The Conversation: Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

Jun 23, 2016

Former Meth Addict; Singer Lisa Fischer; Reef Degradation from Sunscreen; Betty Loo Taylor Documentary

Vulcanic explosion on Jupiter moon, Io
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Overcoming Meth-Addict: Latisha

Credit Noah Matteucci

  After hearing the HPR -Civil Beat podcast, Hawaii’s New Ice Age, we got a call from a young woman who said that how teens are engaged needed more discussion. Before we could ask her why she thought that, she told us: she had been a teen who used meth and the messages she’d heard just didn’t work. It went beyond the often criticized media campaign of a few years ago by the Meth Project.  Latisha- not her real name- says teens need real facts without a lot of hype. She’s a young adult in the mental health field and in school to be a psychologist specializing in adolescent development.  

Intro Music: Domino by Van Morrison

Outro Music: Ides by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Performing Artist Lisa Fischer

Credit Lisa Fischer

  Lisa Fischer knows when to seize the spotlight, and when to yield it.   She has a long career as a backing vocalist, on stage and in the studio with some of the very best -- and a career as a recording and performing artist that has given her own share of signature songs.   Her story, and that of her peers, was told in the documentary “Twenty Feet from Stardom,” but today she’s in Hawaii to perform with her Grand Baton band, and she’s with us in our studio.

Intro Music: How Can I Ease the Pain by Lisa Fischer

Outro Music: Do What You Gotta Do by Little Louie Vega, Lisa Fischer, Anane Vega

Reef Degradation from Sunscreen: Craig Downs    

Credit Haereticus Environmental Laboratory

Craig Downs is the Executive Director of Haereticus Environmental Laboratory, a non-profit scientific organization dedicated to increasing the scientific, social and economic knowledge of natural environmental habitats in order to better conserve and restore threatened environmental habitats and resources. He’s in town for the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium.

Intro Music:  Human (Tin Tin Out Mix) by The Pretenders

Outro Music: Fishing the Sky by The Appleseed Cast

“They Call Her Ladyfingers,” the story of Betty Loo Taylor: Filmmaker Patricia Gillespie

We’re thinking about careers in music this morning, and how an artist finds ways to keep working as musical tastes swirl around her.  For Hawaii pianist Betty Loo Taylor, that has meant playing all kinds of music in all kinds of places -- many of them venues that have never seen a Chinese-American jazz virtuoso before. Her story is told in Patricia Gillespie’s documentary: “They Call Her Ladyfingers, the Betty Loo Taylor Story,” which will be shown next Monday evening at Fresh Cafe in downtown Honolulu. Patricia will also conduct a question-and-answer session after the screening

Intro Music: Sophisticated Lady by Duke Ellington

Outro Music: For All We Know by Don Alberts