Peace and Star Trek

So there’s this website PRX which in their words is “… an online marketplace for distribution, review, and licensing of public radio programming”. It’s a fascinating site with a ton of very good programming (free). I urge you to check it out.

Anyhow, I was browsing around there today looking for something to listen to while I work (this used to be fulfilled by local radio but I got sick of listening to the same songs over and over again) and came across Paul Engle’s show Peace Talks Radio: The Peace Message in Star Trek.

A description of the piece from PRX:

A new Star Trek movie comes out this spring that revisits the stories of Capt. Kirk, Spock, Bones and the characters from the original series. This month Peace Talks Radio notes how many stories in the original series thoughtfully explored the themes of war and peace, tolerance, friendship and compassion. When originally released in the turbulent late 1960’s, Star Trek stories tackled complex issues that mirrored both the Cold War, the Vietnam War, and the Civil Rights Struggle. Host Paul Ingles talks with David Gerrold, author of The World of Star Trek and the popular episode “The Trouble With Tribbles.”

It was a very enjoyable half hour, listening to this show. It made me appreciate the work of Gene Roddenberry and the heart he brought to Star Trek and science fiction.

Consider this bit of dialogue from the episode titled A Taste of Armageddon Captain James T. Kirk talking:

[War] is instinctive. But the instinct can be fought. We’re human beings with the blood of a million savage years on our hands! But we can stop it. We can admit that we’re killers … but we’re not going to kill today. That’s all it takes! Knowing that we’re not going to kill – today!

I’d like to get that on a t-shirt please.

Anyway, if you have some time check out the piece of PRX. I doubt you will regret it.


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