Here’s my conversation with veteran journalist Lynn Sherr about her biography of Sally Ride who, in 1983, became the first American woman to go into space. I started by asking why it took so long (the Russians put Valentina Tershkova up there 20 years earlier) and how Ride was treated inside NASA and by the media at the time. We also talked about why Ride kept her sexual orientation secret for so long, what she accomplished in the years after she retired from NASA, and her role in investigating the space shuttle Challenger and Columbia explosions.

Lynn Sherr will appear at the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival tonight (11/4/14).

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