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 #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...

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 #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...

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...

PoliTreks #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. This time they turn their...

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PoliTreks #4 – Spies in our Starciety (Part 2)

In Part 2 of our “Spies In Our Starciety” three-part series, Shashank and Barry talk about Section 31, linking it to historic and contemporary spy agencies. Using DS9 Episodes...

PoliTreks 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...

PoliTreks #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...

PoliTreks #2 – A Case for the Traveler

On 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!