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
10:32 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Arizona Memorial Lawsuit; Sports Photography; Hawai`i Fashion Month Update; Allison Adams Tucker

Peter Read Miller Football Photo
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Friday, November 21st – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Arizona Memorial Ticketing Issues and Lawsuit: John Landrysmith

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11:07 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Rally to Veto Bill 48; Ukulele Guild Exhibition; Youth Homelessness; Midtown Men

David Lawrence
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Thursday, November 20th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Rally Mayor Caldwell to Veto Bill 48: Kathy Xian

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12:24 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

UH Policy Decisions; "A Cup of Java"; Child Homelessness; Surf Art and Surfers Art Festival

Surf Art and The Surfer Art Festival
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Wednesday, November 19th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Student Opinion on UH Policy Decisions: Bret Polopolus-Meredith

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10:48 am
Tue November 18, 2014

"Gay Gene" Study; Rakugo Show; Ocean Warming; Ecopoetry

Rock'n the Holidays with Rakugo!
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Tuesday, November 18th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Genetics & Sexual Orientation/”Gay Gene” Study: Dean Hamer

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10:32 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Agriculture Issues; Jonathan Korth and Zuill Bailey; Net Neutrality; "Defiance"

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Monday, November 17th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

New Senate Agriculture Committee Chair: Senator Russell Ruderman

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9:58 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Jams World Day; Food Irradiation; Affordable Housing; Mo'olelo Storytelling Festival

Jams World Men's Retro Shirt
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Friday, November 14th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Jams World Day: Mark Tsuda

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1:06 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Marriage Equality Anniversary; Oahu Photo Book; Medical Center Financial Crisis; Martial Arts Event

Oahu’s Beautiful Essence and the Spirit of Aloha
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Thursday, November 13th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Marriage Equality Anniversary Discussion: Todd Simmons

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10:28 am
Wed November 12, 2014

The Long View; "Save Our Kakaako"; GMO Initiative; "Elation"

Save Our Kakaako

Wednesday, November 12th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

The Long View, Impact of Aging Population on Voting: Neal Milner

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9:42 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Veteran Health Care; "Closer Than Ever"; 442nd Regimental Combat Team; Jon Cleary

Tech. Sgt. William Thompson, now 91, is President of the 442nd Veteran's Club.
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Tuesday, November 11th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Veteran Health Care: Claire Santos

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10:14 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Global Food Security; "Where I Am King"; Pahoa Lava Flow; BANDALOOP

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Monday, November 10th – from HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Global Food Security: Dr. Thomas Lumpkin

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