The Conversation: Thursday, November 19th 2015
Military Presence in Hawai‘i and War Strategy; Waiting for John; Glyphosate Report; Made In Japan
In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, Britain is issuing advice to its citizens about what to do in case of attack. Many people are wondering when and where it might happen and hoping that governments will be able to thwart any attack before it can happen. With Hawaii’s military presence, is our state vulnerable or perhaps better able to cope with a possible attack? With this week’s brouhaha over the Governor’s statement that Hawaii will take Syrian refugees if asked, Hawaii’s safety is clearly top of mind for many. Dr. Carlos Juarez a professor of political science at Hawai‘i Pacific University who regularly teaches peace-building, international conflict management, diplomacy and international relations, and he joined The Conversation to share his thoughts on the matter.
- Intro Music: Party With Children by Ratatat
- Outro Music: Gun by Piano Tribute Players
How much of our understanding of the world is based on faith and what are the origins of our beliefs? When the Second World War brought artifacts of civilization (refrigerators, airplanes, etc.) to remote Pacific islands, the cargo became the source of belief systems or so-called “Cargo Cults.” Filmmaker Jessica Sherry set out to look at the way contact with the US military back in the 1940’s still affects the lives of the last surviving cargo cult. Her movie, showing at the Hawaii International Film Festival, is called Waiting for John and she joined the show to talk about it. The film will be shown today (11/19) at 3:45 p.m. at Dole Cannery in Honolulu and Sunday morning (11/22) at 9:45 at Waimea Theater on Kaua‘i.
- Intro Music: Audio from Waiting For John Trailer
- Outro Music: Waswastambia Song by Vanuatu (New Hebrides): Custom Music
This month the European Food safety Authority issued its reevaluation of the chemical glyphosate. It’s one of the components regularly used in pesticides including Round Up and according to the report, it’s likely not carcinogenic or damaging to DNA. Later this year, the US EPA will also be reassessing glyphosate and that, in light of the European review, has the Center for Food Safety alarmed. Bill Freese is the organization’s science policy analyst and he joined the show via phone to talk about some of his concerns.
- Intro Music: Days to Come by Bonobo
- Outro Music: Elegiac by Jon Hopkins
Tomi Fujiyama is Japan’s first female country music star and she’s been a recording artist in her native country since the 1950’s, as well as a Grand Old Opry showstopper back in 1964. She’s the subject of a new documentary calledhttps://vimeo.com/118638367"> Made in Japan that’s being shown at the Honolulu International Film Festival, and she came to our studio to talk about her country music heroes and the first song she ever recorded. The documentary Made In Japan tells the story of her return visit to the Grand Old Opry 40 years after first performing there. It screens Sunday, November 22nd at 3:15 pm at the Dole Cannery.
- Intro Music: Home on the Range by Tomi Fujiyama
- Outro Music: Silver Wings by Tomi Fujiyama