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From personal satellites to tourism, space travel is going private.  With NASA no longer sending shuttles up, what does that mean for exploration and scientific research? Can private companies lead the way to this final frontier? Also, Attorney General Eric Holder is taking on Texas and its voting laws. Today, he announced the Justice Department will require Texas to clear any changes in its laws with his office, and later we'll talk about how Rick Santorum has left politics hoping to wield power through popular culture.
 
Banner image: Courtesy of Steve Jurvetson

Producers:
Christian Bordal
Kerry Cavanaugh
Katie Cooper
Evan George
Anna Scott
Caitlin Shamberg

Today's Talking Point Can Rick Santorum Make Christian Movies Popular? 8 MIN, 12 SEC
When he ran for president last year, Republican Senator Rick Santorum received little love from Hollywood filmmakers.  Now, as the new CEO of a movie company, he says he’s ready to hear their pitches. Santorum will be here to talk about his new role.

Guests:
Rick Santorum, CEO of Echolight Studios (@RickSantorum)

Making News Holder Signals New Action Under Voting Rights Act, Starting with Texas 7 MIN, 40 SEC
Today, Eric Holder announced the Justice Department will require Texas to clear any changes in its laws with his office. Holder’s move is in reaction to last month’s Supreme Court decision that struck down part of the Voting Rights Act. We’ll talk to the author of a book on election law called The Voting Wars.

Guests:
Rick Hasen, University of California, Irvine (@rickhasen)

The Voting Wars

Richard L. Hasen

Main Topic The Business and Future of Space Exploration 34 MIN, 52 SEC
Today in San Jose, California - the NewSpace Conference begins. It’s a gathering of big and small companies interested in going to space and picking up where NASA left off with the end of the space shuttle program. We’re going to talk about what this means for science and exploration and find out who really governs deep space. 

Guests:
Jeff Foust, SpaceNews (@jeff_foust)
Tim DeBenedictis, Southern Stars Group
Bas Lansdorp, Founder and CEO of Mars One
Maggie Koerth-Baker, Boing Boing (@maggiekb1)
Scott Pace, George Washington University's Space Policy Institute

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