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
10:42 am
Fri December 19, 2014

US-Cuba Relations; Rocket Workshop; Pahoa Lava Flow Update; Therapeutic Riding Sessions

Therapeutic Horseback Riding
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Friday, December 19th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Changing US-Cuba Relations: Prof. Ayesha Nibbe

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10:48 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Liquefied Natural Gas; Mochi Pounding; Torture Report; NACF CEO

Mochi Pounding
Credit Akiko's Buddhist Bed and Breakfast

Thursday, December 18th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Hawaii Gas: Joe Boivin, Jr.

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11:30 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Women Leaders; "Birds, not Rats"; Pacific-Asia-Hawaii Issues; Marcello Bugagiar

Ho'imai by The Twins
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Wednesday, December 17th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Women Leaders: Tracey Wilen

When last we spoke, Tracey Wilen had completed research on women in leadership roles. Earlier this year she released her latest book, Employed for Life, 21st. Century Career Trends. Tracey Wilen is again in Honolulu this week and she joined the show with an update on women in leadership and the careers that could offer longevity and creative growth.sic: In Transit by The Coach and Four

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10:28 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Status of Feminism; Barry Flanagan; E-Cigarette Bill; Sound Healing

Obsidian Alchemy Crystal Bowl in F Major

Tuesday, December 16th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Undercutting Advancement of Feminist Movement: Ayu Saraswati

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10:21 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Gas Price Decline;Ron Artis II; E-Cigarrette Study; UH Maui Fit

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Monday, December 15th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Gas and Oil Price Decline: Dave Rolf

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11:15 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Most Healthy State; HPU Poetry Contest; CIA Torture Report; Gingerbread Homes

Gingerbread House
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Friday, December 12th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Hawai‘i Ranked as #1 Most Healthy State: Keith Yamamoto

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10:46 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Consumerism; World War II Exhibit; Bill 81 and 82; "Elf"

Waikiki Beach
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Wednesday, December 10th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

The Long View, Consumerism as Cultism: Neal Milner

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11:02 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Pork Virus; "Love Me, Feed Me"; Criminal Law and Discrimination; Ian O'Sullivan

Mabon from "Love Me, Feed Me"
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Tuesday, December 9th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Pork Virus: Glenn Shinsato

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9:56 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Sit-Lie Bill Expansion; Pearl Harbor Evacuees; Speeding Ticket Study; Duane Padilla

Duane Padilla

Monday, December 8th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Sit-lie Bill Expansion Signed, Bill 62: H. Doug Matsuoka

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