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The Mercury Theater on the Air

Rating: 4 stars
Used in Course: Not used in course
Submitted by: Alayne MacArthur (Staff), Oct 14, 2002
Comment: I downloaded three of the audio files in this series and listened to all of
them. I used the War of the Worlds file to design a lesson for 12th grade
students on the role of mass media in 20th century American history. This site
presents many opportunities for interdisciplinary use of the materials. As I
was designing my lesson it suggested an entire course on the relationships
between history, literature, performing arts, and media technologies. This site
provides core material for team teaching across disciplines.

The content is of high quality and there is a diversity of subject matter in the
radio plays that lends itself to exploring and surveying adaptations of
specific works into other media.

The potential effectiveness of this material for enhancing teaching and learning
is found in the flexibility of its application across disciplines.

This material is probably not suited for learners who do not have abilities in
extended attention and comprehension through listening. However the experience
of listening to a radio play is in and of itself substantial content for
facilitating discussions about media, history, and popular culture.

Technical Remarks:

At two plus hours, even with DSL or cable modem, down load times are quite slow
so it is advisable to download the file prior to using it for a lesson.

Accessing the files was quite easy as long as Real Player or MP3 audio streaming
is available.