Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Welcome to Mars Recast (Concludes)

Throughout December, Resonance 104.4 FM will be rebroadcasting the last four episodes of the original radio series of upon which my book ‘Welcome to Mars’, out now from Strange Attractor Press, is based.‘Welcome to Mars’ is a live twelve-part series of unscripted reflections on the fantasy of science in the early years of the American Century which I created with electronic sound production by Simon James. Between 1947 and 1959, the future was written about, discussed and analysed with such confidence that it became a tangible presence. Each episode of ‘Welcome to Mars’ tells a tale of weird science, strange events and even stranger beliefs, set in an age when the possibilities for human development seemed almost limitless. Over the next few weeks you will be able to hear the following episodes:

Thursday December 4, 19.30-20.00, repeated Saturday December 6, 15.30-16.00
Programme 9: 1956: ‘Greetings, My Friends!’
Weird radio signals from Venus, psychic driving and America’s first atomic powered singer. Bring a doctor.

Thursday December 11, 19.30-20.00, repeated Saturday December 13, 15.30-16.00
Programme 10: 1957: ‘Contact with Space’
That ain’t rock n roll, it’s Sputnik! Von Braun gets it right, UFO sightings reach their peak, and Bela Lugosi lives again! Bring a doctor.

Thursday December 18, 19.30-20.00, repeated Saturday December 20, 15.30-16.00
Programme 11: 1958: ‘Battle for the Mind’
Weird scenes from the Spook Pit, inside Eisenhower’s atomic bunker, and whatever happened to Leika the Space Dog? History like it’s never been before!

Thursday December 25, 19.30-20.00, repeated Saturday December 27, 15.30-16.00
Programme 12: 1959: ‘Teenagers from Outer Space’
What Jackie Gleason, Barbie and Lee Harvey Oswald all have in common, ‘scream for your lives it’s the Tingler’, plus a secret message from ‘Mars Sector 6’. We dare you to miss it

These shows can be heard on 104.4 FM or live stream direct from Resonance 104.4 FM.

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