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Star Trek: The Pod Directive is a podcast that airs on, as well as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and other podcast platforms, beginning on 14 September 2020. It is co-hosted by Tawny Newsome and Paul F. Tompkins. [1]

The podcast was originally announced under the title Prime Directive: The Official Star Trek Podcast, and was supposed to begin airing in late 2019. [2]

It is the second official Star Trek podcast, replacing Engage: The Official Star Trek Podcast.

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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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Production staff


  1. "Ben Stiller"
  2. "Reza Aslan"
  3. "Michelle Hurd, Angelica Jade Bastién & Kendra James"
  4. "Mike McMahan"
  5. "Stacey Abrams"
  6. "Tig Notaro"
  7. "Samantha Cristoforetti"
  8. "Bill McKibben"
  9. "Jeff Russo"
  10. "The Wrath of Khan with Paul Scheer and Amy Nicholso‪n‬" (season 2)
  11. "First Contacts with Anson Mount and Dr. Doug Vakoc‪h"

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