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.

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

Lexington County Detention Center (South Carolina)

Amnesty International Deadly Force Report; Between the Lines Creative Writing Cultural Exchange Program; South Carolina Mass Shooting; CSI Camp

Amnesty International Deadly Force Report: Justin Mazzola

Chinatown Action Summit; Jack Casady; American Export Promotion Act; STEM Competition

Chinatown Action Summit: Harrison Rue

Maui Forest Bird Recovery Project

Suicide Prevention; Peter Yarrow; Malama Maunalua Bay; Native Bird Workshop

Suicide Prevention: Sgt. Kevin Briggs