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Down to Earth SPACEMAN Mike Massimino shares his journey as a NASA astronaut

Mike Massimino

Mike 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.

For more information about Mike, visit https://www.mikemassimino.com/

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

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

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

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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SOCIAL ANIMALS – A Look into the Digital World of Teenagers with Movie director Jonathan Ignatius Green

Jonathan Ignatius Green
Jonathan Ignatius Green

Jonathan 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.

Watch SOCIAL ANIMALS on Netflix or visit https://www.socialanimalsfilm.com/ for more information.

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Interview with Earth, Wind & Fire’s Verdine White – The Most Electrifying Bass Player in the World!

Verdine White is a founding member and bassist for the legendary band, Earth, Wind & Fire, earning more than 50 Gold & Platinum albums and selling over 90 million albums worldwide. In addition, the band won six Grammy Awards and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Verdine has been voted one of the top 100 greatest bass players of all time and has collaborated as a musician, composer and producer with several artists including Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, and Kelly Clarkson.

In this phone interview, Verdine describes the passion that got him started (and keeps him going) for his phenomenal work as a musician, and how he gives back to the community. We also discuss Earth, Wind & Fire's upcoming 2019 performances.

Cover photo by Daniel Gray

Video clips of Verdine's bass solo courtesy Cal Vid https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNs3h98aSb69ETXL3b4E8tQ

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https://www.verdinewhite.com

https://www.earthwindandfire.com

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SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-1 – Behind the Scenes

In this episode we go behind the scenes on the press site at Kennedy Space Center for a look at the incredible milestones of SpaceX Crew Dragon Demo-1, and what it means for the future of commercial crew spaceflight.

In this journey I share footage of the press conferences, launch activities, and how I was able to set up a remote camera close-up to Launch Complex 39A, the site where Crew Dragon lifted off at 2:49 AM EST on Saturday, March 2, 2019. I also share my interviews with Everyday Astronaut Tim Dodd and Quartz writer Tim Fernholz (author of “Rocket Billionaires”). Clips include Elon Musk, NASA Administrator Jim Brindenstine, and NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley.

For more information, visit https://www.nasa.gov/exploration/commercial/crew/index.html

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JODIE MESCHUK: SPEAK UP BUTTERCUP – An inspirational journey of a mother guided by intuition

Jodie Meschuk

Jodie Meschuk is the author of “SPEAK UP BUTTERCUP: How I Brought My Son Back from Autism”. This inspiring story is a journey of a mother, learning to listen closely to her intuition. The message of her book will inspire and empower families to speak up for the children they love even when it seems no one is listening.

For more information, visit http://www.speakupbuttercup.com/

Is Faster Than Light Travel Possible? The Science of SciFi with Dr. Erin Macdonald

Dr. Erin Macdonald - Astrophysicist

Is faster than light travel possible? Dr. Erin Macdonald joins us to discuss the current theories–and how they relate to science fiction. She is an astrophysicist, science fiction consultant, aerospace engineer, and host of the online series, “Dr. Erin Explains the Universe”. Her specialty is in general relativity, having worked previously searching for gravitational waves in the LIGO Scientific Collaboration. She has since found her home in science fiction, consulting with writers, teaching STEM through popular culture, and fulfilling her life goal of becoming a warp drive expert.

For more information, visit https://www.erinpmacdonald.com/

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