Broadcast 3172 Rod Pyle, Aggie Kobrin

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Guests:  Rod Pyle and Aggie Kobrin:  Topics:  The National Space Society, the newly revised and award winning NSS quarterly publication "Ad Astra," space inspiration, art and illustration, Apollo 11 and more.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding specific Space Show programs & guest(s) to the Space Show blog which is part of archived program on our website,   Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See

We welcomed both Aggie Kobrin and Rod Pyle back to the show to discuss the NSS, their newly revised award winning magazine Ad Astra and much more.  During our 94 minute one segment program, Aggie started us out by describing the changes made over the past few years to upgrade the NSS quarterly publication Ad Astra.  She talked about their new cover which really is amazing, photos and illustrations, including some by artist James Vaughan (he called later in the show), and of course the content.  Rod joined in the discussion talking about the writers and the stories.  It was worth noting that Ad Astra was not designed to be a technical journal.  It is a general type issue with a tech edge that tells an important and engaging story.  Telling the engaging story was a repeated theme throughout our program.

Dave in Los Angeles was our first caller. He wanted to talk about the old timer first generation space folks who made the space program fading the scene and what was being done to preserve actual space history.  He had much to say about history books and films plus artistic license as compared to what really happened given a specific historical space event.  In response to Dave, we talked about oral histories, specific history books and the film industry taking artistic license but not actually recording or saving the real story.  Both Aggie and Rod had much to say as did I so don't miss this important discussion which proved to be a trend setter for our program.

Tony was another caller. Tony was a writer or columnist for Ad Astra.  He also had much to say on the history subject.  While talking with Tony, I read an email by Ben from Tucson wanting to know if the guests or Tony had seen a problem with revisionist space history.  The short answer was no but this did lead to talking about the choice of writing with historical accuracy that might prove boring as compared to writing to inspire.  Our guests and callers seemed to prefer inspiration over detail but listen to what they said and let us know your thoughts on this by posting comments on our blog.  

Martin was our next caller who spent time talking with Rod about our space program, history, his observations, and the Apollo era.  The two talked about indifference to our program and the need for inspiration but noted the complete opposite elsewhere using Japan as an example.  Note that at the top of the hour Aggie left the conversation so for the final half hour, Rod was our only guest.

Our last caller was artist illustrator James Vaughan.  We talked about his approach to space art and illustrating plus his background which included photo journalism.  He talked about being inspired and motivated by space growing up in the 50's and the 60's.  This was an interesting discussion so don't miss it.

For the remaining part of our program, I asked Rod to tell us about his upcoming space books.  You can find out more from his website,  Rod will be returning to The Space Show to discuss his books as they are published.

Please post your comments/questions for our guests on TSS blog for this show.  You can reach our guests through me, NSS at their new website address,





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14 Aug 2018 Rod Pyle, Aggie Kobrin
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