Week of May 24, 2015
Segment 1: Japanese-American Internment during WWII
Bestselling author Richard Reeves, Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese-American Internment in World War II provides an account of the internment of more than 120,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese aliens during World War II. Less than three months after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and inflamed the nation, President Roosevelt signed an executive order declaring parts of four western states to be a war zone operating under military rule. The U.S. Army immediately began rounding up thousands of Japanese-Americans, sometimes giving them less than 24 hours to vacate their houses and farms. For the rest of the war, these victims of war hysteria were imprisoned in primitive camps.
"Kids were thrown out of school the next day, both colleges and 4-year-olds. They scoured the orphanages to find out if any of the kids there had Japanese blood. And they compiled lists of Caucasians who had adopted Japanese children, and they took those children and put them in the camps."
Segment 2: The Central Park Five
Award-winning film maker Ken Burns turns his attention to the wrongful conviction and imprisonment of The Central Park Five. Korey Wise, Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, and Yusef Salaam were teens from good families when they were rounded up and “coached” into confessing to a crime they didn’t commit. They all served full jail terms before the actual perpetrator confessed and their convictions overturned.
"Almost every film I can stand up in front of an audience or speak in an interview and say, ‘ I really hope you enjoy this film.’ You won’t enjoy this film. … We like to say ‘we made a film and hope you’re outraged too.”
Week of May 17, 2015
Segment 1: The Muslim Brotherhood in America
Former journalist Steve Emerson is the founder of The Investigative Project on Terrorism. Their mission is to investigate the operations, funding, activities and front groups of Islamic terrorist and extremist groups in the United States and around the world. He's also the executive producer of the documentary film called "Jihad in America: The Grand Deception." It focuses on the influence of The Muslim Brotherhood - an Islamist organization founded in Egypt - in America. Steve Emerson says that organizations created by or inspired by the Muslim Brotherhood enjoy considerable influence within the United States. But critics- Muslim and non-Muslim alike- say that engaging these organizations poses a danger.
"The Muslim Brotherhood is the parent of Al Qaeda, as it is the parent of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and every Sunni terrorist group. The Muslim Brotherhood is really the ideological origin of all these violent groups."
Segment 2: A Stand Against Religious Intolerance
Qasim Rashid's book The Wrong Kind of Muslim: An Untold Story of Persecution & Perseverance was rejected by American publishers because they feared the Islamist backlash. It's the story of religious persecution and bigotry in Pakistan against Ahmadiyya Muslims, Christians, Hindus, Shia Muslims and atheists. Qasim Rashid has taken a stand for freedom of conscience. He showcases the people caught in the snare of Pakistan's blasphemy laws and the brave individuals refusing to be cowered.
"Don't be afraid of the other. Engage people of different faiths. Engage people who have different ideologies. Learn from them."