KFAI’s Sound Affects to air 4 "Alien Worlds" Sci-Fi Radio Dramas

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Alien WorldsJerry Stearns, host of the long running modern radio drama show Sound Affects: A Radio Playground will be airing four episodes of the Alien Worlds, a science fiction radio drama series, on KFAI-FM over the next four months. The first will be this Saturday, Sept. 23rd. That program will also include an exclusive interview with the producer of Alien Worlds, Lee Hanson.

Alien Worlds series first aired between 1979 and 1980 on commercial radio. Some of the episodes were written by J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5, the City Of Dreams and The Adventures Of Apocalypse Al (though not any of the four set to be broadcast on Sound Affects). Each of the four programs will be streamed live at 10pm on Saturday (and of course broadcast in the Minneapolis/St. Paul. region), and each show will be archived on the KFAI website for two weeks after the broadcast. Here’s all the details on how to listen, and when each of the programs will be aired:

Sound Affects: A Radio PlaygroundSound Affects: A Radio Playground
Hosted by Jerry Stearns
4 Broadcasts: [RADIO SHOW]
Broadcaster: KFAI, 90.3 FM and 106.7 FM, in Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Broadcast: 9:30-10:30 PM, Sundays (Central Time)

September 23, 2007 – Alien Worlds “The Paralax Deception” + Interview
October 28, 2007 – Alien Worlds “The Kilohertz War”
December 2, 2007 – Alien Worlds “Time Clash”
January 13, 2008 – Alien Worlds “The Seeds of Time”

And, as always, FREE APOCALYPSE AL!

Heart Of Darkness analysis from BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time podcast

BBC Radio 4 Podcast In Our TimeIn Our Time is a BBC Radio 4 podcast covering the “big ideas” of our age. Coincidentally, they happen to have Joseph Conrad’s Heart Of Darkness as their topic for this week! If you’d like to download the show |MP3|, here’s the description.

“Written in 1899 by Joseph Conrad, Heart Of Darkness is a fascinating fin de siecle critique of colonialism and man’s greed. Conrad draws on his own adventures for the plot. The story’s main narrator is Marlow, a merchant seaman who pilots a steamship upriver in what is largely assumed to be the Belgian Congo. He finds the scramble for Africa well underway, with Europeans desperately competing to make their fortunes from ivory. Marlow’s journey takes him into the interior of this mysterious silent continent. After a dangerous passage he finally arrives at the company’s most remote trading station. It is reigned over by Kurtz, a white man who seems to have become a kind of God figure to the local people. Marlow is fascinated by him, preferring his messianic ravings to the petty treachery and mercenarism of the other white traders. On the journey back, Kurtz dies, whispering ‘the horror, the horror’. The interpretation of these words has perplexed readers ever since and the book has prompted a diverse range of readings from the psychoanalytical, that sees the novella as a metaphor for the journey into the subconscious, to feminist readings that examine how Conrad excludes female characters and focuses on the male consciousness. Conrad wrote; ‘My task is, above all, to make you see’. So did he intend this novella to provoke a discussion of the immorality and rapacity at the centre of colonialism? Was he questioning the hero’s welcome given to those famous explorers who came back from ‘civilising’ Africa, as they saw it? Or was he, as the Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe put it, ‘guilty of preposterous and perverse arrogance in reducing Africa to the role of props for the break-up of one petty European mind?'”

Contributors to this week’s show include: Susan Jones, Fellow and Tutor in English at St Hilda’s College, Oxford. Robert Hampson, Professor of Modern Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London and Laurence Davies, Honorary Senior Research Fellow in English at Glasgow University and Visiting Professor of Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire.”

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One of the most enjoyable SF Radio shows out there…

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Science Fiction Radio - SciFi OverdriveOne of the most enjoyable SF Radio shows out there is moving up a bit in the world. After two years on an early EARLY Monday morning timeslot on the Business Talk Radio Network, Sci-Fi OVerdrive has a new home on the Lifestyle Talk Radio Network, with a better timeslot. It will run now on Friday Nights from 12am-2am Eastern Time, which is 9pm-11pm Pacific starting Friday, January 28. They will also re-run early Monday morning at 1am.

If you haven’t heard this show, I urge you to visit their website and listen to one of their archived shows. The Sci-Fi Overdrive crew is very entertaining and informative.

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