The Conversation: Tuesday, December 22nd 2015
Transfer of Oceanic Time Warner Cable's Hawaii Franchises to Charter Communications; Kwanzaa; From the Farm with Neal Conan; Bassist - Kurt Muroki
If there’s one conduit of modern life most of us can’t live without it’s the screen… and who delivers the content may be changing. As we went into the weekend, Hawaii’s Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs announced conditional approval of the deal to transfer Oceanic Time Warner franchises to Charter Communications. The FCC still has to approve it and is gathering public input. Common Cause says Hawaii should think twice about the merger, even if the public hearings are long over. Common Cause Media and Democracy Reform Initiative Director Todd O’boyle joined The Conversation from his Washington office to comment.
- Intro Music: Rum Pa Pum Pum by The O'Neill Brothers
- Outro Music: In Your Eyes by Ryan Farish
The end-of-the-year holidays, no matter what they are or where they came from, invite us to reflect on who we are and what we’re all about, and in that spirit, the Kwanzaa observance, which has firmly taken hold around the world since it was first proposed in the late 1960’s, is celebrated here in Hawaii. It lasts from December 26th to the first of January, and Gwyn Gorg, president of the African Americans on Maui Association, joined the show to tell us more. There will be a Kwanzaa observance Saturday, December 26th, at 11 a.m. in Kapaniwai Park at the Iao Valley Monument.
- Intro Music: Kwanzaa by Headhunters
- Outro Music: Matunda Ya Kwanzaa by Rockapella
The calendar you probably use shows Christmas a couple of days away, but political junkies look at the calendar and see the Iowa caucuses just six weeks away and the New Hampshire primary coming up fast, as well. Politics does take a bit of a break for the holidays though... President Obama and his family are here for their annual Hawaii vacation. But we've just seen new debates in both parties and the list of Republican hopefuls has dropped by one. News Analyst Neal Conan joins us from his Mac nut farm on the Big Island, as he does most Tuesdays to weigh in.
- Intro Music: Santa Clause Is Coming To Town by Booker T. & the M.G.'s
- Outro Music: Fireflies by Ryan Farish
The double bass is an instrument no orchestra can do without, but it may not be fully appreciated as a solo instrument. That’s too bad because there’s no substitute for its rich sonority, whether the strings are plucked or played with a bow. Kurt Muroki made it his instrument of choice growing up in Maui, building his skills with the Hawaii Youth Symphony, and now he’s coming home for a January chamber music concert with an international collection of friends. Muroki and Frends will perform an evening of music by Schubert, Ravel, Rossini, and Martinu on Saturday, January 9th, at Orvis Auditorium on the UH-Mano’a campus. The concert stars at 7:30, with a meet-the artists talk an hour beforehand.
- Intro Music: Sonata in G Minor: IV. Vivace by Jeremy McCoy, Kurt Muroki, and Kevin Murphy
- Outro Music: Sonata in G Minor: II. Corrente. Allegro con spirit by Jeremy McCoy, Kurt Muroki, and Kevin Murphy