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The Conversation: Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

Catherine Cruz

Monster Homes; Synthetic Experiences and Pop Culture; Local Study on Depression; International Graduate Student Conference

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The Honolulu City Council heard several hours of testimony on Tuesday.

City Council Explores Monster Home Regulation

Critics say extra-large structures known as “Monster Homes” are apartment buildings masquerading as single or two family dwellings in residential neighborhoods. Issues of parking, impact on property taxes, and sewer capacity prompted calls for relief, but the Honolulu City Council is struggling with how best to address the situation.

Ron Menor, Trevor Ozawa

Intro Music: Hold My Hand by Echoes of Swing, Fats Waller, J.C. Johnson

Outro Music: I Don't Want To Let You Down by Sharon Van Etten

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Kaiser Permanente Studies Depression in Local Communities

A new study out sheds light on possible barriers that prevent people from seeking help. Many people suffer from depression but delay seeking help that is readily available.

Beth Waitzfelder

Outro Music: Shape of You - Instrumental by Abhineeth Mishra

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Civil Beat Reality Check

One of the major selling points of the Honolulu rail project was the number of jobs it would create. The latest numbers show that those claims may have been exaggerated.

Marcel Honore, Civil Beat

Outro Music: Back and Forth by Holy Oker

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Synthetic Experiences and the “Pop Culture Effect”

A recent study that suggests that the bombardment of so-called “synthetic experiences” can not only change our opinions, it can even blur the line between fact and fiction. Is the pop culture effect that much stronger these days, or are we just more aware of it?

Neal Milner

Intro Music: Pop Goes the World by Men Without Hats

Outro Music: Breathe Restrung by Hilltop Hoods

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East-West Center Hosts International Graduate Student Conference

More than 112 graduate students from 54 universities in 31 nations are at the East-West Center this week to take part in the center’s 17th annual International Graduate Student Conference.

Jonah Preising

Outro Music: Breathe Restrung by Hilltop Hoods

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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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