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.


80 Pieces

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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
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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
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Can the subgenre of military sci-fi and fantasy help civilians better understand the military experience while mixing in aliens and sorcerers?

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  • Added: Nov 15, 2017
  • Length: 22:20
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We all know it. We all love it. But the The Haunted Mansion ride at Disneyland actually had a fraught 12-year long development where many people wo...

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  • Added: Oct 18, 2017
  • Length: 24:11
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In the second half of my mini-series on musical worlds, I talk with Sammus and Mega Ran, hip hop artists that create concept albums about their fav...

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  • Added: Oct 04, 2017
  • Length: 21:20
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In the first of a series on musical worlds, I talk with members of Vertigo Drift about their sci-fi concept album Phase 3.

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  • Added: Oct 04, 2017
  • Length: 14:29
  • Purchases: 2
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Helen Zaltzman of The Allusionist podcast helps me figure out why some technobabble is good, bad or just plain baffling.

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  • Added: Sep 06, 2017
  • Length: 24:15
  • Purchases: 1
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This week I open the vault to play an extended cut of my 2014 interview with the Batman comic book writer Scott Snyder.

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  • Added: Aug 09, 2017
  • Length: 25:37
  • Purchases: 1
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The evil plan is the much maligned trope of superhero and other fantasy genres. But it doesn't have to be that way.

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  • Added: Jul 26, 2017
  • Length: 25:19
  • Purchases: 1
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How do Muslims readers feel about Dune since the book appropriates aspects of Islam and Arab culture to tell an unconventional hero's journey?

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  • Added: Jul 12, 2017
  • Length: 26:19
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Players from around the world explain why they live a double life in a virtual galaxy called EVE Online.

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  • Added: Jun 28, 2017
  • Length: 25:33
  • Purchases: 1