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," poetry by Christina M. Rau, 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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September 24, 2021 An extra-length show, featuring Tim Paige relating the origins of Spider-Man, Venom, and Carnage from David Michelinie and Dean Wesley Smith's novel Spider-Man: Carnage in New York as the Destinies Audiobook Sampler prepares for the release of "Venom: Let There Be Carnage." Colleen Bement presents the latest updates on movies, television, streaming, and conventions in this month's "Nerd Alert News." Patrick Thomas' "Dear Cthulhu" answers a letter from a man who gained weight on a bet. Christina M. Rau introduces you to an original super-hero in her poem "The Fatal Flaw." Plus, the late Edward Asner stars as a great Rabbi who must end the possession of a young bride by a restless spirit in part 2 of The Hollywood Theater of the Ear's Audie Award-winning production of "The Dybbuk" on the Destinies Radio Theater.
Take the TARDIS to hear all the Classic Destinies episodes including the December 2, 1988 episode featuring Kitaro performing "Milky Way" from his album "Tenku."
September 17, 2021 An extra-length show saluting musical theater and radio drama, including a preview of the genre musicals re-opening on Broadway this season, including The Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, Aladdin, Hadestown, Wicked, and Little Shop of Horrors.
Then, in memory of actor Edward Asner (11/15/29-8/29/21), the Destinies Radio Theater presents part one of "The Dybbuk," S. Ansky's immortal folk drama of love and redemption, starring Edward Asner and the Hollywood Theater of the Ear, including Theodore Bikel, Carl Reiner, Richard Kind, and Harlan Ellison.
Take the TARDIS to hear all the Classic Destinies episodes including the January 21, 2000 episode featuring an interview with Grammy-nominated record producer Didier C. Deutsch
September 10, 2021 The Destinies Film Review Avengers (Howard Margolin, Audrey Dettmering, Dave Campfield, and Timothy Gillespie) assemble live to discuss “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.” How does the movie fit in to the 13-year old Marvel Cinematic Universe? Is the film just a collection of fight scenes, or do the characters get their chance to shine? And, what is the picture worth on the famous Destinies zero-to-nine dollars Rating Scale?
September 3, 2021 An extra-length show featuring an encore of The Archstone Players' performance of "The Black Cat," in memory of director Mary Aversano (4/16/35-4/8/20). Celebrating the 55th anniversary of "Star Trek," the Destinies Audiobook Sampler presents William Shatner’s reflections on its place in pop culture in an excerpt from his autobiography, “Up Till Now.” Nichelle Nichols sings her version of the "Theme from Star Trek" and remembers the centennial of creator Gene Roddenberry with her song "Gene." And the Destinies Radio Theater marks the opening of “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” with an adaptation of “Iron Man 3,” including dialogue, music, and effects from the original film soundtrack.
August 27, 2021 In memory of William F. Nolan, the Destinies Audiobook Sampler presents Part 2 of Nolan's reading of his most famous novel, “Logan’s Run.” Howard Margolin encores his reading of Nolan's short story, "Full of, Mostly, Bagels and Cream Cheese," which originally aired on Destinies' 1990 Halloween Special. Patrick Thomas' "Dear Cthulhu" answers a letter from an old woman who has problems with men. Christina M. Rau reads her poem "Out of the Blue."
August 20, 2021 Colleen Bement returns to preview the latest developments in genre television and film in this month's "Nerd Alert News." Patrick Thomas' "Dear Cthulhu" answers a letter from an old man who wants to know what to do with his estate. In memory of author William F. Nolan, the Destinies Audiobook Sampler presents Part I of Nolan's reading of his most famous novel, “Logan’s Run.”
August 13, 2021 The Destinies Film Review Task Force (Howard Margolin, Audrey Dettmering, Dave Campfield, Brenna Gwyn Snow) assembles live to discuss “The Suicide Squad,” the latest entry in the DC Extended Universe. Is the film better than the first “Suicide Squad”? Who are the standouts in the cast? Did writer-director James Gunn transform DC's misfits into movie stars the way he did Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy? What changes were made from the original source material? And, what is the film worth on the famous Destinies zero-to-nine dollars rating scale?
August 6, 2021 The Destinies Radio Theater celebrates the 60th anniversary of The Fantastic
Four with the story of how they "Meet Dr. Doom," as originally presented on the 1975 Fantastic Four Radio Show, narrated by Stan Lee and featuring Bill Murray as the Human Torch. Saluting the release of “The Suicide Squad,” the Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight
shines on Steven Price's score for 2016's “Suicide Squad.” Christina M. Rau reads her poem "Indium." And find out about the latest DVD releases from Alpha Video.
July 30, 2021 Live preview of Eternal Con # 8, which will be held at Hofstra University's David S. Mack Sports Complex on August 7-8. Eternal Con's president Frank Patz Batista returns for his 5th appearance to discuss the guests and events scheduled for "Long Island's Favorite Pop Culture Event."
July 23, 2021 In honor of the debut of "Masters of The Universe: Revelation," the Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on Bill Conti's score for 1987's "Masters of The Universe." "Speed Racer's" Peter Fernandez reads "Masters of the Universe: Castle Grayskull" in a special presentation of the Destinies Audiobook Sampler. Saluting the release of "Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins," the Destinies Radio Theater goes back to 1973 for "G.I. Joe: The Secret of the Mummy's Tomb." Colleen Bement discusses what's new on streaming and broadcast genre television in "Nerd Alert News." Christina M. Rau reads her poem "For The Full Moon Which Will Be Pink."
July 16, 2021 The Destinies Film Review Avengers (Howard
Margolin, Audrey Dettmering, Dave Campfield, and Timothy Gillespie) assemble live for a discussion of Marvel's “Black Widow.”
Was the film worth the extra 14-month wait? Does it provide a satisfactory coda to the story of Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow? What are the high and low points of the film? How did it look in ScreenX? And what is it worth on the famous Destinies zero-to-nine
dollars rating scale?
July 9, 2021 Remembering Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins, who died on April 28th at 90, with a summary of his first space mission, Gemini 10, from the album "To the Moon: The Story in Sound," narrated by Sorrell Booke. Christopher DeFilippis looks back on 20 years of his award-winning segment in Volume II, Number 204 of "DeFlip Side." In advance of "Shark Week," the Destinies Radio Theater presents "Worshippers of the Sacred Killer Shark," from the 1975 album "Jaws of the Shark." To mark the release of “Black Widow,” Pete Yorn and Scarlett Johansson, perform "I Am The Cosmos," plus, from Henry Jackman's "Natasha," from his score for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” And the listing of the 2021 Hugo Award nominees continues.
July 2, 2021 Natasha Romanoff confronts her old Russian trainer, Ivan Somodorov, in Part 2 of Margaret Stohl's “Black Widow: Forever Red,” read by Julia Whelan, on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler. Celebrating the film's 25th anniversary, the Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on David Arnold's score for the 1996 blockbuster “Independence Day.” Patrick Thomas' "Dear Cthulhu" answers a letter from a kid with a grandmother problem. Plus, the listing of the 2021 Hugo Award nominees continues.
June 25, 2021 Preparing for the release of “Black Widow,” the Destinies Audiobook Sampler presents Julia Whelan reading Part I of Margaret Stohl's novel “Black Widow: Forever Red.” The Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on John Williams' score for "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence" in celebration of the film's 20th anniversary. Colleen Bement's "Nerd Alert News" makes its Destinies Debut marking WUSB's 44th anniversary with a look back at the science fiction films and TV shows of 1977, along with a listing of upcoming conventions. Plus, the first of the 2021 Hugo nominees.
June 18, 2021 Composer Marco Beltrami returns for his eighth live telephone appearance to discuss and introduce selections from his score for "A Quiet Place Part II."
June 11, 2021 The remembrance of author Margaret Wander Bonanno concludes with Part 2 of her Star Trek novel “Probe,” read by James Doohan, on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler. In memory of composer/producer Jim Steinman, Taylor Dane sings "Original Sin" from the soundtrack of “The Shadow” and Marc Anthony and Tina Arena perform "I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You" from “The Mask of Zorro.” Christina M. Rau reads her poem about exoplanets: "For Kepler 1625b.” Patrick Thomas' "Dear Cthulhu" answers a letter from a Bellmore man whose addiction to women's shoes is affecting his family.
June 4, 2021 Continuing the memorial for author Margaret Wander Bonanno with part one of her novel Star Trek: Probe on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler. James Doohan reads this story, which picks up where Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home left off, with the crew of the USS Enterprise again facing the mysterious probe that almost destroyed Earth.
Speaking of destroyed Earths, as the world comes to a fiery end in the year 3955, chimpanzee scientists Cornelius and Zira board Taylor's space ship, and "Escape From the Planet of the Apes." But, will they be able to survive when they warp back in time to 1973? Find out, as the Destinies Radio Theater celebrates the film's 50th anniversary. Plus, Jerry Goldsmith's "Main Title" from "Escape From the Planet of the Apes."
May 28, 2021 Honoring the memory of author Margaret Wander Bonanno (2/7/50-4/8/21) with an encore of an interview with her and fellow "Star Trek" author Carmen Carter, recorded at Creation Convention, and originally aired on 8/25/89. Remembering actor Samuel E. Wright (11/20/46-5/24/21) with his performances of "Under the Sea" and "Kiss the Girl" from the soundtrack of "The Little Mermaid."
May 21, 2021 The memorial for Herbert F. Solow, the executive in charge of production for Star Trek, who died on 11/19/20 at age 89, continues with his and Robert H. Justman's reading of part 2 of their memoir Inside Star Trek: The Real Story, on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler. Celebrate the belated 45th anniversary of the NBC series Gemini Man, which debuted on 5/10/76, with the invisible secret agent Sam Casey traveling to Europe to uncover the secret of "The Phloem Factor" on the Destinies Radio Theater. Plus, Christina M. Rau reads her poem "Reliance on Mercury."
May 14, 2021 Remembering Herbert F. Solow (12/14/30-11/19/20) with part one of his and Robert H. Justman's reading of "Inside Star Trek: The Real Story" on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler. In memory of actress Billie Hayes (8/5/24-4/29/21), she performs, in her signature role of Witchiepoo, songs from the "H.R. Pufnstuf" soundtrack. A college student whose girlfriend is addicted to texting writes to Patrick Thomas' "Dear Cthulhu." Christina M. Rau reads her poem "A Shepherd Falls for a Daughter of the Rays."
May 7, 2021 The Voice of Science Fiction begins its 39th year by returning to those thrilling days of yesteryear to relive an episode of "The Lone Ranger" that originally aired on May 7, 1952. In this Destinies Radio Theater 69-year slipback, an ex-convict reaches "The Turning Point," when he plans revenge on the man who sent him to prison and brought about his father's execution: the Lone Ranger!
April 30, 2021 Destinies celebrates its 38th anniversary with an extra-length special, featuring some of the best material from the past year, as well as some all-new features. Encore readings include "Susan" by Harlan Ellison, "The Bag Lady" by David Gerrold, and excerpts from "The Other Car" by Paul Levinson, and "DAR & Earth: Revelations" by Athena M. Kaiman. Plus, previously-unaired music from Paul Levinson, Kent Hernandez, Pepe, and Marco Beltrami and Brandon Roberts' score for Chaos Walking; a new poem by Christina M. Rau, and a letter from a doctor with a cell phone problem to Patrick Thomas' "Dear Cthulhu."
Plus, WUSB staffers Christopher DeFilippis and Captain Phil Merkel send anniversary greetings, and congratulations to host Dr. Howard Margolin on his 1,500th consecutive broadcast.
April 23, 2021 Live phone interview with author Athena M. Kaiman, who returns for her second appearance to discuss her latest novel "DAR & Earth: Revelations," and dramatize a scene from the book with host Howard Margolin.
April 16, 2021 Honoring the memory of Star Trek archivist Richard Arnold, who died on January 26th at the age of 66, with a digitally-edited encore of the Voice of Science Fiction's I-Con 7 Mystery Guest Special, featuring Richard Arnold and Star Trek historian Allan Asherman, recorded live in the original WUSB studio on April 15, 1988. In this exclusive interview, hosted by Howard Margolin, Glen Semenick, and Glenn Hauman, you'll learn how Richard Arnold obtained his position as a professional Star Trek consultant, after working unofficially in that position for more than 8 years. You'll discover some behind-the-scenes secrets of the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and what plans were in the works for season 2. You'll hear Richard discussing the classic episodes of the original Star Trek chosen by the fans for the 1989 Star Trek calendar. And, you'll find out about Allan Asherman's The Star Trek Interview Book.
April 9, 2021 Live telephone interview with composers Marco Beltrami (making his 7th appearance) and Brandon Roberts, who discuss and introduce selections from their score for "Chaos Walking."
April 2, 2021 Saluting the release of "Godzilla Vs. Kong" with part two of Delos W. Lovelace's novelization of "King Kong," read by Stefan Rudnicki, on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler. Also, Stefan Rudnicki introduces commentary about the original "King Kong" by authors Jack Williamson, Larry Niven, and Orson Scott Card. Plus, Christina M. Rau reads her poem "I Am A Landlocked Mermaid."
March 26, 2021 The Destinies Audiobook Sampler prepares for the release of “Godzilla Vs. Kong” with part one of Delos W. Lovelace's novelization of the original 1933 “King Kong,” read by Stefan Rudnicki. In honor of the late Leonard Nimoy’s 90th birthday, you'll hear him performing "Alien" from his 1967 album "Mr. Spock's Music From Outer Space." Patrick Thomas returns with a letter to "Dear Cthulhu" from a woman who wonders what to do with her baby.
March 19, 2021 Saluting the debut of "Zack Snyder's Justice League" with the full-length Destinies Radio Theater adventure, "Super Powers: Darkseid...of the Moon," written by DC Comics' Andrew Helfer. When astronauts on the moon uncover the Tower of Darkness, secret base of the New God Darkseid and his minions Steppenwolf and Mantis, the astronauts are captured and the Super Powers Team are called to rescue them. Superman, Green Lantern, Flash, Red Tornado, Firestorm, and Doctor Fate must battle the energy vampire Mantis even as the moon is being blasted out of Earth's orbit. Will the heroes triumph?
March 12, 2021 "Graphic Detail" # 231: Howard Margolin celebrates his 37th anniversary with the Voice of Science Fiction by speaking with Glenn Greenberg, who returns for his record-breaking 29th appearance to discuss his Back Issue #126 article "Green Genes," tracing the legacy of the Green Goblin, as well as the "Star Trek 55th Anniversary" Bookazine, which he wrote.
Take the TARDIS to hear all the Classic Destinies episodes including the April 16, 1993 episode featuring "Graphic Detail" # 72: Live from I-Con XII
March 5, 2021 The Destinies Audiobook Sampler honors the memory of pilot Chuck Yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier, who recounts his experiences in Europe during World War II in Part 2 of “Yeager.” Christopher DeFilippis returns after 9 months to discuss his re-watch of “Star Trek: Enterprise” in Volume 2, Number 203 of "DeFlip Side." Plus, the Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on the music from “Star Trek: Enterprise.”
February 26, 2021 The Destinies Audiobook Sampler honors American hero General Chuck Yeager, the first pilot to fly faster than the speed of sound, who died on December 7, 2020 at the age of 97, with Part 1 of “Yeager.” The celebrated general tells his own story in his own voice, including how he learned to fly, and how he met his wife, Glennis. Speaking of breaking the sound barrier, Christina M. Rau reads her poem "How a Sound Can Shatter Glass." Plus, Checkfield's "First Flight" and Alan Parsons' "Blue Blue Sky."
February 19, 2021 The Destinies Radio Theater, in honor of the upcoming debut of “Superman and Lois” on the CW, presents "The Punishment of Superboy," starring Speed Racer's Peter Fernandez and narrator Jackson Beck, from the 1966 album "The Official Adventures of Superman." The Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on Jay Gruska's score for “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.” Christina M. Rau relates the joys and pains of having super-powers in her poems "Bounding" and "At First.” Plus, Patrick Thomas' "Dear Cthulhu" answers a letter from a woman who wonders if her daughter will become a serial killer.
February 12, 2021 Experience a 75-year flashback and travel to the Golden Age of Radio as the Destinies Radio Theater presents "The Man Who Couldn't Die," starring Richard Widmark, as originally aired on the February 12, 1946 episode of "Inner Sanctum Mysteries." Alex Gregory kills his fiancee's father to obtain the secret of eternal life, but his murderous schemes backfire after he finally attains immortality.
January 29, 2021 Remembering actress Mira Furlan (9/7/55-1/20/21) with her songs "I Don't Know Who You Are" and "The Touch of Your Hand," from the 1998 album "Trying to Forget" by The Be Five. In Destinies' 36th annual memorial to the crews of the space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, you'll learn how Rick Husband was accepted into NASA's astronaut program in part eleven of High Calling: The Courageous Life and Faith of Space Shuttle Columbia Commander Rick Husband, written and read by Evelyn Husband. Patrick Thomas' "Dear Cthulhu" answers a letter from a woman who wants to introduce her son to the world of swinging. Plus, Christina M. Rau performs her poems "How Do We Determine What Mars Is Made Of?" and "Static."
January 22, 2021 The Destinies Radio Theater concludes its salute to the late actress Dame Diana Rigg, who stars as the Teller in "Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology," part 3 of the full-cast dramatization. In this final segment, learn the fates of Fenrir the giant wolf and his father Loki; find out the circumstances behind the death of Balder, and how that led to Ragnarok, the end of everything.
January 15, 2021 Continuing the salute to the memory of Dame Diana Rigg, with part two of "Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology" on the Destinies Radio Theater. This full cast dramatization of the tales of the gods of Asgard, stars Diana Rigg as the Teller, who relates the stories of the wall built around Asgard for protection, how Loki and Thor retrieved Thor's hammer from the Lord of the Ogres, and how All-Father Odin dealt with Loki's three illegitimate children.
January 8, 2021 Honoring the memory of Dame Diana Rigg, who died at the age of 82 on September 10th, 2020 as she stars as the Teller of "Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology," in part one of a three-part Destinies Radio Theater presentation. A full-cast dramatization of Neil Gaiman's magical retellings of the Norse myths, this BBC Radio 4 production invites you into a world of gods and monsters, tricks and trusts, fiery endings, and new beginnings.
January 1, 2021 The Destinies Film Review team (Howard Margolin, Dave Campfield, and Josephine Iannece) assembles live and virtually to discuss the long-awaited release of “Wonder Woman 1984,” which debuted simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max. Is the new film a worthy successor to the original? Why is the way that Steve Trevor is brought back turning out to be so controversial? Does Pedro Pascal's Maxwell Lord resemble a young Donald Trump? Why does Wonder Woman put on a suit of golden armor? Which parts of the story work and which are just plain stupid? Should the film be seen in a theater, and if so, what is it worth on the famous Destinies zero-to-nine dollars rating scale?
December 25, 2020 The Destinies Radio Theater salutes the release of Wonder Woman 1984 with part two of "Torment in Paradise," based on a 1982 DC Comics story arc by Dan Mishkin. When the Olympian-powered Aegeus attacks Paradise Island, Wonder Woman, Queen Hippolyte, and Steve Trevor team up to defend the island and the Amazons. Dave Campfield returns to review the recently-completed second season of The Mandalorian. And, Devo Spice performs his latest comedy rap song, "Mandalorian."
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