Full episode - October 18, 2018
An otherwordly experience.
The many aspects of speculative fiction: sci-fi, fantasy, horror, alternate history and everything else otherworldly.
Full story - October 18, 2018
Harlan Ellison in 2002.
Harlan Ellison wrote for “Star Trek,” and authored the dystopian classic “A Boy and His Dog.” But don’t call him a science fiction writer.
Full story - October 18, 2018
Sun Ra
How musicians like Sun Ra and George Clinton imagined a better world through Afrofuturism.
Full story - October 18, 2018
Hodor from “Game of Thrones”
Kristian Nairn has one of the hardest jobs on “Game of Thrones.” He has to make an entire character come to life with only one word: Hodor. So why has it made him so famous?
Full story - October 18, 2018
Colson Whitehead
How did a highbrow MacArthur genius end up writing a book about zombies?
Full story - October 18, 2018
“The Robots of Dawn,” by Isaac Asimov
Before he was old enough to fully understand he was transgender, Evan Urquhart found Isaac Asimov’s “The Robots of Dawn.”
Full story - October 11, 2018
Warning: Some bleeping good radio ahead.
In the 1990s, pirate radio station WBAD started playing hip-hop music without bleeping it like commercial radio. But even if it was playing church music, the FCC still would have come after them.
Full episode - October 11, 2018
Paparazzi on the hunt for fame.
Theresa Rebeck on the most famous actress of her day, Justine Bateman on fame waxing and waning, and a pirate radio station that got too famous for the FCC.
Full story - October 11, 2018
The Brattle, one of America’s oldest and largest used book shops, in downtown Boston.
What hidden treasures can be found in the pages of old books?
Full story - October 11, 2018
“Fame: The Hijacking of Reality” by Justine Bateman
The former “Family Ties” actress takes an unflinching look at her one-time fame and our national obsession with getting those 15 minutes in her book, “Fame: The Hijacking of Reality.”