Episode 42: Complicated Relationships, Accountability, and Organic Semiconductors

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Trek Table Episode 42 dives deep into Star Trek Discovery Season 4 Episode 9, "Rubicon".  Host Marie Reine-Velez returns after a hiatus, and is joined by regulars Alison De La Cruz, Claudia Alick, and Maia Mills Low.  The full crew welcomes special guest, Dr. Malika Jeffries-EL, Professor of Chemistry, Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at Boston University, and self-proclaimed "born-again Trekkie".  Together, they discuss complicated relationships, connection, accountability, organic semi-conductors, and other topics as they relate to this particularly anxiety-provoking episode.

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** KITE **    
Saturday, February 26, 2022 at 1 pm Pacific Time.  Participate in a remote studio tour and performance, followed by an exclusive conversation, with the artist Kite.  Suzanne Kite, a.k.a. Kite, is an Oglála Lakȟóta performance artist, visual artist, and composer. Her performances, compositions, sculptures, and sound installations showcase the use of experimentation in new media and digital technologies that touch on issues such as nonhuman and human intelligence, the ethics of extractive technologies, and software design. Kite will take virtual attendees on a remote, roving tour and performance across three of her studio spaces in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Afterward, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and engage in a remote conversation with the artist.    More info at


** NOVA Beyond the Elements **
Watch Trek Table Guest, Dr. Malika Jeffries-EL, break down the properties of plastic in the NOVA series, Beyond the Elements.   Learn more about the science of plastics and how Bakelite, the first fully synthetic plastic, is made:


** Women at Warp **
For an act-by-act breakdown of Star Trek Discovery Season 4 Episode 9, check out Kennedy Allen's work at Women at Warp:


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Claudia Alick: @calling up justice  (Instagram)
Alison De La Cruz : @picsbydela (Instagram) @TweetsbyDeLa (Twitter)
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