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The Conversation: Thursday, May 24th, 2018

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China Expert; EPA Monitoring Air Quality Around Kilauea; Electricity Challenges Around Puna; New School/Old School/Too Cool for School Poetry Slam

China Expert David Shambaugh

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It’s called RIMPAC--the Rim of the Pacific exercises. For the past two versions, China has taken part. China was going to be part of this summer’s drills--until yesterday when the United States officially disinvited the Chinese navy. East-West Center distinguished speaker David Shambaugh joins us to explain what this means for China.

Outro music: Dar Enteha by Kouroshi Yaghmaei

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David Shambaugh

EPA Monitoring Air Quality Around Kilauea: Jason Musante

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Turning to the Big Island, there’s a chance our trade winds could disappear next week. So what does that mean for our air quality in the communities in Puna and Hilo? We caught up with Environmental Protection Agency’s Jason Musante who is part of a special team sent from the west coast. We spoke with him yesterday afternoon as he was out in the field setting up 10 additional air monitoring stations.

Intro Music: Gymnopedie #1 by Tiaziano Bianchi

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Jason Musante

Electricity Challenges Around Puna: Jim Kelly

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Jim Kelly is Vice President for Corporate Relations for Hawaiian Electric. He has spent the last ten days on the Big Island working to support efforts by Hawaii Electric Light Company and joins us in studio this morning to share what teams are doing on the ground.

Outro Music: Brother Wind by Jazz Reason

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Civil Beat Reality Check

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This week our partners at Honolulu Civil Beat have been releasing results of an election poll for some of the competitive races.

Outro Music: Antena by Bonobo

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Reality Check

New School/Old School/Too Cool for School Poetry Slam: Jesse Lipman

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Hawaii has a large and growing slam poetry scene, and poet Jesse Lipman can take some of the credit.   He’s one of the organizers of The New School Old School Too Cool for School Poetry Slam an upcoming intergenerational poetry slam competition. He spoke with Chris Vandercook last week about his efforts to bring together young talent and educators

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