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Tank Riot

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 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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TR#194: Mayo Bernays!

In this episode we discuss the works of famed propagandist Edward Bernays! We also discuss Michael Cohen, The Orville, The Oscars, Captain Marvel, Shazam, I Am the Night, Kingdom, Umbrella Academ...

http://tankriot.com/2019/194/

TR#188: Culture Split!

In this episode the Tank Team discusses the divide in the culture from a shoe ad by Nike to a shoe in for the Republicans (Kavanaugh). We also discuss Aretha Franklin, Burt Reynolds, The Meg, Elo...

http://tankriot.com/2018/188/

TR#184: Hogan's Heroes!

In this episode, the team closes the TV trifecta loop for listener 'fishy' and tells the tale of Hogan's Heroes. We discuss Werner Klemperer, Richard Dawson, Bob Crane, but also get side-tracked ...

http://tankriot.com/2018/184/

TR#183: Star War!

In this episode, the team goes full nerd and discusses the newest Star War! We dive really deep into Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Episode VIII. We also cover Dark, the German Netflix show. We discus...

http://tankriot.com/2017/183/

TR#182: Blinking Turks!

In this episode the Tank Team discuss Stranger Things 2 with full spoilers (starting at 19:00), The Orville, American Gods, House on the Rock, bad behavior of privileged men in Hollywood and poli...

http://tankriot.com/2017/182/

TR#180: Double Contest!

In this episode, the Tank Team discuss IT by Stephen King, Apple's new releases, DACA bull, bicycles, Pokemon, climate change, hurricanes, and more. We have a local Wizard World Madison contest a...

http://tankriot.com/2017/180/

TR#178: Kakistocracy!

We discuss adventure tourism, Kakistocracy, FCC vs. Net Neutrality, Tor Test Cinema, Okja, Spiderman: Homecoming, To the Bone, obligatory Star Trek rants, Grand Canyon and Quebec vacations, Vikin...

http://tankriot.com/2017/178/

TR#174: Whoopee Toupee!

We take a strong hard look at Whoopee cushions and the Moon Fun Shop! We enter the world of movie and TV analysis. And as no surprise we discuss Trumps first few weeks. Whoopee cushions in the Wh...

http://tankriot.com/2017/174/

TR#171: October Surprises!

We discuss the 2016 U.S. elections using our new system: Record Analysis of Nonplussing Trump Statements, or R.A.N.T.S! Also Computer failures, Luke Cage, Konquest and other games, Outlander, Gam...

http://tankriot.com/2016/171/

TR#164: Spectre!

We discuss Spectre, the latest James Bond film and veer off into politics, CITIZENFOUR, Snowden, Surveillance, Elections, U.S. Foreign Policy, mailbag, a contest and more!

http://tankriot.com/2015/164/

TR#160: Vincent van Gogh!

Vincent van Gogh! We discuss the painter's life and works; but first, Jurassic World, True Detective, and more! Tank Riot covers the historical timeline of van Gogh, what made his paintings great...

http://tankriot.com/2015/160/

TR#159: John Carpenter!

We discuss the famous and influential director John Carpenter and his films! We review Halloween, Dark Star, The Fog, Christine, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, Escape From New York, Prin...

http://tankriot.com/2015/159/

TR#158: Nick Drake!

Nick Drake! We discuss the British folk singer that has inspired millions but didn't get to live to see it. Also, Avengers Age of Ultron, Theory of Everything, Imitation Game, Halt and Catch Fire...

http://tankriot.com/2015/158/

TR#157: Ada Lovelace!

We discuss Ada Lovelace as the first computer programmer and her work with Charles Babbage on his Difference Engine and Analytical Engine. Plus we discuss Daredevil, Studio Ghibli, Old Tucson, Ma...

http://tankriot.com/2015/157/

TR#156: Deep State!

We talk about the Deep State and how it impacts the decisions of Washington, Wall Street, Silicon Valley, and the Military. Also, Leonard Nimoy, Scott Walker's Presidential aspirations, Tony Robi...

http://tankriot.com/2015/156/

TR#153: John Wayne!

John Wayne! We discuss the life and films of John The Duke Wayne including The Conqueror, Hatari!, Stagecoach, Red River, Rio Bravo, Green Berets, The Searchers, and many more. Also a brief inter...

http://tankriot.com/2014/153/

TR#152: Midterm Elections!

Midterm Elections! The tank team delves into the abyss and the abyss delves also into them. Also discussed: The Martian, Trailer Park Boys, Boardwalk Empire, Borderlands and more! To sum up, Scot...

http://tankriot.com/2014/152/

TR#151: Scientific Method!

Scientific Method! We discuss the rational, logical, beautiful, yet sometimes confusing ways of science and the scientific method! Also, a contest winner, a new Houdini drama, The Double, Joan Ri...

http://tankriot.com/2014/151/

TR#150: Vikings!

Vikings! We discuss the Viking Age and how and why a culture of northern pagans traveled the world. Also Mailbag, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vikings on TV, and Tor reveals a confession! All this an...

http://tankriot.com/2014/150/

TR#149: Jane Goodall!

The tank crew discuss the life and works of Jane Goodall, the great primatologist and conservationist. She is best known for the discoveries she made while observing chimpanzees in the Gombe Stre...

http://tankriot.com/2014/149/

TR#147: Marijuana Reform!

Some call it marijuana, weed, grass, pot, cannabis, or hundreds of other names. We discuss the latest moves to reform laws on the use, possession, production, and sale of marijuana in the United ...

http://tankriot.com/2014/147/

TR#146: Humphrey Bogart!

Humphrey Bogart! We discuss the life and films of one of the most famous actors in the history of cinema. Films discussed include: The Petrified Forest, High Sierra, The Maltese Falcon, The Big S...

http://tankriot.com/2014/146/

TR#145: Xmas 2013!

Sacred Baby Fest 2013! In a very special year-end round-up episode, we forego topics and discuss current events and minutia and give thanks to our wonderful listeners. In this episode: Peter O'To...

http://tankriot.com/2013/145/

TR#144: Saudi Arabia!

Saudi Arabia! We discuss the very influential Middle Eastern country and its complicated history. We also discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Man of Steel, The Wolverine, Doctor Who 50th anniv...

http://tankriot.com/2013/144/

TR#143: Lou Reed!

Lou Reed! We discuss the great punk/art rock pioneer! From Brooklyn to Velvet Underground to a solo career that spanned decades, we hit it all. We miss him and feature some live tracks as well. W...

http://tankriot.com/2013/143/

TR#140: Huey Long!

Huey 'The Kingfish' Long! We discuss one of the most fascinating politician of the 20th century. We also go into cop and college stories, movie recommendations, mailbag, a contest, and more!

http://tankriot.com/2013/140/

TR#139: Hyperloop!

Hyperloop! With Sputnik out with the bird flu, Tor and Viktor have an impromptu discussion of the Hyperloop as envisioned by Elon Musk. We also talk about movies, college debt and a lot of Mailba...

http://tankriot.com/2013/139/

TR#138: Quantum Leap!

Quantum Leap! We discuss Sputnik's favorite show of the late 80s starring Scott Bakula as Sam Beckett, Dean Stockwell as Al Calavicci and created by Donald P. Bellisario. Also, jack-booted thugs ...

http://tankriot.com/2013/138/

TR#137: Orson Welles!

Orson Welles! We discuss the life and works of the great actor and director from Kenosha, Wisconsin. We include such subjects as the Mercury Players, War of the Worlds, Citizen Kane, The Trial an...

http://tankriot.com/2013/137/

TR#135: Libertarianism!

Libertarianism! We discuss the many flavors of Libertarianism including the modern US Libertarianism movement as well as its roots in philosophy and economics. Also Evil Dead, Boston bombing, Mai...

http://tankriot.com/2013/135/

TR#134: M*A*S*H!

MASH! We discuss the novel, movie and beloved and acclaimed TV series. Richard Hooker's novel 'MASH, A Novel About Three Army Doctors' started a dynasty that was continued in film by Robert Altma...

http://tankriot.com/2013/134/

TR#133: Punk, Part 1!

We discuss the origins of punk rock and how the movement sprang from glam rock and proto-punk. Iggy Pop, Jonathan Richman, New York Dolls, Velvet Underground, Sex Pistols, The Clash, X-Ray Spex, ...

http://tankriot.com/2013/133/

TR#132: China, Part 1!

Starting with the bones of Peking Man from about 750,000 years ago we look at the history of China. Part 1 of our quest ends with the end of the Qing Dynasty in the early 20th century. The chrono...

http://tankriot.com/2013/132/

TR#130: Eugene V. Debs!

Eugene V. Debs! We discuss this important historical figure and dedicated voice of socialism. From his roots with the ARU, to running for President from a prison cell. Also James Bond's latest fi...

http://tankriot.com/2012/130/

TR#129: Vincent Price!

Vincent Price! We discuss the films and life of the famous terrifying actor and raconteur. We cover such films as House on Haunted Hill, The Fly, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, House of Wax, Dr. Gold...

http://tankriot.com/2012/129/

TR#128: Gerry Anderson!

Gerry Anderson! We discuss Anderson's works: Twizzle, Torchy, Stingray, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, UFO, Space 1999, and so much more. Also Presidential debates, Looper, Argo, Lance Armstrong,...

http://tankriot.com/2012/128/

TR#127: Motorcycle Movies!

Motorcycle Movies! We discuss the history of the motorcycle movie and some of our favorites. Including The Wild One, Wild Angels, Hells Angels on Wheels, The Glory Stompers, Angel Unchained, The ...

http://tankriot.com/2012/127/

TR#126: Frank Lloyd Wright!

Frank Lloyd Wright! In this episode we dance about architecture and celebrate the complicated life and works of the great American architect. Also, movie reviews, the adventures of Lego Larry and...

http://tankriot.com/2012/126/

TR#125: Howard Hughes!

Howard Hughes! We discuss the complicated, tragic life of Bruce Wayne, no wait, Tony Stark, no wait, Howard Hughes, yeah, that's the guy! From Hollywood playboy to aviation pioneer to manic reclu...

http://tankriot.com/2012/125/

TR#121: Dr. Seuss!

Dr. Seuss! We discuss the life and works of beloved author Theodor Seuss Geisel. We look at his advertising, books, politics, and movie and television adaptations! We hit How the Grinch Stole Chr...

http://tankriot.com/2012/121/

TR#120: 120 Film!

Introduced by the Eastman Kodak Company in 1901, 120 film became a big hit from kids using cardboard box cameras to professionals shooting magazine covers and everyone else in between. Despite be...

http://tankriot.com/2012/120/

TR#119: North Korea!

North Korea! We discuss the history of the communist nation and why it is such a conundrum to outsiders. We also cover the Super Bowl, Red Tails, Tucker and Dale vs Evil, Doomsday Preppers, Mailb...

http://tankriot.com/2012/119/

TR#118: The Marx Brothers!

The Tank Crew suits up for the Marx Brothers! Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Zeppo, and even Gummo all had a great impact on comedy in America. We discuss how and give an overview of their film careers. ...

http://tankriot.com/2012/118/

TR#116: Albert Einstein!

Albert Einstein! The Tank Team discuss the legendary physicist everyone thinks they know. We also give our first impressions of Occupy Wall Street, the failures of US media, government and educat...

http://tankriot.com/2011/116/

TR#114: The Space Race!

The Space Race! We discuss the beginings of human space exploration, rocketry and the competition between USSR and USA. Also, Labor Day, Jerry Lewis, Hobo With a Shotgun, Super and more! Music by...

http://tankriot.com/2011/114/

TR#112: Link Wray!

Link Wray! We discuss the guitar legend that deserves to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Also: Roswell, Hitler (1962 film), Super Fuzz, Collapse, the last space shuttle mission, Captain Kan...

http://tankriot.com/2011/112/

TR#110: Best Worst Movies!

Best Worst Movies! The team discuss their favorite worst movies with a special focus on Troll 2! We give an update on Sconnie Nation Bratfests, Beer and Politics. We also talk about The Other Guy...

http://tankriot.com/2011/110/

TR#109: George Orwell!

The Tank Crew cover the life, essays, and novels of author George Orwell. Being one of most important authors of the 20th century, Orwell is best know for the novels Animal Farm and 1984. But fir...

http://tankriot.com/2011/109/

TR#108: Irwin Allen!

We discuss the works of the prolific movie writer, director and producer Irwin Allen. We cover Voyage to the Bottom to the Sea, Time Tunnel, Lost in Space, The Towering Inferno, The Poseidon Adve...

http://tankriot.com/2011/108/

TR#107: Doctor Who!

The Tank Team finally tackle Doctor Who. We look at our favorite and least favorite doctors from William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester...

http://tankriot.com/2011/107/

TR#106: On Wisconsin!

The Tank team discusses the turmoil that surrounds Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and his attack on the middle and lower class on behalf of the Billionaire Koch Brothers. Unions, Corporations, a...

http://tankriot.com/2011/106/

TR#105: Think Tanks!

The Tank Team discuss think tanks: their origins and affects on governments and democracy in America and beyond. They look at think tanks as part of the propaganda apparatus used by billionaire p...

http://tankriot.com/2011/105/

TR#104: Jack the Ripper!

The Tank team discuss serial killers and get to the bottom of why Jack the Ripper is so fascinating. Also, Jeff Bridges, Tron Legacy, True Grit, the Arizona shooting, Skiing, Mailbag and much mor...

http://tankriot.com/2011/104/

TR#103: Great Novels!

Sputnik, Viktor, and Tor each talk about 5 great novels. The Tank Crew cover why each novel is a favorite and why it may be a good read for you too. Books covered include The Master & Margarita b...

http://tankriot.com/2010/103/

TR#102: MST3K!

The Tank Team discuss Mystery Science Theater 3000! Jim Mallon, Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, Josh Weinstein, Micheal Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Frank Coniff, Mary Jo Pehl, Bill Corbett, Patrich Brant...

http://tankriot.com/2010/102/

TR#100: 100 Years!

The Tank Team discuss the 100th episode of the Tank Team discussing things! Politics, Vegas, Stars, Treks, Wars, Jackasses, Douchebags, Pythons of the Monty variety, Mad, Wicked, Caberet, Beer, P...

http://tankriot.com/2010/100/

TR#99: Harry Houdini!

The Tank team discuss their favorite magician, Erik Weisz (aka Harry Houdini). The Hungarian-American handcuff king brought escapology to center stage and challenged the spiritualist movement wit...

http://tankriot.com/2010/099/

TR#97: The Brady Bunch!

The Tank Crew discuss the infamous Brady Bunch TV show. Here's the story of a complex cast of characters and how they all worked together (or not) to make the iconic show what it is today, unforg...

http://tankriot.com/2010/097/

TR#96: Ronald Reagan!

The Tank Crew discuss the complicated 40th President of the United States, Ronald "Dutch" Reagan. We examine how his life as an actor, his personality and his philosophy shaped the world of the 1...

http://tankriot.com/2010/096/

TR#94: Carl Sagan!

Carl Sagan! The team discusses the Pulitzer Prize winning astrophysicist, author, and popularizer of science. Also, Yacht Rock, BP, Buck Rogers, The Road, SETI at home and, as usual, so much more...

http://tankriot.com/2010/094/

TR#91: Gilligan's Island!

Gilligan's Island! The team takes a trip to a tropic isle of nostalgia to discuss Sherwood Schwartz's great show, Gilligan's Island. Whatever happened to Bob Denver, Dawn Wells, Russell Johnson, ...

http://tankriot.com/2010/091/

TR#90: Mother Teresa!

Mother Teresa! In this episode the Tank Team dares to irreverently discuss the revered. Who is Agnese Gonxhe Bojaxhiu and why is she being fast-tracked to sainthood in the Catholic Church? Also, ...

http://tankriot.com/2010/090/

TR#89: Robber Barons!

Robber Barons! In this episode, the team discusses their favorite robber baron industrialists: Carnegie, Rockefeller, Gould, Morgan, Frick and more! But first, the Academy Awards, Alice in Wonder...

http://tankriot.com/2010/089/

TR#88: Les Paul!

Les Paul! The tank team discusses Sconnie Nation's own Wizard of Waukesha. One of rock and roll's most important inventors, we uncover his influences on electric guitar, multi-track recording and...

http://tankriot.com/2010/088/

TR#87: Howard Zinn!

Howard Zinn! The tank team discusses the great historian, author, activist, playwright, intellectual and professor of political science, Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 - January 27, 2010). Also, mo...

http://tankriot.com/2010/087/

TR#86: Hanna-Barbera!

Hanna-Barbera! The Tank Crew discuss the animation studio that forever changed animation. Hanna-Barbera took the bold and drastic step of switching from the movie house to television resulting in...

http://www.tankriot.com/2010/086/

TR#85: Joe McCarthy!

Joe McCarthy! It's a new Great Douche-bags in History episode on Tail-gunner Joe! Also: The Star Wars Holiday Special, Avatar, Moon, The Hurt Locker, District 9, Leno vs Conan, Pawn Stars, The Si...

http://www.tankriot.com/2010/085/

TR#84: Free for All!

Free for All! The tank team celebrates the end of the year by randomly discussing listener feedback, listener suggestions and the airing of grievances! The viking princess also tells us her favor...

http://www.tankriot.com/2009/084/

TR#81: Walt Disney!

Walt Disney! We discuss the life, works, controversies and urban legends of the animator everyone thinks they know. From Mickey Mouse in Plane Crazy to Donald Duck and Pluto, we discuss the anima...

http://www.tankriot.com/2009/081/

TR#80: Charles Fort!

Charles Fort! We discuss the life and works of one of the earliest investigators of the paranormal. He specialized in recording reports of strange, unexplained events, and wrote dense novels (The...

http://www.tankriot.com/2009/080/

TR#79: Ayn Rand!

Ayn Rand! We discuss the life and works of Ayn Rand, whose novels Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead are the foundation base of Objectivism. The followers of Objectivism are called Objectivist a...

http://www.tankriot.com/2009/079/

TR#78: Rachel Carson!

Rachel Carson! We discuss the life and works of Rachel Carson, whose novel Silent Spring in 1962 brought the inappropriate use of DDT to the attention of the American public. We talk about her pr...

http://www.tankriot.com/2009/078/

TR#77: Beer!

Beer! The Tank Crew discuss their favorite beer, breweries, beer movies, and home brew. They look at how Sconnie Nation has contributed to the craft. Plus the Tank Riot rips through mini-reviews ...

http://www.tankriot.com/2009/077/

TR#75: Time Travel!

Time Travel! The team discusses some of the realities of time travel and their favorite appearances of time travel in science fiction including The Time Machine, Star Trek, Primer, Dr. Who, Back ...

http://www.tankriot.com/2009/075/

TR#74: Emma Goldman!

Emma Goldman! The team discusses the intriguing life of the controversial "Red Emma", an anarchist, free-speech advocate, social activist, and spokesperson for women's freedom and birth control r...

http://www.tankriot.com/2009/074/

TR#73: Pirates!

Pirates! The team discusses the history of piracy and some of their favorite pirates including: Blackbeard (Edward Teach), Bartholomew Roberts, Henry Every, Thomas Tew, William Kidd, Emanuel Wynn...

http://www.tankriot.com/2009/073/

TR#72: Zombies!

Zombies! The team discusses their favorite Zombie films, directors and writers, and has a special review of Dead Snow. Directors and writers discussed include George Romero, Stuart Gordon, Dan O'...

http://www.tankriot.com/2009/072/

TR#71: Jim Henson!

Jim Henson! The Tank Crew enters the world of muppets and Jim Henson's history of creating fantastic characters and shows for young and old. Including: Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, The Muppet ...

http://www.tankriot.com/2009/071/

TR#70: Urban Legends!

Urban Legends! In this show, the Tank Crew look at the phenomenon of urban legends. We discuss our favorites and get sidetracked by Battlestar Galactica, Indiana Jones, Leprechaun in the Hood, Wi...

http://www.tankriot.com/2009/070/

Tank Riot - Episode 9

Episode 9: 2005 Great Music Round-up: (Smog), Andrew Bird, Beck, Decemberists, Spoon, Brian Eno, Art Brut, Sigur Ros, Broken Social Scene, Metric, Constantines, The New Pornographers, Wolf Parade...

http://www.tankriot.com/2006/009/