The Conversation for May 3, 2013

May 3, 2013

It’s Friday, May 3 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Healthcare workers making a point with the presence of the absence

Donald Yonomine is a member of UNITE HERE Local 5 and has worked within Kaiser Permanente for 21 years, now in the engineering department. His wife is also a Local 5 member and worker at Kaiser.  Local 5 represents about 1,900 workers employed by the HMO at 21 facilities on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island.  Donald has participated in both stop work and take action teams – the first staged last month and the second one yesterday, which Kaiser administrators continue to say will have no impact on their reorganization plan for the Honolulu urgent care clinic.

Where there's hope, there's life...somewhere, out there

Dr. Jill Tarter is the Chair of the SETI Institute. SETI is an acronym for “Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence." She’s speaking tonight at U.H. Manoa’s Kennedy Theater

He enlightened me with science!

Joe Palca has been a science correspondent with NPR since 1993. He has covered nearly every aspect of science, from stem cells to supernovas. He's occasionally the back-up host for Science Friday. Before becoming a journalist, he was planning to be a scientist, and even went so far as to complete a PhD in physiological psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he studied sleep. This weekend, he's in Hawaii reporting on the immunology conference.

And we'll pick a little, play a little on an Aloha Friday

Michael Tanenbaum, Stephen Fox, and friends will kick off the Summer 2013 concert series this Saturday at 7:30 with a program of Celtic-infused soundscapes played on guitar, saxophone, cimbalom, and piano.

Al Jazeera has today’s international report, plus a bleak backyard, and one last look at the lege in today’s reality check. First, the news from NPR.