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Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and The War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America

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Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and The War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America

On the night of October 30, 1938, thousands of Americans panicked when they believed that Martians had invaded Earth. What appeared to be breaking news about an alien invasion was in fact a radio drama based on H. G. Wells's WAR OF THE WORLDS, performed by Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre players. Some listeners became angry once they realized they had been tricked, and the reaction to the broadcast sparked a national discussion about fake news, propaganda and the role of radio. In this compelling nonfiction chapter book, Gail Jarrow explores the production of the broadcast, the aftermath and the concept of fake news in the media.

Spooked!: How a Radio Broadcast and The War of the Worlds Sparked the 1938 Invasion of America
by Gail Jarrow