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Tank Riot is a never dull audio podcast that digs deep into the minds of Viktor, Sputnik, and Tor. Each podcast starts you on a winding audio journey with destinations such as Fritz Haber, Edward Bernays, William Henry Harrison, Woodrow Wilson, Hogan's Heroes, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Stranger Things, CFAA, Spectre, The Martian, Pope Francis's Global Warming Encyclical, Vincent van Gogh, John Carpenter, Nick Drake, Ada Lovelace, Deep State, Blaxploitation Films, Spaghetti Westerns, John Wayne, the Midterm Elections, scientific method, Vikings, Jane Goodall, William Randolph Hearst, Marijuana Reform, Humphrey Bogart, Saudi Arabia, Lou Reed, The National Security Agency, Huey Long, Hyperloop, Quantum Leap, Orson Welles, Comic Strips, Libertarianism, MASH, Punk Rock, China, Eugene V. Debs, Vincent Price, Gerry Anderson, Motorcycle Movies, Frank Lloyd Wright, Howard Hughes, Open Source Software, Alan Turing, Ancient Aliens, Dr. Seuss, 120 Film, North Korea, The Marx Brothers, The War on Drugs, Albert Einstein, professional wrestling, The Space Race, Rupert Murdoch, Fox News, Link Wray, Nazi UFOs, George Orwell, Irwin Allen, Doctor Who, Scott Walker, Think Tanks, Jack the Ripper, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Daniel Ellsberg, Wikileaks, Mad Magazine, Harry Houdini, Lizard People, The Brady Bunch, Ronald Reagan, Carl Sagan, Gilligan's Island, Mother Teresa, Robber Barons, Les Paul, Howard Zinn, Hanna-Barbera, Joe McCarthy, Post-Apocalypse Cinema, Walt Disney, Charles Fort, Ayn Rand, Rachel Carson, beer, Holocaust denial, Time Travel, Emma Goldman, Pirates, Zombies, Jim Henson, Urban Legends, Friedrich Nietzsche, Watchmen, Richard Feynman, Mister Rogers, the presidents, James Bond, Henry Kissinger, The Business Plot, Tron, Fighting Bob Fest, Errol Morris, Tropic Thunder, the Olympics, Devo, Akira Kurosawa, Henry Ford, Iron Man vs. Zombie Strippers, Rod Serling, Cryptozoology, Leon Theremin, Stanley Kubrick, Nikola Tesla, Roger Corman, Douglas Adams, Iran, Godzilla, The Simpsons Movie, Sicko, Hunter S. Thompson, Mike Judge, Kurt Vonnegut, Grindhouse, 300, Conspiracies, Religion, Scientology, Tom Waits, Christmas, Sid and Marty Krofft, Elections, The Departed vs. Infernal Affairs, 40 Years of Star Trek, Philip K. Dick, Recumbent Bicycles, Roky Erickson, Jerry Lewis, Hugo Chavez, X-Men, Energy, The Neocons, The World's Fastest Indian, V for Vendetta, Studio Ghibli, and Star Trek Fan Films; or the occasional quagmire. So secure your helmet, close the hatch, and by all means turn up the volume!

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Tank Riot is a never dull audio podcast that digs deep into the minds of Viktor, Sputnik, and Tor. Each podcast starts you on a winding audio journey with destinations such as Fritz Haber, Edward Bernays, William Henry Harrison, Woodrow Wilson, Hogan's Heroes, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Stranger Things, CFAA, Spectre, The Martian, Pope Francis's Global Warming Encyclical, Vincent van Gogh, John Carpenter, Nick Drake, Ada Lovelace, Deep State, Blaxploitation Films, Spaghetti Westerns, John Wayne, the Midterm Elections, scientific method, Vikings, Jane Goodall, William Randolph Hearst, Marijuana Reform, Humphrey Bogart, Saudi Arabia, Lou Reed, The National Security Agency, Huey Long, Hyperloop, Quantum Leap, Orson Welles, Comic Strips, Libertarianism, MASH, Punk Rock, China, Eugene V. Debs, Vincent Price, Gerry Anderson, Motorcycle Movies, Frank Lloyd Wright, Howard Hughes, Open Source Software, Alan Turing, Ancient Aliens, Dr. Seuss, 120 Film, North Korea, The Marx Brothers, The War on Drugs, Albert Einstein, professional wrestling, The Space Race, Rupert Murdoch, Fox News, Link Wray, Nazi UFOs, George Orwell, Irwin Allen, Doctor Who, Scott Walker, Think Tanks, Jack the Ripper, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Daniel Ellsberg, Wikileaks, Mad Magazine, Harry Houdini, Lizard People, The Brady Bunch, Ronald Reagan, Carl Sagan, Gilligan's Island, Mother Teresa, Robber Barons, Les Paul, Howard Zinn, Hanna-Barbera, Joe McCarthy, Post-Apocalypse Cinema, Walt Disney, Charles Fort, Ayn Rand, Rachel Carson, beer, Holocaust denial, Time Travel, Emma Goldman, Pirates, Zombies, Jim Henson, Urban Legends, Friedrich Nietzsche, Watchmen, Richard Feynman, Mister Rogers, the presidents, James Bond, Henry Kissinger, The Business Plot, Tron, Fighting Bob Fest, Errol Morris, Tropic Thunder, the Olympics, Devo, Akira Kurosawa, Henry Ford, Iron Man vs. Zombie Strippers, Rod Serling, Cryptozoology, Leon Theremin, Stanley Kubrick, Nikola Tesla, Roger Corman, Douglas Adams, Iran, Godzilla, The Simpsons Movie, Sicko, Hunter S. Thompson, Mike Judge, Kurt Vonnegut, Grindhouse, 300, Conspiracies, Religion, Scientology, Tom Waits, Christmas, Sid and Marty Krofft, Elections, The Departed vs. Infernal Affairs, 40 Years of Star Trek, Philip K. Dick, Recumbent Bicycles, Roky Erickson, Jerry Lewis, Hugo Chavez, X-Men, Energy, The Neocons, The World's Fastest Indian, V for Vendetta, Studio Ghibli, and Star Trek Fan Films; or the occasional quagmire. So secure your helmet, close the hatch, and by all means turn up the volume!

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
202 Ratings

202 Ratings

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Great Fun to be had...

...but first,

Lauren .J ,

Richard Feynman

I generally like this podcast but the Feynman episode is making me rethink their research/qualifications. Feynman invented way more than just a shorthand for calculus (it was a completely different way to look at quantum field theory and later solid state) and his pop culture trappings (bongos, safes, and the Manhattan project) had little to do with what made him great. He stood toe to toe with Schwinger and Murray Gell-Mann. Also claiming Oppenheimer couldn't pick him out in a crowd is insane and also a completely misunderstanding of their roles. Oppenheimer was the money guy and the spokesperson. Hans Bethe was the lead and he put Feynman in charge (which consisted of future math/physics stars Von Neumann and fermi) because "Feynman was a magician".

Instead of trying to understand this man by doing the proper research, these guys went down roads of moral comparison and excitable prose (and trying to give a final moral binary to him for some reason). It's treated arrogantly and the comparison to ray kurzweill shows continued misunderstanding (kurzweill is again a spokesman and book writer, Feynman hardly published because that wasn't important to him). Eventually one of them is honest about the little they know and that was refreshing, but then gave obvious references (minus the physics lectures: those are rad). If you want quality resources, here are a few I've loved:
Genius - james gleick (look to gleick for extensive research and high abstraction in any tech related field)
Feynmans rainbow - mladinow (one of feynmans fellow physicists near the end of his career at cal tech and future writer for Star Trek)
"The jaguar and the fox" from the Atlantic is a nice concise look at Feynman v. Gell Mann and understanding the environment at cal tech.
Also look at the published science papers !!(feynmans favorite were bethes 3 quantum papers)! If Feynman has taught people anything, it's how approachable and rewarding these practices can be.

On a side note, the passing comments on 2001 seemed uninformed as well. The book and movie were made concurrently (and yes both worked on both), not in lieu of the other. And Kubrick has talked about how he was trying to get nietzche and Clarke in conversation, not recreate a specific short story (although the sentinel is totally recommendable).

While all this seems like it would warrant a 1 star, I generally have enjoyed this podcast. I moreso just feel like these guys maybe did something out of their wheelhouse without being upfront about it.

Sean P Kelley ,

Homies Represent! Solid Show

I have an appreciation for the trio’s banter on the local scene of Sconnie nation, but it’s not all there is to these guys. Each show has an emphasis and they aim to provide info that is not mainstream about each subject - which is usually biographical. Solid sound quality and no gimmicks. Give it a listen!

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