"Brewer of Stout Conversation, Unfiltered and On Tap."
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.
EPISODE 18 | Oct 06, 2021
TRP Host Michael Gannon sits down with Lt. Col. Michelle Macander. They talk about what it’s really like to be, “the first” and Marine life after the repeal of the, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. This episode was recorded on April 22, 2021.
EPISODE 17 | Sep 14, 2021
Trident Room Host Luke Goorsky sits down and gets to know NPS student and fellow host, Marcus Antonellis. They discuss what inspired him to produce a podcast and the duties of a Surface Warfare Officer (SWO). This episode was recorded on May 10, 2021.
EPISODE 16 | Jun 29, 2021
Trident Room Host Marcus Antonellis sits down and has a conversation with Capt. Ben Cohen. They discuss the benefits and capabilities of hybrid airships and sustainable farming on military bases. This episode was recorded on April 30, 2021.
EPISODE 15 | May 25, 2021
Trident Room Host Michael Gannon sits down and has a conversation with change advocate Sherman Neal II. In this episode, Sherman talks about his passion for advocacy, the importance of change and Robert E. Lee. This episode was recorded on April 5, 2021
EPISODE 14 | Apr 20, 2021
Trident Room Host Mike Wish sits down and has a drink with former NASA astronaut Steven Lindsey. They discuss Lindsey’s background and the path that led to his career as an astronaut. This episode was recorded on March 25, 2021.
EPISODE 13 | Apr 01, 2021
Trident Room Host Mike Wish sits down with Dr. Denning and Col. Lyons. Mike dives deeper into their upcoming course Sense 21, short for “Designing a New Engineering Common Sense for the 21st Century.” This episode was recorded on March 26, 2021.
Upcoming Guests to the Trident Room Podcast …
Dr. Jim Newman
John J Hammerer
Chair, Integrated Air and Missile Defense
NPS Professor - Physics
Help Shape the Conversation!
The Trident Room Podcast is always looking for interesting guests with compelling perspectives. Submit your questions for upcoming guests or topics to TridentRoomPodcastHost@nps.edu.
THE TRIDENT ROOM HISTORY
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.
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.
MEET THE TEAM
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.
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.
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 (2021): Episode 16 April 30
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.
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 (2021): Episode 15 April 5