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The Conversation: Thursday, March 8th, 2018


Red Hill Lawsuit; Invasion of Privacy Suffered by the Poor; Trees for Hawaii’s Future Growing our Urban Forest; Hawaii Symphony Orchestra’s Latin Pops Revolution Show

Red Hill Lawsuit

Credit Commander, Navy Installations Command

A recent court decision is casting new light on what to do about Red Hill. It’s where the military has 20 massive underground steel tanks one, which leaked 27,000 gallons. A circuit court judge ruled that the state health department improperly gave the military an exemption from underground fuel storage rules. The Sierra Club hopes the ruling will now give state health officials more reason to press for an expedited schedule to upgrade the facility.

Intro Music: Living In The Country by Leo Kottke, Mike Gordon

Outro Music: Joy and Pain by Maze, Frankie Beverly

Marti Townsend


Invasion of Privacy Suffered by the Poor

Credit Stanford University Press

Public assistance is designed to ease social inequality and bring dignity to the lives of the poor -- but does it strip away their privacy rights, depriving them of that very dignity, as it does so? Khiara M. Bridges is a Boston University law and anthropology professor that has studied the lives of poor women who seek public assistance.  

Outro Music: Handshake by Two Door Cinema Club

Khiara Bridges


Civil Beat Reality Check

Credit Catherine Cruz

We have been hearing quite a bit about the homeless encampment near the Waianae boat harbor lately. Jessica Terrell has the latest talk about clearing out the illegal campers from that area.

Outro Music: Everything by Kaptan


Reality Check


Trees for Hawaii’s Future Growing our Urban Forest

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Earlier this week, Honolulu’s mayor threw the spotlight on an effort to plant 100,000 trees by the year 2025. It’s a tall order. But its the focus of a one day urban forestry conference. We talked to Tom Dinnell, professor emeritus of urban planning at the University of Hawaii, about the effort to follow in Australia’s footsteps.

Outro Music: Montrose Ave by Y.V.E. 48

Tom Dinell


Hawaii Symphony Orchestra’s Latin Pops Revolution Show

Credit Go Hawaii

The Latin strain in American popular music has been around for decades, and our musical culture would be lost without it. Matt Catingub, former Principal Pops Conductor with the Honolulu Symphony, is back in town with the Hawaii Symphony to lead a Latin Pop Revolution tomorrow evening, and he’s with us in our studio.  

Intro Music: Living La Vida Loca by Luiz Rodriguez

Outro Music: Rhythm Is Gonna Get You by Gloria Estefan & the Miami Sound Machine

Matt Catingub

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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 ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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