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The Conversation: Thursday, September 28th, 2017

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Jones Act Waiver; STEM in Space; Japanese Puppetry

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Jones Act Waiver for Puerto Rico

The Jones Act is an obscure 20th Century U.S. shipping law that is currently having big impacts on hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

Outro Music: She's Enough - Instrumental Version by Atmosphere

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Mike Hansen

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Mike Fincke aboard the International Space Station.

NASA Astronaut Mike Fincke and the Importance of STEM

If you’re curious about the value of so-called STEM education, consider the life Colonel Mike Fincke. Serving as an astronaut he conducted three space flights and a six-month stay aboard the international space station.

Outro Music: Space Oddity by David Bowie

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Mike Fincke

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Civil Beat Reality Check

The Office of Information Practices at the State Capitol is the gateway to a public records search, and an effort to triple its fees and alter its rules is drawing fire from open government advocates.

Outro Music: Shanks Mare Theme

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Chad Blair

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Shank’s Mare Puppet Performance

Theater forms around the world have embraced puppetry for centuries, but in the West, it has come to be regarded as children’s entertainment. 

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Tom Lee

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