War of the Worlds

War of the Worlds

Dec 16, 2014

11/01/2014 - On this hour, a deep dive into one of the most controversial moments in broadcasting history:  Orson Welles' 1938 radio play about Martians invading New Jersey, "The Ware of the Worlds."


"War of the Worlds" Audio

Oct 31, 2013

If you missed the live broadcast on October 30th, 2013, there's no cause for alarm; here it is, tentacles, tote bags, and all: Montana Public Radio's 75 anniversary re-enactment of the 1938 Orson Welles-Mercury Theatre radio drama, "War of the Worlds," along with director Ray Ekness's

Original version repeats Thursday, Oct 31st at 1:00pm --- Montana version repeats Tuesday, Nov 5 at 1:00pm

Space ships crashing to earth—an alien invasion—a battle for the planet. On October 30th, 1938, the Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre on the Air’s War of the Worlds broadcast caused panic, frightened some listeners, and entertained others, around the country. 

Sunday, October 27th, 2013: Michael Marsolek talks with "Heat Ray" Ekness, Professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Montana, about Montana Public Radio's October 30th re-enactment of the Mercury Theater's 1938 War of the Worlds radio drama.  Writer Howard Koch and director/narrator Orson Welles adapted the plot of H.G.