Tangent Control Group

Tangent Control Group is a podcast that delivers"edutainment" for those beyond kindergarten. Host Liz and panelists Beth, Brittany, Naty and Sarah will gather once each month to deep-dive into the nuts and bolts of STEM-y topics such as space, baking, dinosaurs, radiation and genetics, aiming to amuse and inform (and failing spectacularly at keeping tangents to a minimum). If you’re not crying tears of boredom at the end of two hours, then we’ve done our job. Any other brand of tears, well… those are on you.

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A monthly podcast about science, technology, and learning through volume.
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2018-01-01 17:26
last episode published
2018-01-01 12:00
publication frequency
27.55 days
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Tangent 13: Artificial Intelligence

Prepare for the inevitable disappointment of the machine uprising (unless you’re itching to be up to your ears in procgen’d poetry, that is) as we dive into the topic of Articificial Intelligence. What is it? What isn’t it? How does it write its terrib...
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Tangent 12: Recapping 2017

Pop quiz, hot shot.   LISTEN EPISODE 1: Space Junk LaGrange Points [Space.com] Chinese Space Station Crash? [Channel News Asia] James Webb Telescope Completed [Engadget] [NASA] EM Drive A Real Thing [Science Alert] [AIAA.org]   LISTEN EPISODE 3: Radiat...
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Tangent 11: Thanksgiving Dinner

Get out the big plates, because we’re back and hungry for Thanksgiving knowledge! How did our recent ancestors hide their food from summer? What is spatchcocking and why are you laughing? Which side is morally superior in the great stuffing/dressing wa...
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Tangent 10: Infectious Diseases

Fungi! Viruses! Horrifying EMT stories! Sacks of acid! Zombies! For our reasonably spooky October episode, we’re joined by special guest Dr. Emily Krix to discuss all of the horrifying ways you can catch, spread and ultimately destroy the civilized wor...
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Tangent 9: Dragon Con 2017

Our crew is back from Dragon*Con 2017 with fresh learnin’s from panels a-plenty. Enjoy a robust Cassini follow-up, then chase it with sudden plummeting chair danger, ladies fighting with swords, anvil identification, high-speed tea parties, amazing mol...
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Tangent 8: The Ocean

Ahh, the sea! The horrible, merciless, nightmarish sea. How big is it? What’s in it? What shouldn’t be in it? What definitely shouldn’t be in it but definitely is? So many questions and so many answers await you in this month’s deep dive into all thing...
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Tangent 7: Spiritualism

Hear that warbled accordian-in-a-box? That means spirits are among us! This month, we tackle Victorian-era spiritualism with a heavy emphasis on the spooky and the scary, from seances to cheesecloth regurgitation to very creative entrail storage. Why w...
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Tangent 6: Mummies

What makes a mummy? We’re going to wrap our heads around that question this month as we explore the world of the supremely deceased and thoroughly preserved. Egyptian mummies! Bog mummies! Karloff mummies? And hey, did somebody say pyramids?? Also, hey...
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Tangent 5: Kaiju& Dinosaurs

What, exactly, is a kaiju? How did Godzilla go from walking natural disaster to jolly protector of Japan? How many terrible dinosaur cartoons did the 80’s and 90’s leave in its wake? All of these answers await you in this month’s podcast. Don’t forget ...
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Tangent 4: Cars

“How car go vroom?” Oh. Oh, buddy. We gonna’ tell you how car go vroom. From parts to maintenance to driving tips to “suck, squish, bang, blow” (write that last one down), we cover everything you could possibly need to know about that metal box with wh...
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Tangent 3: Radiation

Learn all about rads, grays, joules, death-breathing, how radiation affects your body, some nitty gritty on Spider-Man’s glowing taint, and in-depth investigations on disasters like Chernobyl and Fukushima. (And, yes, we finally tackle how Mary Jane di...
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Tangent 2: Baking

How much of baking is farts? A startling amount, really. Tune in to this month’s show to learn the basics of turning doughy blobs into crusty delights via slow expulsions, enjoy a tale of four parallel banana breads, and catch some crafty gluten cheat ...
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Tangent 1: Space Junk

In TCG’s inaugural episode, Liz, Beth, Brittany, Naty and Sarah explore the cluttered space around Earth and the many bizarre problems that lurk directly over our unassuming heads. Plus: space oddities, deep probes, and Star Wars. Read more about Space...
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