War of the Worlds (feat. Joe Ruppel, History Nerd) : Episode 31

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War of the Worlds

What: Tom Cruise and his kids try to survive a somewhat badly-planned alien attack.
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Tom Cruise, Dakota Fanning, Tim Robbins

Featuring guest co-host
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Joe Ruppel, history nerd

Recommended and Related Media

War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
The original book! So old that it’s freely available online!
Read it for free with your eyes Project Gutenberg
Read it for free with your ears LibriVox

War of the Worlds (1953 film)
The first movie based on the book.
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Orson Welle’s War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast

Radiolab Podcast – Could it happen again? And again?
The wonderful Radiolab podcast tells the story of the time someone tried to pull off the War of the Worlds radio hoax again – and succeeded.
Get the thing Radiolab

Show Notes

War of the Worlds – the book, the movie

Original book. Orson Welled radio broadcast hysteria not as reported. Radiolab report on repeated adaptations. The new developments at the time of writing that informed the book.

Alien Attack

Methods, research, planning. Trying to explain the buried  death-bots.

But Why

Are we food? Do they want our resources? Making the most sense of the options. Are liquified people good for fertilizer?

Germ Attack

They might have done a little more research.


SAL: Tadesko can’t move 40 containers in an hour. I need somebody who can do double picks.
RAY: I wish I could help you Sal. God damn union regulations.

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