Episode 63 – Stars and Movie Stars – Asteroids and Sacheen Littlefeather

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This week we’re talking stars and movie stars.

Elise gives a TLDR of major planetary events and past asteroid collisions; do we need to worry about a Don’t Look Up-style asteroid attack, or should we focus our energy on the ground?

Then Olivia tells the incredible story of Sacheen Littlefeather, the Native activist best known for refusing an Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando for The Godfather at the 1973 Academy Awards. We talk about her surprising career shift and the long-overdue apology that almost came too late.

Other topics include Mother Teresa, spooky ghost tours, and the difference between an asteroid, a comet, and a meteor.

Story #1: A Brief History of Asteroid Collisions (Elise)

NASA Confirms DART Mission Impact Changed Asteroid’s Motion in Space, NASA, Oct 2022
Good news! Massive asteroid 1950 DA isn’t as big of a threat as we thought, The Weather Network, March 2022
What’s the Difference Between Asteroids, Comets and Meteors? We Asked a NASA Scientist: Episode 16, NASA, Dec 2021
The Tunguska Impact–100 Years Later, NASA, June 2008
NASA’s DART Mission Hits Asteroid in First-Ever Planetary Defense Test, NASA, Sept 2022
Move over, Bruce Willis: NASA crashed into an asteroid to test planetary defense, NPR, Sept 2022
Timeline: Comet and asteroid impacts, New Scientist, Sept 2006

Story #2: Sacheen Littlefeather (Olivia)

Sacheen at the Oscars, 1973. [photo via Wikipedia]

Sacheen, short documentary directed by Peter Spirer, 2019
Sacheen Littlefeather Interview 1976, posted by cadillaccasper on Youtube
Interview of Sacheen Littlefeather or Petite Plume for the university theatre in Nancy, via Ina
Sacheen Littlefeather, Activist Who Rejected Brando’s Oscar, Dies at 75, New York Times
That Unfinished Oscar Speech, March 30 1973, Marlon Brando (three days after the Oscars)
Clint Eastwood insults Sacheen Littlefeather and American Indians, reposted on Youtube
How a letter to Brando led to Sacheen Littlefeather’s famous Oscar moment, CBC, September 10 2022

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