From LA Theatre Works: Based on a book by H. G. Wells, the fantastic, infamous radio thriller The War of the Worlds, originally performed by Orson Welles and his Mercury Theater of the Air, is here performed by former cast members of Star Trek. Bonus, Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World.
I'm about halfway through the Wells, and it's wonderful fun, perfect for a Halloween afternoon. (If you click the "Add to iTunes" link on the right side of the show page, it will subscribe you to the podcast and download this episode, if you want to save it for later.)
Extra bonus from the always outstanding Radiolab, their comprehensive look at the panic caused by the original Mercury Theater of the Air broadcast and an examination of the psychology around mass panic. Really, really interesting, and free to listen or download:
An examination of the power of mass media to create panic. In Radio Lab's very first live hour, we take a deep dive into one of the most controversial moments in broadcasting history - Orson Welles' 1938 radio play about Martians invading New Jersey. And we ask: Why did it fool people then? And why has it continued to fool people since? From Santiago, Chile to Buffalo, New York to a particularly disastrous evening in Quito, Ecuador.