I listen to a lot of podcasts. In an average week I listen to close to 20 hours, if not more, of podcasts on iTunes. Despite this high quantity of listening time, I often find myself with listening gaps. I am regularly searching for a new show to listen to weekly and it is rare that I find one that really strikes a chord with me. With that in mind, I am happy to say that I found my new podcast love, Imaginary Worlds by Eric Molinsky.
The official intro line of the podcast reads “Imaginary Worlds is a bi-weekly podcast about sci-fi and other fantasy genres — how we create them and why we suspend our disbelief”. Going past this succinct line, I have found the stories to be diverse in subject and opinion, endlessly fascinating and well produced by a talented radio journalist (my line is not as catchy). In a day of listening to about 7 15-30 minute episodes, the topics discussed included:
- The varying opinions of the Slave Leia outfit in Star wars
- The sad story of the man who illustrated The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
- Why we love action figures
- An interview with Batman writer Scott Snyder
- The cultural significance of canon in fiction
- The odd ways in which humans interact with puppets in media
The topics are all over the pace yet nearly all of them hit on something I already enjoy, or fascinate me with a story I had no prior interest in. It’s a great light podcast where Molinsky dives about halfway into something really neat, and pulls back to end in a reasonable time. Every episode has piqued my interest into deeper thoughts on the covered subject, and I can’t recommend it enough to those with a nerd leaning. Check out http://www.imaginaryworldspodcast.org/.