The Conversation

Weekdays 8:00-9:00 am on HPR-2

Whether you live in our state or far from our shores, you’ll know what’s happening in Hawaii with a daily hour of live talk about public affairs, ideas, culture and the arts. Guests from in and outside of Hawaii with a perspective on the islands and cohosts Beth-Ann Kozlovich and Chris Vandercook sit down weekday mornings at 8 HST on HPR-2, streamed live and archived on Every day brings a Reality Check with,  a cross-section of international news from sources including NPR, the BBC World Service and Deutsche Welle, and a Backyard Quiz so you can test your knowledge of Hawaii’s history, geography, myth, music and more. Often you’ll hear mini-musical performances by local and visiting artists, some composed right on the spot. There’s never just one definitive discussion and there are always ongoing layers to The Conversation.  

The show made its debut on Monday, February 14, 2011 and Talk Show Executive Producer Beth-Ann Kozlovich says “the whole point is to get away from Oahu-centric stories and talk about our state as one state with many faces, facets and interests.”

Have something to say? Send a comment, conversation suggestion or a Backyard Quiz to You can also reach us on our new talkback line at 808-792-8217. It will record your comments about the show and then on Fridays we'll play some of them on the air.

Lillian Tsang is the producer, Taylor Rice and Katelind Ikuma are the Production Assistants.

The Conversation is currently seeking a Production Assistant. Application details here.

Hawaii Theatre

Intentional Philanthropy; Dana Land; HB2636; Noodle Doodle Box

Intentional Philanthropy: Tracy Gary 


HB1739; “Fire Is Ours” by Makana; NOAA Livestream of Papahānumokuākea Marine National Monument; Maui Pops Orchestra’s Winter Fantasy Pops

HB1739: Bill Hoshijo

Global Leadership and Sustainability; Roberto Zucco​; The Future of Food; Comfortably Unaware

Global Leadership and Sustainability: Dr. Neal Lane


The Long View with Neal Milner; Comedy Hypnosis; Tax Bills; La‘ieikawai

The Long View: Neal Milner

SB2987; Award Winning Poet - Rajiv Mohabir; From the Farm with Neal Conan; Partners In Time

SB2987: Mayor Billy Kenoi

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Threaten Native Silverswords; HTY's The Tiny Trees; School Psychologist License; Waimea Rodeo

Shifting Climate Patterns Threatening Native Silverswords: Dr. Paul Krushelnycky

Wikipedia Commons

Medical Marijuana and Dispensary Bills; Polo in Hawai‘i; Charter School Bills; Hawai‘i Mural Arts

Medical Marijuana and Dispensary Bills: Dr. Sue Sisley

Wikipedia Commons

Housing Bills; Jazz Musician Dee Dee Bridgewater; Wrongful Incarceration; Block Printing Workshop

Housing Bills: Greg Payton

Na Kama Kai

Preventing Drowsy Driving; Mississippi Blues; Big Ocean Think Tank; Na Wahine Alii

Preventing Drowsy Driving: Dr. Matthew Uhles

Check-In Keiki/Kapuna Caucus; Chinatown Mardi Gras; From the Farm with Neal Conan; Waimea Town Celebration

Keiki/Kupuna Caucus Check-in: Senator Susie Chun-Oakland