On the Beat with Dr. Story Musgrave

Dr. Story Musgrave has been to space 6 different times. In his spare time he moonlighted as a trauma surgeon. And that’s just scratching the surface. Remarkable man indeed. The following interview was conducted on July 10th, 2019 by Brett Barry.

Story Musgrave on “his little sweetie”, the Hubble Space Telescope.

The Challenger disaster and the need for a long term space exploration vision.

Watching the moon landing from Mission Control (!).

A message for humanity.

Intelligent life, elsewhere, and Syracuse University’s gamble on Story Musgrave pays off.

The InclusiveU Program and advice for students overcoming adversity in pursuit of goals.

Two questions for Dr. Musgrave by Sound Beat intern Ian Coe.


Image: Story Musgrave EVA on STS-6 | by NASA





On the Beat with Sean O’Keefe

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Image: Orange Central Reunion Homecoming 2011 One On One With Sean O’Keefe & Jeff Glor Service Strategy & Space

The following excerpts are from an interview with former NASA Administrator and current SU professor Sean O’Keefe, conducted by Brett Barry on June 28, 2019.

The Wright Brothers’ daring achievement and how it got us to Mars:

Those overachieving Mars rovers and the argument for a base on the Moon:

The Columbia tragedy and the end of the shuttle program:

The importance of public service:

Memories of Syracuse University in 1978:

Remembrances of iconic Maxwell professors Dwight Waldo and Jesse Burkhead:

Why he teaches:

A Neil Armstrong story:




Rest in Peace, Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard was a bad kid. “Incorrigible”, to be precise: that’s how his mother described him, when she turned him over to the cops, beginning his first jail stint at the tender age of 11(!). He’d bounce in and out of jail, (including one escape), but wasn’t fully rehabilitated until, while an inmate at San Quentin, he heard Johnny Cash play his famous concert on January 1, 1958.
Haggard credited Cash’s performance with inspiring his own career, and when he died today, on his 79th birthday, that career had encompassed a half century and produced a staggering 38 #1 hits. Including this one, about a mother who tried to her best to raise her wild child right. RIP Merle Haggard.


Wild Animals I Have Known

Author and artist Ernest Thompson Seton helped found the Boy Scouts, but is perhaps best known for his 1898 collection of stories entitled Wild Animals I Have Known. Beautifully illustrated and written from the animal’s perspectives, he told the tales of Silverspot, the crow, Raggylug, the cottontail rabbit, and Lobo, King of Currumpaw. Watch the popular PBS documentary on Lobo: “The Wolf That Changed America”, and check out our episode on Ernest Thompson Seton at http://soundbeat.org/episode/hunting-wolves/


SB Student Worker Aimee’s Weekly Log

Hello all! These posts will serve to give you a little glimpse into the work I’m doing for Sound Beat. Thanks again to the John Ben Snow Foundation for making it all possible! This will be my last one for a bit, as I’ll be off for the end of semester break, but back with you in a few short weeks. Happiest of Holiday wishes!

December 4th – December 10th

Finished up “Road to Sound Beat Episodes” – 6 hours

Started to look for second theme idea. I’m thinking “All in the Family” – a week that features sibling/family musical acts, or to get more specific, perhaps “Sister Acts”…which is probably pretty self-explanatory. There are so many greats to choose from…obviously the Andrews Sisters jump right to mind, but I’m considering staying away from them since they’re the obvious choice. I located over ten acts that I know we have in the archives including sisters: Dinning, Boswell, McGuire and Lennon. What do you all think? If you ever have any comments, please post them below, on our Facebook page, or on Twitter @onthesoundbeat! – 4 hours