The Conversation: Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Mar 3, 2017

Economic Slowdown Ahead; Environmental Hazards for Kids; Sounds of the Oud

Although economic indicators in tourism and construction remain positive, a slowdown is likely in the near future according to UHERO.
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UHERO Revised Forecast: Prof. Peter Fuleky

Peter Fuleky, left, is an economics professor at the University of Hawaii and co-author of UHERO's quarterly economic forecasts.
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Today the U H Economic Research Organization released its updated state forecast. Three words stand out: ”deceleration” and “guardedly optimistic.”  The connection among the three continues the trend intimated in several previous forecasts. Perhaps now, there is a little more urgency to pay attention given the current changes in policy from Washington and others yet to come and their economic impact the next few year. Peter Fuleky is an Associate Professor of Economics at UH Manoa and coauthor of UHERO's quarterly forecasts.

Intro Music: Chained to the Rhythm (Originally Performed by Katy Perry and Skip Marley) by Karaoke Freaks

Outro Music: New Slang by The Shins

Partners In Time : Kip McAtee

The oud is estimated to have originated more than 5,000 years ago.
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The further East you travel from Europe, the influence of Asian music. This is a reflection of thousands of years of travel and intermingling of cultures along the trade routes of the Balkans and Asia Minor.  As Asian influences creep in, the melodies become microtonal, using notes in between the 12 tones Western ears are accustomed to, and the rhythms expand beyond the three-, four-, and six-count time schemes that European music relies on.  It’s a sound that’s at once unfamiliar and instantly identifiable. Kip McAtee and his band, Partners in time, specialize in the unusual scales and quirky rhythms of the Balkans and the Near East. Kip’s with us in our studio, and he brought his oud.

Intro Music: Romaniada by Partners in Time

Outro Music: Foreign Accent by Partners in Time

Civil Beat Reality Check: GET Surcharge Extension

Mayor Kirk Caldwell pressed hard for the GET surcharge extension.
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Now we turn our attention to the City of Honolulu...at yesterday’s press conference with Mayor Caldwell. He spent much of the time trying to convince lawmakers that extending the GET surcharge is in everyone’s best interest. But did they buy it? Civil Beat Editor Patti Epler has the reality check.

Outro Music: Babble by The Cure

Children's Environmental Health Workshop: Timur Durrani

Dr. Timur Durrani
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Children feel environmental impact differently than adults. Their bodies and minds are growing and they often perceive risks in other ways than do most adults. How health professionals respond to those risks is the focus of a symposium coming to Honolulu later this month. The Hawaii Department of Health and partners, including the Region 9 EPA, health related departments of the University of Hawaii, and the Western States Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, are sponsoring the free one-day symposium. Dr. Timur Durrani is a co-director of the specialty unit, and based at the University of California San Francisco.

Intro Music: When They Fight, They Fight by Generationals

Outro Music: Painting (Masterpiece) by Lewis Del Mar

Partners In Time : Kip McAtee

Partners in Time explores the music of Eastern Europe and Southwest Asia.

In the first half of our show, Kip McAtee gave us a brief introduction to the music his band Partners in Time plays, and we’re bringing him back to hear more of the oud, an instrument that has made its way across that region with its distinctive sound.

Intro Music: Eench Anem by Partners in Time

Outro Music: Cargah Sirto by Partners in Time