Ethics of the Final Frontier

Space: The Final Frontier. The Frontier has been an essential part of America’s mythology from the beginning. It has led to exploration, adventure- and all the problems wrapped up in seeing ‘undiscovered country’ as a land where no white man has been. Prof Matthew Wilhelm Kapell joins Paul and myself to talk about the idea of the frontier, and the way Star Trek has engaged with it over so many decades.

Matthew Wilhelm Kapell has taught everything from human genetics to film studies at universities and colleges in California, Michigan, the UK, and now New York City at Pace University. Currently he edits an academic book series on the study of digital and tabletop games. You can find out about his books and other stuff at matthewkapell.com. He never forgets that too many “Hero’s Journeys” are also “Heroine’s Ordeals.”

(Note: We had some problems with the sound quality on this episode, for which I apologize. We’ll continue working to make our episodes better and better)

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