IMAGINARY WORLDS IS A BI-WEEKLY PODCAST ABOUT SCIENCE-FICTION AND OTHER FANTASY GENRES HOSTED BY ERIC MOLINSKY. CLICK BELOW TO SUBSCRIBE OR SUPPORT THE PODCAST.
Under Authority by Sono Sanctus
Tessalilt by Blue Dot Sessions
Our Digital Compass by Blue Dot Sessions
At Rest Romance by Kevin MacLeod
Both Receiver and Received by Sono Sanctus
After the Fire by Sono Sanctus
When it comes to tarot cards, there is an artistry to designing a world of emperors, fools, priestesses, hermits and other iconic figures. But few people know about the woman who illustrated the best selling deck of all time – Pamela Colman Smith. Professor Elizabeth Foley O’Connor and author Susan Wands explain why Pamela Colman Smith was uniquely suited to design tarot cards that stimulate our intuition and our imagination, and how the figures on the Rider-Waite (a.k.a. Smith-Waite) deck are based on a real troupe of famous actors.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happened to the back catalog -- it was gone and now it's back?
In 2019, I joined a network called Midroll, which owns the app Stitcher. Part of my deal with them is that most of my back catalog would only be available through their service Stitcher Premium. When my contract was up, I decided not to renew for various reasons. If you subscribed to Stitcher Premium to hear the back catalog -- thank you! But I no longer receive a commission from those subscriptions. If you'd like to support the show in other ways, there's a link up top to the show's Patreon and GoFundMe accounts.
In your episodes about (X) how come you didn’t mention (Y)?
That is most common question that I get. Each episode begins with a lot of research, looking at the history of the topic and the ways people have discussed it. I often joke that I don’t want my podcast to feel like “Imaginary Wikipedia” because I don’t want listeners to feel burdened with too much information to retain. That doesn’t mean what gets left on the proverbial cutting room floor is inherently less important. It just didn't fit into the flow of the narrative I was telling.
Is it okay to use an episode of Imaginary Worlds as part of a course curriculum?
Yes, please feel free to include an episode of the podcast in whatever course that you're teaching, as part of the syllabus or textbook materials, so long as you credit the show.
Do you take suggestions for episode ideas?
Sure! I particularly like suggestions about a cultural work that sparks questions or controversy, or a creative person with an interesting backstory.
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