Trek Untold

Hosted ByMatthew Kaplowitz

"Trek Untold" is the Star Trek podcast that goes beyond the stars! This show features guests, including character actors, stunt performers, directors, writers, VFX artists, and the behind-the-scenes people who make the Star Trek universe boldly go where no sci-fi franchise has gone before.

The Trek Untold podcast is not endorsed by, sponsored by, nor affiliated with CBS, Paramount Pictures, or any other Star Trek franchise

104: Ryan Britt Explains How Star Trek Changed The World

Ryan Britt is the author of the new book, “Phasers on Stun!: How the Making (and Remaking) of Star Trek Changed the World”, and he joins Trek Untold to discuss everything Trek and sci-fi!

An editor at Fatherly and regular contributor to Esquire, Inverse, Den of Geek, and many other places, Ryan’s new book features over 100 interviews with the actors and crew who contributed to the five-decade-long history of Trek in an accessible way. Ryan explains how he became a professional journalist in the world of geekdom, how having a daughter has changed the way he viewed the genre and affects what he writes now as entertainment editor on “Fatherly,” the inspiration behind his new book, the importance of Star Trek in growing the sci-fi genre and making it mainstream, surprising things he learned while conducting interviews with the stars of Star Trek including tales about Robin Curtis as Saavik and how Uhura and Spock were almost the same character, what really is the worst Star Trek episode of all time, the link between “Dune” and DS9, the politics of Star Trek and state of the fandom, and much more.

Plus, stories of Harlan Ellison and his encounter with Patrick Stewart!

Note: Apologies for the background noise with my mic. This episode was recorded during a summer heatwave, so I was forced to turn my air conditioner.

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