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DESTINIES - THE VOICE OF SCIENCE FICTION airs on Fridays at 11:30 PM on WUSB, 90.1 FM, the radio station of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Hundreds of writers, artists, editors, actors, producers, directors, and musicians have appeared on the program since its debut in April, 1983. Here are some of the best Classic Destinies episodes from the last 40 years.

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November 8, 1985 "Things to Come": John Madonia previews upcoming movies and books, and reviews Carl Sagan's "Contact," and "The Postman" by David Brin. "Graphic Detail" # 3: Howard Margolin and Glenn Hauman review the first issue of "X-Factor," by Bob Layton and Jackon Guice. Ralph Schiano interviews "Doctor Who" actress Nicola Bryant. Music from Jerry Goldsmith's score for "Explorers," and John Williams' "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." Also hosted by Gary Halada.


February 23, 2001 Denise Crosby relates some third season trivia and the Idiosyncracies Toteboard in part 10 of "Nitpicker's Fun & Games for Classic Trekkers." Music from John Barry's score for "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, from the album "Walkabout." The Destinies Radio Theater presents samplers of Big Finish Productions' Doctor Who audio adventures.


June 21, 1991 Part two of the Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight on John Barry's score for "The Black Hole," as well as the conclusion of "Walt Disney Productions' Story of The Black Hole" on the Destinies Radio Theater. Dr. Carl Sagan reflects on the completion of the initial reconnaissance of the solar system in the wake of Voyager 1's photograph of the entire system in an installment of NASA's "The Space Story."


June 14, 1991 The Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on John Barry's score for "The Black Hole." Learn how the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery prepared for the deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope in an installment of NASA's "The Space Story." The Destinies Radio Theater presents part one of "Walt Disney Productions' Story of the Black Hole," narrated by Percy Rodriguez and featuring dialogue, music, and sound effects from the original film soundtrack.

November 21, 2003 Celebrating the 40th anniversary of "Doctor Who" with a full-length Destinies Radio Theater presentation of "No Place Like Home," starring Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor. While showing his latest companion, Erimem, around her new home, the Doctor discovers that the TARDIS seems remarkably keen to be as unhelpful as possible. Almost as if it wants to be rid of its occupants...

January 3, 1984 Gary Halada presents "Phaedra Part 2" by Tangerine Dream and "Main Sequence" from Vangelis' album "Albedo 0.39." Arthur Dent learns the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe, and Everything," in the penultimate chapter of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy."


July 8, 1994 The Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on Marc Shaiman's score and songs for "Addams Family Values." Learn about how 1950s scans of the night sky are available as CD-ROMs in a chapter of NASA's "The Space Story." Learn phrases used in a Klingon bar when Michael Dorn and Marc Okrand present the final lesson in "Conversational Klingon." On the Destinies Radio Theater, Aquaman must save the world by bringing about "The Defeat of the Dehydrator."


December 10, 2004 The Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on John Debney's score for "Elf." Christopher DeFilippis speaks of the darker side of the origins of Santa Claus in volume 2, # 41 of "DeFlip Side." Col. Steve Austin meets "The Toymaker" in a Christmas adventure of "The Six Million Dollar Man."


July 29, 2005 "Graphic Detail" # 152 featuring a live, 90-minute phone interview with author Roger Stern, who discusses and reads from his novel "Justice League of America: Superman-The Never-ending Battle."

December 12th, 2003 A Musical Eulogy for composer Michael Kamen featuring death and funeral music from "The Dead Zone," "Brazil," "Highlander," "Last Action Hero," "Jack," "The Iron Giant," "What Dreams May Come," and "X-Men."


September 26, 2003 A 66-year slipback on the Destinies Radio Theater. Lamont Cranston races against time to prevent an innocent man from going to the electric chair for a crime he didn't commit. Will the Shadow find the evidence he needs in time to pull off "The Death House Rescue?" Orson Welles stars in the first adventure of "The Shadow," originally broadcast on September 26, 1937. Historic broadcast: the first Destinies episode to be produced entirely on computer, after more than 20 years of being recorded and edited on reel-to-reel tape.

Curtain Up! July 20, 1986 The soundtrack to "Mel Brooks' History of the World Part I" is featured, including dialogue and music from the movie. In addition, the show features songs by Mel Brooks and composer John Morris from some of their earlier collaborations, including "The Producers," "The Twelve Chairs," and "Blazing Saddles."


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