Control Structure

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Control Structure (abbreviated CS) is a podcast about computer science, programming, administration, and all kinds of cool software and hardware stuff like that. Every week, wizened industry veterans Andrew Bailey and Christopher Thompson discuss relevant news, experiences, opinions, tips, tricks, questions, and maybe teach the young'uns a thing or two.


Control Structure started November 13th, 2012, at episode 0. There is a new show every week, and is generally recorded Tuesday evening and released Wednesday evening.

Episode Format

  1. Intro
    • Cold open
    • Titles
    • 'How have you been?'
    • Kickstarter of the week
  2. Interview (if new guest)
    • 'Who are you?'
  3. Current News - mostly stuff ripped from Hacker News during the week
      • Some funny or embarrassing news about said company or their product. Not necessarily about Apple: CS hosts are equal opportunity laughers.
  4. Older News - articles captured during past episodes, but are not time sensitive, and could wait for later episodes
  5. Appreciate - something that the guest/host likes or despises
  6. Feats - some deed that the guest/host performed, or some heroic tale of someone else
  7. Sponsors
  8. Questions - anything relevant submitted to through the contact form on
  9. Outro


Guests are key to keeping the content on CS fresh. Anyone with experience in IT or studying computer science is extremely welcomed.

Recurring Jokes

  • "Slower than Youtube on FIOS"
  • Google only exists to kill its own services
  • "Hi Mom!"
  • There is no science show on this network
  • Apple Syria
  • Valve can't count to 3 (Team Fortress 2, Half Life 2 Episode 2, Portal 2, DOTA 2)
    • But has no problem with the number 4 (Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2)


Control Structure is committed to have more music than other TNTV podcasts. A full listing of music used in an episode will be found on every CS release page. Younnat - Radar is used as the opening.