Us public radio folk are not shy about mining the cultural zeitgeist—especially if it gives us an excuse to fully express our inner geekiness. Case in point: The recent spate of Star Trek stories.
It is a not very well concealed industry secret that most public media employees are huge Trek fans—well, at least the cool, geeky, dangerous ones I hang with—though I must take issue with my Next Gen-obsessed colleague. (Face it, Meghna, TOS rules.) I suspect the same is true for 90.9 listeners as well, though if my son is any indication, the standard benediction of future listeners of that generation fueled on “Clone Wars” fantasies is more apt to be “May the Force be With You” than “Live Long and Prosper.”
I tallied at least a half-dozen-plus Trek references in the results of my cursory search of the mothership’s website, including Fresh Air’s review of the new Trek film, Talk of the Nation’s interview with director J. J. Abrams, and an All Things Considered piece on how much dough the franchise has raked in to date. And make sure to read and listen to this gem from the archives that tells how Gene Roddenberry tech-utopia vision came to television.
So tell me dear public reader, are my assumptions erroneous? Do our listeners in fact—perish the thought—prefer Star Wars to the infinitely superior Star Trek?
And special thanks to @qurgh who translates “we are funded by you, our listeners” into proper Klingon: “Huch nunobmo’ ‘IjwI’pu’ mavum.”