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The Conversation: Monday, September 19th, 2016

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A New Way of Thinking About Violence; Living History in Hawaii; Cost of Balancing Hawaii’s Budget

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Thinking About War and Peace: Paul K Chappell

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Paul K Chappell
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"Non-Violence" outside of UN Headquarters in New York

World peace is a universal goal, shared by people of all nations, that often seems farther and farther away.  It’s impossible to consider the subject without wondering if humankind isn’t somehow essentially flawed: doomed by its very nature to remain in conflict forever.   The post-Second World War decades, under the shadow of mutually assured nuclear destruction, have pushed the tension that creates wars to the breaking point — so where is hope to be found?  Paul K. Chappell, Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, is delivering a talk a UH this week called "Why World Peace is Possible.”.

Intro Music: Green Onions by Booker T. and the M.G.'s

Outro Music: Peace Train (Instrumental) by Cat Stevens

Living History Day: Burl Burlingame

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Burl Burlingame
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Pacific Aviation Museum

Philosopher Jorge Santayana said that “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”-- Living History Day is an annual national celebration of culture and learning between the Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor and the Smithsonian Institution, and definitely dedicated to the proposition that there's a lot worth remembering such as the Tuskegee Airmen, the 442nd, the Honouliuli internment camp. Pacific Aviation Museum’s Burl Burlingame joins us in studio this morning.

Intro Music: Gronlandic Edit by Of Montreal

Outro Music: Brazil by Declan McKenna

Civil Beat Reality Check: Honolulu Symphony Bankruptcy  

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Patti Epler
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Symphony orchestras, as a species, are endangered but far from extinct, and Hawaii’s symphony musicians, and their audiences, know the feeling well.  The new Hawaii Symphony is reborn from the Honolulu Symphony, which went bankrupt behind the pressures that have sunk so many orchestras around the country... and its administrators, knowing they have to adapt, are looking at a more accessible repertoire to keep their seats filled.

Intro Music: Rill Rill by Sleigh Bells

Outro Music: Young Love (feat. Laura Marling) by Mystery Jets

The Cost to Balance Hawaii’s Books: Sheila Weinberg

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Sheila Weinberg
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For most of us, government debt is an abstraction… we know the money has to come from somewhere, and that somewhere is our own pockets -- but nobody ever seems to answer the question: “What’s my cut?” How does $28,500, the highest number in the nation, sound to you?   That’s the taxpayer burden that Truth in Accounting, a Chicago-based think tank that analyzes government financial reporting, has come up with.  It’s the amount each taxpayer would have to pay the state’s Treasury in order for the state to be debt-free.   Sheila Weinberg is Founder and CEO of Truth in Accounting.

Outro Music: Floating Vibes by Surfer Blood

Watersheds and Music: Prof. Susan Toch

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Dr. Susan Toch

So far, I don't think any Halau has written or performed the Ghyben-Herzberg Lens Hula… And I'm not sure that many people outside of the hydrology disciplines even know what a Ghyben Herzberg Lens is-- But many scientists aware of such critically important watershed features also have a deep esthetic sense of nature, and realize that awareness of nature and the arts can help us to sustain everything a little bit better-- Hydrologist Dr. Susan Toch joins us by phone this morning.

Intro Music: Original Music from Water and Music by Susan Toch

Outro Music: Original Music from Water and Music by Susan Toch

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