October 2, 2014 - Lynn Sherr

  • 10/02/2014

Dr. Kent Sepkowitz discusses America's first Ebola case, rich Americans develop new ways to exclude others, and Lynn Sherr talks "Sally Ride: America's First Woman in Space."

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )>> Stephen: TONIGHT, A DEADLY

VIRUS HITS AMERICA.

PRESIDENT OBAMA, IT IS TIME TOREINFORCE OUR SALAD BAR SNEEZE

GUARDS.

THEN, A BATTLE OVER OUR NATION'SBEACHES.

I HAVE HAD IT UP TO HERE, UNTILTHE TIDE GOES OUT, AND THEN I'VE

HAD IT DOWN TO HERE.

AND MY GUEST, LYNN SHERR, HASBEEN COVERING NASA SINCE 1981,

THAT'S 33 IN EARTH YEARS.

ADAM SANDLER HAS SIGNED AFOUR-MOVIE DEAL WITH NETFLIX.

BIG DEAL.

I GET UNLIMITED MOVIES FROMTHEM.

THIS IS THE "COLBERT REPORT."

(AUDIENCE CHANTING "STEPHEN!")

>> Stephen: WELCOME TO THEREPORT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING USTONIGHT, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

THANK YOU.

FOLKS-- LADIES AND GENTLEMEN --

MR. AND MRS. AMERICA AND ALL THESHIPS OUT AT SEA, THANK YOU FOR

BEING HERE, IN HERE,

OUT THERE, ALL AROUND THE WORLD.

EVERYONE WATCHING ON SATELLITERIGHT NOW AND ON THE THE

WIRELESS.

FOLKS, LET'S FACE IT, THERE'SONLY ONE STORY TO TALK ABOUT

TONIGHT AND THAT IS EBOLA.

THE FIRST THING YOU HAVE TOKNOW-- DO NOT TOUCH ME.

( LAUGHTER )OKAY, BECAUSE IF YOU DO, IF YOU

DO, I WILL CUT YOU.

( LAUGHTER )OKAY.

THEM I WILL CLEAN UP VERYTHOROUGHLY.

FOLKS, FOR WEEKS WE'VE HEARDABOUT THIS DEADLY PANDEMIC

TAKING HOLD AND IN WHOCARES-ISTAN.

BUT NOW-->> BREAKING RIGHT NOW THE FIRST

CONFIRMED CASE OF EBOLA RIGHTHERE IN THE UNITED STATES.

>> THE FIRST CASE OF EBOLADIAGNOSED IN THE UNITED STATES.

A MAN IN TEXAS, NOW INISOLATION.

>> EBOLA, IT'S HERE.

>> IT IS HERE, EBOLA.

>> EBOLA, HERE.

>> Stephen: YES, EBOLA HERE.

( LAUGHTER )FOLKS, THAT IS CRAP-YOUR-PANTS

TERRIFYING IN THAT CRAP YOURPANTS IS ONE OF THE SYMPTOMS OF

EBOLA.

AND NOW THAT THE VIRUS HAS HITAMERICA, IT'S ONLY A MATTER OF

TIME BEFORE IT INFECTS US ALL.

I MEAN WHAT'S WHAT HAPPENED WITHIGGY AZALEA.

( LAUGHTER )SO IT IS TIME FOR TONIGHT'S.

>> DEATHPOCALYPSE NOW.

EBOLA IN AMERICA.

50 STATES OF GRAVE.

>> Stephen: BY THE WAY, THATEXPLODING GRAPHIC JUST SPREAD

EBOLA ALL OVER THE INSIDE OFYOUR TV SCREEN.

REMEMBER, FOLKS, ANYBODY CAN GETEBOLA JUST BY COMING IN CONTACT

WITH AN INFECTED PURPOSE'SBODILY FLUIDS, INCLUDING BLOOD,

SWEAT, FECES, VOMIT, SEMEN, ANDSPIT.

SO YOU MIGHT WANT TO AVOID THENEXT GATHERING OF THE JUGGALOS.

( LAUGHTER )AND I WON'T BE FOOLED INTO

STAYING CALM BY THE SO-CALLEDEXPERTS WITH THEIR SO-CALLED

MEDICAL DEGREES AND THEIRSO-CALLED FINGERS.

AND NEITHER WILL THE FOX ANDFRIEND.

>> EBOLA IS-- IS NOT ASCONTAGIOUS.

IT'S A VERY INFECTIOUS VIRUS,BUT IT'S NOT AS CONTAGIOUS.

>> YOU HAVE A VERY CALM TONE.

I THINK IT MUST COME BY NATUREWITH WHAT YOU DO PROFESSIONALLY,

DOCTOR.

BUT I THINK THE REST OF US ARESAYING, WAIT A MINUTE.

>> I WONDER IF THEY'RE JUSTTRYING NOT TO PANIC US OR THEM.

>> AGAIN, IT'S BECAUSE-- THOSE--SORRY.

>> Stephen: DID YOU HEAR THATCOUGH!

DID YOU HEAR THAT COUGH?

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )COME ON!

SHE CLEARLY HAS EBOLA!

AND NOW SO DO ALL THE FOXAND FRIENDS.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

THANK GOD, THANK GOD-- YES,THEY'RE LIKE TINKERBELL, YOU

HAVE TO CLAP TO KEEP THEM ALIVE.

AND IF WE DO LOSE ONE OF THEMTHANK GOD THERE'S A SPARE DOOCY.

FORTUNATELY, FOLKS, FOR EVERYMEDICAL PROFESSIONAL OUT THERE

REASSURING US THERE'S A TVPROFESSIONAL RESCARING US.

>> YOU'LL VOMIT CONNTROLLABLY.

YOU'LL BLEED FROM YOURNOSE, EYES, EARS ELSEWHERE.

YOUR ORGANS WILL START TO FAIL.

YOUR SKIN WILL BECOME YELLOWISHWITH JAUNDICE, AND THE BLEEDING

BECOMES SEVERE.

AND THERE IS NO CURE.

>> Stephen: NO CURE? I THOUGHTNYQUIL WAS THE

SNIFFLING, SNEEZING, FEVER,JAUNDICE,

BLEEDING FROM THE MOUTH, NOSE,EYES SO YOU CAN REST MEDICINE.

AND WITH OUR GOVERNMENT JUSTCLUELESS ABOUT THIS CRISIS, ONCE

AGAIN IT FALLS TO THE PUNDITSECTOR TO SOLVE IT.

>> SHOULD WE BE STOPPINGTAKING FLIGHTS FROM THESE EBOLA

HOT ZONES IN WEST AFRICA?

>> WHY ARE WE NOT STOPPING AIRTRAVEL BETWEEN LIBERIA AND OTHER

NATIONS?

>> WHY ARE WE ALLOWING THESEFLIGHTS INTO THE U.S. RIGHT NOW?

>> SHOULD WE JUST ISOLATE THECOUNTRIES THAT ARE EXPERIENCING

THIS.

>> Stephen: CLEARLY WE HAVE TOCUT OFF ALL CONTACT WITH PLACES

WITH EBOLA, STARTING WITH ABORDER WALL AROUND TEXAS.

LISTEN--( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

LISTEN-- LISTEN, I KNOW YOU GUYSALWAYS WANTED TO BE YOUR OWN

COUNTRY. WELL, CONGRATULATIONS,GUYS,

YOUR FOUNDING FATHER IS RICKPERRY.

( LAUGHTER )( APPLAUSE )

EVEN THAT MIGHT NOT BE ENOUGH.

WE GOT TO TREAT THIS LIKE THEZOMBIE APOCALYPSE.

I SAY WE RE-ROUTE THE KEYSTONEOIL PIPELINE INTO THE

MISSISSIPPI RIVER AND SET THAT( BLEEP ) ON FIRE!

OKAY?

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )IT SERVES YOU RIGHT.

IT SERVES YOU RIGHT FOR HAVINGRADIO STATIONS THAT BEGIN WITH

"K."

EVERYONE OVER THERE, EVERY ONTHAT SIDE OF THE RIVER IS GOING

TO HAVE TO TAKE ONE FOR THETEAM, BUT REMEMBER, THERE'S NO

"I" IN MISSISSIPPI.

FOLKS, THESE ARE CLEARLY THE ENDTIMES, AND I HOPE YOU'RE

SPENDING THEM WITH YOUR CLOSESTLOVED ONES.

I AM SPENDING THEM WITH SOMEONEI NEVER MET BEFORE.

PLEASE WELCOME THE HEAD OF THEINFECTION CONTROL PROGRAM AT

MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERINGHOSPITAL, DR. KENT SEPKOWITZ.

DOCTOR THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.

>> THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME HERE.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: DOCTOR, DOCTOR,THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING

HERE.

( LAUGHTER )BE HONEST-- HOW MUCH URINE AND

FECES WERE YOU HANDLINGBACKSTAGE BEFORE YOU CAME HERE?

>> NONE WHATSOEVER

>> Stephen: I'LL CHECK THEWEB-CAM.

>> I MIGHT HAVE TO RETHINK IT.

NONE WHATSOEVER.

>> Stephen: WHAT ARE THE ODDSTHAT I'M GOING TO GET EBOLA?

>> ZERO.

NEXT QUESTION.

>> Stephen: COME ON.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN ZERO?

WHAT YOU MEAN ZERO?

THAT'S WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID. THE PRESIDENT SAID IT'S

UNLIKELY WE'RE GOING TO GET ANOUTBREAK OF EBOLA IN THE UNITED

STATES.

AND NOW HE'S TURNED OUT TO BEWRONG.

YOU'RE SAYING YOU'RE RIGHTERTHAN THE PRESIDENT?

>> I'M RIGHTER THAN THEPRESIDENT, THAT'S CORRECT

>> Stephen: REALLY.

>> YES.

THERE'S ACTUALLY SCIENCE BEHINDTHIS.

>> Stephen: HE SAID UNLIKELY.

YOU SAID ZERO PERCENT.

YOU'RE GOING IN THE OTHERDIRECTION.

THE PROOF IS WE HAVE IT NOW INAMERICA.

>> WE HAVE ONE CASE NOW.

THERE IS ACTUAL SCIENCE BEHINDTHIS.

THIS IS NOT RUMOR ANDPUNDITOCRACY DOING THIS.

THERE HAVE BEEN STUDIES.

WE HAVE HAD 20 OUTBREAKS OFEBOLA IN THE LAST 40 YEARS.

>> Stephen: NEVER ONE THISBAD.

>> NEVER ONE THIS BAD.

WE KNOW HOW IT'S TRANSMITTED.

WE EVEN KNOW HOW IT'STRANSMITTED IN THE HOUSEHOLD.

IN THE HOUSEHOLD IT'S NOT EVENTHAT CONTAGIOUS, AND THAT'S WHEN

YOU HAVE A SICK MOM OR DAD ANDTHERE ARE FAMILY MEMBERS.

ONE IN SEVEN FAMILY MEMBERSCOMES DOWN WITH EBOLA, EVEN IN

THAT CLOSE CONFINE.

>> Stephen: THIS GUY-- SEVENFAMILY MEMBERS -- THIS GUY, WHAT

ARE THEY SAYING NOW, THIS GUYMAY HAVE EXPOSED EBOLA UP TO 100

PEOPLE.

>> YEAH, YEAH.

>> Stephen: DOES EBOLA MAKEYOU POPULAR?

>> IT MAKES YOU VERY POPULAR.

>> Stephen: 100 PEOPLE.

THAT'S A LOT OF PEOPLE.

>> THAT'S TEXAS NUMBERS.

WHAT CAN I TELL YOU.

( LAUGHTER )( APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: ONE OF US-- ONE OFUS IS TAKING THIS SERIOUSLY.

>> ONE OF US IS.

>> Stephen: SO WHAT CAN I DO--WHAT CAN I DO TO AVOID EBOLA?

>> I THINK YOU ACTUALLY SAIDIT-- DON'T GET PHYSICALLY CLOSE

TO SOMEONE WHO IS BLEEDING TODEATH WOULD BE MY MAIN ADVICE.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

>> IT'S VERY CLEAR THAT THEAMOUNT OF VIRUS IN BLOOD IS SKY

HIGH IN SOMEONE WHO ISINFECTIOUS.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

>> AND THE ONLY WAY TO GETINFECTED IS TO TOUCH THAT BLOOD

BARE HANDED OR SMEAR IT ON YOURFACE WHICH MAYBE YOU WOULD BE

INCLINED TO DO.

I DON'T KNOW.

( LAUGHTER ).

>> Stephen: IT DEPENDS ON HOWGOOD THE PARTY IS.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )>> BUT I THINK THAT EVEN THOUGH

WE'VE HAD A SEVEN-MONTHOUTBREAK, YOU KNOW, NUMBERING

NOW IN 7,000-PLUS CASES, THIS ISNOT THAT CONTAGIOUS A DISEASE

WHICH I KNOW ALL OF US KEEPSAYING?

>> Stephen: THE PRETTY LADY ONTV SAID NO CURE.

>> NO CURE.

>> Stephen: OKAY?

IS THERE NO CURE FOR THIS?

>> THE BODY'S OWN IMMUNE SYSTEMIS THE ONLY CURE.

THERE IS NOT AN APPROVED DRUG.

>> Stephen: WHAT ABOUT THATZ-MAPP STUFF? I'M A CELEBRITY,

I CAN GET WHAT OTHER PEOPLECAN'T.

>> WE HAVE A HAND FULL OF PEOPLEWHO HAVE GOTTEN Z-MAPP.

Z-MAP MIGHT OR MIGHT NOT WORK.

THE STUDIES ARE NOT IN YET.

>> Stephen: CARDS ON THE TABLETIME, ALL RIGHT?

DOES SOMEONE ELSE COME DOWN WITHEBOLA BECAUSE THIS GUY HAD EBOLA

SOMEBODY IN TEXAS?

>> THERE MIGHT BE ONE SECONDARYCASE, THERE MIGHT BE TWO

SECONDARY CASE.

>> Stephen: SO THERE COULD BE100% INCREASE IN EBOLA IN THE

UNITED STATES.

>> THAT IS CORRECT.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU FOR THATSHOCKING NEWS, DOCTOR.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Stephen: DR. KENTSEPKOWITZ, MEMORIAL SLOAN

KETTERING CANCER CENTER. WE'LLBE RIGHT BACK, MAYBE

THANK YOU.( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: WELCOME TO THEREPORT, EVERYBODY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

GOOD TO SEE YOU.

WELCOME BACK.

NATION, I GOTTA TELL YOU-- AND IDON'T SUPPOSE IT'S NECESSARILY

ANY KIND OF NEWS FLASH RIGHTNOW, BUT BEING RICH IS GREAT.

THE ONLY DRAWBACK IS SOMETIMESYOU ENCOUNTER PEOPLE WHO HAVE

LESS MONEY THAN YOU HAVE.

AND WHAT WE RICH PEOPLE WANTMORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE IS TO

FEEL SEPARATE IN OUREXCLUSIVENESS.

THIS IS A STATE KNOWN ADDSOLITOCITY.

IT'S A SECRET WORD THAT ONLYRICH PEOPLE USE.

( LAUGHTER )IT'S ON THE SPECIAL S.A.T. THAT

WE DON'T HAVE TO TAKE BECAUSETHE COLLEGE HAS A BUILDING NAMED

AFTER US.

THIS NEED FOR EXCLUSIVITY IS WHYWE HAVE OUR OWN PRIVATE JETS,

OUR OWN PRIVATE ISLANDS, EVENOUR OWN PRIVATE PARTS.

( LAUGHTER )I MEAN, IMAGINE GOING THROUGH

LIFE WITH ONLY ONE SET OFGENITALS.

I PITY YOU.

( LAUGHTER )WE NEED TO BE AWAY FROM YOU

NORMALS WHICH IS WHY I WASSO INSPIRED BY AN INNOVATION IN

EXCLUSIVITY PIONEERED BY VINODHOSLA, A SILICON VALLEY

ZILLIONAIRE AND BARACK OBAMAVINDALOO.

KHOSLA OWNS 53 ACRES OF BEACHFRONT PROPERTY ON THE PACIFIC

COAST BUT BECAUSE OF SOME DUMBRULE THAT YOU CAN'T BUY THE

OCEAN, THE UNWASHED MASSES KEPTUP-WASHING ON HIS BEACH NEAR HIS

PROPERTY AND HE TOOK ACTION.

>> KHOSLA GAINED CONTROL TO THEONLY ROAD TO THE BEACH, BUILT A

GATE, AND CALLED THE COPS.

FAMILIES WHO HAD FLOCKED HEREFOR GENERATIONS WERE SUDDENLY

SHUT OUT.

>> Stephen: YOU KNOW WHAT THEYSAY-- YOU CAN'T BUY HAPPENNESS,

BUT KHOSLA PROVED YOU CAN BUYOTHER PEOPLE'S SADNESS.

UNFORTUNATELY, KHOSLA'S PLAN HITA BUMP IN THE ROADBLOCK.

>> THE JUDGE HAS RULED AGAINST ABILLIONAIRE WHO CLOSED OFF

ACCESS TO MARTINS BEACH, EVENTHOUGH KHOSLA OWNS THE 53-ACRE

BEACHFRONT PROPERTY, THE ENTIRECALIFORNIA COAST BELOW THE HIGH

TIDE LINE IS ACTUALLY PUBLICPROPERTY.

>> Stephen: KHOSLA IS ATREND-SETTER AND OTHER OPULENT

AMERICANS ARE ALREADY FOLLOWINGIN HIS FOOTSTEPS ON THE BEACH.

THIS TIME THERE'S ONLY ONE SETIN THE SAND.

BECAUSE JESUS COULDN'T GET PASTTHE GATES.

( LAUGHTER )JIM.

>> THAT HASN'T STOPPED OTHERBEACHED FRONT HOME OWNERS FROM

INSTALLING FAKE "NO PARKING"SIGNS, HIDING ACCESS POINTS AND

DISGUISING SOME CURBS AS FIRELANES.

>> Stephen: YES, THEY'REKEEPING THE PUBLIC AWAY WITH

FAKE FIRE LANES IN FRONT OFTHEIR HOUSE WHICH, AS A BONUS,

THE FIRE DEPARTMENT CAN USE TOPARK THEIR TRUCKS WHEN AN ANGRY

MOB SETS FIRE TO THEIR HOUSE.

BUT BEST OF ALL--( APPLAUSE )

BEST OF ALL OF THESE GUYS--( APPLAUSE )

BEST OF ALL IS CALIFORNIA MEDIAMOGUL DAVID GEFFEN WHO IS

EVIDENTLY TIRED OF BEACHGOERSPARKING NEAR HIS HOUSE AND HE

FOUND AN INGENIOUS NEW WAY TOTELL THEM TO GEFF OFF MY LAWN.

>> THESE ARE DESIGNED TO LOOKLIKE GARAGE DOORS BUT THEY'RE

NOT ACTUALLY GARAGE DOORS.

IT LOOKS LIKE YOU CAN'T PARKHERE, BUT IF YOU LOOK REALLY,

REALLY CLOSELY, THESE AREACTUALLY SEALED SHUT.

>> Stephen: YES, THESE FAKEGARAGE DOORS ARE KEEPING

BEACHGOERS AWAY AND IF HE PAINTA TUNNEL ON THEM HE CAN FINALLY

DEFEAT THAT COYOTE.

( LAUGHTER )( APPLAUSE )

FOLKS, I APPLAUD-- YOU APPLAUDAND I APPLAUD THESE TRAILBLAZERS

BECAUSE AS A WEALTH-AMERICAN, ITOO SUFFER THE INDIGNITY OF

SHARING THE WORLD WITH OTHERS.

IT'S SO DISTASTEFUL DRIVING ONTHE SAME ROAD WITH THE NORMALLY

MONIED.

NOW I DRIVE WHEREVER I WANTBECAUSE I HAVE A YIELD SIGN

ATTACHED TO MY FRONT BUMPER.

BUT ONCE I GET WHERE I'M GOING,I STILL WANT THE PRIVACY.

THAT'S WHY NOW I ALWAYS TRAVELWITH MY OWN VELVET-ROPED

V.I.P. SECTION.

YES.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )THIS-- THIS CREATES AN

INPENETRABLE ZONE OF SOLITOCITYAROUND MY NECK.

NOW NOT ONLY AM I LIVING IN THECHAMPAGNE ROOM, BUT IT COMES

WITH A GETAWAY STRAP SO AT AMOMENT'S NOTICE I CAN ESCAPE THE

RABBLE.

I JUST USE MY REMOTE CONTROL,AND THEN ONCE THE STRAP DESCENDS

I MERELY ATTACH THE STRAP TOTHIS, AND IF I RUN INTO ANY

HOI POLLOI, I MERELY WHISKMYSELF AWAY TO A RESORT

SO EXCLUSIVE NO ONE HAS EVERRETURNED.

JIMMY!

JIMMY!

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,EVERYBODY. MY GUEST TONIGHT IS

A JOURNALIST WHO'S BOOK ISCALLED "SALLY RIDE: AMERICA'S

FIRST WOMAN IN SPACE." SHEREALLY SHATTERED THE GLASS

STRATOPHERE. PLEASE WELCOME LYNNSHERR!

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )LYNN, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

COMING ON.

NICE TO MEET YOU.

>> GOOD TO BE HERE YOU.

>> Stephen: YOU ARE AN EMMY ANDPEABODY-AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST

AND AUTHOR.

YOU SPENT OVER 30 YEARS AT ABCNEWS.

YOU COVERED THE NASA SPACEPROGRAM FROM 1981 TO 86, AND YOU

BECAME FRIENDS WITH ASTRONAUTSALLY RIDE AND YOU HAVE A NEW

BIOGRAPHY OF SALLY RIDE, YOURFRIEND, "AMERICA'S

FIRST WOMAN IN SPACE."

>> I DO.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: WHAT YEAR WASSALLY RIDE THE FIRST WOMAN IN

SPACE?

>> 1983.

>> Stephen: 1983.

THE RUSSIANS HAD ALREADY BEATENUS TO THE PUNCH.

>> TWICE.

>> Stephen: TWICE.

>> TWO RUSSIAN WOMEN HAD ALREADYGONE UP, ONE IN '63, AND ONE IN

'82.

>> Stephen: HOW COME IF WEWERE IN A COLD WAR WE LET THE

RUSKIES BEAT US WITH THE SPACELADIES.

>> WHAT A GOOD QUESTION.

>> Stephen: THANK YOU, IT'SWHAT I DO FOR A LIVING.

WHY DID WE NOT PRIORITIZE THISTHE SAME WAY RUSSIA DID?

>> NASA DIDN'T THINK WOMEN WEREA PRIORITY.

FIRST THERE WAS THE RACE TO GETTO THE MOON-- BOO IS RIGHT.

BUT BEFORE SALLY RIDE FLEW, THEONLY THREE FEMALES NASA HAS

FLOWN WERE TWO SPIDERS AND AMONKEY.

WOMEN WERE IN THE LOWEST PAYINGJOBS IN NASA, AND BY THE TIME

NASA GOT AROUND TO RECRUITINGWOMEN, WHICH WAS 1976, THE REST

OF THE COUNTRY HAD PRETTY MUCHFIGURED THAT OUT ALREADY, BUT

THEY GOT THERE.

AND ONCE THEY GOT THERE, THEYWENT FOR IT.

SO IT HAD BEEN A MEN'S CLUB OF,A WHITE MEN'S CLUB, AND THEN

ALONG CAME THEIR RECRUITMENT FORWOMEN AND MINORITIES AND THE

WORLD CHANGE.

>> Stephen: WELL, WHITE MEN'SCLUB WAS THERE FOR A WHILE BUT I

GOTTA SAY, I DO ADMIRE WHATSALLY RIDE DID.

HOW LONG WAS SHE IN TRAININGBEFORE SHE WENT INTO SPACE?

>> WELL, SHE GOT TO NASA IN1978.

SHE WAS IN TRAINING AND NAMED ASTHE FIRST AMERICAN WOMAN TO FLY

IN 1982.

AND SHE FLEW IN 1983.

SO HE HAD ALL THAT TRAINING ANDTHEN SHE HAD ONE YEAR OF REALLY,

REALLY INTENSIVE TRAINING RIGHTBEFORE SHE FLEW.

>> Stephen: WHAT DOES THATMEAN, REALLY INTENSIVE TRAINING?

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO?

WHAT WERE THE PHYSICALREQUIREMENTS?

WERE THERE SOME PHYSICAL THINGSTHEY THOUGHT WOMEN COULDN'T DO

THAT YOU HAD TO DO FOR SPACESPACE?

>> EVERYTHING.

>> Stephen: WOMEN CAN FLOATUPSIDE DOWN, I WOULD IMAGINE

THAT.

>> THEY CERTAINLY CAN.

>> Stephen: WHAT DO THEY HAVETO DO?

>> THE SAME THING THE MEN DO.

>> Stephen: I DON'T KNOW WHATTHOSE ARE, EITHER.

>> THERE WAS NO DIFFERENCE INTHE TRAINING.

THE MEN AND WOMEN TRAINEDEXACTLY ALIKE.

THEY HAD TO LEARN HOW TO JUMPOUT OF A PARACHUTE --

>> Stephen: HOPEFULLY OUT OFA PLANE BUT IN THE PARACHUTE.

JUMPING OUT OF THE PARACHUTE ISVERY TOUGH.

THAT IS VERY TOUGH TRAINING.

>> BUT, YOU KNOW, THE ASTRONAUTSARE VERY SMART, SO-- THEY HAD TO

DO WATER SURVIVAL TRAINING.

HAD TO LEARN HOW ALL THE GADGETSAND ALL THE SWITCHES IN THE

SHUTTLE, WHAT IS GOING ON, HOWTO MAKE IT WORK.

>> Stephen: DID HER NAME HELPIN THE CHOOSING PROCESS?

FOR NASA?

HER NAME IS SALLY RIDE.

WAS SHE UP AGAINST LIKE EMILYSIPKOWITZ.

>> HERE'S WHAT IS AMAZING, HERREAL NAME IT'S RIDE FAMILY NAME

GOES BACK ABOUT 400 YEARS INENGLAND.

NO, HER NAME ACTUALLY DIDN'THAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT.

>> Stephen: DIDN'T HELP ATALL?

NASA DIDN'T LIKE IT?

>> NO.

>> Stephen: IT LOOKED GREAT ONA PUBLICITY RELEASE.

>> YOU'RE RIGHT.

I'LL ASK.

I'LL DOUBLE CHECK THAT.

>> Stephen: PLEASE DO, PLEASEDO.

>> Stephen: IT WAS REVEALED INHER OBITUARY, THE LAST LINE OF

HER OBITUARY-- TELL THE PEOPLETHE LAST LINE OF HER OBITUARY.

>> IT WAS THAT SHE WAS SURVIVEDBY HER SISTER AND HER MOTHER AND

HER PARTNER OF 27 YEARS, TAMOSHAUGHNESSY.

>> Stephen: NOT EVERY OBITUARYHAS A PLOT TWIST RIGHT AT THE

END.

IT'S REVEALED THAT SHE HAD BEENA LESBIAN.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: THE ENTIRE TIME ORDID SPACE DO THAT TO HER?

BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT HAPPENEDWITH THE FANTASTIC FOUR.

THE COSMIC RAYS-- THE COSMICRAYS AND THEY GOT ALL FANTASTIC.

( LAUGHTER )( APPLAUSE ).

>> WELL, IT'S KIND OF A MIXEDSTORY.

BUT SHE GOT TOGETHER WITH TAM IN1987.

>> Stephen: SO AFTER GOING TOSPACE.

>> AFTER GOING TO SPACE.

>> Stephen: OKAY, YES, ALLRIGHT.

>> AND, YOU KNOW, IT WAS ADIFFERENT TIME.

THE WORLD WAS THEN NOTACCEPTING, LET ALONE RECOGNIZING

SAME-SEX COUPLES, AND SALLYCHOSE TO KEEP IT PRIVATE.

SHE WAS A VERY PRIVATEINDIVIDUAL.

>> Stephen: NO BIOGRAPHIES, NOMOVIES ABOUT HER.

>> NOTHING IN HER LIFETIME.

AND THIS ONLY CAME ABOUT BECAUSEHER PARTNER WANTED THE BIOGRAPHY

DONE AFTER SALLY DIED.

SALLY DIED IN 2012 AT THE AGE OF61, TWO YEARS AGO.

SHE NEVER-- I SPOKE TO HER MANYTIMES ABOUT IT.

SHE WAS A VERY CLOSE FRIEND, ANDSHE NEVER WANTED A BIOGRAPHY, AN

ADULT BIOGRAPHY.

THERE ARE A LOT OF KIDSBIOGRAPHIES OUT THERE.

BUT SHE NEVER WANTED A GROWN-UPBIOGRAPHY.

AND I THINK PART OF IT WAS SHEWAS PROTECTING NASA.

SHE DIDN'T WANT TO HAVE NASAHAVE TO DEAL WITH THE ISSUE OF

DEALING WITH A WOMAN WHO WASGAY, WHO HAD BEEN IN SPACE.

>> Stephen: DID SHE SEEHERSELF OR DID SHE FEEL HER ROLE

WAS AN ICON OF SCIENCE OR OFFEMINISM?

BECAUSE BOTH OF THOSE FRIGHTENME.

( LAUGHTER )I DON'T UNDERSTAND THEM.

I DON'T UNDERSTAND THEM.

>> YOU KNOW WHAT, I HAVE TOTELL, YOU WOULD HAVE REALLY

LIKED HER.

>> Stephen: WOULD I?

>> YOU WOULD HAVE REALLY LIKEDHER BECAUSE THE ANSWER IS BOTH.

SHE FELT BOTH AS A FEMINIST ANDSCIENTIST.

SHE BELIEVED WOMEN COULD DOANYTHING.

SHE GREW UP WITH PARENTS WHOBELIEVED WOMEN COULD DO

ANYTHING.

BUT SHE ALSO BELIEVED SCIENCEWAS GOING TO SAVE THE PLANET.

WHEN SHE WAS UP IN SPACE, SHELOOKED BACK AT EARTH, SHE SAW

WHAT SHE CALLED THE SAN ROYALBLUE LINE OF THE EARTH'S

ATMOSPHERE, SUCH A FRAGILESITUATION.

WITHOUT THAT ATMOSPHERE, WEWOULDN'T BE HERE.

SHE WOULD SOMETIMES CALL IT ASTHIN AS THE FUZZ ON A TENNIS

BALL-- SHE WAS A TENNIS PLAYERAS WELL.

AND SHE DEVOTED HER LIFE INLARGE PART TO MAKING SURE THAT

WE PROTECT THE PLANET AND SHEWANTED GIRLS, ESPECIALLY YOUNG

GIRLS, TO STUDY SCIENCE SOTHAIBD DO THAT.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

>> Stephen: WELL, THE BOOK IS"SALLY RIDE: AMERICA'S FIRST

WOMAN IN SPACE."

LYNN SHERR, THANK YOU SO MUCHFOR BEING HERE.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )>> Stephen: THAT'S IT FOR THE

REPORT, EVERYBODY.

GOOD NIGHT.