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Veteran Health Care; "Closer Than Ever"; 442nd Regimental Combat Team; Jon Cleary

Lillian Tsang

Tuesday, November 11th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Veteran Health Care: Claire Santos

Claire Santos

Since the eruption of last spring’s VA scandal over healthcare appointment wait times and cooked books, national attention has been trained on the VA's progress. Yesterday, VA Secretary Robert McDonald announced the VA has taken "disciplinary action" against 56 hundred employees over the past year, with more firings to come. Hawaii has also been scrutinized for its practices including redundancies veterans experience when they see private doctors. Claire Santos is the VA's Chief of Utilization Management and she joined the show to provide an update.

Intro Music: American Soldier by US Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus

Outro Music: With The Old Breed by Hans Zimmer


MVT’s Closer Than Ever: Kip Wilborn

Kip Wilborn

A good musical theater song is a story within a story, and often does as least as much as spoken dialogue to advance the plot. Sometimes songs are all you need – that’s the case with “Closer Than Ever,” a musical revue that looks at contemporary life and love through twenty-four songs.   It’s a book musical without a book and Kip Wilborn, director, is the man to make sense of it all.

Intro Music:  Doors by Closer Than Ever (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

Outro Music: The Sound of Muzak by Closer Than Ever (Original Broadway Cast Recording)


Veteran from the 442nd: William Thompson

William Thompson

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the first world war came to an end. Once commemorated as Armistice Day, the holiday became Veteran’s Day in 1954. Among those who were celebrated for their veteran status were the members of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. It had been made possible by a War Department proposal supported by FDR in early 1943. Not long after, William Thompson and many of his friends in Hawaii enlisted. On this Veterans Day, Bill Thompson says there is much to remember.

Intro Music:  Palm Village by Monster Rally

Outro Music: Dogs of War - Main Title by Christopher Lennertz


Musician: Jon Cleary

Jon Cleary

You often hear New Orleans music compared to gumbo, the Crescent City’s signature dish -- and the comparison is not that far-fetched… The music is spicy, full of a variety of tasty ingredients, and reflective of the many cultures that have made New Orleans into the melting pot it is today.    Jon Cleary is an English piano virtuoso who has made the city his home since he was a teenager, and has probably absorbed as much Crescent City magic as anyone performing today.   He’s in Hawaii for a brief tour, and we got a chance to talk with him as he sat at HPR’s Bosendorfer grand piano.

Intro Music: When You Get Back by Jon Cleary

Outro Music: Got To Be More Careful by Jon Cleary

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