The Washington Post today announced the upcoming release of Moonrise, a narrative podcast miniseries investigating the real reasons why America decided to go to the moon during the Cold War. The podcast will launch July 2019 and will be hosted by Lillian Cunningham, host of The Post’s popular podcasts Presidential and Constitutional.

“President Kennedy’s decision to go to the moon and the accomplishment of that lunar landing are iconic moments in American history, but as a culture we’ve been largely unaware of the wild origin story behind that decision,” said Cunningham. “This podcast will take listeners along on a twisting investigation into the Cold War nuclear arms race, closed-door meetings in the Oval Office and even the influence of science fiction writers on NASA.”

Through 12 weekly episodes, full of vivid interviews and cinematic audio, Moonrise will unspool the complex web of motives that ultimately led to Apollo 11’s landing on the moon 50 years ago.

Listen to the trailer on washingtonpost.com/moonrise or wherever you listen to podcasts.

The Washington Post will also debut an innovative podcast experience when it offers an exclusive advance listen of Moonrise at the Adler Planetarium on Thursday, July 18. The first episode will premiere alongside a custom planetarium show inside the Adler’s 70-ft Grainger Sky Theater dome. A discussion moderated by Cunningham will follow the show. This event will take place as part of the Adler After Dark celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Get more details and purchase tickets here .