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Searchlight Serenade: Big Bands in the WWII Japanese American Incarceration Camps Previous Broadcasts

KQED Life: Sun, May 19, 2013 -- 11:00 PM

More than 120,000 Japanese Americans were forced to live in incarceration camps during World War II. As people endeavored to create a sense of normalcy during their incarceration, many detainees still enjoyed the popular music of the day - swing. This program tells the stories of 9 detainees - big band trumpet players, saxophonists, singers - who created a soulful escape for themselves and their fellow prisoners. Their accounts are accompanied by an evocative animation created from woodcuts and drawings.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Mon, May 20, 2013 -- 5:00 AM
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