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.

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Shinji Sogo: The Pioneer of the Shinkansen

Shinji Sogo was the fourth president of Japanese National Railways. With imagination and determination, he made sure that the Shinkansen bullet train service started in time for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. The news brought attention from around the world and revived the railway industry. It also laid the groundwork for high-speed railways being planned and built in Europe, the US, and Asia today. This program examines rare documents and firsthand accounts of how Sogo’s leadership brought the ambitious Shinkansen project to fruition.

  • 2017-03-03T04:00:00-08:00

Medical Frontiers Special: Search for Superfoods In Nagano

This edition of “Medical Frontiers" explores superfoods that support long, healthy lives. Recent research has revealed that traditional fermented foods of the Nagano area encourage longevity. The prefecture has the #1 life expectancy in Japan, around 84 years. One of the staples is miso, made from fermented soybeans. It is said to help prevent lifestyle diseases. Fermented vegetable pickles assist with intestinal functions. And sake lees, byproducts of sake-making, are great for the skin.

  • 2017-03-10T04:00:00-08:00