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.



The Conversation
10:55 am
Fri March 27, 2015

UHERO Construction Report; Crispin Glover; Honolulu Architecture & Changing Skyline; Vaastu Shastra

Crispin Glover
Credit Wikipedia Commons

Friday, March 27th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

UHERO Construction Report: Carl Bonham

Carl Bonham is UH Economic Research Organization’s Executive Director and a Professor of Economics. He was a founding member of UHERO in 1997 and his research interests include macroeconomics, applied econometrics and forecasting, tourism economics, and the Hawai`i economy.

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The Conversation
9:58 am
Thu March 26, 2015

HB508; See Me Naked; SB675; Screenwriting Workshop

Gordy Hoffman

Thursday, March 26th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

HB508, Hemp Bill: Russell Ruderman

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The Conversation
11:28 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Turtle Bay Easement; Education Book; SB1280; Ka’iulani

Princess Ka'iulani
Credit Wikipedia Commons

Wednesday, March 25th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Turtle Bay Easement: Doug Cole

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10:35 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Gender Change on Birth Certificates; Vocal Teacher; Charter School Bills; Pukoko

Pukoko: A Hawaiian in the American Civil War

Tuesday, March 24th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Gender Change on Birth Certificates: Rebecca Copeland

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The Conversation
10:18 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Urinalysis Case; Garden Isle Orchid Society; Disaster Management; Makauwahi Cave

Makauwahi Cave

Monday, March 23rd – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Federal Court Order, Urinalysis: Adam Wolf

Adam Wolf is a nationally recognized constitutional lawyer.  A partner at Peiffer Rosca Wolf, he has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and courts of appeals throughout the country. His firm and the ACLU sued Hawaii County on behalf of a woman who did not want to submit to urinalysis as a condition of her desk job. 

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The Conversation
11:23 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Tax Bills; T-Shirt Theatre Alumni Gives Back; Agricultural Bills; Maui Metal Art

Blue Room (2013) - Metal Art
Credit Jack Nordby

Friday, March 20th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Tax Bills: Tom Yamachika

At the beginning of the legislative session we looked at the long list of bills relating to taxation. There were several pages worth, including changes in tax credits, tax caps, tax brackets, and changes to the GET surcharge. Today Tax Foundation of Hawaii President, Tom Yamachika, joined the show with an overview of some of the measures heard this week and coming up soon.

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The Conversation
10:15 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Hawaii Keiki Program; HHSC Bill; Damage Control Book

Damage Control: A Brain Injury Survivor Helps You Beat The Odds

Thursday, March 19th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Hawaii Keiki Program: Mary Boland

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The Conversation
11:02 am
Wed March 18, 2015

The Long View; Circus Minimus; US-China Relationship; All About Jimi

Jimi Hendrix
Credit Wikipedia Commons

Wednesday, March 18th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

The Long View: Neal Milner

  Is sticking to principles more important than compromise? According to data from the last 7 years, it just might be….and its one reason why two Boston College researchers say Democrats are From Mars and Republicans are from Venus. Contributing Editor Neal Milner looked at their study and he joined the show to explain why it’s more than just an ‘Oh duh’ statement.

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The Conversation
10:20 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Sand Island Homeless Camp; Paris Peace Conference; Housing Bills; Invasive Algae

The Signing of Peace in the Hall of Mirrors, Versailles 1919, Ausschnitt
Credit William Orpen

Monday, March 16th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Soil Samples at Sand Island Homeless Camp: Kathy Xian

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