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Washington Goes to the Moon: Climbing the Hill
Produced by: Richard Paul
Following the fire on Apollo One, NASA tried, for various reasons, to keep the investigation in-house. But Members of Congress had other ideas. NASA had gathered, and then kept secret, highly critical information about the company that built the Apollo One capsule. When that information was leaked, it threw the agency open to suspicion for the first time in its history. This program looks at the nearly devastating impact of Congressional investigations into the Apollo One fire on NASA's way of doing business.

Program Credits

Climbing the Hill was produced by Richard Paul. The music was composed and arranged by Lenny Williams. Reasearch assistance provided by David Anst. Walter Mondale's interview was recorded by Mark Zdechlik [zuh-DECK-lick] at Minnesota public radio. Special thanks to Arlene Sidell [sigh-DELL] at the US Senate commerce committee and Sandy Date, in the library of the Minnesota star-tribune. The Congressional testimony was portrayed by actors Porter Koontz, Andy Clements, Michael Forrest, Brad van Grack, Michael Thorton, Michael Skinner, John Holt, and John McGuire. This program is part of our series Exploring Space Science, produced with support from WAMU FM, WABE FM, the Morehouse School of Medicine, the National Science Foundation, and NASA.


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