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. Regular features include: the Destinies Audiobook Sampler, Soundtrack Spotlight, Graphic Detail, the Destinies Radio Theater, Christopher DeFilippis' "DeFlip Side," Convention updates and highlights, as well as host Dr. Howard Margolin's flawless interviews. Listen Live to WUSB! Click the player to Stream Live Audio
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September 21, 2018 Actress Zienia Merton is remembered with her "Space: 1999" short film "Message From Moonbase Alpha," on the Destinies Radio Theater. Phil Merkel speaks with Zienia by phone at Earthbound 2005, in Florida. Christopher DeFilippis debuts "Sci-Fi-ku" in volume 2, number 190 of "DeFlip Side." The Destinies Audiobook Sampler presents part 1 of The Grand Design, read by Steve West, in memory of Stephen Hawking.
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September 14, 2018 The Destinies Radio Theater presents a 62-year flashback with Robert Nathan's "A Pride of Carrots or Venus Well-Served," narrated by the author, and featuring an all-star voice cast, including June Foray, Daws Butler, Richard Hale, and Alan Reed, as originally aired on the September 14, 1956 episode of "The CBS Radio Workshop."
September 7, 2018 In memory of author Jerry Pournelle, the Destinies Audiobook Sampler presents part 2 of "Starswarm," read by Lloyd James. Remembering the late actor Harry Anderson with Act One Audio's "Time Zone" on the Destinies Radio Theater. Plus, a listing of the 2018 Hugo Award winners.
August 31, 2018 Phil Merkel joins in a press conference with actress Gates McFadden, recorded at Trekonderoga on August 25, 2018. Patrick Thomas addresses the problem of a woman whose husband is a real dog in a letter to "Dear Cthulhu." In memory of author Jerry Pournelle (8/7/33-9/8/17), Lloyd James reads part one of Pournelle's novel "Starswarm" on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler.
August 24, 2018 Part two of Marc Gunn in concert at the I-Con 29 Cabaret. In this segment, The Celtfather sings, with the help of a live Stony Brook audience, about being "Kilted For Her Pleasure," catnipped cats, insatiable widows, "Wild Mountain Thyme" and burning pubs. Plus, a song from Marc's latest album of music inspired by the cult TV series Firefly.
August 17, 2018 Part one of Marc Gunn's second set at the I-Con 29 Cabaret features songs about Hobbits, "Firefly," St. Patrick and zombies, as well as his original shanty "The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea."
August 10, 2018 Saluting the 57th anniversary of The Fantastic Four and the release of Marvel's new "Fantastic Four" # 1 with a Soundtrack Spotlight on John Ottman's score for "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer." Plus, on the Destinies Radio Theater, the Fantastic Four face "The Coming of the Sub-Mariner," in a episode of "The Fantastic Four Radio Show" from 1975.
August 3, 2018 Live telephone interview with actress Claudia Christian, who returns for her seventh appearance to discuss and introduce scenes from her latest Radio Repertory Company of America production "Anne Manx and the Black Knight."
July 27, 2018 Live telephone interview with Russ Colchamiro, editor of the Crazy 8 Press anthology "Love, Murder & Mayhem: Cosmic Tales of the Heart Gone Deadly Wrong," who discusses the book and reads from his contribution to it, "The Hardwicke Files," and also talks about his own writing projects.
July 20, 2018 Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the international release of "Willow" with on-set interviews with George Lucas, Ron Howard, Warwick Davis, and Dennis Muren. Patrick Thomas and Howard Margolin read two letters to "Dear Cthulhu." Christopher DeFilippis reviews John Cleese's recent appearance at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center in volume 2, number 189 of "DeFlip Side." Saluting the Discovery Channel's 30th annual "Shark Week" with the adventure "Treasure of the Sharks" from the album "Jaws of the Shark" on the Destinies Radio Theater.
July 13, 2018 Actress Sarah Douglas returns for her fourth appearance, in an interview recorded at Eternal Con #6. Remembering the late actress Margot Kidder with her performance of "Can You Read My Mind?" from the soundtrack of "Superman-The Movie." Honoring the memory of artist Steve Ditko with the Dr. Strange adventure, "The Return of the Omnipotent Baron Mordo," adapted from the story in "Strange Tales" #114, on the Destinies Radio Theater.
July 6, 2018 Destinies is pre-empted by WUSB's Ragman Marathon.
Actually, make that Reggae Marathon.
June 29, 2018 Preparing for the upcoming release of "Ant-Man and the Wasp" with the Destinies Audiobook Sampler of the novelization of the first "Ant-Man" movie, and a Soundtrack Spotlight on Christophe Beck's "Ant-Man" score. Plus, in honor of July 4th's release of Batman #50, the Destinies Radio Theater presents "The Marriage of Batman and Batwoman," from the 1966 LP "More Official Adventures of Batman and Robin."
June 22, 2018 "Graphic Detail" #217: Concluding the Len Wein memorial with part 2 of a digitally edited encore of a phone interview originally aired live on 5/26/06, tying in to the releases of "X-Men: The Last Stand" and Benbella Books' "The Unauthorized X-Men." The Destinies Audiobook Sampler continues the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Rosemary's Baby with Mia Farrow reading part 2 of Ira Levin's original novel.
June 15, 2018 "Graphic Detail" #216: Remembering Len Wein with part 1 of a digitally edited encore of a phone interview originally aired live on 5/26/06. Destinies Audiobook Sampler: Celebrating the 50th anniversary of "Rosemary's Baby" with Mia Farrow reading part 1 of Ira Levin's original novel.
June 8, 2018 Live preview of Eternal Con # 6, with convention president Frank Patz and operations manager Alex Carday.
June 1, 2018 The Destinies Film Review Alliance (Howard Margolin, Christopher DeFilippis, Phil Merkel, and Bob Longman) assembles live to discuss "Solo: A Star Wars Story."
May 25, 2018 The Destinies Film Review Force (Howard Margolin and Audrey Dettmering) assembles live to discuss "Deadpool 2."
May 18, 2018 Saluting the release of "Deadpool 2" and preparing for the release of "Solo: A Star Wars Story," with a Destinies Radio Theater Double Feature. The Merc With A Mouth battles Goom! The Thing From Planet X in chapter 2 of the Graphic Audio adaptation of Stefan Petrucha's novel "Deadpool: Paws." In a galaxy far, far away, Princess Leia, C-3PO, Chewbacca, and a band of rebels search for a new base after the loss of Hoth. What will they find on the "Planet of the Hoojibs?" Find out in this adaptation of a Marvel Comics "Star Wars" story by David Michelinie.
May 11, 2018 Christopher DeFilippis leaps back into "Quantum Leap" podcasting in volume 2, number 188 of "DeFlip Side." Patrick Thomas' "Dear Cthulhu" joins the Destinies line-up with an examination of the merits of raising free-range children. The late actor Martin Landau is remembered with an exclusive interview by Phil Merkel, recorded at Saturday Nightmares in June, 2011, as well as an adaptation of the first season "Space: 1999" episode, "Dragon's Domain" on the Destinies Radio Theater. Plus, music by the late Robert Miles.
May 4, 2018 The Destinies Film Review Team (Howard Margolin and Audrey Dettmering) assembles live to discuss "Avengers: Infinity War." Also includes the proxy review of Steve Lowenthal.
April 27, 2018 The Voice of Science Fiction celebrates its 35th anniversary with a one-hour special. Features include encore readings by authors Claudia Christian, Peter David, Marc Vun Kannon, and Patrick Thomas. Christopher DeFilippis discusses how Destinies has survived the Friday Night Death Slot in Volume 2, Number 187 of "DeFlip Side;" Plus, a salute to the 50th anniversary of the original version of Destinies' theme song, "Classical Gas," with performances by Mason Williams and Synergy. And, a preview of "Anne Manx and the Black Knight," starring Claudia Christian, by the Radio Repertory Company of America.
April 20, 2018 "Graphic Detail" # 215: Continuing the celebration of Superman's 80th anniversary and the release of "Action Comics" # 1000 with part two of "Superman: An American God?" a panel hosted by Howard Margolin and Keith R.A. DeCandido (making his record-breaking 28th appearance), recorded at I-Con 29.
April 13, 2018 "Graphic Detail" # 214: In honor of Superman's upcoming 80th anniversary, part one of "Superman: An American God?" a panel with author Keith R.A. DeCandido (making his 27th appearance), and Howard Margolin, recorded at I-Con 29.
April 6, 2018 Wil Wheaton reads part 2 of Ernest Cline's novel "Ready Player One" on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler. In honor of the 50th anniversary of "2001: A Space Odyssey," the Destinies Radio Theater presents an adaptation of the movie's story, starring "Speed Racer's" Peter Fernandez as HAL9000.
March 30, 2018 In honor of the first night of Passover, the Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on Alberto Iglesias' score for "Exodus: Gods and Kings." Christopher DeFilippis talks about the dangers of nostalgia for SF fans in volume 2, number 186 of "DeFlip Side." Saluting the release of "Ready Player One" with part one of Wil Wheaton's reading of Ernest Cline's original novel on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler.
March 23, 2018 Saluting the debut of "Krypton" on SyFy and the release of "Pacific Rim: Uprising" with a Destinies Audiobook Sampler Double Feature. William Dufris reads part 2 of Kevin J. Anderson's "The Last Days of Krypton." Christian Rummel and Jay Snyder perform part 2 of Alex Irvine's novelization of the original "Pacific Rim." A Spring Radiothon Special. Click on the picture of the microphone in the left column above to check out the list of Destinies exclusive premiums you can receive for your contribution to WUSB.
March 16, 2018 Preparing for the SyFy debut of "Krypton" and the release of "Pacific Rim: Uprising" with a Destinies Audiobook Sampler Double Feature. William Dufris reads part 1 of Kevin J. Anderson's novel "The Last Days of Krypton." Christian Rummel & Jay Snyder read part 1 of Alex Irvine's novelization of "Pacific Rim." Plus, a song by David Ogden Stiers from the original Broadway cast recording of "The Magic Show."
March 9, 2018 Live telephone interview with author Patrick Thomas, who returns for his 10th appearance to discuss and read from his latest books "Soul For Hire: Greatest Hits" and "By Darkness Cursed: A Hexcraft Collection."
March 2, 2018 Saluting the 90th annual Academy Awards and the memory of actor Richard Anderson with "The Six Million Dollar Man" adventure "To Win An Oscar" on the Destinies Radio Theater. The Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on John Williams' Oscar-nominated score for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." Neil Gaiman reads his short story "Cinnamon" on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler.
February 23, 2018 The Destinies Film Review Team (Howard Margolin and Audrey Dettmering) assembles live to discuss "Black Panther."
February 16, 2018 The Destinies Radio Theater presents a 70-year slipback, with "Whence Came You?" as originally aired on the February 16, 1948 episode of "Quiet, Please."
February 2, 2018 Commemorating the 15th anniversary of the Columbia disaster with part 8 of "High Calling: The Courageous Life and Faith of Space Shuttle Columbia Commander Rick Husband," written and read by Evelyn Husband, on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler. Christopher DeFilippis remembers the late Ursula K. Le Guin in volume 2, number 185 of "DeFlip Side." Phil Merkel speaks with actor Michael Troughton, son of Patrick Troughton, in an interview recorded at L.I. Who 5. Plus, music from Jeff Rona's score for the SciFi miniseries, "Earthsea."
January 26, 2018 Graphic Detail #213: Part 2 of the interview with Marc Guggenheim, writer of Marvel Comics "X-Men: Gold" and executive producer for "Arrow" and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," recorded at Ace Comic Con Long Island. Christopher DeFilippis presents his Best Reads of 2017 in volume 2, number 184 of "DeFlip Side." 33rd annual Space Shuttle memorial featuring Part 7 of Evelyn Husband's "High Calling: The Courageous Life and Faith of Space Shuttle Columbia Commander Rick Husband" on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler.
January 19, 2018 "Graphic Detail" # 212: Part one of a two-part interview with Marc Guggenheim, writer and executive producer for The CW's "Arrow" and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," and writer of Marvel Comics' "X-Men: Gold," recorded at Ace Comic Con Long Island.
January 12, 2018 Live, in-studio interview with author Marc Vun Kannon, who makes his fourth appearance to discuss and read an excerpt from his novel, Ghostkiller.
January 5, 2018 The Destinies Film Review Team (Howard Margolin, Christopher DeFilippis, Phil Merkel, Audrey Dettmering) assembles live to list their favorite and least favorite science fiction, fantasy, adventure, horror, and super-hero movies of 2017.
December 29, 2017 "Graphic Detail" # 211. Howard Margolin reviews the best, worst, and most disappointing developments in the comic book industry for 2017, then speaks with artist Liam Sharp in an interview recorded at Ace Comic Con Long Island.
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