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Video thumbnail: American Experience Making War of the Worlds

American Experience

Making War of the Worlds

Actors, antique radios, and the greatest prank of all times.

Making War of the Worlds

Video thumbnail: American Experience From Martian to German

American Experience

From Martian to German

"Alien army invader in the late '30s was quickly translatable from Martian to German."

From Martian to German

Video thumbnail: American Experience A Grave Announcement

American Experience

A Grave Announcement

In Oct. 1938, a panicked radio announcer reported that Martians had landed in New Jersey.

A Grave Announcement

Video thumbnail: American Experience There Was No Stopping Orson Welles

American Experience

There Was No Stopping Orson Welles

CBS network executives ordered a break in the broadcast, but Welles could not be stopped.

There Was No Stopping Orson Welles

Video thumbnail: American Experience Fear and the Great Depression

American Experience

Fear and the Great Depression

Americans were living in fear during the height of the Great Depression.

Fear and the Great Depression

Video thumbnail: American Experience We Interrupt this Program...

American Experience

We Interrupt this Program...

In the 1930s, Americans worried when radio programs were interrupted by news bulletins.

We Interrupt this Program...

Video thumbnail: American Experience Dear Mr. Welles: Uncovering Original Material

American Experience

Dear Mr. Welles: Uncovering Original Material

Letters from a library archive come alive in the American Experience documentary.

Dear Mr. Welles: Uncovering Original Material

Video thumbnail: American Experience Radios by the Millions

American Experience

Radios by the Millions

During the height of the Great Depression, radios were being purchased by the millions.

Radios by the Millions

Video thumbnail: American Experience War of the Worlds: Outtakes

American Experience

War of the Worlds: Outtakes

Outtakes from the recreation shoot for War of the Worlds.

War of the Worlds: Outtakes

Video thumbnail: American Experience Orson Welles' Press Conference

American Experience

Orson Welles' Press Conference

Orson Welles could not imagine how anyone could believe that Martians had really landed.

Orson Welles' Press Conference

Video thumbnail: American Experience Orson Welles' Best Performance

American Experience

Orson Welles' Best Performance

The press conference was one of Welles great performances as an actor.

Orson Welles' Best Performance

Video thumbnail: American Experience War of the Worlds Chapter 1

American Experience

War of the Worlds Chapter 1

Watch chapter 1 of War of the Worlds, premiering on PBS October 29, 2013 at 9/8c.

War of the Worlds Chapter 1

Video thumbnail: American Experience The Power of Propaganda

American Experience

The Power of Propaganda

Many Americans were in awe that some people had believed the War of the Worlds broadcast.

The Power of Propaganda

Video thumbnail: American Experience War of the Worlds Preview

American Experience

War of the Worlds Preview

Airing October 29, 9/8c. The most famous invasion that never happened.

War of the Worlds Preview

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