The Conversation: Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Feb 28, 2017

Finding Joy in Everyday Life; Government Transparency; Listening to Your Body

The Dalai Lama, left, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, right, are two of the world's most prominent faith leaders. In 'The Book of Joy' they teamed up to share their insights on leading a joyful life.
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Finding Joy: Douglas Abrams

Douglas Abrams, left, with the Dalai Lama, far right, and Desmond Tutu, second from right.
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Almost two years ago, Archbishop Desmond Tutu travelled to India to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday. They spent a week together talking candidly about their struggles over a lifetime and the nature of one of its most elusive components: joy. That  conversation was chronicled in the New York Times bestseller, The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World. Douglas Abrams compiled the book.

Intro Music: Mardi Gras Mambo by The Meters

Outro Music: By Your Side by The 1975

Artists for Social Justice: Rachel Schutz 

Rachel Schutz is a singer who is trying to use art as a focal point for discussion of social issues.
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There is a growing sense, in the world of the arts, that social activism is an obligation, not an option; that the notion of the artist as a detached, and somehow separate, entity is a dated one. And that people who create and seek to inspire should do so with a social purpose in mind. Rachel Schutz is a performing artist and the founder of a new organization called Artists for Social Justice.

Intro Music: Slide (feat. Frank Ocean Migos) by Calvin Harris

Outro Music: Open Your Eyes by Sam Feldt & Hook N Sling

Civil Beat Reality Check: Budget Outlook for Honolulu

Senator Jill Tokuda, Chair of the Ways and Means Committee, wields a great deal of influence over appropriations.
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Senators sliced off the rail tax extension. They also challenged the City of Honolulu to more carefully consider where the money could be found within the City’s existing budget.

Outro Music: Heavy by POWERS

Good Government Bills: Brian Black

Other major issues have beat out good governance bills for the attention of legislators this year.
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With so much focus on big-ticket issues like Honolulu’s rail project and declining State revenues, efforts to increase government transparency have taken a back seat during this year’s legislative session. Brian Black of the Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest shares a rundown of good, the bad and the indifferent good governance bills still alive in the legislature.

Outro Music: Long May You Run by The Stills Young Band

Using Intuition to Promote Wellness: Doctor Rachel  

Doctor Rachel Abrams promotes a holistic approach to wellness that centers around taking cues from your body.

Medical science is not always the best at addressing chronic problems like general malaise, depression, body aches, or just being tired all the time. Rachel Carlton Abrams, known as "Doctor Rachel" is a physician who deals with what she calls Chronic Body Depletion, and treats it with a combination of conventional medicine, wellness practices, and intuition. 

Intro Music: Nobody Sweeter by Grace Love and the True Loves

Outro Music: Still Feel Like Your Man by John Mayer