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Strange Country

Sometimes you need to have a glass of wine, cuppa whatever and listen to a good old weird story. Musical score Resting Place by A Cast of Thousands.

May 20, 2021

On Oct. 30, 1938, Orson Welles broadcast a radio play version of HG Wells War of the Worlds. People didn't realize it wasn't a news broadcast, and mass panic ensued...or at least that's what the newspapers led people to believe. But it was really more panic-lite or fat-free panic where it doesn't taste nearly as satisfying. Strange Country co-hosts Beth and Kelly discuss the infamous broadcast and the overreaction of the media, which luckily never happens anymore. . . oh wait.

Theme music: Big White Lie by A Cast of Thousands

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