The Conversation: Thursday, September 3rd 2015
Sit-Lie Expansion; Comic Cons in Hawaii; Reproductive Justice Advocate; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play
There was no surprise in yesterday's Honolulu City Council vote. By a margin of 7 to 2 the council did what it had said it would: override Mayor Caldwell's veto of the sit lie ban to include two additional pedestrian malls in Chinatown. The mayor cited questionable constitutionality and the tax dollars that will likely be used to litigate. Councilmember Joey Manahan was in the majority in yesterday's vote and he joined the show to share his thoughts on the bill.
- Intro Music: Pineapple Jack by Dieter Reith
- Outro Music: Grief & Sorrow (From Naruto) by Taylor Davis
Those kids who doodled comic-book figures in their school notebooks may end up having the last laugh. Sam Campos got scolded in school for his first efforts, but now he’s a working comic book artist as the creator of Dragonfly and Pineapple Man, and one of the founders of the Hawaiian Comic Book Alliance. It’s a growing hui that has a couple of gatherings coming up, and Sam joined the show to tell us more. Amazing Hawaii Comic Con will be held at the Hawaii Convention Center from September 18th to the 20th, and HawaiiCon runs September 10th through the 13th at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel in Waimea.
- Intro Music: Spider-Man by Bg Studios
- Outro Music: X-Men Cartoon Theme for Orchestra by George Shaw
Dr. Willie J. Parker is a reproductive justice advocate. He is the former Medical Director of Family Planning of Metropolitan Washington DC, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine, and a fellowship in Family Planning at the University of Michigan. He returned to his home state of Alabama and provides abortion care there, as well as Mississippi, Georgia, Chicago, and Pennsylvania. His work often focuses on violence against women, sexual assault, and women’s reproductive health rights.
- Intro Music: Sail Away by David Gray
- Outro Music: Yasmin the Light by Explosions In the Sky
Medical care for women has come a long way in the past century, but it has had a long way to go. As recently as the late nineteenth century, doctors classified any number of female complaints as “hysteria,” and used electric vibrators to treat them. Sarah Ruhl’s play In the Next Room, or the vibrator play takes an absurd situation, mines it for comedy, and reminds us just how skewed society’s perspective can be when the subject is sex. Victoria Gail-White is the director and choreographer, and she joined us in our studios to talk about the play. The production will run September 17th to October 4th.
- Intro Music: Nobody's Home by Ulrich Schnauss
- Outro Music: The Paradise Lovebirds by Maurizio Malagnini