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
10:06 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Overview of Education Bills; Bald Soprano; Fahrenheit 73

Fahrenheit 73

Friday, April 17th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Overview of Education Bills: Jim Shon

  Jim Shon is the Director of the Hawai‘i Educational Policy Center at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. He was a Hawai‘i state legislator for 12 years, developed curriculum at the University of Hawai‘i, and served as the Executive Director of the Charter School Administrative Office.

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The Conversation
10:21 am
Thu April 16, 2015

TMT Protests; Earth Day 2015; Music of the Himalayas

Kumu hula Māpuana deSilva leads Hālau Mōhala 'Ilima as they dance 9,200 feet above sea level, atop Mauna Kea.
Credit Molly Solomon

Thursday, April 16th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

TMT Protests: Shelley Muneoka

Shelley Muneoka is a lifelong residence of He`eia, O`ahu and has a Master's in Social Work. She has been following the Mauna Kea and TMT issue since 2010 when she worked at KAHEA as a community educator. She is active in the community following issues of Hawaiian independence, food justice, militarism and land struggles.

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The Conversation
9:46 am
Wed April 15, 2015

The Long View; Beauty and the Beast; travel2change

Beauty and the Beast

Wednesday, April 15th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

The Long View: Neal Milner

Over the past few days, presidential campaigns have begun in earnest with a boatload of Republicans as well as Hillary Clinton declaring their candidacies. Today political analyst, Neal Milner, has a couple of suggestions for bringing some kind of order out of the chaos... and it starts with remembering some of the fundamentals of the long view.

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The Conversation
10:38 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Ernie Pyle Memorial Foundation; Romance Novelist; Income Group Tax Cuts; Men In Grey Suits

Return of the Cnidarians by Men In Grey Suits

Tuesday, April 14th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Ernie Pyle Memorial Foundation: Jerry Maschino

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The Conversation
9:44 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Equal Pay Day; Romeo and Juliet; Rezoning Ho`opili; Turtle-rific Thursday

Romeo and Juliet
Credit Hawaii Theatre

Monday, April 13th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Equal Pay Day 2015: Cathy Betts

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The Conversation
10:44 am
Fri April 10, 2015

SB64; You Are What You Breathe, Eat, and Drink; Debit and Credit Card Security; Kauai Island Singers

Songs of Time and Place Flyer

Friday, April 10th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

SB64, Preschool Open Doors Program: Jeannine Souki

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The Conversation
11:03 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Methamphetamine; Fashion/Music Event; Alii Place Purchase; Walk on the Wild Side

Alii Place
Credit Jim Steinhart

Thursday, April 9th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Methamphetamine: Georgianna Decosta

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The Conversation
1:08 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

DLNR Nomination; D’Arranged Marriage; Bullying Bill; Art of Trash

Rajeev Varma, star of D’Arranged Marriage

Wednesday, April 8th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Suzanne Case, DLNR Nomination: Donna Wong

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The Conversation
12:38 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Emergent Workforce Expert; Appomattox; SB737; Hanamatsuri Flower Festival

Robert E. Lee signing surrender documents at Appomattox Court House
Credit Wikipedia Commons

Tuesday, April 7th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Emergent Workforce Expert: Carleen MacKay

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The Conversation
9:42 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Mark Takai - 100 Days in Office; Where The Mountain Meets The Moon; Navy Training Lawsuit; HIFF

HIFF Spring Showcase Opening Night Film - A Samurai Chronicle

Monday, April 6th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

100 Days in Office: Congressman Mark Takai

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