Real-Life Casualties from "War of the Worlds"

warofthe.jpgEveryone knows about Orson Welles' famous 1938 radio version of War Of The Worlds, which panicked the nation by (accidentally?) convincing those who tuned in late that New Jersey had been invaded by Martians. But how many of you knew that the same hoax succeeded two other times - and in one case, resulted in riots, the destruction of the radio station who'd broadcast the show, and a death toll between 6 and 20 people? Those stories, as well as the reason why so many people fell for Welles' original broadcast, are at the heart of a special episode of WNYC's awesome Radio Lab.

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