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Episode 32: “Past Tense”

Sisko as Gabriel Bell

In the DS9 two-parter “Past Tense,” Sisko, Bashir and Dax travel to the year 2024, a dark time in our near future. Treknews.net blogger Michelle Toven joins us to discuss the episodes’ socio-political themes, which include homelessness, mental health, race, class, violence,…

Episode 29: What does GOD need with a starship?

Sisko looking into an orb

Four fans from different backgrounds discuss their personal relationship to Star Trek’s depictions of religion, including Christian themes in TOS, Picard’s skepticism, Kira’s spirituality, and Vulcan ritual. Download Now (right-click and save) Notes and References: Ex Astris Scientia article on…

Episode 19: Star Trek Matriarchies

Beata and Riker in "Angel One"

What happens when Star Trek tries to depict societies dominated by women? We discuss the various Trek matriarchies, from the sirens of “The Lorelei Signal,” to the straw feminists of “Angel One” to the sexy matriarchy of “Bound.” Download Now (right-click…

Episode 15: D.C. Fontana-rama

Writer Dorothy C. Fontana was the most influential woman behind the scenes on Star Trek: The Original Series, and perhaps in all of Star Trek. We talk about her start in Hollywood, her approach to writing and her significant episodes from TOS,…

Episode 13: Into the Wormhole

Season 1 of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine took a lot of risks and introduced us to stereotype-busting women characters. Our crew talks about the series premiere “Emissary,” our earliest impressions of the DS9 main characters, and Kira and Dax’s…