IMAGINARY WORLDS IS A BI-WEEKLY PODCAST HOSTED BY ERIC MOLINSKY ABOUT SCI-FI AND OTHER FANTASY GENRES -- HOW WE CREATE THEM AND WHY WE SUSPEND OUR DISBELIEF.
Episode 14: Zombie Therapy
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Zombies. I hate them the way Indiana Jones hates snakes. I know it's a ridiculous phobia because they're not real, and it's such an interesting genre full of rich ideas and metaphors. So I decide to undergo zombie immersion therapy. My friend Patrick O' Connor forces me to watch The Walking Dead. And I talk with psychiatrist Steven Schlozman, author of "The Zombie Autopsies: Secret Notebooks from the Apocalypse," about why the undead are so popular and what anxieties they tap into.