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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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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.

August 30, 1991 The Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on James Horner's score for "The Rocketeer." Learn how NASA's Magellan spacecraft was able to provide a detailed map of the surface of Venus. On the Destinies Radio Theater, "He Finds Silver" in part 2 of "The Adventures of the Lone Ranger."


June 16, 1995 The Destinies Stephen King Soundtrack Spotlight Series continues with Nicholas Pike's score for "Sleepwalkers." Learn about NASA's plans for reuseable spacecraft after the Space Shuttle in an installment of "The Space Story." On the Destinies Radio Theater, "Wonder Woman Vs. The War God." Plus, find out about projects from Marvel Comics and full cast "Star Wars" and "Star Trek" audio dramas.

June 23, 2000 Destinies' 2nd annual Science Fiction Blues Special featuring music by The Be Five (Bill Mumy, Claudia Christian, Peter Jurasik, Andreas Katsulas, Mira Furlan), The Don't Quit Your Day Job Players, Tim Russ, and Jim Byrnes.


October 25, 1983 In Destinies' first Halloween Special, Gary Halada and Mike Botwin present the complete broadcast of The Mercury Theater on the Air's adaptation of "The War of the Worlds," originally aired on October 30, 1938. Plus, Mike reads an excerpt from writer Howard Koch's "The Panic Broadcast."

November 26, 1993 Celebrating the 30th anniversary of "Doctor Who" with the club mix of "Doctorin' The TARDIS" by the Timelords. Plus, an update interview with the man who played the third Doctor, Jon Pertwee, recorded at I-Con XII.

October 12, 1990 In his first show since graduating from optometry school, Dr. Howard Margolin celebrates his birthday on the air with Jon Pertwee's "Who Is The Doctor," Ray Stevens' "Om," and the Alan Parsons Project's "Eye in the Sky." Plus, a sneak preview of Alfre Woodard's reading of "Rama II," by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee. Andy Summers performs "Innocence Falls Prey" from his album "Charming Snakes."


October 25, 1996 Pre-Halloween Special featuring "Cat Wife," as originally aired on the June 17, 1936 episode of "Lights Out." Boris Karloff stars as an angry husband and Betty Winkler as his wife, Linda, who arrives home with her friends making noise like a pack of yowling, screaming alley cats. An argument ensues, and he announces he's through with her. Then she cruelly informs him that she only married him for his money. He accuses her of being a big white heartless cat, with unexpected consequences, as his accusations take on a disturbing reality.

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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