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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, 2.2K 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

3.9 out of 5
2.2K Ratings

2.2K Ratings

Victoriaeveable ,

Terrific but that Narrator..

Very interesting story but someone else mentioned the Narrator as overwrought. I have to agree.

Aem19934 ,

Terrible audio and narrator

I’m interested in the content, but the quality is so awful it isn’t worth listening

mcl mlo ,

I never know a podcast could be a work of art!

Wow... I thought Lillian had it all locked with her ‘Presidental’ podcast, but Moonrise brings podcasts to a whole new level. I can’t believe how compelling and entertaining this space race saga is! The production is even better than before. The music is so mysterious and awe-inspiring and so tastefully edited into the stories Lillian tells. I didn’t realize there are so much incredible prequels to the moon landing. Thank you Lillian and the crew, I’m really blown away.

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