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Truth, Reconciliation, and Korematsu v. United States

A lesson from history in finding the truth when the Justice Department has been complicit in the cover-up.

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Episode Notes

The incarceration of tens of thousands of Japanese Americans in the 1940s is one of the most shameful acts in American history. Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Judge Edward M Chen and Don Tamaki, members of the legal team that worked to clear Fred Korematsu’s name almost 40 years after his conviction, to discuss the overlooked context, corruption, and cover-up that enabled the policy, and to examine how the Supreme Court has yet to fully contend with the legacy of Korematsu v United States. They also unpack the lessons the case offers for the present moment.

The documentary discussed is Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066.

Podcast production by Sara Burningham.

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