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Launch Day is Day of Remembrance, commemorating the Japanese American internment during World War II. In the spring of 1942, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order that forced roughly 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry from their homes and into "relocation centers" in the U.S. Some two-thirds of those incarcerated were American citizens. It’s the 75th anniversary of that signing. Order 9066 tells the stories of Japanese Americans who lived through it via a series of crowd-sourced objects submitted by survivors and their family members. Produced in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Launch Day is Day of Remembrance, commemorating the Japanese American internment during World War II. In the spring of 1942, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order that forced roughly 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry from their homes and into "relocation centers" in the U.S. Some two-thirds of those incarcerated were American citizens. It’s the 75th anniversary of that signing. Order 9066 tells the stories of Japanese Americans who lived through it via a series of crowd-sourced objects submitted by survivors and their family members. Produced in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
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Launch Day is Day of Remembrance, commemorating the Japanese American internment during World War II. In the spring of 1942, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order that forced roughly 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry from their homes and into "relocation centers" in the U.S. Some two-thirds of those incarcerated were American citizens. It’s the 75th anniversary of that signing. Order 9066 tells the stories of Japanese Americans who lived through it via a series of crowd-sourced objects submitted by survivors and their family members. Produced in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

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Episodes

Childhood at Heart Mountain

6/18/2018
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Two men who were imprisoned at Heart Mountain as boys remember their time in camp and how the experience shaped them as adults.

Duration:00:15:05

Chapter 6: Resistance

6/11/2018
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The Japanese Americans who protested their incarceration and defied the pressure to prove their patriotism.

Duration:00:36:22

Objects of Incarceration

6/4/2018
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A handmade pin tells an improbable love story from camp.

Duration:00:10:00

Chapter 5: Fighting for Freedom

5/28/2018
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More than 33,000 Japanese American men and women served in World War II. They fought as soldiers in Europe, and as translators in the Pacific.

Duration:00:34:09

Chapter 4: Gaman - Making Do

4/3/2018
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It was a time to persevere in the face of the unendurable, and to do so with dignity. The Japanese term for that is Gaman.

Duration:00:29:39

Music on Heart Mountain

3/26/2018
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Kishi Bashi, the renowned alt-rock musician, has been improvising music in places connected to the Japanese American incarceration. That includes the top of Heart Mountain, in Wyoming. Hear Kishi Bashi climb the mountain and perform a song that is part of his "songfilm" project, Omoiyari.

Duration:00:12:36

Chapter 3: Prison Cities

3/19/2018
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In the first months of incarceration, Japanese Americans were hit with the humiliating conditions of camp life. The U.S. government denied that people of Japanese ancestry living in the "assembly centers" were prisoners, but the first summer in these camps proved otherwise.

Duration:00:25:43

Songs of Incarceration

3/12/2018
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Musicians Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama perform songs about the incarceration in a former barrack at Heart Mountain in Wyoming. With a special appearance from Kishi Bashi.

Duration:00:17:14

Chapter 2: The Order

3/5/2018
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After Pearl Harbor, pressure grew to forcibly relocate all persons of Japanese ancestry from the Pacific coast. This episode tells the story behind FDR's decision to sign Order 9066, and Japanese Americans recall the painful process of leaving their lives and belongings -- and even their family pets -- behind.

Duration:00:23:28

Sab Shimono Remembers 'Camp'

2/26/2018
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Order 9066 co-host Sab Shimono's family was incarcerated during WWII. He shares childhood memories of living behind barbed wire.

Duration:00:15:45

Chapter 1: The Roundup

2/19/2018
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Japanese warplanes bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Hours later, the FBI began rounding up people of Japanese ancestry on the West Coast. This episode explores the history of anti-Asian prejudice in the United States that laid the groundwork for an assault on Japanese American communities after Pearl Harbor. Narrated by veteran actor Sab Shimono.

Duration:00:21:10

Coming Soon: Order 9066

2/12/2018
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First episode: Monday, Feb. 19.

Duration:00:03:36