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The Conversation: Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

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Restricting Missile Alert Authority; Indigenous Rights Lawyer; Local Effects of Nuclear Testing; Remembering Plantation Life

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Senator Brian Schatz tours Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe.

Congress Moves to Restrict Missile Alert Authority

Hawaii’s U.S. Senator Brian Schatz introduced a bill with two other Members of Congress that would put the responsibility of alerting the public about a possible missile threat solely in the hands of the federal government.

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Senator Brian Schatz

Intro Music: Scooby Snacks (Instrumental) by Fun Lovin' Criminals

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Light from the Starfish Prime high-altitude nuclear test in 1962 could be seen from Honolulu.

Local Memories from Nuclear Testing

Much of the fear around a nuclear missile is the radiation fallout. But there is also another possible effect that you might not know about: an electromagnetic pulse that would render your electronics useless. It could disrupt power grids and telecommunications systems-- all areas that we have come to depend on.

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Ed Texiera

Outro Music: You're So Good To Me by Cochemea Gastelum

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Walter Echo-Hawk is the 2018 Dan & Maggie Inouye Distinguished Chair in Democratic Ideals.

Indigenous Rights Lawyer Walter Echo-Hawk

Walter Echo-Hawk is a Native American attorney and educator who has been involved with struggles for the rights of native people all his life.  As he says, “indigenous rights are never freely given—they must be demanded, wrested away, then vigilantly protected…”

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Walter Echo-Hawk

Outro Music: Disciples of California by The Skygreen Leopards

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Civil Beat Reality Check

Title IX has been the law of the land since 1972, but are its provisions being enforced in Hawaii’s schools?  Civil Beat reporter Suevon Lee has found several schools where they are not, as she tells us in today’s Reality Check.

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Suevon Lee, Civil Beat

Intro Music: Sunny by Wes Montgomery

Outro Music: Skunk Walk by Michna

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Chinese contract laborers on a sugar plantation in 19th century Hawaii.

Remembering the Reality of Plantation Life

The stories of everyday people don’t often get recorded.  University of Hawaii-West Oahu’s Center for Labor Education and Research (CLEAR) is collating a priceless archive of Hawaii’s history: unedited first-person reminiscences of plantation life.  

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Chris Conybeare, UH West Oahu

Intro Music: Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin

Outro Music: Black Market by Weather Report

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.
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