The Conversation: Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Mar 7, 2017

Stopping Violence at the Community Level; Maui Biodiesel Project; How Politics Inspires Art

Pacific Biodiesel is experimenting with the viability of producing fuel from sunflowers and other crops. The Maui company already collects and recycles cooking oil for that purpose.
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Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Junot Díaz

Writer and author Junot Diaz mused that times of political turmoil often create the most fertile grounds for art.
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MIT writing professor and Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Diaz shares his thoughts on the nexus of art and politics, especially the current fight over immigration.

Intro Music: Green Light (Instrumental) by Lorde

Outro Music: Holy Motel Magic by Mail the Horse

Maori artist and filmmaker Lisa Reihana

Lisa Reihana explores the death rituals of her native Maori culture in her film Tai Whetuki
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Maori artist Lisa Reihana has created a film that draws on her culture’s version of mortality called Tai Whetuki—House of Death.  It was inspired by a historic collection piece at the Bishop Museum, the Tahitian Chief Mourner’s costume, on display in the museum’s Pacific Hall.

Intro Music: Maori Chant

Outro Music: Tangaroa Whakamautai by Maisey Rika

Civil Beat Reality Check: Immigration Order

Protests erupted around the nation, including at Honolulu International Airport, in the wake of the Trump Administration's original immigration order.
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How will the latest Presidential executive order on immigration, set to start on March 16, affect Hawaii? Civil Beat reporter Rui Kaneya has today’s reality check.

Outro Music: Expanding Anyway by Morning Teleportation

Reducing Violence in Communities: Dolores Foley

Dolores Foley speaking with a community in Indonesia.
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Tensions and anxiety are high in many communities around the country. How can communities reduce violence while maintaining a climate of safety and justice? That question is the basis for a National Issues Forum this week at Hawaii’s state capitol.  

Intro Music: Dangerous (feat. Joywave) by Big Data

Outro Music: Sunflowers by The Deli

Sunflower Biodiesel Test Project on Maui: Bob King

Biodiesel, such as peanut oil shown here, can be produced from various types of agricultural crops and burns cleaner than petroleum diesel of gasoline.
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Sunflowers may seem an unlikely energy source, but they’re part of an ambitious experiment being conducted by Pacific Biodiesel on a 115-acre site in Maui’s Central Valley.

Intro Music: Oh No! by Honus Honus

Outro Music: Sunflower by Gioli