42 episodes

PoliTreks! Barry DeFord and Shashank Avvaru talk politics, religion, and society around the replicator. Along with special guests, we choose to Boldly Go straight into the social, political, and sometimes spiritual underpinnings at the core of Star Trek. In this podcast, we aim to seek out new perspectives, and discover the ways Trek - past and present - can help us better understand the world as it is, and us as we are. We travel at warp speed through worlds, timelines, and dimensions with one mission: make sense of our reality!

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    • 4.0, 12 Ratings

PoliTreks! Barry DeFord and Shashank Avvaru talk politics, religion, and society around the replicator. Along with special guests, we choose to Boldly Go straight into the social, political, and sometimes spiritual underpinnings at the core of Star Trek. In this podcast, we aim to seek out new perspectives, and discover the ways Trek - past and present - can help us better understand the world as it is, and us as we are. We travel at warp speed through worlds, timelines, and dimensions with one mission: make sense of our reality!

    037 - Indigenous Representation in Star Trek

    037 - Indigenous Representation in Star Trek

    PoliTreks is back with a very candid interview with our friend Bryson to talk about representation of Indigenous People throughout the life of Star Trek. Bryson brings his perspective as a member of the Mi’kmaq (*Pronounced Mig-maw) People of the east coast of Canada and the USA. We lay criticism where it is due, all while speaking about context and considering the social make-up of the time.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    036 - Engaging with Star Trek: Picard - Broken Pieces

    036 - Engaging with Star Trek: Picard - Broken Pieces

    In this episode, Shashank, who is doing this episode by himself and stuck in quarantine, much like Crusher who is left all by herself on the Enterprise, wondering if something is wrong with her or the universe, tries to make sense of the Broken Pieces of Picard.

    • 31 min
    035 - Engaging with Star Trek: Picard - Nepenthe

    035 - Engaging with Star Trek: Picard - Nepenthe

    PoliTreks returns for the continuing analysis/review series of each episode of Star Trek: Picard! Shashank and Sara from Rewind break down in detail every scene of the episode, discuss easter eggs, overall themes and metaphors.

    • 1 hr 41 min
    034 - Interview with Amrit Kaur from Short Treks: Ask Not

    034 - Interview with Amrit Kaur from Short Treks: Ask Not

    Barry and Shashank get to chat with the talented and engaging Amrit Kaur, Indian-Canadian Actor who played Cadet Thira Sidhu in Star Trek: Short Treks - Ask Not. We delve into Amrit's career as an actor, writer, and activist, getting to know her inspirations, other projects, and what may be in store for her in the future!

    • 1 hr 14 min
    033 - Engaging with Star Trek: Picard - The Impossible Box

    033 - Engaging with Star Trek: Picard - The Impossible Box

    To unlock the mystery box that is episode 6 "The Impossible Box", John Krikorian of Trek Profiles guides Shashank through the Zhal Makh! The theme of Pinocchio, Borg assimilation and PTSD, understanding the Zhal Makh and more come up in our discussion.

    • 1 hr 46 min
    032 - Engaging with Star Trek: Picard - Stardust City Rag

    032 - Engaging with Star Trek: Picard - Stardust City Rag

    PoliTreks returns for the continuing analysis/review series of each episode of Star Trek: Picard! Accompanying Shashank on this exciting journey to Freecloud for the discussion of "Stardust City Rag" is the co-host of Literary Treks, Bruce Gibson!

    • 1 hr 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

superdaisy ,

Thoughtful and thought-provoking

I always learn something new and find a new way to look at Trek or the world. As a bonus, the messages and themes are ultimately uplifting, appropriate for Trek’s optimism.
Note: the sound quality improves immensely around episode 10. Feel free to skip ahead if you’re having trouble.
I’d love to hear earlier episodes remastered or at least revisited with the better audio.

Grayecat ,

Unbalanced

If you are hoping for a political analysis of Star Trek, and the principles of Star Trek, across real world events, that is balanced between multiple political ideologies this is not the podcast for you. The host approach their topics from similar ideologies with no attempt to understand those that would disagree mildly or strongly with their world views.

Bowen25 ,

Exactly what Trek is!

If you’re a trek fan and not listening to this podcast I don’t know what you are doing. The hosts attack the topics that Star Trek spent its life span tackling. What makes this podcast different is how great the hosts are and how they aren’t afraid to take on controversial topics in the same way Star Trek does!

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