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The Conversation: Thursday, June 18th 2015

Chinatown Action Summit; Jack Casady; American Export Promotion Act; STEM Competition

Chinatown Action Summit: Harrison Rue

Harrison Rue

Honolulu's Chinatown has its history and more than a fair share of problems. Honoring the first while addressing the second is the focus of a half day summit later this month. The goal is to gather ideas from the people who see both sides of Chinatown everyday… the people who live and work there. City Community Building and Transit Oriented Development Administrator Harrison Rue is spearheading the meeting and he joined the show to give a rundown of what will be discussed during the meeting.

  •  Intro Music:  Just a Po' Boy by The Moon Invaders
  • Outro Music:  A Walk by Tycho

Musician: Jack Casady

Jack Casady


Bassist Jack Casady is half of the performing duo Hot Tuna, with guitarist Jorma Kaukonen.  Its Hawai’i tour starts tomorrow at the Mamiya Theatre in Honolulu, and continues with concerts at the Kauai Performing Arts Center, the Mill House at Maui Tropical Plantation, the Palace Theater in Hilo, the Honoka'a People’s Theatre, and concludes at Hawaiian Brian’s in Honolulu on June 28th.

  • Intro Music:  Water Song by Hot Tuna
  • Outro Music:  Keep on Truckin' by Hot Tuna


American Export Promotion Act: Senator Brian Schatz

Brian Schatz

With so much trade talk filling the national conversation, much of it is full of trade acronyms like the TPP, the TPA, the TAA, and more. You practically need a legend to keep track. Last week, another trade bill was added to the mix. Senator Brian Schatz and Pennsylvania Representatives Patrick Meehan and Brendan Boyle introduced a bill to help trade associations or local chamber of commerce projects help small businesses access world markets. This comes as the Export-Import Bank is scheduled to sunset on June 30th. We talked with Senator Schatz and asked if the American Export Promotion Act was a fall back should the bank not be reauthorized.

  • Intro Music: Trial and Error by The Aggrolites
  • Outro Music: R. Mullen by Yppah

STEM Competition: Alan Cabanting

Alan Cabanting

Alan Cabanting is the advisor and physics teacher to three 9th graders from Moanalua High School who are in the finals of the U.S. Army’s eCybermission STEM competition in Washington, DC.

  • Intro Music: Oceanic Glow by Obfusc
  • Outro Music: Binshaker Dub Plate by Twilight Circus Dub Soundsystem
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