AM1370 Celebrates the 1969 Apollo 11 Moon Landing

AM1370 Celebrates the 1969 Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Sun, 07/14/2019 - 9:00pm - Sun, 07/21/2019 - 11:00pm

July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing and AM 1370 is proud to bring listeners a week of special programming to commemorate the anniversary, running Sunday, July 14 through Sunday, July 21.

WITNESS HISTORY: THE RACE TO THE MOON airs Sunday, July 14 at 9 P.M. 
Audiences will hear stories and recollections from people close to the key moments in humanity's mission to the Moon. The hour-long special features diverse voices – all of whom recollect the Moon landing with fondness and pride: Viktor Yazdovsky, whose father helped prepare dogs for space orbit in the USSR; Joe Guion, who pulled the first space-traveling monkeys out of their capsule; Colonel Frank Borman, commander of NASA's Apollo 8 mission; Fred Hayes of the stricken Apollo 13 mission; and Harrison Schmitt, one of the last astronauts walk on the lunar surface.

ROCKETING AHEAD airs Monday, July 15 at 8 P.M.
In 1969, humans landed on the Moon. But why? Why did we go? Look at anything with the perspective of decades and it can seem inevitable. How often do we ever stop, look the things around us and ask: How did it get that way? When it comes to the question: Why did we go to the Moon, the answer has a little bit to do with science and a lot to do with politics. In this program we learn how the Democrats rode Sputnik to the White House in a campaign that forever changed science, technology and academia in America.

ROCKET GIRLS AND ASTRO-NETTES airs Tuesday, July 16 at 8 P.M.
This special tells the story of women in the ultimate Man’s World – the labs and Shuttle crew cabins of NASA. Told in the first person, these stories explore the experiences of NASA’s first woman engineers and scientists and its first astronauts.  It also tells the fascinating story of a group of women pilots who – in the early 1960s – were led to believe that they would be America’s first women astronauts and were given the exact same physical tests are the Mercury astronauts.  The program is narrated by Eileen Collins, the first woman commander of a Space Shuttle. 

RACE AND THE SPACE RACE airs Wednesday, July 17 at 8 P.M. 
The Space Age began when America was going through a wrenching battle over Civil Rights.  And because the heart of the old Confederacy was chosen as its base, NASA  played an unintended role in Civil Rights history.  In this program, we hear how this happened and we hear the stories of the people who broke the color line at NASA.  Their stories of frustration and their stories of perseverance.  Produced by Richard Paul with Soundprint and narrated by Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in Space, “Race and the Space Race” tells the unlikely story of Civil Rights and the Space Program.

WASHINGTON GOES TO THE MOON, PART 1 airs Thursday, July 18 and Friday, July 19 at  8 P.M.
This two part series examine the behind the scenes, public policy stories leading up to and following Apollo 11's flight to the moon. Part 1 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

WASHINGTON GOES TO THE MOON, PART 2 airs Thursday, July 18 and Friday, July 19 at  8 P.M. 
 It is called "Trials and Fire" and it looks at the fire on board Apollo 1 that killed three astronauts and nearly derailed the space program. Today we understand better than ever that the exploration of space is a risky business. The explosions of the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986 and Columbia in 2003 made that clear. But in 1967, most Americans saw space as nothing more than a big adventure. The danger seem beyond imagining. In this program we go back to the disaster that almost derailed the Apollo Program and America?s drive to put a man on the moon; the tragedy of Apollo One. We look at how the fire revealed deep flaws in a NASA management structure that businesses and governments around the world viewed with envy and how NASA's attempts to cover-over those flaws fed into Congressional distrust that almost crushed the Space Program.

DESTINATION MOON airs Saturday, July 20 at 10 p.m. and again on Sunday, July 21 at 9 P.M.
On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon. They had reached the distant light that humans had admired and looked up to for thousands of years. It was a mission with hundreds of dedicated minds behind it. A dangerous and ambitious mission, that could have failed at many moments. On this special episode of The Pulse, we will explore the science that got us to the moon, the politics that push space exploration, and our relationship with the moon. Also - how people around the country remember and celebrated the moon landing.