Seeds are big business in Hawaii, where large biotech companies develop genetically modified crops. Megan Thompson reports on a battle being waged on the island of Kauai by residents who say growing practices like pesticide use are hazardous to public health. Continue reading
Death, resignation and high-profile jobs have resulted in an unusual number of newly competitive Senate openings. Roll Call’s Shira Toeplitz and NewsHour political editor Christina Bellantoni walk through with Gwen Ifill the political cause and effect of congressional vacancies in Massachusetts, Hawaii and South Carolina. Continue reading
In other news Tuesday, Republican hopeful Rick Santorum hoped to win primaries in both Alabama and Mississippi to help close some of the delegate advantage held by Mitt Romney. Also, the U.S., Japan and the EU filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization over China’s curbs on exporting rare earth metals. Continue reading
In response to revived, high-profile skepticism about his U.S. citizenship, President Obama released his long-form birth certificate Wednesday — again showing he was born in Hawaii — and said he didn’t have time for “silliness.” Jim Lehrer and The Washington Post’s Dan Balz discuss whether the “birther” issue is now settled. Continue reading
As hip-hop has evolved into an established international culture and multi-billion-dollar industry far removed from its underground urban origins, some artists are bringing the genre back to its conscientious and groundbreaking roots. The Blue Scholars, a Seattle-based, Hawaiian-influenced duo, is the harbinger of a new tropical hip-hop interpretation.
Essayist Richard Rodriguez reflects on how Americans view multiracial and multicultural identities in the wake of Barack Obama’s election to the presidency. Continue reading