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The Conversation: Thursday, July 14th, 2016

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Hawaii’s Aging Population; Kika Kila:How the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Changed the Sound of Modern Music; Equal Means Equal; Discover Flying as a Private Pilot

Hawaii’s Aging Population: Andrew Mason

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Andrew Mason

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The latest report on Hawaii’s changing population shows our states senior population is growing at an annual rate that’s outpacing the general population. Between 2010 and 2015, Hawaii residents over age sixty-five grew four times faster than the overall population over the same period. The increase in elders is confining to shape the focus of the state and shift the target of commercial goods and services. University of Hawaii economics professor Andrew Mason researches the impact of aging in the U.S. and around the world.

Intro Music: La Marseillaise by DjangoReinhardt

Outro Music: Growin' Up by Bruce Springsteen

Kika Kila-How the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Changed the Sound of Modern Music: John Troutman 

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Kika Kila

The world was hungry for new sounds in the early decades of the twentieth century, as radio and the advent of recording technology made it possible to send music all around the world. Hawaiian music became a worldwide phenomenon back then, as the sound of the steel guitar became forever associated with dreams of the carefree island life.  John Troutman is a steel guitarist and the author of Kika Kila: How the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Changed the Sound of Modern Music and he’s with us this morning.

Intro Music: On the Beach at Waikiki by the Oahu Steel Guitar Group

Outro Music: Mai Givee-Hawaii Steel Guitar by Hoot Gibson

Equal Means Equal: Kamala Lopez

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Kamala Lopez

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Equal Means Equal

If you’re a woman, you probably don’t need us to tell you about gender equity. In large and slight ways, many women feel the impact of it every day...and that’s just the problem according to filmmaker and activist Kamala Lopez. To make the point, she launched a kickstarter campaign which drew twenty-four hundred backers who pledged nearly a hundred and thirty-seven thousand dollars to help fund the film Equal Means Equal. The film is coming to Honolulu for a special showing next week.

Intro Music: Learning to Fly by the Foo Fighters

Outro Music: The Fly That Rodefrom Buffalo by Shouthern Culture on the Kids

Discover Flying as a Private Pilot: Joe Bardwell

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Joe Bardwell

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Airplane pilots have to carry a great deal of information in their heads -- and be able to draw upon it, in all its complexity, without effort. Piloting is the kind of skill that needs to become second nature; there’s not a lot of time, up there, to go over your notes. To the novice, it can seem overwhelming. But Joe Bardwell, an FAA Certified Flight Instructor, has found ways to take the mystery out of flying your own plane. He’s with us this morning.

Intro Music: Smooth Talk by Harmonica Instrumentals

Outro Music: I Want You Back by The O'Neill Brothers

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