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When the Culture Wars Came for NASA

When the Culture Wars Came for NASA

Update: 2023-05-197
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The James Webb Space Telescope, the most powerful ever made, has revolutionized the way we see the universe. The name was chosen for James E. Webb, a NASA administrator during the 1960s. But when doubts about his background emerged, the telescope’s name turned into a fight over homophobia.

Michael Powell, a national reporter for The Times, tells the story of Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi, an astrophysicist whose quest to end the controversy with indisputable facts only made it worse.

Guest: Michael Powell, a national reporter covering free speech and intellectual debate for The New York Times.

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Megan

Dr. Oluseyi has integrity. I do wish that the guest would have referred to him as Dr. Oluseyi once in awhile, and not just used his first name.

May 19th
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When the Culture Wars Came for NASA

When the Culture Wars Came for NASA

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