34 episodes

Join Tawny Newsome (Star Trek: Lower Decks) and Paul F. Tompkins (BoJack Horseman, Comedy Bang Bang) in a wide-ranging and often hilarious take on the Star Trek universe. With unparalleled access to Star Trek luminaries, celebrity superfans, and behind-the-scenes creative professionals, The Pod Directive takes a smart, witty and thoughtful look at all things Trek – both old and new. Offering a high-level discussion of the themes, ideas and characters that resonate across the history of the franchise’s storied universe, episodes will also explore the brand’s 50-plus year legacy and influence. New episodes every other Tuesday.

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Join Tawny Newsome (Star Trek: Lower Decks) and Paul F. Tompkins (BoJack Horseman, Comedy Bang Bang) in a wide-ranging and often hilarious take on the Star Trek universe. With unparalleled access to Star Trek luminaries, celebrity superfans, and behind-the-scenes creative professionals, The Pod Directive takes a smart, witty and thoughtful look at all things Trek – both old and new. Offering a high-level discussion of the themes, ideas and characters that resonate across the history of the franchise’s storied universe, episodes will also explore the brand’s 50-plus year legacy and influence. New episodes every other Tuesday.

    Meaningful Asian Representation with Phil Yu

    Meaningful Asian Representation with Phil Yu

    Creator of “All the Asians On Star Trek” and the “Angry Asian Man” blog, Phil Yu, discusses Asian representation in Star Trek and beyond. He speaks to his own experiences from watching Rosalind Chao as a kid to making it a mission to interview every Asian actor who has appeared on Star Trek. Throughout the years diversity has developed, but we’re also asking: What is meaningful representation? How is Asian representation doing in Star Trek and beyond? This episode originally aired on April 26, 2021.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Building Character Inspirations with Michelle Yeoh

    Building Character Inspirations with Michelle Yeoh

    The wonderful Michelle Yeoh, also known as Captain Philippa Georgiou, talks about her time working on Star Trek: Discovery and her experience with her Star Trek family. She gives us the background on her extensive career from dancing to acting, including how her inspiration for Georgiou came from contemporary dance. She also shares the things she wants to do in her career that she hasn’t done yet! This episode originally aired on April 19, 2021.
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Comics and Klingons with Christopher Cantwell

    Comics and Klingons with Christopher Cantwell

    Writer Christopher Cantwell joins the podcast as a fan and is greeted by fans of his own! Tawny and Paul are excited to welcome the creator of one of their favorite shows, Halt and Catch Fire, before diving into Cantwell’s Star Trek fandom, his IDW comic series, Star Trek: Defiant, and why everything always comes back to Klingons… not that we’re complaining.
    Check out a first taste of his next book, the crossover event "Day of Blood", in the Star Trek Free Comic Book Day 2023 one shot available for free at comic book shops across the country on May 6.
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    • 59 min
    The Possibility of Life with Jaime Green

    The Possibility of Life with Jaime Green

    Debut author and science journalist Jaime Green is bringing her expertise and passion for life on our planet and others! Our hosts get a chance to ask her about evolution on earth and beyond, chat AI, revisit their conversation on SETI and METI from season 2, and discuss the uniqueness of alien life on Star Trek, in science fiction, and in the real world.
    Jaime’s book, The Possibility of Life, is out today and available from booksellers everywhere.
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    • 53 min
    Marrying a Trek Fan with Moshe Kasher and Natasha Leggero

    Marrying a Trek Fan with Moshe Kasher and Natasha Leggero

    Comedians, married couple, and -- most importantly -- friends of our hosts, Moshe Kasher and Natasha Leggero join the pod to help us find out what happens when a Trek fan marries someone who couldn't care less. Listen in as Tawny, Paul, and Moshe introduce Natasha to the classic DS9 episode, Trials and Tribble-ations.

    Want more Natasha and Moshe? Listen to their relationship advice podcast, Endless Honeymoon. You can also catch them in Honolulu at the Blue Note on May 19, and doing Endless Honeymoon live on June 29 at Polaris Hall in Portland.
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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Into the Stratosphere with Swapna Krishna

    Into the Stratosphere with Swapna Krishna

    Science, space, and gaming journalist and StarTrek.com contributor Swapna Krishna helps Paul and Tawny answer one very important question about the sky above: ‘What’s all goin’ on up there?’ They talk through the latest news in space and interstellar travel; including NASA’s plans for 2023 and beyond, the future of space tourism, and more. Finally, Swapna recommends our hosts watch two of her favourite DS9 episodes and we learn why those Kira/Damar scenes leave her wanting more every time.
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    • 56 min

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