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 co-hosts Beth-Ann Kozlovich and Chris Vandercook sit down weekday mornings at 8 HST on HPR-2, heard on Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i (KIPM 89.7 FM, KIPH 88.3 FM (Hana)); West Hawai‘i (KIPM 89.7 FM and KHPH 88.7 FM); the newest station in south Hawai‘i (KAHU 91.7 FM); O‘ahu and Kaua‘i (KIPO 89.3 FM; KIPL 89.9 FM). HPR is streamed live and archived on hawaiipublicradio.org. Every day brings a Reality Check with CivilBeat.com,  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 talkback@hawaiipublicradio.org. You can also reach us on our talkback line at 808-792-8217. Remember to tell us your name and where you're from. Share your comments about the show in a short 30-second message and then on Fridays we'll play some of them on the air.

Lillian Tsang is the producer, Ryan Finnerty and Russell Subiono are the Production Assistants.

Click the photos for individual stories and their audio!

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Pushback Against Industrial Composting in Hilo; Preempting Discrimination and Harassment in Hawaii; Behind the Scenes of Big Wave Surfing


Flickr

State of HIV/AIDS in Hawaii; Challenges in Adapting Fair Labor Standards Act; From The Top Comes to Hawaii


Pexels

Roots of Racism; Central Oahu Transportation Study; William Finnegan’s Barbarian Days


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Maui Moves to Ban Styrofoam; News Analysis from Neal Conan; Craft of Comedy


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On the Ground at COP22; Virtual Reality in Education; Mentoring Young Performers


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Does Black Friday Still Have An Impact? Small Business Saturday; Fairy Tales Galore on the Big Island; Summer Music from Kauha’a


Pinterest

The Last Job in Hawaii - Foodservice; Disney’s Moana: Service or Disservice?; Local 12-Year Old Pianist Joins ‘From The Top’


Flickr - Anthony Quintano

Feeding Hawaii Together Facing Closure; Trump Transition Troubles; Behind the Scenes of the Honolulu Marathon; Toys for Tots Holiday Concert


Outlook for Hawaii Democrats; Recording Family History with the Great Thanksgiving Listen; Understanding Acting Great Marlon Brando


Wikimedia Commons

Hilo Homelessness Update; “The Ghosts of Hiroshima”; State House Leadership Shakeup; Opioid Addiction; Lyman Museum

Wikipedia

The Future of Hawaii’s GOP; Local Powerlifter Sets Sights on the Olympics; Painting Workshop


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The Politics of Resentment; Hawaii Island Sweet Potatoes Under Threat;  Hawaii Kids on ‘From The Top’


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Drawbacks of Digital Journalism; Forming the Trump Administration;  Sounds of French Pop; The Story of Elephant Man


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Hawaiians at Standing Rock; Anti-Trump Protests Come to Hawaii; ‘School of Rock’ on Kauai


New Jersey State Library

Preserving the Stories of Veterans; Benefits of Mandatory Service; Remembering the Value of American Citizenship


Noah Matteucci

Will State Government Be the Last Job in Hawaii? The Business of Fashion in Hawaii; Spotlighting the Glass Ceiling in the Film Industry


Rodney White/The Des Moines Register

America’s Way Forward; Electoral Lessons from the 2016 Election; Saving Bhutan’s Sacred Scrolls


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The Race for OHA; Final Thoughts on the Election; A True Paniolo Legend Comes to Stage

  

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An Insider’s Look at the Fishing Industry; Lackluster Results from Cyber Charter Schools; Hawaii’s Unique View of Family


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Mental Health Problems for Military Spouses; Remembering Hawaiian Activist and Scholar Kanalu Young; A Modern Take on the Greek Classic Antigone


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Growing Teachers on Kauai; Affordable Housing on Hawaiian Homelands; Hawaii's Own Special Effects and Animation Studio

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Exploring the Electoral College; 2017 Outlook for Social Security; Teaching Tolerance to Children Through Theater


Flickr - Beth Cortez-Neavel

Presidential Race Down to the Wire; Online Pro-Bono Legal Service Seeks to Narrow Justice Gap; Helping the Intellectually Disabled be a Part of Society


Flickr - James Brennan

Ministering to Foreign Fisherman; Real Hawaiian Ghost Story; Hawaiians in the Media


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Gaps in Childcare Assistance; Hawaii Farm Bureau Convention; Saving Seabirds on Kauai


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Planned Parenthood Turns 100; HAPA Schedules Series of Intimate Shows; An Alternative to Dealing with Feral Cats


The Last Job in Hawaii; Staying Ahead of Climate Change; Exploring the Creative Process

 

   

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Addressing Abuses in Fishing Industry; Appalachia on Stage; Post-Election America; Farming as Therapy


Wikimedia Commons

Balancing Development and Culture; Choosing a Candidate Made Easy; History Through the Arts


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  If you’ve walked through Oahu’s Kaka'ako area, you know the place looks a lot different these days. Look around and you’ll see high rise and mixed use buildings under construction for a planned neighborhood, with residential units, shops and restaurants.  The identity that’s also emerging isn’t happening by accident. The Ward Village project of the Howard Hughes Corporation is leaving the sense of place to Hilo artist Sig Zane.

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