War of the Worlds: American Experience
War of the Worlds: American Experience Previous Broadcasts
KQED World: Sat, Oct 31, 2015 -- 6:00 AM
With the CBS radio broadcast of Orson Wells' "War of the Worlds" serving as its narrative spine, the film examines the elements that together created one of the biggest mass hysteria events in US history. Public outcry, forever immortalized in thousands of letters written to CBS, the FCC 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.