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The Conversation: Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

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Resiliency of Healthcare Systems; Tariffs & Trade; Surviving School Shootings; Technology in Education


Hawaii’s Disaster Vulnerability: Healthcare Systems

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Chris Crabtree, Director of Hawaii Healthcare Emergency Management reviewed different scenarios that would stress everyday healthcare systems following disaster. He says everyone should have a go-bag complete with medications and it is recommended that a food supply for at least two weeks should be on hand.

Chris Crabtree

Intro Music: Big Fresh by SPAWTS

Outro Music: The Seed 2.0 Instrumental by The Vitamin String Quartet


Tradewinds: Steel & Aluminum Tariffs, China Trade

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In Hawaii, there’s much that ties the state to the Asia Pacific -- part of that is geography, but it’s also culture--and economics. Today we introduce Tradewinds a new occasional segment that looks at some of those economic issues. It’s a project of HPR News Director Bill Dorman, who spent more than ten years covering business news in Asia. He recently sat down with Dr. Adam Posen, President of the Peterson Institute for International Economics – to get his perspective on trade issues set in motion by the Trump Administration. 

Tradewinds: Adam Posen

Outro Music: Zuki by Jonti


The Long View: Long Term Effects of Surviving School Shootings

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Retired Political Science professor and Long View Contributing Editor, Neal Milner, takes a two-sided look at the long-term effects that school shootings have on survivors, communities, and families. What does it take to be a student activist and what are student survivors going through that hampers the ability and inclination to be politically active? 

Neal Milner

Outro Music: Gronlandic Edit by of Montreal


Integrating Technology into Education

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Paul Turnbull (second from right) at the Global Education and Skills Forum, Dubai

Mid-Pacific Institute President, Paul Turnbull, has just returned from the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai, where he led a panel discussion centering around the use of immersive technologies such as Virtual, Augmented, Mixed and Extended Reality in the classroom.  He shares how Hawaii schools can better position themselves in a rapidly changing world of technology.

Paul Turnbull

Intro Music: Tony Allen (No compro) by La BOA

Outro Music: Really Something by Hector Gachan

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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
Bill Dorman has been the news director at Hawaiʻi Public Radio since 2011.
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