Posts Tagged ‘mission’

ASTRONAUT SCOTT PARAZYNSKI NY TIMES JEFFREY KLUGER APOLLO 8

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A rare conversation with astronaut Scott Parazynski and the story of one of NASA’s most daring missions, the Flight of Apollo 8 are the subject of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show the podcast posted at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

astronautIn his compelling new memoir, THE SKY BELOW: A TRUE STORY OF SUMMITS, SPACE, AND SPEED astronaut and adventurer Scott Parazynski takes us on a rocketship paced, adrenalin-filled adventure from the dizzying heights of Mount Everest where the wind whips climbers to their death, to the solitude and expanse of outer space where he was tethered to the International Space Station by an improvised leash to make emergency repairs. While his father worked as a Boeing engineer developing the Saturn V rocket, as a young boy Parazynski traveled the earth with his parents and was educated worldwide before returning stateside to earn his medical degree before training at NASA. In THE SKY BELOW Parazynski gives readers a front row seat to his seventeen year career at NASA: his training, leading the first ever US-Russian space-walk and taking us inside the “family escort” role astronauts solemnly perform for each other when disaster strikes Columbia. The climax of his space career comes with a mission that many regard as one of the most dangerous and challenging ever performed.

astronautThe story of Apollo 8 begins in August 1968. NASA was losing the space race with Russia, with earliest estimates of going to the moon still more than two years in the future, and President Kennedy’s promise to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade was sure to be broken. The United States was deep into the Cold War and in the middle of a year of violence abroad and at home: Vietnam, the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, the Democratic convention in Chicago descending into violence. Then, in the midst of all of that turmoil NASA scrapped their meticulous mission schedules and asked astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders to orbit the moon, and they would do it in just four months despite the substantial risks, the Apollo 8 mission, equal parts fearless and reckless, ingenious and impulsive – told in APOLLO 8: THE THRILLING STORY OF THE FIRST MISSION TO THE MOON written by science editor and senior writer for Time Jeffrey Kluger, also the co-author of the bestselling book APOLLO 13, on which the beloved film is based.

Astronaut, aviation history, NASA, Apollo 8, the Cold War, The Right Stuff all on The Halli Casser-Jayne Show at Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

 

POLITICS – AUTHOR STEPHEN DINAN – 4 BROADS TALKING

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STEPHEN DINAN POLITICS

Political gridlock, polarization, the culture war are three of the ways America defines its politics today, none of them pretty. Wednesday, July 6, 3 pm ET, The Halli Casser-Jayne Show takes a look at how we got here and explores solutions to our nation’s extreme politics when joining Halli at her table is the author of an enlightening new book SACRED AMERICA, SACRED WORLD, Stephen Dinan, and our panelists, 4 BROADS TALKING, Sheila Weller, Lisa DePaulo, Lisa Schiffren, along with our host, Halli Casser-Jayne.

In SACRED AMERICA, SACRED WORLD, with a foreword by Marianne Williamson, noted social entrepreneur and visionary political strategist, CEO of the Shift Network and a member of the prestigious Transformational Leadership Council and the Evolutionary Leaders Group, Stephen Dinan analyzes America’s internal political conflicts, opting for a tranpartisan movement that will transcend our damaging polarities and will hold to a vision that honors the ideals of both the left and the right, forwarding an evolution that is both political and spiritual. A graduate of Stanford, Dinan also directed and helped to create the Esalen Institute’s Center for Theory & Research.

FOUR BROADS TALKING POLITICSSee what happens when you have FOUR BROADS TALKING politics, celebrity and whatever fuels their fancy when moderate liberal “gal-ographer,” the author of GIRLS LIKE US and THE NEWS SORORITY, Sheila Weller; Lisa “she calls ‘em like she sees ‘em” DePaulo, journalist and one of New York’s sharpest and most incisive long-form writers on politics, true crime, and celebrity; Republican Lisa Schiffren, the former speechwriter for Vice President Dan Quayle who crafted Quayle’s enduringly famous takedown of Murphy Brown for being a single mom and sparked meaningful debate about welfare reform sit down with our fun, frank, fearless, feisty host Halli Casser-Jayne moderating it all.

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Can America be saved from herself? Can we move beyond our winner-take-all-politics? Can America grow up and evolve? Politics, Election 2016, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, all on The Halli Caser-Jayne Show, Wednesday, July 6, 3 pm ET. For more information visit Halli Casser-Jayne dot com.

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