Episode #91- Why Deny the Moon Landings? (Part I)
03/07/2019 by ourfakehistory / Entertainment One (eOne)
As we near the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission many have started to reflect on the legacy of the moon landings. However, in 2019 it’s hard to discuss this amazing human achievement without mentioning that it has also been the subject of one of the most tenacious and widely believed conspiracy theories. As the moon landings move further into our collective past do they risk becoming labelled “fake history”. Tune in and find out how Nazi scientists, farmers meeting a spaceman, and Buzz Aldrin punching a guy all play a role in the story. Part 2 of this 3 part series will launch on July 16th. Want to learn more about the moon landing? “Make it to the Moon” uncovers the unsung heroes of the moon landing and premieres on Discovery Canada on Sunday, July 14th at 9PM. https://www.discovery.ca/Shows/Make-it-to-the-Moon Follow the link to buy Our Fake History merch! T-Shirts, hoodies, phone cases, and more! http://tee.pub/lic/uMwK1v_jUC0
Listen Date: 2019-09-16
- Fiction this episode reminded me of: Michael Chabon’s Moonglow; and Warren Ellis’s comic series Planetary. Both because of the focus the episode had on Wernher von Braun, and less so because of moon landing conspiracism.
- This episode mentioned books that I now want to read: The Dark Side of the Moon, The Right Stuff, and I think there was another which I’ll have to listen to the episode again to check. And of course, The Right Stuff was touched upon in less than complimentary terms by Flash Forward when talking about disability in space.
- I learned about how Eisenhower was secretly thrilled when the USSR launched Sputnik while the rest of the United States was in panic; because Eisenhower realised that nobody raising a legal issue about Russia being in space over their territory meant that a precedent was set for the United States to do the same. I wonder if the dynamic is comparable to gold rushes – or, in a more sinister analogy, the Scramble for Africa.
- The prestige of technological progress rubbing off on impressions of the associated ideology is also touched upon, in slightly more detail, in a Tea With Alice episode I started (but didn’t finish) between listening to this OFH episode and blogging the annotations. So I guess I’ll be listening to the Tea With Alice episode with much more attention now.
- Our Fake History takes an awful lot of time to set the background, and sometimes that’s a brilliant thing, giving you lots of happy little nuggets in the background itself. In this topic – eh, it hasn’t worked all that well.