DESTINIES - THE VOICE OF SCIENCE FICTION
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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."
December 18, 2020 Christina M. Rau reads her poem "Opposition Night." The Destinies Radio Theater prepares for the release of “Wonder Woman 1984” with the first of a two-part adventure: "Torment in Paradise," based on a 1982 story arc by Dan Mishkin. While on Paradise Island, Wonder Woman and her mother learn of a future threat to the Amazons. Meanwhile, Bellerophon changes a Greek terrorist into Aegeus, a villain who commands the thunderbolts of Zeus and rides the winged horse, Pegasus, which he uses to kidnap Steve Trevor.
December 11, 2020 Destinies honors the memories of a great American hero and a classic movie villain. Pilot Chuck Yeager is remembered with a track from Bill Conti's score for “The Right Stuff.” David Prowse, who played Darth Vader, is recalled with an encore presentation of his 1988 interview at the Long Island Creation Convention, and an untold anecdote about what happened after the interview. Patrick Thomas' "Dear Cthulhu" returns with a letter from a man who has problems with members of his family and the concept of working. Award-winning poet Christina M. Rau reads poems about space exploration and Iron Man. Plus, Chanukah music by They Might Be Giants.
December 4, 2020 Travel back to I-Con 29 for a performance and conversation with Bonnie Piesse, who is best known for playing Beru Whitesun in “Star Wars” Episodes II and III and can currently be seen on the HBO docuseries "The Vow." After singing her original song, "Don't You Dare," Bonnie talks about her school days in Australia, how she landed the role of the woman who would raise Luke Skywalker, her journey across America to work with a series of great songwriters as she prepared to release her first album, and much more.
November 27, 2020 Preparing for the release of "Batman/Catwoman" # 1 from DC Comics, the Destinies Radio Theater presents Batman in "The Catwoman's Revenge." Plus, Brian Krey provides a history of Batman at Power Records. And, music from the 1966 LP "Batman and Robin-The Sensational Guitars of Dan & Dale."
November 20, 2020 Destinies returns to the green room of I-Con 26 for the conclusion of the press conference with independent film producer/writer/director Roger Corman. In conversation with Howard Margolin and Tony Tellado of "Sci-Fi Talk," the 2007 Iconosphere Award-winner discusses his film “Battle Beyond the Stars”; the use of CGI in his movies, including “Dinocroc” and “Supergator”; the DVD releases of “Grand Theft Auto,” directed by Ron Howard, and “The Intruder,” starring William Shatner; the TV series “Black Scorpion”; and his legacy as a filmmaker. Plus, music from "Humanoids From the Deep," "Battle Beyond the Stars," and "Black Scorpion: The Movie."
November 13, 2020 Travel back to I-Con 26 as Howard Margolin celebrates 30 continuous years as host of Destinies by teaming up with Tony Tellado of "Sci-Fi Talk" to speak with producer, director, and writer Roger Corman. Corman, known as "King of the B's," due to his reputation for producing hundreds of low-budget, quickly-shot movies, was the winner of the 2007 Iconosphere Award, and answered questions about his career. You'll learn about how he got his start in the film business, and some of the directors who began their careers working for him. You'll hear the story behind the unreleased 1994 Fantastic Four movie. And, you'll find out if it's true or not that all of his more than 400 feature films made a profit.
November 6, 2020 Welcoming award-winning poet Christina M. Rau to the Destinies crew as she reads her poems "Not All Science Is Reversible" and "Recalling Solaris." Patrick Thomas' "Dear Cthulhu" answers a letter from a woman who wants to know if it is OK for her to cheat on her overweight husband. A Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight Memorial for Sir Sean Connery (8/25/30-10/31/20) features music accompanying his death scenes in "Robin and Marian," "Highlander," "Dragonheart," and "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen."
October 30, 2020 38th annual Halloween special with a Destinies Radio Theater Double Feature. First, travel back to 1974, as "Speed Racer" star Peter Fernandez narrates the Man-Thing story "Night of the Laughing Dead," based on the Marvel Comic by Steve Gerber. When a depressed clown commits suicide, will the Man-Thing be accused of murder? And will even his closest friend turn against him? Then, jumping ahead to 1977, listen to "The Story of Halloween Horror," as a young man spends the night of All Hallows' Eve exploring the haunted manor that he has inherited. Michael Bell and Peter Cullen, best known for "The Transformers," star in this tale of terror.
October 23, 2020 Return to I-Con 32 for the conclusion of the Q&A session with author David Gerrold. David discusses collaborations, how he and his son felt about "Martian Child," his work as story editor for "Land of the Lost," breaking into the writing business, his admiration for "Doctor Who," and more. A Fall Radiothon special. Please support WUSB with a pledge at www.wusb.fm, and view the complete list of Destinies exclusive premiums by clicking on the picture of the microphone on this page.
October 16, 2020 Part one of a two-part talk by author David Gerrold at I-Con 32, including David's reading of his short story "The Bag Lady," and a question and answer session with the audience. You'll learn David's philosophy about writing for prose, comics, and television. You'll get some behind-the-scenes stories about working with producers Gene Roddenberry, Gene L. Coon, and J. Michael Straczynski. And, you'll find out what David thinks about having his stories adapted to other media, including video games, and how he feels to have the Tribbles as his legacy.
October 9, 2020 The Destinies Radio theater presents an 82-year time-trip when "Death Stalks the Shadow," as originally aired on October 9, 1938. Bill Johnstone stars as Lamont Cranston when a young man's Death Row confession puts The Shadow on the trail of a murderous crime lord who uses modern technology in his attempt to kill The Shadow.
October 2, 2020 Destinies takes you back to L.I. Geek 2018 for the conclusion of the concert by Cat Smith. The self-proclaimed Miss Nerdstiles, accompanying herself on the ukulele, performs "Cool Rider" from Grease 2, "The Ballad of Essie Tregowan," from Neil Gaiman's American Gods, and leads the audience in "One Day More," from Les Miserables. And, as a bonus track, you'll hear "Goodbye, My Sarah Jane," written by Cat in memory of Doctor Who actress Elisabeth Sladen.
Plus, Patrick Thomas' "Dear Cthulhu" answers a letter from a woman whose boyfriend has taken his steampunk persona too far.
September 25, 2020 Part one of Cat Smith in concert at L.I. Geek 2018. In this full-length set, the self-proclaimed Miss Nerdstiles performs songs about American history, jellyfish, River Song, and covers "That Thing You Do."
September 18, 2020 The Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on Laurie Johnson's score for "The Avengers" in memory of Dame Diana Rigg, who died on September 10th at the age of 82. Saluting Batman Day, and the release of "Detective Comics" # 1,027 with "Plants of Peril," starring the cast of "Batman: The Animated Series." Plus, Patrick Thomas' "Dear Cthulhu" answers a letter from a little girl who loves fairies.
September 11, 2020 "Graphic Detail" #230: Remembering the late writer and editor Dennis O'Neil (5/3/39-6/11/20) with two interviews. From 1985, Howard Margolin speaks with Denny at I-Con IV. Then, David Garland visits DC Comics to talk to Denny in a 1991 edition of "Spinning on Air."
September 4, 2020 Saluting the Disney + debut of the live-action "Mulan" with part 2 of the Destinies Radio Theater adaptation of the 1998 animated film, narrated by Roy Dotrice, and featuring dialogue, music, and effects from the original movie soundtrack. Fa Mulan infiltrates the Chinese army, disguised as a man, to help defeat the invading Huns, and bring honor to her family. Relive the adventure with the original voice cast, which includes Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, George Takei, Pat Morita, Harvey Fierstein, and Miguel Ferrer; vocals by Donny Osmond and Lea Salonga, and the score by Jerry Goldsmith.
August 28, 2020 Harlan Ellison reads his story "Susan," presented in memory of Susan Ellison. Patrick Thomas' "Dear Cthulhu" answers a letter from a man with a robot. Preparing for the release of the live-action "Mulan," with part 1 of a Destinies Radio Theater adaptation of the 1998 animated film, featuring dialogue, music, and effects from the original soundtrack, and narration by Roy Dotrice.
August 21, 2020 Saluting the centennial of Ray Bradbury (August 22, 1920-June 5, 2012) with an adaptation of his story "To the Future," as originally broadcast on the May 27, 1950 episode of "Dimension X." A couple who work with biological weapons in the year 2155 have escaped that horror by traveling to 1950 in Mexico. Posing as an American couple on vacation, they are pursued by the "searchers" who hope to capture them and return them to their living nightmare.
August 14, 2020 A musical eulogy for composer Ennio Morricone (November 10, 1928-July 6, 2020), featuring death and farewell cues from "The Thing," "Red Sonja," "Wolf," "Phantom of the Opera," and "Mission to Mars," plus a track from his Academy Award-winning score for "The Hateful Eight."
August 7, 2020 Part 2 of the concert by author and musician Paul Levinson, recorded at L.I. Con 2. Paul relates stories about the making of his 1972 album "Twice Upon A Rhyme," and performs his frequently-covered song "Looking for Sunsets in the Early Morning." Plus, you'll hear the prophetic, post-apocalyptic "2020," and the work-in-progress "Lime Streets." You'll also learn about Paul's encounters with musicians Boris Midney, Stevie Wonder, and Peter, Paul, and Mary, as well as Atlantic Records founder Herb Abramson. And, find out who were the winners of the 2020 Hugo Awards, presented at last weekend's virtual World Science Fiction Convention.
July 31, 2020 Patrick Thomas' "Dear Cthulhu" answers a letter from a kid with a car problem. Part one of Paul Levinson's concert at L.I. Con 2, featuring "The Soft of Your Eyes," "The Lama Will Be Late This Year," "Today Is Just Like You," and "Time Is Money."
July 24, 2020 Live telephone interview with author, musician, and professor Dr. Paul Levinson, who returns for his second appearance to discuss and read from his anthology "Urban Corridors: Fables and Gables," and introduce songs from his latest album, "Welcome Up: Songs of Space and Time."
July 17, 2020 Saluting the debut of the latest adaptation of "Brave New World" on the Peacock streaming service, the Destinies Radio Theater takes you back to February 3rd, 1956, for the conclusion of "The CBS Radio Workshop's" dramatization, featuring narration by author Aldous Huxley. Learn what happens when Bernard Marx and Lenina Crowne bring the now-aged Linda and her savage son, John, into the "civilized" world of London, in the year 632 After Ford. Will John Savage be assimilated? Will society survive the introduction to his way of life? And, what about God? Find out in part two of "Brave New World."
July 10, 2020 Preparing for the debut of the Peacock streaming service's adaptation of "Brave New World" with part one of the CBS Radio Workshop dramatization of the novel, narrated by author Aldous Huxley, originally aired on January 27, 1956. A Radiothon special. Click on the microphone picture above to view the list of Destinies exclusive premiums, then please visit www.wusb.fm
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July 3, 2020 Destinies is pre-empted by WUSB's semi-annual Regulan Marathon.
Sorry, that should be Reggae Marathon!
June 26, 2020 Continuing the salute to the 25th anniversary of "Batman Forever," and honoring the memory of director Joel Schumacher with part 2 of a 3-D audio adaptation of the film on the Destinies Radio Theater. A Radiothon special. Check out the list of premiums by clicking on the microphone picture above, then make a pledge at www.wusb.fm
June 19, 2020 Saluting the 25th anniversary of "Batman Forever" with part one of a 3-D audio adaptation of the film on the "Destinies Radio Theater." Plus, more 1945 Retro Hugo Award nominees. A June Radiothon Special, presented in memory of Dennis O'Neil. Click on the microphone above to view the list of Destinies' exclusive premiums, then, please make a pledge at www.wusb.fm
June 12, 2020 Part 2 of Howard Margolin's interview with actor Jerome St. John Blake, recorded at Eternal Con # 5. Topics include the state of the art in special effects, Jerome's work in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," and "The Bunker," convention experiences and more. A WUSB Radiothon special. Click on the microphone above to view the list of Destinies' exclusive premiums, then, please make a pledge at www.wusb.fm
June 5, 2020 Patrick Thomas' "Dear Cthulhu" answers a letter from a man whose problem with a garden rabbit is only the least of his troubles. Christopher DeFilippis reminisces about his encounters with actor Richard Herd, who died on May 26th at the age of 87, in volume 2, number 202 of "DeFlip SIde." Howard Margolin interviews actor Jerome St. John Blake ("The Fifth Element," "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace") in part one of a two-part conversation recorded during Eternal Con # 5.
May 29, 2020 Part 3 of the concert by Aurelio Voltaire at I-Con 29. Voltaire performs "Comin' Out For Christmas," "The U.S.S. Make Shit Up," "When You're Evil," and a snippet from "Cotton Eye Joe," and talks about his custom-made t-shirts and merchandise. Plus, Howard Margolin sings his coronavirus song parody "COVID's In The Air."
May 22, 2020 Part two of Aurelio Voltaire in concert at I-Con 29. Voltaire performs his Cartoon Network hit "Brains," and the country songs "Hate Lives in a Small Town" and "All Women Are Crazy," and reflects on the loss of two top hats and (in a bonus clip from the album "Voltaire Live!") his experiences in "Austin, Texas."
May 15, 2020 Part one of a three-part Aurelio Voltaire concert recorded at I-Con 29. In a themed set, Voltaire performs "Dead," "Death Death (Devil, Devil, Evil, Evil Song)," "Zombie Prostitute," and "Dia de los Muertos."
May 8, 2020 The Destinies Audiobook Sampler Memorial for actor Max Von Sydow concludes with part 2 of his reading of "East of the Sun, West of the Moon." Celebrating the 10th anniversary of "Iron Man 2" with an adaptation of the film featuring dialogue, music, and effects from the original soundtrack on the Destinies Radio Theater.
May 1, 2020 Christopher DeFilippis reviews "Famous Men Who Never Lived" by K Chess and "The Seep" by Chana Porter in volume 2, # 201 of "DeFlip SIde." Patrick Thomas' "Dear Cthullhu" answers another letter from Prolific Babies' Daddy. Remembering actor Max Von Sydow, who died on March 8th at the age of 90, with part 1 of his reading of the Norwegian tale "East of the Sun, West of the Moon" on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler.
April 24, 2020 The Voice of Science Fiction celebrates its 37th anniversary with encore readings by Peter David, Paul Levinson, Scott H. Andrews, Patrick Thomas, and Athena M. Kaiman; new music by Paul Levinson, "Weird Al" Yankovic, and Devo Spice; plus anniversary messages from Christopher DeFilippis and Phil Merkel, a letter from a man with too many children to "Dear Cthulhu," and the debut of Linda Eder's Destinies promo.
April 17, 2020 Live phone interview with author Athena M. Kaiman, who discusses and reads from her "Cli-Fi" novel "DAR & Earth: Oraculi." Find out why a magical being from another dimension seeks out a 12-year old girl with an aptitude for science, and how, together, they might save both worlds.
April 10, 2020 The Destinies Radio Theater presents a 76-year slipback, with the story of "The Lone Ranger and Calamity Jane," as originally heard on April 10th, 1944. In this adventure, the Lone Ranger and Tonto befriend the rascally, outspoken, tomboyish Jane, whose very straight-forward qualities often get her into trouble, and play a role in her relationship with the legendary Wild Bill Hickock. The daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains and his faithful companion meet two of the Old West's most colorful real-life characters, in this mix of fact and fiction.
April 3, 2020 Honoring the memory of Christopher Tolkien, who died on January 16th at the age of 95, with his reading "Of the Darkening of Valinor," chapter 8 of "The Silmarillion," in a special presentation of the Destinies Audiobook Sampler. On the Destinies Radio Theater, Superman searches for a mad scientist whose only known address is "P.O. Box 65." Plus, information about the latest releases from Alpha Video.
March 27, 2020 The Terry Jones Memorial concludes with part 2 of his reading of "Douglas Adams's Starship Titanic" on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler. In honor of astronaut Al Worden, Command Module Pilot for Apollo 15, who died on March 18th at the age of 88, you'll hear the story of the Apollo 15 mission with actual transmissions between Mission Control and the crew, from the audio documentary "In Their Own Words: The Space Race."
March 20, 2020 Remembering I-Con's Richard Hutter with excerpts from his first appearance on April 5, 1996. The Destinies Audiobook Sampler honors the memory of actor and writer Terry Jones with part 1 of his reading of "Douglas Adams's Starship Titanic." Celebrating DC Comics' Robin's 80th anniversary with music from "Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo" and the 1966 "Batman" television soundtrack. Patrick Thomas' "Dear Cthulhu" answers a letter from a man with an unusual mother-in-law problem.
March 13, 2020 Host Howard Margolin celebrates his 36th anniversary with the Voice of Science Fiction by speaking with Barry Orkin, artist of the graphic novel "Stoker & Wells: Order of the Golden Dawn," who makes his 3rd visit to the WUSB studios in the live, 229th edition of Graphic Detail.
March 6, 2020 Remembering composer Robert Cobert, who died on February 19th at the age of 95, with suites from "Dark Shadows" and "The Night Stalker." And, in memory of actor Stan Kirsch, who passed away at the age of 51 on January 11th, his "Highlander: The Series" co-star Adrian Paul reminisces about anecdotes and practical jokes involving Stan in an installment of "Highlander: The Adrian Tapes."
February 28, 2020 Saluting the release of "The Invisible Man" with part 2 of the Wonderland Imagination Theatre's adaptation of H.G. Wells' original story. Dr. Griffin explains the origin of his condition, but has his invisibility also caused him to become mad? Can he use his power for anything other than destructive purposes? Find out in the conclusion of "The Invisible Man: The Heart of an Experiment" on the Destinies Radio Theater. Plus, Christopher DeFilippis discusses the concept of the lapsed hero, and how it relates to "Star Trek: Picard" and the works of Ursula K. LeGuin, in volume 2, number 200 of "DeFlip Side."
February 21, 2020 Preparing for the release of "The Invisible Man" with part one of the Destinies Radio Theater adaptation of H.G. Wells' original story, performed by the Wonderland Imagination Theatre. Plus, Patrick Thomas' "Dear Cthulhu" answers a letter from a fry cook with a dilemma.
February 14, 2020 The Destinies Film Review Team (Howard Margolin, Dave Campfield, Timothy Gillespie, and Brenagwyn Snow) assembles live to discuss "Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)" aka "Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey." Does the movie deserve to be hunted out and seen, or hunted down and destroyed? Who stands out in the cast? And, what is the film worth on the Famous Destinies Zero to Nine Dollars Rating Scale?
February 7, 2020
Destinies is pre-empted by WUSB's Rugelach Marathon.
Sorry, make that Reggae Marathon.
January 31, 2020 Continuing the tribute to the late author Mike Resnick with part 2 of his 1982 novel "Birthright: The Book of Man," read by Tom Weiner, on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler. Plus, from the Destinies Archives, Dave MacPherson reads Resnick's story "Malish," originally aired on May 17, 1991. In addition, Evelyn Husband reads part 10 of her memoir "High Calling: The Courageous Life and Faith of Space Shuttle Columbia Commander Rick Husband," in Destinies' 35th annual memorial to the crews of Challenger and Columbia.
January 24, 2020 The Isaac Asimov Centennial Celebration concludes with part 2 of ABC Radio commentator Michael Jackson's reading of "Isaac Asimov's Guide to Earth and Space" on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler. Comics artist Steve Stiles, who died on January 11th, is remembered with an encore of John Cornetto's interview with him at Philcon 1991 in "Graphic Detail" # 228. A 98-pound weakling writes to Patrick Thomas' "Dear Cthulhu" for advice. Multi-award-winning writer Mike Resnick is memorialized with part one of his 1982 novel "Birthright: The Book of Man," read by Tom Weiner, in a Destinies Audiobook Sampler Double Feature.
January 17, 2020 Part two of the Isaac Asimov Centennial Celebration features Gene Roddenberry going "Inside Star Trek" to "Asimov's World of Science Fiction," Mike Botwin's interview with Dr. Asimov on the original Destinies pilot, from April 27, 1983, and ABC Radio Commentator Michael Jackson reading part one of "Asimov's Guide to Earth and Space" on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler.
January 10, 2020 Part one of a two-part salute to the centennial of Dr. Isaac Asimov (January 2, 1920-April 6, 1992), featuring a Destinies Radio Theater adaptation of his story "Nightfall," as originally aired on the September 29, 1951 episode of "Dimension X." "The citizens of a world bathed in constant light from its six suns await the planetary nightfall that occurs ever 2,050 years, bringing madness to a people who have never experienced darkness-and a fiery inferno predicted by the fanatical believers of the Cult of Revelations."
January 3, 2020 The Destinies Film Review Team (Howard Margolin, Christopher DeFilippis, Audrey Dettmering, Dave Campfield, and Timothy Gillespie) assembles live to list their favorite and least favorite science fiction, fantasy, adventure, horror, and super-hero movies of 2019, as well as their choices for the best movie of the past decade. Plus, learn more about the individual projects of the Film Review Team, and take a look back at "Destinies: 2019."
December 27, 2019 "Graphic Detail" # 227: Live telephone interview with author Danny Fingeroth, who discusses his biography, "A Marvelous Life: The Amazing Story of Stan Lee" in Destinies' 34th annual year-end "Graphic Detail" special.
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