The Dangerous Early Days Of The Space Race : Fresh Air Historian Jeff Shesol recalls the early days of the U.S. space program, when rockets often blew up in test launchings, and no one was sure John Glenn would make it through America's first orbital flight alive. In his book Mercury Rising, he describes how Soviet success in space forced a reluctant President Kennedy to embrace the program.

And film critic Justin Chang reviews Bros, the new gay rom-com starring Billy Eichner.

The Dangerous Early Days Of The Space Race

The Dangerous Early Days Of The Space Race

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Historian Jeff Shesol recalls the early days of the U.S. space program, when rockets often blew up in test launchings, and no one was sure John Glenn would make it through America's first orbital flight alive. In his book Mercury Rising, he describes how Soviet success in space forced a reluctant President Kennedy to embrace the program.

And film critic Justin Chang reviews Bros, the new gay rom-com starring Billy Eichner.