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The Documentary Podcast

Hey Sisters, Sew Sisters

27:29 | Dec 31st, 2019

2 recommendations
Space travel is not always high-tech. When the Apollo astronauts landed on the Moon in 1969, seamstresses made their spacesuits at a company famous for stitching latex into Playtex bras. During the Sp...Show More


epekilis recommended:Jan 26th

@mm I just heard this one too. Some parts of the astronauts’ spacesuit equipment are actually handsewn, by, like, tailors and seamstresses from the garment industry. Completely ordinary people who take such pride in what they do. Terrific storytelling.

mmJan 26th

@epekilis There needs to be more stories and a whole series on the people behind the big events and things we honour and celebrate!

epekilisJan 26th

@mm Yeah, to me that’s the ultimate podcast episode. The ones that find the human element in the big story. Human interest stories help me understand and relate to really big things that otherwise seem intangible and just impossible to relate to like scientific developments, economic trends, climate change. But when you hear about the Playter bra lady sewing the space suit, or frankly that design guy in the NASA Small Steps podcast talking about all the factors they have to take in designing a modern space suit, then all of a sudden I feel like I have a better perspective on “Why don’t they just make a space suit that fits women astronauts!!!”

mmJan 26th

@epekilis Yes! All of it! You just reminded me of the #bigfail of the planned all-women spacewalk that didn't happen at first because the one of the suits didn't fit. 🤦‍♀️

mmaranJan 28th

@epekilis thanks for recommending this episode! I knew about this group of women but most only peripherally, as it was kind of glossed over in the Moon Landing documentaries I watched. I can't wait to give it a listen.

mm recommended:Jan 24th

A heartwarming story about the space "Sew Sisters", the women who sewed the spacesuits for the moon landing and thermal blankets for the spaceplane. And this episode was hosted by a female NASA astronaut, Nicole Stott, too! 🧵👩🏽‍🚀

dannyJan 24th

@mm I feel like this is your new favourite podcast.

mmJan 24th

@danny I just downloaded a bunch of episodes from this show at the same time and going through them on walks. So far terrific content 👍