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The Conversation: Wednesday, November 4th 2015

The Long View - New Research on Discrimination in U.S.; Sonny Chillingworth Tribute Concert; AAUW/STEM Panel-Forum on Gender Pay Gap; Waik?k? Natatorium Documentary

The Long View - New Research on Discrimination in U.S.: Neal Milner

Neal Milner

The idea of a jury of one’s peers is being tested in the U.S. Supreme Court. A case involving racial discrimination in jury selection was argued on Monday and contributing editor Neal Milner has been considering that case and some recent Rutgers University research showing  discrimination in the workplace of people with disabilities. From trying to make a living to getting a group of racially diverse jurors, discrimination in the U.S. appears to be alive and well.

  • Intro Music:  Flaximus by Brownout
  • Outro Music:  The Phone Book by Editors

Sonny Chillingworth Tribute Concert: Makana


When music flows out of a folk tradition, as slack-key does, it has to be passed along by mentors and living examples can teach us so much more than any written material.   Makana, who began his performing career as a teenage slack-key prodigy, knew that he had to go to the source to really learn his craft.  A grant from the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts to study with grand master Sonny Chillingworth gave him an unparalleled education, and he’s paying tribute to his mentor in an upcoming concert.  The concert takes place on November 14th at the Hawaii Theatre Center in downtown Honolulu.  To watch a short documentary on Sonny Chillingworth, https://vimeo.com/118510371" style="line-height: 1.5;">click here.

  • Intro Music:  Hi`ilawe by Makana
  • Outro Music:  In-Studio Live Music - Makana

AAUW/STEM Panel-Forum on Gender Pay Gap: Joanna Amberger

Joanna Amberger

For decades and generations, American women have experienced a pay gap, i.e. the income difference between what a man and woman in the same full time job make annually. It’s usually describes at 79% of a man’s dollar despite the directives of the Equal Pay Act signed in the JFK era. This fall the AAUW published a paper The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap that went beyond the simple statistic and this month, the Honolulu branch in partnership with the YWCA will hold a forum to take on the pay gap in Hawaii.  Joanna Amberger is president of AAUW’s Honolulu branch and she joined The Conversation to talk about Hawai‘i’s gender pay gap prior to the upcoming forum.

  • Intro Music:  Fun to Be Happy by Love Tractor
  • Outro Music:  Cut Your Teeth by Kyla La Grange, Kygo

Waik?k? Natatorium Documentary: Jason Lau

Jason Lau

The Tank premieres this Sunday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. on KHNL-TV.

The Waikiki Natatorium has been a flashpoint for controversy for decades now. The gates have been locked since 1979 and the ruin represents an anachronism in a society that seems to have forgotten its origins as a memorial to honor Hawaii veterans of the First World War.   Jason Lau is the producer and director of a new documentary that seeks to reclaim some of the Natatorium’s history before it’s forgotten.  The documentary, titled https://vimeo.com/144585126">The Tank, will air Sunday at 7 p.m. on KHNL-TV.

  • Intro Music: Tired Of Me by Henry Burr
  • Outro Music: War Time Songs of 1914 by Uncredited Vocal
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