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.

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Flickr - Averain

Alternatives to Obamacare; Outlook for Maui’s Sugar Workers; Mandating Tax Return Disclosure for Presidential Candidates


Flickr - Mrs. Gemstone

Outlook for Good Governance; Healthcare Reform in Hawaii; Jazz of Lenore Raphael


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Shining A Light on Abortion; Can Honolulu’s Rail Project Be Turned Around? Crickets as the Sustainable Food of the Future


Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit

Women’s Issues in the Legislature; Budget Priorities for Honolulu; Science Fiction and Sea Level Rise


2017 Legislative Preview; Coffee Berry Borer Arrives on Maui; The Tangled Web of an On Screen Romance


Flickr - USDAgov

Getting Kids Excited About School Lunch; Hamakua Development Plan; Game of Thrones the Musical; Americana in the Atherton


Wikimedia Commons

Future of OHA; Hawaii Teachers Cleared for Field Trips; Dancing While Pregnant


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Hawaii After the Affordable Care Act; Power of Unconventional Thinking; Exploring Color and Age on Stage


Open Source Photos

The Fight to Recognize MLK Day; Women’s Solidarity March; Green Development in Kailua-Kona


AP/Carolyn Kaster

History of Japan-Hawaii Relations; Reaction to Homeless Mapping; After School Program for Adults


Honolulu Homeless Crisis

Controversial Homeless Map; Community Approach to Business; Garden Isle Coral Garden


Wikimedia Commons

A Push to Increase Electric Car Use; Veterans Affairs Wishlist; Artist Heather Brown


Flickr - Ken Lund

Challenge to DHHL Funding Request; Taking Mental Health First Aid Mainstream; Campus Based Education Initiative; Cancer Support Group


Pexels

The Conversation Staff Favorites from 2016


Public Domain Pictures

Economic Winners and Losers of 2017; HIS Needs Your Help in the Effort Against Homelessness; Train Your Brain to Improvise


Youtube

Mental Illness vs Holiday Blues; Significance of Japanese PM Visit to Hawaii; 2016’s Top Films Come to Maui


Pixabay

Unemployment Predictions for 2017; HPD Chief Kealoha Suspended; Making a Living as a Musician


Flickr - Sergey Galyonkin

The Value of Humility; Signing Off From the Farm; Surfer Musician Tom Curren


Flickr - King Damus

Statewide Effort Against Cancer; Pesticide Lawsuit; Local Band Makes it Big


Pixabay

Divergent Electricity Rates; 2017 Economic Forecast; Stories from Desert Storm; Sports Photography  


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Lessons in Tourism from Other Indigenous Groups; Millennials in the Arab World; Tobacco and Hawaii’s Kids


Flickr - Souvid Datta

Addiction in America; Truth About Open Government; The Art of Film Editing


Drinking Water Well Protection on Maui; Go Behind the Headlines with Neal Conan; UH Students Take on Cyber Security


Kotzebue ShoreZone

Lessons on Climate Change Displacement from Alaska; Using Business Ethics to Foster Peace; Holiday Music from Willow Chang


Pixabay

New Food Safety Rules; Balancing Multiple Education Reforms; The Last Samurai, Toshiro Mifune


Wikimedia Commons

Telemedicine and The Last Job in Hawaii; Exploring the Undersea Remains of WWII; The Creation of a New Musical Instrument  


Wikimedia Commons

One Family’s Story from an Internment Camp; Remembering Contributions of Nisei Veterans; Tales of the 442nd Infantry Regiment


Perspective on Pearl Harbor; News Analysis from Neal Conan; Upcoming Holiday Music Performances


Wikipedia

21st Century Cures Act; Possible Conclusion to Peter Boy Case; Go For Broke: The Story of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team


Pixabay

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


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