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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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Newcomers Come to Star Trek

Newcomers Come to Star Trek

2021-05-1001:00:42

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? And, apropos to nothing, why does Data look like that?! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tawny Newsome’s Moms

Tawny Newsome’s Moms

2021-05-0301:12:173

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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 interviews, and the Next Generation episode that hits him in the feels every time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 that us Star Trek fans are known to love. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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. Starting March 29, hear brand new episodes of The Pod Directive every Monday wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jeff Russo

Jeff Russo

2020-11-0954:202

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.  Stay subscribed! Star Trek: The Pod Directive will return to this feed soon for season 2, featuring all new episodes, out of this world guests, and your favorite hosts: Tawny Newsome and Paul F. Tompkins! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben

2020-11-0250:255

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 crucial, and what Star Trek has done right that we can actually do and apply here in the real world. Remember to subscribe to Star Trek: The Pod Directive and, if you like what you hear, leave us an Apple review. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Samantha Cristoforetti

Samantha Cristoforetti

2020-10-2628:413

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. Remember to subscribe to Star Trek: The Pod Directive and, if you like what you hear, leave us an Apple review. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tig Notaro

Tig Notaro

2020-10-1949:475

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. Remember to subscribe to Star Trek: The Pod Directive and, if you like what you hear, leave us an Apple review. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Stacey Abrams

Stacey Abrams

2020-10-1237:183

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 Trek. Hosts Tawny Newsome and Paul F. Tompkins talk to Abrams about politics, ethics, and one of her favorite episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Remember to subscribe to Star Trek: The Pod Directive and, if you like what you hear, leave us an Apple review. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mike McMahan

Mike McMahan

2020-10-0541:134

It’s always a great time when a buddy drops by the studio! This week, Tawny introduces Paul to her friend (and showrunner!) Mike McMahan. The trio sits down for a hilarious discussion of all things Star Trek, comedy, and how the two have always been in lock step with each other, even before the premiere of Star Trek: Lower Decks. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Flying solo with hosting duties this week, Tawny is joined by Michelle Hurd (Raffi, Star Trek: Picard), Angelica Jade Bastién (Staff Writer, Vulture), and Kendra James (Managing Editor, StarTrek.com) for an hour long, roundtable conversation about Black stories, Black culture, and Black lives in Star Trek. Remember to subscribe to Star Trek: The Pod Directive and, if you like what you hear, leave us an Apple review. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Reza Aslan

Reza Aslan

2020-09-2154:135

Tawny and Paul sit down with religious scholar, writer, and commentator Reza Aslan to discuss religion and Star Trek. Sound scary? Don't worry, this week's episode is filled with humor and dry wit as our hosts broach this fascinating topic, and Reza takes us on a deep dive on the symbolism behind a fan favorite, Star Trek: The Next Generation's "Darmok."   Remember to subscribe to Star Trek: The Pod Directive and, if you like what you hear, leave us an Apple review. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller

2020-09-1448:275

In their debut episode, hosts Tawny Newsome and Paul F. Tompkins sit down with actor, director, and producer Ben Stiller to talk all things Star Trek memorabilia. The trio go deep into Stiller's Trek collection, his childhood memories of the show, and the way his fandom pops up in many of his projects - even to this day! Remember to subscribe to Star Trek: The Pod Directive and, if you like what you hear, leave us an Apple review. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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.   Starting September 14th join Tawny Newsome and Paul F. Tompkins as they talk with Ben Stiller, Reza Aslan, Michelle Hurd, Stacey Abrams, Tig Notaro and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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