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New episodes every Thursday! Podcasts: a frontier that isn't actually very final at all. These are the voyages of the podcast A Star to Steer Her By. Our continuing mission: to watch every single episode of Star Trek (even the dumb ones), to comment on and snark at whatever suits our fancy, to boldly split infinitives that no man has split before. Follow our crew of Chris, Jake, Ames, and Caitlin as we explore the universe of Trek, go on wild tangents, crack wise, and make more fart jokes th ...
 
Join Jack Vita, sportswriter (jackvita.com), journalist and Valparaiso alum each week for an in-depth recap of the latest news, stories and scores from the world of sports, featuring thoughtful, fun and entertaining analysis, and exclusive conversations with a wide variety of guests, including professional athletes, reality TV personalities, musicians, writers, podcasters, friends and other interesting folks! In addition to his weekly sports recaps, Jack will occasionally discuss a Chex Mix ...
 
This story begins after a long and devastating war that has left The Federation in shambles. The pressing mission for the remaining ships in Star Fleet is to travel the war-torn galaxy's and find old alleys to reunite under one federation. Many of the classic Star Trek races make an appearance in this series including the Klingons, Romulans and everyone's favorite the Borg! This book is fast paced and a very creative read. It comes recommended highly for anyone who has followed Star Trek and ...
 
There's a force at work that keeps you from being you. We feel it, too. It's the reason we avoid making the call, the reason we put off the diet. It's why we've done nothing about that entrepreneurial idea, that creative endeavor, that new relationship. In his book The War of Art, Stephen Pressfield defines this universal force as Resistance. Welcome to The Resistance, a new podcast featuring honest interviews with creative persons about this force and the forms it takes.
 
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We're all over time this week on "Voyager"! First up, flash back to some Janeway ancestors and meet the most boring, annoying man in history in "11:59"! After that, literal time travel and related boondoggles ensue when Seven is drafted by the Starfleet Time Police in "Relativity"!Also this week: Christmas in February, no good guys, and ranking tim…
 
“Hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society & its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, & even imagine real grounds for hope. We’ll need writers who can remember freedom—poets, visionaries—realists of a larger reality. . .” Words …
 
“Hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society & its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, & even imagine real grounds for hope. We’ll need writers who can remember freedom—poets, visionaries—realists of a larger reality. . .” Words …
 
Ursula K. Le Guin believes we cannot restructure society without restructuring the English language, and thus her book on the craft of writing inevitably engages class, gender, race, capitalism, and morality, all of which are not separate from grammar, punctuation, tense, and point of view for Le Guin. Ursula K. Le Guin is the author of more than s…
 
Ursula K. Le Guin believes we cannot restructure society without restructuring the English language, and thus her book on the craft of writing inevitably engages class, gender, race, capitalism, and morality, all of which are not separate from grammar, punctuation, tense, and point of view for Le Guin. Ursula K. Le Guin is the author of more than s…
 
A catastrophic event renders the Earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere: in outer space. Only a handful of survivors remain . . . Five thousand years later, their progeny—seven distinct races…
 
A catastrophic event renders the Earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere: in outer space. Only a handful of survivors remain . . . Five thousand years later, their progeny—seven distinct races…
 
Where Flynne and her brother, Burton, live, jobs outside the drug business are rare. Fortunately, Burton has his veteran’s benefits, for the neural damage he suffered from implants during his time in the USMC’s elite Haptic Recon force. Then one night Burton has to go out, but there’s a job he’s supposed to do—a job Flynne didn’t know he had. Beta-…
 
Where Flynne and her brother, Burton, live, jobs outside the drug business are rare. Fortunately, Burton has his veteran’s benefits, for the neural damage he suffered from implants during his time in the USMC’s elite Haptic Recon force. Then one night Burton has to go out, but there’s a job he’s supposed to do—a job Flynne didn’t know he had. Beta-…
 
“Ted Chiang has no contemporary peers when it comes to the short story form. His name deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Carver, Poe, Borges, and Kafka. Every story is a universe. Every story is a diamond. You will inhale Exhalation in a single, stunned sitting, because true genius doesn’t come along nearly as often as advertised. This …
 
“Ted Chiang has no contemporary peers when it comes to the short story form. His name deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Carver, Poe, Borges, and Kafka. Every story is a universe. Every story is a diamond. You will inhale Exhalation in a single, stunned sitting, because true genius doesn’t come along nearly as often as advertised. This …
 
Irish poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa joins us to talk about her latest poetry collection, To Star the Dark, and her prose debut, A Ghost in the Throat, a debut that has captured the imaginations (and all the awards) in Ireland and the UK and is just out now in North America. A Ghost in the Throat is wonderfully hard to categorize: a memoir, a work of his…
 
Irish poet Doireann Ní Ghríofa joins us to talk about her latest poetry collection, To Star the Dark, and her prose debut, A Ghost in the Throat, a debut that has captured the imaginations (and all the awards) in Ireland and the UK and is just out now in North America. A Ghost in the Throat is wonderfully hard to categorize: a memoir, a work of his…
 
We're getting some old-timey literature vibes this week on "Voyager"! First up: a Malon ship is experiencing mechanical issues, but is it normal wear and tear or a deformed madman lurking in the depths in "Juggernaut". After that, "Voyager" goes all "My Fair Lady" and invites one of the "Kids in the Hall" along for the ride in "Someone to Watch Ove…
 
Ryan Pacatte joins Jack Vita to discuss and break down the 2023 Baseball Hall of Fame voting. Former St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies third baseman Scott Rolen was voted into the Hall of Fame Tuesday by the BBWAA. No other players were voted in to be inducted, although Colorado Rockies great Todd Helton (72.2%) and closer Billy Wagner …
 
The architect Sandra Youkhana takes readers on a tour of the structures of modern digital worlds in Videogame Atlas (co-authored with Luke Caspar Pearson). From Minecraft to Assassin’s Creed Unity she examines the real-world architectural theory that underpins these fantasy worlds, and their influence on concrete designs today.The journalist Louise…
 
The architect Sandra Youkhana takes readers on a tour of the structures of modern digital worlds in Videogame Atlas (co-authored with Luke Caspar Pearson). From Minecraft to Assassin’s Creed Unity she examines the real-world architectural theory that underpins these fantasy worlds, and their influence on concrete designs today.The journalist Louise…
 
Tom Hanks is an actor that needs no introduction. He made his film debut in the 80’s and has since cemented himself as a cultural icon. Films like Castaway and Forrest Gump have earned Hanks many accolades. His two consecutive Academy Award wins and many nominations speak for themselves. But, his films have done so much more. They’ve transformed po…
 
Tom Hanks is an actor that needs no introduction. He made his film debut in the 80’s and has since cemented himself as a cultural icon. Films like Castaway and Forrest Gump have earned Hanks many accolades. His two consecutive Academy Award wins and many nominations speak for themselves. But, his films have done so much more. They’ve transformed po…
 
Real whiplash this week, dear listener. First up, it's a right mess of an episode that brings back bad faux–Native American nonsense and makes Robert Beltran scream a lot in "The Fight". After that, we do NOT resist the urge to make too many "Seinfeld" references when Jason Alexander shows up as a soft-spoken but malevolent genius in "Think Tank".A…
 
It's the biggest surprise of the streaming era of "Star Trek", and we're here to broadly talk about its first season! Yes, "Star Trek: Prodigy" recently finished up its freshman outing and it was SHOCKINGLY good! Come listen to us basically just gush the whole time about a cartoon aimed at families starring characters that are mostly not adults. I …
 
Big Brother legend Rachel Reilly Villegas joins Survivor legend Stephenie LaGrossa Kendrick and average podcaster Jack Vita for a fun conversation on the Jack Vita Show, discussing their time on USA's Snake in the Grass, and previewing their latest adventure: The Traitors, airing on Peacock beginning January 12, 2023. Rachel won Big Brother 13 in t…
 
Houston Astros pitcher JP France has spent the last five years working his way through the Astros farm system. He was selected in the 14th round of the 2018 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft out of Mississippi State University. In his last 17 appearances of the 2022 Triple-A season in Sugar Land, France logged a 2.52 ERA over 39.1 innings pitched…
 
Today’s guest, Kim Stanley Robinson, is perhaps the living writer most associated with utopian literature today. And as a student of the philosopher, political theorist, and literary critic Fredric Jameson, Robinson has thought deeply about the history of utopias, the history of the novel, and the strange hybrid form that became the utopian novel. …
 
Today’s guest, Kim Stanley Robinson, is perhaps the living writer most associated with utopian literature today. And as a student of the philosopher, political theorist, and literary critic Fredric Jameson, Robinson has thought deeply about the history of utopias, the history of the novel, and the strange hybrid form that became the utopian novel. …
 
It's a week of medical maladies this week on "Voyager", but there's something else going on! First up: the most interesting plot in "The Disease" is unfortunately not the main one, as we mostly follow a mopey Harry. After that, a bizarre sickness is infecting the crew, and the solution reveals a horrifying truth in "Course: Oblivion".Also this week…
 
Former pitcher for the Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays and current MLB free agent Ryan Dull visits the Jack Vita Show to discuss his life in baseball, his Christian faith, and his love for the long-running reality television show 'Survivor.' Ryan pitched for the A's from 2015 to 2019. He set a Major League Baseball record …
 
Everyone's heading home this week on "Voyager"...OR ARE THEY?!First up: has a way back to Earth finally been found?! A wormhole that seems too good to be true has appeared, but Seven, the EMH, and Naomi Wildman question its veracity in "Bliss". After that, The Borg Queen sends Seven an invitation she can't refuse to come back to the arms of the col…
 
Cohosts of the Survivor Historian's Podcast Jay Fischer and Mario Lanza join Jack Vita for a lively conversation on the latest happenings from the Major League Baseball offseason. Since our last show, Trevor Bauer had his suspension reduced, making him available to play immediately in 2023. USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported that Bauer will be re…
 
In this episode, I give an overview of the different ways that religion and religious themes are used in science fiction.Book recommendation: Lord of Light by Roger ZelaznyOther works discussed:Riverworld series by Philip Jose FarmerA Case of Conscience by James BlishTerra Ignota series by Ada Palmerhttps://sciencemeetsfiction.com/2022/12/26/s2e15-…
 
In this episode, I give an overview of the different ways that religion and religious themes are used in science fiction.Book recommendation: Lord of Light by Roger ZelaznyOther works discussed:Riverworld series by Philip Jose FarmerA Case of Conscience by James BlishTerra Ignota series by Ada Palmerhttps://sciencemeetsfiction.com/2022/12/26/s2e15-…
 
After a few weeks away, Jack is back to talk the latest from Major League Baseball's offseason with Ryan Pacatte. In the middle of the night, Carlos Correa's deal with the San Francisco Giants fell apart after a medical concern arose from his physical, and New York Mets owner Steve Cohen swooped in to give Correa a 12-year, $315 million contract ea…
 
We've been threatening it for ages, and the time has come at last! Yes, real life popped up and threw our scheduling a bit out of sorts so Mel Brooks has come to the rescue as we talk "Spaceballs"! Somehow we DON'T just quote the movie for an hour and a half (but we do quote it A LOT, so brace yourself) but actually discuss it, its influences, and …
 
Welcome back, loyal listeners, to the beguiling science fictional world of "Star Trek: Voyager" as fireside chatted by 3/4 of your usual SSHB Stalwarts and a Mystery Guest! That mysterious layer of reality known as subspace is causing havoc for our intrepid heroes this week, as the game becomes real life for light-based lifeforms in "Bride of Chaot…
 
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