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Playlist: Man on the Moon - 1969

Compiled By: PRX Editors

 Credit: NASA
Image by: NASA 
Curated Playlist

Celebrate the anniversary of Apollo 11 with gripping radio fiction, Peter Bochan's remixed moon-landing montage and an ambitious special from WHRV.

One Giant Leap

From WHRV | Part of the How We Saw It series | 54:03

This 1-hour radio documentary celebrates the moon landing through the eyes of those who witnessed it and the memories of those who contributed to its success in ways large and small.

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One Giant Leap
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Participants include:

 Gene Kranz, Apollo Flight Director at NASA, famously portrayed by Ed Harris in the film Apollo 13

Sergei Khrushchev, son of former Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, a former engineer in the Soviet space program who is now an American citizen and a professor at Brown University

Tom Hanks, producer of the HBO Miniseries From the Earth to the Moon

John Hirasaki, Apollo 11 Landing and Recovery

Gene Edmunds, NASA photographer

John Young, Commander of Apollo 16

Jim Head, Apollo geologist

John Casani, Jet Propulsion Lab, Pasadena since 1956

Dr. Firouz Naderi, Associate Director, Jet Propulsion Lab, Pasadena

7 listeners who recall the impact the event had on their lives

 

A Shortcut Back To 1969 -"The Lunar Module"

From Peter Bochan | 12:13

This segment of "A Shortcut Back to 1969" -The Lunar Module, is a mix of the sounds, voices and music of the summer of 1969 featuring original NASA recordings of the launch of Apollo 11, Richard M. Nixon, Neal Armstrong, John F. Kennedy, The 5th Dimension, David Bowie,The Who, The Beach Boys, Burgess Meredith, General Westmoreland, various soldiers and reporters in Vietnam, astronauts, mission control specialists and much more...

275px-aldrin_apollo_11_small This segment of "A Shortcut Back to 1969" -The Lunar Module,  is a mix of the sounds, voices and music of the summer of 1969 featuring original NASA recordings of the launch of Apollo 11, Richard M. Nixon, Neil Armstrong, John F. Kennedy, The 5th Dimension, David Bowie,The Who, The Beach Boys, Burgess Meredith, General Westmoreland, various soldiers and reporters in Vietnam, astronauts, mission control specialists and much more...

Part of a 45th Anniversary look back at 1969

Washington Goes To The Moon PART 1

From Richard Paul | Part of the Washington Goes To The Moon series | 58:56

This program, Part 1: "Washington We Have A Problem" looks at the battle to keep the Apollo space program funded and on deadline.

Moon_small This is Part 1 of two hour-long documentaries called "Washington Goes To The Moon" which examine the behind the scenes, public policy stories leading up to Apollo 11's flight to the moon. Each hour is self-contained and newscast compatible. The stories told in these programs (about NASA management, White House budget politics and Congressional oversight) had as much to do with Apollo 11 reaching the moon as the Saturn 5 rocket, but they have never been told. This program, Part 1: "Washington We Have A Problem" looks at the battle to keep the Apollo space program funded and on deadline. It tells, among other stories: -Within weeks after pledging to send a man to the moon, President Kennedy got cold feet and tried to get out the commitment by bringing the Soviets on-board. -Lyndon Johnson's budget director tried to scrap the goal of getting to the moon by 1969 in order to help Pres. Johnson pay for the Vietnam War. Apollo 11, John F. Kennedy, Howard McCurdy, NASA, May 25th, 1961, Roger Launius, landing a man on the moon, authorization bill for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Space Council, Robert Dalek, Gus Grissom, Alan Sheppard, Amitai Etzioni, War On Poverty, Vienna Summit, Philip Abelson, Ralph Lapp, The New Priesthood, Lewis Mumford, Walter Cronkite, Stokely Carmichael, Wilbur Mills, Charles Schultze,

Moon Graffiti

From The Truth | 15:21

What if Apollo 11 had crashed?

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Moon Graffiti
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The Truth

Moongrafitti_prx_image_small “That’s one small step for a man; one giant leap for mankind.” We all know the quote, the triumphant story. It seems written in stone. But Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong came within inches of tragedy when they landed Apollo 11. Moon Grafitti imagines what it might have sounded like if things had gone a little differently. Based on a contingency speech written by William Safire for Richard Nixon titled “In the Event of Moon Disaster.”

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