Episode 24: Star Wars Artist Brian Miller

In this episode, Brian shares with Beth How his father took him to air shows, space museums and started the foundation of an influence in air and space exploration. Then Star Wars came out and changed everything. What it was like to work with Marvel and DC Comics right out of college! What it would…

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Episode 23: A SpaceX Perspective with Engineer Nick Hansen

Nick and Beth talk space specifics in this episode, including: Nick’s fascinating job working on composite structures- inner stage and the fearing (nose cone) and payload attachment structures  How quality control plays such a major part of the rocket creation process, and how much is hand made!  Nick’s interpretations on the culture of SpaceX, and…

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Episode 22: A Planetarium Success Story featuring Loras College

Professor Kristen Thompson and Loras College student Audrey Miller share with Beth: Why there was a need to improve the Hientkamp Planetarium at Loras College  How a select group of honors students raised funding for a new projector  Why the planetarium is an important part of both the college and the community  How a man…

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Episode 21: Star Wars Celebration with Beth and Chad

In this episode, Beth and Chad geek out about: Impressions from the  Star Wars Celebration event in Chicago- what it IS and what it was like to be among the 70,00+ attendees Chad shares an amazing story of how storm trooper fans in costume made it into a real Star Wars production  Collectibles! Art! Costumes! Comics!…

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Episode 20: Award Winning Sci-Fi Writer C. Stuart Hardwick

In this episode, Beth and Stuart laugh about: The stories from his family that helped inspire him to write “hard sci-fi” Why going to the moon was really expensive and incredible How writing allows you to learn about people and about yourself Key Takeaways: Becoming an award-winning sci-fi writer didn’t happen overnight, but when it happened……

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Episode 19: NASA Orion Program with Stu McClung

  In this episode, Beth and Stu discuss: The differences between the retired Space Shuttle and NASA’s (new) Orion spacecraft* What it was like to work as an engineer for the B52 bomber, the NASA shuttle program, and now NASA Orion program How a horrible commute turned into a 30+ successful NASA career Key Takeaways:…

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