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April Estrellon

Pod Squad: The People Need A Stronger Voice In Hawaii Policy Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: The People Need A Stronger Voice In Hawaii Policy

Sens. Laura Thielen and Russell Ruderman say it's time to get the public involved in the conversation even if it doesn't pass.
Pod Squad: Why Are So Many Tourists Dying In Hawaii? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Why Are So Many Tourists Dying In Hawaii?

Civil Beat staff discusses our new special report -- a multimedia series examining the high rate of visitor deaths in Hawaii.
Pod Squad: ‘LGBT Tourism Has Been Reborn’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: ‘LGBT Tourism Has Been Reborn’

A new video by the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau is expected to bolster same-sex marriage and LGBT tourism in the islands.
Pod Squad: What Grade Would You Give The Governor? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: What Grade Would You Give The Governor?

A pair of UH political scientists rate David Ige's first year as slightly above average, but note that his admittedly weak communication skills haven't been tested in a crisis.
Pod Squad: Kauai Police Chief — Body Cam Effort Has Been ‘Difficult’ Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Kauai Police Chief — Body Cam Effort Has Been ‘Difficult’

Chief Darryl Perry is moving ahead with the camera program despite concerns of the police union and intends to start using the cameras very soon.
Pod Squad: Meet Civil Beat’s New Engagement Editor Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Meet Civil Beat’s New Engagement Editor

Anthony Quintano talks about the evolving interplay of  journalism and social media.
Pod Squad: Are Honolulu Police Overreacting In Some Situations? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Are Honolulu Police Overreacting In Some Situations?

Attorney Eric Seitz joins the Pod Squad to talk about two of his cases: two lesbians recently arrested for kissing in public and a man who died after being shot with a Taser.
Pod Squad: The Legal Issues of Hawaii’s Medi-Pot Industry April Estrellon/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: The Legal Issues of Hawaii’s Medi-Pot Industry

As Hawaii moves to put in place medical marijuana dispensaries, legal challenges remain. Legal experts talk about what's going on.
Pod Squad: A Well-Traveled Journalist Lands in Honolulu Marina Riker/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: A Well-Traveled Journalist Lands in Honolulu

New Civil Beat Managing Editor Bob Ortega talks about his hopes for investigative reporting in the islands.
Pod Squad: Who’s More Local? The Discussion Has Just Begun Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Who’s More Local? The Discussion Has Just Begun

Defining "local" in Hawaii is highly subjective, but exploring the question proves enlightening.
Pod Squad: ACLU Says It’s on ‘Solid’ Legal Footing in Fighting Sweeps Marina Riker/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: ACLU Says It’s on ‘Solid’ Legal Footing in Fighting Sweeps

A lawyer representing the homeless says the city violates the Constitution by immediately confiscating and in most cases destroying possessions.
Pod Squad: Rep. Chris Lee Explains Why He’s Against the NextEra Deal Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Rep. Chris Lee Explains Why He’s Against the NextEra Deal

The proposed merger of the state's largest utility with a Florida-based power company has everybody talking, including our Pod Squad.