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The Conversation: Keck Observatory Scientist Wins Nobel Prize in Physics


Nobel Prize Winner; Presidential Health Issues; Reality Check: Alaska Travel Testing Program Not Going as Planned: Black Identity in Hawaii; Keeping Ag Lands in Hawaii Affordable



Nobel Prize Winner
UCLA Astronomer Andrea Ghez was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for research conducted at the W.M. Keck Observatory on Hawaii Island. We also reached out to Jon O'Meara, the director of Keck facility. The scientists there have been able to continue their work even under the restrictions of the pandemic.

UCLA astronomer Andrea Ghez and John O'Meara, Chief Scientist of the Keck Telescope


Presidential Health Issues

What happens when a sitting President becomes incapacitated? Contributing political analyst Neal Milner joins us to answer that question in our ongoing segment The Long View.

Contributing Analyst Neal Milner

Reality Check: Alaska Travel Testing Program Not Going as Planned

A testing program for travelers in Alaska isn’t working quite as hoped. That’s the subject of today’s Reality Check. Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Stewart Yertonon the line today. Morning!

Civil Beat Reporter Stewart Yerton

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Black Identity in Hawaii

Being Black in Hawai?i is a rare experience shared only by about three percent of the state’s population. But, what about being Black and adopted by Native Hawaiians? That’s the story of Hawaiian falsetto music star Kamakak?hau Fernandez – and the subject of an upcoming documentary. HPR's Kuuwehi Hiraishi joins us with more.

HPR Reporter Kuuwehi Hiraishi

Keeping Ag Lands in Hawaii Affordable

With the emphasis on economic recovery, we are looking at ways we can help our farmers as we work to build our resilience during tough times. Today we talk to Laura Kaakua, CEO of the Hawaiin Islands Land Trust, about efforts to keep agricultural lands intact to make farming and ranching more affordable for the future.

Laura Kaakua, CEO of the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust

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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