John Glen gets ready to be the first man to orbit space.

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Cinema Classic Challenge: 'The Right Stuff'

August 16, 2017

There are some moments that are made to inspire. There are some moments that can invoke a swelling sense of awe in humanity's ability to show great feats of courage and bravery. That despite all the horrors that happen in the world, there are moments in history that every living being can rally behind as a collective step forward for the human race. "The Right Stuff," made in 1983, is a film about one of those moments.

The movie, based on the book with the same name by Tom Wolfe, follows the Mercury 7 astronauts as they train and get blasted into space. Like Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay climbing Everest, "The Right Stuff" explores humanity’s inherent need to investigate the unknown and reach higher into the heavens. Film critic Garen Daly joined Boston Public Radio to discuss whether "The Right Stuff," more than 30 years after it was released, still has the power to inspire.

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