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A riveting history of the epic orbital flight that put America back into the space race.

If the United States couldn’t catch up to the Soviets in space, how could it compete with them on Earth? That was the question facing John F. Kennedy at the height of the Cold War―a perilous time when the Soviet Union built the wall in Berlin, tested nuclear bombs more destructive than any in history, and beat the United States to every major milestone in space. The race to the heavens seemed a race for survival―and America was losing.

Interview with the Author

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Episode 278: Jeff Shesol on Mercury Rising 
7/14/21         36 min


At a Distance 
Jeff Shesol on the Space Race, U.S. Politics, and Power
8/9/21         37 min


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#551 Mercury Rising: John Glenn & Pres John Kennedy – Interview with Jeff Shesol
6/11/21           28 min


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“They all agreed that one of them was going to die,” A Conversation with Jeff Shesol on Mercury Rising: John Glenn, John Kennedy, and the New Battleground of the Cold War
6/10/21          56 min


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Episode 38 – Jeff Shesol
8/17/21          59 min


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Mercury Rising: John Glenn, John Kennedy, and the New Battleground of the Cold War (Jeff Shesol)
8/25/21           60 min


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Historian Jeff Shesol on His Book “Mercury Rising: John Glenn, JFK, and the New Battleground of the Cold War”
2/20/23       72 min


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