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The Conversation: Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Ryan Finnerty

30 Meter Telescope Update; Community Para-Medicine Program; Fake News on Social Media; Local Students Walkout

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TMT Case Update: Kuuwehi Hiraishi

This week the Hawaii Supreme Court Justices attention will be on the Thirty Meter Telescope, taking up the second of two cases appealed to the high court. HPR reporter Ku`uwehi Hiraishi has been following the TMT legal case and will be providing updates throughout the hearing process. You can follow her stories online at HawaiiPublicRadio.org and click on the news tab.

Ku`uwehi Hiraishi

Intro Music: Special Effects (feat. Dem Atlas) by Brother Ali

Outro Music: Oh Well by Kottke and Mike Gordon

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Community Paramedicine Program: Dr. Jim Ireland

Chronic 911 callers. Some call for help nearly every day. Officials flagged the growing problem with patients who would call 100-200 times a year. Former Emergency Medical Services Director, Dr. Jim Ireland, supports a bill that would fund a paramedicine program to serve these individuals. SB2374 crossed over to the House and is being reviewed by the Health & Human Services and Finance committees.

Dr. James Ireland

Intro Music: Nice Work If You Can Get It by Oscar Peterson

Outro Music: Road by Nick Drake

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Civil Beat Reality Check

A power struggle at the Honolulu City Council doesn’t bode well for Honolulu’s Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the rail project. Ernie Martin one of the biggest critics of both--is preparing to take over as City Council Chair.   

Outro Music: Countdown by the Black Keys

Marcel Honore, Honolulu Civil Beat

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The Long View, Fake News on Social Media: Neal Milner

With so much turmoil and drama at the White House these days you’d think there wouldn’t be a need to make things up in the world of politics. Contributing Editor Neal Milner delves into the details of a recent MIT study, which tells an interesting tale about fake news and other drama. 

Outro Music: Rainbows by 16 Bit Lolitas

Neal Milner

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North Kona Well Failure: Sherry Bracken

West Hawaii’s latest water woes seem to be a real head-scratcher. HPR Contributing Reporter Sherry Bracken is keeping a close eye on the situation after a fourth well failed Friday.

Intro Music: Isn't This World Enough? by Admiral Fallow

Outro Music: Goose & Gander by Generationals

Sherry Bracken

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Local Participation in National Walkout: University Laboratory School

Today was National Walkout Dy at schools across the country. Thousands of students left class at 10 am to remember the recent victims of a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida. 



ULS 12th grader Ti Posiulai, 10th graders Seth and Veleka, and Laura Cottongim, Dean of Curriculum & Instruction

Intro Music: Magic by Panama

Outro Music: Gold by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

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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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