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Women's Caucus Bills; Melodie Soul; Low-Income Renter Tax Credit; eighth blackbird


Thursday, February 12th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Women’s Caucus Bills: Sen. Baker

Senator Roz Baker

Every legislative session, the Women’s Caucus offers a package of bills focused on issues relevant to the health and well-being of women and families. This year is no exception. The measures presented by the female members of the state House and Senate address five areas: improving how domestic violence and sexual assault are reported and enforced, reducing sexual assault and violence on college campuses, making sure women have access to cervical and breast cancer control programs; helping low income renters with a tax credit, and shoring up public trust in the policies and procedures of Hawaii’s police force. With a look at how well these bills are doing at this point in the session, co chair of the women’s caucus, Sen. Roz Baker joined us by phone.

  • Intro Music:   Because of You by The Piano Guys
  • Outro Music:  The Resistance by 2Cellos


Valentine’s Song: Melodie Soul

Melodie Soul

Valentine’s Day brings with it Valentine’s music. And few subjects can inspire songwriters and singers like the message of a great love song. There are as many messages as there are ways to sing them, and we asked our friend Liz Davis, AKA Melodie Soul, to bring in a love song that has a message for her. This one is an Aretha tune; it has a story attached, and we welcomed Melodie to our studio this morning.

  • Intro Music: (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave by Martha Reeves and The Vandellas
  • Outro Music:  I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) by The Four Tops


SB392, Amends income tax credit for low-income renters: Scott Fuji

Scott Fuji

Earlier this morning we took an overview of the status of the bill presented by the Women’s Caucus; the combined female membership of the state House and Senate. One of the bills we segregated to talk about separately is a measure to change the tax credit available to low income renters. It’s being promulgated by the community group PHOCUSED.

  • Intro Music:  Human (Tin Tin Out Mix) by The Pretenders
  • Outro Music:  I Need A Dollar (Instrumental) by Aloe Blacc


Eighth Blackbird Flutist: Tim Munro

Tim Munro

As each new generation comes along in the field of chamber music, the term itself seems less and less valid. The staid atmosphere of chamber music in past centuries has been supplanted by the energy of youth, with influences as diverse as rock ‘n’ roll and contemporary theater.   It’s the kind of energy that drives the members of “eighth blackbird,” a  Chicago-based ensemble with three Grammy awards to its credit that’s on tour in Hawaii, and we asked flutist Tim Munro how he describes his music

  • Intro Music:  Demons by Tim Munro
  • Outro Music:   Music for Sarah: 4 by Tim Munro
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