Star Trek: The Pod Directive

Star Trek: The Pod Directive

Star Trek: The Pod Directive

CATEGORY: TV & Film
Join Tawny Newsome (Star Trek: Lower Decks) and Paul F. Tompkins (BoJack Horseman, Comedy Bang Bang) in a wide-ranging and often hilarious take on the Star Trek universe. With unparalleled access to Star Trek luminaries, celebrity superfans, and behind-the-scenes creative professionals, The Pod Directive takes a smart, witty and thoughtful look at all things Trek – both old and new. Offering a high-level discussion of the themes, ideas and characters that resonate across the history of the franchise’s storied universe, episodes will also explore the brand’s 50-plus year legacy and influence.
  1. June 28, 2021
    49 min
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    Happy Summer Vacation! (Season Finale)
    It’s the last pod of the season, and Tawny and Paul are sitting down with producer and StarTrek.com Managing Editor Kendra James. Together, they’re recapping season 2 of The Pod Directive, talking shop, Star Tr…
  2. June 21, 2021
    1 hr 7 min
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    Lower Decks! Lower Decks! Lower Decks! (With Jack Quaid)
    Tawny Newsome (Beckett Mariner, Star Trek: Lower Decks) and Paul F. Tompkins (Dr. Migleemo, Star Trek: Lower Decks) are joined by Jack Quaid (Brad Boimler, Star Trek: Lower Decks) for a… well, you can probably…
  3. June 14, 2021
    39 min
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    Alex Kurtzman is Building the Star Trek Universe
    This week, Tawny and Paul sit down with the architect behind the modern Star Trek Universe, Alex Kurtzman. In an hour-long conversation, the three discuss what it takes to build a franchise, the amazingly talen…
  4. June 07, 2021
    1 hr 20 min
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    TV Book Club With Emily VanDerWerff
    Vox TV Critic Emily VanDerWerff drops by the pod to talk about what it’s been like rewatching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine for the first time, not only as an adult, but during a global pandemic with her newly min…
  5. May 31, 2021
    1 hr 5 min
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    Star Trek Nostalgia with Justin Simien
    Director Justin Simien (Dear White People, Bad Hair, and the upcoming Lando Calrissian series for Disney+) joins Tawny and Paul this week to talk all things Trek and nostalgia. From stories of Simien’s childhoo…
  6. May 24, 2021
    1 hr 8 min
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    Creating Utopia With Talia Lavin
    Talia Lavin spent months immersing herself in the internet’s darkest corners, becoming an expert on how white supremacists organize online and what that means for the rest of us. After publishing Culture Warlor…
  7. May 17, 2021
    1 hr 17 min
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    Star Trek Science and Lizard Babies with Erin Macdonald
    Dr. Erin Macdonald is living any Star Trek fan’s dream, going from working on her doctorate in astrophysics while watching Star Trek: Voyager in the background to serving as a science consultant for the whole f…
  8. May 10, 2021
    1 hr 3 min
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    Newcomers Come to Star Trek
    The hosts of Newcomers, Lauren Lapkus and Nicole Byer, have turned their fandom curiosities to Star Trek in this podcast crossover. Watch the Deep Space Nine episode “In the Cards” and join us for a hilarious c…
  9. May 03, 2021
    1 hr 16 min
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    Tawny Newsome’s Moms
    We’re celebrating Mother’s Day with Tawny’s moms: Her TV mom, Dawnn Lewis (Captain Freeman, Star Trek: Lower Decks), and her real life mom, Stephanie! We’re talking all things Lower Decks, Enterprise, and Tawny…
  10. April 26, 2021
    1 hr 5 min
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    Phil Yu's Talking to All the Asians on Star Trek
    Phil Yu has set out on his own five year mission. In 2020, the Star Trek fan -- who blogs under the name Angry Asian Man -- started his own podcast All the Asians on Star Trek where he, as the title says, plans…
  11. April 19, 2021
    1 hr 4 min
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    The Incomparable Michelle Yeoh
    Michelle Yeoh! Tawny Newsome! Paul F. Tompkins! Need we say more? Join us for a wide ranging conversation with Phillipa Georgiou herself, spanning the world from Malaysia, to Toronto, to Paris, and of course ta…
  12. April 12, 2021
    1 hr 16 min
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    Exploring The Next Generation with John Hodgman
    This week we're welcoming John Hodgman (The Daily Show, Judge John Hodgman, and more) to the show! John joins Paul and Tawny to talk about classic 1990s Trek and to make a very important request of our listener…
  13. April 05, 2021
    59 min
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    First Contacts with Anson Mount and Dr. Doug Vakoch
    Anson Mount (Discovery and Strange New Worlds) and Dr. Doug Vakoch make first contact with Paul and Tawny in their first appearance on The Pod Directive! Together, our guests walk listeners through METI's missi…
  14. March 29, 2021
    1 hr 23 min
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    The Wrath of Khan with Paul Scheer and Amy Nicholson
    Paul Scheer and Amy Nicholson (co-hosts of Earwolf's Unspooled podcast) kick off season two with all things "Space Seed," Ricardo Montalban, and Qanon in space?!, as they discuss the cinematic classic, Star Tre…
  15. March 29, 2021
    1 hr 21 min
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    The Wrath of Khan with Paul Scheer and Amy Nicholson
    Paul Scheer and Amy Nicholson (co-hosts of Earwolf's Unspooled podcast) kick off season two with all things "Space Seed," Ricardo Montalban, and Qanon in space?!, as they discuss the cinematic classic, Star Tre…
  16. March 22, 2021
    2 min
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    Introducing: Season 2 of Star Trek: The Pod Directive
    Tawny Newsome and Paul F. Tompkins are back for Season 2 of Star Trek: The Pod Directive. This season, journey even further behind-the-scenes through discussions about Star Trek's influence on culture and space…
  17. December 01, 2020
    45 sec
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    Introducing Star Trek: The Pod Directive
    Join Tawny Newsome (Star Trek: Lower Decks) and Paul F. Tompkins (BoJack Horseman, Comedy Bang Bang) in a wide-ranging and often hilarious take on the Star Trek universe. With unparalleled access to Star Trek l…
  18. November 09, 2020
    56 min
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    Jeff Russo
    We couldn’t have asked for a better guest for the final episode of Star Trek: The Pod Directive! Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Picard composer Jeff Russo joins Tawny and Paul in the studio. A former membe…
  19. November 02, 2020
    52 min
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    Bill McKibben
    This week on Star Trek: The Pod Directive, Tawny and Paul meet up for a quick chat before Paul dives in solo with renowned environmentalist and professor Bill McKibben. From rainstorms and earthquakes on Risa t…
  20. October 26, 2020
    31 min
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    Samantha Cristoforetti
    This week, Tawny and Paul sit down with someone who's been closer to the stars than most people will ever get. You may know Samantha Cristoforetti from her famous cosplay of Kathryn Janeway on the International…

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