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Ed Dwight on Becoming the First Black Astronaut That Almost Was

Larry is joined by former U.S. Air Force test pilot Ed Dwight to discuss his journey to nearly becoming the first black astronaut in the 1960s and the racism that stopped him from making it to space

Black Pioneers Photo by Matthew Staver/For The Washington Post via Getty Images


On a very special holiday weigh-in, Larry is joined by his daughter, Lauren Wilmore, to share how the lyrics of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” have changed over time. Later, Larry is joined by sculptor and former U.S. Air Force test pilot Ed Dwight to discuss his journey to nearly becoming the first black astronaut in the 1960s (16:00), the racism that stopped him from making it to space, and more.

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