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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...
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4.1 stars from 3,054 ratings
The ‘why’
I just re-listened to the first podcast I ever listened to, but also probably my favourite - Moonrise. 13 minutes to the moon is great and all, but it’s very much the ‘how’ of what for humans to the moon. (13 minutes was my second podcast listen lol). Moonrise looks much more at the why, the...Read full review »
ismepete via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 11/10/23
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?...Read full review »
SumwareNJ via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/25/23
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.Read full review »
Bruce JM via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/25/23
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