A large sign reading "I am an American" is displayed in the window of a Japanese-owned grocery store, the day after the attack onPearl Harbor.
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A large sign reading "I am an American" is displayed in the window of a Japanese-owned grocery store, the day after the attack onPearl Harbor.

This weekend, the story of John Okada comes back to life

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During his life, the Seattle author was unsung. A new biography aims to put his story in fresh context.

On today's show:

The rediscovered life of John Okada

When John Okada’s novel No-No Boy came out, it had been just ten years since the end of the Japanese internment, and the book languished. It was only after his death that No-No Boy achieved broader recognition, eventually becoming a seminal piece of the Asian-American literary canon. Novelist Shawn Wong was one of the writers who helped republish the book. Frank Abe is co-editor of a new book called John Okada: the Life and Rediscovered Work of the Author of No-No Boy.

Should you eat Chinook salmon? September 19th 2018

If you love the orcas, should you eat Chinook salmon? The answer isn’t a neat one. We asked seafood chef Barton Seaver, commercial fisher Riley Starks, and Lisa Wilson, Endangered Species Act Manager for the Lummi Nation.

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, September 19th 2018

In Esi Edugyan's new novel, Washington Black, the title character has a steampunk escape from a Barbados plantation, soaring to freedom in an untested hot air balloon. But what Washington learns in the rest of the novel, says Edugyan, is that there's all the difference in the world between freedom from bondage and freedom from human bonds.