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The Conversation: Tuesday, December 29th 2015

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Contemporary Middle East Politics, Israel, and Beyond; Waikiki Blue Note Jazz Club; From the Farm with Neal Conan; Roaring 20’s New Years’ Eve

Contemporary Middle East Politics, Israel, and Beyond: Yehuda Bauer

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Yehuda Bauer

The U.S. relationship with Israel has been defined by the many U.S. administrations, from Truman though Obama. Presidential hopefuls in the current campaigns continue to characterize Israel differently and ultimately what policies toward Israel change - or don’t - will be led by the next administration. As we watch the campaigns, how are Israeli’s reacting?  Professor Emeritus Yehuda Bauer of the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is in Honolulu this week, and he joined The Conversation to share his take.

  • Intro Music: King Without a Crown by Klezmer Juice
  • Outro Music: Backyard quiz Theme by Jon de Mello

Waikiki Blue Note Jazz Club: Maya Azucena

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Maya Azucena

For Hawaii’s ever-hungry jazz community, the addition of a world-class jazz venue to Waikiki is welcome news, and the new Blue Note, a satellite to the flagship club in New York’s Greenwich Village, is opening its doors to a performance this week by a rising star: vocalist Maya Azucena. Azucena will perform at the brand-new Blue Note Hawaii in the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort tonight through the 31st and January 3rd through the 10th.

  • Intro Music: I Saw This In You by Maya Azucena
  • Outro Music: Down, Down by Maya Azucena

From the Farm: Neal Conan

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Neal Conan

It was, to paraphrase Charles Dickens, the best of years and the worst of years... and maybe, in these polarized times, it's not surprising that some of the biggest stories of 2015 can fall into either category, depending on your point of view. The Nuclear deal with Iran can herald a more peaceful planet, or a more dangerous one. The climate change agreement in Paris could be too little, too late or an important first step. 2015 was also the year that News Analyst Neal Conan joined us here on Hawaii Public Radio, and we will definitely put that in the "best" category. Conan joined the show from his Mac nut farm on the Big Island with a look back at 2015.

  • Intro Music:  Little Bit by Perrin Lamb
  • Outro Music: Ocelot by Emancipator

Roaring 20’s New Years’ Eve: Dana Land

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Dana Land

Dana Land is a signer who’s a great believer in getting the audience involved. Her songs are miniature stories anyway, so why not make the whole evening into a story.  For her this New Years’ Eve, the story is time travel back to the Roaring Twenties, when the world was new again and booze was forbidden fruit. Land and her band: Pierre Grill on piano, Alika Lyman on bass, Von Baron on drums, and Ambrose Splescia on saxophone will present a Roaring 20’s-themed New Years’ Eve party this Thursday at Medici’s in the Manoa Marketplace in Honolulu.

  • Intro Music:  Who Will Buy? by Dana Land
  • Outro Music: I Wanna Be Like You by Dana Land
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