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The Conversation: Friday, January 19th, 2018

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FEMA’s Wireless Alert System; Local Scientist Selected for NASA Mission; ADA Compliant Websites; Pianist Joyce Yang

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Integrated Public Alert and Warning System

Last week an erroneous incoming missile alert appeared on the phones of Hawaii residents and visitors. A FEMA spokesperson explains how that system works.

Into Music: Skin On the Cacao by M. Walking On the Water

Outro Music: Wake Up by Mono:Massive

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Brandi Richard, FEMA Region IX

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Hawaii Scientist Selected for OSIRIS-Rex Mission

NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex mission is ambitious: send a spacecraft to a distant asteroid, retrieve a sample of that asteroid, and return to Earth. A local scientist is helping the effort.

Into Music: Tickets for Tokyo by Agent Special Ed

Outro Music: Architecture by Manor

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David Trang, OSIRIS-Rex

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ADA Compliant Websites

The Americans with Disabilities Act helps ensure the disabled can function in society. Those regulations apply to a vital but often overlooked realm: websites.

Outro Music: Green Aisles by Real Estate

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Francine Wai, Disabilities and Communication Access Board

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Heavy surf in Waikiki during a King Tide event.

Civil Beat Reality Check

Hawaii’s State Department of Land and Natural Resources Director Suzanne Case says the impacts of climate change are already being felt, all around us, and the potential impacts are nothing less than catastrophic.

Outro Music: Scooby's in the Back by HalfNoise

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Nathan Eagle

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Pianist Joyce Yang

Performing careers for classical music artists are often born in competition, as pianist Joyce Yang’s was with her silver medal finish at the 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition when she was 19 years old.

Into Music: Everything Now by Arcade Fire

Outro Music: The Little Island, Op. 14, No. 2 (Sergei Rachmaninoff) played by Joyce Yang

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Joyce Yang

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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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