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BEHIND THE SCREENS

Waking up before dawn every day for our ‘Sunrise’ morning show means Ian Scheuring has lots of time to take you “Behind The Screens” at Hawaii News Now once the show signs off. Be ready for news, sports, pop culture and whatever else crosses his mind.

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Music Post: Giants of early jazz

Before there was smooth jazz, before there was fusion jazz, before there was free jazz, before there was bebop or even swing, there was the original form of jazz, New Orleans jazz. That music, and the New York jazz which soon followed, was the jazz that influenced such classical composers…

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A funny thing happened on the way…

During 13 years at United Press International I found myself in charge of UPI’s broadcast wire. In that period, subscribers and potential subscribers frequently asked whether we were going out of business. One of several ways to maintain service, which included lot of feature material, was to write much of…

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Get educated or get poor; that’s how it is

We are often confronted with examples of people who make good money without a good education. Excellent athletes coast through college before earning giant paychecks in professional sports. Local guys can find longshore or truckdriving jobs that pay pretty well. But these don’t grow on trees. An even smaller subset…

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Music Post: Fifth Symphonies I have known

Johannes Brahms, who was 43 before he was able to complete a symphony, complained that “you have no idea what it is like to hear the tread of a giant behind you,” and at the right tempo the pounding timpani of his Sym. No. 1 puts you in mind of…

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A slowdown… in the state economic forecast

“Hawaii economic expansion continues with slower pace,” reads the headline in the revised official state economic forecast from DBEDT, the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism. The report is glummer than earlier iterations of the forecast, but much of the downward revision stems from stuff that happened already…

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Music Post: The many moods of marches

I say “march” and you instantly think of a Sousa march, most likely – a steady 2/4 beat, music you can walk to, as predictable a rhythm as disco because it’s what Paul Hindemith would have called “utility music,” music for use, for a specific purpose. Yes, yes, but that…

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Federal judges: NSA exceeds authority

Even the congressman who wrote the Patriot Act has said NSA collects more data than he meant for them to collect. Now a three-judge federal panel says so. In a 97-page ruling, the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court ruling that held that the Patriot Act…

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Growing crops, growing homes, and our growing population

If there is a solution to the housing crisis, I haven’t figured it out, but maybe I can help describe what the crisis is. This is easier on a blog post, which can run as long as I want, than on the air, where my reports can’t last longer than…

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Kupuna o ka mele at the Ala Moana

I am at the age where I realize I won’t live forever and the years that remain to me will include some with white hair and a creaky personal infrastructure. I’m not there yet but I can see it from here. Which means I am at an age when it…

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Music Post: Recorded music versus live

Imagine what music was like in the late 1800s, when music by Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Dvorak was new music and Wagner was practically futuristic. There were no TV or radio stations, no iPods, no iTunes, no iPads, no CD players, no record players. Music was something you heard alive. You…