The Conversation: Monday, February 5th, 2018

Continuing Resolutions and Military Readiness; H-Power Waste Ash; Paratransit Emergency Planning; Local Disney Writer

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The F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter has been one of them most expensive procurement contracts in Defense Department history.
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Budget Unpredictability Harms U.S. Military Readiness

Five months into the current fiscal year Congress has yet to pass an annual budget, opting instead for short-term spending bills called Continuing Resolutions to fund the government. That method of accounting hits every part of the U.S. government--making it almost impossible for agencies to plan.

Intro Music: If You Say So by Supermoon

Outro Music: Am I Wrong? by Anderson Paak

A tractor operator scoops trash into a pile in Misawa City, Japan, before it is moved to an incinerator.
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City Seeks to Recycle Waste Ash from H-Power

Honolulu’s H-power plant burns much of Oahu's trash every year. However, it also produces a lot of ash that ends up at the landfill. The city has just gone out to bid on a contract to find a way to recycle that byproduct instead of it taking up space in the landfill.

Outro Music: Put Me Thru by Anderson Paak

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Paratransit Emergency Planning

Paratransit services like the Handi-Van cater to passengers with limitations that make responding to an emergency situation a challenge.

Intro Music: Dreamy Eyes by Azure Blue

Outro Music: Canto De Ossanha by Jurassic 5

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Civil Beat Reality Check

People in Hawaii pride themselves on their warm interaction with one another. A hug and a kiss are often seen, even in a formal professional setting, as being well within the bounds of propriety, until they are not.

Outro Music: Such Great Heights by The Postal Service

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Local Writers Find Success with Disney

The path to success for a young writer can be a rocky one; you need persistence, dedication, and focus. Aaron Kandell and his twin brother Jordan, who grew up here, are two of the writers for the Disney film Moana, and have a number of projects in the works.

Intro Music: Habit by The Movement

Outro Music: Pua Hana Slack Key by Ledward Kaapana