PoliTreks: A Star Trek Podcast

Hosted ByBarry DeFord & Shashank Avvaru

FORTNIGHTLY ON WEDNESDAYS

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!


All Episodes

PoliTreks #17 – Section 25 – DS9 25th Anniversary Celebration (Part 3)

In this, our return from hiatus, we bring you the 25 things we love about DS9. In hour discussion, we range from small detail to major story-centric themes, and...

PoliTreks #16 – Jay Kuo Interview

In this episode, we talk with Mr. Jay Kuo, a member of Team Takei. He is a man of great creativity and talent and we get a chance to...

PoliTreks 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...