Thursday, August 6th is the 75th anniversary of the American atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan in 1945, followed by the nuclear destruction of Nagasaki three days later, killing 200,000 and injuring many more. What do those two singular events mean for us in 2020? And what have we done about nuclear weapons since then? Join guest host Ronnie Lipschutz for a reflection on 75 years of nuclear weapons, including an interview with Michigan State University Professor of History, Naoko Wake, author of “Surviving the Bomb in America.”
This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Sister City relationship between the cities of Santa Cruz and Shingu. The Santa Cruz Sister City Shingu Sub-Committee announces an international bell ringing project to solemnly commemorate the 75th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the beginning of peace between the two countries. Simultaneous events will be held in Shingu and all over Japan. Local communities and individuals across the United States and Japan are asked to mark this solemn occasion by observing a period of silence (30 seconds) followed by bell-ringing (75 seconds.) The first solemn event is Wednesday, August 5th, at 4:15 PM, the exact moment the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima (8:15 AM local time in Japan). The second solemn event will occur in Santa Cruz on Saturday August 8th at 7:02 PM . Listeners are encouraged to participate at their homes or in their yards or elsewhere following protocols on social distancing and masking.
On August 6th, Democracy Now! dedicated its program to remembering the atomic bombing. You can watch the show at https://www.democracynow.org/shows/2020/8/6 or download the audio at: https://traffic.libsyn.com/democracynow/dn2020-0806.mp3.