Order 9066

APM Reports & The Smithsonian

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 th...Show More
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Chapter 1: The Roundup

21:11 | Feb 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 States that laid the groundwork ...Show More
Chapter 8: Seeking Redress

34:49 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War Two demand that the federal government take account of their suffering and make reparations.
Chapter 4: Gaman - Making Do

29:40 | Apr 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

12:37 | Mar 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 mountain and perform a song that is pa...Show More
Chapter 3: Prison Cities

25:44 | Mar 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 prisoners, but the first summer in these...Show More
Songs of Incarceration

17:15 | Mar 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 appearance from Kishi Bashi.
Chapter 2: The Order

23:29 | Mar 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 painful process of leaving their ...Show More
Sab Shimono Remembers 'Camp'

15:49 | Feb 26th, 2018

Order 9066 co-host Sab Shimono's family was incarcerated during WWII. He shares childhood memories of living behind barbed wire.
Chapter 7: Leaving Camp

32:31 | Jun 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 that leaving camp was even harder ...Show More
Childhood at Heart Mountain

15:05 | Jun 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

36:22 | Jun 11th, 2018

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

10:01 | Jun 4th, 2018

A handmade pin tells an improbable love story from camp.
Chapter 5: Fighting for Freedom

34:09 | 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.
Preview: Order 9066

03:36 | Feb 12th, 2018

First episode: Monday, Feb. 19.