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The Conversation: Monday, December 5th, 2016


21st Century Cures Act; Possible Conclusion to Peter Boy Case; Go For Broke: The Story of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team

21st Century Cures Act: Dr. Steve Fortmann

Steven Fortmann

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Some small but significant changes to the FDA will result if the 21st Century Cures Act passes Congress and is signed into law

Today, the US Senate is scheduled to vote to end discussion on the 21st Century Cures Act. It has already been passed by the House. Supporters insist that it would make it possible to move a drug to market faster and give more flexibility to the FDA. The flip side could be more room for mistakes and a 30 percent cut to the Prevention and Public Health Fund created by Obamacare. We called Dr. Steve Fortmann, the Interim Director of Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research-Hawaii to get his read of the balance between streaming the process and potential risk.

Intro Music: In The Night by Charley Crockett
Outro Music: Just Like Heaven by The Cure

Kauai Dance Center: Jennifer Bell-Grey

Jennifer Bell-Grey

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How many young girls will attend a production of “the Nutcracker” this holiday season and fall in love with the ballet -- a love that will endure throughout their lives?  Jennifer Bell-Grey was three when she saw her first ballet, and it has been the focus of her life ever since.  Jennifer Schwartz is the Co-Director & Co-Founder of the Kauai Dance Center, which offers training in a variety of styles.

Intro Music: Nutcracker Factory by MX47
Outro Music: Ballet Allegro Ballet L'ecole

Civil Beat Reality Check: Halt Issued on DAPL Construction

Chad Blair

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Members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe celebrate after learning of the Army Corps of Engineers' decision

Protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline got good news when the Army Corps of Engineers halted the project to study a reroute elsewhere. But could all that change in just a few months? With an update on Standing Rock, Civil Beat reporter Chad Blair has a reality check.

Intro Music: Le Temps de l'amour by Francoise Hardy
Outro Music: The Way It Dimmed by Amanda Shires

Break in Peter Boy Kema Case: Ken Lawson

Ken Lawson

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Almost 20 years ago, the Peter Boy Kema case captivated public attention. His parents had claimed the 6-year-old had gone missing after being handed off to a relative. Child Protective Services, though, had already had an abuse history on the family for all of the child’s short life. Although the disappearance was eventually reclassified as a homicide investigation, the case remained unsolved. Two years ago, it was reopened with new evidence. An indictment of the parents came earlier this year. Late last week, Peter Boy’s mother cut a plea deal and said she’ll testify against her husband.  Criminal law specialist Ken Lawson joins us now to talk about the case.

Outro Music: Maybe We're Lost by Ugly Casanova

https://vimeo.com/63782090" target="_blank">Go For Broke – The Story of the 442nd: Stacey Hayashi

Stacey Hayashi

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President Harry Truman salutes the color guard of the 442nd Infantry Regiment

The story of the 100th Infantry Battalion and 442nd Regimental Combat Team is one of fierce loyalty in the face of oppression, a classic American story of success and survival.   For author and film director Stacey Hayashi, it has become a life’s work. She has just begun principal photography on a feature film about those units called “Go for Broke” and she’s with us in our studio.

Intro Music: Go For Broke by Jake Shimabukuro
Outro Music:  Your Story by Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers

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