Orson Welles could not imagine how anyone could believe that Martians had really landed in New Jersey. At the CBS press conference the day following his "War of the Worlds" broadcast, Welles was asked whether he believed he had taken advantage of the public. "I can't image an invasion from Mars would find ready acceptance," responded Welles.
"War of the Worlds" premieres October 29, 2013 at 9pm ET on PBS.
The country's oldest beauty contest has become a battleground and a barometer for the position of women in society.
A revealing portrait of one of America's most paradoxical leaders.
Television game shows became an instant national phenomenon in 1955, but four years later contestant Charles van Doren admitted they were a scam.
This film follows the 65 "British soldiers" and 67 "American rebels" who reenact the 1775 Battle of Lexington and Concord.
A year in the life of Wyoming cowboys and the ranching families of the American West.
In 1969, homosexuality was illegal in almost every state... but that was about to change. The Stonewall riots marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement.
A man who symbolized African American equality fought a proponent of Hitler's Aryan racial theories on the eve of World War II.
This funny, probing program re-examines assumptions about American culture in the 1950s.