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The Conversation: Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

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2018 Legislative Season Wrap-up; Farm Tour Flooding; Hawaiian Bird Symphony; Innovative Bike Designs

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2018 Legislative Season Wrap-up

Each year’s legislative session carries with it the hopes of a great many people, with the promise that pressing issues will be addressed and solutions created -- and inevitably, each session has its successes and its disappointments.   

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Neal Milner

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Disappointments from 2018 Legislative Season

It’s the final day of the 2018 legislative session at the State Capitol.   After months of debate and lobbying, 222 of the 2260 bills introduced have made it to the Governor’s desk, which left many disappointed stakeholders. 

CORRECTION: 5/3/18.  An earlier version misstated the number of bills that made it to the Governor's desk this session. 

Intro Music: Drummer by Coconut Records

Outro Music: Hatgini Tani by Al Massrieen

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Kat Brady, Kristin Frost Albrecht, Christy Martin

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Farm Tour Flooding

Farmers were hit hard by the last month’s Friday the 13th flooding -- and not only on Kauai. Some Oahu farms were set to be part of a farm tour this weekend. Horses and chickens were on the original farm tour list, but there had to be some reshuffling.

Intro Music: Last Tango in Paris by Sepia

Outro Music: 3WW by Alt-J

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Jean Brokish

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Civil Beat Reality Check

As the 2018 legislative session wraps up and pundits issue its various report cards, it can be useful to look at attendance records. In today’s Reality Check from Civil Beat, reporter Courtney Teague looks at which House and Senate members had perfect attendance records, and which did not.

Outro Music: Youth by Glass Animals

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Courtney Teague

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Hawaiian Bird Symphony

We no longer hear the songs of Hawaii’s native birds, unless we’re very lucky and very far from human influence; sadly, most of their songs are gone for good…  which is why composer Takuma Itoh, biologist Melissa Price, and their team have created "Symphony of the Hawaiian Birds" soon to be performed by the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra.

Outro Music: Vanished Voices Call by HSO

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Melissa Price, Takuma Itoh

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Innovative Bike Designs

Imua Kakou Trykes is a non-profit that builds adaptive bicycles for people with disabilities. The payback to volunteers is giving youngsters the freedom of movement in a way that able-bodied people may take for granted.

Intro Music: Dark Days by Local Natives

Outro Music: Bicycle Fantasy 1 by Tyvek

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Jenna Mullen and Krystle Marcellus

Catherine Cruz is the Host of The Conversation and a member of HPR’s news team. She has been a television reporter in Hawai‘i since 1983 and has won a number of awards and respect from a statewide audience. She spent more than thirty years at KITV, covering beats from government to education and health. Originally from Guam, Cruz is also a co-founder and former Board member and programming chair of Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC). Catherine is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
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