The Conversation

Weekdays 8:00-9:00 am

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 and Taylor Rice is the Production Assistant.



The Conversation
10:45 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Kahoolawe Bills; Symphony of the Soil; Pesticide Bills; Children’s Book Writing Conference

Symphony of the Soil

Tuesday, March 3rd – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Kahoolawe Bills: Michael Naho'opi'i

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10:21 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Science Education; Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom; Wild Fires; Annie Get Your Gun

Credit Wikipedia Commons

Monday, March 2nd – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Science Education: Amy Shachter

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10:56 am
Fri February 27, 2015

UHERO State Forecast; East of Sun, West of Moon; Net Neutrality; Sufi Dance Retreat

CoCo Wiel, Director of the Hawaii Theatre Center’s production of East of the Sun and West of the Moon.
Credit Taylor Rice

Friday, February 27th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

UHERO State Forecast Update: Byron Gangnes

The UHERO update on the state's economic forecast is out today and although the spotlight falls on a flattened tourism sector and low inflation, there are other parts of the picture worth noting. UHERO Senior Research Fellow, Byron Gangnes, joined the show with a look at the report and its findings.

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11:23 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Eyewitness Procedures Bill; California Celts; Hawaii Election Campaign Fund; Read Across Kauai

California Celts

Wednesday, February 25th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

HB147, Eyewitness Procedures: William Harrison

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10:42 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Hemp Growing Project; First Female F-18 Pilot; SB992; Lā‘ieikawai

Credit University of Hawaii

Tuesday, February 24th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Hemp Growing Project: Dr. Ako

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12:19 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Activity Desk Bill; Doug Fitch; Waikiki Beach Restoration Tax; Art Installation

Doug Fitch

Monday, February 23rd – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

HB723, Activity Desks: Toni Marie Davis

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12:16 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Kauai South Shore Plan; Waltah The Worm; Sex Trafficking Bill; E Pili Kakou I Ho`okahi Lahui

Waltah the Worm and Friends

Friday, February 20th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Kauai South Shore Plan: Louie Abrams

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10:38 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Capitalism vs. The Climate; Lunar New Year Music; GMO Labelling Bill; Matilda’s Waltz

Naomi Klein, 2015 Dai Ho Chun Distinguished Chair in Arts & Sciences at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa.

Thursday, February 19th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Capitalism vs. The Climate: Naomi Klein

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10:36 am
Wed February 18, 2015

The Long View; Youth of the Year Competition; Energy Bills; Vision Board Workshop

Kaheawa Wind Farm
Credit Wikipedia Commons

Wednesday, February 18th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

The Long View: Neal Milner

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