An Astronaut Reviews Space Movies

An Astronaut Reviews Space Movies

Vanity Fair has a video series featuring people critiquing movies based on their own areas of expertise. Among the best are: an undercover FBI agent talking about mob movies; choreographers breaking down the “Dirty Dancing” finale; scientists fact-checking...
Coronavirus Con

Coronavirus Con

Jim Bakker is being sued by the Attorney General of Missouri for selling what he claims is a Coronavirus cure. From an NPR report: Televangelist Jim Bakker held up a blue and silver bottle, gazing intently at the label, as he questioned the woman sitting next to him....
Best Thing I’ve Read Today: Art Caplan

Best Thing I’ve Read Today: Art Caplan

With daily updates of the coronavirus infecting more and more people, let’s look back at a piece NYU professor Art Caplan (who used to make regular appearances on my radio show) wrote in 2016 predicting how Trump would handle a virus that started in China then...
Yes, It Is Rocket Science

Yes, It Is Rocket Science

I know I’ve been writing quite a bit about space lately (including my visit to the Kennedy Space Center and yesterday’s entry about the failure of Mars One), but there are two more things I have to mention. In the early 1980s, when the space shuttle...
Mars One, Earth Zero

Mars One, Earth Zero

In 2013, I interviewed Bas Lansdorp, who said he was launching an ambitious project to send humans to Mars by 2023 — on a one-way trip. I was intrigued by the idea, which he called Mars One. Some 200,000 people from around the world paid a fee to apply to be...
Road Trip: Kennedy Space Center

Road Trip: Kennedy Space Center

  Ever since I became fascinated by the space program in my youth, I have wanted to visit the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Last week, that dream became reality when Martha and I spent a full day there. I had no idea the KSC is so huge — two hundred...