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.
The story of Chicago's dramatic transformation from a swampy frontier town to a massive metropolis in the nineteenth century.
The personal journey of three generations of a Japanese American family, including their stint in internment camps during World War II.
A great playwright's turbulent story, from childhood through the years of his Nobel Prize-winning career to his lonely, painful death.
The evocative stories of teenage hoboes crisscrossing America on trains during the Great Depression.
Of all the alphabet agencies of the New Deal, none captured the public's imagination like J. Edgar Hoover's FBI.
A wry philosophical essay on what makes baseball the great American pastime.
The story behind the development of the oral contraceptive that put women in control of birth control.
A daunting story of shipwreck, starvation, mutiny and cannibalism amongst a group left abandoned in the high Arctic.