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April Estrellon

Pod Squad: ‘It’s Time For A Political Outsider’ Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: ‘It’s Time For A Political Outsider’

First-time candidate Larry Friedman says the public deserves higher ethical standards from its politicians.
Pod Squad: First He Got Frustrated, Then He Got In The Race For Mayor Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: First He Got Frustrated, Then He Got In The Race For Mayor

Political novice Ron Hochuli says satisfying special interests has left the city "in very dire straits."
Pod Squad: The Making Of ‘Electric Dreams’ Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: The Making Of ‘Electric Dreams’

Eric Pape discusses his ongoing series and how Hawaiian Electric's development parallels and impacts the history of the islands.
Pod Squad: Is Mayor Kirk Caldwell In Trouble? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Is Mayor Kirk Caldwell In Trouble?

Rail likely will loom large in the Honolulu mayoral race, which is bad news for the incumbent.
Pod Squad: Taking Down That ‘Pesky Paywall’

Pod Squad: Taking Down That ‘Pesky Paywall’

As it transitions to nonprofit status, Civil Beat makes its content free to everyone. But its editorial mission remains the same.
Pod Squad: Why Does It Take So Long To Get A Bill Passed?

Pod Squad: Why Does It Take So Long To Get A Bill Passed?

Reporters Chad Blair, Nick Grube and Nathan Eagle discuss the steeplechase process of getting bills through Hawaii's Legislature.
Pod Squad: Unveiling A New Civil Beat Podcasting Project Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Unveiling A New Civil Beat Podcasting Project

Civil Beat's latest podcasting effort, in conjunction with PRX, will bring stories from Hawaii to a national audience.
Pod Squad: Will 2017 Be The Breakthrough Year For Medical Aid in Dying? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Will 2017 Be The Breakthrough Year For Medical Aid in Dying?

It's been a high-profile issue in Hawaii since 1996, but advocates think next year could bring success at the Legislature.
Pod Squad: A Little A&B Sugar With That Coffee, Mr. Speaker? April Estrellon/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: A Little A&B Sugar With That Coffee, Mr. Speaker?

And that's a wrap -- the Legislature finishes another session. So what just happened?
Pod Squad: This Story On Teaching In Hawaii Has Gone Viral. What Gives? Anthony Quintano / Civil Beat

Pod Squad: This Story On Teaching In Hawaii Has Gone Viral. What Gives?

More than 100,000 people have read our story on whether it pays to be a teacher in Hawaii.
Pod Squad: Will We Ever Bring Our Inmates Home From Arizona? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Will We Ever Bring Our Inmates Home From Arizona?

The 3,000-mile distance between the islands and Saguaro exacts a heavy cost for inmates, their loved ones and the state.
Pod Squad: Uber-Taxi Legislative Battle Is Also A Culture Clash Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Pod Squad: Uber-Taxi Legislative Battle Is Also A Culture Clash

As they battle it out at Honolulu Hale and the Capitol, ride-hailing and taxi companies also vie for the hearts of riders.