“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 (of the Presidential and Constitutional podcasts) 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.
You’ve heard about how we landed on the moon, now find out why we went there. Host Lillian Cunningham introduces a new podcast that explores the real story behind the moonshot. Coming summer 2019.
The Tale of the Blue Light
A man who meets himself on the moon. A blue orb that bursts into flames. The quest to explain the unexplained. In the first chapter of "Moonrise," the journey to space begins.
Visionaries of the Void
A tiny New York office fills with big ideas. A group of sci-fi writers bring space travel into popular culture. American rocketry begins to take flight. On this episode of Moonrise, the dream of the moon starts to become reality.
A German rocket scientist with a secret mission and dark past. A science fiction editor under the watch of the FBI. In the third chapter of Moonrise, weapons of war lay the groundwork for space travel.
Inside the Gulag
A Russian rocket dreamer is sent to a Siberian prison. And the road to redemption stretches more than 5,000 miles. On this episode of "Moonrise," a look at the maestro behind the Soviet space effort.
The Bomb and the Saucer
Nuclear fears haunt the American psyche. Fascination with aliens is on the rise. And the U.S. government begins secret rocket experiments. In the fifth installment of "Moonrise," the best and worst of science fiction's predictions start to spring to life.
Great story, distracting tone
Really enjoying the story. Very interesting. I find the reporter’s tone a challenge. Slow, disinterested and a lot of pausing between words in an manner that is distracting.
Listened years ago but will relisten
I learned about Lilian Cunningham from American History Tellers last prohibition podcast and looked her up. Found she had done Moonrise, which I had listed to, learned from and enjoyed years ago. I’m bing listening to her all her Constitutional - it’s great- and when I’m done I do all 44? Episodes or presidential. You need to know the face and UNDERSTAND the emotions behind history because I does repeat itself.
I'm so glad I found this podcast! I thought I had a pretty decent knowledge of the whole history around rockets, competing with the Russians, etc. but this brought my knowledge space to a whole new level with such detail that it just blew me away.