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Episode 12: Star Trek (1966-1969)

July 17th, 2015

In the twelfth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and CarrieLynn Reinhard welcome friend of the podcast Paul Booth of DePaul University to discuss one of the longest running, most important science fiction series of all time, Star Trek.

Star Trek will be celebrating it's 50th anniversary in 2016, and Booth is planning a special, one-day appreciation of all things Trekkie at DePaul University. In the episode, the discussion focuses on the reasons behind the longevity of Star Trek and why it has been an inspiration to so many people around the world for so many decades. The conversation ranges from the optimistic morality of the series to the need for sincerity in modern science fiction and fantasy, as well as the "goods" and "bads" of nostalgia when recalling such an old series.

As always, you are encouraged to become a part of this conversation by visiting any of the podcast's social media sites. You can also talk with Christopher Olson on Twitter (@chrstphrolson) and at his academic blog And you can talk to CarrieLynn Reinhard on Twitter (@mediaoracle) and at her website