The Return Of Godzilla

This story was originally broadcast on May 9, 2014, in On Point with Tom Ashbrook (NPR)
http://onpoint.wbur.org/2014/05/09/godzilla-movie-japan-monsters

There’s a new Godzilla movie coming out. We’ll look at the history, meaning and re-emergence of Godzilla.

The first time Godzilla appeared, in 1954, Japan was still deep in the trauma of nuclear destruction. Hiroshima and Nagasaki was fresh and terrible memories. US nuclear tests in the Pacific had just rained more death down on Japanese fishermen. And here came the monster. Godzilla. The great force of nature from the deep. Swimming ashore. Stomping through Tokyo. Raising radioactive hell. Godzilla came back again and again. In movies and more. Now, maybe Fukushima’s nuclear disaster has roused the beast. It’s back. This hour On Point: the rise and return of Godzilla.