Imaginary Worlds

By Eric Molinsky

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Imaginary Worlds sounds like what would happen if NPR went to ComicCon and decided that’s all they ever wanted to cover. Host Eric Molinsky spent over a decade working as a public radio reporter and producer, and he uses those skills to create thoughtful, sound-rich episodes about science fiction, fantasy, and other genres of speculative fiction. Every other week, he talks with comic book artists, game designers, novelists, screenwriters, filmmakers, and fans about how they craft their worlds, why we suspend our disbelief, and what happens if the spell is broken. Imaginary worlds may be set on distant planets or parallel dimensions, but they are crafted here on Earth, and they’re always about us and our lived experiences.

Episode Date
African Sci-Fi Looks to a Future Climate
Apr 10, 2024
When All Is Said in Dune
Mar 27, 2024
Mother-in-Law of Oz
Mar 13, 2024
Bonus: Turtles and Toys Outtakes
Mar 06, 2024
Class of '84: Turtles, Transformers and Toys Takeover TV
Feb 28, 2024
Class of '84: When Cyber Was Punk
Feb 14, 2024
Bonus: Rise of The Villains Outtakes
Feb 07, 2024
Class of '84: Rise of The Villains
Jan 31, 2024
Making Blue Eye Samurai
Jan 17, 2024
Prologue to Ursula K. le Guin
Jan 03, 2024
@ChristmasCarol: A Holiday Tale
Dec 20, 2023
Doctor Who's Power of Regeneration
Dec 06, 2023
How One Piece Became King of the Backstories
Nov 22, 2023
Bonus: Norse Myths Outtakes
Nov 16, 2023
Seeing Ourselves in Norse Myths
Nov 08, 2023
Creating Hindu Fantasy Worlds
Oct 25, 2023
Haunted Housing Market
Oct 11, 2023
Making the Sounds of Make-Believe
Sep 27, 2023
The Nine Lives of Red Dwarf
Sep 13, 2023
Have You Watched....?
Aug 30, 2023
Ghosted by TV Shows
Aug 17, 2023
Extreme Makeover: Fairy Godmother Edition
Aug 02, 2023
How to Go to Infinity and Beyond
Jul 19, 2023
Welcome Our New A.I. Overlords
Jul 06, 2023
Warhammer - The Heavy Metal of Board Games
Jun 21, 2023
Why The Gothic Keeps Gaslighting Us
Jun 07, 2023
Haunted By Pepper's Ghost
May 24, 2023
Making The Muppets
May 10, 2023
Miyazaki Imagines an Environment
Apr 26, 2023
Entering Discworld. Population: Terry Pratchett.
Apr 13, 2023
The Blazing World
Mar 30, 2023
100 Years of Weird Tales
Mar 16, 2023
Catching the Mind Virus
Mar 02, 2023
A Nation Dreams to Survive
Feb 16, 2023
The Human Touch
Feb 02, 2023
Magic of Nghi Vo
Jan 19, 2023
The Set Jet Crowds
Jan 04, 2023
Octavia Butler Revisited
Dec 22, 2022
Monsters in the Static
Dec 08, 2022
True Crime Fairy Tale
Nov 24, 2022
Indigenous Futurisms
Nov 10, 2022
Songs in the Key of SF
Oct 27, 2022
Generation VTube
Oct 13, 2022
Befriend The Reaper
Sep 28, 2022
Postcolonial Worlds
Sep 14, 2022
Mentors: Balance of The Force
Sep 01, 2022
Mentors: Dynamic Duos
Aug 18, 2022
Paper Girls on Bikes
Aug 04, 2022
Charting Strange New Worlds
Jul 21, 2022
Guys and Dolls
Jul 07, 2022
The Art of Piracy
Jun 22, 2022
200 Imaginary Worlds
Jun 09, 2022
Mystery Science Theater Reopens
May 26, 2022
Snow Crashing Into The Metaverse
May 12, 2022
De-Aging Well
Apr 28, 2022
Neurodivergent Futures
Apr 14, 2022
Nosferatu Live
Mar 31, 2022
A Nation Dreams of Itself
Mar 17, 2022
Asian Futures Without Asians
Mar 03, 2022
Beforeigners
Feb 17, 2022
Headcanon Fodder
Feb 03, 2022
Politics of the Funnies Part 2
Jan 20, 2022
Politics of the Funnies Part 1
Jan 06, 2022
Multiverse Remix
Dec 23, 2021
Have Yourself a Scary Little Krampus
Dec 09, 2021
Art of the Brick
Nov 25, 2021
Re-Rolling Role Playing Games
Nov 11, 2021
Stage Fright
Oct 28, 2021
The Ecology of Dune
Oct 14, 2021
Office Space
Sep 30, 2021
Playing Blind
Sep 16, 2021
Cartoonish Gender
Sep 02, 2021
The Legend of Musashi
Aug 19, 2021
Giving Imaginary Advice
Aug 05, 2021
Harley Quinn (Special Edition)
Jul 22, 2021
Reporting on Capes, Cowls, Threats and Menaces
Jul 08, 2021
Living in a Simulation
Jun 24, 2021
Guilty Pleasures
Jun 10, 2021
Disco Elysium
May 27, 2021
Weir Science
May 13, 2021
The Zen of Sci-Fi
Apr 29, 2021
Becky Chambers Goes Wayfaring
Apr 15, 2021
Music From Saturn
Apr 01, 2021
Second Life Goes On
Mar 18, 2021
Tron: Welcome to the Machine
Mar 04, 2021
This Ain't No Fairy Tale
Feb 18, 2021
Embracing the Spooky Spooky
Feb 04, 2021
Betty Boop and the Hays Code
Jan 20, 2021
Camelot Forever
Jan 07, 2021
Making Up Creatures (Special Edition)
Dec 24, 2020
Monsters of 2020
Dec 10, 2020
Fan Films Go Pro
Nov 26, 2020
Fantasy in Translation
Nov 12, 2020
Adulting with Cowboy Bebop
Oct 29, 2020
Law & Order Superheroes
Oct 15, 2020
Fantasy and Fascism
Oct 01, 2020
Ahsoka Tano - A New Hope
Sep 17, 2020
Mission to Zyxx
Sep 03, 2020
Doug Jones: Shapeshifter
Aug 20, 2020
Dumbledore's Army (Updated)
Aug 06, 2020
Inverting Lovecraft
Jul 23, 2020
Once and Future Comic Con
Jul 09, 2020
Making Up Creatures
Jun 25, 2020
Larping in Place
Jun 11, 2020
Time Travel Therapy
May 28, 2020
The Curse of The Curse
May 14, 2020
Toy Stories
Apr 30, 2020
Solarpunk the Future
Apr 16, 2020
Fighting a Virtual Pandemic
Apr 02, 2020
Retcon-apalooza
Mar 19, 2020
Making The Good Places Better
Mar 05, 2020
Truth, Justice and The American Way
Feb 20, 2020
2001: A Filmmaking Odyssey
Feb 06, 2020
Queen of Tarot
Jan 23, 2020
Fear of The Borg
Jan 09, 2020
In Defense of The Star Wars Holiday Special
Dec 25, 2019
Can Villains Be Good?
Dec 12, 2019
My So Called Evil Plan
Nov 27, 2019
Under a Red Moon
Nov 14, 2019
From Outer Space
Oct 30, 2019
Talking to the Dead
Oct 16, 2019
Scoring Godzilla
Oct 02, 2019
Ends of Evangelion
Sep 18, 2019
Actors with Pencils
Sep 04, 2019
The Booj
Aug 21, 2019
Superheroes in the Ring
Aug 07, 2019
Dirk Maggs
Jul 25, 2019
The Undertaker
Jul 11, 2019
Hero Props vs. Fake Props
Jun 26, 2019
Nerdlesque
Jun 12, 2019
Sidekicks: Harley Quinn
May 29, 2019
Sidekicks: Tonto and Kato
May 15, 2019
Sidekicks: Watson
May 01, 2019
Rod Serling's Key of Imagination
Apr 17, 2019
The Hero's Journey Endgame
Apr 03, 2019
Slaughterhouse at Fifty
Mar 20, 2019
Tales of Margaret Brundage
Mar 07, 2019
The Man Behind the Sword
Feb 21, 2019
The Power of the Makeover Mage
Feb 07, 2019
Choose Your Own Adventure
Jan 24, 2019
Reimagining the Gods
Jan 10, 2019
A Visit by Three Ghosts
Dec 24, 2018
Board Games Go Indie
Dec 13, 2018
How I Won the Larp
Nov 29, 2018
Alternate Movie Posters
Nov 15, 2018
Faith in Fantasy
Nov 01, 2018
Don't Mess with the Fairies
Oct 18, 2018
Movies for the Mind
Oct 04, 2018
Theater for the Mind
Sep 19, 2018
Fantastical Feasts
Sep 05, 2018
D&D Revisited
Aug 23, 2018
Fanfiction (Special Edition)
Aug 09, 2018
Do You Speak Conlang?
Jul 26, 2018
Imaginary Deaths
Jul 12, 2018
Fahrenheit 451 Still Burns
Jun 27, 2018
Gathering the Magic
Jun 14, 2018
The First Three Lives of Catherine Webb
May 31, 2018
The Westworld Experience
May 17, 2018
Jack Kirby's Marvels
May 03, 2018
Living in Space
Apr 19, 2018
Visions of Philip K. Dick
Apr 05, 2018
Stuck in the Uncanny Valley
Mar 22, 2018
Remembering Ursula K. Le Guin
Mar 08, 2018
Behind the Daleks
Feb 22, 2018
Traveling in The TARDIS
Feb 08, 2018
Doctor Who?
Jan 25, 2018
Brain Chemistry
Jan 11, 2018
The Canon Revisited
Dec 28, 2017
Politics of The Expanse
Dec 14, 2017
Robot Collar Jobs
Nov 30, 2017
On The Front Lines of Fantasy
Nov 16, 2017
Fanfiction (Don't Judge)
Nov 02, 2017
The Haunted Mansion
Oct 19, 2017
Rappers with Arm Cannons
Oct 05, 2017
Worldbuilding With Music
Sep 21, 2017
Technobabble
Sep 07, 2017
Future Screens Are Mostly Blue
Aug 24, 2017
Scott Snyder
Aug 10, 2017
Evil Plans
Jul 27, 2017
The Book of Dune
Jul 12, 2017
World War EVE
Jun 29, 2017
Imagining the Internet
Jun 15, 2017
Do The Voice
Jun 01, 2017
The Real Twin Peaks
May 17, 2017
Designing Bojack's World
May 03, 2017
Healing Through Horror
Apr 20, 2017
New York 2140
Apr 06, 2017
Beyond the Iron Curtain
Mar 23, 2017
The Spirit of Will Eisner
Mar 09, 2017
28 Days of Black Cosplay
Feb 22, 2017
Growing Up Avatar-American
Feb 08, 2017
Winning the Larp
Jan 26, 2017
Atari vs The Imagination Gap
Jan 12, 2017
Workin' on the Death Star
Dec 15, 2016
The Man In the High Castle
Dec 01, 2016
Dumbledore's Army
Nov 17, 2016
Caps Lock Harry
Nov 03, 2016
The Sorting Hat
Oct 19, 2016
Magical Thinking
Oct 06, 2016
Fantasy Maps
Sep 22, 2016
The Hobbits and The Hippies
Sep 07, 2016
Behind The Felt
Aug 24, 2016
Finding My Voice
Aug 10, 2016
The Legacy of Octavia Butler
Jul 27, 2016
Ghost in the Shell
Jul 14, 2016
Undertale
Jun 29, 2016
The Year Without a Summer
Jun 15, 2016
Then She Fell
Jun 02, 2016
The Robot Uprising
May 19, 2016
Humans: New & Improved
May 05, 2016
Economics of Thrones and Starships
Apr 21, 2016
Becoming Godzilla
Apr 07, 2016
When Cthulhu Calls
Mar 24, 2016
Why They Fight
Mar 10, 2016
Imagining Wonder Woman
Feb 25, 2016
Noble Effort
Feb 11, 2016
Dracula from Nebraska
Jan 28, 2016
Inside the Snow Globe
Jan 14, 2016
The Expanded Universe
Dec 31, 2015
Han Shot Solo
Dec 16, 2015
Slave Leia
Dec 02, 2015
Empire vs Rebels
Nov 18, 2015
1977
Nov 04, 2015
Great Scott! It's The Future!
Oct 21, 2015
First Contact
Oct 20, 2015
The Truth Is Out There
Oct 07, 2015
Rolling the Twenty Sided Dice
Sep 23, 2015
Heroines
Jul 29, 2015
Fixing the Hobo Suit
Jul 15, 2015
Doppelgangers 2.0
Jul 01, 2015
Time Travelers of Renwick St.
Jun 03, 2015
The Greatest Cartoon Almost Made
Jun 03, 2015
Why Ron Moore Killed Captain Kirk
May 20, 2015
True Vampires of New Haven
May 06, 2015
Beware of CyberCity
Apr 22, 2015
Politics of Thrones
Apr 08, 2015
Zombie Therapy
Mar 25, 2015
The Mysterious James Tiptree
Mar 11, 2015
A Perfect World
Feb 25, 2015
Being Batman (For Now)
Feb 11, 2015
Sexy Robots
Jan 29, 2015
The Golem and The Jinni
Jan 14, 2015
Joss Whedon '07
Dec 31, 2014
Action Figureland
Dec 17, 2014
In Defense of Captain Hook
Dec 04, 2014
Saving The Girl
Nov 19, 2014
Salem Bewitched
Nov 05, 2014
King Denslow of Oz
Oct 22, 2014
The Canon
Oct 08, 2014
When Human Met Creature
Sep 24, 2014
Origin Stories
Sep 10, 2014