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The Conversation: Friday, December 4th 2015

UH Marine Option Program

Supreme Court TMT Decision; Navy Seaplane Wreckage Discovery; `Iolani School Cancells Vatican Trip; Book: "Freedom From Fear";  10th Anniversary Dance Concert

Supreme Court TMT Decision: Doug Simons

Doug Simons

The Supreme Court of Hawaii’s decision this week invalidating the permit for the Thirty Meter Telescope has the opponents feeling victorious. The high court said due process had been violated. Some have likened the project’s course of action to the Super Ferry. Meanwhile, as the TMT group and University of Hawaii at Manoa consider what’s next...we wanted to know how the broader astronomy community is assessing the latest events. Doug Simons is the executive director of the Canada-France- Hawai‘i Telescope where he once worked as a resident astronomer. He was a systems scientist for the Gemini 8-m Telescope and later became the Gemini Observatory’s Director. Months ago, he had been one of the more optimistic voices in the clash over the TMT and he joins us now.

Intro Music:  Stronger by Kelly Clarkson
Outro Music:  Backyard Quiz Theme by Jon de Mello

Navy Seaplane Lost in Pearl Harbor Attack: Hans Van Tilburg

Hans Van Tilburg

The December 7, 1941 attack on O’ahu by carrier-based aircraft of the Imperial Japanese Navy is remembered as the “Pearl Harbor” attack, so we might forget that it was in fact a coordinated assault from North, East, and West. As Pearl Harbor was coming under attack 27 Catalina PBY “flying boats” in and around K?ne?ohe Bay were being destroyed, aircrafts that would have been able to pursue the attacking Japanese Zeroes back to their carriers. Wreckage from those aircraft have been in the Bay ever since, and only recently has anyone been able to photograph it and survey the site. That accomplishment belongs to a group of students from the University of Hawaii at Manoa Marine Option Program. Hans Van Tilburg, a maritime archaeologist with NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries coordinated the effort, and he joins us in our studio.

Intro Music:  Roaming Empire by Maritime
Outro Music:   Main Theme (From Pearl Harbor) by Oberaargauer Brass Band

`Iolani/Vatican Trip Cancellation: Dr. Tim Cottrell

Dr. Tim Cottrell

Recently `Iolani School cancelled their Christmas trip to the Vatican. We asked Dr. Timothy R. Cottrell, the Head of School at 'Iolani since 2012 to shed some more light on the situation.

Intro Music:  Somewhere Over the Rainbow by United Guitar Players
Outro Music:  Country Road by Paula Fuga, Jack Johnson

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Professor & Author: David Kennedy

Professor David Kennedy

America learned a lot about fear in the Depression and through the years of World War II. What Pulitzer Prize winning author and Stanford professor David Kennedy takes away from those years fills his book, “Freedom from Fear: The American People in Great Depression and War, 1929-1945.” But 74 years later are there parallels and lessons about operating in a climate of fear that we should better take to heart? Professor David Kennedy from Stanford University, will be the keynote speaker at Monday’s December 7 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Ceremony at Kilo Pier on the Pearl Harbor base from 7:45 to 9:15 a.m.  Along with speaking at Monday’s ceremony, he will lecture at the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center tonight at 7:15 p.m. He will do a book signing prior to tonight’s talk from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

Intro Music:  Country Road by Paula Fuga, Jack Johnson
Outro Music:  Go For Broke by Jake Shimabukuro

Aiea High School Dance 10th Anniversary: Desiree Cremer

Desiree Cremer

Credit Kelsey Wright/ Colin Wollerman/Julie Thurston Photography
Aiea H1 Dance Studio in action.

One of the great rewards, for any teacher, is the opportunity to see how former students have developed after they have left school and for Dance Instructor Desiree Cremer, whose Aiea High School Dance Program is celebrating its 10th anniversary with two weekends of concerts, the rewards are especially sweet. She’s in the final stages of preparation for the shows, called Ballet and Modern Dance 2015, and she’s on the phone with us this morning. Desiree Cremer is the creator and director of the Aiea High School Dance program, which is presenting Ballet and Modern Dance 2015, the 10th anniversary concert, over the next 2 weekends at the school’s H1 Dance studio.

Intro Music: Friday I’m In Love by The Cure
Outro Music: Just Dance by Lady Gaga

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