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Imaginary Worlds

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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  • Love this spectacular show!

    What a fun podcast. I had been looking for something like this and It's done incredibly well. If you are even a little bit into science fiction this is the podcast for you! :) thank you!!

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    Welcome to Imaginary Worlds and why trans people are definitely NOT in an imaginary world

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