Jordan Gillis is a multi-talented artist who can both sing and play the guitar. In addition to performing cover gigs, he also writes his own music and provides guitar lessons to children and youth. He is passionate about using his skills and talents to give back to his community and plays the guitar at his church every Sunday. Jordan recently released his newest album “1000 Miles Acoustic” and later in this episode performs his new song from the EP called “Don’t You Ever”.
Robert Zubrin is president of Pioneer Astronautics and also president of The
Mars Society. He’s also the author of
many critically acclaimed books, including “Mars Direct”, “How to Live on Mars”
and “Entering Space”. He has appeared on major media including CNN, BBC, the
Discovery Channel, & NPR. In this
interview Dr. Zubrin joins us to discuss his newly released book, “The Case for
Space”, an insightful look at how the revolution in spaceflight opens up a
future of limitless possibility.
Massimino served as a NASA astronaut from 1996 to 2014 and is a veteran of two
space flights to the Hubble Space Telescope. He became the first person to
tweet from space and played himself in several episodes of the CBS sitcom The
Big Bang Theory. A graduate of Columbia University & MIT, Mike currently
lives in New York City, where he is a professor at Columbia and an advisor at
the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
more information on the Moon To Mars program, visit:
Ignatius Green is the director of SOCIAL ANIMALS, a new documentary that
examines the unique challenges and opportunities that social media presents to
modern day young people.
A daredevil photographer, an aspiring swimsuit model, and a Midwestern girl next door are all looking for the same things from their Instagram accounts—a little love, acceptance and, of course, fame—and they’ll do just about anything to get it. With an observational eye, SOCIAL ANIMALS peaks into the digital and real worlds of today’s image-focused teenager, where followers, likes and comments mark success and self-worth.