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, Taylor Rice is the Production Assistant, and Mark Sakamoto is the summer intern.



The Conversation
10:19 am
Mon July 21, 2014

June Unemployment Stats; MAPA's Cinderella; Cable Merger Hearings; Restoring Kalaupapa Family Ties

Monday, July 21st – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

June State Unemployment Numbers: Kalani Morse

As you may have heard over the weekend, the state's unemployment rate was still hovering at its August 2008 level, 4.4%. What did change was the total number of jobs held by Hawaii's workforce - down 23 hundred from May of this year. While the numbers tell one story, the people can tell another. For a look at what one HR firm sees behind the figures, Kalani Morse, VP of Human Resources for the Hawaii Group, joined us by phone today.

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The Conversation
9:34 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Net Neutrality Update; Floral Design; Deedy Mistrial Ruling; Bailey House Bicentennial

Friday, July 18th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

FCC/Net Neutrality Update: Michael Copps

If anyone wondered if the American public understood or cared about net neutrality, that question is being put to rest by the one million plus comments sent to the FCC about its proposed rules.  One man who will say he told you so, and who is very glad to see the response is former FCC commissioner Michael Copps. He is again be traveling across America and he joined us this morning by phone from Washington, D.C.

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