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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 42  |  Jan 31, 2023

In this episode, our guests discuss important themes regarding the future of automation and its implications for naval combat, hosted by Karl Flynn. This episode was recorded on November 30th, 2022.


EPISODE 41  |  Dec 05, 2022

The Trident Room Podcast host Sydney Murkins sits down and has a conversation with Naval Postgraduate School Alumnus Ronal Morales. This episode was recorded on September 20, 2022.


EPISODE 40  |  Nov 15, 2022

The Trident Room Podcast host Zach Ward sits down and has a conversation with Professor Erik Dahl. This episode was recorded on September 30, 2022.


EPISODE 39  |  Nov 09, 2022

Senior Producer of The Trident Room Podcast, Mike Wish. sits down and has a conversation with Marigee Bacolod. Maj Rob Wells, Alex W. Ryan and students of NPS. This episode was recorded on May 13, 2021.


EPISODE 38  |  Oct 26, 2022

The Trident Room Podcast host James Reilly sits down and has a conversation with Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Newmeyer. This episode was recorded on September 30, 2021.


EPISODE 37  |  Oct 14, 2022

The Trident Room Podcast host Michael Gannon sits down and has a conversation with Aviator of the Year – Captain Valerie Smith. This episode was recorded on September 24, 2021.


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Upcoming Guests to the Trident Room Podcast …


Drs. John Arquilla and Peter Denning

Dr. Aleksandar Matovski


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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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Mike Wish, Host and Senior Producer

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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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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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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Brenden Jackman

Episodes Hosted: Episode 28 June 15


Luke Goorsky

Episodes Hosted: Episode 27 June 15

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