Flying Saucers Are Real!
In 1961 Betty and Barney Hill were abducted by aliens in rural New Hampshire. Their abduction was widely reported, and a paranoid United States unknowingly participated in the western world's first and most spectacular meme. This episode is an exploration of the speed of rumor, perceptions of nuclear war and fiction presented as fact: A celebration of UFOs and the lens flare of the media that celebrated them. This episode is the audio companion to Flying Saucers Are Real!: a remarkable catalogue of the Jack Womack UFO library and a history of one of the 20th century's most pervasive subcultures.