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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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    • 3.7, 1.7K Ratings

“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.

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5
1.7K Ratings

1.7K Ratings

Suzanbarron ,

Well researched Great contributors

A long delay from last Episode in August to today’s release caused me to question whether an update was coming.
It’s an interesting take on the space race, and the not so altruistic drive behind it. The narrator’s frayed voice and seemingly disinterest tone on the topic is distracting.

MD382 ,

Fantastic host and storytelling

I love Lillian Cunningham’s speaking voice and narration style. She and her team have put together a gripping and fascinating story about the space race and moon landing. I’ll definitely be re-listening to episodes to make sure I absorb everything. Thank you for the wonderful podcast!

Msimon6986 ,

The space race, behind the scenes

I think you need to go into this podcast understanding that it’s not a re-telling of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin and such, but rather a look at all of the behind the scenes aspects — the politics, the inspiration, and more. For those of you who think that would be boring, maybe this isn’t for you. But if you’re open-minded, give it a chance. Lillian and her team do great research and storytelling.

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