Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese-American Internment in World War II

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Fri, 06/05/2015 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese American Internment in World War II  by Richard Reeves
Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese-American Internment in World War II

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Tim Nakayama with a special interim episode for the Asian and Pacific American Compass public affairs hour, interviews renowned author and journalist Richard Reeves about his new book:


The Shocking Story of the Japanese-American Internment in World War II

Bestselling author Richard Reeves provides an authoritative account of the internment of more than 120,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese aliens during World War II

Less than three months after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and inflamed the nation, President Roosevelt signed an executive order declaring parts of four western states to be a war zone operating under military rule. The U.S. Army immediately began rounding up thousands of Japanese-Americans, sometimes giving them less than 24 hours to vacate their houses and farms. For the rest of the war, these victims of war hysteria were imprisoned in primitive camps.

In Infamy, the story of this appalling chapter in American history is told more powerfully than ever before. Acclaimed historian Richard Reeves has interviewed survivors, read numerous private letters and memoirs, and combed through archives to deliver a sweeping narrative of this atrocity. Men we usually consider heroes-FDR, Earl Warren, Edward R. Murrow-were in this case villains, but we also learn of many Americans who took great risks to defend the rights of the internees. Most especially, we hear the poignant stories of those who spent years in "war relocation camps," many of whom suffered this terrible injustice with remarkable grace.

Racism, greed, xenophobia, and a thirst for revenge: a dark strand in the American character underlies this story of one of the most shameful episodes in our history. But by recovering the past, Infamy has given voice to those who ultimately helped the nation better understand the true meaning of patriotism.

Here is the ShortDoc that was instrumental in helping make the connections that led to this interview:


"What?! No way . . . "
By Tim Nakayama

The First in a series of Short Radio Documentaries, this episode focuses on the impact of  "Order 9066".






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Unfortunately the a tiny bit of the intro got cut off, here is a link to the whole thing:

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