Writer & Executive Producer Rick Ungar joins the Celebrities Who Give influencers list. As the host of the popular daily podcast, “The Pod Complex”, Ungar tends to eschew ideologically based politics—preferring solution oriented, honest and entertaining analysis of issues, leaders and newsmakers. Rick is known for his ability to communicate topics in a way that makes complicated issues less frightening and more accessible to an audience.
Says Ungar, “I would much rather argue the other side of the story where I can have some impact and make people think rather than constantly preach to the choir. It’s more interesting and, frankly, more fun.”
“The Pod Complex” picks up where Ungar left off from the long-running radio program “Steele & Ungar” on the Sirius XM POTUS channel. He additionally serves as the widely read senior contributor on politics and health care policy at Forbes.com and is a frequent political analyst on Fox News. Ungar has also appeared as a long-time cast member on the Fox News Channel’s “Forbes on Fox” along with frequent guest appearances on other news and political television programs.
What makes Ungar’s choice of media outlets unusual is that he is generally identified as a progressive working within the very bastions of conservative media. Indeed, as the first op-ed page columnist in the history of Forbes Magazine to have a ‘left-of-center’ perspective, his column is titled “The Token Lefty.”
His reputation for tolerating no BS from either side of the political spectrum has made him a frequently quoted writer in publications ranging from The Wall Street Journal to The Atlantic, along with the many other national publications that frequently report Ungar’s perspectives on the issues of the day. This approach also results in Rick often being chosen to debate representative’s of opposing points of view—as he recently did on Minnesota Public Radio where he debated the Cato Institute’s top health expert.
Ungar comes to the world of political and health policy commentary with an unusual background, having spent many years in the entertainment industry as both an executive and creative writer/producer. Rick served as the president of the Marvel Character Group where he enjoyed the role of being one of Spider-man’s ‘bosses’ while placing words in the mouths of some of the most beloved animated characters in the world. He has additionally put some of television’s most enduring shows on the air, including the long-running “Access Hollywood”.
As someone who experienced a radical career change later in life—from successful writer, producer and executive in the world of comics, characters and television entertainment to life as a political columnist and TV/radio ‘talking head’—Rick is often sought out to speak on the topic of re-inventing one’s life and career and the importance of following one’s passion to success.
Ungar lives in New York, New York with his wife, Cathy, where he divides his time between his nightly radio program, television and radio commentary, political and health policy related strategic consulting, and an active speaking schedule, and is an active and devoted supporter of the Ohio State University Buckeyes.