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Three stories about speed: giving yourself over to it, overcoming your fear of it, and falling in love with it.

This episode originally aired on February 27, 2015.

Photo courtesy of Bob Carlson.

Producers:
Bob Carlson

Into Space 5 MIN, 45 SEC

Barbara Morgan is one of the small club whose members have been rocketed into space at unimaginable speeds. She was the backup candidate for NASA’s Teacher in Space Project, behind Christa McAuliffe, who died in the challenger disaster in 1986. Barbara Morgan remembers her own mission on shuttle Endeavor in 2007.

Kristin Marguerite Doidge is a freelance radio producer and writer working on her Master of Arts degree in Specialized Journalism at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School.


Barbara Morgan
Photo Courtesy of Sheyna E Gifford


Christa McAuliffe and Barbara Morgan
Courtesy of NASA

Tess vs the Roller Coaster 13 MIN, 16 SEC

A story produced by UnFictional producer Bob Carlson and his daughter Tess, last year when she was 10. She had always wished she were brave enough to ride a looping roller coaster. Just the thought of riding them made her very anxious. So Tess and her dad spend a day at Six Flags Magic Mountain riding progressively scarier thrill rides. Just like a roller coaster there were some ups and some downs.

Produced by Tess CarlsonTina Carlson and Bob Carlson, who is the producer of UnFictional.


Tess and her dad
Courtesy of Bob Carlson


Let the Purple Bike Live On 10 MIN

There was something about Dan Dombroski’s flashy purple bicycle that had the power to turn casual bike riders into bicycling champions, and it became a symbol for a community of cyclists who shared thrilling victories and crushing losses.

Lauren Ober is a reporter/producer for WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington, DC. Her radio work has been heard on many other national public radio shows. She is a proud graduate of the Transom Story Workshop in the radio wonderland of Woods Hole, Massachusetts.


The purple bike
Photo by James Huang / BikeRadar.com


Dan Dombroski in the middle with the original purple bike
Photo courtesy of Ed Dombroski

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