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Barack Obama is the first sitting US President to visit Hiroshima. He spoke with emotion as he acknowledged the role America played 70 years ago in dropping nuclear bombs first on Hiroshima and then, three days later, on Nagasaki. From the start, Obama has framed his purpose in this trip not as an apology, but rather, a reckoning with history. Barbara Bogaev guest hosts.

Later on the program, a new and gentler method of police interrogation -- based on research into the failure of the war on terror's brutal techniques.

Photo: President Barack Obama hugs atomic bomb survivor Shigeaki Mori as he visits Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan May 27, 2016. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Producers:
Sasa Woodruff
Evan George
Jenny Hamel

Obama, the Bomb and Memories of War 41 MIN, 24 SEC

Seventy-one years later, the first sitting US President visits Hiroshima, not to apologize, but to call attention to the threat nuclear warfare still poses. President Obama's historic visit has been warmly received by many Japanese, including some survivors of the atomic bomb dropped on the city 71 years ago.

But the trip's been controversial here at home. Some survivors say it's not enough. Some war veterans say it's too much, and that dropping the bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was needed to achieve peace quickly. Does a call for a nuclear­free world ring true when it comes from a President who is upgrading America's nuclear arsenal and has presided over the nation's longest wars? We look back and ahead.

Guests:
Robin Harding, Financial Times (@RobinBHarding)
Richard Rhodes, Atomic Heritage Foundation (@AtomicHeritage)
Sascha Jansen, Civilian POW survivor
Paul Kawika Martin, Peace Action (@PaulKawika)
Mark Landler, New York Times (@MarkLandler)

More:
Financial Times on Obama’s historic visit to Hiroshima
Atomic Heritage Foundation on Obama's visit to Hiroshima
Peace Action's praise for Obama's visit, push for action on nuclear abolition
New York Times on reduction of nuclear arsenal slowing under Obama
Paper Lanterns (film)

A New Way of Getting the Right Information from a Suspect 8 MIN, 50 SEC

Thanks to TV, we all think we know how police question suspects. The stark room with bad lighting, a two way mirror, and a good cop-bad cop routine. Traditionally police interrogation is a confrontational interview, designed to catch suspects in a lie, or contradicting themselves, to make them feel vulnerable and ideally to extract a confession.


Photo: Lwp Kommunikáció

Now, that might be changing, as Robert Kolker has written in Wired magazine. Kolker is a projects and investigations reporter for Bloomberg and author of Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery.

Guests:
Robert Kolker, Bloomberg News (@bobkolker)

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