In the spring of 1942, Mutual began broadcasting This Is Our Enemy. The War Production Board, and later the Office of War Information, cooperated in the production. The writing, acting, and music were the same high quality of any other Mutual production. The message, however, was even clearer than it would have been if it was sponsored by a household cleaner.
A popular theme for This Is Our Enemy was how the Nazis would take advantage of youth to further their aims. According to the program, the Nazis most insidious plan is to turn the youth in the occupied countries against their parents.
In a starving village, the Nazi's take some of the children to Germany for their health. Most of the kids are returned to their families well fed, but one boy and indoctrinated in the Hitler youth. When he returns to his village, he turns on his father and friends as a Nazi spy. In another episode, the occupying Nazis take over a school, and try to teach a boy to hate his French father. This story is based on the supposed Nazi notion that racial superiority could outweigh familial ties.
After the dramatic presentation, an authoritative guest, usually a government official or a member of the press, is given a few minutes to verify the truth of the story. The melodrama of the show may be shocking to modern listeners, but it reflects the paranoia of the times.