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The Conversation: Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

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Port Disaster Vulnerability; Youth Suicide Prevention; Mobile Hygiene Buses; Historic Home Preservation

Preventing Youth Suicide

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When teenagers kill themselves, at a stage in their lives that should be so filled with hope and possibility, we struggle to understand. Paul Gionfriddo, President and CEO of Mental Health America, has some answers to their questions. He’s in town for a talk on Thursday called “Youth Suicide Prevention: Let’s Talk About 13 Reasons Why.”

Intro Music: Space Song by Beach House

Outro Music: Oh La La by faces

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Paul Gionfriddo

Hawaii’s Disaster Vulnerability: Ports

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Hawaii needs to import 3,000 tons of food per day to keep grocery store shelves stocked around the state. All of those goods come into one place: the Port of Honolulu. If damaged, it could take weeks to reopen the port after a disaster event. That could leave Hawaii residents in big trouble.

Intro Music: Joe Cool by Vince Guaraldi Trio

Outro Music: So Sad, So Sad by Varsity

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David Lopez

Civil Beat Reality Check

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Molokai is the friendly isle. However, residents are wary when it comes to development and any perceived threats to their way of life. A recent proposal concerning Molokai Ranch has some on the Friendly Isle worried.

Outro Music: Mr. Tembo by Damon Albarn

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Reality Check

Mobile Hygiene Buses

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Homeless persons on Oahu can now get a free, hot shower under a new program. Project Vision Hawaii has launched Hiehie, a mobile hygiene facility that can offer hot showers to people who, in some cases, have not had one in years.

Outro Music: Black Lipstick by Chicano Batman

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Annie Valentin

Historic Home Preservation

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Next month, Historic Hawaii Foundation spotlights a preservation partnership that takes us out to Oahu’s North Shore-home to this island’s only goat dairy farm. It’s a nod to a bit of military history. We talked with Kiersten Faulkner, the Foundation’s Executive Director and Eric Bello, whose family farm gave new life to a half a dozen historic homes.

Intro Music: Will I Ever See You Again? by Makana

Outro Music: La Nina de Puerta Oscura by Paco de Lucia

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Kiersten Faulkner

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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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