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​​​IMAGINARY WORLDS IS A PODCAST ABOUT SCIENCE FICTION AND OTHER FANTASY GENRES HOSTED BY ERIC MOLINSKY​. CLICK BELOW TO SUBSCRIBE OR SUPPORT THE SHOW.  CLICK RIGHT TO HEAR THE ARCHIVE

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Before creating Imaginary Worlds in 2014, I spent 10 years working in public radio primarily with the arts and culture show Studio 360 from PRI and WNYC in New York. I’ve produced and reported stories for Morning Edition and All Things Considered on WNYC and NPR, Marketplace, The New Yorker Radio Hour, 99% Invisible, Radio Diaries, KCRW's unFictional and the audio drama podcast The Truth. My works have won a Gracie Award, an AP Broadcast Award, a Los Angeles Press Club Award, and an Edward R. Murrow Award. You can hear more of my stories here.  

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In 2016, I put out an episode about how JK Rowling’s themes in the Harry Potter series inspired a generation of progressive activists including Jackson Bird, who was the spokesperson for the Harry Potter Alliance. Jackson is also trans. Recently, JK Rowling has alienated many of her fans and supporters with her views on transgender rights. I catch up with Jackson Bird to discuss how he’s handling the cognitive dissonance of being inspired by the messages in the Harry Potter books while feeling profound disappointment in JK Rowling.

​​​Frequently Asked Questions

The back catalog is long. What if I want to find only the Star Wars-related episodes, or only the Star Trek-related episodes?

I created an Imaginary Worlds playlist that breaks down the episodes by some of the most popular categories, from franchises like Harry Potter or Doctor Who to general topics like video games, audio dramas or role-playing games. In some cases, the entire episode is about that topic, in other episodes that topic is folded into a larger theme. Everything on the list is hyperlinked.


​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. 


Where can I take your class on creating a podcast?

I teach a course called Creating a Narrative Podcast at NYU's School of Professional Studies in the Fall, Spring and Summer. You can sign up at NYU's website. Usually the class is in person but all of NYU has gone virtual for now. 


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.

Can I advertise on your show?
Yes, but I’ll have to put you in touch with AdvertiseCast, the ad service agency that I’m working with. They set the rates.


contact@imaginaryworldspodcast.org

 

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