Preview Mode Links will not work in preview mode

Casual Space

Dec 20, 2018

In this episode, Beth and Rod discuss:

  • How Rod interviews the space experts and writes stories for us all
  • Is there a renewed space race, and is that how reporters should frame the story?
  • The “thing” Rod collected from the Saturn Cassini folks, and the Mars Lander folks at NASA  
  • It took Rod years to write a book WITHOUT a bias towards a particular commercial space company
  • What Rod thinks about the recently proposed “Space Force"



Key Takeaways:

  • Telling the stories about space are both a challenge and a privilege      
  • There’s a strong argument to look closely at our military presence in space
  • Rod has a great collection of space books available for reference, with four more coming out in 2019
  • The 11/26/18 Insight Landing on Mars from Rod’s perspective from BEING IN THE ROOM   


“Don’t just tell us how the mission works, tell us a story.” — Rod Pyle



Connect with Rod Pyle:


Book: Amazon Author Page - Rod Pyle

Show: Cool Space News


About Beth Mund:


Beth’s love for space started as a Space Camp attendee at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where she would return years later as an instructor.  After grad school, Beth worked as a journalist, a technical writer for Motorola, and then went on to serve as a Public Affairs Officer for the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. In addition, Beth worked to support the International Space Station program as a communication specialist. In Chicago, Beth worked as an corporate communication advisor to Fortune 50 companies including Allstate and United Airlines. She’s worked as a college instructor, a political advisor, and public relations manager for her hometown city. Beth recently founded Stellar Communications, LLC and travels the country as a keynote speaker- inspiring audiences with her lessons learned from our nation’s space program.  She’s the host of the Casual Space Podcast, and a self-proclaimed space geek.


Connect with Beth Mund:


Email: &


Facebook: @BethMund


Show notes by show producer/podcastologist: Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie