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The Conversation: Wednesday, November 25th 2015

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Media Addiction; Merwin Conservatory Talk Story; Wealth and the Widely Affluent; Thanksgiving Meals and Island Style Gatherings

Media Addiction: Jim Steyer

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Jim Steyer

Here we are coming into a Thanksgiving weekend and you likely already know where you’ll be spending it. Regardless of who is hosting, you could have some other guests who tag along... the people on your or your kids’ smartphones. Earlier this month, Common Sense Media, a national organization tracking media use, released a report about the number of hours teens and tweens spend on their portable screens and they found it to be a whopping nine hours. That could mean that tomorrow, they - and maybe even you - could spend more time texting than talking to the people around the table.  We called Jim Steyer, the founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, to ask how to shift from screen-time to people-time.

  • Intro Music:  Turkey in the Straw by The United States Air force Strolling Strings
  • Outro Music:  Children Will Listen by Barbra Streisand

Merwin Conservatory Talk Story: Susan Casey

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Susan Casey

Humans have an uneasy relationship with the more intelligent, independent minded members of the animal kingdom and we seem to like animals better when we can bend them to our will.   We have never known quite what to do about dolphins, who show every sign of possessing qualities we have come to think of as ours alone: deductive reasoning, language skills, and a capacity for love.   Author Susan Casey set out on a two-year journey to learn more about them and perhaps understand why we treat them the way we do. She’s the author of the new book Voices in the Ocean and she’s on Maui to talk about it. Susan Casey is also the author of a book about great white sharks called The Devil’s Teeth, and another on rogue waves called The Wave.  She’ll be speaking at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center’s McCoy Studio Theater Friday evening at 7 p.m. as part of the Merwin Conservancy’s Green Room series of talk story sessions with authors from around the country.

  • Intro Music:  Twitter Me Gently by Matthew Ebel
  • Outro Music:   April's Song by Real Estate

Wealth and the Widely Affluent: Brad Klontz

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Brad Klontz

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday... over the next few days there’ll be a lot of shopping going on. And while a lot of people may love the hunt for a bargain, or feel the heart tug from supporting local businesses and nonprofits  in the case of Giving Tuesday, there may be a group that approaches purchasing and giving a little differently - the wealthy.  Before you separate them from everyone else, you might want to consider the work of Kauai-based psychologist Dr. Brad Klontz. His new study took a look at the differences between the wealthy and the widely affluent and he joined The Conversation to tell us what he found.

  • Intro Music:  A Pilgrim's Departure by Zombie Western
  • Outro Music:  IPlayYouListen by ODESZA

Thanksgiving Meals and Island Style Gatherings: Wanda Adams

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Wanda Adams

Tomorrow’s a day when people who stay out of the kitchen all year long set out to prepare an elaborate meal and all too often, panic ensues.   Experienced cooks know all kinds of ways to make their lives easier… preparing what they can in advance so they don’t get into one of those situations when everything’s happening at once.   Wanda Adams is a cook and cookbook author who’s a close observer of how special-occasion meals are prepared and how they’re done in Hawaii.  She’s the author of five cookbooks, the latest of which is Hawaii Cooks: A Portuguese Kitchen.   She’s also a regular contributor to the Honolulu Star Advertiser’s food pages.

  • Intro Music: Giving Thanks by Jack Jamison and Judy Claricuzio
  • Outro Music: Family Dinner by Piano Jazz Calming Music Academy
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