Freecast S03E05: The Rise of the Empire

Tom The Freecast

This week, we discuss a school choice victory, being locked in prison and not charged or convicted, death penalty, war machines, and the loss of the electoral college.

Featuring Hosts: Matt Carano, Tom Hudson, and Nick Boyle
Engineered by: Matt Carano
Produced by: Tom Hudson, Matt Carano, and Nick Boyle




    • Freecoast Liberty Outreach Meetup
      • Dover – 1st Thursday
      • Exeter – 2nd Thursday
      • Hampton – 3rd Thursday
      • Rochester – 4th Thursday
      • Brentwood – 5th Thursday



Special Segment – Autocrat of the Week

  • Sununu unless he signs death penalty repeal into law (MC)
  • Jeanne Shaheen, official sponsor of the USS Manchester, 1 of ten ships in a $3.5 BILLION contract to Austal shipyard in Mobile, AL. Will be commissioned the Saturday May 26th 2018(NB)

NH History

  • Alan Shepard, first American in space.
    • Born in Derry, NH in 1923
    • Earned a Bachelor of Science at the US Naval Academy
    • Served on a Navy ship in the Pacific ocean during WWII
    • After the war, entered flight training, then graduated from the Naval Test Pilot School and the Naval War College
    • In April 1959, Shepard was selected as one of NASA’s first group of seven astronauts
    • On May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard became the first American in space. He flew on a one-person Mercury spacecraft that he named Freedom 7. It launched on a Redstone rocket. On this flight, Shepard did not orbit Earth. He flew 116 miles high and then returned safely. The flight lasted about 15 ½ minutes.
    • After his first flight, Shepard developed a medical problem. An inner ear problem stopped him from flying in space. NASA named Shepard as chief of the Astronaut Office. He helped select new astronauts, plan missions and make sure astronauts were ready to fly. Later, he had surgery to fix the ear problem, and he was able to fly again. Almost 10 years passed between his first and second flights.
    • Shepard’s second spaceflight was on the Apollo 14 mission to the moon. He was commander of a crew that included Stuart Roosa and Edgar Mitchell. The Apollo spacecraft was launched on a Saturn V (5) rocket.
    • On Feb. 15, 1971, Shepard and Mitchell landed on the moon. (Roosa stayed in orbit around the moon while the other two landed.) During two moonwalks, Shepard and Mitchell collected more than 100 pounds of moon rocks. They conducted scientific experiments on the lunar surface. Shepard also became the first person to hit a golf ball on the moon, showing how far it would go in the moon’s lower gravity.
    • After his second flight, Shepard returned to his job as head of the Astronaut Office. He retired from NASA in 1974. Shepard worked in private business. He also did volunteer work to support education and to help people learn about spaceflight. Shepard died of leukemia in 1998.
    • My favorite quote from him, “It’s a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one’s safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract.”



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