Dr. Frederick Burelbach and Piers Marchant
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Gene Roddenberry was a producer and screenwriter, best known for creating the original television series Star Trek. Roddenberry was also a member of the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Explorer’s Club of New York City, among many other organizations. The interview begins with a brief discussion about a new Star Trek movie on which Roddenberry was executive consultant. They then delve into where the initial idea for the Star Trek series came from, and how Star Trek was able to break the boundaries of what a typical science-fiction plot consisted of. Roddenberry then discusses diversity on the original show, and what he was able to get away with in terms of casting during that particular time period. He finishes by talking about the development of television as a medium, as well as discussing some of the issues that he and the other show writers had with their directors.
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Roddenberry, Gene, "Gene Roddenberry on Star Trek" (1981). Writers Forum Videos. Video 12.