Steve Barnes' World of Happiness

The open Gates.

I'm thoroughly enjoying Gates McFadden's recent podcast. She leverages her classic Star Trek friends as guests, which is common and appeals to fans who wish they could have peeked behind the production curtains.

But Gates aims deeper, striving for personal exchanges suitable for proper friendships, and I've enjoyed harvesting insight about what brought her guests to hold the bite-sized opinions which are typically the full entrée. Reviews say Gates is a good "interviewer," but I'd call her a good conversationalist – you can tell she wants to share as much as she asks her guests to.

I always guessed McFadden had more to say than made it to the conventions and special features, and goodness, does she.