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“Truer, but also darker.” This is the real origin story behind America’s decision to go to the moon. The story we learn starts with Sputnik, then President Kennedy’s challenge, and ends with triumph: an American flag on the lunar surface. But in the 50 years that have passed since the moon landing, as presidential documents have been declassified and secret programs have been revealed, a wilder story has begun to emerge. “Moonrise,” a new Washington Post narrative mini-series, digs into the nuclear arms race of the Cold War, the transformation of American society and politics, and even the birth of science fiction, to unearth what really drove us to the moon. Join host Lillian Cunningham as she uncovers a story that has so much to reveal about America -- and about the dreams and nightmares of being human on this Earth.

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“Truer, but also darker.” This is the real origin story behind America’s decision to go to the moon. The story we learn starts with Sputnik, then President Kennedy’s challenge, and ends with triumph: an American flag on the lunar surface. But in the 50 years that have passed since the moon landing, as presidential documents have been declassified and secret programs have been revealed, a wilder story has begun to emerge. “Moonrise,” a new Washington Post narrative mini-series, digs into the nuclear arms race of the Cold War, the transformation of American society and politics, and even the birth of science fiction, to unearth what really drove us to the moon. Join host Lillian Cunningham as she uncovers a story that has so much to reveal about America -- and about the dreams and nightmares of being human on this Earth.

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3.9 out of 5
2.1K Ratings

2.1K Ratings

for_the_wynne ,

Another home run for Lillian Cunningham

Switching gears from congressional and presidential history, this podcast takes a deep dive into the untold history and story of the American space race to the moon. Learned so many fascinating things!

the real yendi ,

Fantastic history of the moon race

Cunningham’s third history podcast switches to the space race, and is a fascinating and deep look at US and Soviet politics during the era, adding in the enormous influence pop culture had on the race (in the form of SF magazines and people like Campbell and Heinlein). It’s also a semi-secret bonus bio of LBJ, whose influence on and importance to the race is often overlooked. Really good stuff.

19CMC48 ,

Moonrise

Found this podcast from my Washington Post subscription. It was quite a find. I found the production was very well done. Music, effects, and recordings added drama and texture to the podcast.

The story was well told and the use of ‘experts’ in the field of NASA , Washington politics, and science fiction, and the space race made this really enjoyable. Having lived through most of the period covered in time, the piece brought back memories as well as provided details and ‘filled in the blanks’ on how the moon landing developed. Very well done.

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