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The Conversation: Tuesday, February 2nd 2016

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HB2231; Marcia Ball; From the Farm with Neal Conan; And Then There Were None

HB2231: Chris Lee

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Chris Lee

The last time that we talked to Representative Chris Lee, the Chair of the House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection, the big conversation item was the call to investigate how Hawaii could move to a cooperative energy model, island to island.  Kauai has already done that and there’s already a lot of movement on Hawaii Island... on Maui and Oahu, well, maybe not so much just yet. A bill that is coming up for hearing today, HB2231, would allow energy project financing through special revenue bonds to include cooperative models. We called Rep Chris Lee early this morning to talk about what happens when special revenue bonds are floated and how much he would expect might come to finance an energy cooperative.

  • Intro Music: Out of Tune by Real Estate
  • Outro Music: Hamilton Road by Ducktails

Musician: Marcia Ball

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Marcia Ball

They call it barrelhouse piano for a reason… back in the days when New Orleans saloons were lined with barrels of booze and no one would think of having a saloon without a piano as the centerpiece of all the ruckus. Marcia Ball is a descendant of a long and noble tradition of blues piano, when the keyboard was expected to provide all the rhythm, and you couldn’t call yourself a piano player unless you had a strong left hand pumping out the bass notes. Her visit to town is an opportunity to hear a neglected art form done right. The performance will take place at the Hawaii Theater tonight with guitarist Johnny Nicholas and the Hellbent Blues Band.

  • Intro Music: Clean My House by Marcia Ball
  • Outro Music: Just Keep Holding On by Marcia Ball

From the Farm: Neal Conan

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Neal Conan
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Iowa

After months of predictions of Presidential preferences, we have actual results to talk about. As you've no doubt heard, the winner on the democratic side of the Iowa caucuses finished second, and the top dog among the republicans came in third. To explain that, news analyst Neal Conan joined The Conversation via phone from his Mac nut farm on Hawai‘i Island.

  • Intro Music: The Day Is Done by The New Amsterdams
  • Outro Music: I'm An Outlaw by Kurt Vile

And Then There Were None: Kristi Scott

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And Then There Were None

Mystery writer Agatha Christie was one of the great architects of the genre: her stories have a kind of clockwork quality where you watch an elaborate machine being constructed as a story unfolds in reverse. As always with Dame Agatha, any one of the characters in the whodunit coulda done it.   Kristi Scott is directing a production of And Then There Were None in Kihei that opens this weekend, and she joined the show to tell us more about it. The show opens Friday and runs until February 21st at the Pro Art Playhouse in Kihei, Maui.

  • Intro Music: Noire Clarinet by Andrew Hale
  • Outro Music: Intro Music From BBC's And Then There Were None (2015)
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