Humanist Trek

Humanist Trek

Humanist Trek is a weekly #StarTrek podcast about the humanism in Star Trek. Hosted by Sarah Ray 🏳️⚧️👩🏼 and Allie Ashmead ✊🏿👩🏿🦱 Available at http://www.humanisttrek.com and everywhere you replicate your podcasts!

Episodes

February 22, 2024 65 mins

When Star Trek stops hiding the humanism behind the sci-fi filter, American™ racism and hatred is put on blast. They didn't even bother hiding the mirror on this one.

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When Star Trek revisits the Plane'arium storyline, the proverbial inmates have taken over the asylum led by a shapeshifting madman. Once again questions of rehabilitation, medication, and individual rights and liberty come to the fore. What effect does this new medication have on the inmate? Do inmates have the right of refusal of "care" in Star Trek?

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February 8, 2024 73 mins

When Star Trek trades in Cowboy Diplomacy for Marriage Diplomacy, Sarah and Allie find themselves in a very discomforting place. Why is the Federation forcing this woman to go through with the diplomatic marriage she doesn't want? Why are the Klingons even in this episode? What even are those stones in that necklace, anyway?

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January 25, 2024 69 mins

When Kirk and the Gang find the missing scientists dead, they also discover some cousins of the bootyheads from the pilot. With a sun going nova imminent, can good ol' human emotion save a planet full of mute aliens that we only ever see one of? Did they even try saving any of the other aliens on the other planets in this system? Why don't people just ask for help?

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January 18, 2024 81 mins

Just how far would humans go to ensure our survival as a species? What would we kill to save ourselves, and where's that line? Why aren't we willing to try new things? What's Sarah's "clicker story"?

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January 11, 2024 68 mins

Star Trek often asks the question, "What would a civilization based on 'XYZ' look like?" This week it's the ancient Greeks and KSM find themselves in the position of defending against another powerful alien species drunk on their own power.

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January 4, 2024 54 mins

When Star Trek runs out of story ideas, it's time to revisit that old idea of Logic v. Emotion and how Kirk uses the best of both to be an effective leader.

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McCoy catches a terminal case of xenopolychlamydia, the crew stumbles upon a Truman Show asteroid ship, and Allie's back on the dating apps. Could Allie find love at first sight like McCoy? Will she avoid the dick pics and the xenopoly...

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December 21, 2023 33 mins

Snoop Claus visits the studio for the weediest Christmas ever!  Thanks to everybody who sent us gifts, you're the real MVP's.

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December 14, 2023 81 mins
When a hate vampire sets the Federations and Klingons against each other, can Uhura's sweet sweet singing bring them all together? Can we identify the hate vampires acti...
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December 7, 2023 49 mins

When Sarah and Allie are depressed and not excited about decorating for Christmas, the Ghost of Christmas Past yoinks them back to the past - 1881 in Tombstone, Arizona, to be exact. Will this stupid episode of Star Trek reignite their Christmas spirit? Not likely.

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November 30, 2023 79 mins

When Dr. Pulaski returns, 1960's beauty standards come under fire.

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November 23, 2023 81 mins
When a bunch of Children of the Corn on a scientific outpost cause their parents to Jim Jones themselves, they call to the guardians of the watchtowers of the East an...
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When Kirk suffers from amnesia, will the big Manhattan musical go on? How many awful "native American" tropes can one 1960's TV series cram into one episode? Is the transporter a killing machine? Find out this week on Humanist Trek!

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November 9, 2023 79 mins
When the Enterprise crosses into the Romulan DMZ, Spock fingers a Romulan Commander while Kirk steals a cloaking device (treaty be damned). Is it "OK" to do things du...
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November 2, 2023 73 mins
When Spock's brain is stolen by dopey aliens, Kirk, Bones, and Scotty take RC Spock on Star Tr...
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October 26, 2023 34 mins

How much do we even remember from Season 2?  And what do we have to look forward to next season?

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October 19, 2023 75 mins

What's Allie's great idea? Is Data's cat Spot canonically also a hot chick? Why do time travelers always act powerless? Will Kirk allow Marty to make sure his parents bang at the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance? What are the rules of time travel anyway? How short can a miniskirt get? This episode asks more questions than it answers.

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October 12, 2023 73 mins

The TOS writers once again explore the idea "What would have happened if 'x' hadn't fallen?" Not 1920's Chicago. Not Nazi Germany. No, this episode of Star Trek: The Original Series begs the question, "Men: How often do you think about...

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October 5, 2023 79 mins

People's fear of automation operates on "Sarah's Pendulum Theory of Everything". In the 60's? Vehicle Manufacturing. Today? AI. Can AI and the like coexist with capitalism or will ChatGPT take over the starship and start torpedoing the shit out of everything?

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