Activist and lawyer Adrienne Smith joins us to talk about incarceration in Star Trek, from Dominion prison fight club to Rura Penthe. What are the messages in these scenes and how does the Federation’s own penal system stacks up against its stated ideals?
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Hosts: Jarrah, Kennedy
Guest: Adrienne Smith (@vanalias – they/them/their)
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- Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Davis, 2003. The full book is available online for free in multiple places, including here.
- Podcast: Ear Hustle, which shares “the daily realities of life inside prison shared by those living it, and stories from the outside, post-incarceration.”
- Podcast Episode: Trek Ranks, Episode 52: The Top 5 Scenes in a Brig
- “What the US Can Learn From Prison Reform Efforts Throughout the World” by Joseph Erbentraut, Huffington Post.
The movie, is “Star Trek V: The Final Frounteer”.