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The Conversation: Hawaiʻi's Pre-9/11 Preparedness; Raising Awareness of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

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  • Salvatore Lanzilotti, the former head of Honolulu's Emergency Medical Services recalls Hawaiʻi's high level of preparedness for a terrorist event prior to 9/11 | Full Segment
  • Matt Sutton, a Honolulu resident and former Marine assigned to the Pentagon during the 9/11 attack, shares his memory of that day
  • Big Island resident Howard Shapiro shares how 9/11 moved him to write a song to remember those who died
  • Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Suevon Lee shares her story about a former Hawaii legislator who joined the State's Board of Education on an interim basis in today's Reality Check | Full Story
  • Dr. Ann Yabusaki, the founder of the Hawaii Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Action Group, and Sina Pili, a mother of a child with FASD, discuss the condition and what resources are available for those raising children with the disorders | Full Segment
  • Rabbi Jennifer Weiner of Honolulu's Temple Emanu-El shares how services have pivoted during the pandemic | Full Story
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.
Russell Subiono has been with Hawai‘i Public Radio since 2019. Born in Honolulu and raised on Hawaiʻi Island, he’s spent the last decade working in local film, TV, and radio. He got his start at HPR as a Production Assistant on The Conversation from 2016-2017. Prior to his return, he spent two years as a producer at KITV4 Island News, where he oversaw Hawai‘i’s only hour-long evening broadcast. He also served as HPR’s Fund Drive Producer for two years before returning to The Conversation as Executive Producer. In the moments when he’s not working at the station, you can find him visiting donut shops, making top-5 lists, and developing comedy videos that never get made.
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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