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.

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U.S. Air Force
U.S. Air Force

Military Role Emergency Management; Getting Ahead When You Can’t Save; Immigration Debate Impacts in Hawaii; Local Civic Engagement

Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons

Opening Day at the Legislature; 125 Years Since the Hawaiian Overthrow

Wikipedia

Hawai'i Island's Response to False Alarm; Civil Engagement

Marco Polo, 6 Months Later

Jan 13, 2018
Catherine Cruz

U.S Pacific Command

Firefighter Stories from Marco Polo; UH Sexual Assault Survey; FISA Renewal; HTY Production of Red Balloon

Wayne Yoshioka

Rule of Law in Trumpian America; Maui Water Department Drama; Marco Polo Updates; Oral Health Strategic Planning Sessions

Wikimedia Commons

Close The Door Campaign; North Kona Water Shortage; Growing Up Transgender

Wikimedia Commons

What Happened to Mandatory Sprinkler Systems After Marco Polo?

Wayne Yoshioka

What Comes After #MeToo? Stories of Sex Workers; Displaced Marco Polo Residents; Kid Pan Alley

bodytel_Flickr

Black Market For Diabetic Test Strips; State of Hawaii’s Bridges; Bug Wrangler James McCarthy

Pexels

Hawaii’s New Minimum Wage

Jonathan McIntosh / Flickr

Subsidized Preschool; Art of Surveillance; Divided America; Child & Family Service

Department of Health Audited Over Disease Response

Jan 2, 2018
PxHere

Hawaii wrestled with three big public health scares linked to mosquitos, bad scallops, and bad seaweed. A legislative audit uncovered weaknesses in record keeping and the state’s response to the outbreaks.

National Technical University Singapore

Department of Health Audit; Sea Turtle Bycatch; Science of Interstellar; Artistic Exploration of Memory

NOAA

Longitudinal Study Finds Hawaii’s Reefs are Overfished; Jaimal Yogis is the author of All Our Waves Are Water; Climate Change/Hawaiian Fishpond Aquaculture; Aloha Harvest

Climate Change's Impact on Hawaiian Fishpond Aquaculture

Dec 28, 2017
Rosie Alegado

We have seen a resurgence by the Native Hawaiian community to protect the remaining fish ponds in the islands. Now, new research is shedding light about what needs to be done as the cultural resource is under threat by climate change.

Flickr

Tiny Homes on Kauai; Hawaii Technology Development / 80/80 Initiative; Climate Change/Hawaiian Fishpond Aquaculture; Aloha Harvest

Rental Housing Report

Dec 27, 2017
Wikimedia Commons

A recent study that tracks rental housing across the country throws some light on the plight of families in Honolulu and Hilo as they struggle to make rent spending more than a third of their salary for housing.

The Erosion of Sunset Beach

Dec 27, 2017
Pixabay

Sunset Beach is taking a beating this winter season. The public is being asked to stay away from a section where a bike path has been taken out by the waves resulting in a 20 foot drop along the roadway. 

Pixabay

Sunset Beach Erosion: UH SOEST; Harvard’s Rental Housing Report; Rat Lung Worm

Agricultural Product Travel Restrictions

Dec 26, 2017
PxHere

There is a growing list of what you can and cannot bring on the airplane-- particularly when it comes to fresh fruits and vegetables that may bring some unexpected hitchhikers.

U.S. Army

Agriculture Travel Restrictions; Rebuilding Puerto Rico’s Grid; Humpback Whale Season Begins; Cesspool Hot Spots

Wikimedia Commons

Hotel Panic Buttons; A.I. and Science Fiction; 2017 Environmental Report

JDNX / Flickr

Hawaii’s Economic Outlook for 2018

Mike MacKenzie / Flickr

Social Media Vigilantism; Local Net Neutrality; Fake News and Mainstream Media

Pixabay

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Karen Neoh / Flickr

Deedy Case Headed for a Third Trial; Waikiki Natatorium; Improving School Bus Efficiency; Global Teacher Prize

Wikimedia Commons

Same-Sex Parental Obligations; Health Disparities in Ethnic Groups; Planned Parenthood Looks Ahead; Ukulele Artist Taimane

Joni Sternbach / jonisternbach.com

Homeless Youth; CHIP in Hawaii; Recovering MIA Americans; Tin Type Photography

Guiseppe Fonatiello / Flickr

Waikiki Natatorium; Release of Intergalactic Map; The Captured Economy; Hawaii Non-Profits

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