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It’s Wednesday, July 24 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation.

Are we kidding ourselves about the “safe” use of pesticides?

Stephanie Seneff, a Senior Research Scientist at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, is sounding the alarm about a perceived link between the use of Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s popular weed killer Roundup, and an increase in reported cases of autism.

It’s Tuesday, July 23 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation.

The issue no one wants to address -- are there solutions out there we haven’t thought of?

William Hummell is the former Operations Director at The Institute For Human Services and is currently the Program Director/Social Work Supervisor for the Lighthouse Emergency Homeless Shelter in Waipahu.

It’s Monday, July 22 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Are Hawaii’s Democrats trying to slam the door on the independent voter?

It’s Friday, July 19 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation.

The place of race in the Deedy case

Justin Levinson is Professor of Law and founding Director of the Culture and Jury Project at the University of Hawaii's William S. Richardson School of Law.  Professor Levinson's research focuses on how the human mind operates in the legal context, including in jury selection, decision-making and biases.  He is the editor of the book, Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law.

It’s Thursday, July 18 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

When nature acts, be ready to React...

John Cummings III is the Public Education and Information Officer for the City and County of Honolulu Department of Emergency Management.  He joined the department in 1997 when you might have known it as the Oahu Civil Defense Agency. He and more than 25 City, State, Federal and non-government agencies will be at Pearlridge Center on Saturday.

It’s Wednesday, July 17 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

She's starting to turn blue and this time, that's good.

Elyse Petersen is the Founder of Tealet, a startup connecting tea growers and tea drinkers. She works with farmers in Japan, Hawaii and across the U.S. Time as a food scientist  with the Peace Corps taught her a lot about food security, natural resource management and sustainable food preservation -- and thanks to Blue Startups, those skills are being bundled with her entrepreneurial venture.

It’s Tuesday, July 16 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation.

Solar companies sweating out regular customers?

Henry Curtis is  the executive director of Life of the Land. His response to the Civil Beat article about HECO’s claim that solar is making power more expensive for non solar customers is in Civil Beat today.

It’s like a trashy movie...only better...

It’s Monday, July 15 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation.

From STEM to STEAM - Now that’s art!

Huihui Kanahele-Mossman, Ph.D is  head of school at Hilo's Ka'Umeke Ka'eo Charter School  She also taught physics and physical sciences for 15 years. Her research writings and practice bridge science with ancestral knowledge. She’s the granddaughter of Edith Kanakaole, she was ritually elevated to the status of Kumu Hula of Halau o Kekuhi in 2007 and recently performed at the opening of the Merrie Monarch.

It’s Friday, July 12 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation.

Buddy, can you spare a mortgage?

Anders Hostelley is the Executive Vice President of Loan Production for Honolulu HomeLoans. He has been in the local mortgage industry for 20 years, real estate bubbles included. Questions to Ask When Shopping for a Mortgage / Tips for working with lenders

Look sharp, take sharp, print sharp

It’s Thursday, July 11 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Shared secrets from the socially just

Nancy Aleck is the Executive Director of Hawaii People’s Fund. She has a 30 year history in Hawaii promoting volunteerism for social justice and progressive community development. Hawaii People's Fund is sponsoring a best practices exchange for social justice nonprofits.

Looking at Hawaii without tinted lenses

It’s Wednesday, July 10 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Garden GMOs that grow, grow, grow.

Eric Tanouye is Vice-President and General Manager of Green Point Nurseries on Hawaii Island. He's also  the president of the Hawai'i Floriculture and Nursery Association. The nursery grows and exports Hawaiian tropical flowers, foliage and plants...which one day soon may include GMO anthuriums.

Does changing history start with changing your mind?

It’s Tuesday, July 9 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation.

Edna Educating...

Edna Hussey is the former head of Epiphany School, which merged with Mid-Pacific Institute in 2004. MPI started  the Reggio-inspired preschool  in 2005. She is currently working on a doctorate of education in professional practice. Mid Pacific Institute is the only Reggio-inspired preschool in Hawaii at the time. Follow this link for more.

The Miracle on Moloka’i

It’s Monday, July 8 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation.

On today's show: A paystub checkup

Heather Moir-Dangler is the principle of Moir Financial & Insurance Services. She came home to Honolulu in 1990 to open her consulting firm after spending part of her growing up years in the Phillipines and Oregon, where she started her career.

From behind the curtain to under the sea: a techie gets an audience

It’s Friday, July 5 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Today: A slice of our past: the Northwest Hawaiian Islands

Randall Kosaki is NOAA's Deputy Superintendent of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. He studies the behavioral ecology, the taxonomy and biogeography of Pacific coral reef fishes.

A big success in a smaller venue

It’s Thursday, July 4 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

 

Downsizing the upscale celebrations.

Kathy Ferguson is a UH professor of political science and the undergraduate advisor for the Women’s studies program. She’s also an author- Emma Goldman: Political Thinking in the Streets is her latest book... but tonight she’ll be enjoying fireworks and no doubt some good conversation about civic engagement.

Taking a trip to Lana’i, where aloha is never hard to find.

It’s Wednesday, July 3 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Two words to set an advocate’s heart on fire: possible veto

It’s Tuesday, July 2 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation.

You’ve heard the cons - How ‘bout some pros for GMOs?

Dr. Fred Perlak is Vice President of Research and Business Operations for Monsanto Hawaii. He has made his career at the company since 1981 as a plant molecular biologist, and especially with groundbreaking cotton biotechnology. He arrived in Hawaii in 2008, and has been involved with several projects including establishing the Kunia Ag Park.

Kanu Hawaii

It’s Monday, July 1st From HPR2, it’s The Conversation.

Mental health stress for patients, docs and hospitals.

Peter Sybinsky is President and CEO of Hawaii Health Information Corporation. His healthcare career spans three decades and he was once the Director of Hawaii's Department of Health. Statistics regarding HHIC.

Changing children - one horse at a time.

It’s Friday, June 28 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation.

Can’t afford to save energy? Look at these GEMS.

Traci Ho Kim is the Branch Chief of the Innovation, Planning & Policy Branch of the State Energy Office. It's part of the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism.  She's also the board of WiRE (Women in Renewable Energy) and is a 2012 Pacific Century Fellow.  More about the GEMS program.

It’s Thursday, June 27 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

The defense of marriage act...act 2?

Jacce Mikulanec serves on Equality Hawaii’s board, is the co-chair of the organization’s Action Fund and is the Policy and Community Partnerships Director of Good Beginnings Alliance.

If you gotta believe in something-- Why not love?

Doug Fitch plays guitar, ukulele, and bass, and sings his original tunes on the CD “Believe in Love.”

It’s Wednesday, June 26 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Army Corp Killing Hanalei Reefs

Terry Lilley is a biologist, diver and videographer. Researchers from the UH, the US Geological Survey and  NOAA are working to find ways to curtail the growth of the disease. View Terry Lilley's website.

“Cat On a Hot Tin Roof"

It’s Wednesday, June 26 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation.

 

    

Army Corp Killing Hanalei Reefs

Terry Lilley is a biologist, diver and videographer. Researchers from the UH, the US Geological Survey and  NOAA are working to find ways to curtail the growth of the disease. View Terry Lilley's website.

“Cat On a Hot Tin Roof”

It’s Tuesday, June 25 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation.

 

Off the rails or on track to better stations...you decide...

It’s Monday, June 24 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation.

Counting kids climbing into poverty

Ivette Stern is a Junior Specialist with the University of Hawaii – Center on the Family and the director of the Hawai‘i KIDS COUNT project. Her work focuses on assessing and evaluating the conditions of children and families in Hawai‘i to create or adjust public policy and programs.  The link to the 2013 Data book.

It’s the longest day of the year, the summer solstice Friday, June 21 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation.

The homeless teacher is nameless no more

Michael Wooten, AKA David Gardner , is a former sergeant in the U.S. Army and a University of California Berkeley graduate. He came to Hawaii with Teach For America in 2008 and earned his master's degree in education from the University of Hawaii. He still teaches English and film at James Campbell High School in Ewa Beach under his real name.

It’s Thursday, June 20 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

NSA never “Metadata” it didn’t like-- ACLU Hawaii wonders why...

It’s Wednesday, June 19 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Hey Fourth Amendment, can they do this? Search me

Ken Lawson teaches criminal justice and procedure at the Richardson law school. He has practiced civil rights and criminal defense law for 18 years. Many of his cases challenged the Government on 4th amendment claims of right to privacy, wiretapping, and illegal searches and seizures.

Endangered Language? We really need to talk

It’s Tuesday, June 18 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation.

The best advice for seniors:“Don’t get sick and keep working?”

Gerry Silva is the volunteer state president of AARP Hawaii. He's a retired Army colonel and was Chief-of-Staff of the Hawaii Army National Guard; he was also the COO of Olelo Community Television and Deputy Director of the Customer Services Department for the City and County of Honolulu.

Joe Moore and Anna Pearce? Heaven Allow!

It’s Monday, June 17th – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation.

NSA: National Snooping Association?

Dr Carlos Juarez is Chair of the Department of Social Sciences at Hawaii Pacific University. In 1998, he helped to establish the Masters degree in Diplomacy and Military Studies.  He teaches courses on comparative politics of developing nations, global governance, and peace and conflict studies, and many of his HPU students work in the intelligence community.

It’s Friday, June 14 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation.

Science against GMO

Travis Rice is  a dad of a 2 1/2 year old, a doctor's  husband and a social scientist focusing on quantitative and qualitative primary research methods and analysis, database design and implementation with non-profit organizations and collaboratives.

 

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