Orson Welles http://wesa.fm en The Science of Fear & the 1938 War of the Worlds Broadcast http://wesa.fm/post/science-fear-1938-war-worlds-broadcast <p>Seventy-five years ago today, a salivating, tentacled Martian slithered out of a deep hole in the ground of a New Jersey farm.&nbsp;</p><p>Today, we know that this alien did not really incinerate the people of Grover’s Mill with its heat-rays. But after the 1938 <em>War of the Worlds</em> radio broadcast on CBS, many believed the country was under attack. The result was said to be mass hysteria.</p><p>The following day Orson Welles, the narrator and director of the broadcast, apologized to angry listeners, stating that it was not real, but a hoax. Some 12 million people listened in but to this day we are not sure how many actually believed it was true.</p><p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 19:49:26 +0000 Katie Martin 18987 at http://wesa.fm The Science of Fear & the 1938 War of the Worlds Broadcast