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The Conversation: Monday, March 20th, 2017

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East-West Center Under Threat; Medical Aid to Dying; Solar Storage on Kauai

Opposition to ‘Death with Dignity’ Law: Representative Marcus Oshiro

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Marcus Oshiro

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Representative Marcus Oshiro says that the language of SB 1129 creates potential legal issues for those involved in the process.

Lawyer and Hawaii State Representative Marcus Oshiro shares his legal concerns over SB1129, which would create a legal option for assisted suicide in Hawaii.

Intro Music: Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry

Outro Music: Ten Cent Pistol by The Black Keys

Storing Solar Electricity: David Bissell

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David Bissell

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The joint Telsa-KIUC project is the first utility-scale implementation of Tesla's battery pack electricity storage units.

Kauai Island Utility Co-Op has partnered with Tesla to implement the first utility-scale solar energy battery storage project.

Intro Music: Sun In An Empty Room by The Weakerthans

Outro Music: Solar by Banda Do Mar

Civil Beat Reality Check: Emotional Support Animals

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Chickens may not jump to mind when you think of a support animal, but one local woman got her chickens certified.

It is increasingly easy to get animals of all species certified as Emotional Support Animals, which has some neighbors rather unhappy.

Intro Music: Aisle 7 by Private Island

Outro Music: Shakedown by Valerie June

East-West Center Funding Under Threat: Richard Vuylsteke

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Richard Vuylsteke

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Although the East-West Center receives almost 50% of its budget from the Federal Government, the Center's President Richard Vuylsteke is confident alternative funding sources can be found.

President Trump’s initial budget proposal shows bug cuts to the State Department, and no funds for Honolulu’s East-West Center.

Outro Music: The Resistance Man by Little Glass Men

History of Horses in Hawaii: Billy Bergin

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Billy Bergin

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Horses were one of Hawaii's first invasive species, but they didn't arrive in Hawaii without difficulty.

Horses are not native to Hawaii and getting them here wasn’t easy. Veterinarian Billy Bergin chronicles that history in his new book.   

Intro Music: Mustang Sally (Instrumental) by The Commitments

Outro Music: Shimmy Shimmy Ya by Ol' Dirty Bastard

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