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The Conversation: Thursday, February 15th, 2018

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SNAP Under Threat; Epigenetics and Health; Girls in STEM; Guitarist Andy Kimbel

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Trump Administration Threatens SNAP Funding

Under his latest federal budget proposal, President Trump asked for deep cuts to funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, better known as food stamps. Such a cut would be a hard blow to Hawaii’s poor and elderly.

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Pankaj Bhanot, Hawaii Department of Human Services

Intro Music: Assam / Like a Bird by James Hill

Outro Music: Turning Into Stone by Phantogram

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Epigenetics is the study of heritable changes in gene expression influenced by several factors including age, the environment/lifestyle, and disease state.

Epigenetics Study in Waianae

Rates of diabetes, obesity, and alcoholism run high among Native Hawaiians. A local researcher is using his family ties and inspiration to change a community’s health habits for the better.

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Alika Maunakea, University of Hawaii

Outro Music: Under The Sun by DIIV

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Na Lei Hulu Kupuna resident Damiana Vierra, 89, tells Gov. David Ige that she fears becoming homeless if her rent goes up.

Civil Beat Reality Check

A week after residents at some senior homes on Oahu received notices that their rent may be increasing, Governor David Ige has promised that the State will provide a subsidy to maintain the residents’ effective monthly payment.

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Anita Hofschneider, Civil Beat

Outro Music: Quiet Invitation by Kanekoa

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Dr. Kim Binsted on the site of the HI-SEAS Mars simulation on Hawaii Island.

Encouraging Girls in STEM

Dr. Kim Binsted is the principal investigator responsible for the HI-SEAS habitat, an isolated Mars-like site, located at 8,200 feet above sea level on the slopes of Mauna Loa on Hawaii Island.  She is the keynote speaker for the Sacred Hearts Academy Science Symposium for Girls.

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Dr. Kim Binsted, University of Hawaii

Intro Music: Anything New by Bibio

Outro Music: Chigadaging by Ukulele Club De Paris

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Guitar Sounds from Andy Kimbel

Andy Kimbel tells his story with voice and guitar, drawing on the techniques that have sustained itinerant blues artists for generations.   For the fingerstyle guitarist, the instrument is a portable orchestra, with bass lines, chords, and fragments of melody to support his vocals.

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Andy Kimbel

Outro Music: Breathe Restrung by Hilltop Hoods

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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