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The Conversation: Monday, April 23rd, 2018

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Catherine Cruz
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Kauai Flooding Recovery; Blue Line Project; Debt Free College; Poetry Out Loud

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Recovery Continues on Garden Isle

We are heading into the second week of recovery for those families and businesses hit hard by flash floods here on Oahu and on Kauai. It may still be two weeks before the roadways cutting off communities are reopened.

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Elton Ushio

Intro Music: Spinning Wheel by Capiozzo & Mecco

Outro Music: Haupe by Italian Secret Service

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Debt Free College

$1.4 trillion. That is how much Americans nationwide owe in student loan debt. All of that debt has some policymakers worried, including Hawaii’s Senator Brian Schatz. He sponsored the Debt Free College Act of 2018 – with the goal of making public higher education affordable without the need for student loans.

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David Lassner

Outro Music: What You Know by Two Door Cinema Club

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Blue Line Project

Across the weekend, scores of people took part in activities marking Earth Day. We caught up with students from St. Andrew’s Priory as they took part in the Blue Line Project Saturday. The Idea was to use blue chalk to mark the new flood inundation zones across the state.

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David Lassner, University of Hawaii

Intro Music: El Manisero (Calypso Son) by Wilson & His Combo

Outro Music: Emmylou by First Aid Kit

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Hawaii’s Energy Future

Hawaii’s clean energy future, including the commitment the state has made to have 100-percent of electricity needs met with renewable sources by the year 2045, was the focus of the Earth Day Energy Summit.

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Dawn Lippert

Outro Music: Sad Song by Au Revoir Simone

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Poetry Out Loud

Tomorrow Punahou Senior Nicolas Amador will take the stage in the National Poetry Out Loud competition in our nation’s capital. It’s funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and is taking place at Washington University over the next few days.

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Nciholas Amador

Intro Music: Man on Fire by Edward Shard and The Magnetic Zeros

Outro Music: Running Back to You by The Juan Maclean

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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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