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The Conversation: Hong Kong Residents Brace For Coronavirus Change


Hong Kong Journalist on Coronavirus; New EPA Administrator; Hawaii Affordable Housing Not So Affordable; Author Tae Keller; Hilo High Scholarship Winner

Hong Kong Journalist on Coronavirus

In Hong Kong at least 50 cases of coronavirus have been reported, with at least one death. Mike Chinoy is a journalist who lives in Hong Kong now - and has done so off and on since the 1970’s. He’s now a non-resident Senior Fellow at the US-China Institute at the University of Southern California - and he joined us to talk about what daily life is like in Hong Kong these days.

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Courtesy of Environmental Protection Agency

New EPA Administrator

Following the sudden departure of a Trump-appointed EPA regional administrator, the organization has appointed a new director to oversee Region 9 - which includes Hawaii. HPR Reporter Ryan Finnerty helps us make sense of the changes.

HPR Reporter Ryan Finnerty

Hawaii Affordable Housing Not So Affordable

What qualifies as affordable housing in Honolulu? That’s the subject of today’s Reality Check. Honolulu Civil Beat’s reporter Christina Jedra joins us with more.

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Civil Beat Reporter Christina Jedra

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  Author Tae Keller

Author Tae Keller grew up in Waipahu and has written two fiction books in the middle grade contemporary genre. Her debut book, The Science of Breakable Things, was released in 2018 and among other honors, was named an NPR Great Read of the Year.  Her new book, When You Trap A Tiger, was released in January. She spoke with producer Jason Ubay, and told us about getting her first book published.


Author Tae Keller

Hilo High Scholarship Winner

Hawai is still learning about the impact of coral bleaching and how it’s affecting the state’s natural resources. A new generation of scientists is working on solutions--and that includes our next guest. Sonja Giardina is a Hilo High School Student whose work on Coral Bleaching and its effects on nearby fish populations has been recognized by the Regeneron Science Talent Search. That is the oldest science competition in the country. She spoke with The Conversation’s Harrison Patino about the importance of her work and her thoughts on representing Hawaii in this national competition.


Hilo High School Student Sonia Giardina

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