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Podcast on Buzzsprout: There's More to Islands … OIA Conversations
#WhatWeDoIslands | There’s More to Islands …
OIA Conversations - Guarding the Ocean and Protecting Natural Resources in the Mariana Islands with MINA and Tasi Watch (www.buzzsprout.com)
With grant funding support from the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Insular Affairs, the Mariana Islands Nature Alliance (MINA) runs an ocean ranger program (Tasi Watch) and works with students to promote the protection of natural resources. Learn more about the MINA and their work in the Northern Mariana Islands in the full OIA Conversation with Program Manager Becky Furey.
OIA Conversations - Protecting Coral Reefs Against the Stony Tissue Loss Coral Disease in the U.S. Virgin Islands (youtu.be)
Coral reefs in the U.S. Virgin Islands are under attack from the Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease. With assistance from the Office of Insular Affairs, the USVI DPNR partners to save coral reefs which protect coastal resources and are home to vibrant fisheries resources, providing food and bolstering tourism industries in the territory.
OIA Conversations – Pohnpei Public Radio keeps listeners in Pohnpei and overseas informed and entertained. (www.buzzsprout.com)
Pohnpei Public Broadcasting Corporation and the V6AH radio station’s Commissioner Peterson Sam shares how the radio station will be strengthened by funding support from the Office of Insular Affairs, the public service programs they provide, and how they serve the public in Pohnpei, the capital of the Federated States of Micronesia and people overseas.
OIA Conversations – Trina Leberer, Pacific Director of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) - an OIA Conversation (youtu.be)
Trina Leberer of The Nature Conservancy discusses work and collaborations in the freely associated states and and the Pacific U.S. territories. With a regional office on Guam, The Nature Conservancy has been active in the Micronesia region for over 30 years, helping inspire and support conservation efforts in the region.
OIA Conversations – New Veterans Affairs Senior Advisor Focuses on Veterans in the Pacific Islands (youtu.be)
Vivian Hutson, newly appointed Senior Advisor for Pacific Strategy at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, talks about her goal and mission to understand the needs of Asian American and Pacific Islander veterans, in particular in the Pacific Island areas.
OIA Conversations – Who Coordinates and Manages Federal Funds on Guam ? (www.buzzsprout.com)
How Guam manages millions in federal funds, Guam's latest bond rating of "stable", and reduced debt with Stephanie Flores, Administrator of the Guam State Clearing House.
OIA Conversations – How was the 2020 Census conducted in the U.S. territories ? (youtu.be)
How was the 2020 decennial census conducted in American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands? Meet Jennifer Kim, Ph.D., Assistant Division Chief at the U.S. Census Bureau, who discusses how it was conducted compared to the continental United States and the COVID-19 impacts on their work.
OIA Conversations – Motusaga and Valentine Vaeoso, CRAG and Coral Reef Management Fellowship (www.buzzsprout.com)
Sisters Motusaga and Valentine Vaeoso work for the Coral Reef Advisory Group, helping protect coral and ocean resources for their island home of American Samoa. They each belong to different cohorts of the National Coral Reef Management Fellowship program, funded by Interior's Office of Insular Affairs. These women celebrate the ocean every day, not just during the month of June.
OIA Conversations ¬– The Brown Tree Snake on Guam with Earl Campbell, Ph.D. (youtu.be)
Associate Regional Director at the National Park Service, Earl Campbell, Ph.D. tells of his early days with the Brown Tree Snake program and working on Guam. Learn more about the history of efforts to eradicate this invasive species, where it came from, how it has changed Guam, and the different team players who continue to work to mitigate its impact in the Pacific.
OIA Conversations – The Marshallese Educational Initiative in Northwest Arkansas (www.youtube.com)
MEI Co-Founder April Brown, Program Director Carlniss Jerry, and Program Specialist Benetick Maddison talk about their work bettering people's lives and bringing underserved communities together...
OIA Conversations – U.S. Coast Guard Captain (Ret.) William Marhoffer, Former Guam Sector Commander (www.buzzsprout.com)
Retired U.S. Coast Guard Captain and now Advisor to U.S. Coast Guard District 14, William Marhoffer talks with us about the scope and breadth of the U.S. Coast Guard's work in the Pacific and in the insular areas.
OIA Conversations - Highlight on Ocean Month with Nicole Yamase, the first Pacific Islander to Descend to the Challenger Deep (www.buzzsprout.com)
In honor of Ocean Month, OIA shares this OIA Conversation Highlight with Nicole Yamase, a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa is the first Pacific Islander to descend to the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench. She shares her thoughts on the Ocean and her gift from the expedition to the Department of the Interior Museum.
Interior Celebrates Native Hawai’ian and Pacific Islander Communities
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities make our nation more vibrant through a diversity of cultures, languages, and religions. The President’s Proclamation on Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Island Heritage Month is a call to reflect, as a nation, on these communities’ monumental contributions toward building and sustaining our country, our national character, and our rich heritage.
OIA Conversations – Gaafar Uherbelau, Palau’s Deputy Incident Commander COVID-19 Operations (youtu.be)
Uherbelau shares his work as part of a larger Palau team that has achieved herd immunity and navigates from being COVID-free to COVID-safe. He also discusses repatriations, a sterile corridor with Taiwan, and other issues.
OIA Conversations – U.S. Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia Carmen G. Cantor (youtu.be)
Ambassador Cantor shares her work towards strengthening United States and Micronesia relations while leading two Embassy teams from Guam. Stranded on Guam for months along with several Embassy staff, and residents of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Ambassador anticipates return to Pohnpei on the 1st humanitarian/repatriation flight provided by the U.S. Coast Guard in mid-May.
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