The Conversation: Thursday, May 12th, 2016

May 12, 2016

Family Tension Over Vaccines; Filipino Renaissance Man: Martin Nievera; Nani Hale Strike; Jazz Guitar Legend Stanley Jordan

West Palm Valley, Nihoa, Northwest Hawaiian Islands
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Dilema of Child Vaccines: Dr. Reena Shah

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Raising a child is full of decisions and parents are often told there’s no right way that’s perfect for every family. Except perhaps when it comes to vaccinations. Most families are told by their doctors when their children need their shots and they comply. But over the past several decades, a vocal minority has continued to say that children should be not vaccinated as it believes the there is a direct link from the shots to the onset of autism in otherwise previously healthy babies. That’s the perspective of VAXXED, a new film out now in theaters. And after Dr. Reena Shah’s husband and his mother saw the film, he told her he didn’t want their daughter vaccinated and now their family is split.

Intro Music: Walking On A Dream by Empire of The Sun

Outro Music: Hits Me Hard by Swim Good

Filipino Festival headliner, Martin Nievera

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  Sama Sama Sa Saya is a wonderful phrase. It means Happy Together. You can be sure that thousands and thousands of his fans are indeed happy when they’re together with multi talented star of stage, screen and studio Martin Nievera. Born in Manila, he grew up in Hawaii and returned to the Philippines where he has become an absolute superstar. He’s back to perform at the 24th annual Flores de Mayo Filipino Fiesta this Saturday, where Sama Sama Sa Saya is this year's theme.

Intro Music: Stars by Martin Nievera

Outro Music: Hanggang Kailar by Martin Nievera

Local 5 Nani Hale strike: Rhoda Magaoay, former Hale Nani CNA

Writers Guild of America Strike in 2007
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  Monday will be a different day for over 200 workers at the Hale Nani Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Honolulu. They will start a three day strike. According to Local 5, the union that represents them, the reason is unfair management practices detailed in charges brought against the nursing home. The union says Hale Nani violated federal labor law by intimidating and surveilling Union supporters who have been advocating for fuller staffing. Rhoda Magaoay is a former Hale Nani Certified Nurse Assistant

Intro Music: Town Square Theme

Outro Music: I Am the Lion King by Papa

Jazz guitarist Stanley Jordan

Stanley Jordan
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  Our next guest once said in an interview with David Adler for Jazz Times: “I’m a hippie, I’m a homeboy, I’m a girly girl, I’m an Ivy League academic, and I’m a tech geek. I’m GQ, I’m Vanity Fair. I’m an athlete, I’m a teacher, and I’m a healer. All these things are really real to me.” Oh, and in addition to that, some might add one of the most amazing musicians alive on Planet Earth. Guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan takes music to the next level. He can play guitar and piano simultaneously and boldly reinvents classical masterpieces, pop-rock, jazz and improv….Stanley Jordan joins us this morning.

Intro Music: Stairway To Heaven by Stanley Jordan

Outro Music: Eleanor Rigby (Live) by Stanley Jordan