M. G. Lord

M.G.’s father was an engineer who worked for JPL in the 1960s and she grew up surrounded by the promise of the aerospace industry – and constant reminders of the limitations for her potential participation as a young woman. She also profiled Elon Musk early in his career for Los Angeles Magazine.

M. G. Lord is a cultural critic and investigative journalist. She is the author of the widely praised books Astro Turf: The Private Life of Rocket Science, a family memoir about Cold War aerospace culture, Forever Barbie: The Unauthorized Biography of a Real Doll and The Accidental Feminist: How Elizabeth Taylor Raised Our Consciousness and We Were Too Distracted by Her Beauty to Notice. A graduate of Yale, Lord was for twelve years a syndicated political cartoonist and columnist based at Newsday. Lord is an Associate Professor of the Practice of English at the University of Southern California

Broadcast 462 (Special Edition)

M. G. Lord was the guest for this special Space Show program. M. G. began the interview jumping right in with the "colorful" history of one of the JPL founders, Frank Malina, explaining both his rocket brilliance and his flirtation with communism and more. Growing up as a young girl in the 50's with a Dad who was a JPL engineer and a mom terminally ill, gave M. G. perspectives and issues to address which she does very well in her book, "Astro Turf: The Private Life of Rocket Science." We also discussed other aspects of the early days of JPL through its evolution into the modern JPL.

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