To Boldly Go...Star Trek's Legacy


Tuesday, September 26, 2006 - 17:00

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Believe it or not, it’s been 40 years since Star Trek first lifted off the launch pad, bringing TV audiences a positive vision of the 23rd century.  But with four decades of hindsight, can we conclude that Gene Roddenberry’s space opera was important, or merely campy?

We look at the legacy of this popular show, talking to a Star Trek actor, scientists, writers, and even the occasional Klingon. What would the holodeck really be used for?  And what about those flip-lid communicators… were they the inspiration for today’s cell phones?

Join us as we boldly go… in search of the impact of this, the most famous sci-fi epic of television’s first half-century.

Guests:

  • Walter Koenig, actor who played navigator Pavel Chekov on the original Star Trek series.
  • Lawrence Krauss, physicist at Case Western Reserve University, and author of “The Physics of Star Trek” and “Hiding In the Mirror: The Mysterious Allure of Extra Dimensions, from Plato to String Theory and Beyond”
  • Greg Bear, sci-fi author, most recently of “Quantico”
  • Martin Cooper, inventor of the cell phone and CEO of ArrayComm Inc.