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.


19 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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Novelist Madeline Miller reimagines The Iliad and The Odyssey from the point of view of secondary characters.

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 30:23
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Sci-fi and fantasy have always been a big part of fan fiction, but fan fiction hasn't always gotten respect in return. Has fan fic gotten a bad rap?

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Nov 01, 2017
  • Length: 28:05
  • Purchases: 1
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In my second episode on larping, I go on an epic journey to find out why it's therapeutic to become imaginary people.

  • Added: Nov 28, 2018
  • Length: 39:13
Caption: Alice Sheldon, Credit: Eric Molinsky
Alice Sheldon served in the OSS and the CIA. And then she went deep undercover posing as a male science fiction writer. It wasn't an assignment, it...

Bought by WABE and PRX Remix


  • Added: Mar 12, 2015
  • Length: 23:44
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Luke Skywalker action figure, Credit: Eric Molinsky
What makes a great origin story -- for superheroes or regular people going on a job interview?

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM, WABE, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Dec 05, 2014
  • Length: 15:21
  • Purchases: 3
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I never played Dungeons & Dragons as a kid, but after reading interviews with lots of interesting creative people who credit D&D with their success...

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM and WABE


  • Added: Sep 22, 2015
  • Length: 31:04
  • Purchases: 2
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How a cataclysmic volcanic eruption inspired a teenage girl to write a literary masterpiece.

Bought by KZYX, KSFR, PRX Remix, WXAV 88.3FM, and WABE


  • Added: Jun 15, 2016
  • Length: 17:23
  • Purchases: 5
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Soviet science fiction reveals the hopes and anxieties of people living behind the Iron Curtain.

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM


  • Added: Mar 22, 2017
  • Length: 25:05
  • 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?

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM


  • Added: Jul 12, 2017
  • Length: 26:19
  • Purchases: 1
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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...

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM


  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 24:11
  • 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...

Bought by WTJU and WXAV 88.3FM


  • Added: Jan 24, 2018
  • Length: 33:09
  • Purchases: 2
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Listeners share their stories of how they grieved the loss of their favorite fictional characters.

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM


  • Added: Jul 11, 2018
  • Length: 28:27
  • 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...

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM


  • Added: Jul 25, 2018
  • Length: 26:13
  • Purchases: 1
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Writers and chefs discuss the roles that food can play in sci-fi fantasy worlds.

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM


  • Added: Sep 05, 2018
  • Length: 23:03
  • 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

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM


  • Added: Sep 19, 2018
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 1
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Traditional fairy folklore was no fairy tale.

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM


  • Added: Oct 17, 2018
  • Length: 26:04
  • Purchases: 1
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Spiritual leaders of different faith discuss the role of religion in sci-fi fantasy worlds.

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM


  • Added: Oct 31, 2018
  • Length: 28:49
  • Purchases: 1
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Remember when movie posters were hand-crafted iconic works of commercial art? They still are in an alternative artistic universe.

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM


  • Added: Nov 14, 2018
  • Length: 24:52
  • Purchases: 1
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Forget Monopoly and Risk -- a new generation of indie board game designers is rethinking how we play games, and why.

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM


  • Added: Dec 12, 2018
  • Length: 26:01
  • Purchases: 1