Radiotopia Showcase Podcast Preview: SPACEBRIDGE | A conversation between Julia Barton and Adam Hochschild
Panel Discussion | February 27 | 7-8:30 p.m. | North Gate Hall, Logan Multimedia Center (Room 142)
At a low point in the Cold War, three men walk into a bureaucrats office at Gosteleradio, the state broadcaster of the Soviet Union. Two are Americans: an astronaut, and a researcher of psychic phenomena. The third is a Russian utopian with a notebook full of phone numbers hes not supposed to know. The three want approval for something thats never been tried before: a two-way, simultaneous satellite link between the enemy empires of the US and USSR.
They called it a spacebridge, and the story of its unlikely genesis and long-term impact is the subject of a 4-part podcast series presented by Radiotopias Showcase. Producers Charles Maynes and Julia Barton recount how an odd group of Americans and Russians astronauts, New Agers, Kremlin administrators and tech entrepreneurs looked to connect citizens of both countries in an effort to forge peace between the nuclear powers. Spacebridge spans the decades leading up to the first tele-link between the two nations, covering the rise of citizen diplomacy in the early 80s and its legacy today.
Join this conversation between author and J-School instructor Adam Hochschild, who is featured in the podcast, and producer Julia Barton, who is also executive editor for the podcast Revisionist History and reported for 99% Invisible and Radiolab.
RSVP online by February 27.