The War of the Worlds Broadcast

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The Broadcast and Panic


The Origins

Learn about the origins of the broadcast The War of the Worlds broadcast was supposed to be just another episode of a regularly scheduled radio program. . .


Telling the Story

Learn how the Mercury Theater updated the War of the Worlds novelThe performers and writers updated The War of the Worlds story by moving the setting to modern day America. . .


Martian Attack

Learn how the broadcast unfolded The War of the Worlds broadcast aired at 8 p.m. on Halloween eve 1938. . .


The Panic

Learn about the War of the Worlds panicThe War of the Worlds Broadcast caused over a million listeners to become excited, frightened or disturbed. . .


The Aftermath

Learn about the aftermath of the broadcastThe War of the Worlds panic began to subside as real news reports about the hoax spread. . .



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