The Conversation: Wednesday, February 3rd 2016
The Long View with Neal Milner; African-American Film Festival; The Schools Our Keiki Deserve Rally; 16th Annual Ellison Onizuka Science Day
What’s been happening to the middle class recently got another layer of data. Two Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton say middle aged white Americans are dying at a higher rate than expected as other groups have declined. Contributing editor Neal Milner has sifted through the research and joined The Conversation for a long view look at the social and political implications of the mortality gap.
- Intro Music: Soy Califa by Dexter Gordon
- Outro Music: Insensatez by Sam Getz
African American cinema has come a long way since the days of so-called “race films,” but as the flap over this year’s Academy Awards remind us, there’s still a way to go. Events like the Honolulu Museum of Art’s 5th Annual Honolulu African-American Film Festival remind us that the black experience is a version of the human experience that has much to teach us all. The festival this year offers a wide range of both fiction and non-fiction films. Sandra Simms is a member of the committee that picked the films and she joined the show in our studios to talk about them. The festival runs from February 6th to March 4th at the Honolulu Museum of Art.
- Intro Music: Donkey Walk by Lou Donaldson
- Outro Music: Hi-Heel Sneakers by Blue Mitchell
Supplies, computers, cool classrooms... those are just a few of the items on the needs list according to the Hawaii State Teachers Union. On Friday afternoon, HSTA, families, and community supporters of the union’s omnibus bill will gather at the Capitol. The Schools Our Keiki Deserve Rally spells out plainly what the union thinks they should be and asks a fundamental question: Is Hawaii serious about improving its schools? Hawaii State Teachers Association President Corey Rosenlee is a national board certified social studies teacher at Campbell High School and he joined the show to go over the union’s concerns.
- Intro Music: Nautilus by Bob James
- Outro Music: And Lay by Debo Band
Thirty years ago last week, Colonel Ellison Onizuka, a mission specialist on the Orbiter Challenger, lost his life when the spacecraft exploded 1 min. 13 sec. after launch. Ever since then, family, friends, and NASA colleagues have worked to make sure the Hawaii-born astronaut’s life could serve as an inspiration to young people in the way he would have wanted. Ellison’s younger brother Claude has been the spearhead of that effort, and he joined us on the occasion of the 16th Annual Ellison Onizuka Science Day.
- Intro Music: Rockit by Herbie Hancock
- Outro Music: Brighter Than the Sun by Ryan Farish