After the "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast, CBS execs hastily convened a press conference for Orson Welles. It "was one of Welles great performances as an actor. And he knew that his whole career was on the line here," said Media Historian Paul Heyer.
Welles had to sound sincere in his apology, which he may not necessarily have been, according to co-producer John Houseman.
"War of the Worlds" premieres October 29 at 9pm on PBS.
Roman Catholic priest Father Charles Coughlin used the power of radio to rail against the nation's economic system in the Depression.
Bascom Lamar Lunsford and his campaign to preserve mountain music and dance.
In September 1959, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev made an unprecedented visit to America, creating a media circus as he traveled from coast to coast.
The thrilling true story of the American Olympic rowing team that triumphed against all odds in Nazi Germany in 1936.
The inspiring story of the modern environmental movement.
The evocative stories of teenage hoboes crisscrossing America on trains during the Great Depression.
The first man to fly across the Atlantic, Charles Lindbergh was unprepared for the attention, particularly after his son was kidnapped.
French settlers in Louisiana merged with African Americans, Afro-Caribbeans and others to create Cajun and Zydeco musical traditions.