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The Washington Post
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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.


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Latest Episodes

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Journey through the messy past and uncertain future of America’s national parks. The Washington Post’s Lillian Cunningham ventures off the marked trail to better understand the most urgent stories playing out in five iconic landscapes today. more

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4.1 out of 5 stars from 3.1k ratings
  • Too much

    Agree with other review. This tries to hard. Good idea but ultimately just becomes annoying. Just tell the story!

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 months ago
  • I'm interested in so many subjects. It's frustrating to find a podcast I want to listen to, but can't because the narrator sucks. I usually don't like female narrators because most of them don't take them selves seriously.which they disguise w/humor.narration is not performing, it's teaching, furthermore it requires a pleasant enough voice to maintain your interest through all the episodes. Lillian Campbell, nice voice, and confident w/out being pretentious.

    Paul Young
    5 months ago
  • Love her shows!

    From filling Lillian from Presidential, Constitutional, to Moonrise. She’s gotten more and more comfortable with herself and Moonrise shows it! Love the production, information and how she tells the story! Can’t wait for the next thing she does 👀

    Apple Podcasts
    emmanuel corrales
    United States7 months ago
  • 🌙 Fantastic! 🌙

    I’m not a huge science buff but I absolutely LOVED this podcast! It was very interesting and there were many moments that made me yearn for more…(almost every episode!) I would definitely recommend you giving it a listen! :)

    Apple Podcasts
    United States8 months ago
  • Poorly Researched

    I love all things space especially the space race. There are just a lot of things you got wrong. I really wanted to like this podcast but there is too much mis-information.

    Apple Podcasts
    United Statesa year ago

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