Imaginary Worlds

Series produced 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.


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In the second installment of our mini-series on 1984 (the year, not the novel) we look at William Gibson’s groundbreaking book Neuromancer, and how...

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  • Added: Feb 14, 2024
  • Length: 36:30
  • Purchases: 1
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We conclude our mini-series on 1984 by looking at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers. Each one dominated TV and the toy aisles, even if ...

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  • Added: Feb 28, 2024
  • Length: 37:30
  • Purchases: 1
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What does 19th century women’s rights activist Matilda Joslyn Gage have in common with Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz? Gage’s spirit and ideas live ...

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  • Added: Mar 13, 2024
  • Length: 33:22
  • Purchases: 1
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I talk with language creator David J. Peterson about how he developed the language of the Fremen in the Dune films along with his wife and collabor...

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  • Added: Mar 22, 2024
  • Length: 44:18
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We look at how Africanfuturist writers have been imagining the future of climate change on the African continent and why their visions of the futur...

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  • Added: Apr 10, 2024
  • Length: 35:59
  • Purchases: 1