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.”

Have something to say? Send a comment, conversation suggestion or a Backyard Quiz to You can also reach us on our new talkback line at 808-792-8217. It will record your comments about the show and then on Fridays we'll play some of them on the air.

Lillian Tsang is the producer and Taylor Rice is the Production Assistant.

Cane Burning; Storefront Church; Fluctuating Stock Market; Pacific New Media Photography Talks

Cane Burning: Rick Volner

Wikipedia Commons

LGBT Tourism; School Beautification Award; From the Farm; Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative Wiliwili Fest

LGBT Tourism: Juergen Steinmetz

Hawai‘i Coral Reef Update; TAG’s Raisin in the Sun Casting Call; Women’s Equality Wallet Hub Study; Hawai‘i: Change & Continuity

Hawai‘i Coral Reef Update: Greta Aeby

Pcards and Additional Ethics Council Members; Sunny Skies, Shady Characters: Cops, Killers, & Corruption in the Aloha State; Student Death Protocol and Suicide Prevention Activities Petition; Kauai Based Food Writer



Kumu Kahua Theatre

Letting Kids Fail; Yilong Liu’s JokerSpecial Education and Teachers Shortage; PBS Hawaii’s 2nd Annual HIKI NŌ Festival

Letting Kids Fail: Dr. Marie Terry-Bivens

Diana Kim

Update on Father and Homeless Paradise Project; Magical Realms of Dragons & Trolls; Cesspools; Greek Festival

Update on Father and Homeless Paradise Project: Diana Kim

National Perspective on Homelessness; Feather Lei Maker; From the Farm; Maui Animated Film

National Perspective on Homelessness: Matthew Doherty

Wikipedia Commons

The Long View; Reef Fisheries Study; New Management Plan for Haena, Kauai; Holocaust Photo Exhibit

The Long View: Neal Milner

Wikipedia Commons

Bee Population Returning; Roger McGuinn; Bill 78, Pcards, and Squatter Issues; Our Future Is Female: How Women and Men Will Save the World

Bee Population Returning: Anthony Maxfield

Update on the Ka Iwi Coastline; Teaching Sculpture; State-sponsored Race-based Election Lawsuit; Stephen Inglis

Update on the Ka Iwi Coastline: Elizabeth Reilly