Radio Lab: War of the Worlds
An examination of the power of mass media to create panic. In Radio Lab's very first live hour, they took a deep dive into one of the most controversial moments in broadcasting history - Orson Welles' 1938 radio play about Martians invading New Jersey, and asked: Why did it fool people then? And why has it continued to fool people since? From Santiago, Chile to Buffalo, New York to a particularly disastrous evening in Quito, Ecuador.