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The Conversation: Thursday, November 10th, 2016

Noah Matteucci

Will State Government Be the Last Job in Hawaii? The Business of Fashion in Hawaii; Spotlighting the Glass Ceiling in the Film Industry

Business Growth of Hawaii’s Fashion Industry: Toby Portner

Toby Portner

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The HIFI co-op is a fashion industry incubator here in Hawaii

If you’re into label looking, you may see many new Hawaii fashion designers showing up in stores. That the once robust Hawaii fashion industry is making a comeback is due in no small part to the Hawaii Fashion Incubator, known as HIFI. It started 10 years ago to connect people with resources to achieve their fashion industry goals. In 2013, HIFI designed a Fashion Month - November - to focus collective attention on the local fashion community. Along with Melissa White, Toby Portner is the cofounder of HIFI.

Intro Music: Midnight Hour by SDIB
Outro Music: Antenna by Bonobo

Documentary Hearing Is Believing: Musician Rachel Flowers

Rachel Flowers

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Rachel Flowers (R) is the subject of the documentary 'Hearing is Believing'

Performing artists, if they are wise, learn to turn the adversity in their lives into fuel for their creative passion.  That’s what Rachel Flowers has done; she was born prematurely, losing her sight when she was very young.   She channeled her energy into music, becoming a skilled multi-instrumentalist and authentic prodigy whose story is told in a new documentary film called Hearing Is Believing. 

Intro Music: Tarkus by Rachel Flowers
Outro Music: Trilogy by Rachel Flowers

Civil Beat Reality Check: Trumpland

Chad Blair

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Welcome to Trumpworld

This morning, the President and President-elect meet to talk over a smooth transition come January. The change of party in the White House has left many Hawaii Republicans feeling vindicated but what policy changes might affect Hawaii are still the subjects of conjecture...welcome to Trumpworld. Civil Beat reporter Chad Blair has a reality check.

Intro Music: Sunset Lover by Petit Biscuit
Outro Music: Sweet Madness by Sons of Maria

Last Job in Hawaii: Jim Nishimoto

Jim Nishimoto

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Will State bureaucrats hold the last jobs in Hawaii?

A few weeks ago, we began a series considering the effect of automation on employment. In our first segment of The Last Job in Hawaii, we talked with a think tank head, Jerry Michalski, one of the contributors to the Pew Research Center’s Future of the Internet project. Few human resource departments or firms are focused on the transition from human jobs to automation, a big mistake according to Mr. Michalski. He also said the same could be said of most education systems, meaning that people now or soon to be in school may learn how to function in a workforce that will see dramatic change in the next 15 years. But one place that has already shown to be slower in the automation uptake is government...and that could mean the Last Job in Hawaii could be in state government.

Outro Music: Frenchy I'm Faking by Architechture In Helsinki

Spotlight Producer Nicole Rocklin

Nicole Rocklin

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Nicole Rocklin, a Producer on Spotlight, found success in a male dominated industry

It’s no accident that Hillary Clinton’s election-night gathering was held in a building with a glass ceiling, or that the confetti that was supposed to fall was made to look like shards of glass.  The notion has become a cliché, but it’s no less real, and most women who have risen to the top of their profession have run into some sort of gender-based barriers.   That doesn’t mean today’s young women should have to, and that’s why Oscar-winning film producer Nicole Rocklin is in Hawaii: to encourage girls coming of age in today’s Hawaii to set their sights high.

Intro Music: Dog Years by Maggie Rogers
Outro Music: Red Hot Lights by Moon Taxi

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