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. New episodes every other Tuesday. Star Trek: The Pod Directive listeners can use discount code "TREK20” for 20% off all Star Trek products on

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 57m. Bisher sind 40 Folge(n) erschienen. Dies ist ein wöchentlich erscheinender Podcast.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 1 day 12 hours 4 minutes


The Creation of the Klingon Language | Unsung Science with David Pogue

Where do fictional languages come from? How are they devised? Hear from the creator of the Klingon language, Marc Okrand, on his process of designing the famous conlang (constructed language) and his first few Star Trek gigs. You'd be surprised by the amount of vocabulary, syntax, and grammar that go into inventing the conlang...


 August 8, 2023  38m

From Fan to Science Fiction Consultant with Erin Macdonald

Ever wondered how warping would work in real life? Astrophysicist Dr. Erin Macdonald knows. Erin takes the inner workings of science and makes them possible in the science fiction universe we love on Star Trek. She also highlights one of her favorite Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes, “The Magnificent Ferengi”, because everyone loves an Iggy Pop appearance. This episode originally aired on May 17, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


 July 25, 2023  1h15m

Introducing: Light the Fuse - The Official Mission: Impossible Podcast

Quick, before this podcast self-destructs! Longtime “Mission: Impossible” obsessives, filmmaker Charles Hood and entertainment journalist Drew Taylor, are taking their love for the film franchise to the next level. They're bringing star-studded interviews, deep dives into the movies' daring stunts, and behind-the-scenes information you can't get anywhere else. You'll also hear from Ethan Hunt himself, Tom Cruise! New episodes every Tuesday, available wherever you get podcasts...


 July 11, 2023  41m

John Hodgman’s Favorite Episode of The Next Generation

Author and actor John Hodgman is throwing it back with Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: The Original Series. He and our hosts analyze how these shows have impacted their views on interpersonal relationships and John dives into one of his favorite Next Generation episodes, “Lonely Among Us”. He is also desperately looking for a Judge Q costume if anyone has a spare! This episode originally aired on April 12, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


 June 27, 2023  1h14m

Sir Patrick Stewart (Extended Cut) | The Late Show Pod Show with Stephen Colbert

Sir Patrick Stewart makes a special appearance on The Late Show Pod Show with Stephen Colbert. Following Colbert's commentary, he and Stewart discuss the final season of Star Trek: Picard. Stewart also shares tidbits about himself including how he stays so young, his role as King Oberon, and what he sees as the best way to start your day. This is an episode of The Late Show Pod Show with Stephen Colbert originally aired in February 2023. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone...


 June 13, 2023  29m

Meaningful Asian Representation with Phil Yu

Creator of “All the Asians On Star Trek” and the “Angry Asian Man” blog, Phil Yu, discusses Asian representation in Star Trek and beyond. He speaks to his own experiences from watching Rosalind Chao as a kid to making it a mission to interview every Asian actor who has appeared on Star Trek...


 May 30, 2023  1h5m

Building Character Inspirations with Michelle Yeoh

The wonderful Michelle Yeoh, also known as Captain Philippa Georgiou, talks about her time working on Star Trek: Discovery and her experience with her Star Trek family. She gives us the background on her extensive career from dancing to acting, including how her inspiration for Georgiou came from contemporary dance. She also shares the things she wants to do in her career that she hasn’t done yet! This episode originally aired on April 19, 2021. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone...


 May 16, 2023  1h2m

episode 5: Comics and Klingons with Christopher Cantwell

Writer Christopher Cantwell joins the podcast as a fan and is greeted by fans of his own! Tawny and Paul are excited to welcome the creator of one of their favorite shows, Halt and Catch Fire, before diving into Cantwell’s Star Trek fandom, his IDW comic series, Star Trek: Defiant, and why everything always comes back to Klingons… not that we’re complaining...


 May 2, 2023  59m

episode 4: The Possibility of Life with Jaime Green

Debut author and science journalist Jaime Green is bringing her expertise and passion for life on our planet and others! Our hosts get a chance to ask her about evolution on earth and beyond, chat AI, revisit their conversation on SETI and METI from season 2, and discuss the uniqueness of alien life on Star Trek, in science fiction, and in the real world. Jaime’s book, The Possibility of Life, is out today and available from booksellers everywhere. Learn more about your ad choices...


 April 18, 2023  53m

episode 3: Marrying a Trek Fan with Moshe Kasher and Natasha Leggero

Comedians, married couple, and -- most importantly -- friends of our hosts, Moshe Kasher and Natasha Leggero join the pod to help us find out what happens when a Trek fan marries someone who couldn't care less. Listen in as Tawny, Paul, and Moshe introduce Natasha to the classic DS9 episode, Trials and Tribble-ations. Want more Natasha and Moshe? Listen to their relationship advice podcast, Endless Honeymoon...


 April 4, 2023  1h3m