TrekFavorites 013: ST:DS9 - ‘Distant Voices’ with Michael E. Cohen

Michael E. Cohen is not just a Star Trek Fan, but also has a special connection to Season 3 Episode 13 of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Distant Voices. Michael discusses that connection as well as the episode itself, the acting talent of Alexander Siddig, and how Trek ties into so many other series of the day.

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Michael E. Cohen  has worked as a teacher, a programmer, a Web designer, a multimedia producer, and a certified usability analyst. He's the author or co-author of several Take Control books, and contributes to TidBITS. You can find him on Twitter as @lymond.

TrekFavorites 012: ST:TNG's "Time's Arrow" with Brittany Smith

Brittany Smith takes us to a discussion of another two-part title from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Part 1 and Part 2 of “Time’s Arrow” finds the Enterprise crew doing some time traveling, meeting Samuel Clemens, and bringing Data back from the (sort of) dead. Brittany talks about why this episode has some of her favorite TNG components, why the plot holds up, and how it informed her reading of Mark Twain’s works.

Brittany Smith is a cognitive neuroscientist who provides a variety of consulting services through her business, Devise and Conquer that includes ADD/ADHD coaching, technology coaching, productivity consulting, and more. She is a self-designated “well-rounded geek” who can be found on Twitter as @addliberator. Her latest project is Jedi Yoga.

TrekFavorites 011: TNG - "Chain of Command" with Steve Sheridan

Steve Sheridan selected another two-part title for his first TrekFavorites. Season 6, Episode 10 and Episode 11 from Star Trek: The Next Generation finds Picard relieved of command, leading a covert mission, and then tortured, while the change in leadership alters the tone of life on the Enterprise. Steve talks about his impressions of each of those points, relates them to real-world experiences, and drops a little trivia on us to boot.

Steve Sheridan is the videographer for the Podfeet Podcasts at for trade shows such as CES, NAB, and CSUN Assistive Tech Conference. He assists the host, his wife Allison Sheridan, in production of the NosillaCast live show and moderation of the NosillaCast Facebook and Slack Communities. He is also a regular contributor of product reviews and videos for the NosillaCast. Steve is a retired Electrical Engineer from Raytheon where he worked on radar and other sensor development as a program director. Along with videography and video editing, his passions include working with Apple products and other tech geek gear, delving into physics, learning about space exploration, flying drones, traveling, and figuring out how things work in general. You can follow Steve on Twitter at and check out his videos on YouTube at

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TrekFavorites 010: TNG: "The Inner Light" with John Martellaro

One of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s most popular episodes, and a Hugo Award winner, is The Inner Light, and was selected by John Martellaro. Find out what why John made this one of his TrekFavorites, why TNG is his favorite series, and how the original Star Trek inspired his career choices at an early age.

John Martellaro  is the Senior Editor for Reviews and Analysis at The Mac Observer, and host of the  Background Mode podcast.  Previously,he has worked for NASA, Lockheed Martin Astronautics,the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Apple. At Apple, he worked as a Senior Marketing Manager, a Federal Account Executive and a High Performance Computing manager. His interests include all things Apple, chess, science fiction and astronomy. You can follow John on Twitter, and hear his insightful interviews with tech and science luminaries on his podcast, Background Mode.

TrekFavorites 009: ST:TOS - "Balance of Terror" with Mark Fuccio

Mark Fuccio picked Season 1, Episode 08 from Star Trek - The Original Series, Balance of Terror, as his first TrekFavorite. Mark walks us through the episode, pointing out his favorite parts from both the Star Fleet and Romulan perspectives, and how some of the issues addressed are applicable to current events.


Mark Fuccio is actively involved in high tech startup companies, both as a principle at, or as an marketing advisor through his consulting practice Tactics Sells High Tech, Inc. Mark was a proud investor in Microsoft from the mid-1990's selling in mid 2000, and hopes one day that MSFT will be again an attractive investment. You can contact Mark through his web site or through Twitter.

TrekFavorites 008 - Enterprise - 'Strange New World' with Elle Newman

Our first Enterprise episode is selected by Elle Newman! Season 1, Episode 4, “Strange New World” held appeal for Elle from both personal and character development standpoint. Find out how she brings a fresh perspective to our discussions, why her take on the Star Trek timeline is probably different from yours, and what she saw in this episode that you might have missed.


Elle Newman is a facilitator, a life coach, and a yoga teacher. Find out more about her at her personal web site. find her on her Facebook page, and follow her on Twitter as @ElleMoreen, and on Micro.Blog as @Elle Newman.

TrekFavorites 007: Discovery - 'The Vulcan Hello' with David Ginsburg

Star Trek: Discovery makes its first appearance on TrekFavorites when David Ginsburg selects Season 1, Episode 1, “The Vulcan Hello”, as one of his TrekFavorites. David explains how the characters, special effects, and story line drew him in to the latest series. The discussion then turns to differences from other Trek series, and why so many things in this first episode work so well.


David Ginsburg is the President of the Suburban Chicago Apple Users Group, and is an IT professional supporting Mac, iOS and Windows users. Find and follow him on Twitter as @daveg65. You can also hear him share his knowledge on his podcast, In Touch With iOS and sharing a love of horse racing on Off The Charts

TrekFavorites 006: DS9 - 'In The Pale Moonlight' with Steve and Barbara Sande

An episode of Deep Space Nine makes its first appearance on TrekFavorites! Barbara and Steve Sande picked In The Pale Moonlight, Season 6, Episode 9, and dug into what it says about the character of the crew, the moral ambiguities and compromises that are made in times of war, with some real-world comparisons.


Steve Sande also writes way too much. He's the head guy at Apple World Today, writes for Rocket Yard, and recently logged over one million words written in just over three years. He's written a number of books for Take Control Books  and Apress, is married to a rocket scientist, and spends his days being bossed by a cat. You can watch what he says on Twitter.  

Barbara Sande is the wife of Steve Sande, and is a former Senior Staff Systems Engineer at Lockheed Martin.

TrekFavorites 005: TNG - 'Darmok' with Joe Kissell

One of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s most revered episodes is Darmok, S05E02, so it came as no surprise that Joe Kissell picked it as one of his TrekFavorites. What we didn’t see coming was the deep and personal connection Joe has with this episode, and why he feels it depicts the challenge of communication in a surprisingly realistic way.

Joe Kissell is the publisher of  Take Control Books, as well as the author of over 60 books on a wide variety of tech topics. Keep up with him if you can on his personal site,, and on Twitter.

TrekFavorites 004: ST:TNG - 'All Good Things...' with Kelly Guimont

Kelly Guimont takes us to the end of Star Trek: The Next Generation by picking S07E25/26,  “All Good Things...” as her TrekFavorite. Kelly explains why it was special to her as both a fan and a student, her connection to a favorite actor with another TV series, and why it wrapped up TNG so well.

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Kelly Guimont is a longtime Apple geek, sitting down (on a telephone book) in front of an Apple IIe in 1983. She can still hear the ticking of the ImageWriter. Thanks to the miracle of the adjustable leg desk, she no longer needs the phonebook. Kelly writes for The Mac Observer, is the host of the Daily Observations Podcast, is co-host of The Aftershow, and yet still has more to say which she saves for Twitter and

TrekFavorites 003: Voyager - 'Mortal Coil' with John Champion

John Champion of Mission Log: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast talks about why Star Trek: Voyager S04E12, Mortal Coil, is one of his TrakFavorites. Not just a “meaning of life” kind of episode, Mortal Coil has many different layers, some of which apply to the controversies of today.

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