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. Here are some of the best Classic Destinies episodes from the last 29 years.
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November 8, 1996 William Shatner introduces the "Star Trek 25th Anniversary Audio Collection," and Vonda McIntyre's "Star Trek: Enterprise-The First Adventure," read by George Takei and Leonard Nimoy on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler. Music by Fred Steiner from the classic "Star Trek" episode "Charlie X." Plus, Clark Kent visits "Dr. Hagen's Lab" as the Airplane Mystery continues in episode 37 of "Superman."
April 29, 1988 Destinies celebrates its 5th anniversary with "The Five Hosts." Featuring readings by Gary Halada, John Madonia, and Howard Margolin; interviews with former Destinies host Fred Coulter and 7th Doctor Who Sylvester McCoy; and music by Howard Weinstein, Mason Williams, and Gravity's Rainbow. Also features time-warped appearances by Destinies co-creator Mike Botwin.
June 7, 2002 A memorial for "Doctor Who" producer John Nathan-Turner, with an encore presentation of an interview originally aired in 1987, and a Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight on the Seventh Doctor's debut adventure, "Time and the Rani." Plus, Christopher DeFilippis discusses how digital special effects have revolutionized science fiction movie storytelling in volume 2, number 11 of "DeFlip Side."
March 28, 2003 Co-hosts Howard Margolin and Glenn Hauman are live from I-Con 22 with actor Keith Hamilton Cobb, author Keith R.A. DeCandido, comedy rap artist Tom Rockwell a.k.a. Devo Spice of Sudden Death, and a capella filksinger Adam Goss.
October 9-10, 1986 Celebrating the third anniversary of the "Destinies-Joe Evangelista Wars" with Gary Halada and Howard Margolin presenting a retrospective containing nearly all the Joe introductions between 1983 and 1986. Also includes the entire Joe Evangelista Show which followed this episode.
October 4, 1985 Howard Margolin presents the first edition of "Graphic Detail." The Destinies Film Review Team (Ralph Schiano, John Madonia, Stefan Jones) discusses "The Creature" and "The Stuff." Plus, music by the Intergalactic Touring Band, Rick Springfield, and Giorgio Moroder and Philip Oakey. Also hosted by Gary Halada. And, the Destinies-Joe Evangelista Wars resume.
March 13, 1992 Jesse Flint provides an I-Con XI update. Learn about NASA's Gamma Ray Observatory in an installment of "The Space Story." Part 2 of "The Wizard of Oz," featuring dialogue and music from the original film soundtrack, on the Destinies Radio Theater.
March 6, 1992 Learn about NASA's George M. Lowe Award in an installment of "The Space Story." John Cornetto speaks with filmmaker Mike Jittlov ("The Wizard of Speed and Time"). The Destinies Radio Theater presents part one of "The Wizard of Oz," featuring dialogue and music from the original film soundtrack.
June 11, 1993 The Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on Elliot Goldenthal's score for "Alien3." Howard Margolin reads Richard Matheson's short story "Lemmings." Plus, two installments of NASA's "The Space Story."
July 2, 1985 John Madonia discusses upcoming books and films in "Things To Come." Howard Margolin reads Richard Matheson's short story "The Holiday Man," utilizing the read-edit-mix technique still in use today for the first time. "Video Junkies" Ralph Schiano and John Madonia enter the TARDIS for a sampling of the history of "Doctor Who." Also hosted by Gary Halada and George Krauter.
August 13, 1993 The Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on James Horner's score for "Brainstorm." NASA studies new propulsion systems in an installment of "The Space Story." Deborah Burros reads her short story "Roses."
August 16, 1991 Destinies' 6th annual comedy special featuring Dennis Daniel and Steve Morrison's "Star Trek VI: The Search For Depends Diapers," recorded at I-Con X, and "Invitation to Annihilation," episode 12 of "The Fantastic Adventures of Phil A. Delphia."
May 7, 1999 Destinies begins its 17th year with Harlan Ellison describing his ongoing relationship with Marvel Comics in "Graphic Detail" # 123. The Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on Christopher Franke's score for the "Babylon 5" episode "The Face of the Enemy," which featured Ellison in a cameo appearance. And, the Man of Steel solves the Mystery of the Pillar of Fire in episode # 78 of "Superman" on the Destinies Radio Theater.
August 23, 1991 The Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on Michael Kamen's score for "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen." NASA uses satellite imaging to study earthquake fault lines in an installment of "The Space Story." John Cornetto interviews artist Sheila O. Barrera. "The Origin of the Lone Ranger" is revealed on the Destinies Radio Theater.
July 31, 1987 The Destinies Film Review Team (Howard Margolin, Ralph Schiano, John Madonia, Glen Semenick, Kevin Conod, Jim Rowland, Claudia Milano, Pat Lonergan, Steve Lowenthal, Marco Giamberadino) examines "Superman IV: The Quest For Peace." Howard Margolin interviews Adam West at Creation Convention. Plus, the conclusion of Jeff Wayne's musical adaptation of "War of the Worlds" starring Richard Burton.
July 10, 1992 A salute to the heroes of the Golden Age of Science Fiction with music by L. Ron Hubbard from his soundtrack to "Battlefield Earth," a Soundtrack Spotlight on Stu Phillips' score for "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century," episode 6 of "Flash Gordon" featuring music by Queen, and "Superman: The Man From Krypton" on the Destinies Radio Theater. Plus, comics news in "Graphic Detail" # 66.
November 28, 1986 John Madonia reads one author's reflections on the Thanksgiving season. Howard Margolin and Glenn Hauman review "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home." Hillary Hess reads "But Not The Herald" by Roger Zelazny." Plus, music from John Barry's score for "Somewhere In Time." And, Ming the Merciless attacks WUSB DJ Bob Longman.
September 6, 1991 Celebrating "Star Trek's" 25th anniversary with a Soundtrack Spotlight on James Horner's score for "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" and an interview with "Star Trek" comics inker Arne Starr in the 59th edition of "Graphic Detail." Plus, learn about the Orbiting Solar Laboratory in a chapter of NASA's "The Space Story."
May 10, 1991 The Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on Alexander Courage's score for the original "Star Trek" pilot, "The Cage." Learn about the Gamma Ray Observatory in an installment of NASA's "The Space Story." Dave MacPherson reads Theodore Sturgeon's "The Heart." Spider-Man meets "The Mad Hatter of Manhattan" on the Destinies Radio Theater.
April 15, 1994 Destinies' live I-Con 13 Mystery Guest Special featuring Lolita Fatjo and Michael Cuneo from behind the scenes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Star Trek" comics artist Arne Starr, Marvel Comics' editor and writer Glenn Greenberg, "The Chronic Rift" co-host Keith DeCandido (making his first appearance), with returning co-hosts Dr. Gary Halada, Ralph Schiano, and Glenn Hauman, joining host Dr. Howard Margolin in the WUSB studio.
April 24, 1998 Destinies celebrates its 15th anniversary with music from "Jekyll & Hyde," Tom Smith, Claudia Christian, Mason Williams and Mannheim Steamroller, "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman," and The Don't Quit Your Day Job Players. Author Deborah Burros reads her short story "Perseverance." The late Kim Yale discusses her battle with breast cancer. "Graphic Detail" # 118 features interviews with Julius Schwartz and Murphy Anderson. Clark Kent investigates a "Mystery In Melville," and finds "Lois in Peril" in episode 58 of "Superman."
May 31, 1996 "Graphic Detail" # 92: DC Comics' Jerry Siegel Memorial Service begins with tributes by Paul Levitz, Jenette Kahn, and Mike Carlin. Gyp Danelli enacts his "Scheme for Revenge" against Jimmy Olsen's mother in episode 29 of "Superman."
March 7, 2003 LeVar Burton reads part 2 of his novel "Aftermath" on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler. Sharon Abreu: performs "Seeking Sanctuary." The Six Million Dollar Man experiences "The Loch Ness Syndrome" on the Destinies Radio Theater.
February 28, 2003 The Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on Marco Beltrami's score for "Blade II." Christopher DeFilippis discusses the space shuttle Columbia disaster in volume 2, number 19 of "DeFlip Side." Sharon Abreu performs her song "Truth." LeVar Burton reads part one of his novel "Aftermath" on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler.
February 6, 1998 Deborah Burros reads her original short story "Perseverance." LeVar Burton and James Doohan read part one of Michael Jan Friedman's novelization of "Relics" on the Star Trek: The Next Generation Audiobook Sampler. On the Destinies Radio Theater, Clark Kent races against time and "The Moving Mountain" in episode 56 of "Superman."
February 3, 1989 In Destinies' 4th annual Challenger memorial, Howard Margolin reads Ray Bradbury's "The End of the Beginning." John Madonia lists his ten best science fiction novels of 1988. Jesse Flint introduces "Orion" from Jethro Tull's album "Stormwatch." Plus, episode 2 of "Isaac Asimov's Robot City," starring Peter MacNicol and produced by Mike Sargent.
January 16, 2004 The Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on Don Davis and Juno Reactor's score for "The Matrix Reloaded." Christopher DeFilippis reviews his best and worst reads of 2003 in volume 2, number 30 of "DeFlip Side." Robert O'Reilly and Dwight Schultz read part 6 of Phil Farrand's "Nitpicker's Fun and Games for Next Generation Trekkers."
August 21, 1987 "Graphic Detail" # 28: Howard Margolin and Glenn Hauman interview comics writer and artist (as well as musician and Canadian TV personality) Ty Templeton at I-Con VI. Also includes appearances by Bob Segarini and Jan Harpes. Plus, the Destinies-Joe Evangelista Wars continue with a violent entry.
January 2, 2004 The Destinies Film Review Team (Howard Margolin, Jim Rowland, Steve Lowenthal, Christopher DeFilippis) assembles live to discuss their favorite and least favorite science fiction, fantasy, adventure, and horror movies of 2003.
December 24, 2004 "Graphic Detail" # 151: The Graphic Detail (Howard Margolin, Jim Rowland, Steve Lowenthal) reviews the best, worst, and most disappointing developments in the comic book industry for 2004.
October 23, 1987 The Destinies Film Review Team (John Madonia, Patrick Lonergan, Brian McGuinness) review "Prom Night 2: Hello, Mary Lou," "Fatal Attraction," "Near Dark," "The Outing," and "Like Father, Like Son." "Graphic Detail"# 33: Howard Margolin and Glen Semenick review the Marvel Graphic Novel, "The Incredible Hulk and The Thing: The Big Change." Tangerine Dream performs "Network 23." John Madonia reviews the animated, radio, and parody versions of J.R.R. Tolkien's works.
December 7, 1990 The Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on Bill Conti's score for "The Right Stuff." NASA describes the science and concerns about building habitats on other worlds in a chapter of "The Space Story." Dave MacPherson reads "Expendable" by Philip K. Dick.
April 18, 1997 Memorials for Terry Nation and Martin Caidin, featuring an encore of an interview with Terry Nation recorded in 1986, and The Six Million Dollar Man in "The Man From The Future" on the Destinies Radio Theater.
November 10, 2000 Author John Kenneth Muir makes his first Destinies appearance, in a live telephone interview, to discuss his books "Exploring Space: 1999" and "An Analytical History of Television's Battlestar Galactica."
April 27, 1990 Destinies' 7th anniversary special, featuring story readings by Jesse Flint, John Madonia, and Howard Margolin; music by Dennis McCarthy and Mason Williams; an interview with Burt Ward, and Dennis Daniel and Steve Morrison's "Star Trek: The Generation Gap." Plus, the Destinies-Joe Evangelista Wars continue.
April 29, 1994 Destinies celebrates its 11th anniversary with readings of short stories by Deborah Burros and Mike Resnick, an interview with Michael O'Hare, an installment of NASA's "The Space Story," lesson one of "Conversational Klingon" by Michael Dorn and Mark Okrand, episode 13 of "Superman Lives," and music by Mason Williams and Alan Parsons.
October 16, 1987 "Graphic Detail" # 32 features an interview with DC Comics writer Paul Kupperberg by Howard Margolin. John Madonia reviews J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Two Towers" and "The Return of the King." Music from Mark Knopfler's score for "The Princess Bride." And, the Destinies Film Review Team (John Madonia, Brian McGuiness, and Robert Downes) discusses "The Princess Bride."
July 21, 1989 Saluting the 20th anniversary of Apollo 11 with "The First Man on the Moon-July, 1969" narrated by Hugh Downs. Howard Margolin interviews Greg Trocchia of the Long Island Space Frontier Society at I-Con VIII. Plus, music from "2001: A Space Odyssey," "SpaceCamp," and "Capricorn One." And, an appropriate installment of the Destinies-Joe Evangelista Wars.
August 31, 1986 Howard Margolin hosts his final episode of "Curtain Up," then WUSB's weekly program of Broadway cast albums and film soundtracks, with a spotlight on the music of composer Jerry Goldsmith.
June 26, 1992 The Destinies Film Review Team (Howard Margolin, Jim Rowland, Steve Lowenthal) discusses "Batman Returns." Part four of "Flash Gordon," featuring music by Queen on the Destinies Radio Theater. "Graphic Detail" # 65: Marvel news and an interview with Steve Saffel, editor of "Marvel Age."
September 22, 2000 Jeff Daniels reads part two of "Memoirs of an Invisible Man" on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler. Peter David makes his 11th appearance on the show in the 131st edition of "Graphic Detail." Plus, music from the compilation CD "Space and Beyond 3."
September 15, 2000 Jeff Daniels reads part one of H.F. Saint's "Memoirs of an Invisible Man" on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary of "Space: 1999," the Destinies Radio Theater presents "Mission of the Darians."
April 8, 2005 Live, I-Con 24 Mystery Guest special featuring Eugene "Rod" Roddenberry, filksinger Adam Goss, and authors Keith R.A. DeCandido, John Kenneth Muir, and Terri Osborne. The longest-ever Destinies broadcast.
September 25, 1998 A full-length salute to "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" featuring part two of J.M. Dillard's novelization of "Emissary," read by Nana Visitor on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler, and more music from Dennis McCarthy's score for "Emissary" on the Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight. Plus, an exclusive interview with Nana Visitor recorded at I-Con 17.
February 12, 1993 Returning from a 5-week hiatus, Destinies celebrates Valentine's Day with music from "Beauty and the Beast," "Jekyll and Hyde," and "Thumbelina." Plus, two installments of NASA's "The Space Story" in the delayed 8th annual tribute to the crew of the space shuttle Challenger. And, John Cornetto interviews author David Brin at the 1991 Worldcon.
May 28, 1999 The Destinies Film Review Team (Howard Margolin, Jim Rowland, Steve Lowenthal) assembles live to discuss "Star Wars Episode I: the Phantom Menace." Also includes an appearance by Joe Evangelista.
December 11, 1998 Live telephone interview with author Les Daniels, who makes his second Destinies appearance to discuss his book "Superman: The Complete History-The Life and Times of the Man of Steel."
December 19, 2003 Christopher DeFilippis reads his original Christmas poem, "The Last Little Elf," in volume 2, number 29 of "DeFlip Side." On the Destinies Radio Theater, Superman must stop a mad scientist who says "Light Up the Tree, Mr. President." And, to salute the release of "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," filksinger Tom Smith performs "Return of the King, Uh Huh."
July 17, 1984 Gary Halada reads "Double Standard" by Fredric R. Brown. Episode 1 of "Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks" starring Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen. Plus, music from Tangerine Dream's score for "Firestarter," and the Intergalactic Touring Band.
July 28, 1995 A re-edited encore of an interview with Dave Cockrum, recorded at I-Con IV, precedes an update interview with Cockrum and writer Clifford Meth, recorded at I-Con XIV, in the 84th edition of "Graphic Detail." The Destinies Radio Theater begins its longest-running serialization with episode 1 of "Superman," originally broadcast on February 12, 1940. Plus, the Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on Thomas Newman's score for "The Shawshank Redemption."
August 23, 1996 "Graphic Detail" # 99: In memory of Marvel Comics writer, editor, and artist Mark Gruenwald, Howard Margolin presents a re-edited encore of his interview with Mark, originally recorded at Long Island Comics in 1985. Plus, Mike Post's theme for "Captain America II: Death Too Soon," and Tom Smith performs his Jim Henson tribute song "A Boy and His Frog."
February 8, 1991 Celebrating Captain America's 50th anniversary with Howard Margolin's reading of "Captain America Foils The Traitor's Revenge," the first text piece written by Stan Lee, as well as Captain America and the Falcon in "And a Phoenix Shall Arise" on the Destinies Radio Theater. Plus, Dave MacPherson discusses upcoming books and films in "Things To Come." And, learn about the National Space Society in an installment of NASA's "The Space Story."
January 29, 1988 Destinies' third annual Challenger memorial, featuring Howard Margolin reading Isaac Asimov's short story "The Last Shuttle." Plus, the Destinies Radio Theater presents parts one and two of "Doctor Who: Slipback" starring Colin Baker and Nicola Bryant.
December 24, 1999 "Graphic Detail" # 126: In the last Destinies of the 1990s, the Graphic Detail (Howard Margolin, Jim Rowland, and Bob Rozakis), lists their best, worst, and most disappointing developments for the comic book industry in 1999. Plus, part two of the interview with DC Comics Editor Kevin Dooley, recorded at I-Con 18.
July 14, 2000 Patrick Stewart discusses the "X-Men" movie at Creation Entertainment's Hofstra University convention. Jason Carter performs his original poetry, introduced by Dr. Demento, at the I-Con 19 Cabaret. Plus, music by Dennis McCarthy from the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" series finale, "All Good Things."
February 21, 1992 "Graphic Detail" # 62, featuring a full-length interview with Walt and Louise Simonson, recorded at Creation Part II, on February 24, 1990. Topics include "Thor" and "Art of Walt Simonson" trade paperbacks, "X-Factor," "New Mutants," "Avengers," "Fantastic Four," and "Havok and Wolverine: Meltdown."
March 11, 2005 Live, two-hour Soundtrack Spotlight Special, featuring a telephone interview with Robin Esterhammer, producer of Perseverance Records, and selections from the soundtracks of Prince Valiant, The Abominable Dr. Phibes, Dr. Phibes Rises Again, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and The Deadly Spawn.
April 24, 1984 Destinies' unheralded first anniversary special featuring the first full-length I-Con Retrospective. Fred Coulter, Gary Halada, Ralph Schiano, John Madonia, Kevin Sterner, George Krauter, and Anthony Detres review the high and low points of I-Con III.
April 3, 1984 Destinies' first post-I-Con show featuring Howard Margolin (who also co-hosts for the first time) reviewing the comics track at I-Con III, Landscape performing "Shake the West Awake" and "Computer Person," NASA discussing the Manned Maneuvering Unit in a chapter of "The Space Story," Gary Halada listing the Locus monthly Bestseller List, and the final installment of "Restaurant at the End of the Universe."
April 4, 1986 Live from I-Con V for Destinies' first I-Con Mystery Guest Special with writers Esther Friesner and Susan Shwartz, and film publicist Tom Sciacca joining hosts Gary Halada and Howard Margolin in the WUSB studio. Featuring a special appearance by Joe Evangelista and the Daleks.