Dr. Sally Ride became a hero as the first American woman in space in 1983. After two shuttle trips and eight years with NASA, she returned to academia as a physicist and for several years has concentrated on climate change.

I talked with Dr. Ride about her new books, “Mission: Planet Earth” and “Mission: Save The Planet,” both aimed at getting kids to understand the science and urging them to action at the local level. We also discussed what role she believes government should play in solving the climate problem, as well as what she sees as the future of NASA.

Listen to our conversation here