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:

Don’t Worry, the Robots Can’t Do Your Job—Yet

Friday, December 08, 2017

A business reporter looks at a surge of advances in robotic technology and sees a looming wave of unemployment that our country is not preparing for.

The Case Against Assad

Friday, August 11, 2017

At an undisclosed location in Western Europe, a group called the CIJA is gathering evidence of war crimes perpetrated by the Syrian government.  

Senator Al Franken Really Is Senatorial

Friday, August 04, 2017

Senator Franken and David Remnick discuss the health-care vote, the Russia investigation, and how his sense of humor has been a liability.    

Jon Ronson on the Surreal Film “Okja”

Friday, June 30, 2017

A giant (and apparently very tasty) super-pig is kidnapped by Tilda Swinton, in a new film co-written by Jon Ronson. 

Tracy K. Smith in the Woods

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Poet Laureate says that “green space has fed the inner silence that I think most writers are seeking.” 

Ivanka Trump Plays Well in China

Friday, June 23, 2017

Women in China are torn between modern success and Confucian ideals. Many there wonder, How does Ivanka Trump pull it off so well?  

Hugh Everett Is Alive and Well in an Alternate Universe

Thursday, June 15, 2017

When he was 19, Mark Everett’s father died. But his big idea, a surprising interpretation of quantum mechanics, lived on. And if that idea is right, he might still be alive … somewhere.


It’s Tommy Westphall’s Universe, We Just Live in It

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Taken to its logical conclusion, the enigmatic final episode of the show “St. Elsewhere” suggests that nearly all TV shows exist within the mind of one very creative boy.


Rita Dove Dances till Dawn

Friday, June 09, 2017

After a poet lost her home, she started a new life as a ballroom dancer.      

Emily Greenhouse Picks Three

Friday, June 02, 2017

A David Bowie-like song by the indie rock group Shearwater is a recent favorite of The New Yorker’s Emily Greenhouse.

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.


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.


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.”


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.

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. 


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.  


“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. 


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?