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The Conversation: Thursday, August 20th 2015

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National Perspective on Homelessness; Feather Lei Maker; From the Farm; Maui Animated Film

National Perspective on Homelessness: Matthew Doherty

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Matthew Doherty

Matthew Doherty is the Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness. He is responsible for the implementation of Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. That effort includes the coordination of Federal homelessness policies and strategies among 19 Federal departments and agencies, plus partnerships with State and local communities, non-profits, and the private sector.

  • Intro Music: In Space by Royksopp
  • Outro Music:  Weathered by This is Your Captain Speaking

Feather Lei Maker: Patti Hanna Gomez

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Patti Hanna-Gomez

The art of the feather lei has been refined to its highest level in Hawaii, born in the pre-contact days when feather cloaks and kahili showed off the intricate design and spectacular coloration of the forest birds of the islands.  The tradition has been kept alive, even after most of the forest birds have gone extinct, by Patti Hanna Gomez.

  • Intro Music: Magicman by Bonobo
  • Outro Music: Air to Sky by Hint

From the Farm: Neal Conan

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Neal Conan

Neal Conan is a regular contributor to HPR with the Pacific News Minute. It's part of his ongoing radio career now originating from his Hawaii Island property where he also raises organic macadamia nuts. We talk about how he combines both lives in our weekly conversation from the farm.

  • Intro Music: Human – Tin Tin (Out Mix) by Pretenders
  • Outro Music: Sunny Foundation by 10 Ft. Ganja Plant

Maui Animated Film: Bud Clifton

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Bud Clifton

You can’t make a film without collaborators, and Bud Clifton, producer and director of an animated science fiction comedy called "Men vs Women: The Mother of All Battles," is looking for a few good men and women to complete his project.   It’s essential that they be Maui-based, though, because Bud is a producer with a mission, and he joined the show via phone to tell us about it.

  • Intro Music: Blues Dance by 10 Ft. Ganja Plant
  • Outro Music: Stir It Up by Bob Marley & the Wailers
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