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Light On Light Through

Award-winning author and professor Paul Levinson talks about TV, movies, politics, social media, outer space, good food, science fiction; occasionally reads from his science fiction stories; plays concerts of his music; interviews authors, actors, showrunners, and other podcasters in the now published weekly (Tuesdays at noon, New York time) podcast.

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Review of True Detective 4
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 374, in which I review the fourth season of True Detective on HBO Max. Written blog post review of True Detective 4.1-4.3 Written blog post review of True Detective 4.4-4.6
11:58 2/20/24
Review of Reacher 2
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 373, in which I review the second season of Reacher on Amazon Prime Video. podcast review of Reacher 1 written blog post review of Reacher 2  
07:25 2/13/24
Review of 'The Greatest Night in Pop'
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 372, in which I review The Greatest Night in Pop: The Untold Story Behind 'We Are the World'. my written blog post review of The Greatest Night in Pop the "We Are the World" video 30-minute documentary made shortly after "We Are the World"
09:08 2/6/24
Roundtable Discussion of For All Mankind, Seasons 1-4
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 371, in which I join Captain Phil on WUSB-FM Radio (Stony Brook, New York) and Marybeth Ritkouski, Michael Rizzo, Bruce Playfair, and Colleen Bement in a 2+ hour in-depth, fun discussion of For All Mankind, Seasons 1-4, on Apple TV+. my written reviews  (w/spoilers) of For All Mankind, Season 4 (link is to my review of the 10th episode, which has links to my reviews of the other 9 episodes) and earlier seasons Chuck Todd's podcast December 26, 2023 interview with me about For All Mankind and  alternate histories "It's Real Life" (alternate history about The Beatles) story and radio play
141:07 1/30/24
Review of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Season 25 Premiere
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 370, in which I review Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Season 24 premiere. Read this review.    
09:12 1/23/24
Review of the Who Killed JFK podcast, Episodes 9-10
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 369, in which I review the Who Killed JFK? podcast, episodes 9-10. Read this review (written review of episode 10, with link to written review of episode 9) Podcast reviews of Who Killed JFK? Episodes 1-5 and 6-8   Photo by Robert H. Jackson. Originally published in the Dallas Times Herald, November 25, 1963. Winner of the 1964 Pulitzer Prize for Photography.
13:34 1/16/24
Tetrads for History and Alternate History
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 368, which I devote to consideration of tetrads for history and alternate history.   Don't know what tetrads are?  They're explained in the first few minutes of the podcast. Read about Tetrads for History and Alternate History here. Further reading on Tetrads: Laws of the Media (by Marshall McLuhan, with Preface by Paul Levinson); Tetrad Wheels of Cultural Evolution (Paul Levinson); Tetrad on the Selfie (Paul Levinson); Tetrads and Chiasmus: A Reclamation of the Tetrad Wheel (Matthew S. Lindia & Paul Levinson), Further reading, listening to, viewing Alternate History: A Fiction Writer's Guide to Alternate History by Jack Dann; Paul Levinson's review of A Fiction Writer's Guide to the Alternate History; Paul Levinson's interview with Jack Dann; Paul Levinson's interview with Rufus Sewell, who starred in The Man in the High Castle series on Amazon Prime Video; Chuck Todd's interview with Paul Levinson about alternate histories; It's Real Life (alternate history about The Beatles by Paul Levinson, made into a radio play)  Also -- a voicemail from Marshall McLuhan for me, in 1978  
16:06 1/9/24
Review of the Who Killed JFK podcast, Episodes 6-8
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 367, in which I review the Who Killed JFK? podcast, episodes 6-8. Read this review (written review of episode 8, with links to written reviews episodes 6 and 7) Podcast review of Who Killed JFK? Episodes 1-5 Dick Russell's The Man Who Knew Too Much
18:28 1/2/24
Review of Maestro
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 366, in which I review Maestro, the Leonard Bernstein biopic. Read this review.  Links to some of what I mentioned in the podcast: 1955 Edward R. Murrow Person to Person interview with Leonard Bernstein 1967 Inside Pop: The Rock Revolution (CBS special with Bernstein)
10:17 12/26/23
Review of The Way Home season 1
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 365, in which I review the first season of The Way Home on Hallmark TV. Read this review.  Links to some of what I mentioned in the podcast: review of Chris Cosmain's time-travel novel Novikov Windows Sister Hazel All For You Maria Tayler Pens Everything I Wanted
13:29 12/19/23
Review of the Who Killed JFK podcast, Episodes 1-5
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 364, in which I review the Who Killed JFK? podcast, episodes 1-5. Read this review (written review of episode 5, with links to written reviews episodes 1-4) Links to some of what I mentioned in the podcast: my review of Jack Dann's Fiction Writer's Guide to Alternate History ... my podcast interview with Jack Dann my alternate history story about The Beatles
23:00 12/12/23
Review of The Lazarus Project season 1
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 363, in which I review The Lazarus Project, season 1, on TNT. Read this review.
10:35 12/5/23
Review of Bosch: Legacy 2.7-2.10
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 362, in which I review Bosch: Legacy, episodes 2.7-2.10, on Amazon Prime Video. Read this review (with links to reviews of earlier episodes and seasons, including the very first season of Bosch). Podcast review of Bosch: Legacy 2.1-2.6
08:22 11/28/23
Foundation 2nd Season: Cora Buhlert, Joel McKinnon, and Paul Levinson discuss
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 361, in which Cora Buhlert, Joel McKinnon, and I talk about the second season of Foundation on Apple TV+.   Relevant links: our discussion of the first season of Foundation my reviews of the 2nd season of Foundation (with links to reviews of the 1st) Cora Buhlert's reviews of the 2nd season of Foundation Joel McKinnon's Seldon Crisis podcast
99:11 11/21/23
A Conversation about The Beatles 'Now and Then'
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 360, in which Joel McKinnon and Cora Buhlert join me for a conversation about The Beatles' "Now and Then".  We had reconvened for a conversation about the second season of the Foundation series on Apple TV+ -- I had asked them to join me to talk about the first season back in 2021 -- but Joel, who's been in a band for decades, asked me what I thought of The Beatles new single, and this led to a conversation about the new single, The Beatles in Hamburg, AI and recording, and lots of observations you won't hear any place else.  (And look next week for the conversation about Foundation that ensued.) Relevant links: my review of "Now and Then" our 2021 conversation about the 1st season of Foundation  
28:56 11/14/23
Paul Levinson interviews Jack Dann about Alternate History
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 359, in which I interview Jack Dann about his book The Fiction Writer's Guide to Alternate History and other things science fictional.  Relevant links: Jack Dann's first publication, his 1974 Wandering Stars anthology  How Paul Levinson discovered Wandering Stars back in 1974 Jack Dann's The Fiction Writer's Guide to Alternate History  Paul Levinson's review of The Fiction Writer's Guide to Alternate History  Paul Levinson's alternate history story about The Beatles, "It's Real Life" Paul Levinson's reaction to The Beatles' "Now and Then"  Chuck Todd interviews Paul Levinson about alternate histories
56:26 11/7/23
Review of Bosch: Legacy 2.1-2.6
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 358, in which I review Bosch: Legacy, episodes 2.1-2.6, on Amazon Prime Video. Read this review (with links to reviews of earlier seasons, including the very first season of Bosch). Podcast review of Bosch: Legacy 2.7-2.10  
10:44 10/31/23
Roundtable Discussion of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds 2
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 357, in which I join Captain Phil on WUSB-FM Radio (Stony Brook, New York) and Marybeth Ritkouski, Michael Rizzo, and Roy Bjellquist in a 2-hour in-depth, fun discussion of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. my written reviews  (w/spoilers) of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Season 2 Roundtable podcast discussion of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Season 1 "It's Real Life" story and radio play
126:45 10/24/23
Paul Levinson interviews Chris Cosmain about his Time Travel Novel 'Novikov Windows'
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 356, in which I interview Chris Cosmain about his novel Novikov Windows and time travel.  We also discuss how to succeed as a science fiction author. read my review of Novikov Windows buy the novel Chris Cosmain's web page read Paul Levinson's The Chronology Protection Case novelette watch The Chronology Protection Case movie video interview with director Jay Kensinger about The Chronology Protection Case movie "It's Real Life", Paul Levinson's alternate history story about The Beatles, discussed at the end of the podcast, read it here for free  
55:00 10/17/23
Paul Levinson interviews Dan Abella about his upcoming Psychedelic Festival
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 355, in which I interview Dan Abella about the upcoming Psychedelic Film and Music Festival he is organizing.  The Festival will take place October 20-22, 2023 in New York City, and there will both live and remote events and access. Among the topics we discuss: Hegel's spirit of an age ... Impressionism ... Matthew Modine ... Dennis McKenna ... Les Bicyclettes de Belsize ... Lewis Carroll ... John Lennon ... popular culture labels ... Philip K. Dick ... psychedelics and science fiction ... reading backwards ... Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy ... The Man Who Fell to Earth and its sequel ... Strawberry Alarm Clock ... The Moody Blues Links to some of what we discuss in the podcast: more about The Psychedelic Film Festival, October 20-22, 2023, Producers Club Theaters (358 W 44th St, New York, NY) video of this podcast interview more about Matthew Modine's I Am What You Are more about Dennis McKenna "Les Bicyclettes de Belsize" (Engelbert Humperdinck) ... And here's a beautiful cover I just discovered by Kelly Ann Cosentino "I Am the Walrus" my interview with Rufus Sewell about his role in the TV adapation of Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle "Incense and Peppermints" "Tuesday Afternoon" my 2021 interview with Dan Abella about his book, The Theater of the Mind  
37:30 9/29/23
Roundtable Discussion of Star Trek: Picard 3
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 354, in which I join Captain Phil on WUSB-FM Radio (Stony Brook, New York), Marybeth Ritkouski, and Michael Rizzo, in a 2-hour in-depth, fun discussion of Star Trek: Picard Season 3. Links to what is discussed in the podcast: my written reviews (w/spoilers) of Picard 3 more (tc, links to reviews) about Robots Through the Ages video of Paul Levinson reading from an early version of "Robinson Calculator" "It's Real Life" story and radio play  
113:14 6/10/23
Robots Through the Ages, AI, and Chat GPT
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 353, in which Captain Phil and I discuss the new anthology Robots Through the Ages -- with stories by Ambrose Bierce, Philip K. Dick, and other titans, as well as relative newbies like me -- and AI and Chat GPT. Links to what is discussed in the podcast: more (tc, links to reviews) about Robots Through the Ages video of Paul Levinson reading from an early version of "Robinson Calculator" "The Civil Rights of Robots" "It's Real Life" story and radio play  "Welcome Up" (words & music by Paul Levinson) "Welcome Up" instrumental remix by Cheeky CP & QRock639  
48:03 6/2/23
Paul Levinson interviews Spencer Hannabuss
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 352, in which I interview Spencer Hannabuss, who sang "If I Traveled to the Past" at the end of the It's Real Life radio play adapted from my alternate history story about The Beatles, streaming on Killerwatt Radio.  We also discuss our views of The Beatles and their preeminent role in popular culture.  The interview concludes with a mini-concert of three songs by Spencer Hannabuss. Links: It's Real Life radioplay the original "It's Real Life" short story video of this interview with Spencer Hannabuss Spencer Hannabuss and The 286 Bandcamp page original recording of "If I Traveled to the Past" by Paul Levinson (words by Paul Levinson, music by John Anealio), produced by Chris Hoisington for Old Bear Records and Light in the Attic Records interview with Anne Reburn, who sang "Real Love" in "It's Real Life" radio play more about "Robinson Calculator" and Robots Through the Ages Chuck Todd interviews Paul Levinson about alternate histories    
60:10 5/15/23
'It's Real Life' on Captain Phil's Planet
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 351, in which I visit Captain Phil's Planet on WUSB Radio (Stony Brook University) where he plays and we discuss the radio play "It's Real Life," adapted from my short story, narrated by Bobby Roberto, produced and streaming on Killerwatt.co Radio. listen to the radio play on Killerwatt.co, streaming free, where you'll find complete credits for the performances and production of the play, as well as an additional interview with me right after the radio play, and the three songs heard on the radio play  read my original short story (free) adapted into the radio play my interview with Anne Reburn, who sang "Real Love" in the radio play Anne Reburn's YouTube video of "Real Love" as performed in the radio play my interview with Spencer Hannabus, who sang "If I Traveled to the Past" at the end of the radio play Chuck Todd interviews me about alternate histories  
71:23 4/9/23
Paul Levinson interviews Anne Reburn
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 350, in which I interview YouTube star cover artist Anne Reburn, who did the cover of John Lennon/The Beatles' "Real Love" in the It's Real Life radio play adapted from my short alternate history about The Beatles, streaming on Killerwatt Radio.  The interview concludes with a mini-concert of three songs by Anne Reburn. Links: It's Real Life radioplay the original "It's Real Life" short story video of this interview with Anne Reburn video of Anne Reburn's cover of "Real Love" Anne Reburn's covers and original music on YouTube "Unbelievable (Inconceivable You)" by The Vogues (written by Paul Levinson, discussed in the interview) video of Paul Levinson interview with Spencer Hannabus, who sang "If I Traveled to the Past" (words by Paul Levinson, music by John Anealio), at the end of the It's Real Life radio play Chuck Todd interviews me me about alternate histories  
53:40 3/31/23
Review of The Last of Us 1.1-1.4
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 349, in which I review The Last of Us, episodes 1.1-1.4, on HBO Max. Read this review.
12:11 2/7/23
Review of The Pale Blue Eye
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 348, in which I review The Pale Blue Eye on Netflix. Read this review. And here's an alternate history story about The Beatles with a dash of Poe.  
08:04 1/15/23
Review of Kaleidoscope
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 347, in which I review Kaleidoscope on Netflix. Read this review. See my in-depth video interview with Rufus Sewell about his role in The Man in The High Castle.      
09:28 1/10/23
Review of The Mosquito Coast 2.8: Hari Seldon in Mexico
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 346, in which I explore the connection between The Mosquito Coast 2.8 (on Apple TV+) and Hari Seldon of Isaac Asimov's Foundation series. Further reading: Written blog post of this exploration Paul Krugman's disappointment with Apple TV+ adaptation of Foundation. Importance of Foundation trilogy in Paul Krugman's Nobel laureate work in economics Further listening: Cora Buhlert, Joel McKinnon, and Paul Levinson discuss season 1 of Foundation series on Apple TV+ Paul Levinson reviews season 1 of The Mosquito Coast        
10:03 12/23/22
Review of Harry & Meghan
Welcome to Light On Light Through, Episode 345, in which I review Harry & Meghan on Netflix. Written blog post reviews of Harry & Meghan:  episodes 1-3, 4-6
13:44 12/19/22

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