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In the 50th anniversary year of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, fictional radio station KHCN-AM 4747 carries you back in time with a weekly podcast covering major news stories, social issues and Apollo activities in the spring and summer of 1969 as America enters the final sprint in the race against the Soviets to set foot on the moon.

In the 50th anniversary year of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, fictional radio station KHCN-AM 4747 carries you back in time with a weekly podcast covering major news stories, social issues and Apollo activities in the spring and summer of 1969 as America enters the final sprint in the race against the Soviets to set foot on the moon.

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United States

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In the 50th anniversary year of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, fictional radio station KHCN-AM 4747 carries you back in time with a weekly podcast covering major news stories, social issues and Apollo activities in the spring and summer of 1969 as America enters the final sprint in the race against the Soviets to set foot on the moon.

Twitter:

@cigsrf69

Language:

English

Contact:

508-212-7640


Episodes

Bonus: ‘I’ve never missed a Holy Week’

4/7/2020
We hope you have found the series of Coronavirus Chronicle bonus episodes informative and entertaining. Follow the show on Apple Podcasts. Click subscribe — it's free — to receive fresh episodes daily. The Rev. Hannah Atkins Romero, rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Midtown, talks about the sense of loss experienced by Houston’s faith communities as an Easter Sunday without church services approaches. Plus: a special performance by April Sloan-Hubert and the Trinity Jazz Ensemble....

Duration:00:15:12

Bonus: Journalist, artist, historian: a photographer's view of the pandemic

4/6/2020
Today, we're sharing an episode of "Coronavirus Chronicle" with listeners. Previous episodes at available on Apple Podcasts. Houston Chronicle photojournalist Marie De Jesús illuminates the balancing act between keeping a safe distance and capturing the intimate, human moments that reveal just how profoundly life in Houston has changed. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast

Duration:00:14:06

Bonus: Disaster expert Angela Blanchard on making the Covid crisis visible

4/5/2020
Today, we're sharing an episode of "Coronavirus Chronicle" with listeners. Previous episodes at available on Apple Podcasts. Houstonians know all about hurricanes: Wind speed, the dirty side, the European models. But what do we need to track the coronavirus? Angela Blanchard discusses that and more with the Houston Chronicle’s Lisa Gray. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast

Duration:00:21:52

Jobs are gone, but the rent is still due

4/2/2020
As March turned into April and the Houston stay-at-home order was extended to the start of May, renters who found themselves suddenly unemployed by the coronavirus outbreak have been left to wonder how they will pay for housing. Landlords have their own concerns: without the expected rent revenue, how will they be able to pay their own bills? Some states — including Texas — have temporarily stopped evictions from going forward in court. But what does that order really mean? Reporter Sarah...

Duration:00:14:28

Editor Steve Riley: Crisis coverage and the virtual newsroom

4/1/2020
As Houston Chronicle executive editor Steve Riley said recently in a letter to readers: Quite suddenly, your lives have changed. Your health, or the health of someone you love, could be at risk. Your job seems shakier than just days ago. Your church isn’t having services, your favorite bar has closed, and the gym has locked its doors. And there’s no baseball, no March Madness. At the Houston Chronicle, we feel it, too. So as an introduction to our new daily podcast, host Ferrill Gibbs talks...

Duration:00:13:49

EDITORIAL: #StayHome

3/19/2020
Listen to the Houston Chronicle Editorial Board's impassioned plea to Houstonians coping with the coronavirus -- "Stay home!" -- as expressed by editorial board member Monica Rohr. https://www.houstonchronicle.com/coronavirus/ Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast

Duration:00:07:48

Splashdown

7/20/2019
It's Monday, July 21, 1969 -- or is it? Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made historic bootprints on the moon, collected rock samples, took photographs and headed home. But that was 50 years ago. It's actually 2019, and this is the last show of the season for "Cigarettes & Rocket Fuel." But our space adventure is not over -- look for Alex Stuckey's podcast, "Space Junk" this fall. It will appear right here in this feed. Stay tuned! Support the show:...

Duration:00:22:53

Tranquility Base

7/18/2019
It’s Sunday, July 20, 1969, and we did it folks! With Michael Collins orbiting above, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin have landed on the moon. After a nail-biting descent to the surface, the heroic duo touched down this afternoon and are preparing to take those first steps on the surface. For everything you need to know about the astronaut's lunar activities, tune in tomorrow for a special Monday edition of Space Talk Sunday with Alex and Andy. Support the show:...

Duration:00:27:41

Good Luck and Godspeed

7/11/2019
It's Sunday, July 13, 1969, and the Apollo 11 launch takes place in just three days. Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins are reducing their training to ensure they are well rested for the big day, but the topic of germs remains a hot one. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast

Duration:00:30:24

Fit to Fly

7/4/2019
It's Sunday, July 6, 1969, and we have less than two weeks before the launch of Apollo 11, the mission that will attempt to land the first humans on the moon. All three astronauts have been declared fit to fly by a medical examiner, but NASA is taking every precaution to make sure it stays that way. Today is the last day the astronauts will get to spend time with their families until August. They'll be in isolation before and after the mission to the moon. Support the show:...

Duration:00:26:58

Three Brave Men

6/27/2019
It's Sunday, June 29, 1969, and today on "Space Talk Sunday," Alex and Andy discuss the three astronauts who will be aboard Apollo 11 for America's next trip to the moon and the planned lunar landing attempt: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast

Duration:00:24:53

Cosmonaut Jesus

6/20/2019
It's Sunday, June 22, 1969, and NASA is moving full steam ahead on a July 16 launch of Apollo 11. Meanwhile, a Soviet philologist says that the Star of Bethlehem was a spaceship, and Jesus Christ was a visitor from another planet. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast

Duration:00:26:16

Moon Buggies and ... Mars?

6/13/2019
It's June 15, 1969, and the country is just 35 days from making history by putting the first men on the moon. But even as NASA continues to prepare for the landing attempt, it is gearing up for the future: a lunar vehicle and travel to Mars. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast

Duration:00:29:02

Odds and Ends

6/6/2019
It's Sunday, June 8, 1969, and KHCN-AM 4747 has learned a little more about the unexpected spin Gene Cernan and Tom Stafford took in the lunar module just a few miles above the moon's surface. NASA also is ironing out the communication problems Apollo 10 experienced near the moon’s surface so that everything can work perfectly for Apollo 11 in July. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast

Duration:00:22:57

Moon Bugs?!

5/30/2019
It's Sunday, June 1, 1969, and the Apollo 10 astronauts have returned to Houston after a flawless splashdown near American Samoa. Mission control flight director Glynn Lunney called the mission a "110 percent success." The astronauts' return was open to the public, but Apollo 11's won't be – NASA is placing them under a 21-day quarantine to ensure that "moon bugs" do not contaminate the planet. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast

Duration:00:25:40

Wild Ride

5/23/2019
It’s Sunday, May 25, 1969 and Apollo 10 has almost completed its eight-day mission testing the lunar module in the moon’s orbit. The mission has been so successful that top NASA officials said that if there was enough fuel in the lunar module, they would have given Tom Stafford and Gene Cernan the go-ahead to land on the moon. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast

Duration:00:28:31

To Sort Out the Unknowns

5/16/2019
It’s Sunday, May 18, 1969 and Apollo 10 rocketed out of Earth’s atmosphere flawlessly. Over the next eight days, the spacecraft will fly the same path around the moon as Apollo 11 is scheduled to fly in July. The lunar module Snoopy is intended to separate from Charlie Brown and descent toward the moon — and do everything the next Apollo mission will do except actually land on the moon. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast

Duration:00:28:26

Dress Rehearsal

5/9/2019
It's Sunday, May 11, 1969, and the country is just one week away from the launch of Apollo 10 -- the final flight before America tries for the moon in July. Apollo 10 -- scheduled for launch on May 18 from Cape Kennedy, Fla. -- will be the fourth manned Apollo mission in just seven months. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast

Duration:00:25:16

A Space Station, a Missing Astronaut and Thrashing Turtles

5/2/2019
It’s May 4, 1969 and Alex and Andy have a ton of space news to catch you up on, including plans for a space station orbiting earth, the case of Gordo Cooper and the difficulties astronauts will face walking on the moon. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast

Duration:00:22:47

Taller than Lady Liberty

4/25/2019
It's April 27, 1969, and we are just three weeks away from the May launch of Apollo 10 -- the last dress rehearsal before Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin attempt to land on the moon this summer. Today we’re talking about the magnificent feat of engineering that will push these brave heroes out of Earth's atmosphere: the Saturn V rocket. It. Is. A. Beast! Standing at more than 360 feet, it is taller than the Statue of Liberty. It was launched for the first time two years ago. Support the show:...

Duration:00:27:20