Kate Micucci
Jun 29, 2017 • 41 min
movies, film, comedy, comedian, Sundance, UCB, funny, entertainment,
Senator Mike Lee on the Forgotten Founding Fathers
Jun 26, 2017 • 41 min
American history, Constitution, Hamilton, Federalist, Bill of Rights, founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, Republican, politics,
GMOs: Fact v. Fiction w/ Filmmaker Scott Hamilton Kennedy
Jun 22, 2017 • 54 min
GMO, genetically modified organisms, science, food, farming, agriculture, crops, genetic engineering, health, Neil deGrasse Tyson,
The Great Communicator Alan Alda Returns!!
Jun 19, 2017 • 53 min
communicating, empathy, psychology, communication, public speaking, television, science, doctors, theory of mind, acting, improv, improvisation, MASH,
The Art of Manliness w/ Brett McKay
Jun 15, 2017 • 40 min
men, men’s interest, fatherhood, skills, survival, self-improvement, self-defense, Teddy Roosevelt, camping, guys, Men’s Health, Art of Manliness,
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Remembers Coach John Wooden
Jun 12, 2017 • 33 min
basketball, NBA, UCLA, Lakers, sports, hoops, coaching, civil rights, jazz, inspirational, lessons, friendship,
The Daily Show’s Jordan Klepper Solves Guns
Jun 8, 2017 • 40 min
politics, constitution, guns, safety, regulation, comedy, humor, satire, the daily show, jon stewart, trevor noah, improv,
Comedy Legend Carl Reiner Returns!
Jun 5, 2017 • 45 min
comedy, entertainment, television, aging, movies, comedian, comic, TV, showbusiness, Hollywood, humor, documentary,
Comedian Demetri Martin on Directing, Drawing & Death
Jun 2, 2017 • 46 min
comedy, comedian, film, directing, humor, art, death, grief, standup, movies, entertainment,
Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson Gives a Lesson in Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
May 30, 2017 • 38 min
science, space, astrophysics, planets, big bang theory, NASA, StarTalk, Cosmos, universe, education, NOVA,
WAR MACHINE Director David Michod
May 25, 2017 • 35 min
War, Film, Afghanistan, Movie, Satire, Military, McChrystal, Taliban, Counterinsurgency, Politics, Foreign Policy,
Ocean Explorer Dr. Robert Ballard on Finding Titanic, What Sank the Lusitania, & Searching for the Earliest North Americans
May 22, 2017 • 52 min
Ocean, Exploration, Titanic, Archeology, shipwrecks, Sea, National Geographic, Sea, Discovery, Pacific, Education, Boats, Nautilus,
Dave Anthony & Gareth Reynolds of “The Dollop” Tell Weird Tales From America’s Forgotten History
May 18, 2017 • 42 min
America, U.S., history, podcast, humor, President, comedy, stories, George Washington, comedians,
Governor John Kasich/Dr. Richard Haass
May 15, 2017 • 45 min
Politics, foreign policy, President, Ohio, Republican, international affairs, GOP, primary, 2016, healthcare, national security, Obamacare, Russia, North Korea, campaign, CFR, Council on Foreign Relations, Trump, campaign, diplomacy,
Anne-Marie Slaughter on Strategies of Connection in Networked World
May 11, 2017 • 38 min
foreign policy, international affairs, state department, politics, globalization, New America, Syria, North Korea, Hillary Clinton,
Bad Taste & Making Trouble w/ Director John Waters
May 9, 2017 • 38 min
film, creativity, art, movies, Hairspray, inspiration, political correctness, counter-culture, director, filmmaker, Baltimore,
Prof. Allan Lichtman Predicts Impeachment for President Trump
May 4, 2017 • 40 min
Politics, President, Presidential, Impeachment, Constitution, Trump, Russia, Nixon, White House, Abuse, Law, Political, Congress, Legal,
Inside Hillary Clinton’s Shattered Campaign w/ Jonathan Allen
May 1, 2017 • 35 min
Hillary Clinton, Presidential, Election, 2016, Campaign, Politics, DNC, Trump, Bill Clinton, Obama, Biden
Comedian W. Kamau Bell on Denzel, the KKK & Black James Bond
Apr 27, 2017 • 46 min
CNN, news, comedy, comedian, race, politics, humor, diversity, Denzel Washington,
Adam Campbell of NBC’s “Great News”
Apr 24, 2017 • 38 min
Comedy, NBC, television, sitcom, Tina Fey, UK, SNL, CNN, 30 Rock, News, humor, fake news, England, Britain, Hollywood,
Chris Whipple on the President’s Gatekeeper
Apr 20, 2017 • 43 min
White House, Chief of Staff, government, President, Reince Priebus, West Wing, Nixon, Reagan, Obama, Trump,
Letterman: The Last Giant of Late Night w/ NYT Comedy Critic Jason Zinoman
Apr 17, 2017 • 57 min
comedy, David Letterman, talk show, Johnny Carson, comedian, late night, television,
Daniel Franklin of “The Economist” Envisions Technology in 2050
Apr 13, 2017 • 40 min
Technology, Futurist, The Economist, Future, AI,
Laughing Through the Arab Spring w/ Bassem Youssef
Apr 10, 2017 • 46 min
comedy, political, satire, Egypt, Middle East, Arab Spring, humor, The Daily Show, Jon Stewart, Muslim Brotherhood,
Philipp Meyer & Kevin Murphy Talk Texas Oil & Buffalo Blood
Apr 6, 2017 • 37 min
Texas, Oil, Literature, Television, Native American, American, History, Cowboy, Border, Wars,
Exploring the Dark Net w/ Mati Kochavi
Apr 3, 2017 • 34 min
Tech, Security, Deep Web, Dark Web, Internet, documentary, Israel, technology, trafficking, arms, terrorism, hacking, news, trends, Arab Spring,
Theoretical Physicist Lawrence Krauss Answers “Why Are We Here?”
Mar 30, 2017 • 31 min
science, physics, existentialism, origins, evolution, universe, big bang, religion, bible, Einstein, atheism, atomic, doomsday, education,
P.J. O’Rourke on Election 2016: How the Hell Did This Happen?
Mar 27, 2017 • 48 min
politics, satire, libertarian, conservative, humor, election, president, Trump, Clinton, Weekly Standard, political, campaign,
Professor Tom Nichols on the Death of Expertise & the Rise of American Ignorance
Mar 23, 2017 • 52 min
education, politics, schools, national security, Snopes, facts, internet, conspiracy theories, reason, science, college, sociology, Jeopardy, Trump,
Henry Winkler on the Fonz, Fonts & Helping Dyslexic Kids
Mar 20, 2017 • 39 min
dyslexia, learning, disorder, reading, acting, television, children, film, Hollywood, Happy Days, Hank Zipzer, ADD,
Making a Murderer: Jerome Buting vs. Ken Kratz
Mar 16, 2017 • 54 min
true crime, marking a murderer, law, serial, criminal, trial, mystery, documentary, Steven Avery, legal, conspiracy,
Evgeny Afineevsky Discusses His Documentary “Cries from Syria”
Mar 13, 2017 • 41 min
Syria, FSA, Revolution, Free Syrian Army, Protests, Arab Spring, Civil War, Bashar al-Assad, Assad, Putin, Syrian, Refugees,
Man of 1000 Voices Rich Little
Mar 9, 2017 • 41 min
comedy, impersonations, comics, Hollywood, celebrities, Reagan, Carson, Tonight Show, show business, television, movie, stars,
Author Patricia Cornwell Solves Jack the Ripper Case
Mar 6, 2017 • 49 min
true crime, forensics, Jack the Ripper, murder, serial killer, art, detective, Scarpetta, London, Scotland Yard, Britain, history, impressionism,
The Most Famous Hacker Gives Tips For Personal Cyber-Security
Mar 2, 2017 • 46 min
Hackers, Cyber-Security, Hacking, Tech, Protection, Computers, Security,
Legendary Mathematician Edward Thorp on Card Counting, Quantitative Investing, & Catching Bernie Madoff
Feb 27, 2017 • 47 min
Math, Investing, Finance, Blackjack, Casinos, Counting, Odds, Statistics, Computers, Wall Street, Gambling,
VICE Correspondents Gianna Toboni & Isobel Yeung
Feb 23, 2017 • 44 min
Vice, HBO, news journalism, documentary, current events, Syria, ISIS, Russia, media, Shane Smith,
Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on T.P.P., Pacific Rim Security, China, & The Infamous Trump-Turnbull Phone Call,
Feb 20, 2017 • 43 min
Australia, Asia, Pacific, Politics, Diplomacy, China, Japan, North Korea, Trans-Pacific Partnership, Policy, United Nations, One China,
Bloomberg Tech Editor Brad Stone on Uber, AirBnB, & the New Silicon Valley
Feb 16, 2017 • 52 min
Uber, AirBnB, technology, business, tech, startup, sharing economy, Lyft, innovation, regulation, Trump, Amazon, Decrypted, Bezos,
The Cast & Creators of AMC’s HUMANS Imagine a Future w/ Artificial Intelligence, Robots & More
Feb 13, 2017 • 46 min
artificial intelligence, television, tv, AMC, tech, future, robots, BBC, the singularity, science, technology, A.I.
Political Dirty Trickster Roger Stone on The Making of the President 2016
Feb 9, 2017 • 44 min
Politics, strategy, opposition research, Trump, President, Nixon, Republican, Russia, hack, campaign, Reagan,
Hugh Hewitt’s “Fourth Way” for President Trump & the GOP
Feb 6, 2017 • 46 min
Hugh Hewitt, Conservative, Republican, Constitution, Trump, Hamilton, Lincoln, Infrastructure, Immigration, Navy, Nixon, Impeachment, Government, Law,
Amazon’s Fresh Take on Zelda & Scott Fitzgerald
Feb 2, 2017 • 45 min
Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda Fitzgerald, television, literature, Great Gatsby, Jazz Age, author, 1920s, This Side of Paradise, Amazon, TV, Series,
John Avlon, Editor of The Daily Beast on Washington’s Farewell Address
Jan 31, 2017 • 49 min
George Washington, American History, Presidents, Founding Fathers,
In Praise of Free Trade w/ Austan Goolsbee, Martin Feldstein & Amb. Michael Froman
Jan 27, 2017 • 53 min
trade, economics, White House, President, markets, foreign policy, globalism, TPP, free trade, NAFTA, Trump, trade war, China, Trans-Pacific Partnership, economy,
The Interrogation of Saddam Hussein w/ CIA Analyst John Nixon
Jan 23, 2017 • 42 min
CIA, Intelligence, Iraq, Saddam Hussein, ISIS, Middle East, Iraqi, history, human rights, Bush, Bagdad, Muqtada al-Sadr, terrorism, Al-Qaeda,
Louie Anderson, Martha Kelly & Jonathan Krisel of FX’s BASKETS
Jan 19, 2017 • 47 min
Baskets, comedy, comedians, humor, clowns, FX, stand-up comedy, television, Zach Galifinakis, Austin, Comedy Store, Portlandia, Funny, TV,
The Cast & Creators of History Channel’s SIX
Jan 16, 2017 • 46 min
SEALS, SEAL Team Six, Military, Special Forces, Counter-terrorism, DevGru, Navy, covert, specials ops, history, veterans, television, bootcamp,
Globalist Parag Khanna Calls for Technocracy in America
Jan 12, 2017 • 49 min
globalization, economics, trade, government, governance, Singapore, Switzerland, Presidency, Technocrat, Democracy,
Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics Wants To Tell You Something You Don’t Know
Jan 9, 2017 • 42 min
Freakonomics, Podcast, Behavioral, Economics, Markets, Steven Levitt, Psychology, Tell Me Something I Don’t Know,
Brain Warriors Dr. Daniel & Tana Amen Share Tips for Better Brain Health
Jan 5, 2017 • 47 min
brain, health, mental, longevity, aging, mind, neuroscience, neuroplasticity, medicine, fitness, psychology,
Bradley Birkenfeld, The Swiss Banker Turned Whistleblower Who Exposed UBS Switzerland
Jan 2, 2017 • 43 min
Swiss, Banking, Tax Fraud, IRS, Justice, Whistleblower, Switzerland, tax haven, bank, UBS,
Olympic Gold Medalist Greg Louganis
Dec 30, 2016 • 42 min
Diving, Diver, Olympics, Medal, LGBT, gay, rights, sports, mentoring, HIV, human rights, Rose Parade, Tournament of Roses,
AOL Founder Steve Case on the Third Wave of Tech (Rerun)
Dec 26, 2016 • 43 min
AOL, business, America Online, tech, entrepreneur, start-up, internet, future, Toffler, innovation,
Comedian David Steinberg Talks Carson, Comedy, and Curb (Rerun)
Dec 22, 2016 • 53 min
Comedy, Comedian, Humor, Standup, Improv, Tonight Show, Johnny Carson, Second City, Curb Your Enthusiasm,
Are You a Risky Drinker? w/ Dr. George Koob & filmmaker Perri Peltz
Dec 19, 2016 • 48 min
Alcohol, Abuse, Drinking, Alcoholism, Addiction, Disorder, Treatment, Alcoholics Anonymous, HBO, Medicine,
Former CIA Analyst Nada Bakos Is NOT “Maya” from Zero Dark Thirty (Or So She Says!)
Dec 15, 2016 • 35 min
CIA, Intelligence, Terror, Spy, Espionage, Al Qaeda, Iraq, Politics, War, Intel, Bin Laden, Terrorist,
Middle East Peace w/ Senator George Mitchell & Alon Sachar
Dec 12, 2016 • 49 min
Middle East, Peace, Israel, Palestinian, Abbas, Netanyahu, Jerusalem, Obama, Diplomacy, Politics, Ireland, Foreign Policy, Gaza, Arab,
The Daily Show: An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests
Dec 8, 2016 • 50 min
Daily Show, Comedy Central, Political, Satire, Humor, News, Politics, Fox, Jon Stewart, Trevor Noah, Election, Colbert, John Oliver,
Michael Medved on The American Miracle
Dec 5, 2016 • 43 min
American history, United States, Founding Fathers, George Washington, Lincoln, Conservative, Politics, Republican, Faith,
Award-winning Author Deirdre Bair on Al Capone’s Life, Legacy & Legend
Dec 1, 2016 • 50 min
Capone, True, Crime, Gangster, Mafia, Prohibition, Chicago, Mob, 1920s, Criminal,
Dana Perino Says “If You Want a Friend in Washington, Get a Dog!”
Nov 28, 2016 • 49 min
Fox News, The Five, White House, Politics, President, Bush, Dogs, Washington, Press,
Rebroadcast: Arianna Huffington Is Starting A Sleep Revolution
Nov 25, 2016 • 33 min
Huffington Post, Sleep, Rest, Health, Brain, Medicine, Meditation, Productivity, REM, dreams
The Boston Marathon Bombings w/ Documentary Filmmakers Ricki Stern & Annie Sundberg
Nov 21, 2016 • 31 min
Boston, Marathon, Documentary, Film, Terrorism, Attack, Homeland, Security, Wounded Warriors, Tsarnaev,
Space Journalist Leonard David on NatGeo’s MARS
Nov 18, 2016 • 53 min
space, Mars, planet, NASA, National Geographic, Science, Exploration, Astronomy, Ron Howard,
Carol Burnett Reminisces About 11 Hilarious Years of “The Carol Burnett Show”
Nov 14, 2016 • 38 min
Carol Burnett, television, sketch comedy, theatre, tv, variety show, entertainment, Hollywood,
Supermensch Shep Gordon on Film, Food, & Rock ‘n Roll
Nov 10, 2016 • 50 min
music, entertainment, rock, band, Hollywood, celebrity, chef, fame, Buddhism, Dalai Lama, Hawaii, recording industry, independent, film, Hawaii, friendship, life,
An Anti-Endorsement and Final Thoughts on the 2016 Election
Nov 8, 2016 • 42 min
Election, 2016, President, Politics, Trump, Clinton, Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Campaign, NeverTrump, 270, White House, Electoral,
Historian H.W. Brands on the Epic Rivalry Between Truman & MacArthur
Nov 4, 2016 • 43 min
American, History, Korean, War, Truman, MacArthur, Cold War, President, military, Soviet, World War,
Chef Mario Batali Celebrates America’s Favorite Regional Comfort Foods
Nov 1, 2016 • 38 min
Chef, cooking, foodie, Italian, restaurants, food, recipes, culinary, regional, American, Batali, The Chew, James Beard,
Author James Patterson on the Shocking True Crimes of Billionaire Pedophile Jeffrey Epstein
Oct 25, 2016 • 44 min
True Crime, criminal, scandal, Bill Clinton, Trump, politics, sex, Palm Beach, Florida, Alex Cross, thriller
Critical Thinking in the Information Age w/ Dr. Daniel Levitin
Oct 20, 2016 • 52 min
news, politics, internet, science, psychology, sociology, data, polls, social media, fact-checking, neuroscience, conspiracy theories, medicine, health, election,
Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick At Wired, On 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
Oct 17, 2016 • 44 min
Technology, Wired, Business, Virtual Reality, Data, Artificial Intelligence, Software, Tech, Future
Director Rod Lurie on “Killing Reagan” for National Geographic Channel
Oct 14, 2016 • 50 min
Ronald Reagan, President, American history, Bill O’Reilly, Nancy Reagan, National Geographic, Politics
Dylan Thuras of Atlas Obscura on the World’s Hidden Wonders
Oct 10, 2016 • 43 min
travel, Atlas, Obscura, vacation, explore, weird, strange, unique, trivia, tourism, supernatural, curiosity
Artificial Intelligence (Pt. 2) w/ Prof. Nick Bostrom, Dr. Seth Baum, & the Creators of AMC’s HUMANS
Oct 7, 2016 • 53 min
Artificial Intelligence, Superintelligence, Singularity, cognitive computers, technology, Science, AMC, Humans, Threats,
Artificial Intelligence (Pt. 1) w/ Michio Kaku, IBM’s Guru Banavar, Wired’s Kevin Kelly, & Martin Ford
Oct 5, 2016 • 43 min
artificial intelligence, cognitive computing, IBM, Watson, Wired, Robots, Singularity, Tech, Future, Technology
Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer of CRIMINAL Podcast
Sep 29, 2016 • 47 min
CRIMINAL, true crime, podcast, mysteries, investigation, Serial, justice, stories, anthology, police, law
CNBC’S Larry Kudlow & Historian Brian Domitrovic on JFK the Tax-Cutter
Sep 27, 2016 • 42 min
Economics, CNBC, politics, Kennedy, Reagan, taxes, supply-side, policy, election, economy, Reaganomics, Laffer Curve, Conservative, Democrat,
Al Jean, Head Writer/Exec Producer of “The Simpsons” Is Doing What He Loves
Sep 23, 2016 • 49 min
Simpsons, Comedy, Humor, Animation, Fox Network, Television, Writing, James L. Brooks, Matt Groening, Tonight Show, Johnny Carson, Lampoon
HBO’s “Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks” w/ filmmaker Dan Reed
Sep 19, 2016 • 40 min
Terrorism, Paris, Attack, Freedom of Speech, Al-Qaeda, Islamic State, Extremism, Satire, 1st Amendment, Politics, France, Homeland Security, Burkini
James Carville Makes the Democrats’ Case for 2016
Sep 17, 2016 • 29 min
Democrat, Liberal, Politics, Strategy, Election, President, Clinton, Economy, Matalin, War Room,
Discovery Network’s “Taking Fire” w/ Kyle Boucher & J.J. McCool
Sep 13, 2016 • 34 min
Army, War, Afghanistan, Military, Taliban, Al-Qaeda, war on terror, terrorism, documentary,
David Cay Johnston On The Making of Donald Trump
Sep 8, 2016 • 43 min
Donald Trump, Politics, Taxes, Net Worth, Fraud, Campaign, Trump U, Atlantic City, Election, Investigation, Business,
Ann Coulter on Trump, Immigration, The Roast & More
Sep 6, 2016 • 40 min
Coulter, Trump, Conservative, Reagan, Republican, Election, Politics, Hannity, Comedy Central, Roast, Rob Lowe,
David Priess Reveals All About “The President’s Book of Secrets”
Sep 2, 2016 • 48 min
CIA, Intelligence, National Security, Intel, President, Espionage, POTUS, NSA, Top Secret, Politics, Bush, Conspiracies
CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin on the Patty Hearst Kidnapping
Aug 29, 2016 • 35 min
True Crime, Law, Legal, Hearst, SLA, CNN, FBI, News, New Yorker, People vs. O.J. Simpson, Stockholm Syndrome,
Mary Matalin Says the GOP Needs to Change, not Donald Trump
Aug 25, 2016 • 30 min
Conservative, Republican, Libertarian, Election, 2016, Presidential, Politics, Donald, Trump, Gary, Johnson, Carville, Tea, Party,
Creators of AMC’s Halt & Catch Fire, Chris Cantwell and Chris Rogers
Aug 22, 2016 • 44 min
TV, tech, AMC, Silicon Valley, television, Wozniak, Steve Jobs, Silicon Prairie, programmers,
Can a Robot Take YOUR Job? w/ guest Martin Ford
Aug 12, 2016 • 37 min
Robots, Artificial Intelligence, A.I., tech, science, economics, economy, jobs, singularity,
Alexandra Pelosi Exposes the World of Political Mega-Donors
Aug 9, 2016 • 39 min
Campaign finance reform, political fundraising, Citizens United, Koch Brothers, Soros, Nancy Pelosi, documentary, HBO,
100th Episode! Special Guest Dick Cavett
Aug 1, 2016 • 50 min
television, TV, history, Hollywood, comedy, Cavett, talk show, Tonight Show, Groucho Marx, wit, stories, anecdotes, jokes,
Ben Shapiro on Political Correctness & Journalistic Integrity in the Age of Trump
Jul 25, 2016 • 34 min
Daily Wire, Breitbart, Conservative, Free America, Political Correctness, Colleges, Republican, GOP,
The Holdouts - Prominent Republicans Against Trump
Jul 22, 2016 • 74 min
Republican, Conservative, Trump, Jeb, Romney, Libertarian, National Review, Free the Delegates, GOP, RNC, NeverTrump,
The Dawn of Driverless Cars
Jul 15, 2016 • 38 min
Automotive, Tech, Autonomous, Vehicles, Self-Driving, Connected, Cars, Uber, GM, Tesla, Tech, Google, Driving,
Alan Alda on Making Scientists & Doctors Better Communicators
Jul 11, 2016 • 41 min
Science, Medicine, Communication, MASH, improv, Doctors, acting, Teaching, Physics, Hospitals, ER, television, Emmy, TV,
Dana Loesch Stands Up for Flyover Country
Jul 8, 2016 • 35 min
Conservative, Republican, Flyover, Blue Collar, Walmart, Guns, Second Amendment, Trump, Texas, The Blaze, Glenn Beck,
Glenn Beck Talks Trump, Libertarianism, & Orson Wells
Jul 5, 2016 • 38 min
Conservative, Libertarian, The Blaze, Fox News, Trump, NeverTrump, Orson Wells, Radio, Republican, Glenn Beck Program,
The Hilarious Gilbert Gottfried
Jun 28, 2016 • 45 min
Comedy, Hollywood, Entertainment, Movies, Stand-up, Comedians, Funny, Amazing Colossal Podcast, SNL, Saturday Night Live, Friar’s Club, Comedy Central, Roasts,
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Trump, the GOP, & Playing the Political ‘Long Game’
Jun 24, 2016 • 34 min
Senate, Senator, Congress, Republican, Obamacare, Trump, Conservative, Kentucky, Elections, Campaigns,
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper Talks Beer, Politics & More
Jun 21, 2016 • 37 min
Colorado, Denver, Beer, DNC, Democrat, Election, 2016, marijuana, legalization, fracking, energy, bipartisan, politics, Hillary Clinton, brewing,
Comedian David Steinberg Talks Comedy, Carson & “Curb”
Jun 16, 2016 • 51 min
Comedy, Comedians, Funny, Humor, Improv, Stand-up, Jokes, Tonight Show, Johnny Carson, Second City, Curb Your Enthusiasm, David Steinberg, Larry David,
Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Suing the President, Restoring the Constitution, & Rising to the Top from a Wheelchair
Jun 8, 2016 • 40 min
Texas, Greg Abbott, Austin, Governor, state, Constitution, Bill of Rights, Tea Party, Obamacare, Supreme Court, law, lawyer, paraplegic, disabled, inspiration,
General Wesley Clark on Vietnam, the Wars in Bosnia & Kosovo, and the Future of U.S. Military
May 31, 2016 • 43 min
Bosnia, War, Kosovo, Serbs, Albanians, Yugoslavia, military, NATO, Eisenhower, Vietnam, army, Democrat, strategy, Clinton,
Parag Khanna Explains Why Globalism Is Great for America and the World
May 26, 2016 • 47 min
Globalism, free trade, immigration, markets, business, travel, international, connectivity
Dr. Francis Collins, Director of NIH & Head of the Human Genome Project
May 23, 2016 • 36 min
genomics, genetics, medicine, science, Genome Project, HapLap, pharmaceuticals, research, DNA,
Director Jay Roach Goes ALL THE WAY with LBJ
May 19, 2016 • 46 min
Lyndon Johnson, Politics, Civil Rights, LBJ, President, History, Elections, Campaign, Democrat, Movies, Martin Luther King, Freedom Summer,
Paul Wolfowitz on Fighting Dictators, Encouraging Freedom, & His Problem with the Term “Neoconservative”
May 16, 2016 • 43 min
Conservative, Hawk, Foreign Policy, neocon, neoconservative, Republican, Reagan, Bush, International Affairs, Defense, Iraq, Indonesia, poverty, development, bank,
Campaign Advance Man Josh King On White House Stagecraft, Photo-Ops Gone Wrong & The “Hat Rule”
May 13, 2016 • 43 min
campaign, media, production, Dukakis, stagecraft, Clinton, President, events, politics, optics, press, photography,
Vicente Fox Unloads on Trump, Trade, & The Wall
May 10, 2016 • 53 min
Mexico, immigration, trade, wall, Trump, border, NAFTA, drugs, education, election, 2016
Disaster Response w/ Steven McAndrew, Head of Emergency Operations at Red Cross
May 8, 2016 • 40 min
disaster, response, Red Cross, ebola, pandemic, Syrian, refugee, crisis, emergency, humanitarian, relief,
AOL Co-founder Steve Case on the Third Wave of Tech
May 6, 2016 • 41 min
AOL, business, America Online, tech, entrepreneur, start-up, internet, future, Toffler, innovation,
Juan Williams of Fox News on the Modern-Day Founding Fathers
Apr 28, 2016 • 48 min
Fox News, The Five, founding fathers, America, civil rights, constitution, Thurgood Marshall, Kennedy, Reagan, JFK, history, NPR,
Nominate KICKASS POLITICS for the 2016 Podcast Awards
Apr 27, 2016 • 1 min
Special Announcement from KickAss Politics podcast
Arianna Huffington Says Go To Bed!
Apr 25, 2016 • 33 min
Huffington Post, Sleep, Rest, Health, Brain, Medicine, Meditation, Productivity, REM, dreams
Comedy Legend Carl Reiner
Apr 18, 2016 • 46 min
Comedy, Humor, Television, TV, funny, sitcoms, film, Reiner, Dick Van Dyke, Mel Brooks, Steve Martin,
China’s One Child Policy w/ Mei Fong, Pulitzer-winning Reporter for Wall Street Journal
Apr 14, 2016 • 53 min
China, One Child, Population, Chinese, Communism, Social Engineering, Big Brother, Manufacturing,
Documentary Filmmaker Ken Burns
Apr 10, 2016 • 42 min
American History, Documentary, Film, Director, Baseball, Jackie Robinson, Civil Rights
Cyber War w/ National Security Journalist Fred Kaplan
Apr 7, 2016 • 51 min
Cyber War, Cyber Security, Espionage, N.S.A., C.I.A., Stuxnet, Internet, China,
Jacob Weisberg, Editor-in-Chief of Slate Magazine, On All Things Donald Trump
Apr 5, 2016 • 35 min
Slate Magazine, Donald Trump, Never Trump, #NeverTrump, Trumpcast, election, politics, GOP primary,
Innovation Expert Alec Ross on The Industries of the Future
Mar 31, 2016 • 35 min
Technology, Business, Investments, Investing, Careers, Future, Robotics, Genomics, Big Data, Cyber-security, Industry, Jobs, Economy,
War Correspondent Michael Ware On The War In Iraq & The Birth of ISIS
Mar 28, 2016 • 37 min
Iraq, CNN, Zarqawi, ISIS, Al Qaeda, Falluja, terrorism, war, journalism, marines,
Part 2: Futurist Dr. Michio Kaku On Amazing Inventions Coming In Our Lifetime
Mar 25, 2016 • 40 min
Science, Science Fiction, Technology, Inventions, Genomics, Brain, Robots, nanotechnology, Physics,
Part 1: Dr. Michio Kaku, Theoretical Physicist & Futurist Talks About Einstein, Gravity Waves, & The Future
Mar 22, 2016 • 46 min
Unified Theory, string theory, Einstein, science, string field theory, theoretical physics, gravity waves, science fiction, scifi, inventions, Star Trek, parallel universes, quantum theory, space time,
Steve Forbes, Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Magazine on Reviving America
Mar 18, 2016 • 43 min
Forbes, Magazine, Financial, Investing, Economy, Election, Flat Tax, IRS, Federal Reserve, healthcare, policy
Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard On the GOP Primary
Mar 14, 2016 • 39 min
conservative, Republican, GOP, primary, election, neo-con, Trump, Rubio, campaign,
Debunking Conspiracy Theories w/ Dr. Michael Shermer, Founder of Skeptic Magazine
Mar 10, 2016 • 58 min
conspiracy theories, skeptic, science, rational, reason, Alex Jones, New World Order, critical thinking, Skeptical, Scientific American,
General Michael Hayden, Former Head of CIA & NSA
Mar 8, 2016 • 41 min
CIA, Intelligence, NSA, National Security, surveillance, espionage, cyber war, Guantanamo, Al Qaeda, spy, James Bond,
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Political Cartoonist Michael Ramirez
Mar 4, 2016 • 47 min
Political, editorial, satire, cartoons, comics, conservative, Republican, IBD, Investors,
Donald Rumsfeld On Modernizing The Military, Saddam Hussein, Snowflakes, & Churchill Solitaire
Mar 1, 2016 • 51 min
National Defense, Iraq, Pentagon, Military, Gerald Ford, Leadership, Churchill, Central Asia, Middle East,
Oscar-Nominee Evgeny Afineevsky On His Documentary WINTER ON FIRE
Feb 22, 2016 • 47 min
Ukraine, Maidon Square, Kiev, Revolution, Protest, Democracy, Putin, Yanukovych, Crimea
Doug Schoen, Pollster & Fox News Political Analyst, Talks About “The Nixon Effect”
Feb 19, 2016 • 34 min
Fox News, Polls, Richard Nixon, Presidency, China, Clinton, Politics, Campaigns, Strategy, Polling, Republican, Democrat, Silent Majority, Conservative, Newsmax
Iconic Photographer Platon On Shooting World Leaders & Human Rights
Feb 16, 2016 • 39 min
Photography, Presidents, Leaders, Power, Human, Rights, Time Magazine, Magazines, New Yorker, News, Politics, Putin, Clinton,
Mark McKinnon, Co-Host of Showtime’s Political Docuseries “The Circus”
Feb 12, 2016 • 42 min
Presidential Primary, New Hampshire, President, Election, 2016, documentary, campaign, strategy, Trump, Sanders, Rubio, Clinton, Cruz, McCain
Greg Barker, Director of HBO’s “Homegrown: The Counter-Terrorism Dilemma”
Feb 8, 2016 • 41 min
terrorism, jihad, radical, islam, FBI, counter-terror, San Bernadino, muslim, homegrown, domestic, terrorism
What’s an Iowa Caucus? w/ Congressman Steve King, radio host Steve Deace, & Cody Hoefert, Co-Chair of the Iowa GOP
Feb 1, 2016 • 50 min
Iowa, Caucus, Election, Primary, Ethanol, Biofuel, Trump, Ted Cruz, Voting, Presidential, Campaign, Grassley,
Senators Trent Lott & Tom Daschle on Fixing the Partisan Divide in Washington
Jan 29, 2016 • 38 min
Senate, Partisan, Bipartisan, Congress, Legislation, Compromise, Politics, Leadership, Government,
Rich Lowry, Editor of National Review, on Donald Trump, Buckley, & More (Re-broadcast)
Jan 27, 2016 • 47 min
Against Trump, National Review, Donald Trump, GOP, Establishment, Republican, Debate,
Congressman Michael McCaul, Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee
Jan 21, 2016 • 39 min
terrorism, homeland, security, bio-terror, cyber-attack, China, Russia, Iran, ISIS, Al-Qaeda, dirty bomb, border,
Criminal Justice Reform w/ Sen. Rob Portman, Julie Stewart & Jeff Smith
Jan 12, 2016 • 58 min
prison, criminal, corrections, jail, mandatory, minimums, reform, Libertarian, Conservative, Congress,
(Rebroadcast) Part 2: The Political Genius of George Washington
Jan 8, 2016 • 27 min
George Washington, history, America, Patriot, Revolutionary War, President, Politics, Conservative, Republican, Libertarian, Government, Tea Party, Founding, Fathers, Liberty, Constitution
(Rebroadcast) Part 1: The Political Genius of George Washington
Jan 8, 2016 • 27 min
George, Washington, history, America, Patriot, Revolutionary, War, President, Politics, Conservative, Republican, Libertarian, Government, Tea Party, Founding Fathers, Constitution, Liberty,
(Rebroadcast) Pt. 2: E.M.P. - The Day the Earth Stood Still w/ guest Dr. Peter Vincent Pry
Jan 8, 2016 • 33 min
EMP, electromagnetic, pulse, nuke, nuclear, Iran, North, Korea, Russia, defense, neocon, electric, grid, NORAD, national, security,
(Rebroadcast) Pt. 1: E.M.P. - The Day the Earth Stood Still w/ guest Dr. Peter Vincent Pry
Jan 8, 2016 • 33 min
EMP, electromagnetic, pulse, nuke, nuclear, Iran, North, Korea, Russia, defense, neocon, electric, grid, NORAD, national, security,
Daniel Pipes, President of the Middle East Forum on Radical Islam
Dec 30, 2015 • 39 min
Islam, ISIS, Iran, Syria, Jihad, Israel, Palistinian, terrorism, Islamist, terrorism,
Rich Lowry, Editor of National Review on William F. Buckley, Trump as Jacksonian, Hashtag Heroics, & More
Dec 9, 2015 • 46 min
Conservative, William, Buckley, National, Review, Republican, Firing Line, Fox, News,
Garry Kasparov Warns That Vladimir Putin Is The Enemy of the Free World
Dec 4, 2015 • 49 min
Russia, Vladimir, Putin, President, Ukraine, Crimea, KGB, FSB, Kremlin, Medvedev, Corruption, Yeltsin, NATO, Gorbachev
Karl Rove on William McKinley & Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters
Dec 1, 2015 • 39 min
Rove, politics, political, American, Presidential, history, election, McKinley, Bush, 1896
Brian Kilmeade, Co-Host of “Fox & Friends” on Thomas Jefferson & America’s First War w/ Radical Islam
Nov 17, 2015 • 34 min
Thomas, Jefferson, Barbary, Wars, Pirates, Tripoli, Navy, Marines, Revolution
The Young Turks - Cenk Uygur, Ana Kasparian, & John Iadarola
Nov 12, 2015 • 41 min
TYT, Young, Turks, Think, Tank, News, Current, Events, Politics, Online, YouTube, Millennials, MSNBC,
The Rise & Reign of Vladimir Putin w/ guest Steven Lee Myers
Nov 9, 2015 • 52 min
Putin, Russia, President, KGB, FSB, Soviet, Tsar, Ukraine, Sochi, Syria, Yeltsin
Rebroadcast: Reagan’s “A TIME FOR CHOOSING” speech w/ guest Dr. Steven F. Hayward
Nov 7, 2015 • 33 min
Ronald Reagan, Goldwater, Republican, President, Politics, Conservative, speech, campaign, Libertarian,
Bob Woodward on Nixon & The Last of the President’s Men
Nov 4, 2015 • 41 min
Woodward, Bernstein, Watergate, President, Richard, Nixon, Washington, Post, Vietnam, Republican, Henry, Kissinger,
Fred Barnes & Mort Kondracke from Fox News’ “The Beltway Boys” on Jack Kemp, 2016 & Tonight’s GOP Debate
Oct 28, 2015 • 50 min
Jack, Kemp, Fred Barners, Mort Kondracke, Reagan, supply-side, economics, Reaganomics, elections, Congress, House
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann on Tax Reform, the Tea Party, & America’s Role in the World
Oct 26, 2015 • 47 min
Republican, Conservative, Tea, Party, Congress, House, Minnesota, Politics, Presidential, Election, Flat, Tax, Iran, Russia, Obama
Mike Pesca, Host of Slate’s The Gist
Oct 26, 2015 • 38 min
Slate, Magazine, The, Gist, podcast, NPR, On, The, Media, journalism, politics
Curator of the International Spy Museum Dr. Vincent Houghton on the story behind BRIDGE OF SPIES and more
Oct 19, 2015 • 51 min
Spy, Espionage, Cold, War, CIA, KGB, Intelligence, BRIDGE OF SPIES, James, Bond, gadgets, SpyCast,
David Axelrod On The President, Hillary Clinton, & Why He’s Still A Believer After 40 Years in Politics
Oct 13, 2015 • 48 min
President, Barack, Obama, Election, Campaign, Strategy, 2016, Democrat, Debate, The, Axe, Files, Progressive, Liberal, Chicago, Illinois, Clinton,
Michael Reagan On Why Conservatives Need To Stop Looking For The Next Ronald Reagan
Oct 5, 2015 • 45 min
Ronald, Reagan, Michael, Reagan. President, 2016, Republican, Primary, Election, Debate, Trump, Bush, Rubio, politics, Reaganism,
ISIS’s War on Cultural Heritage & the Modern Day Monuments Men Fighting to Stop Them
Sep 25, 2015 • 54 min
ISIS, archeology, Islamic State, terrorist, Syria, civil war, ISIL, Palmyra, ancient, antiquities, artifacts, Middle East, conservative, political,
Cuba Under Castro w/ guests Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado & author Carlos Eire
Sep 12, 2015 • 43 min
Cuba, Fidel, Castro, Obama, Foreign, Policy, Embargo, Havana, Dictator, Socialist, Miami, Cuban, Dissidents, Exile, Human, Rights,
Senator Lindsey Graham on the Iran Nuclear Deal, Running for President, & Trump
Sep 8, 2015 • 25 min
Iran, nuclear, agreement, Obama, foreign, policy, hawk, conservative, Republican, Presidential, Primary, 2016, election, campaign, GOP
Millennials & the 2016 Election w/ Pollster Kristin Soltis Anderson
Aug 27, 2015 • 47 min
Millennials, Young, Voters, Selfie, Vote, Election, Polls, Republican, GOP, Pollsters, Data, Campaign, Trump, Clinton, Issues
The End of Doom with Ronald Bailey, Science Writer for REASON Magazine
Aug 24, 2015 • 41 min
End, of, Doom, Reason, Magazine, Cato, Institute, Science, Environment, Environmental, Skepticism, Climate, Change, Global, Warming, EPA, Greenpeace, population, world, hunger, FDA, GMO, pesticide, endangered, species
THE CONSERVATIVE HEART w/ Author Arthur C. Brooks, President of the American Enterprise Institute
Aug 18, 2015 • 44 min
AEI, American Enterprise Institute, Conservative, Republican, Tea Party, Conservative, Heart, Election, GOP, Debate
A Governor, a Speechwriter & the Scandal That Became a Trainwreck w/ guest Barton Swaim
Aug 17, 2015 • 41 min
Speechwriter, Politics, Governor, Mark Sanford, Writing, Scandal, Republican, Tea Party, Conservative, Crisis Management, Spin, Damage Control, Public Relations
Former Israeli Ambassador Danny Ayalon On The Iran Nuke Deal & Israel
Aug 17, 2015 • 32 min
Israel, Benjamin Bibi Netanyahu, Iran, nuclear agreement, Obama, Middle East, diplomacy, nuclear proliferation, defense, security, John Kerry, conservative, Republican, hostages, weapons of mass destruction, I.A.E.A., International Atomic Energy Agency,
The Iran Nuke Deal w/ guest Michael Rubin, Middle East Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute
Aug 16, 2015 • 35 min
Iran, Nuclear, Agreement, Deal, Obama, Rouhani, Terrorism, Israel, Middle, East, Security, Defense, Conservative, Diplomacy
Bruce Carlson, Host of MY HISTORY CAN BEAT UP YOUR POLITICS
Aug 16, 2015 • 42 min
American, history, politics, elections, President, Presidential, Washington, Founding Fathers, Alexander, Hamilton, Jefferson, LBJ, Kennedy, Congress, campaigns,
John Tamny, Editor of RealClearMarkets.com & Author of Popular Economics
Aug 15, 2015 • 38 min
economics, Forbes, tax, politicy, trade, regulation, capitalism, investment, Milton, Friedman, Popular, Economics, realclearmarkets, markets, business, Lebron, Rolling, Stones, Downton, Abby, Freakonomics, Conservative, Libertarian, Republican,
Dr. Ben Carson On The Debate, His Vision For America & His Journey From Surgeon To Candidate
Aug 11, 2015 • 32 min
Doctor, Dr, Ben, Carson, Conservative, Debate, GOP, Presidential, Primary, Election, Republican, Surgeon, Johns, Hopkins, National, Prayer, Breakfast, Gifted, Hands, Politics, Obama, News,
Senator Mike Lee on Our Lost Constitution
Aug 11, 2015 • 29 min
Constitution, Bill, of, Rights, Revolution, Founding, Fathers, separation, powers, News, politics, current events, taxes, tax, reform, Utah, libertarian, government, conservative, republican, liberty, tea, party, history, federalist, Washington, Jefferson
Grover Norquist Says It’s Time to END the IRS
Aug 11, 2015 • 36 min
News, politics, current events, Grover, Norquist, taxes, tax, reform, IRS, libertarian, small, government, spending, economy, conservative, republican, liberty, tea, party, history,
Policing for Profit - The Civil Asset Forfeiture Nightmare (Part 2)
Aug 11, 2015 • 24 min
Civil, Asset, Forfeiture, Civil, Liberties, Fourth, Amendment, Constitution, Tea, Party, Libertarian, Police, abuse, Republican, Conservative, Civil, Rights, liberty
Policing For Profit - The Nightmare Of Civil Asset Forfeiture (Part 1)
Aug 11, 2015 • 36 min
Civil Asset, Forfeiture, Civil Liberties, Fourth Amendment, Constitution, Tea Party, Libertarian, Police, abuse, Republican, Conservative, Civil Rights, liberty
George Washington Deserves His Own Day
Aug 11, 2015 • 24 min
President, George Washington, history, revolutionary war, America, founding fathers, politics, political, Republican, patriot, Libertarian, Tea Party.
Bonus Episode - The Wit And Wisdom Of Winston Churchill
Aug 11, 2015 • 13 min
Winston, Churchill, Wit, Humor, Quotes, Funny, History, Britain, Conservative, Republican, Leader, WWII, Politics,
Churchill on Leadership with guest Dr. Steven F. Hayward
Aug 11, 2015 • 46 min
Winston Churchill, WWII, politics, conservative, history, Britain, Republican, Libertarian, war, military, leadership,
Stephen Hadley, Former National Security Advisor To The President
Aug 11, 2015 • 32 min
Stephen Hadley, Conservative, President Bush, White House, National Security, Republican, Defense, ISIS, Islamic State, Russia, Condaleeza Rice, George W. Bush, International Affairs, News, Politics, History
African-Americans Deserve A Leader Like Nelson Mandela, Not Al Sharpton
Aug 11, 2015 • 33 min
Nelson Mandela Apartheid South Africa Leadership Black Lives Matter Ferguson Missouri Protests Riots Civil Rights Race Michael Brown Al Sharpton Jesse Jackson
Fox News National Security Correspondent Jennifer Griffin On ISIS, Middle East Peace, & The Concerns That Keep Her Up At Night.
Aug 11, 2015 • 36 min
Fox News, Jennifer Griffin, Pentagon, Correspondent, Journalism, Politics, National Security, Conservative, Republican, Israel, Russia, Palestinian, Middle East, Foreign, Policy, National Defense, Mandela
Disruptive Technology vs. Government Regulation w/ guest Grover Norquist
Aug 5, 2015 • 36 min
sharing economy, disruptive technology, Uber, Lyft, AirBnB, business, Libertarian, government regulation, cities,