The Conversation: Thursday, May 24th, 2018

China Expert; EPA Monitoring Air Quality Around Kilauea; Electricity Challenges Around Puna; New School/Old School/Too Cool for School Poetry Slam

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China Expert David Shambaugh

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It’s called RIMPAC--the Rim of the Pacific exercises. For the past two versions, China has taken part. China was going to be part of this summer’s drills--until yesterday when the United States officially disinvited the Chinese navy. East-West Center distinguished speaker David Shambaugh joins us to explain what this means for China.

Outro music: Dar Enteha by Kouroshi Yaghmaei

EPA Monitoring Air Quality Around Kilauea: Jason Musante

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Turning to the Big Island, there’s a chance our trade winds could disappear next week. So what does that mean for our air quality in the communities in Puna and Hilo? We caught up with Environmental Protection Agency’s Jason Musante who is part of a special team sent from the west coast. We spoke with him yesterday afternoon as he was out in the field setting up 10 additional air monitoring stations.

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Electricity Challenges Around Puna: Jim Kelly

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Jim Kelly is Vice President for Corporate Relations for Hawaiian Electric. He has spent the last ten days on the Big Island working to support efforts by Hawaii Electric Light Company and joins us in studio this morning to share what teams are doing on the ground.

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Civil Beat Reality Check

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This week our partners at Honolulu Civil Beat have been releasing results of an election poll for some of the competitive races.

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New School/Old School/Too Cool for School Poetry Slam: Jesse Lipman

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Hawaii has a large and growing slam poetry scene, and poet Jesse Lipman can take some of the credit.   He’s one of the organizers of The New School Old School Too Cool for School Poetry Slam an upcoming intergenerational poetry slam competition. He spoke with Chris Vandercook last week about his efforts to bring together young talent and educators

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