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The Conversation: Tuesday, January 30th, 2018


Bracing for Flu Season; Peace Corps Prep; HI-EMA Review; Pineapple Powder; Fights & Delights  

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Hawaii Prepares for Flu Season

This year’s flu season has been especially severe on the Mainland United States, with multiple deaths reported. Cases there are peaking, which means peak flu in Hawaii is still a few weeks away.

Into Music: Bad Decisions by Two Door Cinema

Outro Music: Sunshine (The Knocks Remix) by POWERS

Hilton Raethel

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UH Program Prepares Students for Peace Corps Service

Hawaii has one of the highest rates of Peace Corps participation in the country. A program at the University of Hawaii helps prepare students for service in the Cold War-era program that still thrives today.       

Into Music: The Vandenburgh Sweet by The New Mastersounds

Outro Music: Naive Melody (This Must Be The Place) by Perpetual Groove

Maya Soetoro-Ng

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Civil Beat Reality Check

Owning oceanfront property has always been a risky proposition. Now a new danger has emerged. Not only is sea level rise a physical threat to those properties, it may also be a legal hazard.

Outro Music: The Exclusive (Instrumental) by Quasimoto


Nathan Eagle

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Hawaii Emergency Management Mishap Governor's Report

Governor Ige released information about the false missile alert including a review of how the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency handles drills. The employee responsible was fired and administrator of the agency, Vern Miyagi, resigned. 

Outro Music: I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance by Black Kids

Bill Dorman

State Report: False Missile Alert


Skiing Hawaii’s Pineapple Powder

Hawaii probably isn’t first in mind when picking a destination for a ski trip. But with some careful preparation and a little bit of luck you can ride the pineapple powder.

Outro Music: Southern Dreaming by The Sheepdogs

Ryan Finnerty

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Fights & Delights: Three Chinese Comedies

The traditional Chinese theatrical form known as xiqu is rarely performed in the West. The Asian Theatre Program at UH is bringing to “Fights & Delights: Three Chinese Comedies” to Hawaii later this month. 

Outro Music: The Funny Genius on the Horseback - Oriental Flute Ensemble

Elizabeth Wichmann-Walczak

Catherine Cruz is the Host of The Conversation and a member of HPR’s news team. She has been a television reporter in Hawai‘i since 1983 and has won a number of awards and respect from a statewide audience. She spent more than thirty years at KITV, covering beats from government to education and health. Originally from Guam, Cruz is also a co-founder and former Board member and programming chair of Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC). Catherine is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
Bill Dorman has been the news director of Hawai‘i Public Radio since February 2011. Born in New York City, he spent 21 years at CNN in various positions behind the scenes and on the air in Atlanta, New York, Washington DC, and Tokyo, Japan. He was also managing editor of Asia Pacific Broadcast for Bloomberg News for five years before moving to Hawai‘i in 2009. He’s covered stories from more than twenty countries and territories.
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