War of the Worlds

Today seventy-five years ago, much of the United States freaked out. People fled their homes into the streets. Police, newspapers, and radio stations were overwhelmed with calls about an alien invasion. All because they believed a radio play was real. A radio play based on a book from 40 years prior and who was recently an extremely popular comic serial. RadioLab asked the question could it happen again? Then showed how it did… in Ecuador. 

The Atlanta public radio station played this Sunday night. It was a made my drive much more enjoyable. (Normally it sucks, but I actually enjoyed it.) If the player does not work, then try War of the Worlds RadioLab s4e3.

American Experience also has a War of the Worlds take. Slightly different take looking more at the production and completely ignores Ecuador.