The Conversation

Weekdays at 11am on HPR-1

Whether you live in our state or far from our shores, you’ll know what’s happening in Hawaii with a daily hour of locally-focused discussions of public affairs, ideas, culture and the arts. Guests from around the block and around the world provide perspectives on life in the islands and issues that have not yet reached Hawaii. 

Have something to say? Send a comment, conversation suggestion or a Backyard Quiz to talkback@hawaiipublicradio.org. You can also reach us on our talkback line at 808-792-8217. Remember to tell us your name and where you're from. Share your comments about the show in a short 30-second message and then we'll play some of them in future shows.

The production team is Lillian Tsang, Ryan Finnerty and Amber Khan.  Our summer intern is Harrison Patino.

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US EPA

Lava Insurance; Haleakala Solar Telescope; Gender Equity in Schools; Master Artists at HiSam

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Today we sat down to talk about the triple whammy hitting Hawaii Island that consists of lava spewing from below, several earthquakes and noxious fumes in the air. This is the strongest series of events to hit Hawaii in more than forty years. We sat down with seismologist Lucy Jones, U.S. Geological Survey research geophysicist Weston Thelen, and American Red Cross Volunteer Marilani Marcie to get an understanding of what is going on below ground and above ground.

Guests:

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Kilauea Lava Flow Update; Landlord-Tenant Challenges

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Kilauea Lava Flow Update; A&B Land Transition Out of Sugar with Hukilike no Maui; Pacific Biodiesel, Sunflower Farm; Author William Finnegan

Kilauea Lava Flow Update

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2018 Legislative Season Wrap-up; Farm Tour Flooding; Hawaiian Bird Symphony; Innovative Bike Designs

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Community Check-in: Waikiki    

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Right of Entry for Kakaako Makai Park Land; Howard Hughes, Kakaako’s Newest Build; Bike Community Updates; Stopping Building Without Permits; Plant-based Diet Helps Reverse Chronic Disease

U.S. Army / PACOM

Homeless Safe Zones Funding; Kauai Recovery Update; Maunalua Heritage Festival; Power of Positive Thinking

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Legislative Session Wrap Up; Hawaii Island Moves to Regulate Short Term Rentals; Containing Rapid ʻŌhiʻa Death

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Affordable Housing Initiative; Voter Turnout; Kahua Ranch; Culinary Apprentice Program; Black Snow 

Catherine Cruz

Kauai Flooding Recovery; Blue Line Project; Debt Free College; Poetry Out Loud

Catherine Cruz

Enforcing Building Codes; Excellence in School Leadership; Radio for the Blind; You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown

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Flood Rebuilding Costs; Cabs Push Back Against Ridesharing; Volunteer Week; SHOCKA on Stage

Honolulu Board of Water Supply

Honolulu Board of Water Supply Issues

DVIDS / U.S. Coast Guard

Kauai Flooding Update; 2018 National Health Security Preparedness Index; Volunteer Week; Electric Buses

Thirty Meter Telescope International Observatory

Future of TMT; Climate Change Resiliency; Treating Trauma; National Volunteer Week

Mount Bachelor / Facebook

Advance Health Care Directives; Surfing Meets Snow; Chinatown Walking Tour

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Legacy of Life; American Samoan Sues for Citizenship; Road to Mecca

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Hawaiian Language Project; The Long View; Barbershop 

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Equal Pay Day; "Best Play Ever, Guaranteed!"; Nanakuli Library Opening

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Electric Transportation Plan; Gubernatorial Candidate Forum; Kennedy Theatre’s Nora

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All seven of Hawaii's candidates for governor participated in a discussion of Native Hawaiian issues on Friday. The Vote 2 Rise forum was sponsored by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement and took place at the Interisland Terminal Conference Room at the Daniel. K Inoye International Airport. 

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Senator Daniel Akaka; Hawaii return on investment taxes; Scottish singer-songwriter, Natalie Clark

 

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Mice Problem on Midway Atoll; Greening Historic Homes; UH Law School for Jurist in Residence Program

Trade Winds

Apr 4, 2018
World Economic Forum

There is much that ties Hawaii to the Asia Pacific. Part of that is geography, but it’s also culture, immigration, and economics. Trade Winds looks at some of those economic issues and how they affect the people who live around the Asia-Pacific. It is a project of Hawaii Public Radio's News Director Bill Dorman, who spent more than ten years covering business news in Asia.

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Legalizing Transient Rentals; Increasing Tobacco Restrictions; Blue Planet Energy in Puerto Rico

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Toxoplasmosis is a parasite-borne infection that can wreak havoc on wildlife and humans with compromised immune systems. The parasite that causes toxoplasmosis comes from cats, specifically their feces. It has been blamed for the death of at least eight Hawaiian monk seals, the endemic Hawaiian crow, and several other vulnerable bird species. It was the subject of a forum this past weekend sponsored by the University of Hawaii Law School. We wanted to continue the conversation about how to manage the situation. 

Waikiki The Film

Chinese Labor in Saipan; Kauai’s Russian Fort; Kaka’ako Walking Tour; Waikiki the Movie

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