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Order 9066

14 EpisodesProduced by APM Reports & The SmithsonianWebsite

Order 9066 chronicles the history of the WWII Japanese American Incarceration through vivid, first-person accounts of those who lived through it. The series explores how this shocking violation of American democracy came to pass, and its legacy in the present.

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Chapter 8: Seeking Redress

July 2nd, 2018


Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War Two demand that the federal government take account of their suffering and make reparations.

Chapter 7: Leaving Camp

June 25th, 2018


At the end of 1944, the U.S. government lifted the order barring people of Japanese ancestry from the West Coast. Many people freed from camp faced racism and poverty as they tried to rebuild their lives. Some found …

Childhood at Heart Mountain

June 18th, 2018


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

Chapter 6: Resistance

June 11th, 2018


The Japanese Americans who protested their incarceration and defied the pressure to prove their patriotism.

Objects of Incarceration

June 4th, 2018


A handmade pin tells an improbable love story from camp.

Chapter 5: Fighting for Freedom

May 28th, 2018


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.

Chapter 4: Gaman - Making Do

April 3rd, 2018


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.

Music on Heart Mountain

March 26th, 2018


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 …

Chapter 3: Prison Cities

March 19th, 2018


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 …

Songs of Incarceration

March 12th, 2018


Musicians Julian Saporiti and Erin Aoyama perform songs about the incarceration in a former barrack at Heart Mountain in Wyoming. With a special …

Chapter 2: The Order

March 5th, 2018


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 …

Sab Shimono Remembers 'Camp'

February 26th, 2018


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

Chapter 1: The Roundup

February 19th, 2018


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 …

Preview: Order 9066

February 12th, 2018


First episode: Monday, Feb. 19.

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