On the Media Podcast: Ghosts

I listened to On the Media’s podcast: Ghosts. The length of the podcast was about 51 minutes and aired on 22 April 2016.

Summary:

Seventy-one years after the bombing the occurred, President Obama is the first president of the United States to visit Hiroshima. Because of this visit is has raised many questions that many are trying to avoid. In addition, On the Media revisits a well-known murder case that the press got wrong. They cover the long reach of the WWII slogan and the Ukraine’s attempt to whitewash their history. It is a special episode to revisit how we think—or in other words, our memory and how are personal as well as historical memory have an impact on us and how we shape the world we live in.

Analysis:

Obama going to Hiroshima is something is something he claims he is doing to create peace between the the countries. He says he will not apologize for the bombing of Hiroshima. However, people think that Obama is still implying an apology by going to Hiroshima. People claiming this is backed up by voice clips you hear on the podcast.

There is a general view that Obama has a tendency to say it’s always our fault when it comes to war. The general idea one of the speakers was presenting is that most Japanese aren’t expecting an apology. Japanese view the war as it being able to move forward. The story in America is that the bomb ended the war. It goes to show you how people remember the war effects history.

The speaker says when we take a look at the issue and ask ourselves if the bomb should have be dropped, the answer is yes and we should revisit it. Obama is drawing attention to an issue that is in the past and shouldn’t be revisited.

They bring up the interesting fact that younger people don’t know the facts of the war. Most of their knowledge comes from movies, not from textbooks. They have a different view than people back then.

Overall, they speakers use some many example to back up their ideas. On the Media is really good at quoting credible people through the use of voice overs.

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