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, Taylor Rice and Katelind Ikuma are the Production Assistants.

Smoke Testing Maunawili Wastewater Pipes; Jordan Segundo; Honolulu Charter Commission Accepting Public Proposals; Celtica

Smoke Testing Maunawili Wastewater Pipes: Lori Kahikina

Wikipedia Commons

Kyo-Ya’s Shoreline Exemption Revoked; Human papillomavirus (HPV) Awareness; HCDA Reflective Glass Issues; Hispanic Heritage in Hawaii

Kyo-Ya’s Shoreline Exemption Revoked: Donna Wong

Facebook: Leo Days

The Long View; Burn'n Love Waikiki; Rx Drugs and Medicare; Art of Being an Emcee

The Long View: Neal Milner

GIH Questions DOI Rule; Preparing for Miss Hawaii USA; From the Farm; The Pet Hui

Proposed Dept. of the Interior Rule Questioned: Dr. Keli`i Akina

Wikipedia Commons

Social Media and Recent Events with School Principals; Side by Side by Sondheim; Lawyers Warned Not to Help Marijuana Dispensaries; The World Goes 'Round: The Songs of Kander & Ebb

Social Media and Recent Events with School Principals: Catherine Payne

Iyengar Yoga

Local Catholic Reaction to Pope’s US Visit; Iyengar Yoga Honolulu; Homelessness on Maui; Kelby Photo Walk

Local Catholic Reaction to Pope’s US Visit: Darlene Dela Cruz

Wikipedia Commons

BLEACHAPALOOZA; Teacher-Singer/Songwriter-InspirationReaction to Kaiser operations in MauiUrban Sketchers-O`ahu, Art on the Zoo Fence


UH Manoa

WalletHub Tax  Survey;  Banking Seeds; Natural Farming Symposium; Sleepy Orange Butterfly

WalletHub Survey, Most & Least Fair State Tax Systems: Jill Gonzalez

HHSC Maui Regional Board Selects Kaiser; I Wish Someone Had Told Me; 

HHSC Maui Regional Board Selects Kaiser: Avery Chumbley

Kaeo R.

Technology Park in Kakaako; Hawaii Curling Olympian; El Nino Pacific Exacerbates Coastal Hazards; Through the Eyes of Kaua`i Youth Photo Exhibit

Technology Park in Kakaako: Robbie Melton