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," Patrick Thomas' "Dear Cthuhlu," and 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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December 25, 2015 "Graphic Detail" # 204: The Graphic Detail (Howard Margolin, Brian Krey, and Keith Dallas) reviews the best, worst, and most disappointing developments in the comic book industry for 2015.
December 18, 2015 The Destinies Film Review Team (Howard Margolin, Christopher DeFilippis, Phil Merkel, Audrey Dettmering, and Scarbucket of the 501st Legion) assembles live to discuss "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
December 11, 2015 Continuing the countdown to "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the Destinies Radio Theater presents the conclusion to "Star Wars: Rebel Mission to Ord Mantell," written by Brian Daley. Phil Merkel interviews actor Daniel Davis at Shore Leave. Music from Dennis McCarthy's score for the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" episode "Elementary, Dear Data," which featured Daniel Davis as Professor Moriarty.
December 4, 2015 Continuing the countdown to the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on John Williams and Joel McNeely's score for "Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire." Learn what happened in between "A New Hope" and "The Empire Strikes Back" in part one of "Star Wars: Rebel Mission to Ord Mantell," written by Brian Daley, on the Destinies Radio Theater. And, to prepare for the return of "The X-Files," Dwight Schultz discusses the first season episode "Lazarus" in an installment of "The Unofficial X-Files Companion," by N.E. Genge.
November 27, 2015 Beginning the countdown to the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," the Destinies Radio Theater presents an adaptation of the original "Star Wars." And, the Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on John Williams' score for "Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith." Plus, Christopher DeFilippis celebrates the 45th anniversary of Russia's Lunakhod 1 mission in volume 2, number 166 of "DeFlip Side."
November 20, 2015 Live telephone interview with composer Blake Neely, who returns for his second appearance to discuss and introduce selections from his scores for "Arrow: Season Three" and "The Flash: Season One." You'll also learn how he manages to score the new seasons of "Arrow" and "The Flash," as well as "Blindspot" and "Supergirl" simultaneously.
November 13, 2015 Joining in WUSB's sixth annual Hip-Hop Marathon with a one-hour concert by comedy rap artist Devo Spice, recorded at I-Con 31. This nerdcore set features songs about cell phones, video games, work, aging, earworms, "Phineas & Ferb," "Doctor Who," and even the state of rap music. Listen to find out how you can receive Sudden Death and Devo Spice CDs for your pledge of support to WUSB.
November 6, 2015 Saluting the release of the new James Bond film "Spectre" with a Soundtrack Spotlight on John Barry's music for "Diamonds Are Forever," and "The Spy Who Loved Me" on the Destinies Radio Theater. Plus, "Graphic Detail" # 203: Murphy Anderson Memorial, featuring an encore presentation of an interview with the artist recorded at I-Con 17, and remembrances by former DC staffers Bob Rozakis and Bob Greenberger.
October 30, 2015 Destinies' 33rd annual Halloween Special featuring the Destinies Radio Theater presentation of Seeing Ear Theatre's "Orson the Alien! The Untold Story Behind The War of the Worlds" originally recorded live on October 30, 1998, and starring Walter Koenig.
October 23, 2015 Christopher DeFilippis discusses the origins of Will-O-The-Wisp and Jack-O-The-Lantern in volume 2, number 164 of "DeFlip Side." At the I-Con 27 Cabaret, master of ceremonies John Sheehan tells a tale of Geeks vs. Jocks, and then introduces the Brobdingnagian Bards, who team up with the Boogie Knights for a show-closing set.
October 16, 2015 Author Patrick Thomas returns for his eighth annual live telephone interview to discuss and read an excerpt from his latest book, "Constellation Prize: Tales of the Startenders." A Fall Radiothon special. Click on the picture of the microphone to view the list of Destinies exclusive premiums, then go to www.wusb.fm to make an online pledge.
October 2, 2015 Live telephone interview with Steven A. Roman, publisher of StarWarp Concepts, and author of "The Saga of Pandora Zwieback."
September 25, 2015 The Destinies Radio Theater presents part 2 of "Don Adams: Get Smart," in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the series. "More Lost Without You" from Alan Parsons' album "A Valid Path." Christopher DeFilippis considers complex continuity in volume 2, number 163 of "DeFlip Side."
September 18, 2015 The Destinies Radio Theater presents part one of a two-part salute to the 50th anniversary of "Get Smart," with a full-length presentation of Don Adams' "Get Smart" album, originally released in 1966, and featuring Barbara Feldon as Agent 99 and Ed Platt as The Chief.
September 11, 2015 Celebrating the 50th anniversary of "Lost In Space" with music from the series and reminiscences by Jonathan Harris, Bill Mumy, Marta Kristen, Angela Cartwright, and Mark Goddard from the album "The Fantasy Worlds of Irwin Allen." Also, marking the 40th anniversary of "Space: 1999" with an adaptation of Johnny Byrne's "End of Eternity" on the Destinies Radio Theater.
September 4, 2015 In preparation for The Destinies Archives Mini-Marathon's upcoming serialization of the original Star Wars Radio Trilogy (beginning Thursday, September 10, 3:00-6:00 AM on www.wusb.fm), go behind the scenes with "The Making of Star Wars for Radio," originally aired on NPR in March, 1981.
August 28, 2015 Christopher DeFilippis discusses Brookhaven National Laboratories' National Synchrotron Light Source II in volume 2, number 162 of "DeFlip Side." In memory of actress Yvonne Craig, who passed away at the age of 78 on August 17th, Howard Margolin presents an encore presentation of an interview with her recorded in 1989 and originally aired on January 11, 1991.
August 21, 2015 The Destinies Debut Soundtrack Spotlight shines on Marco Beltrami's score for "Fantastic Four." Plus, the composer himself returns for his fantastic fourth appearance to discuss and introduce selections from the album.
August 14, 2015 A question and answer session with I-Con 30's author guest of honor Joe R. Lansdale. Plus, music from Frederik Wiedmann's score for "Son of Batman."
August 7, 2015 Live preview of L.I.Con 2, with Chairman Carl Fink, Vice-Chair and Director of Programming Heather Dawn, and Vice-President of Marketing Katrina Lovett. Learn about the guests and events scheduled for Long Island's Convention of Science Fact, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Anime, and Gaming, which will be held from August 14-16 in Ronkonkoma, NY.
July 31, 2015 The Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight presents a musical eulogy for composer James Horner (August 14, 1953-June 22, 2015) with death cues from his scores for "Battle Beyond the Stars," "Humanoids From The Deep," "Brainstorm," "Casper," "Deep Impact," "Bicentennial Man," "Troy," and "The Amazing Spider-Man."
July 24, 2015 The Destinies Film Review Team (Howard Margolin, Steve Lowenthal, Christopher DeFilippis, Phil Merkel, Audrey Dettmering) assembles live to discuss "Ant-Man."
July 17, 2015 Saluting the release of "Ant-Man" and preparing for the reboot of "Fantastic Four," the Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on John Ottman's score for "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer," and the Destinies Radio Theater presents the first meeting of Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four in "Spider-Man: A Young Hero's Journey." Plus, Christopher DeFilippis discusses the achievements of NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto and beyond, and celebrates 14 years of his regular feature in volume 2, number 161 of "DeFlip Side."
July 10, 2015 Live telephone interview with author Barry K. Nelson, who celebrates his birthday during his second appearance, as he returns to discuss the latest entries in "The McKenzie Files," "Book 2: Assassination Anxiety," and "Book 3: Obliteration." Also includes an excerpt from "Obliteration," read by Barry.
July 3, 2015 Destinies is pre-empted for the WUSB Reggae Marathon!
June 26, 2015 In memory of Christopher Lee, a selection of his performances on "At Dawn In Rivendell: Selected Songs and Poems from The Lord of the Rings" by the Tolkien Ensemble and "The Dark Secret" by Rhapsody. Christopher DeFilippis discusses Simon Pegg's comments on the state of science fiction and fandom in volume 2, number 160 of "DeFlip Side."
June 19, 2015 "Graphic Detail" # 202: Celebrating the centennial of Julius Schwartz with reminiscences by his former associates Bob Rozakis, Allan Asherman, and Elliot S. Maggin.
June 12, 2015 A Destinies Radio Theater Special featuring an interview with Melanie Ehrlich, director of the LTM Audio Players, who discusses her voice acting, details the creation of the LTM Audio Players, and introduces the radio debut of "The Amazing Adventures of Action Jack and Obvious Girl," previously exclusive to the Atlanta Fringe Festival.
June 5, 2015 Live preview of Eternal Con # 3, with the convention's president, Frank Patz, who returns for his second appearance to discuss next weekend's convention of comic books, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, anime, and cosplay at Garden City's Cradle of Aviation Museum.
May 29, 2015 Part 3 of the Grace Lee Whitney Memorial Interview, which originally aired live on May 12, 2000, featuring the songs "The Enemy Within" and "U.S.S. Enterprise" from her cassette, "Yeoman Rand Sings."
May 22, 2015 Part 2 of the Grace Lee Whitney memorial interview, originally recorded on May 12, 2000, featuring the songs "Charlie X" and "How Will He Love Me" from her cassette, "Yeoman Rand Sings."
May 15, 2015 Christopher DeFilippis discusses the opera "Hercules Vs. Vampires" in volume 2, number 159 of "DeFlip Side." Perseverance Records Producer Robin Esterhammer introduces the Main Title from Richard Band's score for "The Pit and the Pendulum," in an outtake from Destinies' 32nd Anniversary Special. In memory of actress Grace Lee Whitney, part one of a digitally-remastered encore of her Destinies interview that originally aired on May 12, 2000.
May 8, 2015 The Destinies Film Review Team (Howard Margolin, Steve Lowenthal, Christopher DeFilippis, Phil Merkel, and Audrey Dettmering) assembles live to discuss "Avengers: Age of Ultron."
May 1, 2015 Composer Frederik Wiedmann returns for his fourth visit, to discuss and introduce selections from his score for the DC Universe animated movie "Justice League: Throne of Atlantis."
April 24, 2015 The Voice of Science Fiction celebrates its 32nd anniversary with encore readings by Roy Mauritsen, Patrick Thomas, John Kenneth Muir, William Freedman, and Christopher DeFilippis; and new music by composers Marco Beltrami, Craig Safan, Blake Neely, and Frederik Wiedmann. Plus, a sneak preview of Destinies' latest celebrity promo.
April 17, 2015 Live telephone interview with comedy rap artist Devo Spice, who returns for his seventh appearance to discuss and introduce selections from his latest nerdcore CD "Herp Derp Ya Don't Sterp." A Radiothon Special. Click on the picture of the microphone (above left) to check out the list of Destinies Exclusive Premiums, including several earlier Devo Spice/Sudden Death CDs. Then go to www.wusb.fm to make your online pledge of support.
April 10, 2015 April 10, 2015: "Graphic Detail" # 201: Live phone interviews with Jeff King and Dan Jurgens, writers for DC's "Convergence" event. A Radiothon Special. Listen to hear how you can receive your copy of "Convergence" #0 for a pledge of just $5.00 to www.wusb.fm.
April 3, 2015 At the I-Con 27 Cabaret, Master of Ceremonies John Sheehan talks about his webcomic, then introduces the Boogie Knights, who do a full-length set of nautical music. A Radiothon Special. Click on the picture of the microphone to view the full list of Destinies exclusive premiums, then go to www.wusb.fm to make an online pledge of support.
March 27, 2015 Christopher DeFilippis discusses the results of his 2015 "Sci-Fi Madness Tournament" in volume 2, number 158 of "DeFlip Side." The Destinies Radio Theater presents "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock," in memory of actor/director Leonard Nimoy and writer/producer Harve Bennett. Plus, music from James Horner's score for "Star Trek III." A Radiothon Special. Click on the microphone to view the list of Destinies exclusive premiums, then go to www.wusb.fm to make a pledge of support.
March 20, 2015 "Graphic Detail" # 200: Part 2 of the Neal Adams interview, recorded at the 2012 New York Comic-Con. A Radiothon Special. Click the picture of the microphone to view the list of Destinies' exclusive Radiothon Premiums, then go to www.wusb.fm and make a pledge.
March 13, 2015 Howard Margolin celebrates his 31st anniversary with and 1,200th consecutive broadcast of The Voice of Science Fiction by presenting part one of an exclusive two-part interview with legendary comics creator Neal Adams in the 199th edition of "Graphic Detail."
March 6, 2015 Leonard Nimoy memorial featuring an excerpt from his memoir "I Am Spock," his introduction to the audiobook of J.M. Dillard's "Star Trek: The Lost Years," and a song from his 1968 album "Two Sides of Leonard Nimoy." Phil Merkel asks Nimoy a question about "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" at the United Fan Con in 2009. Nimoy describes the Jewish memorial service Yizkor in an excerpt from "Birthday of the World-Part 2: Yom Kippur." Plus, commentary by Christopher DeFilippis, who also kicks off the 2015 edition of "Sci-Fi Madness" at deflipside.com in volume 2, number 157 of "DeFlip Side."
February 27, 2015 Seventeen years to the day after his first apperance, Christopher DeFilippis returns for a live, in-studio interview to discuss and read an excerpt from his new novella, "The Seeker." He also talks about his new "Quantum Leap" podcast segment and introduces the 2015 edition of "Sci-Fi Madness" at deflipside.com.
February 20, 2015 The Destinies Film Review Team (Howard and Rachel Margolin, Phil and Annette Merkel) assembles live to discuss "Kingsman: The Secret Service."
February 13, 2015 Live telephone interview with composer Craig Safan, who discusses and introduces selections from the 30th anniversary re-release of his score for "The Last Starfighter."
January 30, 2015 Destinies' 30th annual Space Shuttle Memorial features part 4 of Evelyn Husband's "High Calling: The Courageous Life and Faith of Space Shuttle Columbia Commander Rick Husband." Plus, author William Freedman returns to the WUSB studio to continue to discuss and to read another excerpt from his super-hero satire novel "Mighty Mighty."
January 23, 2015 The Destinies Radio Theater presents a 77-year slipback when Orson Welles stars as Lamont Cranston, who investigates "The Society of the Living Dead," as originally aired on the January 23, 1938 episode of "The Shadow."
January 16, 2015 The Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on composer Blake Neely's score for "Arrow Season 2." Plus, Blake Neely appears live via telephone to discuss his work and introduce selections from the album.
January 9, 2015 The Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on James Newton Howard's score for "Maleficent." Christopher DeFilippis reviews his best and worst reads of 2014 in volume 2, number156 of "DeFlip Side." Saluting the upcoming release of Dynamite Entertainment's King Features line of comics with a Flash Gordon Double Feature, "The Lost Planet" and "Intergalactic Guide Book" on the Destinies Radio Theater.
January 2, 2015 The Destinies Film Review team (Howard Margolin, Phil and Julia Merkel, Rachel Margolin, Greg Epstein, Audrey Dettmering, Christopher DeFilippis and via telephone, Brian Krey) assembles live to discuss their favorite and least favorite science fiction, fantasy, adventure, and horror movies of 2014.
December 26, 2014 "Graphic Detail # 198: Live review of the best, worst, and most disappointing developments in the comic book industry for 2014 with Howard Margolin, Bob Rozakis (making his 19th appearance), Steve Lowenthal, Phil Merkel, and Brian Krey.
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