Trek Untold

Hosted ByMatt Kaplowitz

"Trek Untold" is the Star Trek podcast that goes beyond the stars! This show features guests including character actors, stunt performers, directors, writers, VFX artists, and the behind-the-scenes people who make the Star Trek universe boldly go where no sci-fi franchise has gone before.

Trek Untold Episode 21: Star Trek Historian Marc Cushman

The true history of the original Star Trek is one that has only really been unraveled in the last 20 years, and that is predominantly thanks to today's guest, Marc Cushman.

Marc is the author of “These Are The Voyages”, six books that chronicle the history of the original Star Trek series with the most in-depth research ever. Marc tells us the story of how he became connected with Dorothy Fontana which led him to meeting Gene Roddenberry, and ultimately gaining access to Gene’s archives to create these encyclopedic works that tell the full story of Star Trek.

Marc answers a ton of listener-submitted questions and explains what Gene Roddenberry did before he became a TV show writer, how involved Lucille Ball really was in getting Star Trek on-air and why she never did a cameo on the show, how Matt Jeffries designed the original enterprise and what the acronym NCC in NCC-1701 means, William Shatner stories, and behind the stories on fan-favorite episodes like concerns of plagiarism on “Arena” and the challenges of filming the infamous fight scene with the Gorn, “Shore Leave,” “The Trouble with Tribbles,” tales of John Drew Barrymore filming “The Alternative Factor” and what storyline the censors forced them to remove, and the drama behind “The City on The Edge of Forever” along with some great Harlan Ellison stories.

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