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The Conversation: Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

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MC2 Aiyana Paschal
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Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency

Remains Repatriation; Lava Boat Injury Development; Endangered Snail Conservation; Xeriscape Garden

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American Remains Repatriated from North Korea

All eyes were on 55 coffins said to contain remains of US servicemen who fought in the Korean War. Vice President Mike Pence was on hand to welcome them home. But the work of actually identifying the service members falls to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

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Intro Music: Bones by Crumb

Outro Music: Burning by The Whitest Boy Alive

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Jessica Tilton and her parents spoke to members of the media on Tuesday.

Woman Injured by Lava Bomb Speaks Publicly

Earlier in the week, a young woman who was severely injured by a lava bomb spoke to the media for the first time. 20-year-old Jessica Tilton and her family were visiting Hawaii from Illinois. The Tilton’s booked a lava viewing boat tour out of Hilo on July 16th.

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Intro Music: Southern Dreaming by The Sheepdogs

Outro Music: Four Winds by Bright Eyes

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Civil Beat

Reality Check

A local candidate running for office has been disqualified over her citizenship status. Nathan Eagle has more from Honolulu Civil Beat.

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Outro music: Beyond the Beyond by RJD2

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Department of Land and Natural Resources

Saving an Endangered Snail

Snail songs. Sound intriguing? There are Native Hawaiian chants singing their praises. Now there is a race to save the native species, which is disappearing at an alarming rate.

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David Sischo

Outro Music: Drive My Car by Soulive

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Halawa Xeriscape Garden

Not all plants are thirsty. Air plants, succulents, and cacti are growing in popularity. For the last three decades, crowds have flocked to the xeriscape garden in Halawa valley here on Oahu.

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Arthur Aiu

Intro Music: Slug by Snail Mail

Outro Music: Morse by Nightmares on Wax

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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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