The CBS Radio Workshop was an experimental series of productions, subtitled "radio's distinguished series to man's imagination" that ran between 27 January 1956 and 22 September 1957. The premiere production was Brave New World, narrated by Huxley himself, with a complicated sound-effects score that evidently took a long time to construct, and comprised a ticking metronome, tom-tom beats, bubbling water, an air hose, a cow's moo, an oscillator, and three kinds of wine glasses clicking together.
On the evening of October 30th, 1938, Earth went to war with Mars. Martians invaded New Jersey! Here is the famous panic-inducing broadcast that shook the world, starring Orson Welles.
"The classic that shook the world"
"The last man on Earth sat alone in a room. There was a knock on the door." A new crop of writers emerged from the dawning of the nuclear age, grappling with humankind's place in the universe. While imagining the wonders of space exploration and the rise of technological advancements, they questioned whether we were prepared to encounter aliens, or even control the machines and weapons we'd built ourselves.
From the late 1940's through the 1950's, in a world where space travel and nuclear annihilation were no longer merely the stuff of fantasy, science fiction began to achieve a new popularity. And, the work of noted genre writers began to be adapted in movies and radio programs. Based (however implausibly) on science, these radio broadcasts reflected the depths of the nation's fears, and the boundlessness of its imagination.
"A Wonderful Collection"
This collection features four classic, dramatized Robert Heinlein stories: "Universe", "Requiem", "The Green Hills of Earth", and "The Roads Must Roll".
"Heinlein at his Best"
This is the "so-called" reason the government won't reveal all they know about UFOs. The panic from this broadcast was significant. Although Orson Welles, Mercury Theatre and the Columbia Broadcasting System couldn't "soap the windows" of their listeners the night before Halloween back in 1938, they could annihilate the world for them. And that's exactly what they did with this radio adaptation of H.G. Wells' famous novel, War of the Worlds.
An elderly, invalid woman begins receiving strange, anonymous phone calls on a stormy night — phone calls, which she finds out, are routed directly through — the Twilight Zone.
On a world where nighttime only comes every 2,500 years, what happens when darkness is about to fall? Based on Isaac Asimov's classic story, this episode of Dimension X originally aired on September 29, 1951.
"Pretty Good Adaptation"
This is the "so-called" reason the government won't reveal all they know about UFOs. The panic from this broadcast was significant. Although Orson Welles, Mercury Theatre and the Columbia Broadcasting System couldn't "soap the windows" of their listeners the night before Halloween back in 1938, they could annihilate the world for them. And that's exactly what they did with this radio adaptation of H.G. Wells's famous novel, War of the Worlds.
Twelve of the best episodes from the original broadcasts of the Mercury Theater, featuring Orson Welles. Includes the original broadcast of War of the Worlds. Digitally re-mastered from the recordings of live, on -air performances by Orson Welles and the cast of the Mercury Theater.
A man from the sticks can't figure out why everyone is acting like he's dead - including his wife. When she throws him a wake, he is really confused.
This collection features four classic, dramatized Ray Bradbury stories: "To the Future", "And the Moon Be Still as Bright", "Dwellers in Silence", and "Marionettes, Inc."
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's the premiere episodes of The Adventures of Superman! Debuting on March 12, 1940, the exciting radio serial was an instant hit. Starring Clayton "Bud" Collyer in the dual roles of Superman and Clark Kent, this initial nine-episode sequence tells the story of the destruction of Krypton and the Man of Steel's arrival on Earth.
"Radio Superman Adventures"
This collection features three classic, dramatized Isaac Asimov stories: "Pebble in the Sky", "Nightfall", and "Hostess".
"Ahead of the Times"
A couple travels back in time to escape their ravaged world. But can they really leave the future behind? Based on the Ray Bradbury story, "The Fox in the Forest", this episode of Dimension X originally aired on May 27, 1950.
"Time traveling to escape!"
Patients at an insane asylum appear to be undergoing a strange physical transformation. This episode of Dimension X originally aired on September 22, 1950.
"A nice gothic horror story for a change!"
Earth conquers Mars. But one human leads the remnants of the Martian race in their final struggle for freedom. This episode of X Minus One originally aired on September 8, 1955.
A Confederate soldier has the ability to win the Civil War for the South, but to do so he must call upon the devil himself as an ally.
In a desperate attempt to stave off nuclear armageddon, a man goes back in time to kill the person responsible for bringing the world to the brink: Albert Einstein. Based on a story by Frederik Pohl, this episode of X Minus One originally aired on December 26, 1957.
A scientist who can transfer minds from one body to another seeks to keep his work from the military. Based on the story by Frederik Pohl, this episode of X Minus One originally aired on July 25, 1957.