Month: April 2019

89. LORRETA SWIT aka Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan –Actress, Artist & Animal Activist

https://youtu.be/Z-a2rMGQ4Jc
Loretta Swit
Loretta Swit

Loretta Swit is best known for her role as Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan on M*A*S*H, the incredibly popular TV series that ran for 11 seasons and is still in syndication more than 45 years later. Loretta is an award-winning actress, having won two EMMY’s and recently was honored with the Icon Award at the Annual Oscars party. She’s also an amazing artist and founder of the SwitHeart Animal Alliance, a non-profit organization working to prevent animal cruelty and end animal suffering.

In this phone interview, Loretta joins us to discuss her incredible acting career (including M*A*S*H), her recent ICON award at the Oscars this year, as well as her new book, “SWITHEART: The Watercolour Artistry & Animal Activism of Loretta Swit”.

For more information on Loretta, visit https://www.switheart.org/

 

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88. DR THOMAS ZURBUCHEN: Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate

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Dr Thomas Zurbuchen
Portrait of Thomas Zurbuchen taken on Monday, October 17, 2016 at NASA Headquarters in Washington. Photo Credit: (NASA/Aubrey Gemignani)

In this interview we go onsite at NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C. for an in-depth conversation with Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, the Associate Administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD). Thomas is an award-winning astrophysicist, with honors including receiving the National Science and Technology Council Presidential Early Career for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) Award in 2004 and three NASA Group Achievement awards.

Since day one at NASA’s Headquarters in Washington, DC, Zurbuchen has focused on inspiring learners of all ages and fostering an inclusive team of science leaders. Encouraging people to dive deeper and earn the future by striving for excellence today are key factors to the integrated approach he has adopted. Zurbuchen has created an environment where teams work together to achieve ambitious goals, excel well beyond the intended result and have the resources and support to achieve things they never thought were possible.

During his career, Zurbuchen has authored or coauthored more than 200 articles in refereed journals in solar and heliospheric phenomena. He has also been involved with several NASA science missions involving Mercury, the Sun and more. His experience here has driven his passion of cultivating leaders and highlighting talent throughout the agency. He has also been an advocate of sharing NASA’s messages on social media and can be found on Twitter at the handle @Dr_ThomasZ.

For more information, visit https://science.nasa.gov

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87. SPACEX Falcon Heavy Arabsat-6A – Behind the Scenes

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Falcon Heavy Arabsat-6A by Chuck Fields
Photo by Chuck Fields

Go behind the scenes with us as we set up cameras at the launch pad, met some incredible people and witnessed the first commercial launch of SpaceX Falcon Heavy, complete with the incredible landing of the boosters at Cape Canaveral.

Featured in this episode are interviews with Everyday Astronaut Tim Dodd, rocket launch photographer Erik Kuna, and STEM/teacher Jamie Groh. We discuss what it's like photographing this historic launch; the first commercial flight of the new Block 5 Falcon Heavy, with more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff (10% more than last year’s version) and a 140,000+ pounds of LEO payload capacity—more than double of the space shuttle.

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SpaceX Falcon Heavy Arabsat 6A to launch Wednesday, April 10th

SpaceX Falcon Heavy
SpaceX Falcon Heavy Boosters (from Feb 6, 2018)

SpaceX is gearing up for its 2nd Falcon Heavy launch, scheduled for 6:35 pm EDT Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

As you may remember the first Falcon Heavy was launched last year on February 6, 2018 with the infamous “Starman” and Elon Musk's own Tesla. Two of the Falcon Heavy's boosters landed nearly simultaneously at Cape Canaveral while the main booster landing at sea (on SpaceX's ship “Of Course I Still Love You”) was unsuccessful.

So what's different this time? This is the first commercial launch of Falcon Heavy and not a demonstration mission. Its payload is the Arabsat 6A communications satellite for Saudi Arabian company Arabsat. This new satellite will be launched into a geostationary orbit (meaning it will be above the same location on Earth during its orbit) and provide television, phone, internet and secure communications for the middle east, Africa and Europe.

While still the most powerful active rocket available, this version of the Falcon Heavy will be 10% more powerful than last year's. Its 27 Merlin engines and Block 5 configuration create more than 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff and are capable of lifting more than 140,000 pounds to low Earth orbit. Only the Saturn V moon rocket (last launched in 1973) could carry more payload to orbit.

As of right now (4/9/2019), weather conditions are 80% favorable for launch. You can watch the launch live on SpaceX's YouTube channel. We'll also be providing updates on our social media networks at FaceBook, Instagram and Twitter.

86. THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS, a new Christian Animated film – Interview with director Robert Fernandez

https://youtu.be/vIIAy2VU0q4

Robert Fernandez, an award-winning writer, producer and director, joins us to discuss his latest movie, THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS, an animated classic that will be shown nationwide exclusively on April 18th and 20th 2019. THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS is based on one of the most popular books of all time by John Bunyan, a pastor who was imprisoned for sharing his faith. This powerful allegory helps families understand the spiritual journey is the most important journey in life, as well as the importance of sticking to the path, even when the journey gets difficult.

About the movie:

The epic tale of a pilgrim and his burden, based on John Bunyan’s masterpiece. Christian begins a journey from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City as the ultimate enemy tries everything in his power to distract him from his destination.  One of the most popular books of all time is brought to life for the first time to theaters as a feature length, CGI animated movie.

About Robert Fernandez

Robert Fernandez is a multi-award winning writer, producer, and director that has been recognized for his work in all three branches of production internationally. His experience spans over 30 years and his work has been translated and dubbed into multiple languages and distributed around the global. He is the writer and producer of several series such as “The Torchlighters”, “Brother Francis,” and “The Adventures of Carlos Caterpillar” and the recently released animated trilogy of the Gospel and Acts: “God With Us,” “The Messengers,” and “To Every Nation.”  Robert is the writer and creator behind the current production of THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS which brings new elements of storytelling into the book that John Bunyan penned 340 years ago.

Why now:

This powerful allegory helps families understand the spiritual journey is the most important journey in life, as well as the importance of sticking to the path, even when the journey gets difficult.

For more information, https://www.pilgrims.movie

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85. MOON to MARS – Behind the Scenes at NASA Glenn Research Center

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MOON to Mars event at NASA Glenn Research Center

America is going back to the Moon! Go behind the scenes of the NASA Glenn Research Center as we go onsite to speak with the incredible team members and discover some of the cutting-edge technology that will help send American’s back to the Moon and then to Mars and beyond.

In this episode we recap our recent visit to the Moon To Mars event which was held in March by various NASA facilities throughout the U.S. For our trip to NASA Glenn in Cleveland, Ohio, we highlight some of the highly-skilled team members and discuss the incredible technologies that NASA is developing at this facility to get back to the Moon. Topics include GVIS (Graphics & Visualization Lab), ISRU (In-Situ Resource Utilization), advanced power systems and electric propulsion.

For more information on the Moon To Mars program, visit:

http://nasa.gov/moontomars

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