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Imaginary Worlds

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Imaginary Worlds is a bi-weekly podcast about science fiction and other fantasy genres. Host Eric Molinsky talks with novelists, screenwriters, comic book artists, filmmakers, and game designers about their craft of creating fictional worlds. The show also looks at the fan experience, exploring what makes us suspend our disbelief, and what happens when that spell is broken. Fantasy worlds may be set in distant planets or parallel dimensions, but they are crafted here on Earth and on some level relate to our daily lives. Employing his years of experience in public radio, Eric brings a sophisticated, thoughtfully produced voice to the far-out and fantastical.

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Imaginary Worlds is a bi-weekly podcast about science fiction and other fantasy genres. Host Eric Molinsky talks with novelists, screenwriters, comic book artists, filmmakers, and game designers about their craft of creating fictional worlds. The show also looks at the fan experience, exploring what makes us suspend our disbelief, and what happens when that spell is broken. Fantasy worlds may be set in distant planets or parallel dimensions, but they are crafted here on Earth and on some level relate to our daily lives. Employing his years of experience in public radio, Eric brings a sophisticated, thoughtfully produced voice to the far-out and fantastical.

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1500 Ratings
Average Ratings
1343
93
30
14
20

Please don’t get me started...

By ronin31488 - Apr 02 2020
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...on how much I absolutely love this show.

I like it

By Kantalope - Mar 06 2020
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When I see a new one in my feed I am very happy.

iTunes Ratings

1500 Ratings
Average Ratings
1343
93
30
14
20

Please don’t get me started...

By ronin31488 - Apr 02 2020
Read more
...on how much I absolutely love this show.

I like it

By Kantalope - Mar 06 2020
Read more
When I see a new one in my feed I am very happy.
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Imaginary Worlds

Latest release on May 28, 2020

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Imaginary Worlds is a bi-weekly podcast about science fiction and other fantasy genres. Host Eric Molinsky talks with novelists, screenwriters, comic book artists, filmmakers, and game designers about their craft of creating fictional worlds. The show also looks at the fan experience, exploring what makes us suspend our disbelief, and what happens when that spell is broken. Fantasy worlds may be set in distant planets or parallel dimensions, but they are crafted here on Earth and on some level relate to our daily lives. Employing his years of experience in public radio, Eric brings a sophisticated, thoughtfully produced voice to the far-out and fantastical.

Rank #1: The Hero's Journey Endgame

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The Hero's Journey has dominated sci-fi fantasy storytelling for over 40 years. Have the storytelling formula reached a saturation point?

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Apr 03 2019

33mins

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Rank #2: Rod Serling's Key of Imagination

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Rod Serling's voice is still speaking to us well beyond The Twilight Zone.

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Apr 17 2019

35mins

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Rank #3: Sidekicks: Watson

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In part one of our mini-series on sidekicks, we look at the enduring appeal of character that has gone through world wars, massive technological and social changes and the alleged death of his partner -- but Doctor Watson is forever loyal to Sherlock Holmes.

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May 01 2019

30mins

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Rank #4: The Booj

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After listening to this episode, you'll never watch movie trailers the same way again.

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Aug 21 2019

26mins

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Rank #5: Ends of Evangelion

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Neon Genesis Evangelion ran only one year in Japan but more than 20 years later, the series and its subsequent movies are still creating ripple effects across global pop culture.

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Sep 18 2019

35mins

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Rank #6: Actors with Pencils

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Disney’s “live action” remakes of their classic films are a box office bonanza. But will they spark nostalgia not only for the originals, but for the lost art of hand drawn feature animation in Hollywood?

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Sep 04 2019

30mins

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Rank #7: Sidekicks: Harley Quinn

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Harley Quinn began as a sidekick to a villain, and found her way to the heart of the DC canon and fandoms around the world. But to do so, she needed to dump a very toxic boyfriend.

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May 29 2019

29mins

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Rank #8: Scoring Godzilla

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In 1954, director Ishiro Honda and composer Akira Ifukube disagreed about what Godzilla represented, but their collaboration added layers of depth that helped turn a monster into an icon.

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Oct 02 2019

27mins

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Rank #9: Hero Props vs. Fake Props

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The sci-fi fantasy market is a hot commodity, but it’s also drawn in swindlers with the skills to create fake props and believable backstories about who made them – robbing the fans financially and emotionally.

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Jun 26 2019

31mins

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Rank #10: Sidekicks: Tonto and Kato

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There wasn’t anything authentic about Tonto and Kato, but that didn’t matter to the audiences who enjoyed their team-ups with The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet. But embodying those sidekicks was a lot more challenging for the actors Jay Silverheels and Bruce Lee, who struggled to find humanity within the stereotypes, and respect behind the scenes.

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May 15 2019

32mins

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Rank #11: Nerdlesque

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Burlesque and geek culture have merged to create a new art form.

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Jun 12 2019

27mins

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Rank #12: Superheroes in the Ring

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Mexican wrestling (aka Lucha Libre) has a lot in common with the superhero genre. But trying to be a superhero has its own set of challenges in real life.

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Aug 07 2019

31mins

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Rank #13: The Undertaker

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The Undertaker has dominated the WWE for decades -- but he’s also a throwback to a different era of wrestling when a supernatural character could reign supreme. So what is the secret to The Deadman's appeal?

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Jul 11 2019

34mins

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Rank #14: Dirk Maggs

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Legendary audio drama producer Dirk Maggs reveals tricks of the trade he used to bring The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Alien, The X-Files and other stories to life.

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Jul 25 2019

31mins

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Rank #15: The Canon

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Every sci-fi fantasy world comes with a canon of rules and back stories. Fans can be fiercely protective of their favorite canons, but canons are often patchworks created by people with conflicting ideas. Does a dense canon make better storytelling? Or does it alienate casual fans? I talk with Derek McCaw, who runs the website Fanboy Planet. And a rabbi explains why the Star Trek canon has a lot in common with The Torah.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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Oct 08 2014

16mins

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Rank #16: Making The Good Places Better

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The Good Place just ended after four critically acclaimed seasons, and it was one of several recent TV shows to imagine the afterlife as being far from paradise. Pastor and podcaster JR Forasteros and author Greg Garrett explore why pop culture heavens are being depicted as bureaucracies where the angels are overwhelmed or lost sight of their mission. And Todd May describes what it was like being a philosophy consultant on The Good Place.

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Mar 05 2020

34mins

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Rank #17: Truth, Justice and The American Way

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Tracing the history of the superhero genre can reveal a lot about how we understand our own history, and how history gets whitewashed. Shawn Taylor, John Jennings and Art Burton look at how black superheroes evolved from a black Wild West lawman to HBO's Watchmen. And I talk with John Valadez about Mexican American masked vigilantes who may have inspired Zorro, and other masked heroes.

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Feb 20 2020

33mins

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Rank #18: 2001: A Filmmaking Odyssey

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2001: A Space Odyssey is considered a masterpiece, and a game changer for sci-fi on film. But the movie had a tumultuous origin story, and it was initially scorned by critics. Barbara Miller of The Museum of The Moving Image walks me through their new exhibit on the making of 2001. And I talk with author Michael Benson, actor Keir Dullea and Stanley Kubrick’s daughter Katharina about how Kubrick and his collaborator Arthur C. Clarke reached for the stars, but felt lost in space as they struggled to finish this incredibly ambitious project.

Here’s the link to Michael Benson’s book:

https://www.amazon.com/Space-Odyssey-Stanley-Kubrick-Masterpiece/dp/1501163930

Here’s a link the Museum of the Moving Image’s 2001 exhibit:

http://www.movingimage.us/exhibitions/2020/01/18/detail/envisioning-2001-stanley-kubricks-space-odyssey/

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Feb 06 2020

32mins

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Rank #19: Queen of Tarot

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When it comes to tarot cards, there is an artistry to designing a world of emperors, fools, priestesses, hermits and other iconic figures. But few people know about Pamela Colman Smith, the woman who illustrated the best selling deck of all time. Professor Elizabeth Foley O’Connor and author Susan Wands explain why Pamela Colman Smith was uniquely suited to design tarot cards that stimulate our intuition and our imagination – and how figures on the Rider-Waite (a.k.a. Smith-Waite) deck are based on a real troupe of famous actors, including Bram Stoker. 

Here's the link to Susan Wands' novel about Pamela Colman Smith:

https://www.amazon.com/Magician-Fool-Susan-Wands/dp/1999764676

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Jan 23 2020

26mins

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Rank #20: Fear of The Borg

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Patrick Stewart is reprising his role as Jean-Luc Picard in the new TV series “Picard,” where the writers have promised a very different storyline on his arch nemesis The Borg. In our final installment on villains, we discuss why The Borg are a unique existential threat to the Star Trek ethos with the help of three academics who combine science fiction with philosophy in their courses. Featuring Kevin Decker and Christina Valeo of Eastern Washington University and Shawn Taylor of San Francisco State University. 

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Jan 09 2020

29mins

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Time Travel Therapy

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Time travel is one of my favorite genres, and it’s also my go-to daydream. But I’ve begun to wonder whether time travel fantasies are a psychologically unhealthy way of avoiding problems in the present, or a helpful way of putting the present moment into sharper focus. I talk with authors Charles Yu, Vandana Singh, and editor Ann VanderMeer about the themes of loss and love in time travel narratives. And professors Antonio Cordoba and Concepcion Carmen Cascajosa Virino explain how the Spanish sci-fi show Ministry of Time (a.k.a. El Ministerio del Tiempo) became a therapeutic outlet for a nation still processing a long history of trauma and disappointments. Featuring readings by actor Woody Fu.

The Time Traveler’s Almanac: A Time Travel Anthology

https://www.amazon.com/Time-Travelers-Almanac-Travel-Anthology/dp/0765374242

How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe

https://www.amazon.com/Live-Safely-Science-Fictional-Universe/dp/0307739457

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May 28 2020

33mins

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The Curse of The Curse

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When things go wrong, it’s tempting to say something’s cursed as a joke. But when things go dreadfully wrong on horror movie sets, some fans have speculated that the films were literally cursed. Jay Cheel talks about his new documentary series “Cursed Films,” which explores why people believe the cast and crew of The Exorcist, The Omen, and other horror films were targeted by demonic forces. Special effects artist Craig Reardon and director Gary Sherman separate fact from fiction with the alleged Poltergeist curse. And I talk with professor Brandon Grafius, author of “Reading the Bible with Horror,” about why religion can prompt us to believe in curses. 

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May 14 2020

31mins

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Toy Stories

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Many of us have imaginary friends when we’re young in the guise of a doll, stuffed animal or toy that give us a sense of comfort. Then we grow out of those characters – or at least we’re supposed to. We asked our listeners to tell us about their favorite childhood toys that are still around and providing them with a sense of comfort and security during the global health crisis. Featuring Nancy Farnsworth, Steve Romenesko, Jen Cresswell, Jean Klare and the artist Jennifer Maher Coleman who paints portraits of childhood toys.  

Jennifer’s site Your Toy Portrait:

https://yourtoyportrait.com/category/toyportraits/

Jennifer and her husband’s band Architrave:

https://architrave.bandcamp.com/

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Apr 30 2020

35mins

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Solarpunk the Future

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Cyberpunk was cool. Steampunk was hip. Get ready for Solarpunk. This new emerging genre of art and fiction imagines a future where DIY environmental sustainability dictates the design of everything from skyscraper farms to homemade fashion. The writer Adam Flynn, magazine editors Scot and Jane Noel, writer Sarena Ulibarri, and game designer Keisha Howard discuss how we can create the future we want by inspiring people with science fiction, and why being anti-dystopia doesn’t mean they believe in utopias. Featuring readings by Vanessa Bellow.

DreamForge magazine:

https://dreamforge.mywebportal.app/

Glass and Gardens Summers and Winters:

http://www.sarenaulibarri.com/editing.html

Notes Towards a Solarpunk Manifesto:

https://hieroglyph.asu.edu/2014/09/solarpunk-notes-toward-a-manifesto/

Sugar Gamers:

https://sugargamers.com/

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Apr 16 2020

31mins

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Fighting a Virtual Pandemic

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In 2005, the multiplayer online game World of Warcraft was taken over by a virus called Corrupted Blood, and the virtual pandemic in this fantasy world played out remarkably like COVID-19. I talk with epidemiologist and gamer Eric Lofgren, NYU game design instructor Alexander King and longtime player Virginia Wilkerson about the parallels between the pandemic in World of Warcraft the one we’re facing in the real world, and what lessons we can learn by studying how players reacted to a virtual virus.

Also if you want to submit a story for our upcoming toys episode, email us at contact@imaginaryworldspodcast.org

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Apr 02 2020

30mins

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Retcon-apalooza

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We're craving an escape into our favorite fantasy worlds, but fans are complaining that all the "retconning" is ruining their suspension of disbelief. Why is retroactive continuity so controversial? Olivia Dolphin and Hayley Milliman discuss how JK Rowling’s decrees have unraveled The Potterverse. Nick Randall and Mac Rogers grapple with recent revelations in Doctor Who. Laurie Ulster defends Star Trek’s familial reshuffling, I try to make sense of the Star Wars canon, and author Andrew J. Friedenthal explains why rewriting the history of fantasy worlds is similar to revising history in real life.

Here’s a link to Andrew’s book on retconning:

https://www.amazon.com/Retcon-Game-Retroactive-Continuity-Hyperlinking/dp/1496811321

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Mar 19 2020

33mins

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Making The Good Places Better

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The Good Place just ended after four critically acclaimed seasons, and it was one of several recent TV shows to imagine the afterlife as being far from paradise. Pastor and podcaster JR Forasteros and author Greg Garrett explore why pop culture heavens are being depicted as bureaucracies where the angels are overwhelmed or lost sight of their mission. And Todd May describes what it was like being a philosophy consultant on The Good Place.

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Mar 05 2020

34mins

Play

Truth, Justice and The American Way

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Tracing the history of the superhero genre can reveal a lot about how we understand our own history, and how history gets whitewashed. Shawn Taylor, John Jennings and Art Burton look at how black superheroes evolved from a black Wild West lawman to HBO's Watchmen. And I talk with John Valadez about Mexican American masked vigilantes who may have inspired Zorro, and other masked heroes.

Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Feb 20 2020

33mins

Play

2001: A Filmmaking Odyssey

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2001: A Space Odyssey is considered a masterpiece, and a game changer for sci-fi on film. But the movie had a tumultuous origin story, and it was initially scorned by critics. Barbara Miller of The Museum of The Moving Image walks me through their new exhibit on the making of 2001. And I talk with author Michael Benson, actor Keir Dullea and Stanley Kubrick’s daughter Katharina about how Kubrick and his collaborator Arthur C. Clarke reached for the stars, but felt lost in space as they struggled to finish this incredibly ambitious project.

Here’s the link to Michael Benson’s book:

https://www.amazon.com/Space-Odyssey-Stanley-Kubrick-Masterpiece/dp/1501163930

Here’s a link the Museum of the Moving Image’s 2001 exhibit:

http://www.movingimage.us/exhibitions/2020/01/18/detail/envisioning-2001-stanley-kubricks-space-odyssey/

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Feb 06 2020

32mins

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Queen of Tarot

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When it comes to tarot cards, there is an artistry to designing a world of emperors, fools, priestesses, hermits and other iconic figures. But few people know about Pamela Colman Smith, the woman who illustrated the best selling deck of all time. Professor Elizabeth Foley O’Connor and author Susan Wands explain why Pamela Colman Smith was uniquely suited to design tarot cards that stimulate our intuition and our imagination – and how figures on the Rider-Waite (a.k.a. Smith-Waite) deck are based on a real troupe of famous actors, including Bram Stoker. 

Here's the link to Susan Wands' novel about Pamela Colman Smith:

https://www.amazon.com/Magician-Fool-Susan-Wands/dp/1999764676

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Jan 23 2020

26mins

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Fear of The Borg

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Patrick Stewart is reprising his role as Jean-Luc Picard in the new TV series “Picard,” where the writers have promised a very different storyline on his arch nemesis The Borg. In our final installment on villains, we discuss why The Borg are a unique existential threat to the Star Trek ethos with the help of three academics who combine science fiction with philosophy in their courses. Featuring Kevin Decker and Christina Valeo of Eastern Washington University and Shawn Taylor of San Francisco State University. 

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Jan 09 2020

29mins

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In Defense of The Star Wars Holiday Special

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It will never be a holiday classic – far, far from it. But can we redeem the greatest villain in the Star Wars universe, the 1978 made-for-TV Star Wars Holiday Special?

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Dec 25 2019

25mins

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Can Villains Be Good?

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They took over the world. They crushed our heroes. Now they feel bad. What does it take for a villain to be redeemed -- and what does it take for us to forgive them?

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Dec 12 2019

26mins

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My So Called Evil Plan

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Taking over the world is so passé. The most popular villains want to save the world –- at a cost. What does the rise of the woke villain say about our frustrations with the real world?

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Nov 27 2019

23mins

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Under a Red Moon

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Ron Moore's new show For All Mankind imagines what if the Soviet Union landed a man on the moon first -- and what if that nightmare scenario forced NASA to be more inclusive than it was in real history?

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Nov 14 2019

34mins

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From Outer Space

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Think of an alien abduction. Humanoid creatures. Medical experiments. Missing time. Hypnosis. But years before The X-Files, that narrative was largely unknown until Betty and Barney Hill went public about their alien abduction.

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Oct 30 2019

36mins

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Talking to the Dead

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In Jason Suran’s show The Other Side, he keeps reminding the audience that he cannot talk to the dead. Then why does he do such a good job of convincing us that he can?

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Oct 16 2019

30mins

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Scoring Godzilla

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In 1954, director Ishiro Honda and composer Akira Ifukube disagreed about what Godzilla represented, but their collaboration added layers of depth that helped turn a monster into an icon.

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Oct 02 2019

27mins

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Ends of Evangelion

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Neon Genesis Evangelion ran only one year in Japan but more than 20 years later, the series and its subsequent movies are still creating ripple effects across global pop culture.

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Sep 18 2019

35mins

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Actors with Pencils

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Disney’s “live action” remakes of their classic films are a box office bonanza. But will they spark nostalgia not only for the originals, but for the lost art of hand drawn feature animation in Hollywood?

Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Sep 04 2019

30mins

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iTunes Ratings

1500 Ratings
Average Ratings
1343
93
30
14
20

Please don’t get me started...

By ronin31488 - Apr 02 2020
Read more
...on how much I absolutely love this show.

I like it

By Kantalope - Mar 06 2020
Read more
When I see a new one in my feed I am very happy.