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2nd World War, One Family, Two Sides


Much has been written about the interning of Japanese-Americans during World War II, but Pamela Rotner Sakamoto's story of that period is a tale of a world turned upside-down more than once. 

In Midnight in Broad Daylight, she tells us of a Japanese-American family whose members moved back to Japan years before the war. 

But one brother returned to the United States to live, and he ended up serving in the U.S. military, on the opposite side of the fight from his brothers. 

The details of their experiences fascinate and occasionally horrify. Pamela Rotner Sakamoto joins us for an interview.    


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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and marked his tenth anniversary as the full-time host of the Jefferson Exchange at the end of 2019. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for 35 years, working in both television and radio.