Connections - Episode 5



In this episode, we connect the dollar bill to the StarShip Enterprise.

It’s time for another BIG connection..and this one involves all of us. Well, not literally that would be crazy (we can’t include 7.7 billion people on a 15 minute podcast episode) - it’s a metaphor! And a metaphor is like a simile in that it exists only in our minds......which is also part of the episode! (Literally.)






Rod Roddenberry

Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, is the guardian of the Roddenberry legacy and champions its timeless and universal ideals to new generations through creative and inspiring science fiction productions, merchandise, publishing, adventures and philanthropy.

As the son of legendary science fiction producer Gene Roddenberry, whose Star Trek series changed the face of television and continues to inspire today, Roddenberry has followed in his father’s footsteps to be a catalyst in the creation of a world where humanity works together for the greater good.


Ken Ray

Ken is an accomplished online host and podcast editor who has informed and entertained audiences over the past six years as the voice of the Apple-related podcast, Mac OS Ken.

Ken Ray started in radio in 1994 and began covering tech-news in 1998, including stints at Business Radio 1220 in San Francisco, the Magazine Global Technology Business, and time “on-air” at TechTV Radio.

Since May of 2005, Ken Ray has eaten, slept, and breathed Apple news and news related to Apple news in order to produce a daily Apple news show. Half of 2005 was spent doing that for someone else. Since late-January of 2006, he’s done this under his own flag, producing the daily show Mac OS Ken..


John Champion

John Champion is the co-producer and co-host of the long-running DVD Geeks podcast and is one of the creators of its predecessor, the DVD Geeks TV show. He also produced the unabashedly geeky web-series Bif! Bam! Pow! Wow!, numerous corporate and commercial videos and a number of DVD special features and behind-the-scenes featurettes.

A lifelong science fiction enthusiast, John has moderated panels and hosted special events at fan conventions. A number of years ago he started on a long series of video interviews and has produced segments featuring dozens of the creators and talents behind Star Trek.


Prof. Barbara McCaskill

Barbara is the Co-Director of the Civil Rights Digital Library Initiative; Associate Academic Director, Willson Center for Humanities & Arts. Her specific areas of research interest are nineteenth- and early twentieth-century African American literature, early African American print culture, the literature and film of the Civil Rights Movement, multiplatform storytelling and digital humanities archives, project- and place-based learning, and contemporary Black feminist/Womanist literature.


Prof. Yuval Noah Harari

Born in Haifa, Israel, in 1976, Harari received his PhD from the University of Oxford in 2002,
and is currently a lecturer at the Department of History, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
As of the end of 2018, his books have sold 19 Million copies worldwide.

Prof. Harari lectures around the world on the topics explored in his books and articles, and has written for publications such as The Guardian, Financial Times, The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Economist and Nature magazine. He also offers his knowledge and time to various organizations and audiences on a voluntary basis.


Gene Roddenberry

Gene Roddenberry, creator of the Star Trek series, brought to his audiences meaningful and thought-provoking science fiction to “think, question, and challenge the status quo” with the intention of creating “a brighter future”. His work has touched countless lives and continues to entertain and inspire audiences worldwide. In 2010, Gene’s son Rod established the Roddenberry Foundation to build on his father’s legacy and philosophy of inclusion, diversity, and respect for life to drive social change and meaningfully improve the lives of people around the world.