The Conversation: Friday, March 23nd, 2018

Mar 23, 2018

Strategy for Opioid Epidemic; New HI-EMA Leadership; Future of Social Security; Saxophonist Boney James

Credit USDA / Flickr

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Credit USDA / Flickr

New Strategy for Combating Opioid Epidemic

President Trump delivered strong words about how to approach the opioid epidemic across the nation. Some 2 million people are estimated to be addicted to the drug. It is a public health crisis the question is how best to deal with it. However, Hawaii’s rate of opioid prescriptions is one of the lowest in the country. The U.S Surgeon General and the CEO of a local rehabilitation clinic share national and local perspectives on the crisis.

Intro Music: The Internet is For Losers by Bad Manion

Outro Music: Fortunate - Instrumental Version by Atmosphere

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Social Security and an Aging Population

Rising health care premiums, the need to help employees of small businesses, and the future of Medicare and Medicaid are all issues facing our country. This morning we talk Social Security as a large segment of our population is moving toward retirement age.  

Intro Music: Never Be The Same by T. Rex

Outro Music: Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears For Fears

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Civil Beat Reality Check

Legal troubles continue to mount for retired Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha and his wife, Deputy City Prosecutor Katherine Kealoha. Three counts have been added to the criminal conspiracy case against them, and a retired HPD Major is being drawn further into the web around the Kealohas.

Outro Music: Bee Keeper by Houndstooth

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New Chief at Hawaii Emergency Management Agency

January’s false missile alert laid bare flaws in training, procedure, and leadership at the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. That agency has a new boss this month. Thomas Travis was appointed Administrator of HI-EMA last week.

Outro Music: You And Your Heart by Jack Johnson

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Credit Describe The Fauna

Saxophonist Boney James

Saxophonist Boney James has built a career out of bringing the horn’s tough-and-tender qualities to the fore, applying them to tunes with a distinctly sensual mood. He is visiting Honolulu this week.

Intro Music: We Came to Party by Boney James

Outro Music: On the Prowl by Boney James