+ Hello Americans was a 12 episode show Orson Welles made as another contribution to the war effort, and stems in part from his interest in Latin and South American culture. It was no doubt spurred by his time in Brazil working on the movie It's All True. The show is a generally lighthearted affair, and Welles clearly seems to enjoy himself. The first episode in particular, with Carmen Miranda, is a prime example of this. Hello Americans did have some more serious moments, and despite some lapses into melodramatics, most were carried off reasonably well. The show is peppered with numerous editorial insertions, pertaining mainly to racism, although the odd barb against fascism pops up now and again. What is perhaps most worthwhile about the show is its portrayal of Central and South America countries as full of interesting history and people, with little condescension. Click here to read more about Hello Americans
- Radio Shows
Please enjoy these 12 old time radio episodes:
|11.15.1942||should the govt assume responsibility for full empoyment||
+ Program #1. The first show of the series. The program (by imagination) originates from Brazil. T...
|11.22.1942||would immediate freedom for india hasten or retard victory||
+ Program #2. An elegant Orsonian portrait of the liberators and conquistadores of South Americas:...
|11.29.1942||is the 25000 dollar salary limitation justifiable||
+ Program #3. A portrait of a Haitian dictator ("The Emperor Christophe") and Toussant L'Overture....
|12.06.1942||should congress assume more responsibility planning for peace||
+ Program #4. "The Alphabet Of The Islands". Orson doesn't get past "C" in his Caribbean alphabet,...
|12.13.1942||is washington overregulating war industry||
+ Program #5. "The Alphabet Of The Islands". The "alphabet" continues, starting with "C" and getti...
|12.20.1942||what is the war doing to our colleges||
+ Program #6. "The Alphabet Of The Islands". A story of slavery in the Caribbean, leading to Henri...
|12.27.1942||must civilians be drafted for war work||
+ Program #7. "The Bad Will Ambassador". A well-written and performed story about an "ugly America...
|01.03.1943||can the people have a voice in rationing||
+ Program #8. "Ritmos De La Americas". Orson Welles is ill and does not appear. The program is the...
|01.10.1943||how can we solve the shipping crisis||
+ Program #9. A portrait of Cortez and Montezuma in old Mexico, of Benito Juarez, Emiliano Zapata ...
|01.17.1943||would freedom from want create a better world|
|01.24.1943||what should we do with conquered germany|
|01.31.1943||what should we do with conquered japan|