The Conversation: Friday, November 24th, 2017

Nov 24, 2017

Black Friday Retail; Hearing Loss in Veterans; Benefits of a Gap Year; Marine Corps Holiday Concert

Honolulu's Ala Moana mall during Black Friday
Credit JDNX / Flickr


Ala Moana mall on Black Friday.
Credit JDNX / Flickr

Black Friday Outlook for Retailers

Thousands will wait for stores to open today, lured by the bargains Black Friday has come to represent. But each year, online shopping is a stronger competitor to traditional retail.

Intro Music: Too Young To Be One by The Turtles

Outro Music: Armistice by Phoenix


Teaching at an exile Tibetan monastery in India is one of numerous options for a gap year service trip.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Benefits of a Gap Year

The transition from high school to college can be abrupt, and more and more young people are finding ways to build a gap year into their plans.

Intro Music: Young Pilgrims by The Shins

Outro Music: Straight West by Kasket Club


U.S. Army soldiers with the 1st Armored Division plug their eears while firing a 120mm mortar.
Credit Sgt. Angela Lorden / U.S. Army

Hearing Loss in American Veterans

Hearing loss is the most common physical disability among American veterans. One former Navy Officer is trying to raise awareness about the issue.

Intro Music: Normandy by Helitropes

Outro Music: Sunflowers by The Deli


Credit US Marine Forces Pacific

USMC Toys for Tots Holiday Concert

The U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band has built a holiday tradition over the past ten years: a free holiday concert that gathers holiday toys for kids who might not have many reasons to celebrate.

Intro Music: Earth to Moon by Dubkonscious

Outro Music: You Think I Don't Konw (But I Know) [Instrumental] by Charles Bradley