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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

UUnified ,

Great but narration too slow

Can’t wait for the next episode! Extremely slow narrator problem resolved by changing speed to x2 when she speaks.

Brother Theodore ,

Brilliant take on the origins of the space program.

I’d listen to Lillian Cunningham narrate a history of lemon-scented wood finishing products. But combine her winning narration style with this fascinating topic and the result is that I can’t wait for each new episode.

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.

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