CBS Television Studios and Star Trek Global Franchise Group announced the podcast, Star Trek: The Pod Directive, is available to subscribe now via, Apple Podcasts, Spotify and all major podcast platforms in advance of its premiere on Monday, September 14th. 

(L-R) Star Trek: The Pod Directive Co-Hosts Tawny Newsome and Paul F. Tompkins
(L-R) Star Trek: The Pod Directive Co-Hosts Tawny Newsome and Paul F. Tompkins

Announced earlier today by Tawny Newsome in the Star Trek: Lower Decks panel as part of Star Trek Day, Paul F. Tompkins (BoJack HorsemanComedy Bang Bang) joins as co-host with Newsome for the podcast.

With unparalleled access to Star Trek luminaries, celebrity superfans, and behind-the-scenes creative professionals, Star Trek: The Pod Directive takes a smart, witty and thoughtful look at all things Trek – both old and new. Offering a high-level discussion of the themes, ideas and characters that resonate across the history of the franchise’s storied universe, episodes will also explore the brand’s 50-plus year legacy and influence. Each episode features an in-depth personal interview with a notable guest, coverage of a Star Trek event, or a discussion of a specific topic with one or more guests.

Guests will include Ben Stiller (actor/ producer), Reza Aslan (author/ commentator), Michelle Hurd (actor, Star Trek: Picard), Kendra James (Manager Editor,, Angelica Bastien (staff writer, Vulture), Mike McMahan (creator/ executive producer/ showrunner Star Trek: Lower Decks), Stacey Abrams (politician/ activist), Tig Notaro (comedian/ actor Star Trek: Discovery), Samantha Cristoforetti (ESA astronaut), Bill McKibben (author/ environmentalist/ activist) and Jeff Russo (producer/ composer Star Trek: Picard & Star Trek: Short Treks). New episodes will drop weekly Mondays through November 9th. 

Fans can subscribe or download Star Trek: The Pod Directive via as well as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or other podcasting apps. 

Tawny Newsome is a sketch/improv comedian who wrote and performed her work on the Second City Mainstage in Chicago, and co-hosts the popular comedy-meets-culture podcast Yo, Is This Racist? Newsome has also appeared on IFC’s BrockmireBajillion Dollar Propertie$The Carmichael ShowDocumentary NowSherman’s Showcase and currently voices Ensign Mariner on Star Trek: Lower Decks for CBS All Access. 

Paul F. Tompkins is a comedian and actor. Most recently, Tompkins was the voice of Mr. Peanutbutter on the Netflix animated series BoJack Horseman and currently co-hosts the Threedom podcast with Scott Aukerman & Lauren Lapkus.


Star Trek: The Pod Directive is the official Star Trek podcast. Subscribe to Star Trek: The Pod Directive on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and all major podcast platforms.

Star Trek: Lower Decks streams exclusively in the United States on CBS All Access and in Canada, airs on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave.


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