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How Sci-Fi Saves the World Podcast—Episode 9 Recap

Podcast lovers — Episode 9 of the How Sci-Fi Saves the World podcast is live and ready for your listening pleasure over at Brigade Radio One.

This episode, E.J. and Eric talk to the ever-cool, insightful actor/director Bill Duke of PREDATOR, COMMANDO, and so much more. But first, the guys discuss the latest sci-fi news, including:

  • WorldCon76 and N.K. Jemisin’s impressive (and surprise—controversial) third Hugo win in three years
  • Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran’s bold op ed in the New York Times
  • The new, female Dr. Who — Women in sci-fi, it’s a thing, folks!
  • Sci-fi TV shows — Galaxy Quest is on hold, Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone is moving ahead, and Apple TV’s Foundation series seems crazily ambitious
  • Eric name drops his cousin, actor Peter Shinkoda — he’s in the new Predator film
  • E.J. name drops his favorite SETI scientist, Seth Shostak
  • A quick look at sci-fi/science films First Man, Clara, Kin, and Extinction
Actor/director Bill Duke

Bill Duke

And then… it’s time to pull up a chair and listen to the insights of actor/director BILL DUKE. He’s been working in the film industry since the 1970s, so he provides a great, long-range perspective on many topics, like:

  • Learning to leverage his talent and opportunities as a black actor/director
  • Why acting takes courage
  • Filming on location in the jungle for the first Predator — insects, snakes, and more, oh my!
  • How editing is the foundation of good directing
  • His nonprofit, the Duke Media Foundation, which helps prepare youth for the future by helping them master new media tools and financial literacy tools that will enable them to compete, survive and thrive
  • The democratization of content, media, and how good storytelling always wins the day
  • His autobiography, Bill Duke: My 40-Year Career on Screen and Behind the Camera, available Nov. 15
  • The need, as ever, for more representation in the film industry and in stories, to reflect the audiences watching those films

It’s a wild ride, and a lot of fun. Listen here.

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