Moonrise

The Shapeshifter

A German rocket scientist with a secret mission and dark past. A science fiction editor under the watch of the FBI. In the third chapter of Moonrise, weapons of war lay the groundwork for space travel.

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. Editing by Dennis Funk. 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: 
Kimbriell Kelly is a deputy editor with the Los Angeles Times
Science fiction historian Alec Nevala-Lee
Dr. Michael J. Neufeld of the National Air and Space Museum

Archival audio:
Tom Lehrer

Resources:
Astounding” by Alec Nevala-Lee 

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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.