The Conversation: Friday, January 5th, 2018

Jan 5, 2018

Black Market For Diabetic Test Strips; State of Hawaii’s Bridges; Bug Wrangler James McCarthy

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Black Market For Diabetic Test Strips

Glucose test strips for diabetes patients can cost between $15-20 per day. This has led to the rise of a secondary market in the strips, which are sometimes obtained illegally.

Into music: Hotel Illness by The Black Crowes

Outro Music: Hits Me Hard by Jon Lawless


The Hanalei River Bridge on Kauai is listed in 'Fair' condition on the DOT database.
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State of Hawaii’s Bridges

The Hawaii State Department of Transportation has launched an online database to show the condition of roadways and bridges across the state.     

Into music: Looking Glass by Little Dragon

Outro Music: Highway Under Construction by Gorillaz


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Bug Wrangler and 12th Night from Singer-Songwriter James McCarthy

James McCarthy lives squarely within the troubadour tradition, where a singer and songwriter is expected to be a kind of messenger as well, with storytelling at the center of his art.

Intro music: Pohai Ke Aloha by Bryan Tolentino and Herb Ohta Jr.

Outro Music: Here We Come A-Wassailing by Carlyle Fraser


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Civil Beat Reality Check

Hawaii barely has its medical marijuana dispensaries off the ground, now the news about the Trump administration is giving states the green light to prosecute marijuana cases.

Outro Music: Melatonin by A Tribe Called Quest


Spinner dolphins off the coast of Kauai.
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Dolphin Therapy

Kauai’s Dolphin Touch Wellness Center is built on the premise that we can learn a great deal from our cetacean counterparts.

Into music: Bring Your Adz by Jake Shimabukuro

Outro Music: Manyana by Freshlyground