PoliTreks: A Member of the Tricorder Transmissions Podcast Network
By Barry DeFord & Shashank Avvaru
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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. Join the discussion on Twitter @PoliTreks.
||CleanPoliTreks Supplemental #2: STLV 2018||In this, our second supplemental episode, Shashank and Barry are joined by Jamie McGregor to talk about STLV 2018. This is not merely a recap - here we talk the politics of the Con itself, the actors, the shows, and the people going.||8/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPoliTreks #15: DS9 Dubious Characters||In this episode, Shashank and Barry continue their DS9 25 Anniversary celebration by deep diving the PoliTreks of some of the most dubious characters of the series.||7/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPoliTreks #14: On Toxic Fandom in Politics and Star Trek||In this episode, Barry and Shashank discuss, at length, toxic fandoms in the Star Trek Community, and in other communities.||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPoliTreks #13: Teaching Trek||In News, Shashank and Barry do their best to stay measured while discussing the case of the 1500 children lost by ICE. Shashank shares a couple of odd poll numbers about some world leaders and Barry reacts. Shashank gives us an update on how his newly a||6/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPoliTreks #12: DebateTrek - Is Edward Jellico Good?||For our main topic, we have one question: IS EDWARD JELLICO GOOD? In the debut episode of DebateTreks, co-host Barry DeFord takes on TrekRanks host Jim Moorhouse in an epic war of words over the topic of Edward Jellico.||5/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPoliTreks #11: Infinite PoliTreks, Infinite Diversity||In this week's episode, Shashank and Barry sit down for a wonderful chat with Ryder Wilhelm, and Dan Deevy (the founder of Gaaays in Spaaace!) on the experience of being a member of the LGBTQ+ Community within Trek Fandom. This discussion is both ent||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPoliTreks #10: Section 25 - DS9 Celebration (Part 1)||Section 25 is a series of Politreks episodes celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.||4/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPoliTreks #9: The PoliTreks of The Wrath Of Khan||Revenge politics, nasty tactics of the righteous, and space guerilla warfare! Shashank and Barry continue their 'PoliTreks Of' Series this time with a perennial favorite, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.||3/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPoliTreks #8: The PoliTreks of The Motion Picture||On our eighth episode of PoliTreks, Shashank and Barry delve deep into the political underpinnings of Star Trek: The Motion Picture in the first of our series - 'The PoliTreks Of'.||3/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPoliTreks #7: An Interview With Manu Saadia||For Episode 7, Shashank and Barry get the distinguished pleasure to speak with Manu Saadia, author of 'Trekonomics'. This is the essential book on the discussion of what a 24th Century economy would really look like, socially, politically, and,||2/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPoliTreks #6: Environmentalism in Star Trek IV||In this episode, Shashank and Barry delve deep into the message of environmentalism in Star Trek: The Voyage Home. Here we discuss the implications of the now 30 year-old movie to our environmental situation today, how to approach the different challeng||2/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPoliTreks #5: Spies in our Starciety (Part 3)||In this, our final part in the Spies In Our Starcity series, Shashank and Barry take a look at the spy as an individual. Garak is a complicated character with a multilayered past, involving his time with the Obsidian Order, his relationship with his fat||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPoliTreks #4: Spies in our Starciety (Part 2)||In Part 2 of our "Spies In Our Starcity" three-part series, Shashank and Barry talk about Section 31, linking it to historic and contemporary spy agencies. Using DS9 Episodes "Inter Arma Enim" and "Extreme Measures", we compa||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPoliTreks Supplemental #1: WE INTERRUPT THIS PODCAST||The line has been drawn. The sides have been chosen. Shashank and Barry interrupt their regularly scheduled podcast to gush, debate, discuss, speculate about the bombshell announcement that Quentin Tarantino is developing a Star Trek movie.||12/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPoliTreks #3: Spies in our Starciety (Part 1)||In episode 3 of PoliTreks, Shashank and Barry tackle a perennial theme in Star Trek: spies! This first part of a three-part series, we use the TNG episode 'Face of the Enemy' from season 6 to explore the plight of the reluctant spy - those who have been||12/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPoliTreks #2: A Case for the Traveler||Here in the second episode of PoliTreks, Shashank states a convincing case for The Traveler, while Barry comes to realize that maybe, just maybe, Shashank may be onto something.||11/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPoliTreks #1: Heroes||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.||11/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
A Needed Voice
Barry and Shashank offer a civil discussion about often-controversial matters in our civic discourse. From espionage to environmentalism (and much more to come!) PoliTreks explores the intersection of Star Trek and our own society. Barry and Shashank tackle each issue in an insightful manner while they model a polite political discussion that our world very badly needs right now.
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!
Trek it Out
One of the most insightful, thoughtful podcasts about the politics of Star Trek you can find. This show just keeps getting better and better!
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