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.


119 Pieces

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The Rider-Waite (or Smith-Waite) deck of tarot cards is the most popular deck of all time. But few people know about the woman who designed the car...

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  • Added: Jan 21, 2020
  • Length: 24:02
  • Purchases: 2
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The Borg are coming back in the new TV series Picard, although the writers have promised a very different storyline about Jean Luc’s arch nemesis. ...

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  • Added: Jan 08, 2020
  • Length: 25:25
  • Purchases: 1
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Ten years after the great writer passed, her work continues to be more relevant than ever.

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  • Added: Jul 28, 2016
  • Length: 17:13
  • 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.

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  • Added: Dec 12, 2018
  • Length: 26:01
  • 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.

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  • Added: Nov 14, 2018
  • Length: 24:52
  • Purchases: 1
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Spiritual leaders of different faith discuss the role of religion in sci-fi fantasy worlds.

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  • Added: Oct 31, 2018
  • Length: 28:49
  • Purchases: 2
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Traditional fairy folklore was no fairy tale.

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 26:04
  • 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

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 28:30
  • Purchases: 1
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Writers and chefs discuss the roles that food can play in sci-fi fantasy worlds.

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 23:03
  • 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...

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  • Added: Jul 25, 2018
  • Length: 26:13
  • Purchases: 1
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Listeners share their stories of how they grieved the loss of their favorite fictional characters.

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  • Added: Jul 11, 2018
  • Length: 28:27
  • Purchases: 1
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As Magic the Gathering celebrates its 25th anniversary, I talk with designers at Wizards of the Coast about how they create a sense of character, s...

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 25:55
  • Purchases: 1
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Catherine Webb writes different styles of fantasy novels under various pseudonyms, but the quality of her work always shines through.

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 35:35
  • Purchases: 1
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To promote season 2 of Westworld, HBO built the town of Sweetwater at the SXSW festival. But what happened at the exhibit reflected the TV show a l...

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 32:29
  • Purchases: 1
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Infinity War brought together Marvel characters from across the universe, but many of them already shared a common bond -- their creator Jack Kirby.

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 32:03
  • Purchases: 1
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People dream of living away from the Earth, from an impossibly curved space habitat to a moon base on the verge of breaking apart.

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 31:19
  • Purchases: 1
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What do aliens, God, the KGB, and ancient Romans all have in common? They each may have tried to contact sci-fi author Philip K. Dick in 1974.

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 26:19
  • Purchases: 1
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What does it take to create digital humans that can pass for the real thing?

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 26:22
  • Purchases: 1
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Arwen Curry discusses her documentary, Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin, about how the daughter of a Berkeley anthropologist became a master of fantasy ...

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 24:36
  • Purchases: 1
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The most dangerous creatures in the universe of Doctor Who -- The Daleks -- look like they were built out of household appliances. But the show wou...

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 29:44
  • Purchases: 1