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.”

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Lillian Tsang is the producer and Taylor Rice is the Production Assistant.



The Conversation
3:02 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Caregiving; Santa on Kauai; Equality in Women's Sports; Na Mele o na Keiki

Na Mele o na Keiki
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Friday, November 28th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

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Caregiving: Gerry Silva

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9:47 am
Wed November 26, 2014

The Long View; "Places" Poetry Event; Pahoa Lava Flow; "Joker"

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Wednesday, November 26th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

The Long View: Neal Milner

We often talk about the incivility that's seemingly part of daily speech. But is it really Incivility or something deeper? Recent research says what we have here is outrage talk and it's coming at us in the media about 90% of the time. Contributing editor Neal Milner has a look at it and puts it into the perspective of The Long View.

Intro Music: Contusions by Lack of Afro

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12:46 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Homeless Father; Hawaiian Independence Day; Immigration; Maui-Based Fine Artist

Golden Trail by Dario Campanile
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Tuesday, November 25th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Homeless Father Update: Diana Kim

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10:40 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Big Eye Tuna Lawsuit; Interfaith Thanksgiving; Cesspool Conversion; "We Need A Little Christmas..."

Catch of Big Eye Tuna
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Monday, November 24th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Big Eye Tuna Overfishing Lawsuit: David Henkin

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10:32 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Arizona Memorial Lawsuit; Sports Photography; Hawai`i Fashion Month Update; Allison Adams Tucker

Peter Read Miller Football Photo
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Friday, November 21st – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Arizona Memorial Ticketing Issues and Lawsuit: John Landrysmith

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11:07 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Rally to Veto Bill 48; Ukulele Guild Exhibition; Youth Homelessness; Midtown Men

David Lawrence
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Thursday, November 20th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Rally Mayor Caldwell to Veto Bill 48: Kathy Xian

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12:24 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

UH Policy Decisions; "A Cup of Java"; Child Homelessness; Surf Art and Surfers Art Festival

Surf Art and The Surfer Art Festival
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Wednesday, November 19th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Student Opinion on UH Policy Decisions: Bret Polopolus-Meredith

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10:48 am
Tue November 18, 2014

"Gay Gene" Study; Rakugo Show; Ocean Warming; Ecopoetry

Rock'n the Holidays with Rakugo!
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Tuesday, November 18th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Genetics & Sexual Orientation/”Gay Gene” Study: Dean Hamer

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10:32 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Agriculture Issues; Jonathan Korth and Zuill Bailey; Net Neutrality; "Defiance"

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Monday, November 17th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

New Senate Agriculture Committee Chair: Senator Russell Ruderman

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9:58 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Jams World Day; Food Irradiation; Affordable Housing; Mo'olelo Storytelling Festival

Jams World Men's Retro Shirt
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Friday, November 14th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Jams World Day: Mark Tsuda

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