Yuri Gagarin and the first man in space

In this episode, we look at the life of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who in 1961, would become the first human to achieve space flight.

This show follows Gagarin’s early years, how he got into the Soviet space program, the rivalry between the Russians and the Americans, his famous flight, and the his latter years.

Download this episode or listen online.


Beyond: The Astonishing Story of the First Human to Leave Our Planet and Journey into Space by Stephen Walker. Lots of details.

Starman: The Truth Behind the Legend of Yuri Gagarin by Jamie Doran.

Gagarin’s Wikipedia page.

Vostok 1 Wikipedia page.