Marshall and Stephen discuss the age old question, “Autobots or Decepticons? ,” and think maybe the answer is “why not neither?”
A Universal Basic Income is relatively common in science fiction, thanks in large part to the ubiquity of Star Trek. The idea that people don’t need to compete for basic needs might feel futuristic but there are ways we can, and should, make that happen today.
Quark is given the opportunity of the lifetime when Grand Nagus Zek asks him to negotiate a deal with a Gamma quadrant species. Zek keeps sabotaging the deal, though, and Quark learns he’s been working with a female. If he just sticks to the Rules of Acquisition, he’ll be fine.
Our outro music this week is from the_miracle_aligner.
In this weeks episode we discuss 2020 Hugo award winning novel A Memory Called Empire. In which we discuss American Empire and the politics of being a stranger in a strange land.
Sisko settles a custody dispute of an orphaned Cardassian between his adoptive Bajoran parents and his biological father. Garak and Bashir work to uncover the machinations of Gul Dukat.
Bashir and O’Brien make adjustments to the station as a new crew member joins DS9. Melora battles discrimination, misplaced well meaning gestures, and inappropriate advances from her doctor.
Today we’re experimenting with moving away from a strict episode by episode review and instead are looking at two second season episodes that focus on the fascinating lives of Trill. Invasive Procedure and Playing God provide insight into Trill society and the massive inequality that exists there.
We talk about the Trill quest to gain a symbiont and a huge leg up on all of your Trill compatriots. Gaining a symbiont is enough to consume an entire life and even enough to kill for.
We had the absolute pleasure of talking to Corey J. White about his recent novel, Repo Virtual. This is a near future, cyberpunk that tackles heavy issues of our day like wealth inequality, corporate overreach, and douchey tech-bro companies all set in a very believable world wracked by climate change and fracturing nation states.
We talked about the warnings in his book and the need for a truly universal basic income to begin to address the global system of oppression called capitalism.
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On this week’s episode, we are extremely happy to host the amazing Karen, @prairieflaneur, contributor to Alberta Advantage and Format Guardian podcasts, as we discuss the inaugural episodes of Deep Space Nine Season Two, often known as The Bajoran Coup Arc. We hope you enjoy our detailed analysis and wild speculation as we ask… What the hell is going on in Bajoran politics?