Shows: August 7, 2007

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White Light, Black Rain: A New Film about Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Sixty-two years ago, on August 6 and 9, more than 200,000 people were killed when America dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Filmmaker STEVEN OKAZAKI talked to more than a hundred hibakusha—survivors of the bombings—whose moving stories, artwork, and incredibly vivid memories fill the screen in the new movie White Light, Black Rain: The Destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which is out this week on DVD and playing on HBO. The film makes clear that the atomic bombings are among the most famous and yet unknown episodes of modern life. Join us as we talk to the Oscar-winning filmmaker.

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From Hiroshima to Iraq: The American Way of War

The nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are often thought of as unique horrors, but did you know that in the first half of 1945, American firebombing of Japan destroyed all but five Japanese cities and killed more than 300,000 people? Historian MARK SELDEN argues that the atomic bombings were just the capstone of an extraordinary 20th Century turn in which the wholesale killing of noncombatant populations became the basis of an “American way of war”—accompanied by Japanese and other countries’ own adoption of similar ways of warmaking. Stay with us for a provocative conversation about the history of bombing.

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Race and Restaurants: A Landmark Victory for Workers

We’ll also hear about the remarkable victory of workers at the Upper East Side restaurant Daniel, who reached a settlement with celebrity chef Daniel Boulud after two years of protests against racial discrimination. The Daniel workers had charged management with promoting white staffers over more experienced people of color, and the settlement calls for landmark procedures for promotions, to be overseen by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. We’ll talk to SARU JAYARAMAN, the director of the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York (ROC-NY),, which fought with the workers.

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Co-op Restaurant Gets Sued

Meanwhile, however, ROC-NY was itself targeted in a suit last month by a group of workers who say they were misled about the structure of the cooperative restaurant Colors, which ROC-NY operates. They say they’re entitled to back pay and jobs at Colors. We’ll speak with ARTHUR SCHWARTZ, who is representing the eight plaintiffs in the state lawsuit.

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