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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The Lost Hokusai

In his last years, Katsushika Hokusai, world-renowned ukiyoe artist, painted a final masterpiece. Destroyed by fire in 1923, the 3-meter work has now been recreated based on the only surviving image, a single early 20th century monochrome photo. Leading edge image analysis technology combined with traditional art restoration techniques brought this magnificent work back to life in all its glory.

  • 2017-06-02T05:00:00-07:00

Peace Speaker, Koko Kondo

When President Barack Obama visited Hiroshima in 2016, he spoke of a Japanese woman who had forgiven the American pilot of the plane that dropped the atomic bomb. This program tells the story of one such woman, Koko Kondo. Kondo was 10 when she met the pilot of the Enola Gay on an American TV show, “This is Your Life.” The show had featured her father, a minister who accompanied atomic bomb victims to the U.S. for plastic surgery.

  • 2017-06-09T05:00:00-07:00