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What We Learned About Ourselves Through Star Trek

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Is Star Trek really the next generation or simply a reflection of us today? We'll explore the history and culture of the popular science fiction television series as it relates to war, race relations and technology.

Maureen Cavanaugh: The brand new Star Trek movie opened last weekend and grossed more than $76 million dollars at the box office. It seems that after 11 movies, five TV shows and one cartoon we still can't get enough of the late Gene Roddenbury's vision of the future.

With Star Trek, Roddenbury and his writers managed to craft a story, characters and a worldview that struck a chord with people who hope the best days of the human race still lie ahead and who want to believe that our civilization will survive to boldly go where no one has gone before.

Last fall, Tom Fudge talked about the enduring appeal of Star Trek with KPBS film critic and science fiction fan Beth Accomando, and John Putman, professor of history at San Diego State University who teaches a course on Star Trek, history and culture. Here's that interview.

Guests

John Putman, professor of history at San Diego State University who teaches a course on Star Trek, history and culture.

Beth Accomando, KPBS Film Critic and a fan of science fiction.

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