History of Japan

This week, we're discussing Japan's reckoning with its wartime past through the lens of the nation's self-appointed conscience: the historian Ienaga Saburo, who spent 30 years locked in legal battles with the government over what could and could not be included in history textbooks.

Show notes here.

Direct download: Episode_403_mixdown.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 4:00am PST

This week, we're covering the bizarre history of a hijacking attempt from 1970. What led nine young men to seize control of JAL Flight 351, and why in the hell did they think that, of all places to take the plane, North Korea was the one to pick?

Show notes here.

Direct download: Episode_402_mixdown.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 6:00am PST

This week, we're tackling the history of kamishibai, a form of street theater that was once big business but has since faded into obscurity. Where did it come from, and why--after it was killed off by TV and movies--is it worth remembering today?

Show notes here.

Direct download: Episode_401_mixdown.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 6:00am PST

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