Eric Molinsky

Eric Molinsky reports for Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen and hosts a podcast about sci-fi and other fantasy genres called Imaginary Worlds. He co-produced several hours of Studio 360’s American Icons series, and his work has also appeared on NPRMarketplace99% Invisible, and KCRW’s un-Fictional.

Eric Molinsky appears in the following:

The Real Twin Peaks

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Not just a TV town: what it’s like to live in the towns where “Twin Peaks” was filmed, and to experience tragedy in a town that’s actually called Twin Peaks.

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American Icons: Buffalo Bill

Thursday, May 04, 2017

William F. Cody’s stage show presented a new creation myth for America, bringing cowboys, Indians, settlers, and sharpshooters to audiences.

Black Cosplay

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The bigger story behind a hashtag used as a “bat signal” for black cosplayers.

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American Icons: Superman

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Kurt Andersen goes up, up and away with Superman and finds out why "The Man of Steel" remains as popular and elusive as ever.

Michael Dudok de Wit on 'The Red Turtle'

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Dutch animator Michael Dudok de Wit on why it took him almost a decade to make “The Red Turtle.”

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American Icons: The Wizard of Oz

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Kurt Andersen follows the yellow brick road through America’s favorite story and discovers places in the Land of Oz more wonderful, and weirder, than you ever imagined.

“Blood Music”

Thursday, December 29, 2016

In Greg Bear's novel “Blood Music,” a scientist infected with a synthetic virus realizes that the organisms in his body have become self-aware — and they're talking in his head. 

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The Ethics of Synthetic Biology

Thursday, December 29, 2016

When artists use synthetic biology, are they playing God, or just playing with cool new toys? Scientists Drew Endy and Christina Agapakis weigh in on the ethics.  

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Synthetic Biology in Pop Culture

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Synthetic biology is a great plot device for science fiction, but screenwriters tend to rely on clichés more than the much weirder world of actual science. 

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Olivier Had It Wrong: Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation

Thursday, November 24, 2016

What if Hamlet didn’t sound like a proper English bloke, but more like someone from the American South?

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If You Were a Refugee

Friday, November 18, 2016

In the exhibit “Forced From Home,” visitors face the same awful choices as refugees who flee for their lives.    

Why Is the Boston Accent Wicked Hard to Do?

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Even great actors get tripped up by the Boston accent. Or maybe Bostonians are just too quick to find fault.

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Abou Farman on Leonor Caraballo’s “Vision”

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A couple’s battle with cancer turns in to a creative work of art.

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Live from New York, It’s Election Night!

Monday, November 07, 2016

Former “Saturday Night Live” head writer Jim Downey explains how the show lampooned politics for over 40 years.
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American Icons: The Lincoln Memorial

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Lincoln Memorial is now one of the most treasured landmarks of Washington, D.C. But for decades people fought over every aspect of it — even whether it should have been built at all.

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T.C. Boyle Picks Three

Friday, October 14, 2016

Boyle, the author of sixteen novels and countless short stories, recommends a book, a musician, and a video series.

Germany's Traumatized Kriegskinder Speak Out

Friday, October 14, 2016

After decades of silence, German children who lived through World War II are beginning to talk about their experiences.

David Axelrod on Trump, Clinton, and the Cubs

Friday, October 07, 2016

The former Obama adviser talks about working for and against Hillary Clinton, and whether the Chicago Cubs really have a shot this year.    

E. Tammy Kim Picks Three

Friday, October 07, 2016

A novel about Korea, a Sleater-Kinney album, and a celebrity chef who’s all about home cooking.

She’s Funny, But Is She Perfect?

Friday, September 30, 2016

When comedians like Amy Schumer make politics part of their act, how much should audiences demand of them?