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Robert Pearlman

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posted 08-07-2010 09:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Public Radio Exchange: The Truth: Moon Graffiti
History has the strange quality that it easily could have been otherwise. You can experience one conceivable "what if?" in Moon Graffiti, an excellently executed radio story that plays out what could have happened had the first moon landing gone awry.

Based on a chilling contingency speech written for Richard Nixon titled "In the Event of Moon Disaster," this nostalgia-laced 15-minute radio broadcast, courtesy of American Public Media, tells its story entirely through the radio communication between Mission Control and the astronauts.

Seconds after tuning in, you'll witness Apollo 11's crash landing on the moon. Buzz and Neil are okay, but the lunar module is destroyed, and the men are running out of oxygen.

The story is haunting in its plausibility, and despite the fact that the astronauts sound less like test pilots from the Air Force than hipsters from Brooklyn, the quality writing and sound effects bring this macabre counterfactual deliciously close to reality.

Thanks to John Farine (TrueNorth) for bringing this show to our attention...


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From: Scarsdale, NY, United States
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posted 08-07-2010 10:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dfox   Click Here to Email dfox     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Interesting, captivating and provocative. I love "radio-show" programs, audio books etc.

I liked the idea that Buzz got to go out first!

They glossed over some of the details of flag assembly, but I think I'll give them a pass on that.

Fortunately it is a fictional account.


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posted 08-07-2010 10:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul23   Click Here to Email Paul23     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Quite an intruiging listen I thought, interesting to hear some of the famous words we know being used in a different context as well.

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