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
11:38 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Inclusionary Zoning; Nia; Flu Season; Feline Foundation of Maui

The Conversation
10:59 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Kaiser Workers Strike; Degrees of Narrativity; Tax Bills; Pedestrian Safety

Pedestrian Safety

Thursday, January 22nd – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Kaiser Permanente Workers Strike: Gerald Penaflor

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The Conversation
10:59 am
Wed January 21, 2015

The Long View; Peace On Your Wings; Paid Family Leave; My Name is Gary Cooper

Kumu Kahua's "My Name is Gary Cooper"
Credit Kumu Kahua Theatre

Wednesday, January 21st – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

The Long View: Neal Milner

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The Conversation
10:14 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Domestic Violence Action Center; Rodgers & Hammerstein Show; Pesticide Exposure; Beyond Therapy

Rodgers & Hammerstein
Credit Wikipedia Commons

Tuesday, January 20th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Domestic Violence Action Center: Nanci Kreidman

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The Conversation
9:57 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Women in Clerical Positions; Jazz Speak; Martin luther King; Mobile Technology

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 19th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Women in Clerical Positions: Christine DiGiacomo

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The Conversation
9:42 am
Fri January 16, 2015

HSTA Legislative Priorities; Women in Filmmaking; Sharing Economy; Lenore Raphael

Lenore Raphael - Album Cover for "Class Act"

Friday, January 16th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

HSTA Legislative Priorities: Joan Lewis

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The Conversation
10:36 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Neighborhood Board Elections; Max Zuckerman; Health Connector Update; Hard Travelin' with Woody

Max Zuckerman

Thursday, January 15th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Neighborhood Board: Nicole Velasco

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The Conversation
11:25 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Implicit Bias; Optimysstique; Maui Hospital Partnership; Bottles for Change and holoHI

Lindy Shapiro

Wednesday, January 14th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Implicit Bias: Professor Robert J. Smith

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The Conversation
11:48 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Kahoolawe Reserve Commission; Book on Israel; Solar Energy; Improvocation

Credit Wikipedia Commons

Tuesday, January 13th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission, Legislative Priorities: Michael Naho'opi'i

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The Conversation
11:41 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Public Health Legislation; Paws for a Cause; Conflict and Peace in the Modern Era; Volcanoes

Paws for a Cause
Credit Hale Kipa

Monday, January 12th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Legislative Priorities, HI Public Health Institutes: Jessica Yamauchi

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