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
1:46 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

The Long View; Lāhainā Noon; Strategy for Combating the Islamic State; TEDxMaui 2014

Lāhainā Noon
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Wednesday, September 17th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

The Long View, Capstone Discussion on Inequality: Neal Milner

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10:36 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Indigenous People's Land Rights; Hawaii Opera Theatre; Land Sales on Kaua`i; Screwbuki

Garrick Paikai from Screwbuki with Chris Vandercook
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Tuesday, September 16th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Indigenous People's Land Rights: Toby McLeod

Toby McLeod is Project Director of Earth Island Institute’s Sacred Land Film Project. He has been working with indigenous communities as a filmmaker, journalist, and photographer for three decades. The four part series Standing on Sacred Ground screens at the UHM Art Auditorium on September 16 and 18.

Intro Music:  Journey – Dance by David Hudson

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9:24 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Agricultural Technology; Kaua`i PowWow; Sand Island Homeless Camp; Emma's Last Dance

Emma's Last Dance

Monday, September 15th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Innovative Agriculture Technology: Vincent Kimura

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12:46 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Affordable Housing; Abstract Magazine; Lava Flow; YWCA

Abstract Magazine
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Friday, September 12th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Affordable Housing: Harrison Rue

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10:59 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Disaster Preparedness Fair; Kapa'a History Book; Sharing Economy; Pailolo Challenge

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Thursday, September 11th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Community Building and Disaster Preparedness: Wes Oda

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12:16 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

"From Me To You"; COPD; HSO and The Blaisdell; "Am I Black Enough For You?"

Blaisdell Concert Hall
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Wednesday, September 10th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

"From Me to You”: Craig Howes

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10:20 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Tern Island Assessment; Elderly Care; Yes on 4; NEST Sculpture

Garbage Collected at Tern Island
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Tuesday, September 9th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Tern Island Assesment: Jared Blumenfeld

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11:12 am
Mon September 8, 2014

King Street Bicycle Track; Lecture on David Douglas; Arizona Memorial Ticketing; "Ruined"

Outline of New Bicycle Track
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Monday, September 8th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

King Street Bicycle Track: Mike Formby

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9:53 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Energy Auction; Aloha Got Soul; Sand Island Homeless Village; The Alohahas

Cover of Pupu Mix by Aloha Got Soul
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Friday, September 5th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Energy Auction: John Rei

If you or your company had the chance to compete for funding to offset the cost of an energy-saving project, you might consider it, wouldn't you? Hawaii Energy has $2.1 million available... and since Labor Day weekend individuals and companies have been clamoring for a slice. John Rei is the Operations Manager at Hawaii Energy and he joined the show with a little encouragement.

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10:27 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Religious Harrassment Case; Eddie Wen' Go; Longevity Research; Slam Poet Mike McGee

Eddie Wen' Go Book Cover
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Thursday, September 4th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Religious Harrassment Case: Bill Hoshijo

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