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The Conversation: Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

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Lieutenant Governor Succession; Bail Reform; Ala Wai Dredging; Joshua Kaye on Piano

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Why No One Wants to Be Hawaii’s Lieutenant Governor

Hawaii Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui resigned his post today. A line of succession is designated by law, but so far none of the officials on that list have accepted the job.

Neal Milner

Into Music: The Contender by Menahan Street Band

Outro Music: On The Road Again by Katchafire

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Bail Reform

Unequal outcomes, overcrowded jails, and lengthy pre-trial confinement are the findings of a recent report on Hawaii’s bail system prepared by the ACLU of Hawaii.    

Josh Wisch, ACLU of Hawaii

Into Music: The Heart of the Nightlife by Kisses

Outro Music: OBLIVIUS by The Strokes

ACLU Hawai?i Bail System Report by HPR News on Scribd

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The Ala Wai Canal, looking mauka.

Ala Wai Dredging Plan

Honolulu’s Ala Wai is ranked as one of the most polluted waterways in the country. The State of Hawaii has a plan to clean it up that just received a green light.

Jayen Thirugnanam, Hawaii DLNR

Outro Music: Mission Creep by The New Mastersounds

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Civil Beat Reality Check

An internal investigation by the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency revealed that the employee who triggered the infamous false missile alert did so intentionally and had a 10-year history of confusing drills with real-life emergencies.

Nick Grube, Civil Beat

Outro Music: Let There Be Horns by RJD2

State Report: False Missile Alert by HPR News

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Atherton Concert: Pianist Joshua Kaye

The piano gives the artist control over melody, harmony, and rhythm all at once. At least that’s how it seems when you hear an artist like Joshua Kaye.

Joshua Kaye

Into Music: A Place to Start by White Denim

Outro Music: Short Story by Joshua Kaye

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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
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