The Long View; Kids First Film Fest; Future of Natatorium; Huliau Youth Environmental Film Fest

May 28, 2014

Wednesday, May 28th – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

The Long View: Neal Milner

Many high school graduates are now facing a summer that will lead them into the unknown: college. They, and many generations of graduates before them, have gone off with the idea that college will increase their employability and their income. The belief that a college education is an equalizer is getting some flack. New research says the universities themselves may be contributing to inequality… even for highly qualified students. Political analyst, Neal Milner, joined the show with his take on the issue.

Intro Music: Ruin by Cat Power

Outro Music: Backyard Quiz Theme by Jon de Mello

Kids First Film Fest: Ann Brandman

Looking for a movie that’s good for kids? That can be a challenge these days. Even the so-called family movies are filled with adult humor and cartoon violence.   It’s an ongoing concern that led to the formation of a national non-profit called the Coalition for Quality Children's Media. It’s teaming up with U-H Manoa’s Outreach College to present a free Kids First Film Festival.  Ann Brandman is putting it all together, and she joined us this morning. The Festival takes place on Sundays from June 8th to July 13th.   Shows are free, and start at 3 p.m. at the UH-Mano’a Art Auditorium.

Intro Music: Music from Peppa Pig (

Outro Music: Trailer for Lotte from Gadgetville

Natatorium Follow-Up: Jim Bickerton

Maybe you remember the picture from last year; Governor Abercrombie and Honolulu Mayor Caldwell standing together at the Natatorium to announce their decision to replace the crumbling structure with a memorial beach. Many people thought the issue had been settled. Then last week, the National Trust placed the Natatorium on its list of national treasures. That has stirred up the whole debate and bought out one point on which all sides can agree… nothing can actually be decided until the environmental impact statement comes out next year. Jim Bickerton has been practicing law in Hawaii for more than 25 years and is a founding partner of the firm that bears his name. He represents the Kaimana Beach Coalition and joined the show to expand the conversation.

Intro Music: Coastal Break by Tycho

Outro Music:  Daydream by Tycho

Huliau Youth Environmental Film Festival: Malia Cahill

Many young people have a sense of engagement about the environment. Their commitment carries with it a great deal of hope for the future. The Maui Huliau Foundation has found a way to convert that energy into action with an annual festival of environmental films made by local high school students, with some remarkable results.  Malia Cahill is the non-profit’s founder and executive director, and she joined the show via phone with more information. The film festival, featuring seven short films about the environment made by students at 13 Maui schools, will be presented this Saturday at the Iao Theater in Wailuku.

Intro Music: Song for Allie by Danny Carvalho

Outro Music: Bodysurfing by Taimane