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A Dog's Tale: The First Creature To Orbit The Earth

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Laika was remembered on a Romanian postage stamp.

Laika the dog began her life as a stray on the streets of Moscow, but attained a level of immortality as she became the first living being to orbit the Earth, aboard Sputnik 2.

The Soviet scientists who sent Laika into space knew one thing for sure: Laika was certain to die.

Kurt Caswell's book, Laika's Window, captures this mysterious, sad and haunting tale from the early days of the Space Age.  The author joins us to talk about his subject matter and his research.  
 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and marked his tenth anniversary as the full-time host of the Jefferson Exchange at the end of 2019. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for 35 years, working in both television and radio.
John Baxter's history at JPR reaches back three decades.  John was the JPR program director who was the architect of "the split" when JPR grew from a single program stream to three separate streams. We coaxed him out of retirement and he's now a co-producer of the Jefferson Exchange.