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By Rebecca Price Janney, Oct 10 2019 12:23PM

For thirteen day in October 1962, the world stood on the brink of a nuclear war. This was the event humans had been dreading since the dropping of the first atomic bombs in 1945, the stuff of 1950s sci-fi movies.

How did we get that close to such a nightmare? What pulled us back from the brink? I tell the story on my podcast, which you can access by clicking on the icon on this web page or by going to The podcast is also available across many different platforms, including Sticher, Google, and Apple Podcasts.

Range of Nuclear Missile Strike - Photo courtesy of Wikicommons
Range of Nuclear Missile Strike - Photo courtesy of Wikicommons

By Rebecca Price Janney, Oct 3 2019 12:17PM

"October Sky" is one of my favorite movies. Have you ever seen it? Based on the book by Homer Hickam, the film tells the story of the night his world changed. On October 4, 1957 the Russians launched Sputnik, the first space satellite, and Americans were afraid, very afraid. But they were also inspired. My podcast is about that epochal event.

Please share any memories, or let me know if you've seen "October Sky."

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By Rebecca Price Janney, Sep 6 2019 12:32PM

There's been a lot of chatter in recent weeks about the Betsy Ross flag and what it symbolizes. This week I'm dedicating my podcast to her story. To listen, click on the podcast icon on this page, or visit

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