The Conversation: Monday, November 13th, 2017

Nov 13, 2017

Monster Houses; Pakistan Consul General; UH’s Cacao among best; Practical Scientific, Political, Ecological Art

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Monster Houses

They’ve come to be known as “Monster Houses.” They’re large dwellings that go up on large lots—sometimes with more than 20 bedrooms and nearly as many bathrooms. If that doesn’t sound like a single-family home to you, you’re not alone.

Intro Music: You Got Me by The Generationals

Outro Music: McHale by 1000 Gram


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Pakistan Consul General

Pakistan’s Consul General in Los Angeles is spending some time in Honolulu this week. He's speaking at a roundtable to talk about U.S.-Pakistan relations and areas for potential growth. 

Intro Music: Situation by Yaz

Outro Music: I Love you Lina by Elias Rahbani


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Civil Beat Reality Check

There are any number of good reasons to recycle, and the city has any number of good reasons to promote recycling, but cost-effectiveness is not one of them.  The cost of processing a ton of paper, aluminum, plastic, glass, and other recyclables through the curbside blue bin program has tripled in less than a decade.

Outro Music: Every Single Thing by HOMESHAKE


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UH’s Cacao among best

Is high-end chocolate a key to Hawaii’s agricultural future?  Beans from a University of Hawaiʻi cacao trial begun in 2005 have been judged among the best in the world.   They were among the 18 International Cocoa Awards winners announced at the Salon du Chocolat in Paris earlier this month.

Outro Music: Everything Now by Arcade Fire


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Practical Scientific, Political, Ecological Art

It’s not easy to make art when your head is scrambled by the troubles of a troubled world, and the information revolution makes these troubles impossible to escape.  Mel Chin is an artist who’s visiting the University of Hawaii as the Dai Ho Chun Distinguished Chair.

Intro Music: Over The Rainbow / Simple Gifts by The Piano Guys

Outro Music: The Cave - Joey Altruda Remix by Culver City Dub Collective