The Conversation: Friday, May 18th, 2018

May 18, 2018

City Responds to Dockless Scooters; Eruption Increases Uncertainty for Farmers; EPA Examines Cesspool Challenges; Miss Aligned 2 Anthology

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Honolulu Mayor Takes on Dockless Scooter Company

Bike and scooter rental company Lime has earned the ire of Cities and Mayors around the country. Honolulu is now among that group. The company’s dockless electric scooters made their abrupt debut last week and have earned displays of support and opposition among residents.

Intro Music: You've Got Me Flush by Future Generations

Outro music: Easier Said by Sunflower Bean

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Farmers Face Uncertainty as Eruption Continues

Kilauea Volcano shows no sign of stopping its spew of ash and gas. Farmers in the drift of the sulfur dioxide are scrambling to deal with the detrimental effects on their crops. Kelvin Selwake is from the University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture who’s been fielding the calls for help from coffee and orchid farmers.

Intro Music: You Can Count On Me by Sammy Davis Jr.

Outro music: First Weeks by Gem Club

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Regional EPA Chief Visits Hawaii

Alexis Strauss is the Acting Administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific region. She is in Hawaii checking in on Hawaii’s progress with clean water and clean air programs.

Outro Music: Made for Pleasure by New Mastersounds

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Civil Beat Reality Check

Local people are serious about public access to beaches; it is more than a long-established tradition, it is the law. So when a luxury condo began setting aside space in Ala Moana Regional Park for the exclusive use of its residents, longtime beachgoers saw an attempt to commercialize the beach.  

Outro Music: Drum Babylon by Mux Mool

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Ms. Aligned 2 Anthology

Writers have always used their craft to try to understand who we are and why we act the way we do and often find themselves struggling to understand the opposite sex. Pat Matsueda is co-editor of Ms. Aligned 2, a collection of works by women writers that adopt the male point of view.

Intro Music: Pine Away by Martin Sexton

Outro music: Weird Fishes/Arpeggi by Radiohead