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The Conversation: Governor Ige on New Phase of State Recovery


State Check-in with Governor Ige; Reality Check: Hilo Veteran's Home Death; Nobel Prize Winner Jennifer Doudna

State Check-in with Governor Ige

Hawaii’s Pre-travel program is well underway. We hear from our governor about this next phase of recovery as the state rolls out a new program to help spend CARES money and help those on the state’s SNAP program.

Governor David Ige


Reality Check: Hilo Veteran's Home Death

Joining us for today’s Reality Check is Civil Beat reporter Kevin Dayton. He has a moving story about one of the veterans who died of Covid. during a recent outbreak at a Veterans home in Hilo.

Civil Beat Reporter Kevin Dayton


Nobel Prize Winner Jennifer Doudna

Genome editing pioneer Jennifer Doudna, a U.C. Berkeley professor and Hilo High graduate made headlines earlier this month as a co-winner of  this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry.  Doudna was a guest on The Conversation a couple of years back. She was in Hawaii for a speaking tour about her work with the CRISPR gene editing technology. She reminisced about her humble roots, wonderful mentors and achievements along the way.

Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna

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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