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
9:11 am
Tue April 22, 2014

David Cohen; Active Ballet Center; Earth Day and Sustainability; BikeUHM

Tuesday, April 22nd – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Former Common Cause President: David Cohen

These days you might not think well of lobbyists. Mostly seen as the conduits of policy benefiting the rich and corporate interests, lobbyists can make it tough to believe they have middle America’s interests at heart. But David Cohen, former president of Common Cause, would say that depends on the messenger. He’s in Hawaii this week and joined us this morning.

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The Conversation
9:16 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Gender Specific Education; Poetry Month; Trafficked Farm Workers; "Tales of the Sea"

Monday, April 21st – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Gender Specific Education: Dr. Michael Thompson

Sadness. Anger. Fear. Those might not be words that jump to mind about adolescent boys but they should according to Dr. Michael Thompson. He made the point in his 1999 book, Raising Cain, later a 2006 PBS special. So how are boys faring now?  Dr Thompson joined the show to give an update.

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The Conversation
9:08 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Fat Law Farms Controversy; Al Waterson; Autism; Coral Reef Research System

It’s Thursday, April 17th – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Fat Law Farms Controversy: Terry Trotter

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The Conversation
8:15 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Long View; Fused Aluminum Art; Hawaiian Sovereignty; Wind Ensemble

It’s Wednesday, April 16th – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

The Long  View: Neal Milner

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The Conversation
10:56 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Kauai Dairy Farm; "Dancing With The Goddess"; EPA's Jared Blumenfeld; Woodsong Acoustic Concert

It’s Tuesday, April 15th – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Dairy Farm on Kauai: Bridget Hammerquist

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The Conversation
9:18 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Energy on Kauai; "Spring Forward"; Campaign Spending Bills; "Importance of Being Earnest"

It’s Monday, April 14th – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Kauai Renewable Energy Discussion: Joan Conrow

Not that long ago, the green community pronounced that the idea of burning wood to produce energy was not a good one. Now on Kauai a new plant will, in fact, burn wood to fuel a boiler to make steam to turn a turbine.  Kauai based journalist Joan Conrow finds all of it curious if not somewhat predictable.

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The Conversation
9:24 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Health Connector Update; Lunar Eclipse; "Ripe"

It’s Friday, April 11th – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Health Connector Update: Rep. Angus McKelvey

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The Conversation
10:52 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Hawaii Homelessness; "Gappers of Frit"