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, Patrick Thomas' "Dear Cthuhlu," poetry by Christina M. Rau, Colleen Bement's "Nerd Alert News," 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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July 22, 2022 The Destinies Musical Theater presents a memorial for Oscar-and Grammy-winning composer/lyricist Leslie Bricusse, with songs from “Goldfinger,” “Thunderball,” "You Only Live Twice," “Doctor Doolittle,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” “Superman-The Movie,” “Hook,” and “Jekyll & Hyde.”
Take the TARDIS to hear all the Classic Destinies episodes including the January 24, 1986 episode featuring an I-Con V update
July 15, 2022 The Destinies Film Review Team (Howard Margolin, Audrey Dettmering, Dave Campfield, Timothy Gillespie, and WUSB's DJ Binky) assembles live to discuss Thor: Love and Thunder. Does director Taika Waititi deliver a movie that satisfies audiences like Ragnarok? How does Jane Foster gain the powers and mantle of "The Mighty Thor?" Does Christian Bale slay as Gorr, the god-butcher? Where do the movie's biggest laughs come from? And, what is the film worth on the famous Destinies zero to nine dollars rating scale?
Take the TARDIS to hear all the Classic Destinies episodes including the January 22, 1988 episode featuring an interview with Tom DeFalco
July 8, 2022 Saluting the new “Thor: Love and Thunder,” the Destinies Radio Theater presents an adaptation of the original “Thor” movie, starring Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman, featuring action-packed sound effects, and original dialogue and music from the film's soundtrack. In addition, Christina M. Rau reads her poetic equation about magnetic flux density conversion: “T equals Wb over M squared.” And Patrick Thomas' “Dear Cthulhu” returns with a letter from a Brooklyn man with a serious problem.
July 1, 2022 Destinies is pre-empted by WUSB's Rigellian Marathon
Sorry, that should be Reggae Marathon.
June 24, 2022 Live, extra-length, up-to-the-minute look at the guests and events scheduled for Eternal Con #9, which will be held at Hofstra University on July 2nd and 3rd.
Alexander Carde, Operations Manager for Eternal Con, makes his second appearance, to discuss the celebrities, the creators who will be in Artists Alley, the featured cosplayers, the panel discussions, the gaming, and even which famous vehicles will be on display at Eternal Con's Car Show. And, learn about the promo code that will save Destinies' listeners 10% off any admission package to Long Island's Largest Pop Culture Event.
June 17, 2022 "Graphic Detail" # 234: Destinies concludes its memorial for legendary comics artist, writer, publisher, and creators' rights activist Neal Adams, who died on April 28th, at the age of 80. Travel back to New York Comic-Con 2012 for part 2 of the encore of an exclusive interview with Adams. You'll get more background information on Neal's "Batman: Odyssey" maxi-series. You'll learn the origin of "The First X-Men." You'll hear about how Neal bucked the standards of printing to create Havok's all-black costume in 1969. And, you'll find out about Neal's theory of the growing Earth and Universe
June 10, 2022 "Graphic Detail" # 233: Part one of a two-part memorial for artist, writer, publisher, and creators' rights activist Neal Adams. In an encore presentation of an interview recorded at the 2012 New York Comic-Con, you'll learn why Adams felt he had no contemporaries in the comic book industry, what he thought of some of his most iconic cover images, and how he chose to recolor modern reprints of his classic works. You'll find out why Neal thought that "Superman Vs. Muhammad Ali" was probably the greatest comic book of all time. And, you'll hear the inside story behind his controversial maxi-series "Batman: Odyssey."
June 3, 2022 The Destinies Audiobook Sampler marks the 40th anniversary of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” with James Doohan’s reading of Julia Ecklar's “Star Trek: The Kobayashi Maru,” a story inspired by the opening sequence of the film. Patrick Thomas' "Dear Cthulhu" answers another letter from "Baby Broker in Boston," whose plan of passing off another woman's child to a couple who hired her as a surrogate is threatened when the baby's father returns. Christina M. Rau reads her poem "The Goose." And saluting the 60th anniversary of Spider-Man, the Destinies Radio Theater presents "Deadly Is the Doctor Called Doom," narrated by Morgan Freeman and written by Marvel editor Jim Salicrup, from the 1977 "Spidey Super Stories" album. Plus, a cue from James Horner's score for "Star Trek II."
May 27, 2022 Colleen Bement and TiShay Wilson preview the new seasons of Stranger Things and The Boys in the latest "Nerd Alert News." Patrick Thomas' "Dear Cthulhu" answers a letter from a woman who is probably the world's worst surrogate mother. Christina M. Rau reads her poem "No Pity." And, in honor of the 45th anniversary of Star Wars and the debut of Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Destinies Radio Theater presents "The Story of The Ewok Adventure," including music by Peter Bernstein.
May 20, 2022 Live, in-studio interview with J.H. Nadler, author of The Books of Alexandrea, Book One: The Book Club.
This Stony Brook alumnus makes his Destinies Debut to discuss and provide a dramatic reading from the first novel in his planned trilogy. Find out why J.H. chose to write in the genre of female young-adult fantasy. Learn about why Alexandrea Hawthorne gets devastating headaches every time the subject of magic is brought up. Discover the true nature of the Book Club. And, what are his plans for the next book in the series?
May 13, 2022 Destinies' Masters of the Mystic Movies (Howard Margolin, Audrey Dettmering, Dave Campfield) portal in for a live review of "Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness." Does the story continue the development of Dr. Strange from the events in his first movie, as well as his appearances with the Avengers and Spider-Man? Does the Scarlet Witch turn out to be enemy or ally? Who are the members of the Illuminati? Does director Sam Raimi make a super-hero comeback 15 years after the somewhat disappointing Spider-Man 3? What is it like to see the film in 4D? And, what is the movie worth on the famous Destinies zero to nine dollars rating scale? Also includes the pre-recorded comments of Timothy Gillespie.
May 6, 2022 Destinies Radio Theater Double Feature: Saluting the opening of “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” with "The Origin of Dr. Strange," adapted from the original story by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko of how the arrogant surgeon Stephen Strange became the Master of the Mystic Arts. Then, in memory of legendary comics artist, writer, and publisher Neal Adams, who died on April 28, 2022, Adams performs a dramatized version of "Pway for Me" from the 2017 Batman/Elmer Fudd special.
April 29, 2022 Destinies celebrates its 39th anniversary with a one-hour special including encore readings by Patrick Thomas, Rick Lewis, and J.R.H. Lawless; new music by Marco Beltrami ("A Quiet Place Part II) and Austin Wintory ("Traveler-A Journey Symphony"), and a song from “The Return of Captain Invincible” by Alan Arkin and Christopher Lee. introduced by Perseverance Records' Producer Robin Esterhammer. Patrick Thomas' "Dear Cthulhu" answers a letter from a woman who has been married 17 times, and Christina M. Rau reads her “Twin Peaks” poem, "TV Tragedy." Plus: the debut of Destinies' latest celebrity promo, and a variation on "Classical Gas" performed by Rick Wakeman.
April 22, 2022 The Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on award-winning composer Austin Wintory’s “Traveler—A Journey Symphony.” In a live telephone interview, Austin discusses and introduces selections from the album, talks about its origin, and explains how he re-imagined the score for the anniversary of the revolutionary 2012 video game “Journey.” Learn how Austin’s career began, what has changed in the past 18 years, and what it was like to conduct the London Symphony Orchestra.
April 15, 2022 Destinies continues its series of Spring Radiothon specials by taking you back to I-Con 30 for an extra-length concert by ShoEboX of Worm Quartet. The one-man novelty band performs his unique brand of fast, synth-driven pseudo-metal punk/pop at the Stony Brook Student Activities Center auditorium. In a whirlwind set, this long-time member of the Funny Music Project, presents songs about coffee, Pac-Man, Atari 2600, religion, a dead frog, apologizing, the metric system, R2-D2, William Shatner, "The Laundromat of Sin," rabbits, "A Great Idea for a Song," and more.
April 8, 2022 The Destinies Film Review Team (Howard Margolin, Audrey Dettmering, Timothy Gillespie) assembles live to discuss “Morbius,” the latest addition to the Sony Spider-Verse and consider whether this version of the Living Vampire adds fresh blood to the mythos, or just sucks. Does Jared Leto redeem himself in the eyes of comics fans, after being the Worst Joker Ever in “Suicide Squad”? Is Matt Smith as charismatic a villain as he was the 11th Doctor Who? Can Morbius even be considered a hero? How does Michael Keaton factor into the story, and does his appearance even make sense? And, what is the movie worth on the famous Destinies zero-to-nine-dollars rating scale?
April 1, 2022 Destinies is pre-empted for the April Fools Student Takeoover
March 25, 2022 Live telephone interview with Perseverance Records Producer Robin Esterhammer, who returns for his seventh appearance to discuss and introduce selections from "Tears in Rain: Forsaken Themes from Fantastic Films Volume 1," including "Blade Runner," Coil's unused score for "Hellraiser," "Prom Night IV: Deliver Us from Evil," and "The Return of Captain Invincible."
March 18, 2022 The Destinies Audiobook Sampler remembers the late actor William Hurt with an excerpt from his reading of "Low Men in Yellow Coats" from Stephen King's “Hearts in Atlantis.” Colleen Bement and her "Nerd Alert News" team preview the latest Disney+ series, Marvel's "Moon Knight," and "Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi." Patrick Thomas' "Dear Cthulhu" answers a letter from a man with a "Fraidy Dog." Also in memory of William Hurt, you'll hear "Ross' Team" from Craig Armstrong's score for “The Incredible Hulk.”
March 11, 2022 The Destinies Film Review Team (Howard Margolin, Audrey Dettmering, Timothy Gillespie) assembles live to lift the mask from “The Batman.” Learn how the film compares to the other Batman movies that have been released over the last 32 years. What kind of Batman/Bruce Wayne is Robert Pattinson? Which elements of the movie are true to the comics? Is the new version of the Batmobile an instant classic or a Bat-lemon? And what is the film worth on the Destinies zero-to-nine dollars rating scale? Also includes a pre-recorded review by Dave Campfield.
March 4, 2022 Saluting the release of “The Batman” as the Destinies Debut Soundtrack Spotlight shines on Michael Giacchino's score for the film. On the Destinies Radio Theater, "Batman Meets the Riddler," adapted from Chuck Dixon's story "Questions Multiply the Mystery." Discover the secret origin of the master criminal with a talent for "puzzling" crimes. Also, Christina M. Rau reads her poem "The Evolution Has Happened."
February 25, 2022 In a live phone interview, learn how J.R.H. Lawless, attorney and author of “Always Greener: Book One of the General Buzz,” became a science fiction satirist, and how his near-future novel deconstructs the reality show genre, while also dealing with disease control, internet-accessing ocular implants, and android porn. "A smash hit reality show is offering a lifetime of luxury to the one person living the world's worst life, and now everyone is out to prove just how bad they've got it." Also find out about the sequel, “The Rude Eye of Rebellion,” which he'll return to discuss later in the year.
February 18, 2022 Dave Campfield reviews “The Book of Boba Fett,” Colleen Bement and the "Nerd Alert News" team preview “The Batman” and “Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” Christina M. Rau reads her poem "Weather Report From Mars," and Patrick Thomas' "Dear Cthulhu" answers a letter from a medical student with a cadaver problem. Plus, the Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on Maurizio Malagnini's award-winning score for the 2021 version of the science fiction ballet "Coppelia."
February 11, 2022 Live phone interview with Rick Lewis, publisher of Uproar Books. Learn about the new series that Uproar has released since debuting in 2019, and what they offer in terms of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Satire, Young Adult, Thriller, and Classic material. Includes Rick's reading from Armond Boudreaux's novel, the science fiction thriller “The Way Out,” which presents a future in which natural childbirth is outlawed and babies are grown in artificial wombs.
January 28, 2022 On Destinies' 37th annual Space Shuttle Memorial, the Destinies Audiobook Sampler presents Evelyn Husband describing what she and Rick experienced when they moved back to Texas for him to begin his astronaut training in Part 12 of “High Calling: The Courageous Life and Faith of Space Shuttle Columbia Commander Rick Husband.” The Destinies Radio Theater presents a 78-year slip-back when "Monty Regan" is accused of shooting a U. S. Marshall in the January 28, 1944, episode of "The Lone Ranger." In memory of Meat Loaf, you'll hear his songs from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and the Intergalactic Touring Band. Plus, you'll learn about the latest releases from Alpha Video.
January 21, 2022 Continuing the celebration of the 50th anniversary of "The Night Stalker," the Destinies Audiobook Sampler presents Johnny Heller reading the introduction and Chapter 1 of “The Kolchak Papers,” the 1971 novel by Jeff Rice that was adapted by Richard Matheson into the screenplay for “The Night Stalker.” Patrick Thomas' "Dear Cthulhu" returns to answer a letter from a woman whose roommate is the leader of a vampire cult. The Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on John Carpenter's score for his 1998 film, “Vampires.
January 14, 2022 The Destinies Audiobook Sampler celebrates the 50th anniversary of “The Night Stalker,” the TV movie that introduced reporter Carl Kolchak and his fight against supernatural evil. Johnny Heller reads Kolchak historian Mark Dawidziak's reflections on the character's history and influence from “The Kolchak Collection,” then begins the narrative from author Jeff Rice's original novel “The Kolchak Papers.” Christina M. Rau returns to read her poem "We Are Not Alone.” Plus, hear Golden Globe-award winning music from Hans Zimmer's score for “Dune,” and Billie Eilish's "No Time to Die."
January 7, 2022 The Destinies Film Review Team (Howard Margolin, Audrey Dettmering, Dave Campfield, Timothy Gillespie) assembles live to list their favorite and least favorite science fiction, fantasy, adventure, horror, and super-hero movies of the past year. Will there be a consensus with any of the films? Would any be worth watching at home? And what movies is the Team looking forward to most for 2022?
December 31, 2021 The Destinies Musical Theater presents a memorial for composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim featuring the complete score from his Tony Award-winning “Into the Woods.” You'll hear Best Actress Joanna Gleason starring as the Baker's Wife, the legendary Bernadette Peters as the Witch, Chip Zien (the voice of Howard the Duck) as the Baker, and Automan star Chuck Wagner as one of the princes. And you can follow the story as host Howard Margolin reads the plot synopsis to introduce each musical selection.
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