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Lost LA

Baseball, A Silver Lining in the Japanese American Internment Camps

During World War II, the internment camps became involuntary homes for thousands of Japanese Americans living on the West Coast. It couldn't have been easy, but incarcerees still found way to find some measure of happiness in their surroundings. One of these ways was through playing baseball. Host Nathan Masters speaks with National Park Ranger Rose Masters and photographer Paul Kitakagi, Jr. about how Japanese Americans continued to persevere in their strange surroundings, and how baseball — an iconic American pastime — became a saving grace for many stranded inside those camps.

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