Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds

On the evening of October 30, 1938, radio listeners across the United States heard a startling report of mysterious creatures and terrifying war machines moving toward New York City. This short course will retell the story of Orson Welles’s rise to fame, his innovative radio drama and play significant portions of the broadcast. We’ll discuss the bewitching power of early radio, how “fake news” programs got their start and whether War of the Worlds actually caused mass hysteria.


Greg Jenks

Greg is a retired school psychologist, homebrewer, amateur actor and singer, former member of the Osher Core Programming Committee and the current president for Osher Lifelong Learning. Growing up, the radio was always on in Greg’s house, and in the ... read more

Date: 2 Tue, Apr 23-30, 2024

Delivery Method: In-person With Livestream

Time: 10-11:15am CT

Location: UWM Hefter Conference Center or view on Zoom

Instructor: Greg Jenks

Fee: $15

Program Number: SPRI:148

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