The Conversation: Monday, February 13th, 2017

Feb 13, 2017

Broken Public University System; Murder at the Coco Palms Hotel; Modern Dance

Public universities were meant to provide a low-cost alternative to expensive private schools, but that system has broken down over the past few decades.
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Have We Wrecked Public Universities? - Christopher Newfield

The cost of a public university Bachelor's degree has been steadily rising since the 1980's.
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According to the student loan resources company, Student Loan Hero dot com, the average class of 2016 graduate has 37 thousand dollars in debt up 6% from 2015. Public universities are supposed to provide an affordable option for everyone to complete a Bachelor’s degree, an increasingly essential achievement in the 21st Century economy. However, that pact has broken down in recent years. It has a lot to do with the way public universities are funded and how they see their social missions. University of California Santa Barbara Professor Christopher Newfield details what he calls The Great Mistake

Intro Music: Just Tell Me by Nico Yaryan

Outro Music: Danube Incident by Lalo Schifrin

Ailey II: Troy Powell

Members of the Ailey II dance company.
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Alvin Ailey formed his New York modern dance company in the late 50’s, when African-American dance and music seen as things separate from the word of modern dance and broke barriers with every performance. In some ways, that is what his companies are still doing. The youngest dancers in the Ailey family perform in Ailey II, which is touring the islands. Troy Powell is the Artistic Director.

Intro Music: Sound of The Crowd - Human League Cover by Kelly Osbourne

Outro Music: Yoyager Reprise by Surfer Blood

Civil Beat Reality Check: Military Un-Readiness

US Marines with members of the Japanese Ground Self Defense Force at Marine Corps Base Hawaii during RIMPAC 2016.
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Not enough capacity is the bottom line following a pitch to Congress by top military officials. Is the US unready to answer the call? Civil Beat reporter Chad Blair has the reality check.   

Intro Music: Hey Nana by Banda do Mar

Outro Music: One Word by Kelly Osbourne

Murder at Coco Palms: David P Scott

The lobby of the since abandoned Coco Palms Hotel on Kauai.
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When Paramount pictures went to Kauai to film Elvis Presley’s “Blue Hawaii,” a great deal was at stake — for the island, for Hawaii tourism, and for the hotel where the King and his crew would be staying.   What would have happened if a very inconvenient murder had gotten in the way? That is the premise of David Penhallow Scott’s new novel, “Murder at the Coco Palms Hotel”: a few days before Blue Hawaii’s cameras are set to roll, a body is found, and the need to solve it is urgent in the extreme.

Intro Music: Kill the Fear by Conjure One feat. Hannah Ray

Outro Music: Boreal by Divine Paiste