The War that Never Was: The 1938 Radio Broadcast of The War of the Worlds

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Date and Time

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 1:00 PM


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Haas Center for Performing Arts » 1121 - GVSU Art Gallery


On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre production group gave a live radio broadcast adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic 1897 science fiction story “The War of the Worlds.” That evening, millions of people gathered around their radios and listened to the unfolding drama as invading Martians landed in Grover’s Mill, New Jersey to begin their conquest of the planet. Some knew the broadcast was a play. Others did not. This presentation will take a historical look at the “spoof that spooked a nation,” exploring why it happened in the context of the period and how the “The War of the Worlds” continues to be popularized in film, television, and music.

Presenter: Glen E. Swanson, M.S.

This program is "LIB 100 Approved!"


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