This is the fourth episode of "Talking with Authors" by HEC Media and HEC Books. We're a program dedicated to speaking with some of the best selling authors around, covering many different genres.
Today, our author is journalist and New York Times best selling writer Charles Fishman. We spoke with him as part of a book tour for his latest work “One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission that Flew Us to the Moon” in July of 2019….50 years to the month after the first historic words transmitted from the surface of the moon were heard, "Houston...Tranquility Base here...the Eagle has landed."
Charles went from being a little kid in 1969 repeatedly listening to that call from Neil Armstrong on the moon to capsule communicator Charlie Duke on Earth on a phonograph record, to being a journalist with multiple beats, including being a space reporter with the Washington Post. When writing this book, he didn't want to tell the stories of the 21 individuals that flew to the moon during NASA’s Apollo program. They've already been widely told. In “One Giant Leap”, he wanted to tell some of the stories of the more than 400,000 people on Earth that were involved in the entire Apollo program. We'll talk about those stories as well as thoughts on the state of space travel today from journalist and writer Charles Fishman on this episode of “Talking with Authors”.
Our host and interviewer this time is Angie Weidinger.
HEC Media is a production company out of St. Louis, Missouri. With the help of independent bookstore Left Bank Books and St. Louis County Library, we are able to sit down with these amazing writers and thought leaders to discuss their work, their inspiration, and what makes them special. You can watch video versions of most of our interviews at hecmedia.org.
Host of this interview - Angie Weidinger
Supervising Producer - Julie Winkle
Photography - Pete Foggy and Ken Calcaterra
Video Editor - Kerry Marks
Sound - Paul Langdon
Production Support - Jayne Ballew & Christina Chastain
HEC Media Executive Director - Dennis Riggs
Talking with Authors Podcast Executive Producer - Christina Chastain
Podcast Producer - Rod Milam
Podcast Editors - Paul Langdon and Rod Milam
Podcast Host - Rod Milam
Thanks to NASA for the audio clip of the moon landing from July 20, 1969
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