History of Japan

This week, we cover Sorge's career in Tokyo, and explore just how he was able to convince so many people that he was exactly what he was not -- a loyal Nazi here to report on Japan for the benefit of Hitler's regime. Plus, some thoughts on Sorge's significance in the history of the Second World War.

Show notes here.

Direct download: Episode_366_mixdown.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 4:00am PDT

This week, we begin our exploration of the life and career of Richard Sorge, one of the most famous spies in Japanese (and arguably world) history. We're beginning this week with the story of his recruitment and his first trip to Asia -- a two year posting in Shanghai.

Show notes here.

Direct download: Episode_365_mixdown.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 4:00am PDT

This week, we outline what Abe's vision to "restore beautiful Japan" meant during his second go-round in office, why he was able to stay in office so long, and what eventually brought him down (hint: it has a lot to do with the fact that many of you are much less likely to be listening to this while commuting than you used to be).

Show notes here.

Direct download: Episode_364_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:00am PDT

This week: how did Abe Shinzo get back into the PM's office, why did he not fall flat on his face once again once he did, and what are some of the distinguishing features of his policies? We're covering everything from LDP internal elections to macroeconomic policy to social conservatism, so buckle up -- this is gonna be a fun one.

Show notes here.

Direct download: Episode_363_mixdown.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 4:00am PDT

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