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Today is the 80th anniversary of Orson Welles’s “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast, a dramatization of H.G. Wells’s 1898 novel. It caused panic at the time, with some listeners believing Martians really had landed in New Jersey. It’s also one of those cultural events that launched decades’ worth of college essays (some of them by editors at Times HQ) analyzing media habits and American paranoia. It’s well worth a (re)listen — it is really convincing, to be totally honest!


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