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Good Government Bills; Fall of Vietnam; Dignity of Aging and Caregiving; Fantasy Fiction

Friday, May 1st – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Good Government Legislative Bills: Brian Black

Brian Black

Very soon we will know what kind of legislative session this was… in a week it will all be over. Meanwhile, conference committees are hammering out differences between House and Senate versions of bills before tonight's 6 pm deadline. Throughout the session we've checked in on the good government and democracy bills with Civil Beat Law Center Executive Director, Brian Black. He joined the show with an update of what's left.

  • Intro Music:  Stand By Me by Ben E. King
  • Outro Music:  To Travels and Trunks by Hey Marseilles


Fall of Vietnam: Theodora Harrison

Theodora Harrison

Theodora Harrison marked a solemn anniversary yesterday: April 30, the 40th anniversary of America’s chaotic exit from South Vietnam, the so-called “Fall of Saigon.”    She was then a nurse with the American Red Cross on the receiving end of the mass evacuation of children known as “Operation Babylift” in the weeks leading up to the final pullout.  An estimated 25-hundred children were relocated in that operation. Theodora Harrison is the former Executive Director of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Project and a former Captain with the 359th Combat Support and 828th Evac Unit and she joined us in studio this morning.

  • Intro Music:  Tong Quan & Dang Dan Cung by Pham duc Thanh
  • Outro Music:  Ngu Diem Bai Ta by Pham duc Thanh


Dignity of Aging and Caregiving: Ai-jen Poo

Ai-jen Poo

Ai-jen Poo is the Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance and Co-director of the Caring Across Generations campaign. In 2000, she co-founded Domestic Workers United - the New York organization that spearheaded the successful passage of that state’s 2010 Domestic Workers Bill of Rights. In 2007, Domestic Workers United and a coalition of 11 other organizations launched the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Her recently released book is The Age of Dignity and she will be speaking today at 3:30pm in the Moot Court Room at UH Richardson School of Law.

  • Intro Music:  A Mile in Your Shoes by The New Amsterdams
  • Outro Music: Rainfall by Hey Marseilles 

Fantasy Fiction: Kate Elliott

Kate Elliott

Kate Elliott is an author who has built a career on epic stories in the popular adventure, fantasy, steampunk, science fiction, and young adult genres. Her writing provides what many readers want most: escape.   She’s part of this weekend’s Hawaii Book and Music Festival.

  • Intro Music:  Atom Heart Mother Suite by Pink Floyd
  • Outro Music:  The Man Who Lives Forever by Lord Huron
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