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
11:07 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Natatorium, Celtic Art, Fashion Month, B.I. Jazz

It’s Wednesday, May 8 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

The “War To End All Wars” War Memorial war continues

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell was born in Waipahu and raised in Hilo before leaving Hawaii to study Urban Planning and Economics at Tufts University. He came home to attend the UH Law school, was Managing Partner at Ashford and Wriston and since 2002 has been in public service. How to serve a public divided over the future of the Natatorium is the issue no mayor has been able to answer in 45 years

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The Conversation
10:22 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Jerry the Green Giant, Hyde and go Spring, Jungle Rocket Science

It’s Tuesday, May 7 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

A visit from Jerry the Green Giant

Jerry Yudelson is often called the "Godfather of Green," He’s one of the world's first green building consultants, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design trainers - and writers about sustainable development. He advocates for the transformation of buildings and cities into more sustainable urban places, with fewer adverse impacts on the natural world...which is why he's in Honolulu this week to speak at the Build and Buy Green Conference on Friday.

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The Conversation
10:13 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Kabuki Boy... and a secret garden

It’s Monday, May 6 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

A highly inappropriate gift for Mother's Day

Peter Whiticar has been chief of the STD/AIDS Prevention Branch of DOH since 1994.  He serves on the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD) Executive Committee. The organization administrates HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis healthcare, prevention, education, and supportive service programs funded by state and federal governments.

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The Conversation
1:49 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

The Conversation for May 3, 2013

It’s Friday, May 3 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Healthcare workers making a point with the presence of the absence

Donald Yonomine is a member of UNITE HERE Local 5 and has worked within Kaiser Permanente for 21 years, now in the engineering department. His wife is also a Local 5 member and worker at Kaiser.  Local 5 represents about 1,900 workers employed by the HMO at 21 facilities on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island.  Donald has participated in both stop work and take action teams – the first staged last month and the second one yesterday, which Kaiser administrators continue to say will have no impact on their reorganization plan for the Honolulu urgent care clinic.

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The Conversation
10:50 am
Thu May 2, 2013

The Conversation for May 2, 2013

It’s Thursday, May 2 –From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

City feet meet complete streets

Dan Burden is the director of innovation and inspiration, of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, the organization he co-founded. He has spent the better part of 40 years advocating, teaching and designing sustainable communities. In 2008, Time magazine called him one of the six most important civic innovators in the world -and he's back in Honolulu this week for a series of community meetings.

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The Conversation
10:53 am
Wed May 1, 2013

The Conversation for May 1, 2013

It’s Wednesday, May 1st - From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

A more transparent shade of opaque

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The Conversation
1:04 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

The Conversation for April 30, 2013

It’s Tuesday, April 30 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Moving beyond the lesson from Solomon

Sharon Y. Moriwaki is the associate director of the Social Sciences Public Policy Center at UH Manoa. She’s also the facilitator of the legal interventions in the family court working group. The Working Group represents over 20 public and non-profit organizations and individuals helping the court to advance the interests of families and kids needing child custody evaluations. The Working Group says HB 1137 does that - we'll see what the legislature does with it at today's floor vote.

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The Conversation
9:00 am
Mon April 29, 2013

The Conversation for April 29, 2013

It’s Monday, April 29– From HPR2, it’s The Conversation.

Former inmates take door  number two.

US District Judge Leslie E. Kobayashi serves the District of Hawaii  She was an Obama nominee and from 2010-2011, she was the presiding judge of the pilot program for the District of Hawaii’s Reentry Court.  The program's team  - public defender, prosecutor, probation officer and judge - work with high-risk offenders who are reentering the community from federal prison. The goal is to  reduce recidivism, improve public safety, and help offenders lead productive and law-abiding lives.

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10:32 am
Fri April 26, 2013

The Conversation for April 26, 2013

It’s Friday, April 26 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation.  

An NRA HRA shoot out

Harvey Gerwig is President of the Hawaii Rifle Association. It was established in 1857. Its goals are the preservation of the Second Amendment and the advancement of sports involving shooting. The HRA  is the State Affiliate of the National Rifle Association...and later today we may see which perspective - the NRAs or the HRAs - persuades  lawmakers about the necessity of SB69.

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10:34 am
Thu April 25, 2013

The Conversation for April 25, 2013

It’s Thursday, April 25 – From HPR2, it’s The Conversation

Ag to go or ag to grow food?

Ashley Lukens is the Vice President of the Hawaii Food Policy Council and a PhD candidate studying alternative food systems in the Department of Political Science at UH Manoa. She is also a Sea Grant Graduate Trainee, documenting the impact of shifting land use practices and has been following two potentially game-changing bills that could alter the balance of how Hawaii feeds itself.

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