Asian Voices Special (Bob Woodward, Noam Chomsky)

It is now known that US intelligence agencies have been systematically gathering massive amounts of private information, even from the leaders of allied nations. Concerns are mounting that government control of information may impact freedom of speech and citizens' right to know. In addition, US drone attacks in the Middle East and South Asia, undertaken in the name of eliminating terrorism, are said by some to be not only against international law, but to be actually contributing to an increase in terrorism. As the US stands at a crossroads on freedom and justice, we interviewed two eminent Americans. One is an associate editor for the Washington Post, Bob Woodward. His investigative reporting on the Watergate scandal led to the resignation of the President Richard Nixon in 1974. In the decades since, Woodward has interviewed US presidents and written many bestselling books that look behind the scenes of the political world. Our other guest is a prominent linguist and philosopher. Noam Chomsky, professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While some regard him as one of the top thinkers in the world today, his iconoclastic social and political criticisms have often generated much controversy. As the United States, which has long espoused the principles of freedom and justice, is standing at a crossroads. Where will it head next? We ask our two guests about their quest to seek out the truth, and how we as individuals might do the same.

Upcoming Airdates

Cycle Around Japan - Nagano: Life Deep in the Mountains

CYCLE AROUND JAPAN proposes a new journey of Japan, and provides useful information to enjoy the adventure on a bike .The programe will take us to scenery peaks and heritages in Nagano, central Japan. Besides being a treasure trove of nature, history, and culture, Nagano is also bursting with natural hot springs, or Onsens. Join us on the trip to see inside of Japan that you won't find in the guidebooks.

  • 2017-10-27T05:00:00-07:00

Cycle Around Japan - Life in the Japan Alps

  • 2017-11-03T05:00:00-07:00

Zhangjiajie, China

Zhangjiajie in China’s Hunan Province is a popular tourist destination known for the sweeping vista of massive stone pillars that is said to have inspired the setting of the movie “Avatar.” Yet many parts of the area are not open to the public. NHK was authorized by the local government to film its aerial view. The program introduces hanging paddy fields and the lives of the ethnic minorities, the secrets of Zhangjiajie dating back to ancient China, as well as the mystery behind the crustal movement that has continued since time immemorial to create the fantastic landscape.

  • 2017-11-10T04:00:00-08:00

Kyoto: A Tale of Love and Honor

Kyoto bustles with tourists, but there is one place they cannot enter: The teahouses of Gion. When night falls in the narrow streets of this historic district, more than 100 geisha throng into teahouses to entertain customers. Only a handful of invited guests are allowed inside. 77-year-old Kimi Ota is an Okami, a “house mother”, who manages a 200-year old teahouse. An Okami must be a woman, cannot wed, but must give birth to a daughter so she can hand over the reins. Take a peek into the secretive world of geishas and witness their proud and wistful story.

  • 2017-11-17T04:00:00-08:00