People still believe that Orson Welle's performance of the War of the Worlds triggered a mass hysteria. It's become the quintessential fake news story. In truth the War of the Worlds fake news story is itself fake news. In this episode we explore what really happened, how much hysteria there was and why people didn't actually believe they were experiencing a Martian invasion. We also explore why people were so happy to believe in this hysteria and what it tells us about our modern post-truth fake news crisis.
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