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42: "They weren't told they were being recruited for space," Cathy Lewis on Soviet Cosmonauts
The American spaceflight program is a popular, inspirational story that many of us are familiar with, but what about the Soviet Union's space program? To explore it, we're joined by Dr. Cathleen Lewis, curator of international space programs and spacesuits at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, and author of Cosmonaut: A Cultural History, from University of Florida Press. She tells us not only about how the Soviet space program worked, but about it's cultural effect on the people of the Soviet Union, and how it has been remembered since then.
We do apologize for an audio problem with one of our microphones that we were not aware of until editing, when it was too late to fix.
41: "The airplane just blew up into several pieces!" - Lee Ellis on the Romance Stories of POWs
Former F-4 Phantom pilot Lee Ellis was a prisoner of war in the "Hanoi Hilton" in Vietnam for over five years. But in the time since, he noticed that he and many other POWs had gone on to experience dramatic love lives. Ellis joins us to talk about his new book: Captured By Love: Inspiring True Romance Stories from Vietnam POWs.
40: "Check Six": Historian Questions and Answers
For this episode, Mike and Brian have each come up with questions to ask each other about what it's like to be a historian, and pick on some of their favorite topics about aviation history.
39: "My Airplane is Plunging to the Ground!" - Colonel Kim Campbell
Colonel Kim 'Killer Chick' Campbell was an A-10 Thunderbolt II 'Warthog' pilot with over 100 combat missions. On one of her early missions, her plane was heavily damaged by ground fire. She tells us the harrowing story, and how her flying experiences apply to other areas of life. For more detail, she has a new book: Flying in the Face of Fear: A Fighter Pilot's Lessons on Leading with Courage, from Wiley Press.
38: "This Cannot Go On": The "Race Riot" on the USS Kitty Hawk - Marv Truhe
In 1972, the USS Kitty Hawk was in the middle of conducting bombing raids against North Vietnam, when violence broke out on the ship itself. Long-building racial tensions exploded into a series of assaults that were quickly labeled a race riot. Marv Truhe was one of the JAG lawyers assigned to defend the African American sailors charged in the incident. He tells the story of a series of racial injustices in his shocking new book, Against All Tides: The Untold Story of the USS Kitty Hawk Race Riot. He joins us on the podcast to discuss the incident and the legacy it leaves for changes in race relations in the Navy and the US military.
37: "Your grandfather was a spy!" - The USAF Security Service - Philip Shackelford
Amidst the news of classified intelligence leaks, it's a great time to look back at the US Air Force Security Service - the USAF's own intelligence agency that gathered critical intelligence throughout the Cold War. From using surveillance aircraft to spy on potential threats to helping fighter pilots shoot down MiGs over the skies of Vietnam, Philip Shackelford takes us through the story of this mysterious organization, as he details in his new book: 'Rise of the Mavericks,' from Naval Institute Press.
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