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April Estrellon

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.
Pod Squad: Straight Talk With NextEra Energy Execs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Straight Talk With NextEra Energy Execs

Cutting through the rhetoric behind the proposed $4.3 billion merger of Hawaiian Electric with Florida's NextEra Energy
Pod Squad: Expanding Hawaii State Hospital ‘Long Overdue’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Expanding Hawaii State Hospital ‘Long Overdue’

A top Health Department official talks about how an improved facility in Kanoehe could benefit the entire state.
Pod Squad: Talking Medi-Pot With a Potential Dispensary Operator Chad Blair/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Talking Medi-Pot With a Potential Dispensary Operator

Eight business licenses will soon be up for grabs to grow medical marijuana and operate Hawaii's first dispensaries.
Pod Squad: The TMT Battle and the Native Hawaiian Leadership Void Marina Riker/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: The TMT Battle and the Native Hawaiian Leadership Void

Peter Apo joins the podcast to talk about his support for the controversial telescope project atop Mauna Kea.
Pod Squad: Looking Behind the ‘Facade’ at Vacant Public Housing Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Looking Behind the ‘Facade’ at Vacant Public Housing

While some state-run apartment complexes look good from the front, there may be vacant units in back awaiting major maintenance work.
Pod Squad: ‘Down-and-Dirty History of Planning’ in Honolulu Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: ‘Down-and-Dirty History of Planning’ in Honolulu

The sprawling, unplanned development that was panned in the 1930s continues to this day in Hawaii's biggest city, says columnist Curt Sanburn.