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When future superstar filmmaker Orson Welles directed and narrated a radio adaptation of H.G. Wells' novel, War of the Worlds, on October 30, 1938, he had no idea that it might create a mass panic around the United States. Featuring 60 minutes of mock broadcasts detailing an invasion of terrifying Martians, the event triggered panic in some areas, and widespread criticism from newspapers around...