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From the creators of the hit INGLORIOUS TREKSPERTS podcast comes TREKSPERTS BRIEFING ROOM, a series of in-depth curated audio commentaries of #StarTrek 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.
 
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!
 
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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The government wants hundreds of thousands of over 50s to return the workforce as Britain mounts an economic recovery. More than half million people in that age bracket have left work since 2019. Will the promise of a 'midlife MOT' encourage people to come back to work? And do employers want them?Joining David Aaronovitch in The Briefing Room are:T…
 
The next round of rail strikes look set to compound long-running problems with Britain's railways. But the problems on the network go far beyond this spate of industrial action. David Aaronvitch asks the experts in The Briefing Room this week the reasons why our rail network has acquired such a reputation for unreliability, and what can be done to …
 
At the end of 2022, with winter approaching, there were warnings right across Europe of an impending energy crisis. There was talk of potential electricity blackouts. But today, in the depths of that same winter, why are energy storage facilities well topped up and prices of oil and gas falling instead? David Aaronovitch finds out from the experts …
 
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has promised 'urgent action' to tackle the NHS crisis. The experts in The Briefing Room with David Aaronovitch this week consider what can be done to tackle problems such as: chronic staff shortages; the thousands of 'bed blockers' and the backlog of people waiting for surgical procedures. Contributors: Annabelle Collins,…
 
David Aaronovitch and a panel of experts evaluate the current situation in Ukraine and explore how the war might evolve in the remaining winter months and into the Spring. Joining David Aaronovitch in The Briefing Room are:Michael Clarke, Professor of Defence studies and Specialist Advisor to the Joint Committee on the National Security StrategySir…
 
For years, the major problem of world demography was thought to be the risk of over-population. Now, it's the fact that the global population is ageing fast.According to the United Nations, the number of people over 65 is set to double between now and 2050, to 1.6 billion people. And, at the same time, the birth rate in most of the world is falling…
 
The first mission in NASA’s Artemis space programme returned to Earth earlier this month, after a journey of over 1.3 million miles around the Moon and back. Over next few years NASA will launch Artemis missions two and three, with the help of the European and Japanese space agencies, as well as Elon Musk's Space X. The aim is eventually to build a…
 
In the 1970s the UK was gripped by double-digit inflation driven by energy price shocks. Inflation was controlled by raising interest rates as a recession raged. And that prompted workers to demand higher wages. Sound familiar? This week and next will see rail workers, ambulance staff, nurses, bus drivers, baggage handlers, highway workers, Border …
 
Earlier this week Sir Keir Starmer announced that Labour would abolish the House of Lords in its first term if he is elected prime minister. He’d replace it with a new, elected second chamber. Some Tories were quick to ridicule the idea and even some Labour peers have urged Starmer to focus on more urgent domestic reforms rather than get caught up …
 
Chants of ‘Xi Jinping step down’ were heard on the lips of some demonstrators in China last weekend. A rare example of dissent against the Chinese leader. The cause of the protestors fury is pretty clear – nearly three years of the government’s zero-Covid policy has proved too much to bear for many Chinese.The Chinese Communist Party acted quickly …
 
‘We will now open a new chapter in our national story, striking free trade deals around the world’ said Boris Johnson in December 2020 after the UK struck a deal with the European Union for relations after Brexit. The government say these new deals will help level up the UK, cut red tape, provide better investment opportunities and open new digital…
 
In this episode, Lt. Jennifer Kohrell and Sgt. Chris Gray interview guest speaker Mike Soto from “Work for Warriors”. Mike is a 23-year Army veteran who now provides assistance in obtaining employment and providing resources for military personnel and their families. Whether preparing for the transition from the military or if they have been out fo…
 
The Russians are on the back foot in the war in Ukraine and have just evacuated the occupied Ukrainian city of Kherson. The setbacks for Moscow have led to increasing concern in western capitals about the prospect of President Vladimir Putin using a nuclear weapon. But what are the real chances of Russia moving from nuclear threats to nuclear actio…
 
The volatility on the financial markets is continuing in the wake of the chancellor's announcement of massive tax cuts last month. The government's current plan is to announce full details of how it will fund those cuts and balance the books on October 31st. One of its options is to rein in public spending - the expenditure that goes on healthcare,…
 
Since mid-September, women and girls in Iran have been staging demonstrations against the regime. Social media has been full of images of female protestors cutting off their hair and removing their Islamic head-covering in open defiance of the security forces.These protests have their roots in the arrest of a young woman called Mahsa Amini for mino…
 
The financial markets have been in turmoil since the chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, unveiled a big package of economic measures last Friday. Traders responded to the prospect of major tax cuts by selling the pound. The Bank of England then had to intervene to protect the UK's pension system.What exactly is causing the financial instability and what mi…
 
This week the new UK government is unveiling its first major package of economic measures. They're aimed at achieving what Prime Minister Liz Truss says is her number one priority: promoting economic growth. Opposition leader Sir Keir Starmer has said he shares the same aspiration for Britain.But low growth is an entrenched problem, dating back dec…
 
Ukraine's military has retaken thousands of square kilometres of territory near the north-eastern city of Kharkiv. The Russians are said to have retreated in haste and disarray, but they retaliated by shelling a large power plant, causing blackouts in Kharkiv, the country's second biggest city. Is Ukraine's successful counter-offensive a turning po…
 
Soaring household bills have made energy the number one issue facing the government and consumers in Britain. But in addition to the cost, there may be another problem ahead as winter approaches. Experts are increasingly worried about the supply of both electricity and gas from Europe, and how that might affect the power system here.So how worried …
 
San Bernardino PD is looking for good people to serve as officers in our community, and sometimes our applicants are law enforcement officers already working at other agencies. In this episode we're talking about the differences between hiring experienced officers and people brand new to the profession, and we'll be explaining how it works when an …
 
The NHS often appears to be in a state of permanent crisis. Recently, there've been headlines about long waiting times for ambulances and the huge backlog for routine surgery. Before that, the Health Service faced a two-year pandemic which may rear its head again this winter.But the NHS also has a big underlying problem. It has tens of thousands of…
 
Despite recent heavy rainfall, much of England is experiencing drought conditions. Both rivers and reservoirs are running low, and the water companies have told millions to stop using their hosepipes. Scientists warn that the current difficulties are only a glimpse of the much tougher challenges the UK will face in the future because of climate cha…
 
There are growing calls for emergency measures to tackle the cost-of-living crisis. Energy bills are now predicted to be hundreds of pounds higher than was expected just a few weeks ago. The Bank of England has increased interest rates, and warned of the twin threat of inflation and a recession.What policy options does the government have? How can …
 
Scotland has the worst figures for drug-related deaths anywhere in Europe. According to National Records for Scotland, 1,330 drug users died in 2021 - a slight improvement, but a death rate per capita which is still 4.8 times higher than England's.Why do so many Scots die from drugs? And what more can be done to prevent it? Joining David Aaronovitc…
 
Last week, temperatures in the UK reached a record-breaking 40.3 degrees centigrade. As Britons sweltered in their homes and offices, railway lines buckled, fires broke out in Greater London and the tarmac on Luton Airport runway began to lift. Climate Change scientists now describe this kind of heat as 'the new normal'.How well is Britain set up t…
 
The war in Ukraine is about to enter its sixth month. The cost of Russia’s invasion has been enormous: millions of refugees; thousands of dead soldiers; thousands more dead civilians; and billions of dollars’ worth of physical damage. It’s the most consequential military conflict for a generation.This week the Briefing Room investigates what’s happ…
 
THIS VOYAGE, it's the season finale of THE TREKSPERTS BRIEFING ROOM as guest 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 author RYAN BRITT (author, Phasers On Stun) as they talk about one of the greatest episodes of Star Trek of…
 
More than two years after the emergence of Covid, infection levels are high once again. The Office for National Statistics estimates that 2.7 million people, or 1 in 25 of us, have got Coronavirus.There’s concern too about new Omicron variants BA.4 and BA.5 – mutations which help the virus re-infect our bodies.But how worried should we actually be …
 
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 author LARRY NEMECEK (author, The Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion) as they talk about the seventh season VOYAGER episode, "Prophecy" inside the TREKSPERTS BRIEFIN…
 
THIS VOYAGE, the Treksperts are back with another epic ULTIMATE TREKSPERTS MOVIE COMMENTARY for the most polarizing of Star Trek films, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier as they talk about the good, the bad and the very ugly as well as why movie theaters are installing seat belts in theaters this summer. So find out what God needs with a starship and…
 
THIS VOYAGE, PETER HOLMSTROM (author, The Center Seat: The Authorized Companion To The Hit History Channel Series) and LISA KLINK (writer, Star Trek: Voyager) purify themselves as they talk about her VOYAGER episode, "Sacred Ground" as they re-enter the TREKSPERTS BRIEFING ROOM for another installment of eye-opening curated audio commentary for a s…
 
THIS VOYAGE, author/journal RYAN BRITT ("Phasers On Stun") joins PETER HOLMSTROM (author, The Center Seat: The Authorized Companion To The Hit History Channel Series) and LISA KLINK (writer, Star Trek: Voyager) to talk about one of his favorite Star Trek series, LOWER DECKS, as well as his new book, "Phasers On Stun: How The Making (And Remaking) O…
 
THIS VOYAGE, Farscape showrunner and former network executive DAVID KEMPER is back in the Briefing Room with guest hosts PETER HOLMSTROM (author, The Center Seat: The Authorized Companion To The Hit History Channel Series) and LISA KLINK (writer, Star Trek: Voyager) to talk about one of the most beloved episodes of The Next Generation. Get ready to…
 
Last year spending on health and social care in the UK hit nearly £200bn. That’s roughly a fifth of total government spending. Yet the perception has been that things have got worse. Have they? If so, how much worse? How do we compare with other similar countries? And what might we do differently? Joining David Aaronovitch in the briefing room are:…
 
THIS VOYAGE, PETER HOLMSTROM (author, The Center Seat: The Authorized Companion To The Hit History Channel Series) and LISA KLINK (writer, Star Trek: Voyager) are once again joined by legendary author and screenwriter DAVID GERROLD to talk more troubles and more tribbles for the sequel to his classic TOS episode, "The Trouble With Tribbles," on The…
 
Last year the Taliban launched an offensive in Afghanistan that, within a matter of weeks succeeded beyond the West’s wildest nightmares. In August Kabul fell and life changed dramatically for the Afghan people. Since then they’ve faced food shortages, a failing economy and a bombing campaign launched by Afghanistan’s own ISIS, ISIS-K. So is it Tal…
 
AND NOW, THE CONCLUSION.... THIS VOYAGE, guest 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 writer BRIANA LANE to discuss their work on the second season episode of Next Generation, "Elementary, Dear Data" as they dissect the dra…
 
THIS VOYAGE, guest 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 writer BRIANA LANE to discuss their work on the second season episode of Next Generation, "Elementary, Dear Data" as they discuss the dramatic changes in the evoluti…
 
Last week cryptocurrency suffered it’s ‘black Wednesday’ moment. Investors raced to withdraw their funds and more than $200billion was wiped off the cryptocurrency market. One currency lost 98% of its value. Ironically it was a so-called “stablecoin”, whose value is meant to be pegged to currencies like the dollar, that collapsed.Was this a solitar…
 
THIS VOYAGE, guest hosts PETER HOLMSTROM (author, The Center Seat: The Authorized Companion To The Hit History Channel Series) and LISA KLINK (writer, Star Trek: Voyager) engage the Borg this week as the return to provide audio commentary for the epic Las Vegas Voyager 4-D experience from the Star Trek Experience in an all-new TREKSPERTS BRIEFING R…
 
The election in Northern Ireland saw nationalists, Sinn Fein, win the most votes. Their leader, Michelle O'Neill, becomes first minister. It has been heralded as a historic result. But what will its impact - on Stormont politics, the protocol and the union - end up being? Joining David Aaronovitch in the briefing room are:Enda McClafferty, BBC Nort…
 
Police officers often say the thin blue line and sheepdogs are two symbols they associate their profession with. Lately though, the thin blue line has been associated with some of the negative sides of our society. In this episode, Michele and Jennifer Kohrell are talking about the history of the thin blue line, what it means to law enforcement off…
 
THIS VOYAGE, guest 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 once again by wrier MARK GEHRED-O'CONNELL as he talks about his Deep Space Nine episode, "Who Mourns For Morn" in an all-new TREKSPERTS BRIEFING ROOM of curated audio c…
 
In late February, German chancellor Olaf Scholz described Russia's invasion of Ukraine as a ‘Zeitenwende’ - turning point - sparking the biggest shift in German foreign policy since the Cold War. The highlights included a 100bn euro package to boost the military and meet Nato’s 2 per cent of GDP defence spending obligation, send weapons to Ukraine …
 
THIS VOYAGE, guest hosts PETER HOLMSTROM (The Center Seat) and LISA KLINK (writer, Star Trek: Voyager) are joined by "For The Cause" writer MARK GEHRED-O'CONNELL as he talks about the Eddington and currents that brought him to the Star Trek Universe while things heat up between Garak and ZIyal in an all-new TREKSPERTS BRIEFING ROOM of curated audio…
 
What will the social and economic costs be of China's full-scale lockdown of Shanghai? David Aaronovitch examines the problems with the country's vaccination programme. Joining David in the briefing room are:Robin Brant, BBC Correspondent based in ShanghaiVincent Ni, China Affairs correspondent for The GuardianProfessor Nancy Qian, Northwestern Uni…
 
Between the logistics airport and the expanding warehousing industry, San Bernardino is turning into a logistical hub in Southern California. While that's great for getting our packages faster and keeping store shelves stocked with toilet paper, it also comes with an increase in big rig and commercial vehicle traffic that's making enforcement a lit…
 
THIS VOYAGE, guest hosts PETER HOLMSTROM (The Center Seat) and LISA KLINK (writer, Star Trek: Voyager) are joined by author and former Star Trek writer/producer MELINDA SNODGRASS as she talks about her time on the Enterprise 1701-D writing for The Next Generation and bridging the departure of Maurice Hurley and the arrival of Michael Piller in an a…
 
The Home Secretary, Priti Patel, has unveiled a plan to stop small boat crossings in the English Channel by sending asylum seekers to Rwanda. But will it work?Joining David Aaronovitch in the briefing room are:Mark Easton, BBC's Home EditorAlexander Betts, Professor of Forced Migration and International Affairs at the Refugees Studies CentreNicolas…
 
THIS VOYAGE, it's a living thing, as special guest TIM RUSS ("Tuvok," Star Trek Voyager) joins guest hosts PETER HOLMSTROM (The Center Seat) and LISA KLINK (writer, Star Trek: Voyager) as they dissect one of the best episodes of Star Trek: Voyager in an all-new TREKSPERTS BRIEFING ROOM of curated audio commentary for another significant episode of …
 
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