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Kathryn Feeney and Zack Radvanksy

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Kathryn Feeney and Zack Radvanksy

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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.

Latest Episodes

Niccolo Machiavelli & Machiavellianism

In today's episode, Zack has 30 minutes to become an "expert" on... Niccolo Machiavelli & Machiavellianism! That's a mouthful! And it was a big topic to conquer, but as always, Zack made it look easy. If you've ever heard the phrase, "the ends justify the means," then you have an intro to the glorious evil that is Niccolo Machiavelli. You have to have been a pretty rough dude to end up with a psychological disorder named after you - and this one's a doozy. Join us to learn what *not* to do when running a country... or a businessor a household for that matter! Machiavelli's techniques may have worked to an extent (otherwise, why is he so famous?!), but they certainly are not a way to live your life. If you are worried that you have some Machiavellianism in you, head over tohttps://openpsychometrics.org/tests/MACH-IV/to take the test and see how you score! Hopefully the results are pleasing, and if not, maybe do a little soul searching. Be a good person!Highlights include:- The Dark Triad (about as scary as it sounds)- Zack's "Machiavellianism" Score- Multiple Simon Cowell referencesDonate to the ACLU:https://action.aclu.org/give/donate-to-aclu-multistepDonate to the NAACP:https://secure.actblue.com/donate/naacp-1Follow on instagram @30minuteexpertpodcast and twitter @30minexpertpodSend us your expertise at 30minuteexpertpodcast@gmail.comAnd please rate and review!Podcast artwork by Rick RadvanksyIntro and Outro music by Jake Radvanksy

28 MIN6 d ago
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Niccolo Machiavelli & Machiavellianism

The Louisiana Purchase

In today's episode, Zack has 30 minutes to become an "expert" on... the LouisianaPurchase! Apparently, in 1803, you could double the size of your country for the low low price of $15 million dollars! What do you do when you set out to buy one city and get offered half a country? You take it, of course! At least Thomas Jefferson did. This is a wild story. Players include Napoleon (think a 19th century George Costanza), Alexander Hamilton (he and Jefferson did NOT get along), and Toussaint L'Ouverture(we are going to get back to this guy in a future episode). As with much of American history, lots of dark sides to this purchase, but an important moment in history to know about. Katie shows off with her AP US History knowledge, and Zack threatens to switch seats and make her become an "expert" instead. Fun Fact: at that time, the US government did not even HAVE the $15 million dollars they agreed to pay for the Louisiana Purchase, and with interest it really cost $23 million. Good lesson to learn when using those credit cards, kids.Highlights include:- Paying 3 cents per acre to double the size of the country- Sailing $3 million dollars in gold across the Atlantic- We owned some CANADA! (for a sec)Donate to the ACLU:https://action.aclu.org/give/donate-to-aclu-multistepDonate to the NAACP:https://secure.actblue.com/donate/naacp-1Follow on instagram @30minuteexpertpodcast and twitter @30minexpertpodSend us your expertise at 30minuteexpertpodcast@gmail.comAnd please rate and review!Podcast artwork by Rick RadvanksyIntro and Outro music by Jake Radvanksy

25 MIN1 w ago
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The Louisiana Purchase

Silly Putty

In today's episode, Zack has 30 minutes to become an expert on... Silly Putty! A fun toy that is really kinda weird if you think about it. Why does it come in an egg? And why is it that weird fleshy color? Spoileralert, we did not get the answer to that second question. But we *think* we got the answer to the first one! Another happyaccident story - you know how we love those - this one out of a Work War II rubber shortage. The history of silly putty includes a battle of the patent grabbers, a woman boxed out of ownership (typical), and some pretty gritty science talk to try and explain the physical characteristics of this well-known but little-understood children's toy. Zack coined it the "original fidget spinner," and we are sticking with it.Highlights include:- Non-Newtonian Fluids- A Silly Putty and Play-Doh mix-up (Doh!)- A $147 loanDonate to the ACLU:https://action.aclu.org/give/donate-to-aclu-multistepDonate to the NAACP:https://secure.actblue.com/donate/naacp-1Follow on instagram @30minuteexpertpodcast and twitter @30minexpertpodSend us your expertise at 30minuteexpertpodcast@gmail.comAnd please rate and review!Podcast artwork by Rick RadvanksyIntro and Outro music by Jake Radvanksy

28 MIN2 w ago
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Silly Putty

Evel Knievel

In today's episode, Zack has 30 minutes to become an expert on... Evel Knievel! Who was Evel Knievel and how'd he get so evil? Just kidding! He's not evil, he's Evel. And he's not even really Evel- he's Robert! Learn along with us about how ol' Robby went from a regular life growing up in Montana, to becoming a full-blown daredevil. In betweenhe runs (and steals from) a semi-pro hockey team, owns a Honda motorcycle dealership, and marries two different women named Linda. Evel turned out to be an even more fascinating character than we expected, complete with multiple broken bones and questionable marketing practices. What a guy! Extra incentive for this episode? Katie's rendition of Lionel Ritchie's "All Night Long."Highlights include: (let's be real, this whole episode is highlights)- A broken pelvis... twice- Two Lindas- Semi-Pro Hockey team the "Butte Bombers"Donate to the ACLU:https://action.aclu.org/give/donate-to-aclu-multistepDonate to the NAACP:https://secure.actblue.com/donate/naacp-1Follow on instagram @30minuteexpertpodcast and twitter @30minexpertpodSend us your expertise at 30minuteexpertpodcast@gmail.comAnd please rate and review!Podcast artwork by Rick RadvanksyIntro and Outro music by Jake Radvanksy

51 MIN3 w ago
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Evel Knievel

Watergate

In today's episode, Zack has 30 minutes to become an expert on... Watergate! What was Watergate anyway? Something to do with Richard Nixon, a hotel, and "Deep Throat," but beyond that who knows. Well now, we know! And we'll tell you. Impeachment, political scandals, secret recordings - Watergate has got all that, and some lessons we could really take to heart today.Highlights include:- A Supreme Court Case- A Presidential Resignation- Cops dressed as HippiesDonate to the ACLU:https://action.aclu.org/give/donate-to-aclu-multistepDonate to the NAACP:https://secure.actblue.com/donate/naacp-1Follow on instagram @30minuteexpertpodcast and twitter @30minexpertpodSend us your expertise at 30minuteexpertpodcast@gmail.comAnd please rate and review!Podcast artwork by Rick RadvanksyIntro and Outro music by Jake Radvanksy

42 MINJUN 8
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Watergate

Penicillin

In today's episode, Zack has 30 minutes to become an expert on... Penicillin! Ah, penicillin... we've all heard of it - most of us have ingested it! But where did it come from? Listen to hear the tale of Alexander Fleming and how his lack of hygiene may have saved some of our lives. Come for the mold talk (is blue cheese penicillin? Spoiler Alert - NO!), stay for the SWAT team bursting balloons analogies.Highlights include:- another happy accident discovery- How Dr. Cecil George Paine saved babies!- Super-infections (oh boy...)Follow on instagram @30minuteexpertpodcast and send us your expertise at 30minuteexpertpodcast@gmail.comPodcast artwork by Rick RadvanksyIntro and Outro music by Jake Radvansky

25 MINJUN 1
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Penicillin

Atlantis

In today's episode, Zack has 30 minutes to become an expert on... Atlantis! The Lost City! Was Atlantis real? Or simply a watery fantasy for the ages? To get to the "bottom" of it, Zack "dives" into some Plato, an ancient volcanic eruption, and even a midwestern congressman's book on our antediluvian (real word) past.Follow on instagram @30minuteexpertpodcast and send us your expertise at 30minuteexpertpodcast@gmail.com.Podcast artwork by Rick RadvanskyIntro and Outro music by Jake Radvansky

22 MINMAY 25
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Atlantis

Kintsugi

In today's episode, Zack has 30 minutes to become an expert on... Kintsugi! What is kintsugi, you may ask? Zack did too! Join Zack and Katie in learning about the Japanese practice of repairing broken pottery with gold, and maybe learn to appreciate your own flaws along the way. Self-love. Kintsugi style.

30 MINMAY 14
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Kintsugi

Concrete

In today's episode, Zack has 30 minutes to become an expert on... Concrete! This was a "hard topic"... okay now that that's out of the way, let's learn about concrete. What's it made from? Is it the most prevalent building material on earth? (hint - why would we ask if it wasn't!) And finally, is it destroying the planet? (see previous hint!)

41 MINMAY 14
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Concrete

The Salem Witch Trials

In today's episode, Zack has 30 minutes to become an expert on... the Salem Witch Trials! Lots of Arthur Miller/The Crucible talk in this one (naturally). Learn how wild Salem was in the 1690s, from convulsive fits to (spoiler alert!) cakes made with pee. Why did this happen? Witches? Mold? You decide!

33 MINMAY 14
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The Salem Witch Trials

Latest Episodes

Niccolo Machiavelli & Machiavellianism

In today's episode, Zack has 30 minutes to become an "expert" on... Niccolo Machiavelli & Machiavellianism! That's a mouthful! And it was a big topic to conquer, but as always, Zack made it look easy. If you've ever heard the phrase, "the ends justify the means," then you have an intro to the glorious evil that is Niccolo Machiavelli. You have to have been a pretty rough dude to end up with a psychological disorder named after you - and this one's a doozy. Join us to learn what *not* to do when running a country... or a businessor a household for that matter! Machiavelli's techniques may have worked to an extent (otherwise, why is he so famous?!), but they certainly are not a way to live your life. If you are worried that you have some Machiavellianism in you, head over tohttps://openpsychometrics.org/tests/MACH-IV/to take the test and see how you score! Hopefully the results are pleasing, and if not, maybe do a little soul searching. Be a good person!Highlights include:- The Dark Triad (about as scary as it sounds)- Zack's "Machiavellianism" Score- Multiple Simon Cowell referencesDonate to the ACLU:https://action.aclu.org/give/donate-to-aclu-multistepDonate to the NAACP:https://secure.actblue.com/donate/naacp-1Follow on instagram @30minuteexpertpodcast and twitter @30minexpertpodSend us your expertise at 30minuteexpertpodcast@gmail.comAnd please rate and review!Podcast artwork by Rick RadvanksyIntro and Outro music by Jake Radvanksy

28 MIN6 d ago
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Niccolo Machiavelli & Machiavellianism

The Louisiana Purchase

In today's episode, Zack has 30 minutes to become an "expert" on... the LouisianaPurchase! Apparently, in 1803, you could double the size of your country for the low low price of $15 million dollars! What do you do when you set out to buy one city and get offered half a country? You take it, of course! At least Thomas Jefferson did. This is a wild story. Players include Napoleon (think a 19th century George Costanza), Alexander Hamilton (he and Jefferson did NOT get along), and Toussaint L'Ouverture(we are going to get back to this guy in a future episode). As with much of American history, lots of dark sides to this purchase, but an important moment in history to know about. Katie shows off with her AP US History knowledge, and Zack threatens to switch seats and make her become an "expert" instead. Fun Fact: at that time, the US government did not even HAVE the $15 million dollars they agreed to pay for the Louisiana Purchase, and with interest it really cost $23 million. Good lesson to learn when using those credit cards, kids.Highlights include:- Paying 3 cents per acre to double the size of the country- Sailing $3 million dollars in gold across the Atlantic- We owned some CANADA! (for a sec)Donate to the ACLU:https://action.aclu.org/give/donate-to-aclu-multistepDonate to the NAACP:https://secure.actblue.com/donate/naacp-1Follow on instagram @30minuteexpertpodcast and twitter @30minexpertpodSend us your expertise at 30minuteexpertpodcast@gmail.comAnd please rate and review!Podcast artwork by Rick RadvanksyIntro and Outro music by Jake Radvanksy

25 MIN1 w ago
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The Louisiana Purchase

Silly Putty

In today's episode, Zack has 30 minutes to become an expert on... Silly Putty! A fun toy that is really kinda weird if you think about it. Why does it come in an egg? And why is it that weird fleshy color? Spoileralert, we did not get the answer to that second question. But we *think* we got the answer to the first one! Another happyaccident story - you know how we love those - this one out of a Work War II rubber shortage. The history of silly putty includes a battle of the patent grabbers, a woman boxed out of ownership (typical), and some pretty gritty science talk to try and explain the physical characteristics of this well-known but little-understood children's toy. Zack coined it the "original fidget spinner," and we are sticking with it.Highlights include:- Non-Newtonian Fluids- A Silly Putty and Play-Doh mix-up (Doh!)- A $147 loanDonate to the ACLU:https://action.aclu.org/give/donate-to-aclu-multistepDonate to the NAACP:https://secure.actblue.com/donate/naacp-1Follow on instagram @30minuteexpertpodcast and twitter @30minexpertpodSend us your expertise at 30minuteexpertpodcast@gmail.comAnd please rate and review!Podcast artwork by Rick RadvanksyIntro and Outro music by Jake Radvanksy

28 MIN2 w ago
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Silly Putty

Evel Knievel

In today's episode, Zack has 30 minutes to become an expert on... Evel Knievel! Who was Evel Knievel and how'd he get so evil? Just kidding! He's not evil, he's Evel. And he's not even really Evel- he's Robert! Learn along with us about how ol' Robby went from a regular life growing up in Montana, to becoming a full-blown daredevil. In betweenhe runs (and steals from) a semi-pro hockey team, owns a Honda motorcycle dealership, and marries two different women named Linda. Evel turned out to be an even more fascinating character than we expected, complete with multiple broken bones and questionable marketing practices. What a guy! Extra incentive for this episode? Katie's rendition of Lionel Ritchie's "All Night Long."Highlights include: (let's be real, this whole episode is highlights)- A broken pelvis... twice- Two Lindas- Semi-Pro Hockey team the "Butte Bombers"Donate to the ACLU:https://action.aclu.org/give/donate-to-aclu-multistepDonate to the NAACP:https://secure.actblue.com/donate/naacp-1Follow on instagram @30minuteexpertpodcast and twitter @30minexpertpodSend us your expertise at 30minuteexpertpodcast@gmail.comAnd please rate and review!Podcast artwork by Rick RadvanksyIntro and Outro music by Jake Radvanksy

51 MIN3 w ago
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Evel Knievel

Watergate

In today's episode, Zack has 30 minutes to become an expert on... Watergate! What was Watergate anyway? Something to do with Richard Nixon, a hotel, and "Deep Throat," but beyond that who knows. Well now, we know! And we'll tell you. Impeachment, political scandals, secret recordings - Watergate has got all that, and some lessons we could really take to heart today.Highlights include:- A Supreme Court Case- A Presidential Resignation- Cops dressed as HippiesDonate to the ACLU:https://action.aclu.org/give/donate-to-aclu-multistepDonate to the NAACP:https://secure.actblue.com/donate/naacp-1Follow on instagram @30minuteexpertpodcast and twitter @30minexpertpodSend us your expertise at 30minuteexpertpodcast@gmail.comAnd please rate and review!Podcast artwork by Rick RadvanksyIntro and Outro music by Jake Radvanksy

42 MINJUN 8
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Watergate

Penicillin

In today's episode, Zack has 30 minutes to become an expert on... Penicillin! Ah, penicillin... we've all heard of it - most of us have ingested it! But where did it come from? Listen to hear the tale of Alexander Fleming and how his lack of hygiene may have saved some of our lives. Come for the mold talk (is blue cheese penicillin? Spoiler Alert - NO!), stay for the SWAT team bursting balloons analogies.Highlights include:- another happy accident discovery- How Dr. Cecil George Paine saved babies!- Super-infections (oh boy...)Follow on instagram @30minuteexpertpodcast and send us your expertise at 30minuteexpertpodcast@gmail.comPodcast artwork by Rick RadvanksyIntro and Outro music by Jake Radvansky

25 MINJUN 1
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Penicillin

Atlantis

In today's episode, Zack has 30 minutes to become an expert on... Atlantis! The Lost City! Was Atlantis real? Or simply a watery fantasy for the ages? To get to the "bottom" of it, Zack "dives" into some Plato, an ancient volcanic eruption, and even a midwestern congressman's book on our antediluvian (real word) past.Follow on instagram @30minuteexpertpodcast and send us your expertise at 30minuteexpertpodcast@gmail.com.Podcast artwork by Rick RadvanskyIntro and Outro music by Jake Radvansky

22 MINMAY 25
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Atlantis

Kintsugi

In today's episode, Zack has 30 minutes to become an expert on... Kintsugi! What is kintsugi, you may ask? Zack did too! Join Zack and Katie in learning about the Japanese practice of repairing broken pottery with gold, and maybe learn to appreciate your own flaws along the way. Self-love. Kintsugi style.

30 MINMAY 14
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Kintsugi

Concrete

In today's episode, Zack has 30 minutes to become an expert on... Concrete! This was a "hard topic"... okay now that that's out of the way, let's learn about concrete. What's it made from? Is it the most prevalent building material on earth? (hint - why would we ask if it wasn't!) And finally, is it destroying the planet? (see previous hint!)

41 MINMAY 14
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Concrete

The Salem Witch Trials

In today's episode, Zack has 30 minutes to become an expert on... the Salem Witch Trials! Lots of Arthur Miller/The Crucible talk in this one (naturally). Learn how wild Salem was in the 1690s, from convulsive fits to (spoiler alert!) cakes made with pee. Why did this happen? Witches? Mold? You decide!

33 MINMAY 14
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The Salem Witch Trials
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