President Kennedy usually gets all the credit for inspiring American to reach for the moon. And President Nixon’s signature is on the ceremonial plaque laid there at the end of the Apollo 11 landing. But President Lyndon Johnson hardly ever gets credit for the American space program. The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Shesol joins us to explain LBJ’s pioneering efforts in the space race.

Read more about Jeff Shesol’s here: http://www.westwingwriters.com/team/jeff-shesol

Read Jeff Shesol’s New Yorker article here: https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/lyndon-johnsons-unsung-role-in-sending-americans-to-the-moon


Buzzkill Bookshelf:

J. Logsdon, John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon

This book uses primary source material and interviews with key participants to provide a comprehensive account of how the actions taken by JFK’s administration have shaped the course of the US space program over the last 45 years.