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The First Black Astronaut ... Almost


As a kid, Ed Dwight never dreamed he might one day go to the moon, but he did fantasize about escaping life in Kansas. And it was that idea of escape that was so powerful for a young black man in the 50s.

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Music: Cat's EyeManele, Transit Vidal and Hundred Mile by Blue Dot Sessions and Fats Waller and His Orchestra live at the Yacht Club from The Public Domain Review; all have been edited.

Gina Kaufmann is the host of KCUR’s Central Standard, a talkshow fueled by curiosity and critical thinking. You can reach her on Twitter, @GinaKCUR.
Sylvia Maria Gross is storytelling editor at KCUR 89.3. Reach her on Twitter @pubradiosly.