6 episodes

“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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    • 3.5, 1.3K 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

3.5 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

cjftmac ,

Relax and enjoy

Many of us feel taxed for time and move too fast in life. Moonrise is an invitation to soak up some ideas on a timely topic. Try not to be a mere consumer of facts. Instead, allow the story she is telling to unfold at a savory pace.

LC has come a long way since her Presidential days. The editing and audio quality has dramatically improved, yet her story-telling remains compelling. Her podcast style is quite similar as Presidential and Constitutional, but the space topic is just a bit out of her wheelhouse (she readily admits in an early episode).

I’ve appreciated the content, style, and presentation of her podcasts and will continue to listen, learn, and (enjoy!). That said, I would probably be annoyed if I was an expert in the subjects of her podcasts.

DirtDawgGolfer ,

Lovely content

Excellent stories that are interesting, connected and not previously intertwined. Worth the time even with stately but prolonged transitions.

Scarabidae ,

Not Just the Space Race

How many of us know, remember, that one H-bomb would wipe out the Washington DC area from the Baltimore beltway to outside the DC beltway on the other side, leaving a huge crater in the middle. I didn’t, even though I remember duck and cover drills.

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