Imaginary Worlds

Series produced by Eric Molinsky

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Imaginary Worlds makes us think more deeply about the real world. It's a bi-weekly podcast about sci-fi, comic books, fairy tales and other fantasy genres -- how we create them and why we suspend our disbelief. These are the backstories of our stories.

Produced by Eric Molinsky, public radio reporter and illustrator.


89 Pieces

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Remember when movie posters were hand-crafted iconic works of commercial art? They still are in an alternative artistic universe.

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  • Added: Nov 14, 2018
  • Length: 24:52
  • Purchases: 1
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Spiritual leaders of different faith discuss the role of religion in sci-fi fantasy worlds.

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  • Added: Oct 31, 2018
  • Length: 28:49
  • Purchases: 1
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Traditional fairy folklore was no fairy tale.

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  • Added: Oct 17, 2018
  • Length: 26:04
  • Purchases: 1
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How classic sci-fi and horror radio dramas set the stage for stories that couldn't be told yet without advanced SFX

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  • Added: Sep 19, 2018
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 1
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Writers and chefs discuss the roles that food can play in sci-fi fantasy worlds.

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  • Added: Sep 05, 2018
  • Length: 23:03
  • Purchases: 1
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Constructed languages -- or conlangs for short -- are a valuable tool in worldbuilding. But once a conlang is let out in the world, the fans can do...

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  • Added: Jul 25, 2018
  • Length: 26:13
  • Purchases: 1
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Listeners share their stories of how they grieved the loss of their favorite fictional characters.

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  • Added: Jul 11, 2018
  • Length: 28:27
  • Purchases: 1
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As Magic the Gathering celebrates its 25th anniversary, I talk with designers at Wizards of the Coast about how they create a sense of character, s...

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  • Added: Jun 13, 2018
  • Length: 25:55
  • Purchases: 1
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Catherine Webb writes different styles of fantasy novels under various pseudonyms, but the quality of her work always shines through.

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  • Added: May 30, 2018
  • Length: 35:35
  • Purchases: 1
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To promote season 2 of Westworld, HBO built the town of Sweetwater at the SXSW festival. But what happened at the exhibit reflected the TV show a l...

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  • Added: May 16, 2018
  • Length: 32:29
  • Purchases: 1
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Infinity War brought together Marvel characters from across the universe, but many of them already shared a common bond -- their creator Jack Kirby.

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  • Added: May 02, 2018
  • Length: 32:03
  • Purchases: 1
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People dream of living away from the Earth, from an impossibly curved space habitat to a moon base on the verge of breaking apart.

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  • Added: Apr 18, 2018
  • Length: 31:19
  • Purchases: 1
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What do aliens, God, the KGB, and ancient Romans all have in common? They each may have tried to contact sci-fi author Philip K. Dick in 1974.

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  • Added: Apr 04, 2018
  • Length: 26:19
  • Purchases: 1
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What does it take to create digital humans that can pass for the real thing?

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  • Added: Mar 21, 2018
  • Length: 26:22
  • Purchases: 1
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Arwen Curry discusses her documentary, Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin, about how the daughter of a Berkeley anthropologist became a master of fantasy ...

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  • Added: Mar 07, 2018
  • Length: 24:36
  • Purchases: 1
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The most dangerous creatures in the universe of Doctor Who -- The Daleks -- look like they were built out of household appliances. But the show wou...

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  • Added: Feb 21, 2018
  • Length: 29:44
  • Purchases: 1
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Doctor Who always includes at least one companion traveling with The Doctor. But going that deep into the universe can change a person in ways they...

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  • Added: Feb 07, 2018
  • Length: 27:11
  • Purchases: 1
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I kick off my three-part series on the alien who has no name and no possessions except for a spaceship/time machine that he stole. Even his face (o...

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  • Added: Jan 24, 2018
  • Length: 33:09
  • Purchases: 2
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The creators of The Expanse novels and TV show discuss why a future war between human colonies across the solar system feels relevant to our politi...

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  • Added: Dec 13, 2017
  • Length: 26:43
  • Purchases: 1
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Are we prepared for a future where robots are the most sought after employees?

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  • Added: Nov 29, 2017
  • Length: 21:03
  • Purchases: 1