Zero Blog Thirty

From bombs, bullets, and bad guys to politics, pop culture and all things problematic: Zero Blog Thirty is the stories you might know told from a slightly different perspective that was forged through war, wit, and wounds.

LATEST EPISODE

ZBT #41: The Longest Kill Shot of All-Time & Band of Brothers

Chaps is back from his tour in Disneyland for a military-heavy episode...Chaps is back from his tour in Disneyland for a military-heavy episode of ZBT with Captain Cons. They talk about the the Canadian sniper taking out an ISIS operative with a record-shattering 2.2 mile shot, learning not to worry about what your superior officers are doing, Otto Warmbier, those nerd fighter pilots finally doing something this week and then continue the ZBT Rewatch of the critically-acclaimed Band of Brothers.   Show More

6/23/2017

Past Episodes

This week on Zero Blog Thirty, Chaps and Cons get into Band of Brothers episodes 3 and 4 as part of their ZBT re-watch of the acclaimed HBO show, talk about their experience with spoils of wars and a Chaps grudge. Then Cons interviews Brigadier General Jack Hammond, ZBT's highest-ranked guest yet, to talk about his career commanding two battalions in Iraq, time in Afghanistan, becoming a general, his work now in veteran care and much more. Download, rate and smash that gosh darn subscribe button.
6/16/2017
In this week's ZBT, Chaps and Cons take a deep dive in this week's political intri...just kidding. The guys celebrate D-Day Remembrance Day by kicking off the Zero Blog Thirty Rewatch of HBO Series Band of Brothers with a discussion of episode one. Then the guys have on CPT (P) Pete Bier, instructor of history at West Point, to discuss the stories behind one of the most pivotal days in American history.
6/9/2017
Using a weaponized microwave is the new hotness for combating IEDs. The fellas talk about what other house hold items should be weaponized. Also, would Chaps wear a sundress? Would Connor be able to stunt in NYC wearing a nice little classy skirt? Then we bring in Marine Corps LtCol and Attorney James Weirick to talk about Treason, A Few Good Men, and play some MFK.
6/2/2017
This week's episode is all about Memorial Day. We share the names of the fallen, celebrate their lives, and tell some stories about our friends who have been killed in action. Folds of Honor Foundation founder and Air Force Fighter Pilot Dan Rooney joins us to talk about how we can help the Gold Star Families. Jerry Thorton also joins us to talk about a D-Day Documentary that is voiced by Patriot's Head Coach Bill Belichick.
5/25/2017
This week on Zero Blog Thirty, the boy talk about all the craziness of the past week. Connor makes some mistakes by being a certified hater of the romper movement. We get into General Flynn, President Trump, fast-paced news cycles, Top Gun, and Doggie Bag. Busy week and chaotic week. We also give you some memorial day instructions to start the show.
5/19/2017
This week on Zero Blog Thirty, Chaps loses his damn mind and becomes Mad Online. He's upset. They talk about Director Comey getting fired, certain Marines not having to go through boot camp, and then Nate Boyer comes on and things calm down. Nate talks about his life in the Army and his journey from a walk-on at the University of Texas and then again to the NFL. An incredible story by an incredible man. Again... Chaps was mad.
5/11/2017
Navy Seal Rob O'Neil joined the boys to talk about killing Osama Bin Laden. Rob walked us through the build up, training and execution of the most famous raid in American history. The boys also talk about Zero Dark 30-23 and military culture.
5/4/2017
This week on Zero Blog Thirty, the boys welcome Congressman Tom Rooney of Florida to the show. The Congressman currently serves on the House's Permanent Committee on Intelligence, where he is involved with the investigation into Russia's possible meddling with the Presidential election. He also is a strong congressional voice to the crisis in the South Sudan, the Armed Services Committee, and he made Connor smile ear-to-ear when they talk about West Point. Chaps didn't like that part. Rep. Rooney also spoke about how he thinks President Trump and Sec. Mattis' first 100 days have gone. Barstool and the Congress: A match made in heaven. The boys also brought back #DoggieBag and gave a HUGE shoutout to the Coast Guard.
4/28/2017
Zero Blog Thirty this week has the privilege of hosting Medal of Honor recipient Kyle Carpenter. Kyle comes on to talk about his current life as a student at the University of South Carolina, his service and transition to being a civilian, becoming a motivational speaker, a couple new segments and much, much more. Listen, subscribe and leave a review.
4/20/2017
This week on Zero Blog Thirty, Connor and Chaps sit down in New York with plenty of interviews. First is Former NFL Pro Bowler and Barstool employee Pat McAfee for a "I Wanna Be Like You" and conversation about the recently rebranded Barstool 'Merica and patriotism. Then Afghanistan veteran and former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander joins the show to discuss how politics influence military strategy, Donald Trump's policies and style of military leadership, "commander's intent", the US dropping the largest sub-nuclear bomb in their arsenal this week, his organization "Let America Vote" and much, much more. The show ends with Badass of the Week honoring the fallen SSG Mark De Alencar and a surprise ZBT Theatre on Forrest Gump.
4/14/2017
It's a heavy show this week on Zero Blog Thirty. After a little bit of talk about Big Little Lies for 14:28 (SPOILERS), Chaps and Cons talk about airstrikes in Mosul as well as chemical attacks in Syria with former Marine and journalist from the Washington Post Thomas Gibbons-Neff then an Army officer specializing in Nuclear/Biological/Chemical to educate us on the effects of chemical and nerve agents.
4/6/2017
This week on Zero Blog Thirty, Chaps and Cons talk about watching TV while deployed overseas, the troops not getting HD and the problems with veterans having their entire sense of self-worth tied to their time in the military. Then we're joined by Navy SEAL veteran, author Kevin Lacz who played himself in "American Sniper" to talk about his experience in the special forces and work with veterans now. Then Big Cat from Pardon My Take comes on to talk about what he'd do in the military for "I Wanna Be Like You". Download, subscribe, leave that sweet, sweet five-star rating.
3/31/2017
In this week's Zero Blog Thirty the guys are joined by Kevin Clancy from Barstool New York comes on do a I Wanna Be Like You and some KFC Radio-style hypotheticals. Then the usual three talk about current events with a focus on the developments surrounding Director Comey and Russia. Then a long interview with Max Uriarte, the genius behind the Marine-focused cartoon Terminal Lance and his book Terminal Lance: The White Donkey. They talk about his background, time in the Marines, career as an artist and thoughts on Marine culture. Download, listen, leave a five-star review and smash that subscribe button.
3/24/2017
This show the boys talk about March Madness and their own Vegas experiences, including some interesting insight from Cons. Then they talk about Riggsy's performance in the Healing Our Heroes hockey game then some hypothetical battles between modern weapons and some our favorite armies from TV and movies, because we're that mature. On a more serious note, then an interview highly-decorated journalist Hope Hodge Seck on the Marine Facebook scandal and sexual harassment/gender issues in the Marine Corps and military. Chaps and the guys then share their thoughts. Download, rate five stars and smash that subscribe button.
3/15/2017
On this week's Zero Blog Thirty, Chaps, Connor and Riggsy open up talking about FISA warrants and Trump's accusations of wiretapping from the past weekend. Then they get into Doggie Bag, where Chaps uses his military dog-handling expertise to answer any dog-related questions you might have. Then it's Part 2 of the Corporal Stanley Rubin interview, where he gives a stunning and emotional recounting of his time fighting in the Battle of Iwo Jima and service during the World War 2 Pacific Theatre.
3/9/2017
Chaps is in-studio in New York for this week's Zero Blog Thirty. Him, Connor and Riggsy open the episode giving their thoughts on Trump's speech, their philosophy on great military leadership and the developing story about Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Then PFT Commenter from Pardon My Take comes in to talk about what he'd do in the military and do PFT things. Then, Part 1 of a two-part interview with Stanley Rubin, a survivor from the Battle of Iwo Jima to give a stunning detailed account of what it was like to battle in the Pacific Theatre.
3/3/2017
This week on ZBT, the boys talk about the emotional and historical significance of the Battle of Iwo Jima on the 72nd anniversary of the flag raising. Connor and Chaps then discuss elements of what they miss and don't miss about military life. Chaps misses being an asshole. Shocker. Rear Admiral from Spittin' Chiclets joins Zero Blog Theatre to discuss Stripes. The episode closes with Chaps walking his mother down memory lane from the point he decided to enlist to the aftermath of when he was wounded in action.
2/24/2017
On this Zero Blog Thirty, Connor gives an exciting life update about his work with veterans, the guys briefly discuss the Trump presser and debate the Tanks v. Roman Empire hypothetical from KFC Radio. Then they interview Andrew deGrandpre, Senior Editor of the Military Times about his award-winning journalism career and his coverage of Task Force Violent. Then it's the Badass Of The Week and Chaps debuts a new segment for dog lovers.
2/19/2017
This week the guys open up talking about how insane the news cycles have been lately since the Trump inauguration and their thoughts on Patriots skipping going to the White House. Then Riggs gives the background and history behind the Yemen raid for a discussion on the country. Then a Zero Blog Theatre for the classic film Full Metal Jacket then Trent comes in to talk about military golf courses and his new golf podcast Fore Play. At the end is a little bonus clip from Connor talking about his glory days on the Silver Screen in the Dark Knight Rises.
2/12/2017
Chaps is back from the biggest week in Barstool history in Houston. He tells Riggs and Connor about being at the center of it all, the Pat McAfee signing and the Barstool Party. Then the guys discuss all aspects of the recent raid in Yemen, including planning night-time missions, troop safety versus mission accomplishment, Americans not fully understanding collateral damage and more. Then your Badass of the Week.
2/5/2017
Barstool Sports CEO Erika "Nard Dog" Nardini joins the beginning of the show to play ZBT's newest segment "I Wanna Be Like You" and talk about the current state of Zero Blog Thirty and Barstool. Then Zero Blog Theatre looks back at the movie "Major Payne." Finally, Joe Cardona of the New England Patriots talks about going from the Naval Academy to playing in the Super Bowl.
1/29/2017
This week's episode opens with Chaps, Connor and Riggs debuting a new segment then a discussion on the commutation of Chelsea Manning. Then, they interview Pittsburgh Steelers starting OL and Bronze Star recipient Alejandro Villanueva about his time in Afghanistan, being in the NFL, adjusting to life after the military, and much more. You don't want to miss this one.
1/22/2017
Chaps is in New York and in-studio to sit down with Connor and Riggs this week. They talk about the confirmation hearings for President-elect Trump's cabinet, statements made by General Mattis and the focus and direction of the military. Then Riggs gives this week's Badass of the Week and they talk Saving Private Ryan for ZBT's newest segment, Zero Blog Theatre.
1/15/2017
This week Chaps, Connor and Riggsy catch up after the holiday break, talk about Chaps' favorite moment after coming back from Iraq, President-Elect Trump's comment on escalating nuclear stockpiles, Presidential doublespeak about the War in Afghanistan and more. Then the boys conclude the episode by introducing Zero Blog Theatre and ranting about Serial Season Two.
1/7/2017
On this week's episode, Chaps and Connor discuss Christmas in the military. They talk about the dreaded holiday safety brief, returning home on leave, what to do if you're mistake for military at an airport and much more. Then they interview former Sergeant of the Guard at Arlington National Cemetery Tanner Welch to talk about guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Solider. Download, smash that subscribe button, leave a review.
12/25/2016
The ZBT boys recap the Army/Navy game including the story of how Connor almost got arrested in Baltimore. We invited Ensign Pat on the show to talk about flight school and the gentleman who broke John McCain's record for most demerits at the Naval Academy. Riggs joins the show to talk about Allepo, Russia, and where we go from here on those fronts. Chaps also tells us about his pal named Kitchen Gloves.
12/17/2016
Chaps and Connor talk about the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor bombing, Connor cleaning up porta potties, General Kelly's nomination to the Department of Homeland Security and meet with the last Army Quarterback to beat Navy.
12/10/2016
Connor takes the reigns and interviews Chaps about his life as a military dog handler. They talk about the process of selecting dogs, training the dogs, and adopting the dogs thereafter. The boys then shift to cabinet positions with Riggs and Chaps actually agrees with Donald Trump about something. /faints
12/3/2016
Chaps and Connor talk about what it's like being sick in the military and the joy that is being sick in quarters. We also talk about the legend who is General James Mattis, who is rumored to be a front-runner for Secretary of Defense. Riggs joins us for cabinet talk. Life in the military can be shitty around the holidays, but the fellas talk about how to make it through the holidays.
11/26/2016
The Zero Blog Thirty boys are back this week and hit topics like the responsibilities of the Secretary of State, the setting of the table for President-Elect Trump's cabinet, how military folks will let you borrow anything, and the bad ass of the week Cpl Jack Simms.
11/20/2016
Chaps and Cons catch up with Riggs for a poignant discussion to reflect on the outcome of the Presidential election. Chaps tells us what it was like to be at President Obama's Inaugural Ball to find out how much cream cheese goes into a Presidential cheesecake. The second half of the show the boys are joined by Bad Ass of the Week, Matt Eversmann. Matt fighting in the Battle of Mogidishu in 1993 was turned into a book and eventually the movie, Black Hawk Down. Matt tells us what it was like to have his life turned into a movie, what Hollywood got right, what they got wrong, and how he felt about having a much less sexy man, Josh Hartnett, play him in the movie.
11/12/2016
Chaps and Connor do the show live from West Point. They talk about the game, women in combat and president HW Bush. Connor walks us through the emotional ride that is West Point.
11/5/2016
Chaps and Connor talk about the re-enlistment bonus fiasco in California with Riggs, getting the personal poison out on deployments, and the bad ass who was Bob Hoover.
10/29/2016
Chaps and Connor are joined by Riggs to talk about Mosul, the fall of Iraq, being naked in trash cans and drinking your own piss.
10/22/2016
Chaps and Connor discuss stolen valor, the favorite pranks we've been apart of, and an outlandish suggestion that you can turn off being drunk with your mind.
10/14/2016
Chaps and Connor talk about Vice President Biden's comments on PTSD, veteran suicide, and hazing which sometimes can lead to sticking a big ole thermometer in your ass in front of God and everybody.
50:21 10/9/2016
Chaps and Connor welcome Rob O'Neill. Rob gained notoriety for being the trigger man on the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden. The guys talk about that raid, the VA, and being piss drunk. Zero Dark Thirty meets Zero Blog Thirty in episode 4
54:27 10/2/2016
Chaps and Connor talk about the terror events​​ in NYC and NJ, police violence, ptsd, and shitting your pants so you don't have to go to the gas chamber, and if people are actually skittles.
46:40 9/25/2016
Zero Blog Thirty Ep. 2
55:20 9/18/2016
ZBT #1
44:23 9/7/2016

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