Star Trek: The Pod Directive

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 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.

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June 28, 2021 49 min

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 Trek News, and more before leaving listeners with a few Trek-centric recommendations to tide us all over until season 3. See you in a few months, everyone!

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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 guess what we’re talking this week. Get some exclusive insight on the Lower Decks’ audition process, listen as the trio discusses Jack’s Star Trek learning curve, what it’s like being the representatives of major fandoms, and...

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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 talented people in front of and behind the camera who make the shows come to life, and why in 2021 Star Trek is now more important than ever when it comes to understanding the world we live in. It’s an episode fans won’t want to m...

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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 minted TV ‘book club.’ Together, Emily, Paul, and Tawny discuss DS9’s enduring legacy and why it speaks to so many LGBTQ fans, Emily’s very first experiences with Trek, and dip into the state of media criticism before leaving li...

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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 childhood in the American South watching The Next Generation on an antenna TV, to learning all the, er, creative ways he figured out to make his own amateur sci-fi adventure, and the beauty of TNG’s series finale, this episode is...

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May 24, 2021 68 min

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 Warlords: My Journey into the Dark Web of White Supremacy, she went for a palate cleanser and started watching Star Trek for the very first time. This week, Talia joins Tawny and Paul to discuss what it was like to watch Star Trek ...

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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 franchise. This week, the doctor joins Paul and Tawny to talk Iggy Pop, “Threshold,” Trek Tech, and everything in between.

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May 10, 2021 63 min

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 conversation that asks important questions like: Why have an auction if there’s no money? Is it cool for a child to sneak into a grown woman’s bedroom to steal a teddy bear? Why is baseball the chosen sport of the 24th Century...

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May 3, 2021 76 min

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 Newsome (much to her dismay and Paul’s delight) on this week’s episode of Star Trek: The Pod Directive!

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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 to interview every Asian actor who has appeared on Star Trek. It’s a lofty goal, but Phil’s already made big strides, and this week he’s sitting down with Paul and Tawny to talk about his podcast, some of his favorite interv...

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April 19, 2021 64 min

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 talking about everything Star Trek: Discovery, but also so much more. Star Trek fan or not, this is an interview you don’t want to miss!

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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 listeners -- can someone please find John some Judge Q robes?! All of this and more in this week's installment of The Pod Directive!

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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 mission and what we Earthlings can and should expect from the First Contacts that might just happen in our own lifetimes! Celebrate First Contact Day with this chat that presents the perfect mix of science and science-fiction ...

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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 Trek: The Wrath of Khan with our favorite hosts Tawny Newsome and Paul F. Tompkins.

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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 exploration. Guests include Trek icons and superfans like Paul Scheer, Amy Nicholson, Michelle Yeoh, John Hodgman, and more. Hear brand new episodes of The Pod Directive every Monday wherever you get your podcasts.

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November 9, 2020 56 min

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 member of the rock band Tonic, Russo walks us through his transition from studio albums to film and television composition, and the trio discusses what makes Star Trek’s music so iconic. 


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November 2, 2020 52 min

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 to a quest to save two whales, Star Trek has always paid attention to issues of the environment, and McKibben has taken note. Together, Paul and Bill talk through issues of Global Warming, what makes environmentalism so crucia...

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October 26, 2020 31 min

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 Space Station. Calling in from Germany, she talks to our hosts about what it's like to be a fan of Star Trek while also working towards the future of space exploration the show so clearly envisions.

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October 19, 2020 51 min

This week, Paul F. Tompkins sits down with his old friend Tig Notaro. They talk about her role as Jett Reno on Star Trek: Discovery, adapting to Trek Tech Talk, their mutual loves of comedy, and more.

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October 12, 2020 39 min

We could not have asked for a better guest in this last month before the 2020 election, than Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams. After running a hard fought campaign for governor, Abrams went on to found her organization, Fair Fight. Somehow, this powerhouse finds time between fighting for voter rights, delivering political commentary, and, yes, writing romance novels, to also maintain her status as a massive fan of Star...

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