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

My Small Steps from Hiroshima

Kaoru Ogura dedicated his life to telling the world about the Japanese city where the first atomic bomb was dropped. He brought public figures from other countries together with survivors in postwar Hiroshima, even though he himself was born and raised in the U.S. The devastation shocked the visitors, causing them to spread the word internationally. They eventually began supporting the victims and joining in the anti-nuclear movement. The program recounts the life and work of those activists and the experiences of Kaoru Ogura.

  • 2016-09-02T08:00:00-07:00

Hiroshima Lost: The Day The Nuclear Arms Race Began

NHK WORLD TV brings you a documentary screened at the 2015 UN Nuclear Weapons Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) conference, with additional material compiled by NHK's Hiroshima station. The program reveals what happened on the day in 1945 when the bomb was dropped, through interviews with victims as well as photos, drawings, and computer graphics. The devastation underscores the tragedy of war and the importance of peace.

  • 2016-09-09T08:00:00-07:00

70 Years of Wandering -Storytelling Artist Koryu-

  • 2016-09-23T08:00:00-07:00