Moonrise

The Dark Moon

Apollo 11 lifts off from Earth, fulfilling but also waking us from a longtime science-fiction dream. In the finale of “Moonrise,” we find ourselves on the moon.

About Moonrise

Dig 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 for a story that has so much to reveal about America -- and about being human.

In this episode

The “Moonrise” podcast is written and hosted by Lillian Cunningham. Production and sound design by Bishop Sand. Additional editing by Carol Alderman. Project coordination by Allison Michaels. Audio direction by Jessica Stahl. Logo design by Courtney Kan. Page design and development by Courtney Kan and Matthew Callahan. Thanks to the Adler Planetarium for hosting the“Moonrise” launch event. 

Guests: 
Bill Barry, chief historian of NASA
Donald Brownlee, a professor of astrobiology at the University of Washington
Charlie Duke, a former astronaut and retired US Air Force officer
Roger Launius, a historian formerly with both NASA and the National Air & Space Museum
Howard McCurdy, a professor of space policy at American University
Alec Nevala-Lee, author of “Astounding
Marty Weil, a reporter at The Washington Post
Margaret Weitekamp, chair of space history department at the National Air and Space Museum
Sonny Witt, director of operations at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

Archival audio:
Veritone Digital
John Mosely
NASA
The Documentary,“Footprints on the Moon”

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Photos by Associated Press and AFP/Getty Images

About Moonrise

Dig 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 for a story that has so much to reveal about America -- and about being human.