Primitive Culture: A Star Trek History and Culture Podcast

Primitive Culture is a podcast dedicated to a deep examination of the connections between Star Trek and our own history and culture. In each episode, Duncan Barrett, Clara Cook, and Tony Black take you on a fascinating exploration of how our world inspires the franchise we love—and how that franchise inspires us.

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episode 74: A 1990s Time Capsule

Looking back on 25 years of Star Trek: Voyager. We reflect on the promise of the concept that gave birth to the series, the reality of what we got on screen, and reassess Voyager’s strengths and weakness a quarter-century later.



episode 73: In a Dark Wood

Dante in the Delta Quadrant. We look at Dante’s works Vita Nuova and Divine Comedy as referenced in the Voyager episodes “Latent Image” and “Shattered.”



episode 72: 72: The Human Adventure

Star Trek: The Motion Picture on the big screen. In this roundtable, we consider how our opinions of the film have shifted over the years, what we look for in Star Trek at the cinema, and how The Motion Picture fits into broader Trek canon.


 2019-12-10  38m

episode 71: 71: A Sandbox that We Can All Play In

Rick Sternbach on designing Star Trek's future. We speak to the famed illustrator about his work, creating Star Trek’s 24th century, and what happened to the whales in Generations.


 2019-12-04  32m

episode 70: All the World’s a Bridge

Star Trek and Theatre. We raise the curtain on the franchise’s long-standing debt to the traditions of the stage.


 2019-11-24  49m

episode 69: Styling It Out

Fan encounters in Star Trek and beyond. We consider how our heroes’ own fanboy and fangirl moments offer a glimpse into their personalities and how our expectations of the actors we encounter at conventions are colored by the characters they portray on


 2019-11-09  40m

episode 68: Feeling the Fear and Doing It Anyway

Phobias in Star Trek. We look at the irrational fears faced by characters in Star Trek, as well as the terrors that plague our own lives.


 2019-10-30  1h38m

episode 67: Everyone’s a Captain!

Star Trek’s Revivals.. We look at the franchise’s periodic revivals, from The Motion Picture to Picard.


 2019-10-11  1h30m

episode 66: Kirk + Picard = ?

Star Trek: Generations. We look at how the TNG fared in their TV-to-movie transition.


 2019-09-26  2h2m

episode 65: REISSUE: Bigger on the Inside

Star Trek and Dr. Who, with Una McCormack. The author of tie-in fiction of both these long-running franchises joins us to look at the parallels between the two and why they have survived for more than half a century.


 2019-09-13  1h30m