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The Conversation: Tuesday, August 29th, 2017


Neighbor Island Perspective on Rail; Opioid Abuse on the Rise; Plant-Based Diets

Neighbor Island Perspective on Rail Financing

Mel Rapozo

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Should neighbor islands help pay for Honolulu rail? That idea is the subject of fierce debate in the legislature and across the state. The Kauai County Council Chair shares a view from the neighbor islands.

Intro Music: Normandy by Heliotropes

Outro Music: Gronlandic Edit by Of Montreal

Rising Opioid Abuse in Hawaii

Frederick Nitta

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A prominent doctor in Hilo is sounding the alarm about a problem getting a lot of attention on the mainland: opioid addiction.

Intro Music: Your Story by Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers

Outro Music: Special Effects (feat. deM atlaS) by Brother Ali

Civil Beat Reality Check

Jim Simon

Credit Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Despite its photogenic exterior, the interior crater of Diamond Head is decidedly unworthy of postcard images. But that may be about to change.

Outro Music: Ashes to Ashes by Warpaint

Rise of the Plant-Based Diet

Joy Waters

Credit Wikipedia

As support for vegan diets and concerns about meat consumption move toward the mainstream, a growing plant-based diet movement looks to radically change the way we eat and produce food.

Intro Music: Vegetables by The Beach Boys

Outro Music: I Like Vegetables by Parry Gripp

Hawaii Fashion Industry in the 21st Century

Manaola Yap

Credit Manola Yap

Manaola Yap has become one of Hawai‘i’s latest and possibly greatest fashion emissaries. Next month Manaola begins his debut in the world of international high fashion with runway shows in NYC, Paris and Milan.     

Intro Music: Sherry by Loose Tooth

Outro Music: Forest Whitaker (Instrumental) by Brother Ali

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