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
10:56 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Kauai Dairy Farm; "Dancing With The Goddess"; EPA's Jared Blumenfeld; Woodsong Acoustic Concert

It’s Tuesday, April 15th – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Dairy Farm on Kauai: Bridget Hammerquist

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9:18 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Energy on Kauai; "Spring Forward"; Campaign Spending Bills; "Importance of Being Earnest"

It’s Monday, April 14th – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Kauai Renewable Energy Discussion: Joan Conrow

Not that long ago, the green community pronounced that the idea of burning wood to produce energy was not a good one. Now on Kauai a new plant will, in fact, burn wood to fuel a boiler to make steam to turn a turbine.  Kauai based journalist Joan Conrow finds all of it curious if not somewhat predictable.

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9:24 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Health Connector Update; Lunar Eclipse; "Ripe"

It’s Friday, April 11th – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Health Connector Update: Rep. Angus McKelvey

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10:52 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Hawaii Homelessness; "Gappers of Frit"

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9:16 am
Tue April 8, 2014

McCutcheon Vs. FEC; UH Hilo Earth Fair

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10:17 am
Mon April 7, 2014

HCDA Lawsuit; Book Arts; Filipino Film Festival

It’s Monday, April 7th – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

HCDA Lawsuit: Carl Varady

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8:32 am
Fri April 4, 2014

People's Walk; Massie-Kahahawai Case; EMV Cards

It’s Friday, April 4th – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

People’s Walk: Father Walter Brownridge

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9:02 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Hula App; "Kumu Hina"; Lili'u Project

It’s Thursday, April 3rd – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Hula App/Insensitive Names: Prof. Nathaniel Hartmann

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The Conversation
10:08 am
Wed April 2, 2014

The Long View; Rupert Boyd; Hawaii State Hospital Update

It’s Wednesday, April 2nd – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

The Long View: Neal Milner

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