Podcast: Howard McCurdy Examines Government Influence on Space Innovation
Has the government’s role in the space program influenced innovation? In this month’s podcast we hear from Howard McCurdy, a professor of public administration and policy at American University and an authority on space history and policy. Dr. McCurdy examines four factors that are commonly associated with innovation and places stories from the first fifty years of United States space flight into his framework in order to help clarify the government’s role in the space program.

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A production of the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center. Written, hosted, and audio production by Matt Ringelstetter. Art Molella, executive producer. Amanda Murray, podcast program manager. Joyce Bedi, webmaster. Howard McCurdy’s presentation was part of the Lemelson Center’s Moving Beyond Earth symposium. Recorded November 19, 2011. Podcast released on January 31, 2012. Music is “Surprisingly Upbeat About It” by Vim, from the FreeMusicArchive.org. Photo credit: Eric Long, Smithsonian Institution.