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Primitive Culture: A Star Trek History and Culture Podcast

Nov 15, 2018

Live from Destination Star Trek.

Star Trek has always been influenced by real-world history. But, over the course of more than half a century, certain topics have recurred again and again, suffusing the imaginary world of the future with the legacies of our own, often troubled past. Two key influences in particular—World War II and the literature and culture of the sea—have been a pervasive influence on Star Trek’s storytelling, from the earliest episodes of The Original Series right up to Discovery.

In this episode of Primitive Culture, we present two panels recorded live at Destination Star Trek in Birmingham, UK. In the first, hosts Clara Cook and Duncan Barrett are joined by Primitive Culture co-founder Tony Black, former Earl Grey host Lee Hutchison, and Dr. Trek himself, Larry Nemecek. In the first, the group discusses the debt Star Trek owes to the history of World War II. In the second, Duncan and Tony explore Star Trek’s nautical influences, from Horatio Hornblower to Moby-Dick.

Larry Nemecek is author of the Star Trek: The Next Generation Companionand Stellar Cartography,and host of The Trek Files podcast:
Lee Hutchison hosts Filibuster on The Nerd Party podcast network:
Tony Black runs The X-Cast podcast network and the entertainment website Set the Tape
Duncan’s book Star Trek: The Human Frontier is available to order from Amazon:

Intro (00:00:00)
The Shadow of WWII (00:01:46)
Never Forgetting (00:12:30)
Heroism and Adventure (00:22:35)
Q&A (00:26:25)
The Starry Sea (00:35:13)
Moby-Dick (00:43:30)
Dead metaphors (00:49:20)
Q&A (00:55:30)

Duncan Barrett and Clara Cook

Tony Black, Lee Hutchison, Larry Nemecek

Clara Cook (Editor) Duncan Barrett (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Tony Black (Associate Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Amy Nelson (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)