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The Conversation: Former Congresswoman Pat Saiki's New Book, Thoughts on Race and Gender

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'A Woman in the House' book cover

Former Congresswoman Pat Saiki's new book and thoughts on race and gender; Small-scale farmers and access to local food; Non-fungible tokens, what exactly are they?

Pat Saiki's new book and thoughts on race and gender

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Former Congresswoman Pat Saiki's new book "A Woman in the House" reflects on her long career as an educator and lawmaker from Hawai‘i. One of only a few Republicans to ever represent the state in Washington, she served in Congress from 1987 to 1991 and headed the Small Business Administration under President George H.W. Bush. "Women are just beginning to poke their heads into leadership positions and I'm glad to see that change occuring," Saiki told The Conversation. 

Pat Saiki, former Congresswoman and educator

Reality Check with Civil Beat: Permanent State Job Corps Proposed in Legislature | Full Article 

The coronavirus pandemic all but toppled Hawai‘i's tourism industry, driving up unemployment and revealing a need for a more diversified state economy. State lawmakers are considering the creation of a permanent state job corps that would educate and train people in conservation, agriculture, technology and green energy, Civil Beat reporter Britanny Lyte told us.

Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Brittany Lyte

Non-fungible tokens: what exactly are they?

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Non-fungible tokens have been in the news a lot lately as a new way to buy and trade digital media, but what exactly are people buying? HPR's Burt Lum of Bytemarks Cafe sat down with us to outline the basics.

HPR's Burt Lum of Bytemarks Cafe


Many of you tuned into our call-in show this month highlighting resources for small-scale farmers and expanding access to local food. Here’s one of our guests, Melanie Bondera, talking about the Keauhou Farmers Market on Big Island adapted during the first lockdown of the pandemic.

Melanie Bondera of the Big Island; write-in comments from Wendy and Charles

Are you a local grower and part of a co-op or CSA? Do you have a favorite farmers’ market or local produce stand that you want people to know about? Call into our talkback line at 808-792-8217 and give your favorite farmers a shout out! We’ll share your comments on a future show.

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.
Savannah Harriman-Pote rejoined The Conversation in 2021 after interning for Hawaiʻi Public Radio in the summers of 2018 and 2019. She also produces HPR's podcast Manu Minute in collaboration with The University of Hawaii at Hilo. She was born and raised on the Big Island, and she collects public radio mugs.
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