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Reports and interviews from HPR's Dave Lawrence

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Despite having a long career before and after the release of 1984's Ghostbusters, musician Ray Parker Jr. will likely forever be best known for writing the hit theme song from that film.

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There’s a new report on how illegal wildlife is being trafficked by air, and how smugglers are exploiting commercial air transport to move critically endangered animal parts or live animals, usually from Africa to Asia, and the report slammed one country in Asia with evidence showing them to be-- by far-- the most common destination for all seized wildlife products between 2009 and 2017. 

Entertainer Marlon Wayans is in the islands for a pair of dates tonight and tomorrow at the Blue Note Hawaii at 10 p.m., before a Sunday 7:30 p.m. show at the MACC. He took time for some laughs and to explore his fascinating life with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.

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Bruce Cockburn is a major name is Canadian music, but not nearly as well known in the US, where the talented guitarist/vocalist/songwriter has a smaller, but strong following, where he's almost a cult-classic artist. He spoke to HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence ahead of a two-night run of 7 p.m. shows at the Blue Note Hawaii tonight and tomorrow.

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Nonprofit WildAid have been joined in their effort to end shark fin consumption by a leading TV actor in Thailand. Pong Nawat Kulrattanarak has recorded a PSA describing the painful way sharks have their fins cut off and are often thrown back into the ocean to feed an industry based around shark fin soup and other shark consumption.

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Entertainment legend Engelbert Humperdinck is returning to the Aloha State August 25 and now August 26, just on-sale today, at the Hawaii Theatre. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence  spoke with him about a career that's intersected with some of the biggest stars, including Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Cary Grant and numerous other critical figures.

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In the Asia Pacific, two countries are driving an epic and increasing slaughter of rhinos around the world – China and Vietnam – where consumers buy rhino horn for a variety of reasons, causing an extinction and poaching crisis for all rhinos despite the horn having zero medicinal value.

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A study released yesterday by the global wildlife NGO TRAFFIC suggests that most of Viet Nam’s online illegal wildlife trade does not take place on websites ending in .vn, as previously thought, and instead monitoring efforts should focus on .com sites, and social media. 

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This week on Stargazer, we hear about some work happening in South America that has tested some of Albert Einstein’s theories as HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence speaks with Christopher Phillips.

  

Musician Christian McBride is in Honolulu through tonight at the Blue Note in Waikiki. He took time to join HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence in our Atherton Performing Arts Studio.   

Reggae fusion musician Maxi Priest is back in the islands and spoke with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence.

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During the week her album Elemental was released, Taimane dropped by the Atherton Performing Arts Studio for a conversation and performance with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence. See the complete video below. Listen for her featured in an extended performance Sunday at 4 p.m. on HPR's Applause in a Small Room.  

Dionne Warwick has returned to the Aloha State. Not just to visit her son, Damon, who lives here, but to perform her debut at the Blue Note Hawaii, tonight through Sunday.

Thursday through Saturday this week, the band Hiroshima are back, and it's a special homecoming for keyboardist Kimo Cornwell. He's releasing his debut solo album, Hawaii State of Mind, and the first night of dates at the Blue Note will be a CD release celebration, and feature some music from it live in concert. He spoke with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence about it.

Freddy Cole is the brother of late music legend Nat King Cole, and uncle of the late Natalie Cole.

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Monster drummer Billy Cobham is back after decades in the Aloha State.

Incubus are back tonight and tomorrow at The Republik, and vocalist Brandon Boyd spoke to HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence about it.

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Earl Klugh and his band are back at the Blue Note this weekend. The legendary guitarist took time for his third interview with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence. Joining Earl and Dave are sax/ flute player Thomas Braxton, bassist / band director Al Turner, keyboardist David Lee, drummer Ron Otis and special guest singer / guitarist Jonathan Butler.  

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Central Pennsylvania's finest, Halestorm, have returned to Honolulu for a date Saturday at the Republik with local openers Kings of Spade (whose guitarist Jessie we spoke with yesterday).

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Honolulu rock act Kings of Spade have been on a mission, and guitarist Jessie Savio told HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence about it. The band have taken their sound to the mainland for numerous tours, and even onto Europe, including an unusual number of outings with heavy prog rock legends King's X.

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Dee Dee Bridgewater is back this weekend at the Blue Note Hawaii and the legendary entertainer spoke with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence about it.

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The Aloha State is getting a rare visit from two associated classic rock legends. Rick Derringer and Edgar Winter play with their own bands before joining forces tonight at Hawaiian Brian's, Thursday at the MACC, Friday at the Kauai Beach Resort and Saturday at the Honoka'a People's Theatre.

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The Rick Derringer Band and the Edgar Winter Group will both play before the two rock legends perform together at a series of dates in the islands. HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence spoke with Rick ahead of the tour, and learned a lot about where and how the gifted "Rock and Roll, Hoochie Coo" songwriter developed his craft.

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Tomorrow is World Pangolin Day. Every third Saturday in February is devoted to this most critically endangered animal. The pangolin is a scaly anteater, a mammal, about the size of a cat, covered in small scales, with no teeth and a very long tongue. They primarily eat ants and other insects, and are notoriously difficult to keep in captivity. There are eight species in Africa and Asia. But not for long.

Today HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence is joined by Rick Springfield. Back with a new album, The Snake King, he’s in town Saturday through Monday at the Blue Note.

Chick Corea is back. Tonight through Sunday, the Chick Corea Trio is back at the Blue Note, with Carlitos del Puerto on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums. The last time Chick was here, in the fall of 2016, with Eddie Gomez and Brian Blade, HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence recorded a conversation at the venue, and almost none of it has ever been aired before.

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Classic rocker Dave Mason is back in a new conversation with HPR All Things Considered Host Dave Lawrence. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician plays Honoka'a tonight, Hawaiian Brian's tomorrow, the Kaua'i Beach Resort Friday and the MACC Saturday.

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In the Asia Pacific, there is positive news on a pair of fronts relating to a story we’ve followed on HPR's All Things Considered about one of the rarest and most vulnerable living creatures on Earth. In Malaysian Borneo, Iman the Sumatran rhino continues to improve from a health crisis, while separately, an ongoing effort to save the species through artificial insemination appears to be gaining steam.

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