Archive for October, 2013

SUPERHEROES A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE

Thursday, October 10th, 2013
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Join host and narrator Liev Schreiber to explore the dawn of the comic book genre and trace the evolution of the characters and their ongoing cultural impact worldwide. SUPERHEROES airs on Tuesday, October 15 at 7 p.m. on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1. Chart the progression from the first comic books born during the Great Depression to the television debut of Superman in the 1950s, to the emergence of superheroes who reflect changing social mores in the 1960s and 70s, to today’s insatiable enthusiasm for superheroes embraced in all media and by all demographics. Featuring on-camera interviews with Stan Lee, Adam West, Lynda Carter, Michael Chabon and Todd McFarlane. Pictured: Christopher Reeve in Superman: The Movie, 1978.

America Panics! Orson Welles and the WAR OF THE WORLDS

Thursday, October 10th, 2013
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On Sunday, October 30, 1938, the night before Halloween, millions of Americans gathered around their radios and heard a news bulletin about strange explosions on Mars, followed by other reports that led them to believe an alien invasion was in progress. Relive the thrill of Orson Welles’ infamous radio dramatization of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds, 75 years after it set off one of the biggest mass hysteria events in U.S. history. The film examines the elements that made America ripe for the hoax: America’s longtime fascination with life on Mars; the emergence of radio as a powerful new medium; the shocking Hindenburg explosion of 1937; and Welles himself, the 23-year-old wunderkind director of the drama and mischief-maker supreme, seen here rehearsing his radio depiction of War of the Worlds. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE presents “War of the Worlds” on Tuesday, October 29, at 8 p.m. on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1.