The Conversation: Friday, December 1st, 2017

Dec 1, 2017

Voter Turnout in Hawaii; Nuclear North Korea, HSTA Responds to Union Critique

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Options for a Nuclear North Korea

North Korea’s recent missile test indicated that the regime can likely now strike any portion of the U.S. mainland. But that may provide an opening for negotiators.

Intro Music: Sting Me by The Black Crowes

Outro Music: The World Might Not Live Through the Night - Instrumental Version by Atmosphere


HSTA President Corey Rosenlee, second from left, with teachers during a January 2017 march.
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HSTA Responds to Criticism of Public Unions

The President of the Hawaii State Teachers Association responds to a recent interview on this program that made the case for weakening public sector unions.

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Civil Beat Reality Check

Coping skills are being taught in the classroom in some Hawaii schools, under the banner of a growing national movement: “social and emotional learning.” 

Intro Music: Endless Highway by Bob Dylan and The Band


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Low Voter Participation in Hawaii

When the State of Hawaii was young, voter turnouts in the islands were among the highest in the nation, but the last few voting cycles have seen some of the lowest levels of voter participation in the nation.

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