Orson Welles and the War of the Worlds


Orson Welles, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, March 1, 1937, inset with "Martians vs. Thunder Child," from the "War of the Worlds" novel

In 1938, Orson Welles produced a series of radio dramas, including one based on "War of the Worlds." The broadcast aired the night before Halloween and purportedly caused a mass panic. But why did listeners believe the show was real? (And how much of the panic was hype?) Tune in to find out.

Orson Welles, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, March 1, 1937, inset with "Martians vs. Thunder Child," from the "War of the Worlds" novel

Topics in this Podcast: radio, 20th century, hoaxes, entertainment history, U.S. history, American history