Toguri Interview Excerpts
Many people have only heard Iva Toguri's voice during press interviews, save for a
few shortwave broadcast recordings from the war. When Iva spoke with me, her tone
was more conversational because by 1987 Iva and I had been friends for a couple of
decades. Listening to her voice on these recordings may help explain why Charles
Cousens chose Iva for his new POW-produced program, Zero Hour. Equally
important, in my opinion, the recordings manifest Iva's unguarded everyday
personality, which could be described as easy going, delightful, and downright fun.
To listen to any segment, select its title on the list located on the black player and it
should play automatically. More excerpts will be added as time allows.
In 1987, I recorded 50+ hours of interviews with Iva Toguri on an Otari 5050B professional 1/4" tape
machine. To protect the masters, I dubbed them to 1/8" audio cassette. This transfer sometimes resulted
in clipping when peak volume levels were exceeded. The excerpts above are edited MP3 copies of the
During our sessions, Iva spoke into a small microphone pinned to her blouse. My voice can be heard
only indirectly in the background, picked up by Iva's mic. In the clips above my audio may be artificially
amplified; otherwise my remarks would be extremely difficult to hear. This process causes clips to
sound somewhat unnatural.
Finally, I edited the excerpts to remove digressions, repetitions, and irrelevant material. The content has
not been substantively altered to remove material unflattering to Iva Toguri or to myself.
Iva talks about the debate concerning her voice,
and explains how Charles Cousens helped
enhance her broadcast personality.
Iva reminisces about her time in preschool and her
father's "fit" when her appearance at the pre- school
reunion turned into disaster. I use this event as a
metaphor for Iva's life in 2014 TR/AP, pp. 35, 303.
Why Iva loved baseball and disliked fishing.
Iva details her first impressions of Japan re: sitting
at the dining room table and sleeping
Iva expresses her anger at the Nisei in Japan,
discussed in the 2014 Revised TR/AP, pp. 163.
Tokyo Rose /
A Dual Biography