Reality of the Federal Hiring Freeze; Monetizing University Discoveries; Salem Witch Trials as a Modern Metaphor
One of the first things Donald Trump did as President was to put a hiring freeze on Federal employees. It once again raised the issue of the Federal bureaucracy as too big and wasteful. But according to a Brookings Institution study, the federal hiring freeze makes some important and often wrong assumptions about both the size of the Federal Government and how it really works.
Intro Music: Gonna Get Together by Leroy
Outro Music: Street Fighting Man (Instrumental) by The Rolling Stones
Yoga is seen by some as an exotic practice and by others as a return of the body and mind to their natural states, restoring neglected links between body and mind. For instructor Sookie Kunst, who’s teaching a “Yin and Yang Yoga” workshop this weekend in Makawao, Maui, her teaching methods are rooted in her own personal journey.
Intro Music: Home by Miki Ratsula
Outro Music: Please Don't Go by Joel Adams
Is Hawaii vulnerable to ballistic missiles? A little noticed provision in the $607 billion National Defense Authorization Act is asking that question and whether a Kauai test site can be converted into an intercept site. DC-based Civil Beat reporter Kirstin Downey is on the line now with a reality check.
Outro Music: Swimming Away by Great Lakes Swimmers
A Hawaii House bill scheduled to be heard today would create the Innovation and Commercialization Initiative Program. It would give the University of Hawaii the legal authority to create, promote, and participate in new economic ventures. It would also expand workforce opportunities based on inventions and discoveries generated by or at the University. We asked Daniel Gluck, the executive director of the Hawaii State Ethics Commission for his take.
Outro Music: PMA by The Ballantynes
Fear of the unknown, an uneasiness about people who are “different” seems to be a fundamental human trait, one that allows us to be easily manipulated by those who traffic in fear. That’s what was happening in America in the early 1950’s, when Arthur Miller wrote “the Crucible,” a play about the Salem Witch trials, as an allegory for the times he was living in. To those who wonder if those times have come back, a new production of Miller’s play on Maui should provide plenty of food for thought. Carolyn Wright is the director of the Seabury Hall Performing Arts and Maui Academy of Performing Arts student and adult production of the Crucible, and she joins us by phone.
Intro Music: Hear No Evil by Alpine
Outro Music: First Night by The Hold Steady