'War Of The Worlds,' 75 Years Later

'War Of The Worlds,' 75 Years Later

It was 75 years ago that Orson Welles produced one of the most famous broadcasts in radio history: "War of the Worlds." But much of the mythology now associated with the original broadcast -- stories of miscarriages and suicides -- may be as fictional as the play's alien invasion storyline. Radio historian Neil Verma joins Kojo to explore what really happened, as well as the craft behind the radio play itself

It was 75 years ago that Orson Welles produced one of the most famous broadcasts in radio history: "War of the Worlds." But much of the mythology now associated with the original broadcast -- stories of miscarriages and suicides -- may be as fictional as the play's alien invasion story line. Radio historian Neil Verma joins Kojo to explore what really happened, as well as the craft behind the radio play itself.

Guests

Neil Verma

Professor, University of Chicago; Author, "Theatre of the Mind: Imagination, Aesthetics and American Radio Drama" (University Of Chicago Press, 2012)

Orson Welles' "War Of The Worlds" Full Radio Broadcast

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