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.

Maui GMO Decision; Ohina Film Festival; NEA Conference; Creative Director and Conversation Instigator

Maui GMO Decision: Michael Carroll 

HB207, Native Hawaii Rights Training; Vietnamese Cinema Series; HECO’s Proposed Solar Taxes; Hawaii Performing Arts Festival

HB207, Native Hawaii Rights Training: Kaniela Ing

Wikipedia Commons

Bill 38 (Plastic Bag Bill) Loopholes & Background; Artists of Hawai‘i 2015; Possible Veto of Sex Trafficking Bill; Word on the Street

Bill 38 (Plastic Bag Bill) Loopholes & Background: Suzanne Frazer

Supreme Court Decision on Marriage; Vivo Concert at Dragon Upstairs; Maunalua Bay Follow-up; Kokua Nepal Fundraising Follow-up

Supreme Court Decision on Marriage: Andrea Anderson

Ben Decastro and Streetlight Cadence

Medicare Cuts Result in $3.3 Billion Less for Hawaii Hospitals; Streetlight Cadence; Urban Growth Boundaries and Saving the Ka Iwi Coast; “Politics, Environment, and Love in Hawaii, China and Zimbabwe”

Medicare Cuts Result in $3.3 Billion Less for Hawaii Hospitals: Peter Sybinsky

Drena and Brook Parker, and

Kuamo’o Battlefield Burial Grounds; International Reggae Day Festival; Supreme Court Obamacare Decision; Invasive Fire Ants Update

Kuamo’o Battlefield Burial Grounds: Keola Beamer

Strive HI; USDA Summer Travel; UH Sit-Lie Study; Kody Riehl

Discussion of Strive HI: Mireille Elsworth

Forgiveness; Yoga and Healing; Maui Cane Burning;  Rick Smith

Forgiveness: Father Walter Brownridge

Dr. Robert Putnam; Aloha Undertakers; Lāna‘i Community Plan Revisions and Meetings; What To Do Before (And After) You Say “I Do”

Political Scientist, Professor and Author: Dr. Robert Putnam

Palmyra Atoll Renewable Energy; Kauai Kau Wela Summer Fest; The Barriers Homeless Face in Accessing Permanent Housing; Chalkboard Artist

Palmyra Atoll Renewable Energy: David Sellers