The Conversation: Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

May 4, 2016

The Long View; 2016 NASA Space App Challenge; Standardized Testing in Hawaii; Oiwi Film Festival

The reef runway at Honolulu International Airport was a designated emergency landing site for the Space Shuttle program
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Long View: Neal Milner

Populism is certainly in the air in the 2016 presidential campaign. People call presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump a populist and Bernie Sander’s campaign has centered on his populist appeal. It’s tempting, especially if you look at how much media is covering this presidential election, to think populism is a powerful, exceptionally strong ideology right here and right now. But according to two social scientists, you’d be wrong. Contributing Editor Neal Milner has some of the reasons.

Intro Music: Listen for the Laugh by Bruce Cockburn

Outro Music: Age of Consent by Cayetana

NASA Space App Challenge 2016: Jason Sewell

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If you Google “Space Hackathon” and your name is Jason Sewell, there's a good chance that one of your students at DevLeague took part in the NASA Space Apps Challenge right here in Hawaii. DevLeague is an intense boot camp for coders co-founded,by Jason Sewell...And there’s also a good chance-- As in one hundred per cent--that his SuperGeeks and HyperNerds came up with ten programs that Mr. Spock would find “Fascinating”. Jason Sewell joins us this morning.

Intro Music: The Passenger by Iggy Pop

Outro Music: Space Oddity by David Bowie

Hawaii Right on Standardized Testing: Robert Pondiscio

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  Many of Hawaii’s students have been taking a lot of standardized tests lately...making some teachers chafe at teaching time lost and others glad for what the tests measure. Senior Fellow and Vice President for External Affairs at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute Robert Pondiscio stands with the later group. He says Hawaii is right to hold on to standardized testing. Today we continue our look at where Hawaii’s education system goes from here under the Every Student Succeeds Act, Robert Pondiscio joins us now.

Intro Music: The Respect for the Old Beast by Those Who Ride With Giants

Outro Music: Hope by James Spiteri

Oiwi Film Festival: Joan Lander, Co-Founder of Na Maka O Ka Aina

Joan Lander and Puhipau
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  This year marks the Fifth Anniversary of the 'Ōiwi Film Festival, which is dedidicated to giving Native Hawaiian People voice and vision through films documenting traditional and contemporary Hawaiian culture, politics, history, language and the environment. But this year is bittersweet for documentary filmmaker Joan Lander. She and her partner Puhipau founded Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina, “The Eyes of the Land” in 1982, and Puhipau left us just a few months ago. This year, the festival is dedicated to his memory.

Intro Music: Wahine Holo Lio by Bryan Tolentino & Herb Ohta, Jr.

Outro Music: Queen Liliuokalani March by John King