The Conversation: Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Nov 22, 2017

Net Neutrality Rules; Declining News Coverage; Probiotics for Plants; Hawaii’s Gig Economy

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FCC Proposes Repeals to Net Neutrality Rules

The way Americans get access to the internet may be changing if a recent Federal Communications Commission proposal goes into effect.

Intro Music: Here Now by Sean Bones

Outro Music: Motion Sickness by Hot Chip

Former employees of local news publications Gothamist and DNAInfo protest the shutdown of those websites.

Decline of Local News Coverage and the Consequences

The collapse of two locally-focused digital publications highlights some major issues with how Americans get local news.

Intro Music: A Summer Song by Conner Youngblood

Outro Music: When The Ship Goes Down by Cypress Hill

The Hawaii State Hospital building.
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Civil Beat Reality Check

Randall Saito’s escape to the mainland last week has focused attention, yet again, on the workings of the Hawaii State Hospital.

Outro Music: In The Light by The Lumineers

P. kaalaensis outplanted in the wild.
Credit Vincent Costello

Preventing Plant Deaths with Probiotics

Transplanting wild microbes from healthy related plants can make a native Hawaiian plant healthier and likelier to survive in wild.

Outro Music: Hang Me Out To Dry by Karl Denson's Tiny Universe

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App-Based Food Delivery Services 

The “gig economy” is disrupting traditional ways of doing business and changing the way we do things like get around town, eat dinner, and even walk the dog.

Intro Music: Hibiscus by Wisp X

Outro Music: Ain't Nobody - Instrumental Version by Atmosphere