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January 09, 2008

Rocket Science

Rocket Science

With all the talk of testing of youngsters on subjects like math and science, we thought it was time to hear a story of how kids fall in love with science.

Back in 1962 when the space race was on, Georg Deutsch approached Steven Schwarcz in the lunch line at junior high and asked, "Do you want to start a rocket society?" That encounter started a relationship that would last for decades, span several rocket experiments, and see their launching of the first non-governmental satellite. Georg and Steven cut class to study rocket science, visited top scientists - and even today, they watch closely when satellites go into space.

They talk to Dick Gordon about their adventures in rocket science as young men, launching rockets - both legally and illegally.

Fighting For Muhammad Ali

More than 4 million American suffer from Parkinson's disease. Among them is one of the greatest boxers of all time: Muhammad Ali.

Ali's second daughter, Rasheda Ali, was only 10 years old when he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Over the years she researched the disease and struggled to explain to her own children why the hands of their "Poppy Ali" shook all the time. Rasheda has written a children's book about Parkinson's Disease called I'll Hold Your Hand So You Won't Fall.

Dick Gordon talks to Rasheda about how she's tried to help her dad cope with Parkinson's disease, and how she now has the one-on-one relationship with him that she has yearned for since she was a child.

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