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.


225 Pieces

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Caption: A sculptor at NECA works on a Heath Ledger/Joker action figure., Credit: Eric Molinsky
Action figure collectables for adults is booming, even when kids are loosing interest in little plastic guys.

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 18:11
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In this radio drama, I visit a vampire who has been let out of a state-sponsored safe house, and is now living under the care of an old friend.

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 13:28
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Caption: Ronald D. Moore, Credit: Eric Molinsky
Growing up, Ronald D. Moore's hero was Captain James T. Kirk, and by extension the man who dreamed up Star Trek, Gene Roddenberry. But Moore discov...

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 14:27
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Caption: The astronomer from the 15 Renwick Ad campaign., Credit: MARCH/IF Studio
New York City real estate is usually not a hotbed of fantasy, but one ad campaign is defying conventional wisdom with fantastical characters.

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 14:24
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Caption: Richard Williams in the 1970s, Credit: Eric Molinsky
Richard Williams spent 30 years working on an extraordinary animated feature film called The Thief and The Cobbler. But he made a deal with a studi...

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 27:11
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Caption: Tatiana Maslany from Orphan Black, Credit: Eric Molinsky
Doppelgängers multiplying in movies and TV. Partly it's because filmmakers can pull off this trick much easier with digital effects. But they also ...

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 17:39
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Caption: Henry Cavill as Superman, Credit: Eric Molinsky
Live-action superhero costumes used to be cringe-worthy, but lately they've been looking great, with surprisingly few complaints from fans. What ch...

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 15:13
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Caption: Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow, Credit: Eric Molinsky
The Strong Female Character sounds positive, but it's actually a term used by feminist critics to describe the token girl let into the boys' clubho...

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 17:08
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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...

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  • Added: Sep 22, 2015
  • Length: 31:04
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FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are reopening The X-Files in January 2016. And the Internet couldn't be more excited. Every casting update, e...

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 20:00
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They arrive out of nowhere in shockingly large ships, brandishing weapons we've never seen, offering false promises of peace when they really want ...

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 12:11
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It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire . . . Bef...

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 23:22
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The epic battle between the Evil Empire and the Rebel Alliance has became a metaphor we love to use in sports and politics. But what happens when y...

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 20:38
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The gold metal bikini has become the dominant image of Princess Leia from Cosplay to toy shelves. But the context of that costume -- being a sex sl...

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 18:04
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In 1997, George Lucas digitally altered Han Solo's introduction. But that additional special effect sparked a war between Lucas and the fans that w...

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 16:52
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When The Force Awakens came out, millions flocked to the theaters to find out what happened to the characters since Return of the Jedi. But hardcor...

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 25:45
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Tom Fontana is a writer and producer who worked on St. Elsewhere in the 1980s. The show was a pretty straightforward hospital drama, but Fontana ha...

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 14:21
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Batman vs Superman. Captain America vs Iron Man. Daredevil vs Punisher. These days, we seem to be more interested in watching superheroes fight eac...

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 23:30
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Wonder Woman is finally going to make her cinematic debut in Batman v Superman. Bringing her to the big screen has been a long and fraught process....

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 24:18
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We all know that Bram Stoker based the character of Dracula off Vlad the Impailer, the Romanian prince who fought off the Turks. Or that's the urba...

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 22:45
  • Purchases: 3