Media Release: Women at Warp Announces Their Next Generation

Women at Warp Announces Their Next Generation

Seven Hosts Ready to Explore Intersectional Diversity in Infinite Combinations

Women at Warp: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast is excited to announce the addition of three new hosts to the regular crew rotation: Kennedy Allen, Sarah Gulde, and Aliza Pearl. In their latest episode released August 10, 2020, the three new hosts introduce themselves, speak about their individual histories with the Star Trek fandom, and discuss their favorite women characters in the Star Trek franchise.

“I’m really proud to be a part of the Next Generation of Women at Warp. This is a show that is known for always pushing the envelope by tackling really important topics that you just don’t hear discussed elsewhere in the world of Trek podcasts,” said Kennedy Allen.

For the last five years, the hosts of Women at Warp have examined Star Trek through a feminist lens, producing groundbreaking episodes on how Star Trek handles subjects like Indigenous representation, trans-ness, environmentalism and sex work. As we move forward with an expanded crew, our mission will continue: To explore Intersectional Diversity in Infinite Combinations.

Coined by Black feminist scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw in 1989, “Intersectionality” is a framework for understanding how different identities – such as race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, nationality, citizenship, religion, body type, and others – may combine to result in unique systems of disadvantage and oppression. Intersectional analysis considers all these factors, and how they overlap and compound.

“Intersectionality is what Star Trek stands for. The term may have not existed when the show was created, but the concept shaped every crew from 1966 to today. Everyone is welcome in Star Trek‘s intersectional vision of the future.” said Sarah Gulde.

The Next Generation of Women at Warp has already planned out our fall schedule, which will include episodes on Beverly Crusher, incarceration in Star Trek, and a look at Season 1 of the new series Lower Decks.

“Women at Warp has always been a place to deep dive into topics that interest Trekkies, through the lens of all women, trans men, and non-binary people,” said Aliza Pearl, “And I can’t wait to hear what our listeners think of the new conversations we’re bringing forward.”

 

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Contact: Women at Warp: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast – crew@womenatwarp.com

 

About the New Hosts

Kennedy Allen wears many hats, but this actor, writer, vocalist, and award-winning producer will always declare her love for all things Trek. A Philadelphia native, this “Trekspert” has hosted panels and lectures up and down the east coast, appearing at events such as New York Comic Con, BlerdCon, Greater Philadelphia Comic Con, BlerdCity, BaltiCon, Star Trek Mission: New York, and so much more. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter @thatmikeychick.

Sarah Gulde started watching Star Trek when TNG premiered in 1987 and has never actually stopped watching. Ever. A Hugo Award Finalist for Best Fanzine, Sarah is the Editor-In-Chief of Star Trek Quarterly. She has appeared on podcasts such as Feminist Frequency’s Picard and Discovery recaps, as well as Trek panels at STLV, DragonCon, WorldCon, WisCon, GeekGirlCon, and others. You can also catch her in the Deep Space Nine documentary “What We Left Behind”. A longtime friend of the Women at Warp, she’s thrilled to join the crew. Sarah lives in a former arboretum in Portland, OR. You can find her on Twitter @sarahmiyoko.

Aliza Pearl is an improviser, actress, writer, Trekkie, RPG player, host, and content creator originally from Newark, NJ. Of African-American, Puerto Rican, and Afro-Caribbean heritage, Aliza explores identity and split cultural ties through scifi, comedy and genre storytelling. Having gotten her start in musical theater, she regularly performs narrative improv with Ripley Improv, improvised Star Trek group “The Improvised Generation,” and all-black female group Essence Improv. Most recently, Aliza developed and is a cast member on the live, all-Klingon tabletop RPG show “Blood of the Void” on twitch.tv/QueueTimes. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter @alizapearl.

About Women at Warp

Women at Warp is a groundbreaking bi-weekly podcast committed to examining Star Trek from a feminist perspective, exploring Intersectional Diversity in Infinite Combinations with a rotating crew of seven hosts. Tune in for everything from episode and character analysis to history of women behind the scenes and in fan culture to discussion of larger themes and messages throughout the franchise. Women at Warp is part of Roddenberry Podcasts. For more information, please visit womenatwarp.com.

About Roddenberry Podcasts

Roddenberry Podcasts is a network of audio shows that deliver thought-provoking, insightful entertainment wherever you are. Podcasts that dig deep into Star Trek, social commentary, science and critical thinking – all ready to download in one place for you to enjoy on your commute or whenever you need a little lively discussion. For more information, please visit podcasts.roddenberry.com.

 

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