The Conversation: Wednesday, February 7th, 2018
Restricting Missile Alert Authority; Indigenous Rights Lawyer; Local Effects of Nuclear Testing; Remembering Plantation Life
Congress Moves to Restrict Missile Alert Authority
Hawaii’s U.S. Senator Brian Schatz introduced a bill with two other Members of Congress that would put the responsibility of alerting the public about a possible missile threat solely in the hands of the federal government.
Intro Music: Scooby Snacks (Instrumental) by Fun Lovin' Criminals
Local Memories from Nuclear Testing
Much of the fear around a nuclear missile is the radiation fallout. But there is also another possible effect that you might not know about: an electromagnetic pulse that would render your electronics useless. It could disrupt power grids and telecommunications systems-- all areas that we have come to depend on.
Outro Music: You're So Good To Me by Cochemea Gastelum
Indigenous Rights Lawyer Walter Echo-Hawk
Walter Echo-Hawk is a Native American attorney and educator who has been involved with struggles for the rights of native people all his life. As he says, “indigenous rights are never freely given—they must be demanded, wrested away, then vigilantly protected…”
Outro Music: Disciples of California by The Skygreen Leopards
Civil Beat Reality Check
Title IX has been the law of the land since 1972, but are its provisions being enforced in Hawaii’s schools? Civil Beat reporter Suevon Lee has found several schools where they are not, as she tells us in today’s Reality Check.
Intro Music: Sunny by Wes Montgomery
Outro Music: Skunk Walk by Michna
Remembering the Reality of Plantation Life
The stories of everyday people don’t often get recorded. University of Hawaii-West Oahu’s Center for Labor Education and Research (CLEAR) is collating a priceless archive of Hawaii’s history: unedited first-person reminiscences of plantation life.
Intro Music: Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin
Outro Music: Black Market by Weather Report