The Conversation: Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Mar 17, 2016

Presidential Candidates and Social Security; Honolulu Art Museum; Vehicle and Fuel Taxes; Children's Book Workshop.

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Social Security, Reality vs. Candidates: Dan Adcock

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Democratic Party members affiliated with the candidate of their choice, will make it expressly clear at the Presidential Preference Poll-the democratic caucus-a week from this Saturday. And while supporters for Senator Sanders or Secretary Clinton like to tout differences, in some issues the candidates sound alike. Take an issue that for long lived people in Hawaii is an issue: social security and Medicare. Both candidates say they will defend the program but it’s in the how they might do it that we asked Dan Adcock to weigh in. He is the Director of Government Relations and Policy for the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare.

 Intro Music: Whiskey In The Jar by The Grateful Dead

Outro Music: Backyard Quiz

HI in Design, Opening at Honolulu Museum of Art: Healoha Johnston

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Most of us don’t think much about the way design seeps into our consciousness, but we’re likely to be more affected by the shapes, colors, and images we see around us than we realize. In Hawaii, hints of oceans and mountains can be found in the arc of buildings, the font on an advertisement. The Honolulu Museum of Art is taking a detailed look at the world of design that’s specific to our islands in a new exhibition called Hawai‘i in Design, a look at 10 island designers from across the state. Healoha Johnston is the curator of arts of Hawai'i at the Museum, and she joins us this morning.

Intro Tropical Baby by The Brothers Cazimero
Outro Music: Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai by Hapa

SB2938 regarding proposed increases in vehicle registration fees, fuel tax, and vehicle weight tax: Gladys Marrone

Just when you might be feeling a little relief at the pump, a Senate bill to hike the fuel tax -among other things- has crossed over to the House. The rationale is to shore up the state Highway fund and while few would dispute the need for better road maintenance, the  Building Industry Association of Hawaii says it is not that simple. Gladys Quinto Marrone is the CEO and Chief Lobbyist for the BIA and she is on the phone now.

Intro Music: Trip Through Your Wires by U2
Outro Music: Tightrope – Acoustic by Walk the Moon

Children’s book workshop UH: Kirsten Carlson

Octogarden by Kirsten Carlson
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As every parent knows, communicating with children is a two-way street, giving back as many rewards as it provides… For children’s book authors and illustrators, those rewards can be multiplied many times over if their work can reach a wide audience. But that requires a publisher, and, probably an agent. It also requires that the work be ready to present. Kirsten Carlson is an author and illustrator of children’s books who will be one of the featured speakers at this weekend’s 2016 Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Hawaii Conference & Workshop: "Smooth Sailing in the Sea of Children's Book Publishing."

                                                                                                        Intro Music: Ooh La La by Faces

                                                                                                        Outro Music: Into the Mystic by Van Morrison