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New Hepatitis C Treatment; Neo-Futurist Play; Homeless PR Campaign; Fort Bliss

Wednesday, November 5th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

New Hepatitis C Treatment: Thaddeus Pham

Thaddeus Pham

Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new drug to treat chronic hepatitis C. Harvoni has been heralded as a breakthrough drug. It and others approved this year could offer cures to patients with Hepatitis C in as few as eight weeks.  But whether a patient will be covered by insurance could come down to how sick a patient really is. Hawaii has an issue with hepatitis B and C - they are the leading cause of liver cancer, and Hawaii has the highest rate of liver cancer in the United States. Thaddeus Pham is the Viral Hepatitis Prevention Coordinator for the Department of Health and he joined the show to discuss the new treatments. More info on Hepatitis C in Hawaii.

Intro Music: Seasonal by Moving Mountains

Outro Music: Swing Set by Moving Mountains


“Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind”: Kevin C. K. Berg

Kevin C.K. Berg

Kevin C. K. Berg  is a directing candidate at the University of Hawai‘i at M?noa’s Department of Theatre and Dance, which is presenting “Too Much Light Makes The Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes),’” an amalgamation of Neo-Futurist works to be presented at the Earle Ernst Lab Theatre on November 14, 15, 21, and 22.  It’s part of the Late Night Theater series.

Intro Music:  Thunder Chicken by The Mighty Imperials

Outro Music: Up and Away by Bourgeoisie


Homeless Public Relation Campaign and Relocation Plan: Colin Kippen

Colin Kippen

The Institute for Human Services recently announced plans for a $1.3 million initiative including a public relations campaign to keep Hawaii unattractive to homeless people who would try to relocate here. It also provided a plan to fly 120 homeless folks back to their home state. IHS hasn't made public how it would vet who would participate. What has been said is that participants would work off part of the airfare cost. So is this aloha - or not? And what about the irony of wooing visitors while telling would be homeless people don't even think about coming here?  State Homelessness Coordinator, Colin Kippen is also mulling over the idea and he joined the show to share his thoughts.

Intro Music:  Postcard from 1952 by Explosions in the Sky

Outro Music: This Song's For You (Alt. Mix) by El Michel's Affair


Fort Bliss: John Sullivan

John Sullivan

John Sullivan is the producer of Fort Bliss, which stars Michele Monaghan and opens in theaters in two weeks.  He’ll be the host of a question-and-answer session after the 7 pm showings at Consolidated Pearlridge West on the 14th and 15th of this month.

Intro Music: Wherever I Land by Claire Wyndham

Outro Music: The Only Moment We Were Alone by Explosions in the Sky

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