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Moonrise

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“Truer, but also darker.” This is the real origin story behind America’s decision to go to the moon. The story we learn starts with Sputnik, then President Kennedy’s challenge, and ends with triumph: an American flag on the lunar surface. But in the 50 years that have passed since the moon landing, as presidential documents have been declassified and secret programs have been revealed, a wilder story has begun to emerge. “Moonrise,” a new Washington Post narrative mini-series, digs 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 (of the Presidential and Constitutional podcasts) as she uncovers a story that has so much to reveal about America -- and about the dreams and nightmares of being human on this Earth. read less

Our Editor's Take

There are few historical events as impactful as the moon landing. The Moonrise podcast from The Washington Post chronicles the events that ushered in a new frontier. From a space race with the Soviet Union to the heroic astronauts on Apollo 11, the story is fascinating. But a more accurate, less jingoistic story emerged in the years after the epic space travel event. Host Lillian Cunningham invites listeners on a sci-fi-worthy exploration of the moonshot.

Cunningham is a Washington Post journalist. Aside from her work on the publication, she is also a successful podcast creator. Her credits also include Presidential and Constitutional. All these podcasts have garnered rave reviews and recognition. Moonrise is another of her historical, entertaining podcasts.

The Moonrise podcast is captivating from the first episode to the last. Over 50 years after the moon landing, many documents have been declassified. From JFK's secret tapes to the tale of the blue light, listeners will hear many little-known facts. They can expect episodes like "Visionaries of the Void," where the idea of traveling to the moon began. In "Nightmare on the Hill," they hear about the political implications of space travel. In the epic finale, "The Dark Moon," listeners take their own trip into the beyond as Apollo 11 lands on the moon.

The Moonrise podcast sounds more like an audio documentary. Its masterful production and even more impressive narration make these episodes unforgettable. After all, the listeners might question everything they thought they knew about the moon landing. All episodes of this limited-episode podcast are under one hour long.

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Listen to the first episode of “Field Trip”: Yosemite National Park
Jun 30 2023
Listen to the first episode of “Field Trip”: Yosemite National Park
To hear the rest of the series, follow “Field Trip” wherever you listen. California’s Sierra Nevada is home to a very special kind of tree, found nowhere else on Earth: the giant sequoia. For thousands of years, these towering trees withstood the trials of the world around them, including wildfire. Low-intensity fires frequently swept through groves of sequoias, leaving their cinnamon-red bark scarred but strengthened, and opening their cones to allow new seeds to take root.But in the era of catastrophic wildfires fueled by climate change, these ancient trees are now in jeopardy. And Yosemite National Park is on the front lines of the fight to protect them.In the first episode of “Field Trip,” Washington Post reporter Lillian Cunningham takes listeners inside this fabled landscape — from the hush of the Mariposa Grove to the rush of the Merced River — to explore one of America’s oldest and most-visited national parks.We’ll hear from Yosemite forest ecologist Garrett Dickman on the extreme measures he’s taken to protect iconic trees; from members of the Southern Sierra Miwuk working to restore Native fire practices to the park; and from Yosemite superintendent Cicely Muldoon about the tough choices it takes to manage a place like this.We’ll also examine the complicated legacies that conservationist John Muir, President Abraham Lincoln and President Theodore Roosevelt left on this land.The giant trees of Yosemite kick-started the whole idea of public land preservation in America. Join us as we visit the place where the idea of the national parks began — and ask what the next chapter might look like. You can see incredible photos of Yosemite and find more on the national parks here. Subscribe to The Washington Post with a special deal for podcast listeners. Your first four weeks are free when you sign up here.