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," Convention updates and highlights, as well as host Dr. Howard Margolin's flawless interviews. Listen Live to WUSB! Click to Stream Live Audio
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December 8, 2017 Continuing the countdown to "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," Carrie Fisher talks about "Life Before Leia," in part two of "The Princess Diarist" on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler. In the conclusion of his interview with Phil Merkel, recorded at the 2015 Garden State Comic Fest, artist Greg Hildebrandt discusses how he and his brother used their renown from the original "Star Wars" poster to obtain other projects, including their Marvel Masterworks Trading Card series and their revival of the "Terry and the Pirates" comic strip. Plus, music from Joel McNeely's score for "Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire."
Take the TARDIS to hear all the Classic Destinies episodes including the August 5, 1994 episode featuring episode 2 of "Star Wars: Dark Empire"
December 1, 2017 Beginning the countdown to the release of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," the Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on Michael Giacchino's score for "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story." In memory of Carrie Fisher, the Destinies Audiobook Sampler presents part one of her memoir "The Princess Diarist." Phil Merkel interviews artist Greg Hildebrandt at the 2015 Garden State Comic Fest.
November 24, 2017 The Destinies Film Review Team (Howard Margolin, Christopher DeFilippis, Audrey Dettmering) assembles live to discuss "Justice League."
November 17, 2017 Saluting the release of "Justice League" with the Destinies Radio Theater presentation of "Super Powers: Battle at the Earth's Core." Host Howard Margolin marks 27 continuous years of producing Destinies with this final Fall Radiothon 2017 special. Click on the picture of the microphone above to check out the exclusive premiums available at all pledge levels. Then go to www.wusb.fm/pledge to make your donation online.
November 10, 2017 The Destinies Film Revengers (Howard Margolin, Christopher DeFilippis, Phil Merkel, Audrey Dettmering) assemble live to review "Thor: Ragnarok."
November 3, 2017 The Voice of Science Fiction joins in WUSB's annual Hip-Hop Marathon with this hour-long concert featuring nerdcore rapper Devo Spice, recorded at L.I. Con 2.
October 27, 2017 35th annual Halloween Special honoring the memory of George A. Romero (February 4, 1940-July 16, 2017) with the Destinies Radio Theater presentation of "Night of the Living Dead."
October 13, 2017 Phil Merkel and William Sherman speak with author Melinda Snodgrass at Boskone 54. Saluting the 25th anniversary of "Highlander-The Series" with Adrian Paul reflecting on the making of the first season episode "Band of Brothers" in the first installment of "The Adrian Tapes." A Radiothon Special. Click on the microphone picture above to check out the Destinies Premium List, then make an online pledge at www.wusb.fm/pledge.
October 6, 2017 The Destinies Radio Theater memorial for Sir John Hurt concludes with episode 3 of "Doctor Who: The War Doctor-Only The Monstrous Part One: The Innocent." Christopher DeFilippis reviews "Star Trek: Discovery" in volume 2, number 182 of "DeFlip Side." Saluting the release of "Blade Runner 2049" with Matthew Modine and Calista Flockhart reading from Philip K. Dick's "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler
September 29, 2017 Memorial for Sir John Hurt continues with episode two of "Doctor Who: The War Doctor-Only The Monstrous Part One: The Innocent" on the Destinies Radio Theater. Will the War Doctor come up with a way to save the peaceful Keskans from the genocidal Taalyans? And, will he be dragged back into the Time War once again?
September 22, 2017 In memory of Sir John Hurt, who died on January 25th at the age of 77, the Destinies Radio Theater presents the first chapter of "Doctor Who: The War Doctor-Only The Monstrous Part 1: The Innocent."
September 15, 2017 Richard Hatch Memorial featuring Richard's story of how he got the role of Captain Apollo in an excerpt from "Richard Hatch: From Apollo to Tom Zarek-The Battlestar Galactica Memoirs." Plus, exclusive readings from Richard's "Battlestar Galactica" novels "Rebellion," "Paradis," and "Redemption" in re-mastered encores from his 2002, 2003, and 2006 (respectively) appearances.
September 8, 2017 Saluting the 51st anniversary of "Star Trek" with Phil Merkel's interview with author David Gerrold, recorded at I-Con 32. Plus, Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and delegations of Klingons and Romulans learn that absolute truth is the enemy of diplomacy in "Star Trek: In Vino Veritas," written by Alan Dean Foster, on the Destinies Radio Theater.
September 1, 2017 Live telephone interview with actress, author, and activist Claudia Christian, who returns for her sixth appearance to discuss and read from her novel "The Original: The Trials of Sara Larkin," as well as talk about her recent trip to India, and her work with the C Three Foundation.
August 25, 2017 Memorial for Sir Roger Moore, featuring Sir Roger reading from his memoir "Bond on Bond: The Ultimate Book on 50 Years of Bond Movies" on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler, a 1973 Radio Spot for "Live and Let Die," and Peter Curran's interview with Moore.
August 18, 2017 "Graphic Detail" # 210: Rich Buckler Memorial featuring an encore of an interview conducted with him at the 2012 New York Comic-Con, plus all-new commentary from Peter David, making his 24th appearance, to discuss working with Rich, and comics historian Keith Dallas, making his 6th visit, to talk about Rich's work on "The Flash," and Archie Comics' Red Circle Line.
August 11, 2017 "Graphic Detail" # 209: Peter David returns for his 23rd appearance, and his first in the new WUSB studio, to discuss and read from his novel "Pyramid Schemes: A Tale of Sir Apropos of Nothing," and talk about the recent comic book adaptation of "Artful," and his work on "Spider-Man 2099" and "Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider."
August 4, 2017 "Graphic Detail" #208: Jennifer Lowenthal and Howard Margolin speak with comic book artist-turned-novelist Drew Geraci, in a full-length telephone interview.
July 28, 2017 Continuing the memorial for astronaut Eugene Cernan with part 2 of his autobiography "The Last Man on the Moon," on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler. Remembering the late actor Adam West with an encore of Howard Margolin's interview with him, originally aired on July 31, 1987, as well as selections from the 1966 "Batman" television soundtrack album and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra's "TV Superhero Theme Medley," featuring narration by Adam West.
July 21, 2017 Christopher DeFilippis provides a sneak peek at his upcoming "Castle Rock TV Podcast" in volume 2, number 181 of "DeFlip Side." The Usual Rejects preview their show "There Is No Spoon: The Matrix," and provide samples of their previous parodies. The late astronaut Eugene Cernan is remembered with part one of his reading from his autobiography, "The Last Man on the Moon."
July 14, 2017 The Destinies Film Review Team (Howard Margolin and Christopher DeFilippis) assembles live to discuss "Spider-Man: Homecoming." Also includes the proxy reviews of Glenn Greenberg, Scott Margolin, and Jacob Margolin.
July 7, 2017 Saluting the release of "Spider-Man: Homecoming" and preparing for the release of "War for the Planet of the Apes" with a Destinies Radio Theater Double Feature. Learn how "Spider-Man is Born!" from the 1977 LP "Spidey Super Stories" narrated by Morgan Freeman. Then, travel "Beneath the Planet of the Apes," with the Power Records adaptation of the movie. Plus, the Destinies Debut Soundtrack Spotlight shines on Michael Giacchino's score for "Spider-Man: Homecoming."
June 23, 2017 Live preview of Eternal Con #5, which will be held at Nassau Coliseum on July 1-2, with convention spokesman John Rosas. Learn about the guests and events scheduled for the newly-expanded edition of the Long Island Comic Con.
June 16, 2017 A live Destinies Radio Theater special introducing the 4-part "Sci-Fi Comedy Audio Adventure" "Mad Mel and the Marradians," featuring excerpts from the series, and telephone interviews with writer/creator Gary Morgenstein and producer/director Mike Sargent, who returns after 28 years for his third appearance. Listen for the entire "Mad Mel and the Marradians" series on "The Destinies Archives Mini-Marathon," Thursday, June 29th, from 3:00-6:00 AM on 90.1 FM/107.3 FM, WUSB or www.wusb.fm
June 9, 2017 The Destinies Film Review Team (Howard Margolin and Brian Krey) assembles live to discuss "Wonder Woman." Also includes the proxy review of Gregg Epstein.
June 2, 2017 Saluting the release of "Wonder Woman" with Christopher DeFilippis reflecting on the Amazing Amazon in volume 2, number 180 of "DeFlip Side." Plus, the conclusion of "Wonder Woman in Cheetah on the Prowl" on the Destinies Radio Theater.
May 26, 2017 Preparing for the release of "Wonder Woman" with part one of "Wonder Woman in Cheetah on the Prowl," written by Andy Helfer, on the Destinies Radio Theater. Plus, the Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on Christopher Drake's score for the 2009 "Wonder Woman" DC Universe Animated Movie.
May 19, 2017 "Graphic Detail" #207: Full-length telephone interview with Marvel Comics' editor and writer Ralph Macchio, recorded immediately after his appearance to celebrate his 40th anniversary with Marvel in April, 2016.
May 12, 2017 The Destinies Film Review Team (Howard Margolin, Christopher DeFilippis, Phil Merkel, and Baby Groot) assembles live to discuss "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2."
May 5, 2017 Part two of author Roald Dahl reading from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" on the Destinies Audiobook Sampler. Saluting the release of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" with the Destinies Radio Theater presentation of "The Story of the Guardians of the Galaxy," featuring voices, music, and sound effects from the original film soundtrack.
April 28, 2017 Destinies celebrates its 34th anniversary with a one-hour special, featuring encore readings by Keith R.A. DeCandido, Patrick Thomas, Claudia Christian, and Marc Vun Kannon; music by Jordyn Kane and Marco Beltrami, and Vanessa-Mae's violin version of "Classical Gas." Plus, Christopher DeFilippis discusses a recent convention experence in volume 2, number 179 of "DeFlip Side."
April 14, 2017 Host Howard Margolin celebrates his 1,300th consecutive broadcast by presenting a live telephone interview with author Patrick Thomas, who returns for his ninth appearance to discuss and read from his latest books "Dear Cthulhu Vol. 4: What Would Cthulhu Do?" and "As The Gears Turn: Tales of Steamworld." A Radiothon Special.
April 7, 2017 Destinies is pre-empted for the WUSB Student Lockdown
March 31, 2017 Saluting the Broadway opening of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," the Destinies Audiobook Sampler presents Roald Dahl reading from his original novel. Plus, the Destinies Soundtrack Spotlight shines on Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley's score for "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory." And, Christopher DeFilippis returns to relate the results of his Robopocalypse Sci-Fi Madness Tournament in volume 2, number 178 of "DeFlip Side." A Spring Radiothon Special. Click on the microphone picture in the above left column to see the full list of Destinies Exclusive Premiums. Then go to www.wusb.fm to make an online pledge.
March 24, 2017 Live review of I-Con 32, with Howard Margolin, Phil Merkel, Roy Mauritsen, Katrina Lovett, and Carl Fink gathered in the WUSB studio to discuss the high and low points of the latest incarnation of Long Island's original convention of science fiction, fact, and fantasy.
March 17, 2017 Howard Margolin celebrates his 33rd anniversary with The Voice of Science Fiction, and the return of I-Con, by presenting a full-length press conference with actor Peter Jurasik ("Babylon 5"), conducted at I-Con 23. Also features Tony Tellado of "Sci-Fi Talk."
March 10, 2017 Live, hour-long preview of I-Con 32, with Event Chair Katrina Lovett and Vice-Chair of Programming Heather Dawn joining host Howard Margolin for an up-to-the-minute look at the guests and activities scheduled for the return of Long Island's convention of science fiction, fact, and fantasy, to be held from March 17-19 at Suffolk County Community College's Grant Campus in Brentwood.
March 3, 2017 The Destinies Debut Soundtrack Spotlight shines on Marco Beltrami's score for Logan, and the composer himself returns via telephone for his sixth live appearance, to discuss and introduce selections from the soundtrack album. Plus, Christopher DeFilippis kicks off his latest "Sci-Fi Madness" competition in volume 2, number 177 of "DeFlip Side."
February 24, 2017 Continuing the salute to John Glenn and the 55th anniversary of his Friendship 7 flight with part two of the On-The-Scene-Recording "Go! Colonel Glenn In Orbit: An Historic Document in Sound of the First American Orbit, 3 Times Around the World, Feb. 20, 1962." Includes recordings made during Glenn's third orbit and re-entry, President Kennedy's Telephone Conversation with Lt. Col. Glenn, and Lt. Col. Glenn's Address to Congress.
February 17, 2017 Remembering John Glenn and saluting the 55th anniversary of his Friendship 7 flight with part one of the On-The-Scene-Recording "Go! Colonel Glenn In Orbit: An Historic Document in Sound of the First American Orbit, 3 Times Around the World, Feb. 20, 1962."
February 10, 2017 Remembering Richard Hatch with "Becoming An Actor" from Richard's CD "From Apollo to Tom Zarek: The Battlestar Galactica Memoirs." Christopher DeFilippis lists his best and worst reads of 2016 in volume 2, number 176 of "DeFlip Side." Saluting the release of "The Lego Batman Movie" with "The Penguin's Plunder" from the 1966 LP "The Official Adventures of Batman and Robin."
January 27, 2017 Destinies 32nd annual Space Shuttle Memorial special featuring John Glenn reflecting on the Apollo 1 disaster, part 2 of the story of Apollo 17, in memory of Eugene Cernan, and part 6 of "High Calling: The Courageous Life and Faith of Space Shuttle Columbia Commander Rick Husband," written and read by Evelyn Husband. Plus, music from Penka Kouneva's album "The Woman Astronaut."
January 20, 2017 Celebrating Inauguration Day with "When Superman Was President," on the Destinies Radio Theater. The Destinies Audiobook Sampler presents part two of "John Glenn: A Memoir," read by the author. Remembering astronaut Eugene Cernan with part one of the story of Apollo 17 from "In Their Own Words: The Space Race."
January 13, 2017 Live, in-studio interview with author Marc Vun Kannon, who returns for his third appearance to discuss and read an excerpt from his novel "St. Martin's Moon."
January 6, 2017 The Destinies Film Review Team (Howard Margolin, Christopher DeFilippis, Phil Merkel) assembles live to list their favorite and least favorite science fiction, fantasy, adventure, and horror movies of 2016. Also includes the list of absentee reviewer Audrey Dettmering.
December 30, 2016 "Graphic Detail" # 206: Howard Margolin and Keith Dallas list their choices for the best, worst, and most disappointing developments in the comic book industry for 2016. Plus, Brian Krey reflects on DC Comics' "Rebirth" event and its aftermath.
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