The Beaker Explores Earthquakes, Wind Chill; NASA's Role in Civil Rights

Feb 20, 2015

Following a series of small earthquakes in the eastern part of Connecticut, WNPR’s Patrick Skahill set out on a mission to find out what was causing so many to occur over such a short period of time. Turns out, to fully understand, you have to go back hundreds of millions of years to a time when our state was being rocked by a massive continental collision. 

This hour, Patrick joins us along with a local geologist to explain some of this fascinating geologic history. We also learn a bit about wind chill -- including what it is and how it affects the way we feel.

And later, we talk to a scholar and a former NASA engineer about a new book they’re both part of. It’s called We Could Not Fail: The First African Americans in the Space Program, and it takes a look at NASA’s role in promoting integration during the Civil Rights era.


  • Patrick Skahill - WNPR’s science and environment reporter and host of The Beaker
  • Maureen Long - Assistant Professor at Yale University in the Department of Geology and Geophysics
  • Steven Moss - Associate Professor at Texas State Technical College in Waco, TX; co-author of We Could Not Fail: The First African Americans in the Space Program
  • Morgan Watson - Founder and President of the engineering consulting firm Minority Engineers of Louisiana

Chion Wolf contributed to this show.