In the early 1900s, Martians were a hot topic in American popular culture. Are those canals on the red planet? How can we contact Martians? Up and coming actor/director/producer Orson Welles took advantage of the hype on October 30, 1938, when he broadcast H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds on his weekly radio drama program.
Discover the fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the groundbreaking cryptanalyst who helped bring down gangsters and break up a Nazi spy ring in South America. Her work helped lay the foundation for modern codebreaking today.
After the infamous 1938 radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds, thousands of listeners wrote letters. American Experience film producers used the letters as inspiration for dramatized on-camera interviews. Watch the outtakes.