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.


133 Pieces

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In this week’s episode, I talk with Jackson Bird (formally of The Harry Potter Alliance) about how transgender fans of Harry Potter can still find ...

  • Added: Aug 05, 2020
  • Length: 40:40
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H.P. Lovecraft was exceptionally racist. Why are so many creators of color finding that his work can be great fodder to describe the experience of ...

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  • Added: Jul 22, 2020
  • Length: 34:48
  • Purchases: 1
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For the first time in 50 years, San Diego Comic Con was cancelled – until it was brought back to life online. But can a virtual SDCC still feel lik...

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  • Added: Jul 08, 2020
  • Length: 31:01
  • Purchases: 2
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If we ever make contact with aliens, they probably won’t look like humans with pointy ears or bumpy noses, but as creature design is more about com...

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  • Added: Jun 24, 2020
  • Length: 29:09
  • Purchases: 1
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Live theater has been shut down across the country, but live action role play (a.k.a. larp) is finding new ways to thrive in digital spaces with im...

  • Added: Jun 10, 2020
  • Length: 29:49
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People often criticize time travel for the logical inconsistencies, but what about the emotional logic these narratives? Are they psychologically u...

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  • Added: May 27, 2020
  • Length: 29:47
  • Purchases: 1
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There are countless lists of horror films that were allegedly cursed like The Exorcist and Poltergeist. But the myth of the curse became its own ty...

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  • Added: May 13, 2020
  • Length: 28:14
  • Purchases: 2
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We asked our listeners to tell us about their favorite childhood toys that are providing them with a sense of comfort and security right now. Their...

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  • Added: Apr 29, 2020
  • Length: 32:48
  • Purchases: 3
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How the Solarpunk movement of writers and artists are imagining an eco-sci-fi future in the hopes that people will be inspired to create that futur...

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  • Added: Apr 15, 2020
  • Length: 28:01
  • Purchases: 1
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World of Warcraft gamers have been feeling déjà vu because the COVID-19 pandemic has eerie similarities to a computer virus that took over their ga...

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  • Added: Apr 01, 2020
  • Length: 25:50
  • Purchases: 1
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What do Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter and Doctor Who have in common? In the last few years, they’ve all seen their backstories changed radical...

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  • Added: Mar 18, 2020
  • Length: 30:12
  • Purchases: 1
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Heaven is on our minds, at least according to pop culture, from The Good Place to Good Omens to Forever to Miracle Workers. Why are so many of thes...

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  • Added: Mar 04, 2020
  • Length: 31:11
  • Purchases: 1
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Long before Black Panther or Hooded Justice on HBO’s Watchmen, marginalized people were fighting for justice with masks and capes – not just in fic...

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  • Added: Feb 19, 2020
  • Length: 30:13
  • Purchases: 2
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2001: A Space Odyssey was a game changer for science fiction, but the movie had a tumultuous origin story, and was initially scorned by critics. We...

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  • Added: Feb 05, 2020
  • Length: 29:40
  • Purchases: 1
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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