The Orb 114: Life Is Way Bigger Than 140 Characters / by Trek fm

Past Tense, Part II.

Running Time: 56 minutes 21 seconds
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In 1995, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine addressed the effects on society of a growing gap between the haves and have-nots. More than two decades later, the challenge remains and the message still applies. Homelessness is a multilayered problem, and solutions to the underlying causes continue to elude us.

In this episode of The Orb, hosts C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing conclude their look at this two-part story, discussing how B.C., Vin, and Sisko reflect the realities of our society, why anger tends to win out over reason, why some jobs just can’t be brought back, and how we must learn to care again if we are to reach Gene Roddenberry’s future.


Intro (00:00:00)
Ripped from the Headlines (00:02:19)
A Multilayered Problem (00:07:45)
Bringing Back Jobs (00:10:21)
Disconnection and Outrage (00:15:33)
B.C. and Society’s Push (00:21:41)
Anger vs. Reason (00:30:11)
Final Thoughts (00:42:23)
Closing (00:46:21)


C Bryan Jones and Matthew Rushing


C Bryan Jones (Editor and Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) William Murray (Associate Producer) Kay Elizabeth Shaw (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)