The Conversation: Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

Feb 15, 2017

Opposition to Polystyrene Ban; Tax Revenues a Top Concern on Maui; Lessons on Money, Race and Religion from the Stage

Wailuku, Maui. The Chair of the Maui County Council has similar concerns to Kauai's Council Chair.
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Maui County Council Check-in: Mike White

Chair of the Maui County Council Mike White has concerns over distribution of tax revenues by the State.
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If you live in or visit Hawaii and spend time on several islands, you know each has a different character and often faces a different set of issues. Of course, there is commonality, just mention the Transient Accommodations Tax for example... Over this week, we are checking in with County Councils around our state to get a bead on their priorities. Yesterday we spoke with Kauai Chair, Mel Rapozo, today Maui County Council Chair Mike White is on the phone.

Intro Music: Morning Song by The Black Crowes

Outro Music: Low Tide Love by Tipling Rock

Money Talks: Lucie Lynch

Nobody gets away from thinking about money. Whether you have it or don’t, you can’t escape it and it is all too easy to equate money with worth. The whole money-slash-work thing got theater artists Lucie Lynch and Marcia Zina Mager to thinking. They’re the co-creators of ‘Money Talks: But What the Hell is it Saying?’ which is showing at Honolulu’s Temple Emanu-el this weekend.

Intro Music: Cold Duck by Al Jarreau

Outro Music: What's My Worth by Lucie Lynch, M. Zina Mager

Civil Beat Reality Check: Pesticide Regulation

One of the key ingredients of Roundup is glyphosate, which some lawmakers are hoping to ban this year. Monsanto says the product is safe but the International Agency for Research on Cancer deemed it a “probable carcinogen.” From Civil Beat.
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The quest for greater pesticide restrictions and use disclosure by Big Ag was moving at the Legislature- but now the bills may not get a hearing in some of the committees to which they were referred.  Civil Beat reporter Anita Hofschneider has today's reality check.

Outro Music: I Need A Dollar (Instrumental) by Aloe Blacc

Polystyrene Ban Bill: Greg Fraser

Cheap, disposable polystyrene containers have become synonymous with plate lunches, but that may soon be a thing of the past.
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We have talked for a long time about what might make Hawaii's trash situation better and how to polystyrene foam containers are a perennial issue. It is back again at the legislature and there are those who say banning it should be part of the strategy to keep lessen the environmental impact. The Restaurant Association says not so fast. The group maintains that changing to other compostable containers present an additional cost for food service; they often leak and do nothing to change a cavalier attitude toward trash.  

Outro Music: Rainbows by 16 Bit Lolitas

Being a Muslim in Post 9/11 America: Ron Heller

'Disgraced' explores the life of a Pakistani-American's conflict over his heritage and the western life he has built.
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Issues of race, religion, and immigration have rarely been as roiled as they are in today’s world, and the arts are responding with what is beginning to look like a new stepped-up era of social engagement. There is certainly enough to talk about. Director Ron Heller is directing an upcoming production for the Actors’ Group that look at what it means to be Muslim in today’s America. He is holding auditions this weekend, and he is with us this morning.

Intro Music: Class Historian by BRONCHO

Outro Music: Aloha Shirts by Tomas Fosch Trio