DESTINIES - THE VOICE OF SCIENCE FICTION
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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," and I-Con highlights from 1985 - 2008, as well as host Dr. Howard Margolin's flawless interviews. Listen Live to WUSB! Click to Stream Live Audio
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December 25, 2009 "Graphic Detail" # 171: The Graphic Detail (Howard Margolin and Brian Krey) review the best, worst, and most disappointing developments in the comic book industry for 2009. Plus, music from the soundtracks of "Watchmen" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."
December 18, 2009 Christopher DeFilippis discusses the role of Santa Claus in the writings of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien in volume 2, number 96 of "DeFlip Side." The Destinies Radio Theater salutes the 25th anniversary of the release of the motion picture "Dune" with a presentation of "Dune: Part 1-Battle for the Known Universe."
December 11, 2009 Celebrating the 25th anniversary of "2010: The Year We Make Contact" with a Destinies Radio Theater presentation starring Peter Fernandez ("Speed Racer") as Dr. Heywood Floyd. Plus, in memory of musician Eric Woolfson, who died on December 2nd, you'll hear "Time" by the Alan Parsons Project and the title song from "Freudiana."
December 4, 2009 Celebrating the 30th anniversary of "Star Trek-The Motion Picture" with a Soundtrack Spotlight on Jerry Goldsmith's score for the film from the 20th Anniversary Collector's Edition album, as well as "The Story of Star Trek-The Motion Picture" on the Destinies Radio Theater. Plus, Christopher DeFilippis reviews "The Gathering Storm," the latest novel in "The Wheel of Time" series by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson.
November 27, 2009Part four of the FuMP concert, recorded at Stony Brook University in 2007. Filk Guest of Honor Rob Balder sings "Nethack" and "Muppet Laboratories," Devo Spice of Sudden Death performs his rap favorites "Reign of Error" and "Inner Voice," and The Great Luke Ski cuts loose with his epic "Fanboy Christmas."
www.thefump.com. November 20, 2009 Part three of the FuMP concert, featuring 2007 Filk Guest of Honor Rob Balder singing "Don't Shoot" and "All We Wanna Do Is Eat Your Brains," Devo Spice of Sudden Death rapping about "Business As Usual" and teaming up with The Great Luke Ski for "Pac-Man" and "Peter Parker," and Luke Ski's debut of "It Takes Who."
November 13, 2009 Destinies Fall Radiothon series continues with part two of The FuMP concert, recorded in 2007, featuring Rob Balder performing "Sympathy For George Lucas" and "Keep 'Em Federated," Devo Spice of Sudden Death rapping about "UFO," "Star Trek," and "Cellular Degeneration," and The Great Luke Ski singing "A Man Named Jayne," and "Bacon."
November 6, 2009Part one of a four-part concert by The Funny Music Project (The FuMP), recorded at Stony Brook University in 2007. Filk Guest of Honor Rob Balder sings "Goth Chick" and "Skullcrusher Mountain," Devo Spice of Sudden Death raps about "Spam" and "CGI," and The Great Luke Ski performs "Stealing Like A Hobbit" and "You Don't Know Jack." Check out the latest from the FuMP at: www.thefump.com.
October 30, 2009 The Voice of Science Fiction continues its Radiothon efforts by joining in WUSB's Hip-hop Marathon with a one-hour concert by comedy rap artist Tom Rockwell aka Devo Spice of Sudden Death, recorded at Stony Brook in 2008. You'll hear many classic Sudden Death songs, as well as some new ones from his latest CD, "Fatal Error," which is available as a premium for a pledge to WUSB. October 23, 2009 Destinies' 27th annual Halloween Special comes a week early this year, as the Voice of Science Fiction continues to participate in WUSB's Fall Radiothon 2009. Christopher DeFilippis discusses book curses in volume 2, number 95 of "DeFlip Side." Jack Dorsey experiences "Haunted House Horror." And, to tie in to both Halloween and lead into next week's Hip-Hop Marathon, you'll hear "Witches' Rap." Plus, Elia Cmiral's "Main Title" from the new horror film "Forget Me Not."
October 16, 2009 Fall Radiothon 2009 Special featuring a live telephone interview with author Patrick Thomas, who makes his second Destinies appearance to discuss his anthologies Mystic Investigators and Fairy With A Gun: The Collected Terrorbelle and read an excerpt from the short story "Dysenchanted: A Hell's Detective Mystery."
September 25, 2009 Live telephone interview with Bob Greenberger, who returns for his fifth appearance to discuss his Iron Man novel "Femmes Fatales," and his upcoming books about Wonder Woman and Superman.
September 18, 2009 Soundtrack Spotlight Memorial for composer Maurice Jarre (September 13, 1924-March 29, 2009), featuring selections from "Dreamscape," Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome," "Enemy Mine," "Ghost," "Jacob's Ladder," and "Almost An Angel."
September 11, 2009 Live telephone interview with Jarrett Crippen, aka The Defuser, who returns for his third appearance to discuss his role in the SyFy original movie "Lightning Strikes," starring Kevin Sorbo, which premieres on September 12. You'll also hear more behind-the-scenes information about the second season of "Who Wants To Be A Superhero?" learn about this year's incarnation of Jarrett's charity haunted house project, "Scare for a Cure," and find out if there is a future for the Defuser. September 4, 2009 Selections from "The Music of Star Trek Performed by the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra." Christopher DeFilippis discusses the recent rebranding of the Sci-Fi Channel as SYFY in volume 2, number 94 of "DeFlip Side." Dwight Schultz analyzes the first season episode "Fire" in another installment of "The Unofficial X-Files Companion." Richard Matheson reads from the opening of his novel "Come Fygures, Come Shadowes" in a special presentation of the Destinies Audiobook Sampler.
August 28, 2009 Live telephone interview with Michael J. Hayde, author of "Flights of Fantasy: The Unauthorized but True Story of Radio & TV's Adventures of Superman."
August 21, 2009 Part two of the interview with author Jeanne Cavelos, recorded in 2001. In this segment, Jeanne talks about the differences between writing "Babylon 5" for Dell and Del Ray, the science behind hyperspace travel, the lack of scientific advancement in the Star Wars universe, and discusses the issue of nature vs. nurture when it comes to cloning human beings. Also, an excerpt from "Feedback: A Hero's Calling," Season 2, Episode 5: "Eyes on the Sparrow-Conclusion" featuring Matthew Atherton as Feedback and Howard Margolin as Malcontent. In addition, the Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on Theodore Shapiro's score for "Year One."
Jeanne Cavelos at the 2004 Worldcon in Boston picture by Captain Phil
August 14, 2009Christopher DeFilippis, waxes poetic about the musical stylings of William Shatner, in volume 2, number 93 of "DeFlip Side," featuring a track from Shatner's 2004 album, "Has Been." Plus, part one of a two-part interview with author Jeanne Cavelos, recorded in 2001, in which she discusses "The Science of Star Wars" and her "Babylon 5" trilogy, "The Passing of the Techno-Mages."
August 7, 2009 Saluting the release of "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" and the Discovery Channel's 22nd annual Shark Week with a Destinies Radio Theater Double Feature. When classified plans are stolen, the 1973 Adventure Team G.I. Joe must undertake "The Secret Mission To Spy Island" to try and recover them. Then, the crew of the ocean-going cutter Sealab must rescue one of their own from "The Jaws of the Shark." Plus, the Destinies Debut Soundtrack Spotlight shines on Ben Foster's score for the recent BBC mini-series "Torchwood: Children of Earth."
July 31, 2009 The Destinies Debut Soundtrack Spotlight shines on Bear McCreary's scores for Battlestar Galactica Season 4 and Caprica, and features a live telephone interview with the composer himself, who returns for his fourth appearance to discuss and introduce selections from the albums.
July 17, 2009 Part two of the Claudia Christian phone interview, featuring a song from Claudia's CD, "Once Upon A Time."
Christopher DeFilippis celebrates the 8th anniversary of his regular column with some recommendations for summer reading in volume 2, number 92 of "DeFlip Side." Plus, the Destinies Debut Soundtrack Spotlight shines on Nicholas Hooper's score for "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince."
July 3, 2009 Destinies is pre-empted this weekend by the WUSB Reggie-thon.
June 26, 2009 The Destinies Film Review Team (Howard Margolin, Jim Rowland, Phil Merkel) assembles live to discuss "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen."
June 19, 2009 Destinies joins in WUSB's Blues Marathon with its 11th annual Science Fiction Blues Special, featuring music from Jim Byrnes' and Lynda Carter's new albums, as well as songs by Robert Klein, "Weird Al" Yankovic, and Denny Zeitlin, and selections from the soundtracks of "Rest Stop: Don't Look Back," and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."
June 12, 2009 Live preview of the Big Apple Con Summer Sizzler, featuring a telephone interview with Spat, director of operations for Big Apple Con.
June 5, 2009 Live telephone interview with author Justin Gustainis, who makes his third appearance to discuss and present an exclusive audio excerpt from his latest novel, "Evil Ways," the second adventure of Supernatural Investigators Quincey Morris and his partner, white witch Libby Chastain.
May 29, 2009 The Destinies Film Review Team (Howard Margolin, Jim Rowland, Stevel Lowenthal, Christopher DeFilippis, Phil Merkel, and Audrey Dettmering) assembles to discuss "Terminator Salvation."
May 22, 2009 Howard Margolin marks the 25th anniversary of his first solo production of "Destinies" by saluting the release of "Terminator: Salvation," with Jonathan Davis reading the prologue from the novelization of "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines" on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler, and a Soundtrack Spotlight on Marco Beltrami's score for "Terminator 3." In addition, Nana Visitor discusses the science behind the first season episode "Eve" in a new installment of "The Unofficial X-Files Companion."
May 1, 2009 Hour-long 26th anniversary special, featuring encore readings by authors Andy Remic, Patrick Thomas, Peter David, and Keith R.A. DeCandido, plus Jenna George's story "Second Chances In The Fourth Dimension;" music by Michael Wandmacher (The Punisher: War Zone), Kevin Kiner (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), and Bear McCreary (Battlestar Galactica: Season 3), as well as a reggae version of "Classical Gas." Also, Christopher DeFilippis discusses the recent "Quantum Leap" 20th anniversary convention in volume 2, number 91 of "DeFlip Side.
April 17, 2009 Part two of the Forrest J Ackerman (4SJ) Memorial, featuring a talk by Forry recorded at Dragon Con in 1997by John L. Coker, III. In this segment, Forry tells stories about his trips to Holland and Japan, and relates anecdotes about a number of legendary SF writers, including Isaac Asimov, Robert Bloch, L. Ron Hubbard, Robert Heinlein, David Kyle, and Dr. David Keller (who also managed an insane asylum).
April 3, 2009 "Graphic Detail" # 170: Jarrett Crippen, aka "The Defuser" returns to discuss the long-awaited release of "Who Wants To Be A Superhero?: Defuser" from Dark Horse Comics. Also, you'll learn some more behind-the-scenes secrets from the SciFi Channel reality series, find out about Jarrett's charity organiziation, "Scare For A Cure," get an update on the SciFi Channel Original Movie "Lightning Strikes," and hear an excerpt from the latest episode of "Feedback: A Hero's Calling" featuring the Defuser in his original incarnation as "Takedown."
March 27, 2009 Destinies Radiothon 2009 series begins with a celebration of the 70th anniversary of the release of Detective Comics # 27 and the first appearance of Batman. Learn the true story of how the Caped Crusaders began in "The Legend of Batman and Robin" on the Destinies Radio Theater. Plus, on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler, Commander Adama walks through the corridors of his ship for what he thinks will be the last time, and greets his crew in part two of Jeffrey A. Carver's novelization of "Battlestar Galactica," read by Jonathan Davis.
March 20, 2009 Saluting the conclusion of "Battlestar Galactica" with part one of Jonathan Davis' reading of Jeffery A. Carver's novelization of the original mini-series on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler. Christopher DeFilippis discusses President Obama's recent reversal of President Bush's ban on embryonic stem cell research in volume 2, number 90 of "DeFlip Side." Plus, the Destinies Debut Soundtrack Spotlight shines on Stephen Endelman's score for "Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li."
March 13, 2009 Howard Margolin celebrates his 25th anniversary with the Voice of Science Fiction as the Destinies Film Review Team (Jim Rowland, Steve Lowenthal, Christopher DeFilippis, Phil Merkel, Audrey Dettmering, Brian Krey) assembles to discuss "Watchmen," and rate it on the newly-expanded scale of zero to eight dollars.
March 6, 2009 Soundtrack Spotlight Memorial Special for composer Leonard Rosenman (September 7, 1924-March 4, 2008), including selections from his scores for "The Twilight Zone," "Fantastic Voyage," "The Lord of the Rings," "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home," and "RoboCop 2."
February 27, 2009 The Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on Michael Wandmacher's scores for "Punisher: War Zone" and "My Bloody Valentine 3D," and features a live telephone interview with the composer, who discusses and introduces selections from those scores.
February 13, 2009
Saluting the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln and Valentine's Day with a 60-year flashback on the Destinies Radio Theater. The ghost of Abraham Lincoln remembers his life as a young man and recalls his first love in "Valentine," as originally aired on the February 13, 1949 episode of "Quiet Please."
January 30, 2009 24th annual memorial to the crews of the Space Shuttles Challenger and Columbia featuring a look back at the Apollo 1 disaster in an excerpt from the audio collection "In Their Own Words: The Space Race." Christopher DeFilippis reviews his best and worst reads of 2008 in volume 2, number 88 of "DeFlip Side." The Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on Andrew Lockington's score for "Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D." Plus, a preview of season two of the internet audio drama series "Feedback: A Hero's Calling."
January 9, 2009 The Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight is live and on Bear McCreary, Composer of the 4th season of the new Battlestar Galactica, the 2nd season of Eureka, Rest Stop: Don't Look Back and the just released soundtrack to Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles featuring "Samson and Delilah" performed by Shirley Manson
Destinies Bear McCreary Playlist: Battlestar Galactica Season 3: Heeding the Call, All Along the Watchtower, Eureka: Allison's Theme, The Mask of Fargo, Rest Stop: Don't Look Back: Jesus, He Forgives You Too, Rest Stop Dead Ahead: Nicole Fights Back, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Sarah Connor's Theme , Motorcycle Robot Chase, Eureka: Sheriff Carter's Theme Bear's Galactica Blog http://www.bearmccreary.com
January 2, 2009 The Destinies Film Review Team (Howard Margolin, Jim Rowland, Steve Lowenthal, Christopher DeFilippis, and Phil Merkel) assembles to discuss the best and worst science fiction, fantasy, adventure, and horror movies of 2008. Also includes the list of absentee reviewer Audrey Dettmering.
See the complete list of films we considered for the 25th annual review of the year in films by clicking the film projector below
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December 26, 2008
"Graphic Detail" # 168: A live review of the best, worst, and most disappointing developments in the comic book industry for 2008 by Howard Margolin and Brian Krey, featuring the debut of the William Katt promo.
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