Full episode - October 25, 2018
Eau de Beloved.
How a perfumer concocts a scent from Toni Morrison’s “Beloved,” the mysterious betrayal at the heart of the documentary “Shirkers,” and making sense of “American Pie.”
Full story - October 25, 2018
Don McLean poses for a promotional photo in 1971.
The song where everyone knows the words, but few know what those words mean.
Full story - October 25, 2018
Tanwi Nandini Islam poses in her Hi Wildflower studio in Brooklyn, New York.
What would a fragrance based on Toni Morrison’s book “Beloved” smell like?
Full story - October 25, 2018
A still from the new documentary “Shirkers” on Netflix.
Sandi Tan revisits a decades-old personal mystery in her new documentary, “Shirkers.”
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.”

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