If I had an Official Show Assistant, Episode 123 would have been posted last week, when it should have, instead of today. This is my fault, of course — The Delivery is still a one-man operation when it comes to everything but the fantastic production work of SMP Mike — but there are weeks when things do pile up. This past week was one of those weeks. I’ll do better.
It’s been a long time since a book entranced me as much as Apollo by Catherine Bly Cox and I couldn’t help but spend some time in the second half talking about space and rockets and the shame I feel that we don’t seem very interested in either one these days. The book is the story of the Apollo program, focused on the men who build the amazing machines that took us to the moon. I’ve never read an account of our quest to reach the moon told from that perspective before and I find it intensely interesting. There is much about our early space program I didn’t know and the more I read, the more I want to learn. Then again, I’m a space science geek and this stuff is to me what food pellets are to your average lab rat.
The first half is all about education, specifically the education that public school students should get but aren’t, thanks to teachers and administrators who see schools as a place to go to work instead of a place where they prepare children to be intelligent and productive citizens of the greatest nation on Earth. I have to thank the New York Times for unintentionally showing us just how bad things have gotten.
And how about a bonus podcast tidbit or two? Andrew Lawton invited me to co-host Strictly Right with him this week while Ben Swenson is on a brief break. I’ve been a fan of the show for a while now and was delighted to sit in for Ben. We talked the 2012 race, and the candidacies of Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain. I got to do my very first “It Must Be A Liberal” segment and dropped a Van Halen reference, which inspired the show art. I had a blast. Go listen!The Delivery - Episode 123