War of the Worlds: The Original Fake News


Long before podcasts, and even before TV, there was the golden age of radio. Episode 5 of Scandal Water focuses on what is arguably the most well-known radio event of all time, the broadcast of “War of the Worlds” on October 30, 1938, that sparked widespread panic. But was it as horrific and extensive as reports indicated? And why were those Americans so quick to believe their world was being invaded? Candy and Ashley explore these questions in their Armchair Psychologist segment. 

Show Notes for Episode 5!


“War of the Worlds” 1938 Radio Broadcast  (the recording)

“The History of Television,” cornell.edu

“How Orson Welles’ 1930s War of the Worlds Radio Adaptation Went Viral,” Television, by Vanja Mutabdzija, September 15, 2020

“The Infamous ‘War of the Worlds’ Radio Broadcast Was a Magnificent Fluke,” Smithsonian Magazine, by A. Brad Schwartz, May 6, 2015

“75 Years Ago, ‘War of the Worlds’ Started a Panic. Or Did It?” NPR, by Mark Memmott, October 30, 2013
“Opinion: Orson Welles and the Birth of Fake News,” New York Times, by A, Brad Schwartz, October 30, 2018

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