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
9:42 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Economic Benefits of Low Birth Rate; Kuniko Yamamoto; Political Junkie; King Kaumuali'i

Kauai from Space

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

Economic benefits of Low Birth Rate: Andrew Mason

Maybe you don’t think a lot about the replacement rate, how new workers will take the place - and help fund the retirement, of an aging population. But UH economics professor and senior east-west senior fellow Andrew Mason does. He’s just co-authored a global study on the economic benefits of low birth rate and why three’s a sweet spot for the countries who can find it.

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9:46 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Mark Takai; Summit Fest; TS Ana Update; Library Fundraiser

The Hawaii State Library in Honolulu

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

Congressional Candidate: Mark Takai

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9:13 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Neal Milner; Playbuilders Submissions; Sculpting with Steve Turnbull

Steve Turnbull working on a piece
Credit Steve Turnbull

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

The Long View: Neal Milner

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10:56 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Endangered Snails; Earthquake Discussion; Domestic Violience in the Military; "Goldilocks"

Hawaii Tree Snail.
Credit David Sischo / Hawaii DLNR

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

Endangered Snails: David Sischo, DLNR

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12:10 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Hawaii/Japan Relations; Health Coach; Nutritional/Medical Health; Celebration 2014 Update

Einstein was fiercely individual and so are you.
Credit Hawaii Public Radio

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

Hawaii And Japan Relations: Irene Hirano Inouye

Not long after Japan’s triple disaster in March 2011, the U.S. - Japan Council in coordination with the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo launched The Tomodachi Initiative. Its purpose is to help young people engage in the business of going forward. This year’s conference happened over the weekend. Irene Hirano Inouye is President of the U.S.-Japan Council and administrates the Initiative.

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10:20 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Climate Change Research; The Fishing Club; A Portuguese Kitchen

The Fishing Club

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

Climate Change Research:  Camilo Mora

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10:21 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Breast Cancer; Talk Story Festival; Maui Coalition to Protect Local Families from Pesticides

Ruth Heidrich

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

Discussion of Breast Cancer Screening and Awareness: Ruth Heidrich

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10:50 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Constitutional Ballot Question 4; Chicken-Skin Stories; Latin Beat with Ray Cruz

Ray Cruz
Credit Hawaii Public Radio

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

Business Perspective, Constitutional Ballot Question #4: Keith Vierra

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10:01 am
Tue October 7, 2014

GSO on Lassner; Big Sing; Food Waste Conversion

Black Soldier Fly
Credit Wikipedia Commons

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

GSO on Lassner: Michelle Tigchelaar

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12:46 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Domestic Violence; Kū Ā Mo‘o; Simple and Unpretentious

Keith Haugen and Frank Uehara
Credit Taylor Rice

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

Domestic Violence: Nanci Kreidman

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