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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!


Episodes

Date
Title
2017
Nov 12
PoliTreks #1: Heroes
The first episode of our brand new podcast series, PoliTreks is here! Hosts Barry and Shashank examine the triumphs and failures of heroes in Star Trek and parallels in our real lives.

2017
Nov 19
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!

2017
Dec 03
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 of the Enemy' from season 6 to explore the plight of the reluctant spy - those who have been brought unwillingly into the world of espionage.

2017
Dec 13
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 Tarantino is developing a Star Trek movie. Apple pies, tacos, Kill Bill references and a Tarantinoesque movie pitch all collide in this 30-minute showdown!

2017
Dec 20
PoliTreks #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 compare the CIA, Gestapo, CSUS, ISI methods, make-up, and tactics.

2018
Jan 17
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 focus on the venerable Garak!

2018
Feb 01
PoliTreks #6: Environmentalism in Star Trek IV
In this episode, Shashank and Barry 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 their own life with regard to being stewards of the environment.

2018
Feb 16
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.

2018
Mar 09
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'.

2018
Mar 23
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 it's real-world contexts and underpinnings can tell us about our society.

2018
Apr 08
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.

2018
Apr 23
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!

2018
May 12
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.

2018
Jun 01
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.

2018
Jun 18
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.



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