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The Conversation: Thursday, March 22nd, 2018

Tom Mirenda

OHA Situation, STEM Education and Research in Okinawa, AARP President, Author and columnist for Orchids Magazine

Former Governor Waihee Defends OHA

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A critical management audit of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is continuing to ripple. The Office has no comment about a possible FBI probe. The OHA board is meeting in closed session this morning to talk about the employment contract of CEO Kamanao though he won't be there. OHA told The conversation that Crabbe is on leave until the end of the month, but would not say why or how long he has been out.

Intro Music: Northern Highway by Martin Courtney

Outro Music: Looking Glass by Little Dragon

John Waihee


STEM Education and Research in Okinawa

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Are the machines we create evolving faster than we are?   Recent advances in science and technology challenge our ability to understand and keep up with them -- and for the next generation coming up, that challenge can spell opportunity. That’s the perspective of Dr. Peter Gruss, President and CEO of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology.  

Intro Music: Mina by Una Mas Trio

Outro Music: Killing for Love (Todd Terje Remix) by Jose Gonzalez

Peter Gruss


Civil Beat Reality Check

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Joining us this morning is Anita Hofschneider who talked with women who say they were subjected to unwanted advances by Speaker Emeritus Joe Souki.

Outro Music: I'll Be Around - Instrumental by Relentles, Jah Free, E-40

Reality Check


AARP President

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Its called  “Oregon Saves.”  And some say Hawaii could too. It's a new way for small companies to help their workers save for retirement. AARP supports a bill modeled after Oregon’s. AARP’s national President Eric Schneidewind joins us in the studio to talk about the bill, which was heard earlier today.

Outro Music: One More Regret by James Figurine

Eric Schniedewind


Author and columnist for Orchids Magazine

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Orchids are approaching a cult status. Orchid growers worldwide share a fascination with these diverse and beautiful flowers. Thomas Mirenda is the Director of Horticulture, Education, and Outreach for the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden. He’ll be offering a free talk on “Orchid Diversity” this weekend in Honolulu

Intro Music: Meet You There (In Deleware) by Dentist

Outro Music: Waiting on the Summer by VHS Collection

Thomas Mirenda

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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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