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Connecting through Storytelling

 

CEO Message

 

Leslie Wilcox, PBS Hawai‘i President and CEO

Over the course of 13 years as CEO of PBS Hawaiʻi, I’ve had ample opportunity to experience something very delightful about our viewers:

 

Many of them are every bit as compelling in communicating as our professional storytellers.

 

Good storytellers know their audience. They know how to connect with emotion and imagination. I think that’s why many of our programs evoke strong responses; and it’s why our viewers’ letters “get” to us.

 

In correspondence, some of our viewers relate family stories passed down through the generations, describing intimate conversations at pivotal times of history, such as the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, the Pearl Harbor attack and closely fought elections.

 

CEO Message: Connecting through Storytelling

 

It’s a wonderful exchange – viewers writing to amplify something they saw in one of our programs, or to add context, or to riff on a related thought. Often they’re telling of their own experience, after a story that aired on PBS Hawaiʻi has struck a chord in their life.

 

Responding to PBS NewsHour coverage of the crackdown on immigrants seeking shelter and work in the U.S., a Honolulu viewer wrote that more immigrants should be welcomed: “My grandfather, who came from Japan, worked from morning to night for three dollars a day. I am third generation and educated … I will not work at a job where I get dirty. I will not work at a job where I get smelly. I will not work at a job that requires me to carry more than five pounds. I am a typical third-generation immigrant.”

 

Another viewer reached out after seeing the American Experience episode about the Pacific search for Amelia Earhart. Just as if she were having an in-person conversation, she noted that the investigation didn’t seem to include the hypothesis that the ocean had swallowed all trace of evidence.

 

“I think that is really what happened,” she wrote. “But empirical research is never really satisfied with a ‘nothing’ outcome. There has to be something ‘real.’ And more importantly, there has to be ‘closure,’ which may not be true.”

 

As author Annette Simmons said, “Story gives people enough space to think for themselves. The story develops and grows in the mind of the listener …”

 

We’re all the richer for connecting through storytelling.

 

Mahalo nui,

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INDEPENDENT LENS
Farmer/Veteran

 

A combat veteran starts a farm to help cultivate a healthier life outside the Army. While the sense of duty he once felt as a soldier returns, his crippling PTSD remains as he and his wife nervously anticipate the birth of their first child.

 

DEAD RECKONING: WAR & JUSTICE
The General’s Ghost

 

Civilians worldwide are increasingly the targets of war crimes. This series examines the evolution of postwar justice through investigations of genocide, ethnic cleansing and other atrocities, and the prosecution of the perpetrators.

 

The General’s Ghost
See how laws and mechanisms for international justice are created in the wake of war crimes committed by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. General Yamashita’s conviction for crimes against civilians establishes a command responsibility doctrine.

 

DEAD RECKONING: WAR & JUSTICE
The Blind Eye

DEAD RECKONING: WAR & JUSTICE: The Blind Eye

 

Civilians worldwide are increasingly the targets of war crimes. This series examines the evolution of postwar justice through investigations of genocide, ethnic cleansing and other atrocities, and the prosecution of the perpetrators.

 

The Blind Eye
Learn how the Cold War obstructs postwar justice and how atrocities in conflicts with large civilian tolls – such as Vietnam, Afghanistan and Guatemala – are concealed. Individuals make efforts to expose war crimes and identify the perpetrators.

 

DEAD RECKONING: WAR & JUSTICE
In Our Time

 

Civilians worldwide are increasingly the targets of war crimes. This series examines the evolution of postwar justice through investigations of genocide, ethnic cleansing and other atrocities, and the prosecution of the perpetrators.

 

In Our Time
See how postwar justice has been revitalized over the past two decades, but is limited in confronting the exponential rise in civilian tolls – sexual violence and genocide-occurring in the Balkans, Rwanda, Congo, Syria, Sri Lanka and other countries.

 

INDEPENDENT LENS
The Witness

 

In 1964, Kitty Genovese was repeatedly stabbed on a street in Queens, New York. Soon after, the media asserted that 38 neighbors watched but did nothing to help. Follow the efforts of Kitty’s brother as he re-examines his sister’s life and death.

 

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAI‘I
Post-Election 2016 – Our Expectations

 

Although difficult to imagine, the 2016 Election will be over after Tuesday, Nov. 8. The U.S. Congress, our State Legislature and the County Councils will soon be back in session working on the issues debated and promises made during recent campaigns. All three levels government will be represented on this edition of INSIGHTS.

 

U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono, U.S. Congresswoman-elect Colleen Hanabusa, State Speaker of the House Joe Souki and Senate President Ron Kouchi will discuss how our Congressional team and State leadership plan to work together during 2017 and what they fully expect to accomplish in the coming year.

 

We’ve also invited Maui, Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i County Council members to join Honolulu City Council Chair, Ernie Martin.

 

Your questions and comments are welcome via phone, email and via Twitter during the Live Broadcast.

 

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462-5000 on Oahu or 800-238-4847 on the Neighbor Islands.

 

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