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Apollo 11 Blasts Off Again

Ryan Gosling (front) stars as astronaut Neil Armstrong in
Ryan Gosling (front) stars as astronaut Neil Armstrong in "First Man."

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On today's show:

The Man Who Was The 'First Man'

(Starts at 7:59)

Damien Chazelle won an Oscar for directing "La La Land" and followed that up with a film about Neil Armstrong, starring Ryan Gosling as the first man to land on the moon. Chazelle and "First Man" screenwriter Josh Singer spoke with John Horn about their approach to the story. The film makes its HBO debut on July 20 — the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

Creating the Sound For 'First Man'

(Starts at 18:57)

Back in 2017, sound editors Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan made history at the Oscars. For their work on the film "La La Land" (written and directed by Damien Chazelle), Lee and Morgan became the first female sound editing duo to be nominated for an Academy Award. This year, the two were nominated again for their work on "First Man" (also directed by Chazelle), about the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. For Lee and Morgan, the film presented a unique set of challenges — from recreating the sound of the Apollo 11 launch (which Armstrong's sons said they'd never seen accurately reproduced on film before), to matching Armstrong's actual "one small step" words with Ryan Gosling's performance. The two spoke with The Frame about their approach to the sound of "First Man."

Can You Believe They Put A Man On The Moon

(Starts at 1:00) 

The documentary “Apollo 11” is largely assembled from previously unseen footage and unheard audio, culled from thousands of hours of film reels and sound recordings. Director Todd Douglas Miller described how he and his team worked with NASA and the National Archives, which led them to a big discovery. The film can be seen in select theaters and (a shorter version) on the IMAX screen at the California Science Center in L.A.'s Exposition Park.