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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.
Pod Squad: The Battle Over Maunalua Bay Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: The Battle Over Maunalua Bay

Hawaii Kai residents are justifiably concerned about proposed new restrictions, says their state representative, Gene Ward.
Pod Squad: We Can Do Something About High Home Prices and Rents

Pod Squad: We Can Do Something About High Home Prices and Rents

Is it time to use tax penalties to go after the "people who are squandering the housing stock" by allowing homes to sit empty?