9 episodes

Between 1942 and 1945, the US government locked up tens of thousands of Japanese American citizens not because of anything they’d done but because of who they were. Scapegoat Cities is a podcast that helps you know and feel what this episode of mass injustice was. Each episode tells one true and moving human story drawn from historian Eric Muller’s two decades of research, reminding us of the devastating harm that can arise when a frightened nation turns against its own people.

Scapegoat Cities Eric Muller

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 41 Ratings

Between 1942 and 1945, the US government locked up tens of thousands of Japanese American citizens not because of anything they’d done but because of who they were. Scapegoat Cities is a podcast that helps you know and feel what this episode of mass injustice was. Each episode tells one true and moving human story drawn from historian Eric Muller’s two decades of research, reminding us of the devastating harm that can arise when a frightened nation turns against its own people.

    The Desert Was His Home

    The Desert Was His Home

    In the hot spring of 1943, a lonely old Japanese prisoner went missing from the Gila River Relocation Center in southern Arizona.  This episode introduces Mr. Otomatsu Wada and tells the story of his disappearance and of the efforts to find him.

    The story is true in every essential detail.

    • 12 min
    And Your Little Dog Too

    And Your Little Dog Too

    Episode 9

    Nisei: "No Way"

    Nisei: "No Way"

    Episode 8

    We Built This City

    We Built This City

    Episode 7

    A Day in the Life - August 21, 1943

    A Day in the Life - August 21, 1943

    Episode 6

    Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been Japanese American?

    Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been Japanese American?

    Episode 5

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Halden Levin ,

Medium Brings Moment to Light

I came across Scapegoat Cities a month or two ago and slowly listened all the way through. Each story brings forth a sense of humanity that can be lost in the retelling of historical events. Before having the privilege of taking Professor Muller’s First Year Seminar and coming across Scapegoat Cities, I knew very little of the removal and imprisonment of Japanese Americans during WWII. Music paired with words and an articulate voice is a prime medium for bringing this period to light. Thank you for this.

LittleRedJD ,

Great storytelling on sorrowful topic

Professor Eric Muller is a master of the written and spoken word. I’m actually dragging my feet about the last few episodes, not wanting to be finished listening. I grew up in a house constructed from several pieces of the barracks at the Heart Mountain Camp. Though growing up I understood the story of the camp, I never understood the injustices inflicted there by my own government until I was an adult and a student in Professor Muller’s constitutional law course at the University of Wyoming’s College of Law. These stories build on and deepen that understanding. If you like the podcast, you must read Eric Muller’s book “Free to Die for Their Country.”

Anne the storyteller ,

Outstanding podcast

As a storyteller, I know that stories open listeners’ hearts and touch us emotionally in a way that mere facts do not. As a Japanese American with family members who were incarcerated at Tule Lake and Minidoka for the crime of looking like the enemy, I am especially grateful for Eric Muller’s carefully researched and moving stories that bring the hardships of the incarceration to life and to a larger audience. These stories are needed more today than ever before and Professor Muller is doing a remarkable job here. Thank you!

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