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 hpr2.org. Every day brings a Reality Check with CivilBeat.com,  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 talkback@hawaiipublicradio.org.

Lillian Tsang is the producer and Taylor Rice is the Production Assistant.

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The Conversation
10:16 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Honolulu Weekly, D-Day, Marijuana

It’s Thursday, June 6th – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

When Tuesday is the end of the week.

Mindy Pennybacker was the editor of Honolulu Weekly until this past Monday. She’s a contributor to the Huffington Post and The Nation and former editor at The Green Guide, This Old House, Plenty, and Glamour magazines.

It's R Day for D-Day

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10:14 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Natatorium, Kamehameha Day, FCC, Film Festival for Kids

It’s Wednesday, June Fifth – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Natatorium or moratorium-- Against 'em or foritorium?

Jim Bickerton has been practicing law in Hawaii for more than 25 years and is a founding partner of the firm.WHAT FIRM  He has been continuously listed as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" and "Hawaii's A+ Attorneys" since 1993.

A celebration of the Lonely One

Cicely is the coordinator of Tuesday’s Kamehameha Day celebration in North Kohala.  

FCC on Hee and Hee

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The Conversation
3:13 pm
Tue June 4, 2013

Jones Act, Playwriting, UH Issues, Science Camp

It’s Tuesday, June 4th – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Jonesin’ to get in on the Act

John Carroll is an attorney, a former Hawaii state legislator, and GOP party leader. For half his life the Jones Act has rankled him and for what’s left of it, he says he’ll continue his crusade to repeal it.

How the puppeteer playwright pulls the audience strings

Harry Wong is the artistic director of Kumu Kahua, which is offering a free playwriting workshop all day Saturday at its Merchant Street Theater.

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The Conversation
1:27 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

"Big Wind" Project Opposition, Battle of Midway, DSM-5, Comedy Improv

It’s Monday, June 3rd – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

A 13 cent solution for a blowin' in the wind study

Robin Kaye is the spokesperson for Friends of Lāna‛i. The organization is the voice of  many Lanaians who strongly oppose the development of an industrial wind power plant that would send all its power to O’ahu--possibly destroying  cultural lands in the process. Robin Kaye's Op-Ed Piece.

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The Conversation
1:15 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Wright Housing Redevelopment, Artist David Behlke, Sea Turtles, Gridiron

It’s a Friday aloha to May – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Making the Wright decision in housing redevelopment

Drew Astolfi is a faith based community organizer with Faith Action for Community Equity. His focus continues to be affordable housing; He organized the Kukui Gardens group, is helping to complete  the sale of the city owned buildings. and is working with  Mayor Wright residents on their  preferred plan for the project’s redevelopment.

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The Conversation
11:05 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Hospital Billing Disparities, Peace on Earth Concert, Kaka'ako Developemnent, Mead on Kauai

It’s Thursday, May 30 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Patient presents with classic, contagious invoice-itis

George Greene is President and CEO of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii and represents the continuum of care in our state, from providers to hospitals. He is the former Region 9 Director of the American Hospital Association in advocacy and membership relations with hospital executives in Hawaii, California, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and Nevada.

Visualize world...music

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The Conversation
11:06 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Island Economics, Double Vision Art, Developing Kaka’ako, The Bladed Hand

It’s Wednesday, May 29 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

So whose Kaka’ako is it, anyway?

Carl Bonham is the executive director and co-founder of the UH Economic Research Organization and is Professor of Economics. He’s also a member of the State of Hawaii Council on Revenues.

A painter’s path to a parallel universe

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The Conversation
1:56 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Honolulu Urban Decay, Musicians: Mango Season, Preventative Mastectomies, Author Kerry Inglis

It’s Tuesday, May 28 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Just how bad is Urban decay in the tropics?      

James Spencer is a  UH  Associate Professor of Urban & Regional Planning with a joint appointment in Political Science. He’s also an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the East West Center. His current research focuses on urbanization in Southeast Asia and the Global South, especially in Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Ethiopia and other parts of Asia and Africa.

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11:05 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Lowering the Legal BAC Limit, Memorial Lei, Education Policy, Kauai Polynesian Festival

It’s Friday, May 24 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

A .03 dunk if you drive drunk

Senator and doctor Josh Green is the Chairman of the Health Committee . He also served in the state House from 2004 to 2008. He came to Hawaii with the National Health Corps to practice in underserved areas. In 2009 he was named Hawaii Physician of the Year. The National Transportation Safety Board wants Hawaii to lower its legal blood alcohol content to .05 and Senator Green says he will introduce legislation to do that next session.

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The Conversation
11:09 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Kahumana Farm, Underwater Archaeology, Over-Prescribed Prescriptions, LGBT Play: "Yes I Am"

It’s Thursday, May 23 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

How ya gonna keep them down on the farm? Produce produce

Tom McDonald is the director of social ventures at Kahumana Community in Waianae. The farm offers transitional housing for 120 homeless families  and a day program for people with disabilities. It employs and provides job training for the folks in those programs. partial funding comes from its sales, cafe retreat facilities and festivals. The latest happens this Saturday.

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