54 episodes

Join co-hosts Zack and Katie as they learn about a different topic every week. Real-life couple Zack Radvansky and Kathryn Feeney are two curious individuals who love learning. Although Katie is in her third year of law school and Zack didn't go to college, they never run out of fascinating things to learn about together. In this podcast, every episode Katie challenges Zack to "become an expert" on a totally random topic - but the catch is, he only has 30 minutes to do it. Using the power of the internet, and a little humor and love, Zack and Katie want to prove that no matter who you are, or how much education you have, anyone can learn about anything in the world if they put their mind to it.

30 Minute Expert Kathryn Feeney and Zack Radvanksy

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 37 Ratings

Join co-hosts Zack and Katie as they learn about a different topic every week. Real-life couple Zack Radvansky and Kathryn Feeney are two curious individuals who love learning. Although Katie is in her third year of law school and Zack didn't go to college, they never run out of fascinating things to learn about together. In this podcast, every episode Katie challenges Zack to "become an expert" on a totally random topic - but the catch is, he only has 30 minutes to do it. Using the power of the internet, and a little humor and love, Zack and Katie want to prove that no matter who you are, or how much education you have, anyone can learn about anything in the world if they put their mind to it.

    Catnip

    Catnip

    In today's episode, Katie has 30 minutes to become an "expert" on... Catnip! That sprinkly stuff that makes the cats go wild! We figured, if there's something you regularly give your pets, why not understand it a little better? This was a fun one - simple to understand, and fun to picture all of those kitties having fun. Listen to hear Katie try and pronounce "nepetalactone" and to hear Zack get real uncomfortable with the more mature aspects of catnip's effects. You can grow catnip yourself - and even make some tea for you if your cat happens to be one of the 20-40% of cats who aren't into catnip. So chill out, relax, and dive into some catnip with us! 
    Highlights Include:
    - Even big cats - aka lions, tigers, etc. - also love catnip!
    - Catnip alternatives: Silver Vine and Valerian Root
    - A Cat Tony Montana
     
    Donate to the ACLU: https://action.aclu.org/give/donate-to-aclu-multistep
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    Podcast artwork by Rick Radvanksy
    Music by Jake Radvanksy
     

    • 37 min
    Dutch Tulip Mania

    Dutch Tulip Mania

    In today's episode, Zack has 30 minutes to become an "expert" on... Dutch Tulip Mania! First of all, what is "Dutch," amirite? If you've ever wondered what the difference is between Holland, Amsterdam, and The Netherlands, this episode will clear all of that up for you. Great. Now that that's out of the way, what does tulip mania have to do with them? Turns out that tulips were at the center of the first financial "bubble" ever! Caveat - maybe. There's a lot of myth hyping up this story, but the story itself is pretty interesting nonetheless. Dutch people back in the day needed to latch on to a fad to show off how cool and rich they were, and tulips were just the thing. Think: housing market, dot com, and beanie babies, and you've got it. Was tulip mania as insane and devastating as the lore likes to make it out to be? Maybe not. But it's still a super interesting story, and a good lesson for all of us to learn. Should have read about this before I spent all my savings on pogs in the 90s. 
    Highlights Include:
    - A Gordon Gekko Reference
    - An explanation of what "the Netherlands" is
    - $3,000 tulips!
     
    Donate to the ACLU: https://action.aclu.org/give/donate-to-aclu-multistep
    Donate to the NAACP: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/naacp-1
     
    Follow on instagram @30minuteexpertpodcast and twitter @30minexpertpod
    Send us your expertise at 30minuteexpertpodcast@gmail.com
    And please rate and review!
    Podcast artwork by Rick Radvansky
    Music by Jake Radvansky

    • 43 min
    Matches

    Matches

    In today's episode, Katie has 30 minutes to become an "expert" on... Matches! Uh huh, those little cardboard or wooden sticks you use to light things on fire. Hopefully not a lot of things, but candles, maybe! Zack thought he knew that matches were invented after lighters, and he was right! For being such a handy little gadget, matches did not come around until late in the game of humanity. Probably because there are some seriously dangerous chemicals involved, and we were not ready to handle them. Ancient China (I'm talking 5th century A.D.) had little sticks soaked in sulfur, but it wasn't until the 1820s that we had anything resembling the self-lighting matches that we know today. of course, there's a dark side -  hence the highlighted "phossy jaw" below, which, please, don't say we didn't warn you not to image search. But overall, matches are an exciting little topic that really sparked our imagination! 
    Highlights Include:
    - Dr. Teutonicus and his putrefied pee
    - Another happy accident invention!
    - Phossy jaw... don't google it
     
    Donate to the ACLU: https://action.aclu.org/give/donate-to-aclu-multistep
    Donate to the NAACP: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/naacp-1
     
    Follow on instagram @30minuteexpertpodcast and twitter @30minexpertpod
    Send us your expertise at 30minuteexpertpodcast@gmail.com
    And please rate and review!
    Podcast artwork by Rick Radvanksy
    Music by Jake Radvanksy

    • 43 min
    Pheromones

    Pheromones

    In today's episode, Zack has 30 minutes to become an "expert" on... Pheromones! Okay, you know you want to listen to this one. It's a highway to scoring a hot date in the post-pandemic world, right? Well, pump the brakes for a minute, because we've got good news and bad news. The good news is pheromones are totally real, and are present in most of the animal world (for sure moths and goldfish, the gold standard of animal traits). It's almost certain that humans have pheromones as well - however, we haven't isolated the molecule that constitutes them yet. So next time you see an instagram ad pop up telling you to buy this bottle of pheromones to ensure that you're crawling with hunnies in no time, pride yourself in the fact that you know better. Unless you're trying to make friends with a pig because, you might be successful there.
    Highlights Include:
    - German man named Adolf does something good!
    - A truly offensive experiment on some Pennsylvania women
    - Greek Dogs and Ancient Bees
     
    Donate to the ACLU: https://action.aclu.org/give/donate-to-aclu-multistep
    Donate to the NAACP: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/naacp-1
     
    Follow on instagram @30minuteexpertpodcast and twitter @30minexpertpod
    Send us your expertise at 30minuteexpertpodcast@gmail.com
    And please rate and review!
    Podcast artwork by Rick Radvanksy
    Music by Jake Radvanksy
     

    • 31 min
    The Bermuda Triangle

    The Bermuda Triangle

    In today's episode, Katie has 30 minutes to become an "expert" on... The Bermuda Triangle! Wow. This is an episode for the ages. The Bermuda Triangle! What the heck is it? It's a triangle, first of all, but it's so much more. Or, it's nothing, if you're gonna believe what the Navy has to say about it (smh). Weird stuff has been happening in the Bermuda Triangle since Shakespeare's time apparently, and even Chris Columbus, that fool, had an experience with it. Here's the thing - weird stuff has happened there. Lots of ships and planes that disappear without a trace. Can environmental factors account for all of it? Maybe, if you factor in rogue waves, hurricanes, and methane gas bubble eruptions (ew). Or, maybe it's a tear in the space-time continuum. Either way, it's a super fun ride. Come fly and sail with us straight into the heart of the Bermuda Triangle!
    Highlights Include:
    - Aliens!
    - Atlantis!
    - This whole thing's highlights!
     
    Donate to the ACLU: https://action.aclu.org/give/donate-to-aclu-multistep
    Donate to the NAACP: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/naacp-1
     
    Follow on instagram @30minuteexpertpodcast and twitter @30minexpertpod
    Send us your expertise at 30minuteexpertpodcast@gmail.com
    And please rate and review!
    Podcast artwork by Rick Radvanksy
    Music by Jake Radvanksy

    • 46 min
    St. Patrick

    St. Patrick

    In today's episode, Zack has 30 minutes to become an "expert" on... St. Patrick! Every once in a while we like to give you a timely episode, and this is one! Before you all celebrate in COVID-friendly ways like the good little experts you are, why not learn about the man you are getting drunk in honor of. This one takes us way way back to the 5th century (which is the 400s for those of us who have trouble with that). We move from Britain, to Ireland, back to Britain again, and lose no snakes in the process. St. Patrick may not have rid Ireland of snakes, but he did bring Christianity, and in turn encourage the Irish to stop enslaving people and warring so much, so I'd say that's a real win. Next time you see a shamrock, contemplate whether or not it helps you understand the concept of the Holy Trinity. And if it does, thank St. Patrick. This year, why not join in the millions of Irish and non-Irish Americans who increase cabbage sales by 70% and Guinness consumption 800% on March 17th every year. But don't drink and drive! Happy St. Paddy's Day!
    Highlights Include:
    - Two dreams from God himself!
    - The first ever St. Patrick's Day Parade
    - Chicago's Green River
     
    Donate to the ACLU: https://action.aclu.org/give/donate-to-aclu-multistep
    Donate to the NAACP: https://secure.actblue.com/donate/naacp-1
     
    Follow on instagram @30minuteexpertpodcast and twitter @30minexpertpod
    Send us your expertise at 30minuteexpertpodcast@gmail.com
    And please rate and review!
    Podcast artwork by Rick Radvanksy
    Music by Jake Radvanksy
     

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
37 Ratings

37 Ratings

dsey816 ,

Great podcast

Seriously a great podcast. Funny and informative. Perfect length. I look forward to every episode.

HelloandNo ,

Excellent

Love this show. Always keeps me interested and always look forward to new episodes. Can’t recommend it enough.

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Rose Frances ,

Re: vodka

Really need to do some fact checking. Disappointing.

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