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Imaginary Worlds is a bi-weekly podcast about science fiction and other fantasy genres. Host Eric Molinsky talks with novelists, screenwriters, comic book artists, filmmakers, and game designers about their craft of creating fictional worlds. The show also looks at the fan experience, exploring what makes us suspend our disbelief, and what happens when that spell is broken. Fantasy worlds may be set in distant planets or parallel dimensions, but they are crafted here on Earth and on some lev ...
 
Chris Pyak interviews courageous people that have been able to ditch their traditional lives and desk jobs to chase their passions all over the world. The topics covered include travel stories, the best ways to find travel deals, how living in an unconventional way has improved their lives, how they fund their travels, how to make money on the road, and advice for those wanting to ditch their desk as well. 956258
 
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It's become a tradition here at Who & Company to do something a bit different in April and this year we decided to discuss some of our favorite movies and pair them with Doctor Who episodes! No spoilers and plenty of clips. Then Drew sits down with previous guest and fellow podcaster Eric Molinsky to catch up with Imaginary Worlds and what he thoug…
 
Becky Chambers’ latest novel, “The Galaxy and The Ground Within,” is the final book in her Wayfarer series, which is about aliens, humans and AI trying to make their way through the galaxy and find common ground. Some of the characters in her books may seem fantastical and strange, but the conversations between them often revolve around familiar is…
 
Our guest this month is the embodiment of our voice, the fan's voice, in various Doctor Who media including DVD commentaries, special features, and numerous podcasts and radio plays. He's a writer, an actor, a comedian, a podcaster, and genuine all-around nice guy - it's Toby Hadoke! Toby drops in to discuss how Doctor Who has intertwined with his …
 
Sun Ra claimed to be an extraterrestrial being from Saturn who could teleport you to other planets with his music. That may or may not have been true, but he certainly was the leader of one of the most influential jazz ensembles of the 20th century, and he’s often called the father of Afrofuturism. I talk with artist Cauleen Smith and writer John C…
 
One year into this pandemic, it’s been a struggle to feel a connection with other people digitally. That’s why I was inspired to hear an episode from the show Science Friday about a community that refused to disband their virtual world. As reporter Daniel Peterschmidt explains to me, the staff of Science Friday had set up a virtual outpost in Secon…
 
The 1982 movie Tron may seem outdated and even hokey today, but the film was more groundbreaking and prophetic than many people realize. I talk with Tron’s director Steven Lisberger about the challenge of making a movie about computers without the help of computers. Media scholars Lars Schmeink and Sherryl Vint discuss the influence of Tron on our …
 
It's February and our guest this month is Eisner and Bram Stoker Award winning writer John Jennings! John is also a professor of media and cultural studies at the University of California at Riverside and has just created the ABRAMS Megascope line of graphic novels, and of course he's a huge Doctor Who fan. John drops by to talk about his impressiv…
 
The story of the brothers Grimm and how they came to publish a book of fairy tales has become something of a folk legend in itself. The conventional wisdom is that the Grimms collected their tales from village peasants, and the brothers always embraced the darkest elements of the tales. But as fairy tale scholars Jack Zipes and Ruth Bottigheimer ex…
 
In the 1950s and ‘60s, the vibrating sound of the Theremin instrument was synonymous with sci-fi movies like The Day the Earth Stood Still or horror shows like Dark Shadows to the point where the Theremin became a genre cliché. But a new generation of experimental pop musicians like Dorit Chrysler and Miles Brown (of the band Night Terrors) are usi…
 
It's become a tradition here at Who & Company to have our friends from The Doctor Who Podcast join us to discuss a Doctor Who classic. As we kick off Year 5, James and Michele join us to discuss the recently animated release, The Faceless Ones! We talk about the story, the era, and how well this one holds up as a Troughton adventure. Thanks for lis…
 
Betty Boop is a beloved cultural icon, but she was controversial in her heyday. I talk with Mark Fleischer – grandson of Betty Boop’s co-creator Max Fleischer – and Mark’s wife Susan Wilking Horan about how the character was created and why she still endures. I also talk with film critic Marya Gates and Professor Thomas Doherty about how the Hays C…
 
Our holiday season episode features a fantastic podcaster of the award-winning Doctor Who podcast, Verity! It's Deb Stanish! Deb drops in to talk about her fandom, her unique perspective of 2020, the joys of doing a weekly podcast, and even a Verity! exclusive at the end of the episode. Then Deb brings her Pick of the Month, the HGTV powerhouse hom…
 
Every year, I like to play a full-length interview with a previous guest who had so much more to say than what I could fit into a particular topic. Last summer, I did an episode called Making Up Creatures where I talked with the creature designer Neill Gorton, who is best known for working on the reboot of Doctor Who and the BBC series Being Human.…
 
Happy Doctor Who Month! Joining us this month is the voice of companion Sharon Davies in the Fourth Doctor Comic Strip Adaptations - Rhianne Starbuck! Rhianne discusses her time at Big Finish, how she's been keeping busy during lockdown, and her dream role.Then we roll the gurney down the hall to Rhianne's Pick of the Month, the long-running ABC me…
 
Since we can’t pick up universal translators on The Enterprise or through the TARDIS, we have to rely on human translators to bring fantasy stories across cultures. We all know that something is always lost in translation, but what is gained when a story transitions from one language and culture to another? Chen Malul tells the story of Israeli pil…
 
Happy Halloween and welcome to our October episode of Who & Company which has absolutely NO relevance to Halloween whatsoever! But what we do have is one of the wonderful and talented hosts of Who Back When! Leon joins the Company this month to talk about podcasting, Doctor Who, and making Star Trek films in college. Speaking of Star Trek, Leon the…
 
The anime series Cowboy Bebop is currently being turned into a live-action series for Netflix, but Cowboy Bebop doesn’t need to be Americanized. The original series was already an homage to Western films and movies. Authors Roland Kelts and Matt Alt talk about how Cowboy Bebop fits into a very Japanese tradition of adopting and even improving upon …
 
You know the scene. A pair of muggers are in an alleyway when a superhero leaps down and beats them to a pulp. It’s a classic scenario, but in a year when we’re reassessing the role of law enforcement in the real world, is it time to reimagine the role of super-cops in fantasy worlds? I talk with prosecutor Patrick O’Connor and police officer Henry…
 
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