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The Conversation: Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

U.S. Army

Agriculture Travel Restrictions; Rebuilding Puerto Rico’s Grid; Humpback Whale Season Begins; Cesspool Hot Spots

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A U.S. Army Reserve soldier conducts repairs on a utility line in Puerto Rico.

Local Experts Advising Puerto Rico on Rebuilding Electrical Grid

As Puerto Rico begins rebuilding its electricity grid, leaders in transmission technology and renewable energy from around the country are being enlisted to help.

Intro Music: Westworld by Japancakes

Outro Music: The Alcoholic by Royksopp

Kyle Datta, Ulupono Initiative

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USDA Travel Restrictions

There is a growing list of what you can and cannot bring on the airplane-- particularly when it comes to fresh fruits and vegetables that may bring some unexpected hitchhikers.

Intro Music: So You Want To Be A Rock n' Roll Star? by The Byrds

Outro Music: Vision One by Royksopp

Chris Tokumaru, U.S. Department of Agriculture

What You See vs What USDA Sees by HPR News on Scribd

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State Releases High Priority Areas for Cesspool Upgrades

There are close to 90 thousand cesspools in Hawaii and there is growing pressure to convert them to something more environmentally friendly.

Outro Music: Annie I'm Not Your Daddy by Kid Creole and The Coconuts

Keith Kawaoka, Hawaii Department of Health

17-106 Cesspool Upgrades Drinking & Recreational Waters by HPR News on Scribd

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Ipo Paia, a state outreach specialist, talks with people along Magellan Avenue.

Civil Beat Reality Check

Non-profit Social Workers in Hawaii are often in the same dire financial straits as the people that they are trying to help.

Outro Music: Seven by Fever Ray

Chad Blair, Civil Beat

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Humpback Whale Season Begins

Humpback Whale season is upon us again, as thousands of the huge marine mammals make their way from polar waters to Hawaii in one of nature’s spectacular annual migrations.

Intro Music: Sutphin Boulevard by Blood Orange

Outro Music: Anything New by Bibio

Edward Lyman, Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

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Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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