The Right Stuff

How the future began.

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Podcast Release Date:
Nov 16, 2021

Star Trek: The First Generation 

These days they’ll let any 90-year-old who ever pretended to fly a starship go up in a rocket. But you had to have The Right Stuff if you hoped to survive the first messy attempts to put a man in orbit back at the dawn of the Space Race.  Join Jakob, Justin, and Stuart as they witness the amazing early successes and blunders of NASA, as well as the career launch of some major acting talent –  including Ed Harris (The Abyss), Dennis Quaid (Innerspace), Scott Glenn (Backdraft), and playwright Sam Sheppard. Blast off into an 80s classic when you Listen Now!


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Original Title
The Right Stuff
The Right Stuff
Philip Kaufman
Irwin Winkler, Robert Chartoff
Sam Shepard, Scott Glenn, Ed Harris, Dennis Quaid, Fred Ward, Barbara Hershey, Kim Stanley, Veronica Cartwright, Pamela Reed, Scott Paulin, Charles Frank, Lance Henriksen, Donald Moffat, Levon Helm, Mary Jo Deschanel, Scott Wilson, Kathy Baker, Mickey Crocker, Susan Kase, Mittie Smith, Royal Dano, David Clennon, Jim Haynie, Jeff Goldblum, Harry Shearer, Scott Beach, Jane Dornacker, Anthony Munoz, John P. Ryan, Darryl Henriques, Eric Sevareid, William Russ, Drew Letchworth, Christopher P. Beale, Richard Dupell, William Hall, John X. Heart, Ed Holmes, Jack Bruno Tate, Edward Anhalt, Mary Apick, Robert Beer, Erik Bergmann, James Brady, Katherine Conklin, Maureen Coyne, Tom Dahlgren, John Lion, Peggy Davis, John Dehner, Robert Elross, Drew Eshelman, Robert J. Geary, Royce Grones, David Gulpilil, Anthony Wallis, Kaaren Lee, Sandy Kronemeyer, Frankie Di, Michael Pritchard, Ed Corbett, O-Lan Jones, Mark Todd, Allen Gebhardt, Chuck Yeager
3 h 13 min
Release Date
20 October 1983
Drama, History
A chronicle of the original Mercury astronauts in the formation of America's space program: Alan Shepherd, the first American in space; Gus Grissom, the benighted astronaut for whom nothing works out as planned; John Glenn, the straight-arrow 'boy scout' of the bunch who was the first American to orbit the earth; and the remaining pilots: Deke Slayton, Scott Carpenter and Wally Schirra.

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