If you haven't yet watched one of PBS Hawaii's weekly live election forums, I hope you'll tune in this week. It's the best format in town--real conversation, otherwise known as civil discourse! Candidates talk with each other and with moderator Dan Boylan.
On our upcoming forum on INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAII Election 2012 (Thurs., July 19, 2012, 8:00 pm), the featured race will be the Democratic Primary in East Oahu's Senate District 25. This contest has attracted statewide notice for the brouhaha over the candidacy of Laura Thielen. Hawaii Democratic Party stalwarts considered going to court to stop her candidacy because they said she didn't meet a party membership deadline. Thielen previously ran the State Department of Land and Natural Resources under Gov. Linda Lingle (R). She's running against incumbent Sen. Pohai Ryan and another challenger, Levani Lipton. The winner will face former District 25 Senator Fred Hemmings (R) in the General Election. Also in this hour-long telecast, Boylan discusses Political Advertising with the always interesting Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Professor of Communication and Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Annenberg runs FactCheck, a non-profit that examines the accuracy of factual claims in US political campaign advertisements.
INSIGHTS is also available online at www.pbshawaii.org via live streaming. We want to hear from you! Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email, Twitter or live blogging.
Locally produced encores of the week:
Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Ron Edmonds is my guest on this encore edition of LONG STORY SHORT (Tues., July 17, 2012, 7:30 pm). Ron and I were colleagues at the old Honolulu Star Bulletin in the 70s, where he worked as chief photographer. After moving to Washington, D.C., Ron snagged the coveted and very competitive job of covering the White House for the international wire service, Associated Press. He won the Pulitzer for his photographs of the 1981 assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan. This program is available in high-definition and will be rebroadcast on Wed., July 18, 2012, at 11:00 pm and Sun., July 22, 2012, at 4:00 pm.
PBS HAWAII PRESENTS Biography Hawaii: Princess Ruth Keelikolani (Thurs., July 19, 2012, 9:00 pm and 9:30 pm) is well worth watching again. We last aired this documentary, presented in both the Hawaiian and English languages, two years ago. It's the story of Princess Ruth, who refused to speak English, adopt Christianity or take a trip away from the Hawaiian Islands. Her life was darkened by the deaths of her children and her beloved first husband, William Pitt Leleiohoku I. Of massive size and popularity, Princess Ruth was a strong force who resisted the kingdom's drift toward annexation.