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American Experience; War of the Worlds

09/05/2013

BROADCAST MASTER - HD BASE War of the Worlds, NOLA Code: WWAE 000000


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Series
American Experience
Program
War of the Worlds
Program Number

2507

Series Description

Premiered October 1988 As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its eighteenth season, the series has produced over 180 programs and garnered every major broadcast award. Series release date: 10/1988

Program Description

Timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Orson Welles' infamous radio drama, "War of the Worlds" explores this unprecedented and little understood event. With the CBS radio broadcast serving as its narrative spine, the film examines the elements that together created one of the biggest mass hysteria events in U.S. history, including our longtime fascination with life on Mars; the emergence of radio as a powerful new medium; the shocking Hindenburg explosion of 1937, the first disaster to broadcast live; and the creative wunderkind Orson Welles, the 23-year-old director of the drama and mischief maker supreme. Public reaction, forever immortalized in thousands of letters written to CBS, the Federal Communications Commission and Mr. Wells himself, are dramatized in on-camera interviews, bringing to life the people who listened that night to the broadcast and thought it was either awfully good fun or the end of the world.

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Duration

00:56:10

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Documentary
Topics
History
Citation
Chicago: “American Experience; War of the Worlds,” 09/05/2013, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 9, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_15BED33E946944F08D810A157DAA4EE1.
MLA: “American Experience; War of the Worlds.” 09/05/2013. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 9, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_15BED33E946944F08D810A157DAA4EE1>.
APA: American Experience; War of the Worlds. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_15BED33E946944F08D810A157DAA4EE1
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