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Space in LA: Exploring the Lasting Legacy

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Thursday, January 26, 2023
Crawford Family Forum, 474 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena

With the future of our planet possibly being, well, off the planet, the need for a new generation of explorers has never been greater. In a special LAist Studios live event, M.G. Lord (she/her), host of LA Made: Blood, Sweat & Rockets, will take a look at how STEM education is readying the scientists and engineers of tomorrow and what’s on the horizon for new missions to outer space.

And we want to hear your space stories! Step into a recording booth in the Mohn Broadcast Center to tell us your L.A. space experience. Was your mom a rocket scientist? Family member an engineer at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)? Do you still harbor a fascination with rockets that started when you were a kid? Tell us all about it at the event.

Special Guests

  • Laurie Leshin (she/her), Director of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Morgan Cable (she/her), NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Research Scientist, Planetary Science Section
  • Nagin Cox (she/her), NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Systems Engineer

Listen to LA Made: Blood, Sweat & Rockets from LAist Studios to hear the incredible true story of the beginnings of JPL.

M.G. Lord is the author of Astro Turf, a family memoir about Cold War aerospace culture, for which she was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation science-writing grant. She is the host of LA Made: Blood, Sweat & Rockets, a podcast from LAist Studios.

Lord is also the author of 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, which won the Los Angeles Press Club Award for best book on entertainment in 2012. Lord participated in two recent documentaries about the Barbie doll, "The Toys that Made Us" (Netflix) and "Tiny Shoulders" (Hulu). Since 1995, she has been a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Discover, Travel + Leisure, Vogue, the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and The Hollywood Reporter. Immediately after graduating from Yale, Lord was for twelve years a syndicated political cartoonist based at Newsday. She is an associate professor of the practice of English at the University of Southern California.


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