The Conversation: Wednesday, February 28th, 2018
Medical Aid in Dying; Tracking Invasive Species; Changing Demographics and Elections
Lawmakers Consider Medical Aid in Dying
Today, Hawaii lawmakers considered a bill that would legalize medical aid in dying in Hawaii. Supporters and opponents gave testimony for hours yesterday and we spoke with advocates on both sides of the issue.
Intro Music: Staring Window by Jonti
Outro Music: Remove the Complexities by Peter Sandberg
Tracking Invasive Chameleons Using Dogs
Scientists charged with protecting our endangered species are turning to man’s best friend to ferret out rats, slugs, and Jackson's Chameleons. Those invasive species threaten endangered snails but are often very difficult to locate.
Outro Music: Maria Tambien by Khruangbin
Civil Beat Reality Check
Hawaii’s public sector unions are among the supporting pillars of its economy and the creators of its middle class. However, in a few months a US Supreme Court decision that could weaken those unions by making their dues voluntary.
Intro Music: City Music by Kevin Morby
Outro Music: The Sweater Song by Wheezer
Shifting Demographics Sway Elections
It is a widely held belief among pundits: the 2016 election, whose result surprised most observers, was the result of a demographic shift that had largely been overlooked. Pundits do not want to make that mistake again and a new study suggests that there is another demographic shift on the way. But it’s not what you might expect.
Outro Music: Love for the Sake of Love by Cladja Barry