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The Conversation: Tuesday December 13th, 2016

Drinking Water Well Protection on Maui; Go Behind the Headlines with Neal Conan; UH Students Take on Cyber Security

Wellhead Protection on Maui: Lucienne de Naie

Lucienne de Naie

Credit Flickr - Will Sculluin
A section of the East Maui Irrigation Ditch.

Maui County may be the first in the state to legally obligate landowners to protect wellheads and safeguard drinking water. The bill creating an ordinance is waiting for the incoming County Council to review and has been a decade in the making. If passed this time, it would be the first mandated protection in the state for current and future wells. Lucienne de Naie is the Conservation Coordinator for Sierra Club Maui.

Intro Music: Is That Clear by Nick Waterhouse
Outro Music: Songs of the Silver Haired Hippie by Jason Collett

Hawaii Adaptation of The Nutcracker: Septime Webre

Septime Webre

Credit Jamm Aquino
Ballet Hawaii's adaptation of The Nutcracker is set in the Kingdom of Hawaii and incorporates real life historical figures.

Universal stories, the classics that come back to us generation after generation, are endlessly adaptable -- able to hang on to their essence even as settings, historical periods, even characters, are changed.  Ballet Hawaii’s Nutcracker, reimagined in the glory days of the Hawaiian monarchy, has given new life to the story and revived the memory of the historical figures who have been brought into it.  Septime Webre is the show’s choreographer, and he’s with us this morning.

Intro Music: Act II: Mother Ginger and Her Polichinelles, George Balanchine's The Nutcracker by the New York City Ballet Orchestra
Outro Music: Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy by Pentatonix

Civil Beat Reality Check: Pagan Island

Chad Blair

Credit Dan Lin/Civil Beat
The US Navy is seeking permission to develop training facilities across Pagan Island. This area, designated as Gold Beach, would be used for small boat training.

Through colonization, several wars and volcanic eruption, Pagan Island has managed to survive. But can it withstand the buildup of the American military? In today’s reality check, Civil Beat reporter Chad Blair continues a look at what the pivot to Asia could do to the Mariana Islands.

Outro Music: Burn the Witch by Radiohead

From the Farm: Neal Conan

Neal Conan

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The CIA is making a rare appearance in the arena of domestic politics.

Donald Trump says that sore loser Democrats are out to undermine his presidency with the help of the CIA. Many Democrats say that Trump only won, with help from Russia and the FBI. And today the President-elect names an oil man with extensive ties to Moscow to be his Secretary of State. De-legitimization and disinformation are the words on the mind of News Analyst Neal Conan this week

Outro Music: Emotions and Math by Margaret Glaspy

UH Students Tackle Cyber Security: Jayson Hayworth

Jayson Hayworth

Credit Jayson Hayworth
The UH cybersecurity team in action. Members attempted to break into various types of protected networks and accounts.

Ten years ago, few of us knew what cybersecurity was. Now we can’t afford not to.  As we hear about possible Russian intervention in the recent election, or about the National Security Agency’s hacking into our phone and Internet conversations, we find ourselves needing to know a great deal more about the way private information is disseminated and protected. Jayson Hayworth is a team captain for the Hawaii Advanced Technology Society, a team of cybersecurity students from UH-West Oahu and Honolulu Community College that has just won a national award.

Intro Music: Excitable Boy by Boys Club
Outro Music: Why Do You Lie by The Grinns

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