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Hidden Figures (Repeat)

Feb 26, 2020

In a show inspired by the film Hidden Figures, we hear local stories, like the story of Ed Dwight, a KCK native, came close to being the black man on a multiracial mission to the moon dreamed up by John F. Kennedy. This show has been rebroadcast, in 2020, as a tribute to the memory of NASA mathematician Katherine Goble Johnson, whose huge role in historic space launches was not well-known until Hidden Figures came out. She died this week at the age of 101. Guests: 

  • Ed Dwight, first African-American to train as an astronaut for NASA
  • Joanna Slusky, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences at KU
  • Russ Simmons, resident film critic
  • Shawn Edwards, Fox 4 News film critic and co-founder of the African-American Film Critics Association