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
11:39 am
Mon May 4, 2015

UN Human Rights Review; Youth Improv Camp; Kumu Hina; Lihue History

Kumu Hina

Monday, May 4th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

UN Human Rights Review of the U.S.: Joshua Cooper

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10:03 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Good Government Bills; Fall of Vietnam; Dignity of Aging and Caregiving; Fantasy Fiction

Cold Magic by Kate Elliott

Friday, May 1st – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Good Government Legislative Bills: Brian Black

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9:59 am
Thu April 30, 2015

TMT and Mauna Kea; Shakespeare Competition; Neal Conan Becomes a Farmer; Author, Doug Corleone

Sarah Spalding
Credit Mid-Pacific Institute

Thursday, April 30th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

TMT and Mauna Kea Conversation: Williamson Chang

Williamson Chang is a Professor at Richardson School of Law. He teaches Conflict of Laws, Jurisprudence, Legal Practice, Legal Aspects of Water Resources in Hawai‘i, and Business Associations. His op-ed related to Mauna Kea and the TMT appears in the Hawaii Independent.

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10:58 am
Wed April 29, 2015

The Long View; Science Camps; 3rd Christopher Deedy Trial; Maui District High School Band Festival

The King Kekaulike High School “Na Ali'i Pride” Marching Band

Wednesday, April 29th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

The Long View: Neal Milner

We talk a lot about lobbying and the effect of big money. Often it seems as if they have operated in the same way for a long time.  But lobbying and big money influence have changed dramatically over the past fifteen years... and it looks as if conservatives may be doing a better job than liberals. Our contributing editor Neal Milner took a look and has a report for the long view.

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10:52 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Unfair Labor Practice Charges; Botanical Garden; Homelessness; Hawaii For Hawaii Concert

The Rough Riders - John Cruz, Henry Kapono, and Brother Noland

Tuesday, April 28th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Aston Waikiki Unfair Labor Practice Charges: Alan Piiohia

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11:47 am
Mon April 27, 2015

Prison Legislation; Fermented Algae; “Who Owns” Article; 7th Annual OluKai Ho’olaule’a

OluKai Ho’olaule’a

Monday, April 27th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Prison Legislation Overview: Chas Williams

This month, several attempts by inmates to escape from furlough work programs have brought controversy to whether (and how) inmates should be monitored. Some of those escapees are the clients of the WorkNet program. Among their projects, WorkNet has been the on-site vocational specialists for Laumaka Furlough Center for more than 10 years. Chas Williams is the Founder and Executive Director of WorkNet.

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10:07 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Neighborhood Board Elections; Stolen and Looted Art Returned; Creative Agroforestry Kauai

Special agent Brenton Easter, Stephan Jost, and curator of Asian art, Shawn Eichman, with some of the stolen and looted artifacts prior to their return.
Credit Honolulu Museum of Art

Friday, April 24th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Neighborhood Board Elections and All-digital Voting: Nicole Velasco

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10:16 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Homelessness; Second Annual Kauai Writers Conference; Climate Predictability Report

Impact of Atlantic Ocean warming on tropical global atmospheric circulation and the Pacific Ocean.
Credit University of Hawaii

Thursday, April 23rd – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Homelessness Count, Breaking Down the Numbers: Colin Kippen

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10:47 am
Wed April 22, 2015

WalletHub Eco-friendly States Report; Shen Yun; Valley Isle Bonsai Club

Shen Yun

Wednesday, April 22nd – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

WalletHub Eco-friendly States Report: Jill Gonzalez

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10:50 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Realities of Rezoning Ho`opili; Hawaii Women in Filmmaking; Foods for the Elderly Symposium

Hawaii Women in Filmmaking

Tuesday, April 21st – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Realities of Rezoning Ho`opili: Kioni Dudley

Kioni Dudley is a community activist and retired educator. As president of the Friends of Makakilo, he is an Intervenor before the Land Use Commission and opposes the Ho’opili development. He is also the leader of Save O’ahu Farmlands Alliance.

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