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Journalism School Enrollment; Comedian Jonah Ray; Kaua‘i Real Property Tax Bills; Opera Maui

Thursday, July 10th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Decline in Journalism School Enrollment: John Hart

John Hart

Is it a trend or just a blip? That question has journalism schools across the country considering a University of Georgia study released this week. This survey shows a second year of decline for students enrolled in a journalism program and follows an uptick in enrollment in 2010. The net result is an almost 3 percent drop in enrollment since 2008, including at some of the most prestigious journalism schools in the nation. John Hart is the chair of the communication department at Hawai‘i Pacific University and he joined the show to provide his thoughts.

Intro Music: Lucia Sextet by John Kirby
Outro Music: Backyard Quiz Theme by Jon de Mello

Comedy Central Show, Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail: Jonah Ray

Jonah Ray

It’s never easy for comedians who are just starting out, and it takes a load of confidence to keep going in the demanding world of standup—especially today, when it’s apparently where everyone wants to be.   All the more impressive then that Hawaii-born comedian Jonah Ray, who honed his chops here in Hawai‘i, has a new show coming out on Comedy Central called Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail.  And it had all started with an idea he thought would be just-for-fun. Jonah Ray joined the show via phone from LA to tell us more. The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail premieres July 23rd at 12:30 am ET/PT on Comedy Central.

Intro Music: You Will Return by Alice Wallace, Quantic
Outro Music: Compson Eulogy by The Coach and Four

Real Property Tax Bills: Joan Conrow

Joan Conrow

If you own property, you know this: a high value piece of real estate comes with a tax bill. The Kaua‘i County Council is considering three bills to clarify tax policy. One that's drawing particular attention is bill 2549. If passed, it would create a new tax class for non-owner occupied high end properties. We called Kaua‘i-based journalist Joan Conrow to see what the community has to say about whether there should be a tax type called residential investor.

Intro Music: Human - Tin Tin (Out Mix)
Outro Music: Kaua‘i Beauty by Gabby Pahinui

Opera Maui: Jim Price

Jim Price

In our second segment we talked about the need to be bold in launching any kind of creative venture – so imagine what it must take to launch a new, Hawai‘i-based opera company.   That’s what Jim Price is doing with Opera Maui, whose two-island debut performances are coming up next week.   He’s part of a roster of mostly local performers who are too rarely heard in Hawai’i, and he’s determined to remedy that. He joined the show to tell more us about his venture.

Intro Music: Opera "Maria & Draco" by Nobuo Uematsu
Outro Music: Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti

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