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PBS Hawaiʻi Programs

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Air Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020, 8:00pm
COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi: Re-Opening of Business INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI
This program looks at the re-opening of some businesses, under new guidelines. Is the State safely moving toward a new normal? Guests included Lt. Gov. Josh Green; House Speaker Scott Saiki; a representative from the Hawaiʻi Restaurant Association; and an infectious disease expert.

Air Date: Thursday, May 14, 2020, 8:00pm
COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi: Resources INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI
This program looks at the plight of workers and small businesses. Many residents and small businesses were already having a tough time making ends meet before the coronavirus outbreak and government shutdowns. Now, with only select businesses allowed to reopen and the tourism industry on hold, tens of thousands of residents face an uncertain financial future. How do you plan when your resources are so stretched? How do you commit to a loan you don’t know you can repay?

Air Date: Thursday, May 7, 2020, 8:00pm
COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi: Hawaiʻi’s Economic Recovery INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI
In this program we hear from key State lawmakers on coronavirus. At the start of the year, lawmakers had high hopes of addressing Hawaiʻi’s affordable housing crisis, increasing the minimum wage and creating tax breaks for the working class. Early education for Pre-K students also was on the wish list. Then the new coronavirus took over. Now the focus is on how to recover from an economic meltdown while keeping Hawaiʻi’s people healthy. Guests included: State Senate Ways and Means Chair Donovan Dela Cruz, House Finance Chair Sylvia Luke and Hawaiʻi Island Representative Richard Onishi of the House Select Committee on COVID-19 Economic and Financial Preparedness.

Air Date: Thursday, April 30, 2020, 8:00pm
COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi: Where To Go For Help INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI
COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi continues to dominate discussions and this program centered around the economic fallout from the government-ordered lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus reverberates throughout the Islands. There’s a pressing demand for services by nonprofits serving people who are going hungry, experiencing domestic abuse or suffering in other ways. What resources are available, and where do people go for help?

Air Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020, 8:00pm
COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi: Hawaiʻi’s Four County Mayors INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI
This program includes a special 90-minute edition with Hawaiʻi’s four County Mayors who answered questions about the battle against COVID-19. The mayors each issued orders and directives designed to keep their constituents safe from the coronavirus. Hear the similarities and differences between how each county is handling the disease including how messaging is delivered to the public.

Air Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020, 8:00pm
COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi: Unemployment, Education, Health INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI
In this program we assembled guests in key areas to help viewers understand the effects of the coronavirus. Guests included: Scott Murakami, State Labor Department Director; Dr. Christina Kishimoto, State Schools Superintendent; Dr. Philip Bossert, Hawaiʻi Association of Independent Schools; and Dr. Christina Wang, Hawaiʻi Health and Harm Reduction Center.

Air Date: Thursday, April 9, 2020, 8:00pm
COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi: How Prepared Are We for COVID-19? INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI
In this program we asked, “How prepared is Hawaiʻi’s health-care system for the rising number of cases in the Islands? Are there enough hospital beds, ventilators and protective equipment? How do we cope with the stress this crisis has created? Where do thousands of unemployed workers find resources to pay rent, utilities and other bills that are due?”

Air Date: Thursday, April 2, 2020, 8:00pm
COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi: Managing COVID-19 INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI
With the Islands’ #1 goal to slow the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus, this program focuses on managing COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi. Residents of the state have mostly settled into a stay-home “lockdown,” and visitor traffic is mostly kapu. How long does an infected person stay contagious? Is Hawaiʻi’s supply line for food and other products secure? How are we protecting elders?

Air Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020, 8:00 pm
It has been less than three months since reports of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China first made international headlines. With worldwide cases growing significantly every day, the World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. In this program we ask, “What are we doing as a community to inform and protect Hawaiʻi’s people? We know that testing has been woefully inadequate, but are there other important things that we should be doing that we’re not?”


National Programs

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Air Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 10:00 pm
FRONTLINE: Inside Italy’s COVID War
Inside a hospital battling COVID-19 in Northern Italy, as doctors make life and death decisions. The intimate, exclusive story of one besieged ER doctor, her staff and patients, from the darkest days to the signs of hope.

Air Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 9:00 pm
NOVA: Decoding COVID-19
The coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 has upended life as we know it in a matter of mere months. But at the same time, an unprecedented global effort to understand and contain the virus—and find a treatment for the disease it causes—is underway. Join the doctors on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19 as they strategize to stop the spread, and meet the researchers racing to develop treatments and vaccines. Along the way, discover how this devastating disease emerged, what it does to the human body, and why it exploded into a pandemic.

Air Date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 9:00 pm
FRONTLINE: Coronavirus Pandemic
FRONTLINE investigates the U.S. response to COVID-19 – from Washington state to Washington, D.C. – and examines what happens when politics and science collide.

Air Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020, 9:00 pm
Confronting Coronavirus: A PBS NewsHour Special will focus on health precautions for individuals and the public-at-large as well as the pandemic’s economic impact both in the United States and globally. This special, anchored by NewsHour managing editor Judy Woodruff, will include interviews with officials and a virtual town hall with curated questions from people across America.

Air Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 9:30 pm
FRONTLINE: The Virus: What Went Wrong?
As COVID-19 spread from Asia to the Middle East to Europe, why was the U.S. caught so unprepared? Despite repeated warnings of a potent contagion headed our way, America’s leaders failed to prepare and protect us. Why and who is accountable?


Coronavirus Resources

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Below please find access to Coronavirus resources from PBS Hawaiʻi and our affiliates. Together, in partnership with our community-at-large, we will continue to serve you with information during these unsettling times.

Latest Reporting on the Coronavirus

What You Should Know

How to Talk To your Children About Coronavirus

How to Wear and Make Your own Mask


Latest Local News

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Honolulu City and County


Maui County

Kauai County

Hawai‘i County

Hawaiʻi Department of Health

Interisland Travel Quarantine Order


Latest National News

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National Institutes of Health

CDC: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization


Resources for Families

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The State of Hawaiʻi Executive Office on Early Learning