The Conversation: Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Aug 24, 2016

Evolution of Our Response to Terror; Oahu Trivia Champs; MADD’s Legislative Agenda; Unifying Cultures Through Ethnobiology

USS Missouri moored in Pearl Harbor
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Long View: Neal Milner

ISIS militants
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In a few weeks, the US will mark the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. After all the changes those years have brought, the issues we continue to grapple with are whether we now better understand how to fight and face terrorism. An article in the September issue of the The Atlantic Magazine, is based on a year-long study, and in it writer Stephen Brill asks a basic question: Are we safer?  Contributing editor Neal Milner joins us now with a look at Brill’s position and two responses to it

Intro Music: Sherry by Loose Tooth

Outro Music: Young Man by David Wax Museum

Trivia Contest Winners: Art Harris

Team Chucky at Manifest's trivia night
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Quiz shows are addictive -- to watch them, and to play them… and once a player gets hooked, he’s hooked for life.   It’s safe to say that would describe Art Harris, proud member of Team Chucky, the winning team in the Oahu Island Trivia Tournament of Champions.  His victory is taking hm to Vegas.

Intro Music: Meet You There by Dentist

Outro Music: Your Boyfriend's Girlfriend

MADD Legislative Agenda: Carol McNamee

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Hawaii is one of 23 states with mandatory ignition interlock provisions for all drunk driving offenses. That law came in 2011, and since then drunk driving has dropped by 23 percent according to Mothers Against Driving Hawaii. Still MADD would like to see lawmakers improve the current law, allowing for no-refusal activities...those are their words. To explain what those, give us a look of brand new statistics and how the national 5 year MADD strategic plan begin last year is influencing MADD Hawaii’s crafting of its 2017 legislative agenda. MADD Honolulu's signature event, Walk Like MADD takes place on September 10, and is registering walkers and donors

Intro Music: Your Ghost by Axel Flovent

Outro Music: Love Is Overtaking Me by Arthur Russell

Unifying Theory of Ethnobiology: Gary Paul Nabhan

Mangyan men in the Philippines were a subject of study by ethnobiologists in the 20th Century
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  Western science has a troubling history of ignoring the accumulated knowledge of indigenous people around the world… as Western powers colonized far-off corners of the world, their scientists often ignored, or simply failed to ask, what the people who lived there already knew about the natural world around them.  Gary Paul Nabhan is an ethnobiologist whose mission it is to remedy an imbalance that has denied us priceless knowledge… He’s on his way to Maui for a talk

Intro Music: When It Was Wrong by The Califronia Honeydrops

Outro Music: Natural Green by Blazo