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"Brewer of Stout Conversation, Unfiltered and On Tap."


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Welcome to the Trident Room Podcast

For students and alumni of the Naval Postgraduate School, the Trident Room is an integral and well-known contributor to academic success and great ideas. While a pint poured in the stout mugs that dangle from above is part of that, we’d like to think it is the unfettered conversation that really makes the difference.

No matter what the topic whether it be Stochastic optimization … sub-state, social-revolutionist terrorism … applied fluid mechanics and heat transfer …, The Trident Room Podcast is the destination for illuminating, unencumbered conversation with colleagues, peers and classmates that really brews the NPS learning experience.

The Trident Room Podcast … Stout, unfiltered conversation, always on tap.

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EPISODE 29  |  Jun 29, 2022

The Trident Room Podcast host Mike Wish sits down with the Jeopardy Professors Tournament Winner – Sam Buttrey. They discuss his win and what it’s like to look like Steve Martin. This Episode was recorded on February 01, 2022   


EPISODE 28  |  Jun 15, 2022

The Trident Room Podcast Host Brenden Jackman sits down with Senior Producer of The Trident Room Podcast Maj Mike Wish. This episode was recorded on October 21, 2021. 


EPISODE 27  |  Jun 15, 2022

The Trident Room Podcast host Luke Goorsky sits down with Jeff Kline and Lyla Ann Englehorn – they discuss problem spaces, the importance of research and the future of warfare. This episode was recorded on October 28, 2021. 


EPISODE 26  |  Jun 10, 2022

The Trident Room Podcast host Michael Gannon sits down with Dr. Mikhail Auguston – they discuss Monterey Phoenix and the importance of behavior modeling. This episode was recorded on September 03, 2021. 


EPISODE 25  |  Jun 10, 2022

The Trident Room Podcast host Marcus Antonellis sits down with John J. Hammerer – they discuss the real-world challenges of air and missile defense and the initiation of The Meyer Scholar Program. This episode was recorded on April 23, 2021. 


EPISODE 24  |  Mar 23, 2022

Trident Room Host Michael Gannon sits down with cryptographer and NPS faculty member Dr. Britta Hale. This episode was recorded on July 30, 2021. 


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Upcoming Guests to the Trident Room Podcast …


Dr. Jim Newman
Former Astronaut 
NPS Instructor 

John J Hammerer
Chair, Integrated Air and Missile Defense
NPS Professor - Physics


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The (podcast) Trident Room History

The Trident Room Podcast officially started broadcasting in the summer of 2020. It was created by an HSI/OR student who wanted to capture conversations he was having with the impressive array of faculty, students, and staff roaming the halls of NPS. Podcasting provides a direct and unfettered connection with listeners, and he wanted to bring that same kind of informative, yet intimate exchange to the Naval Postgraduate School community.

Topics to be featured on The Trident Room Podcast include (but are not limited to): 

  • The on-campus “NPS Student-Learning Experience”
  • NPS Science and Technology
  • Student leadership, now, and in the Fleet
  • Facing difficult multi-domain problems
  • Applied research as the bridge between the classroom and the Fleet 
  • Individual, tactical, operational, and strategic level topics relevant to Naval Officers 
  • Human-centric technology, operations, and processes

The image of the Trident Room used on this website was captured by 2014 Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security graduate Ms. Angi English. The Trident Room Podcast is released by the Naval Postgraduate School Office of University Communications.

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The (real) Trident Room History

In 1926 The Spanish Revival Hotel Del Monte opened what they called “The Children’s Playroom” during the prohibition. The “playroom” acted as a speakeasy where the community came together. Within a week of the repeal of Prohibition in December 1933, the room officially became a bar. Hotel Del Monte renamed “The Children’s Playroom” as The Del Monte Tap Room. 

In 1951 the historic building became the Naval Academy’s postgraduate school that instructed students from multiple service branches. In 1953, The Trident Room was born (and renovated), becoming a social site for the students. The bar still possesses most of the original fixtures and character -- stained glass windows, copper, and dark wood. The ceiling is neatly lined with rows of designated mugs for each student. Each mug possesses a unique signature illustrated by the student, and that mug is taken with the student when they graduate. 

Within the atmosphere of The Trident Room, the patrons of the bar range from CIA agents, quantum physicists, airmen, and astronauts. Looking for the perfect place to have a drink? Welcome to The Trident Room.

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Joe Novak, Creator and Host

Joe is from Cleveland, Ohio and went through ROTC in central NY State. He went on to a “NATO” pilot training program (ENJJPT) and then flew F-15Cs. He then went to medical school in Chicago and did an Emergency Medicine residency in Texas. He flew CCATT missions (“flying ICU’s”) between Afghanistan, Germany, and the US and then became a flight surgeon. Just prior NPS, he was stationed at a remote rural multinational C-17 unit in Hungary as the sole western MD for over a hundred miles.

Episodes Hosted: Episode 9 July, | Episode 8 July 16, | Episode 4 June 30, | Episode 3 June 30, | Episode 2 June 23, | Episode 1 May 8

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Ash Hollingsworth, Editor

Ash is from Boise, Idaho and has a background in film production and studies. She moved to Southern California in 2012 to study and participate in the film industry and later attended The Art Institute of California - Hollywood. In 2019 she moved to Monterey, CA to be with her large family. Currently, she is working as the editor for The Trident Room Podcast and writing an on spec television series.

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Marcus Antonellis

Marcus is from Groton, MA. He attended the College of the Holy Cross, getting his undergraduate degree in Mathematics and commissioning via the NROTC unit. A Naval Surface Warfare Officer, he has served as the Auxiliaries Officer on USS FREEDOM (LCS 1) and as the Damage Control Assistant on USS JOHN PAUL JONES (DDG 53). His assignments had him deploying to the 5th Fleet AOR and participating in multiple Missile Defense Agency test missions.

Episodes Hosted: Episode 25 June 10, | Episode 22 February 2, | Episode 21 January 13, | Episode 16 April 30

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Mike Wish

Mike is from Colorado Springs, CO. He attended the United States Naval Academy, commissioned in the Marine Corps, and serves as an artillery officer. He has served in rocket and cannon artillery units, instructed gunnery at the officer’s artillery school, and deployed four times to combat and aboard Marine Expeditionary Units. Prior to NPS, he commanded Battery G, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines on Camp Pendleton, CA.

Episodes Hosted: Episode 29 June, 29 | Episode 23 March 1, | Episode 19 November 9, | Episode 14 March 25, | Episode 13 March 26, | Episode 12 March 8

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Michael Gannon

Michael Gannon grew up in Dayton, Ohio and enlisted in the Marine Corps in 2007. He deployed twice to Central Command Area of Operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He commissioned through the Marine Enlisted College Education Program (MECEP) Graduating from the University of Maryland College Park in 2016, with a bachelor’s degree in Military History and diplomacy, graduated from Norwich University in 2019 with a Master’s degree in United States military history. He deployed two more times to Central Command in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He is a Manpower Officer and will graduate in March of 2022 with a degree in Manpower System Analysis. His thesis research is focused on the cost effectiveness and efficacy of leveraging Computer Aided Instruction in DoD schoolhouses.

Episodes Hosted: Episode 26 June 10, Episode 24 March 23, Episode 18 October 6, Episode 15 April 5

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Brenden Jackman

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Luke Goorsky

Episodes Hosted: Episode 27 June 15

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