The Conversation for April 29, 2013

Apr 29, 2013

It’s Monday, April 29– From HPR2, it’s The Conversation.

Former inmates take door  number two.

US District Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi serves the District of Hawaii  She was an Obama nominee and from 2010-2011, she was the presiding judge of the pilot program for the District of Hawaii’s Reentry Court.  The program's team  - public defender, prosecutor, probation officer and judge - work with high-risk offenders who are reentering the community from federal prison. The goal is to  reduce recidivism, improve public safety, and help offenders lead productive and law-abiding lives.

The big book of dreams in Shangri-La.

Shangri-La, the fictional setting of James Hilton’s novel “Lost Horizon,” is also the name heiress Doris Duke chose for a sanctuary to celebrate the beauty of Islamic Art. Today her intention survives in an almost impossibly idyllic setting. Its wonders are on display in a new book, Doris Duke's Shangri-La: A House In Paradise. Deborah Pope of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art tells us more.

Shields down for Hawaii media.

Jeff Portnoy is a partner with Cades Schutte and  the Chair of the firm's litigation department. He  has practiced law as a civil litigator at the firm since 1972, is a former president of the Hawaii State Bar Association and recently completed a three year term as Hawaii's representative to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Advisory Board. The media shield law bill is up for a floor vote tomorrow.

5 thousand years in a Chinese minute.

The Shen Yun Chinese show is coming to town May 3 - 5. Hong Jiang, Associate Professor of Chinese at UH-Manoa, has a preview of what we can expect.

And the Al Jazeera world report, the echo of an aria in the backyard, two laws in conflict in the reality check and that’s today’s show. First the NPR news.