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Treksperts Briefing Room

Treksperts Podcast Network

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From the creators of the hit INGLORIOUS TREKSPERTS podcast comes TREKSPERTS BRIEFING ROOM with hosts LISA KLINK and PETER HOLMSTROM bringing you a series of in-depth curated audio commentaries of STAR TREK episodes and movies featuring leading Treksperts along with special guests from in front of and behind the camera including stars, writers, producers and notable fans. trekspertsplus.com
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USSC Briefing Room

United States Studies Centre

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The USSC Briefing Room is a podcast from the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. It gives you a seat at the table for a briefing on the latest US news and foreign policy. Co-hosts Mari Koeck, Jared Mondschein and Victoria Cooper talk to experts to cover what you need to know and what's beneath the surface of the news.
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Terrorism, espionage and romance, oh my! Welcome to The Briefing Room, the weekly podcast on Film Geek Radio devoted to the Showtime series HOMELAND Join Andrew and Charlie as they analyze each episode of the third season. Are there any clear answers to be gleaned from a show with so many moral grays? What secrets lie hidden in Saul's beard? Tune in to find out!
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Have you ever wondered what really goes on out in the field with our Special Forces Units, law enforcement and military and federal agencies? What about the stories of the people behind the mission? How did their life shape their service? How did their service shape their current careers? How about hearing from some of the best shooters in the world? Any interest in learning how the Special Operations Combatives program came to life? If you're anything like us, you want to hear the true stor ...
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It is two years since Russia began its costly conflict against Ukraine. How does it fund its war effort, how do sanctions impact that and how tight is Putin's grip on power? Guests:Sarah Rainsford, BBC Eastern Europe CorrespondentMaria Shagina, Research Fellow for Economic Sanctions, Standards and Strategy at the International Institute for Strateg…
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THIS VOYAGE on the TREKSPERTS BRIEFING ROOM, hosts PETER HOLMSTROM (author, The Center Seat) and LISA KLINK (writer, Star Trek: Voyager) are joined by BARBARA DILLON co-editor of Fanbase Press and Watch Trek's BARBARA MACDONALD to discuss "Afterimage" as Ezri wants to quit Starleet from the final season of DEEP SPACE NINE. Don't miss another all-ne…
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Last week, the special counsel Robert Hur released his report with findings of his investigation into President Biden’s handling of classified documents after he left the office of vice president. While a legal vindication in that he will not be charged, it has poured petrol on the fire that is discussion on Biden’s age and whether he’s up for a se…
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Deaths from synthetic opioids such as nitazenes and fentanyl are low in the UK but there are fears the problem could escalate and that figures don't show the true picture of the situation. David Aaronovitch explores how dangerous these drugs are, why the opioid crisis is so bad in the US, where they come from and why a shortage of heroin in the UK …
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This week a great queue of dentistless Bristolians appeared outside a new practice offering NHS treatment. That followed a report on children’s health which specifically referenced the poor and worsening state of their teeth. This week the government announced a package to try and improve things in England. But did it go anything like far enough to…
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THIS VOYAGE on the TREKSPERTS BRIEFING ROOM, hosts PETER HOLMSTROM (author, The Center Seat) and LISA KLINK (writer, Star Trek: Voyager) are joined by director and longtime Star Trek producer DAVID LIVINGSTON who roll the dice on "The Die Is Cast." Join us as we explore another significant Trek episode on the TREKSPERTS BRIEFING ROOM as Peter and L…
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This week the Education Select Committee said that Ofsted and the Government must rebuild trust and make major changes to school inspections. This follows months of news coverage of the death of Ruth Perry, the headteacher who killed herself following an Ofsted inspection at her primary school. The coroner ruled that it contributed to her death. Th…
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The UK is experiencing more rain and more floods than previously, and because of climate change this is set to get worse. More than 6 million homes are at risk of flooding in the UK. What is the state of the country’s flood defences? Can people get insurance? What can we do to prepare for a wetter future? David Aaronovitch is joined by the followin…
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Last month, world leaders gathered in Dubai for the UN Climate Change Conference – COP 28. The loss and damage agreement supporting nations impacted by climate change made headlines, but the walk back of language around fossil fuels was viewed by many as a step backwards. Was COP28 a net positive or negative? How relevant is COP anymore? Where shou…
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THIS VOYAGE on the TREKSPERTS BRIEFING ROOM, hosts PETER HOLMSTROM (author, The Center Seat) and LISA KLINK (writer, Star Trek: Voyager) are joined by writer ERIC STILLWELL to discuss the making of one of The Next Generation's most beloved episodes, "Yesterday's Enterprise." Let history always remember the name "Yesterday's Enterprise," this week o…
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It’s been another difficult week for local government. Birmingham City Council announced it needs to make up to 600 redundancies to help balance its books and Middlesbrough Council decided to apply to the Government for £15m of emergency funding to avoid effective bankruptcy. Also this week new figures have been released showing just how much debt …
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The first contest of the 2024 US presidential election kicked off in Iowa this week. Dedicated Republicans turned out and voiced support for Donald Trump, delivering him the majority of votes with a 30-point margin over his competition. Ron DeSantis barely beat out Nikki Hayley for the number two spot, but Hayley was the only candidate to win a pre…
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As if the conflict in Gaza wasn’t bad enough, the fighting has ignited old and new tensions elsewhere across the region. Since the surprise attack by Hamas on 7th October, clashes on the Lebanon-Israel border have restarted, attacks on US troops stationed in Syria and Iraq have escalated and a group of Houthi armed rebels from Yemen has started fir…
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Looking for something to read? In our ‘Book Talk’ series, our experts discuss their book projects and why you should read them. In this episode, Associate Professor David Smith talks through his research on religious persecution in the United States, the role of religion in politics, and ideas of political order, social cohesion and American identi…
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THIS VOYAGE on the TREKSPERTS BRIEFING ROOM, hosts PETER HOLMSTROM (author, The Center Seat) and LISA KLINK (writer, Star Trek: Voyager) are joined by Dr. Phlox himself, JOHN BILLINGSLEY, to talk about cloning trip in the acclaimed third season ENTERPRISE episode, "Similitude," written by Manny Coto. So take a Trip back to one of Enterprise's best …
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It’s almost 4 years since the UK left the European Union. Recent polls show a majority of people want to re-join the EU. But is this a realistic option? So in this week’s programme David Aaronovitch asks could we re-join the EU if we wanted? If we did, would it be of any benefit to the UK? And under what terms would the EU have us back? David is jo…
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THIS VOYAGE on the TREKSPERTS BRIEFING ROOM, hosts PETER HOLMSTROM (author, The Center Seat) and LISA KLINK (writer, Star Trek: Voyager) are joined by Star Trek writer/producer AARON WALTKE (Wizards, Trollhunters) to talk about the past, present and future of STAR TREK: PRODIGY which arrived on Netflix this week. Go inside the animated adventures o…
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Aliens are back on the radar after a US Congressional hearing in the summer that featured former intelligence officer, David Grusch. The US Air Force veteran was once part of a task force created to look into what used to be called UFOs. Mr Grusch gave evidence that caused a sensation in America, claiming that the US military had, for decades, been…
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Are you wondering what to read over the holiday period? In our ‘Book Talk’ series, our experts discuss their latest book projects and why you should read them. In this episode, USSC CEO Dr Michael J. Green sheds light on the evolution of Japan’s grand strategy. How is Abe’s strategic approach to the Indo-Pacific reflected in Japan, Australia and th…
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Housing charity Shelter’s latest figures show that homelessness has risen rapidly in the last year. In England, 279,400 people are living in temporary accommodation - an increase of 14% - most of whom are families. And the government’s own figures reveal that almost half (47%) of families who are homeless in temporary accommodation have been there …
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THIS VOYAGE on the TREKSPERTS BRIEFING ROOM, hosts PETER HOLMSTROM (author, The Center Seat) and LISA KLINK (writer, Star Trek: Voyager) are joined by Star Trek: Resurgence writer JON CALLAN to discuss the fourth season episode of LOWER DECKS, "Old Friends, New Planets" Don't miss another all-new episode of the TREKSPERTS BRIEFING ROOM as Peter and…
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Euthanasia is illegal in the UK. All attempts to change the law have failed. Other countries have legalised Assisted Dying and/or Euthanasia. In this week’s Briefing Room with David Aaronovitch we find out what their experience has been and what, if anything, the UK could learn from that. Joining David on the programme are: - Imogen Goold Professor…
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Taiwan does not have formal diplomatic relations with Australia and the United States, but they do have diplomatic representatives in both countries and formal or informal ties all over the world. Taiwan’s representative to Australia Douglas Hsu sat down with Research Director Jared Mondschein to discuss the state of play in Taiwan on the precipice…
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The start of Ukraine’s counter-offensive against occupying Russian forces was hailed as the breakthrough moment of the war so far. Now six months on, we ask what happened? The Secretary General of NATO has said we should be ‘prepared for bad news’ and the White House has warned that the US is running out of time and money to fund the war. In this w…
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THIS VOYAGE on the TREKSPERTS BRIEFING ROOM, hosts PETER HOLMSTROM (author, The Center Seat) and LISA KLINK (writer, Star Trek: Voyager) are joined by Star Trek: Resurgence writer JON CALLAN to discuss the fourth season episode of LOWER DECKS, "The Inner Fight." Don't miss another all-new episode of the TREKSPERTS BRIEFING ROOM as Peter and Lisa sh…
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Since the US withdrawal from TPP in 2017, Australia has remained keen to see the United States re-engage Asia on trade. The Biden administration launched the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) in May of 2022 to balance economic engagement in the region with a “foreign policy for the middle class” approach that prioritised increasing labor and e…
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UK net migration hit a record 745,000 in 2022 according to recently revised figures from the Office for National Statistics. That means the numbers coming to live in the UK were almost three quarters of a million more than those leaving. Reducing the numbers of people entering the country has long been a government priority with famous promises to …
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This is the final episode in a series of four panel discussions recorded from the United States Studies Centre’s inaugural Sydney International Strategy Forum. This episode is the “AUKUS, the Quad and the future of alliances and partnerships” panel featuring: Prof. Peter Dean – Director of Foreign Policy and Defence, United States Studies Centre Za…
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This is the third in a series of four panel discussions recorded from the United States Studies Centre’s inaugural Sydney International Strategy Forum. This episode is the “Navigating de-risking, disruption and emerging technology” panel featuring: Michaela Browning, Vice President Government and Public Policy for Asia Pacific – Google Dr John Kunk…
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This is the second in a series of four panel discussions recorded from the United States Studies Centre’s inaugural Sydney International Strategy Forum. This episode is the “US politics at the crossroads” panel featuring: § Ryan Lizza, Chief Washington Correspondent – Politico § Olivia Nuzzi, Washington Correspondent – New York Magazine § Associate…
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This week on the podcast, we’re bringing you a special series of recordings from the United States Studies Centre’s inaugural Sydney International Strategy Forum. These will each share one of the four panel discussions from the day. This episode is the “How far will US-China confrontation go?” panel featuring: Michele Flournoy – Co-Founder of West …
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In recent weeks, and for obvious reasons, all eyes have been on Gaza. But more Palestinians live in the West Bank, the other Palestinian territory, and the area is critical forany chances of durable peace. Or to an expansion of the violence. So what is happening there right now? What is likely to happen? And does it entail more disaster or hold out…
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THIS VOYAGE on the TREKSPERTS BRIEFING ROOM, hosts PETER HOLMSTROM (author, The Center Seat) and LISA KLINK (writer, Star Trek: Voyager) are joined by STAR TREK: PICARD storyboard artists, DAN CAPLAN, DANIEL LIM, and AARON SOWD to discuss how they work with directors, producers, cinematographers and visualize the future of the 25th century. Don't m…
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We are one year out from the 2024 US presidential election. If we ignore the actuarial possibilities or something that completely derails the polling reports we’re seeing, it will be a 2020 repeat of Trump v. Biden. But what are they like behind the scenes? Do their public personas match their private personas? How does this impact their 2024 campa…
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Tune in to this episode from, “The Briefing Room” where Lt. Kohrell and sidekick Sgt. Gray interviews both TJ and Fabian who are part of the video and audio crew for the TV show, COPS. They discussed what it was like to film our very own SBPD Officers in action for the past eight weeks. They also conversed about what their life is like traveling on…
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THIS VOYAGE, hosts PETER HOLMSTROM (author, The Center Seat: The Authorized Companion To The Hit History Channel Series) and LISA KLINK (writer, Star Trek: Voyager) are joined by writers ANNE COFFEL SAUNDERS and BRANDON SCHULTZ who put up a storm warning as they explore the making of Discovery's "Stormy Weather." Learn about the genesis and making …
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This week, co-hosts Director of Research Jared Mondschein and Research Editor Victoria Cooper discuss their latest polling report, One year from the 2024 US presidential election: The stakes for Australia and the alliance which surveyed respondents in Australia, the United States and Japan. It covers all the issues most relevant to the Australia-US…
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This month has been incredibly tumultuous in US politics. We had the historic ousting of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, courtroom drama in the cases against former president Trump and war breaking out in Israel. Republican disunity appears to be near breaking point. To help make sense of the fast-moving dynamics, Associate Professor in American Poli…
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Israel and Hamas are at war and there are no signs of a quick resolution. But what would a resolution actually look like and who's actually going to try and negotiate one? David Aaronovitch talks to: Shashank Joshi, Defence editor at The EconomistSteven Erlanger, Chief Diplomatic correspondent in Europe for The New York TimesProfessor Lina Khatib, …
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THIS VOYAGE, hosts PETER HOLMSTROM (author, The Center Seat: The Authorized Companion To The Hit History Channel Series) and LISA KLINK (writer, Star Trek: Voyager) are joined by returning guest author MOHAMED NOOR to discuss Lisa's Voyager episode, "Scientific Method." Learn about the genesis and making of another classic Star Trek episode this we…
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In our season finale: When children are the victims of abuse, they need someone in their corner to make sure that seeking justice is a caring process. Sarah Stewart is the executive director of Kids First, a child advocacy center that helps kids who are victims get access to services like therapy and medical care, while making sure their stories ar…
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Next week, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is heading to the United States for an official visit with President Biden, including a state dinner. Two USSC experts have staffed state visits before, one on the US side and one on the Australian side – CEO Dr Michael Green and Senior Economic Adviser Dr John Kunkel. Their inside perspectives …
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David Aaronovitch and guests talk through the thinking behind Hamas's deadly attack on Israel, discuss what might happen next and ask what all this means politically. Guests: Jennifer Jefferis, Director of Curriculum at the Security Studies Program, in the School of Foreign Service at GeorgetownShashank Joshi, Defence editor at The Economist David …
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Digital devices - phones, computers, tablets - have become integral to our daily lives. And they have become tools for criminals. What’s found on a suspect's digital device could make or break a case. Ask Detective Robert Weaver, who specializes in digital forensics. He has uncovered troves of damning evidence by sifting through digital data while …
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AUKUS Pillar II is focused on accelerating advanced capabilities, but innovation in technology is dominated by tech companies and financed through private finance. In order advance this technology for defence new funding sources, collaboration and mindset shifts across government and industry is essential. Over 2023 USSC Director of Economic Securi…
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David Aaronovitch and guests talk about what a second Trump presidency might mean for America's relationship with the world and discuss what countries are doing to prepare. Guests: Anthony Zurcher, BBC North America correspondentInu Manak, fellow for trade policy at the Council on Foreign RelationsSir Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of War St…
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THIS VOYAGE, hosts PETER HOLMSTROM (author, The Center Seat: The Authorized Companion To The Hit History Channel Series) and LISA KLINK (writer, Star Trek: Voyager) are joined by Voyager writers MICHAEL SUSSMAN (creator/showrunner, Perception) and PHYLLIS STRONG to discuss their seventh season VOYAGER episode, "Body & Soul." . Learn about the genes…
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In 2014, social media strategist Yael Bar tur took on one of the most significant projects in her career, when she was hired to revamp the public image of the New York Police Department. A year before, a federal judge had ruled the department’s controversial stop-and-frisk program was unconstitutional. For six years, Yael worked with the NYPD, weat…
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When a Canadian Sikh was murdereed in British Colombia in June few predicted the diplomatic bust up that ensued. What does this say about India's relationship with the West? David Aaronovitch speaks to: Professor Gurharpal Singh, Emeritus Professor of Sikh and Punjab Studies at SOASNadine Yousif, BBC Canada Correspondent, based in TorontoShruti Kap…
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Over the course of his long career in law enforcement, Matt Pitcher has put his personal life on hold to go deep undercover to catch the bad guys. Matt did short stints pretending to be someone else when he worked street crimes trying to take down drug dealers. Then came two separate deep cover investigations that required Matt to live for months a…
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