PoliTreks

PoliTreks #15 – Section 25 – DS9 Dubious Characters

In this episode, Shashank and Barry continue their DS9 25th Anniversary celebration by deep diving the PoliTreks of some of the most dubious characters of the series. In no particular order, these characters offer a tonal shift in the Star Trek story as it developed through DS9’s seven seasons. Along with news, that, at time…

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PoliTreks #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. Shashank takes into account a core logic of toxic behavior that exists within the current political world, and connects similarities to how many behaviors are mirrored by those who are abusive, hold a narrow view…

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PoliTreks #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 adopted puppy, General Zod, is doing. For our main…

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PoliTreks #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. In News, co-host Shashank Avvaru shares his thoughts about the White House Correspondents Dinner controversy, the…

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PoliTreks #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 entertaining and illuminating and we are sure you will enjoy it!

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PoliTreks #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. Through critical examination and comparison to the real world, Shashank and Barry rejoice in characters, episodes, moments, dialogs – everything DS9 in lists of twenty five. First up? Five of twenty-five Fascinating DS9 Characters: Kira, Tosk, Jem’Hadar,…

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PoliTreks #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. Join us for a rousing discussion of what political messages come from this movie and what i’s real-world contexts and underpinnings can tell…

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PoliTreks #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’. We look at working relationships and how people in higher positions can sometime usurp those in lower positions, how Artificial Intelligence poses a major…

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PoliTreks #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, of course, economically. Manu’s book also challenges contemporary views on scarcity and offers changes to our…

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PoliTreks #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 challenges we face, and some the things that both Shashank and Barry have applied to…

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