The Conversation

Weekdays 8:00-9:00 am on HPR-2

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.

The Conversation is currently seeking a Production Assistant. Application details here.

Lahaina Galleries
Lahaina Galleries

Political Situation in Tonga; 14th Annual "Art of Aloha"; Health Connector/Insurance Exchange Update; Kauai Chorale

Political Situation in Tonga: Dr. Michael Horowitz

Point In Time Count; Blues Musician - Dave Specter; 2nd Annual Hawaii School Empowerment Conference; The Mousetrap

Point In Time Count: Marc Gannon

Wikipedia Commons: D-Kuru

Opening Day of Legislature Review; Cinematik​; Hemp; Hunchback of Notre Dame

Opening Day of Legislature Review: Chad Blair

Eddy Westveer

The Long View - Iowa Caucus Discussion; Not One Batu​; Future of Agriculture in Hawaii; Trumpeter Roy Hargrove

The Long View - Iowa Caucus Discussion: Neal Milner

EPA Check-In; Harold and MaudeFrom the Farm with Neal Conan; Shadows of Hippocrates

EPA Check-In: Jared Blumenfeld

Flickr: Athena LeTrelle

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Conversation; When Strangers MeetRepublican Minority Caucus Update; Murder Blood Bear Story

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Conversation: Father Walter Brownridge

American Advisors Group / Flickr
American Advisors Group / Flickr

Grassroot Motion for Civil Contempt Decision, 6th Annual Kagu/Akari Exhibition, HI Appleseed Report on Earned Income Tax Credit, MACC Printmaking show

The Conversation: Friday, January 15th 2016

Grassroot Motion for Civil Contempt Decision: Dr. Keali’i Akina

Wikipedia Commons
Wikipedia Commons

Living and Working in Palestine; Writer, Teacher, and Historian Pam Sakamoto; Right-To-Die Law for Hawai‘i; Atherton Concert Performance

The Conversation: Thursday, January 14th 2016

Living and Working in Palestine: Dr. Hatim Kanaaneh

PHOCUSED Update; Hartman/Coltrane Concert; Honolulu County Legislative Package; MACC's New Cultural Programs Director

PHOCUSED Update Before The Legislative Session: Scott Fuji

Wikipedia Commons

Public Meeting on Honolulu Bikeways; Hawai'i History Day - Call for Judges 2016; From the Farm with Neal Conan; Neuroplasticity and the Brain-Heart Connection

Public Meeting on Honolulu Bikeways: Mike Formby