Trek Politics is a fun and insightful deep dive into the socio-political and cultural impact of Star Trek across all series and movies, featuring author and commentator Mary Trump and political podcaster Bob Cesca.
Premieres June 2023! Subscribe for free here! Trek Politics with Mary L. Trump and Bob Cesca is a deep dive into the socio-political and cultural allegories of Star Trek across all the series and movies, plus guest interviews with Star Trek actors, crew, and famous fans. The show idea began as a Star Trek discussion on Bob's podcast as you'll hear in this trailer.
Welcome to the premiere episode of Trek Politics with Mary Trump and Bob Cesca. The incredible Terry Matalas, showrunner, writer, and director of Star Trek Picard Season 3, joins us to discuss everything from the huge success of season three to to the progressive values of the Trek future to conservative Star Trek fans, plus the performances, the score, the process of assembling the season, why Terry beat the crap out of Captain Shaw, some disasters along the way, and more. Don't forget to like, subscribe, share this episode and follow us @trekpolitics on Instagram and Twitter. #IDIC
We discuss Strange New Worlds S2E1, including false flags and punching Klingons. And then we talked with the inimitable Jeri Ryan, Seven of Nine on Voyager and Picard. Jeri talked about her Dungeons and Dragons experience at Todd Stashwick's house, plus: what it was like joining Voyager at the end of season two; how separating from the Borg collective might inform how to deprogram family members from a certain political cult; and more! Don't forget to like, subscribe, share this episode and follow us @trekpolitics on Instagram and Twitter.
Mary and Bob recap Strange New Worlds S2E2 "Ad Astra Per Aspera" plus civil rights and non-human personhood in Starfleet. And then the spectacular Todd Stashwick, Captain Liam Shaw from Picard S3, arrives to discuss playing a grease monkey from Chicago, nerd culture, his breathtaking Wolf 359 speech, toxic fandom, dead naming, whether Captain Shaw has a bong in his ready room, and so much more. Make sure to subscribe on your favorite podcast player, and give us a five-star rating and review. Do it for Sebastian!
Mary and Bob talk with the brilliant, funny, and insightful Tim Russ, who played the Vulcan Tuvok on Voyager and Picard Season 3. We dig into Tim's politics, the most culturally poignant episode of Voyager, the downsides to AI, how we get to a Star Trek future, sci-fi pet peeves, and of course Subspace Pancakes! Plus, we review Strange New Worlds episodes three and four, "Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow" and "Among the Lotus Eaters," and more! Make sure to subscribe on your favorite podcast player, and give us a five-star rating and review.
We're standing in solidarity with the actors and writers by restricting our conversations to discussions about the strike and the myriad reasons for it. This means no Trek conversations for the time being. Instead, we'll speak with some familiar names about how Hollywood corporations and the strike itself are affecting the actors and writers, beginning with legendary actor Kirk Acevedo. You can follow Kirk on Twitter @KirkAcevedo. Make sure to subscribe on your favorite podcast player and if you dig what you hear, give us a five star rating and review.
Mary and Bob announce a temporary hiatus for this podcast until the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes are resolved, in essence Trek Politics is joining the virtual picket line in support of the actors and writers. Per the SAG-AFTRA guidelines, our guests are unable to publicly discuss or promote Star Trek or any studio or network projects, and it's a gray area in terms of whether we, as podcasters, can discuss Star Trek on the show. So rather than struggling to navigate all of that, we decided to support the actors and writers by beaming the show into the transporter buffer until everything is resolved. We will return!