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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Episode 18: Social Media at NASA with Stephanie Fernandez

In this episode, Beth and Stephanie discuss: Helping the astronauts communicate (and educate) through social media What happened when Stephanie gets a phone call direct from the International Space Station What responsibilities come with the title, “Social Media Coordinator for the Astronaut Office” How NASA found Stephanie Key Takeaways: Posts that have the most engagement are…

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Episode 17: Two Astronaut Lectures in a Week!

In this episode, Beth and Chad review two astronaut lectures they attended this week: Working at NASA with astronaut coworkers. Captain Mark Kelly and Colonel Frederick Gregory. Following a mission checklist. Being adventurous and curious. Key Takeaways: Cpt. Kelly’s experience as a test pilot helped shape him for his time as an astronaut, as did Col. Gregory’s…

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