The Conversation: Monday, January 29th, 2018

The Special Relationship; SECDEF in Hawaii; Diet for a Hot Planet; Defunding Public Daycare; Project Based Learning

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Bronze statue of Japanese sugarcane workers erected in 1985 on the centennial anniversary of the first Japanese immigration to Hawaii in 1885.
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The Special Relationship: Japan and Hawaii

2018 marks 150 years since the first immigration of Japanese to the kingdom of Hawai‘i. In recent years, Japan’s government has sponsored an outreach program called “Walk in U.S., Talk on Japan.” Retired Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki led this year’s delegation

Into Music: You Don't Write by the Ka'au Crater Boys


U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis listens to South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo. Mattis called the U.S.-Republic of Korea alliance "iron-clad."
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US, South Korean Defense Chiefs Meet on Oahu

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis met with his South Korean counterpart on Oahu last week. He called for diplomacy to take the lead in the American effort on the Korean Peninsula.

Outro Music: Pretty Boy (Peaking Lights Remix) by Young Galaxy


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Diet for a Hot Planet

Anna Lappe is the author of Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It. She is a champion of the local food movement.         

Into Music: Nice Work If You Can Get It by Oscar Peterson

Outro Music: Meet Me In The City by The Black Keys


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Defunding Public Daycare

On Maui, a campaign is underway to keep a very affordable day care program for teen moms at a high school operating. The monthly cost to students is only $25. Private childcare can run close to a thousand dollars.

Outro Music: How Come? by Ray Lamontagne


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Civil Beat Reality Check

The idea of creating safe zones for the homeless appears to be gaining momentum across Hawaii. Could 2018 be the year we see one on Oahu?

Outro Music: John Lennon by Citizen Cope


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Project Based Learning

A new academic emphasis on so-called “project-based learning” is changing the way we learn a language. It is an initiative that’s close to the heart of Dr. Julio Rodriquez, director of the National Foreign Language Resource Center at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.  

Outro Music: Motion Sickness by Hot Chip