THIS IS AMERICA & THE WORLD is a weekly, international affairs television series, which is produced in Washington, New York City, and in countries around the world. The series is broadcast nationally on public television and PBS stations. The series is also distributed internationally by Voice of America Television. Whether here in the United States or abroad, DENNIS WHOLEY sets out to explore the cultural, social and political lives of people around the world.
While on location in the Japanese prefecture of Miyagi, This Is America & The World and Dennis Wholey speak to different guests to understand how the area is recovering after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011. To learn about the prefecture as a whole, Dennis Wholey speaks with Governor Yoshihiro Murai and finds that in many striking ways the prefecture is recovering at a bold and rapid rate. Miyagi bears the scares of the 2011 disaster but refuses to be defined by it. Segments explore various sites that are now symbols of revitalization in the area such as the Ishinomaki Fish Market, which was destroyed in 2011 but has since been rebuilt as the largest fish market in the world; the Sendai Airport which has developed into an airport unlike any other despite being horrifically impacted in the tsunami and even a small company named Yaguchi Denshi which is devoted to developing an amazing device to assist children with "weak eyes", which was conceived in the immediate aftermath of the 2011 event. Each interview communicates the stunning resilience of the Japanese people in the face of adversity.