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PBS Hawaiʻi Programs

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Air Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020, 8:00pm

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI: COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi 5|21|20

This week’s live televised public affairs discussion about COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi on INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI looks at the re-opening of some businesses, under new guidelines. Is the State safely moving toward a new normal? Join INSIGHTS’ statewide COVID-19 conversation with 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

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI: COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi 5|14|20

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI looks at the plight of workers and small businesses, in our continuing coverage of COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi. 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

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI: COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi 5|7|20

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI presses its coverage of COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi, this time seeking answers from key State lawmakers. 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. Join INSIGHTS’ statewide COVID-19 conversation with scheduled guests: 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

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI: COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi 4|30|20

COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi continues to dominate discussions on INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI. 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

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI: COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi 4|23|20

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI continues coverage on COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi with a special 90-minute edition with Hawaiʻi’s four County Mayors. Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Kauaʻi County Mayor Derek Kawakami, Hawaiʻi County Mayor Harry Kim and Maui County Mayor Mike Victorino and will appear live to answer questions about the battle against COVID-19. The mayors have each issued orders and directives designed to keep their constituents safe from the coronavirus. There are 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

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI: COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi 4|16|20

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI continues coverage of COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi, assembling guests in key areas to help viewers understand the effects of the coronavirus.

This week’s guests:
–Scott Murakami, State Labor Department Director
–Dr. Christina Kishimoto, State Schools Superintendent
–Dr. Philip Bossert, Hawaiʻi Association of Independent Schools
–Dr. Christina Wang, Hawaiʻi Health and Harm Reduction Center


Air Date: Thursday, April 9, 2020, 8:00pm

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI: COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi 4|9|20

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI has ongoing coverage of COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi. Every week, INSIGHTS is assembling guests in key areas to help viewers understand the effects of this spreading new coronavirus. 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

INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI: COVID-19 in Hawaiʻi 4|2|20

With the Islands’ #1 goal to slow the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus, INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI continues our coverage of 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? Join INSIGHTS’ statewide COVID-19 conversation.


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. 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? Find out, on INSIGHTS ON PBS HAWAIʻI as we discuss COVID-19: Stay Alert, Stay Informed, Stay Healthy.


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.

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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.

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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