15 October 2014

War of the Welles - Airs Oct 15th

War of the Welles by R.H. Greene & John Rabe
George Takei primes us for a KPCC radio documentary that goes behind the scenes of the famous Halloween Eve broadcast of Orson Welles' and the Mercury Theatre's "War of the Worlds" in 1938 on CBS. It truly was a radio production so realistic, so convincing that it panicked listeners who believed the Martians really were invading our East Coast. Contrary to some accounts that only a few hundred or thousand were spooked by the broadcast, it can be figured that many more than one and a half million listeners felt an invasion was imminent. We'll hear the back-story of this stunning production, correcting many of these myths, and why exactly it worked so well and continues to captivate us today.

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