The Conversation: Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Defense Missile Radar in Hawaii; Navy Disaster Preparedness; The Long View; Kauai Chorale at Lincoln Center

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Defense Missile Radar in Hawaii

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In less than three weeks, President Trump is to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. Or maybe not. The president said yesterday-- the meeting might be delayed. Retired Air Force General Dan Leaf believes whether or not, the meeting takes place as scheduled, is less important than continuing to work on the relationship between the two countries. Leaf is a former deputy commander of U.S. Pacific Command here in Hawaii--and was later Director of the Daniel K. Inouye Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies. He tells HPR News Director Bill Dorman, he’s still encouraged by the broader discussion that’s underway about the future of the Korean peninsula.

Intro Music: Dammi un nome by Les Enfants

Outro Music: Here’s Rico by John Swihart

Navy Disaster Preparedness

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The military often responds in the event of a natural disaster, but how does it prepare its troops and their families to ensure it can fulfill its defense mission? Joining me this morning is Mike Smith who’s in charge of the Navy’s Training and Disaster Preparedness programs.

Intro Music: Summer Bizarre by Betty the Shark

Outro Music: Locket by Crumb

Civil Beat Reality Check

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Officials are assuring that Puna Geothermal Venture has done everything it can to minimize threat of lava on its pressurized wells. That’s the subject of today’s reality check from Honolulu Civil Beat, featuring reporter Britanny Lyte. To read the full story, visit civilbeat.org.

Outro Music: Same About You by Music Le Pop

The Long View - Polls

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Our contributing political analyst Neal Milner joins us for today’s long view and we are talking about election polls.

Outro Music: Kentucky by Billy Joe Armstrong and Nora Jones

Kauai Chorale at Lincoln Center

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It’s a fitting capstone to Lois Ricciardi’s 30-year career as director of the Kauai Chorale.  She and her singers, all volunteers, some amateurs, some professional, have been invited to perform on Memorial Day at Lincoln Center in New York City. They’ll be performing an especially demanding work: Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.  As she got her singers ready for the prestigious event, she spoke with Chris Vandercook.

Outro Music: Hallelujah by Kauai Chorale