Stephen Talks

…About the 2022 Midterm Elections

Even when there isn’t a president or a governor or a member of Congress on the ballot, every election matters, as does every vote.

…About House of the Dragon Episode 1×04

This episode of the “Game of Thrones” spin-off “House of the Dragon” has made a lot of people uncomfortable (even though, as GOT fans, they really should be used to this kind of stuff by now). Content warning: I will be discussing sex, incest, and matters of consent in this episode.

…About Star Trek The Motion Picture

The first Star Trek movie, released in 1979, has garnered a lot of criticism for its slow pacing and lack of action, especially compared to the next movie in the franchise, The Wrath of Khan. But does it deserve a reputation for being one of the “worst” movies in the franchise? I talk about why I think it’s an underrated film in this episode.

…About the January 6th Committee Hearings

The House Select Committee investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021 has begun to release its findings to the American people and to the world. Here is a brief recap of what we’ve learned so far. I don’t care what political party you are. I don’t care who you voted for. You have to know that this is important. You have to know what happened. And you have to know what needs to be done about it. Here is a link to the Committee’s YouTube channel where you can watch the full hearings, both the ones that have already aired and the ones scheduled for the future: January 6th Committee – YouTube

…About the 2nd Amendment

If the Founders could see all the people, especially the children, who have died by gun violence, would they still have written the 2nd Amendment? My thoughts on the school shooting in Robb Elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on why we need gun control, and why the 2nd Amendment is not an absolute right.

…About Worldbuilding

Worldbuilding is one of a writer’s most important tasks. Whatever you write, whether it’s regular fiction or science fiction, whether it’s for books, movies, comics, television, or even video games, you need to build a strong foundation for it. You need to build a world for it.

…About Abortion

The United States Supreme Court is about to rule (again) on whether or not women have the right to an abortion. I talk here about who should have a say in that decision.

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