‘Star Trek: The Pod Directive’ New Official Podcast Launching This September

Star Trek official podcast announcement

Star Trek is getting a new official podcast! The new podcast was (re)announced by Tawny Newsome (Beckett Mariner) during the Star Trek: Lower Decks panel today as part of the Star Trek Day festivities hosted by CBS All Access.

Star Trek: The Pod Directive

The new podcast, titled Star Trek: The Pod Directive, is already available to subscribe to at StarTrek.com, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and anywhere else you get your podcasts—and it will make its debut on Monday, September 14th.

The hosts will be Newsome herself and comedian/actor/writer Paul F. Tompkins (BoJack Horseman, Mr. Show with Bob and David, Comedy Bang! Bang!). The duo will welcome guests from all walks of life who are Star Trek superfans; they’ll talk to celebrities, writers, behind-the-scenes creatives, scientists, astronauts, politicians, and more about the themes of Star Trek and how it has affected their lives. Each episode will feature one guest in an in-depth personal interview and include coverage of a Star Trek event or a discussion of a specific topic.

Guests already lined up: Ben Stiller, Michelle Hurd, Stacy Abrams, and more

The guest line-up so far:

Ben Stiller (actor/producer)
Reza Aslan (author/commentator)
Michelle Hurd (Raffi, Star Trek: Picard)
Kendra James (managing editor, StarTrek.com)
Angelica Bastien (staff writer, Vulture.com)
Mike McMahan (creator/executive producer/showrunner Star Trek: Lower Decks)
Stacey Abrams (politician/activist),
Tig Notaro (Jett Reno, Star Trek: Discovery)
Samantha Cristoforetti (ESA astronaut)
Bill McKibben (author/environmentalist/activist)
Jeff Russo (producer/composer, Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Short Treks)

Trailer available now

New episodes will drop weekly on Mondays through Nov. 9.

More Star Trek Day coverage at TrekMovie

There is a lot of news coming out of the virtual Star Trek Day. We will have more updates as the day goes on. Keep up with all of TrekMovie’s Star Trek Day coverage.

And keep up with all the news and reviews from the new Star Trek Universe on TV at TrekMovie.com.


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Happy Star Trek Day

I’m just going to imagine that Mariner and Mr Peanut Butter is doing this podcast.

Yes, I would love it if they did some “in-character” stuff like that!

I’m not much of a pod listener myself, but I’m going to have to listen to the one with Tig Notaro at the very least. She is hilarious and I can’t wait to hear her banter with these two clowns!

I am mildly impressed that Paul F. Tompkins is doing the official Trek pod. He is a well-respected member of the Greater Los Angeles comedy community. For a promotional yap-fest, you can do worse than Mr. F. Tompkins.

I’m always a little leery of official podcasts, but I like Tawny Newsome, so I’ll check this out for sure.

Stacey Abrams.

yes, she’s on the list, what about her?

Just listened to the first one, with Ben Stiller.

It was excellent. Who knew he was such a TOS fan? — the guy has an incredible collection of original props and costumes.

He needs to create a Short Trek absolutely.

I knew he was a big TOS fan. I remember years ago seeing Jimmy Doohan guest on an episode of Stiller’s FOX sketch comedy show.

Now if I could only bring myself to listen to Ben Stiller talk for an hour….