Town Square

Thursdays at 5pm

Town Square, hosted and produced by Beth-Ann Kozlovich, is one of the oldest of Hawaii Public Radio's public affairs programs. Since its inception in 1999, Town Square has provided an interactive forum for political, social, educational and cultural issues of local, national and international importance. Often the conversation includes guests and participants from outside Hawaii, giving access to newsmakers and those yet to make news. Discussions are lively and almost always, civil.



Town Square
8:38 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Town Square: Mufi Hannemann

  Next in our series of conversations with gubernatorial candidates Ige, Hanneman and Aiona: this week we talk with Mufi Hannemann. What is he saying that's shaping the overall conversation about the race and the candidates who all want to be Hawaii's next governor?

Town Square
8:02 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Town Square: David Ige

Host Beth-Ann Kozlovich talks with Gubernatorial candidate David Ige about his campaign for Governor and his position on the issues facing our state.

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Town Square
8:05 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Town Square: Charles Djou

There are candidate forums a plenty over the next six weeks before Hawai‘i votes on November 4, but how much access will you have to the people asking for your vote? On this Town Square, CD1 GOP candidate Charles Djou stepped into the studio for a live one hour conversation.  Topics include: minimum wage, Medicare, immigration, Hawaii's economy and much, much more on this edition of Town Square.

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Town Square
8:48 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Town Square: Honolulu's plans to help the homeless

  ... and whether those plans are in sync with the State's. We'll look at best practices with Mathew  Doherty, the Director of Initiatives for the US Interagency Council on Homelessness; Jenny Lee, staff attorney at Hawai'i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice; and Kathryn Xian, Executive Director of Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery.

Town Square
8:04 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Town Square: The journey from the original 9/11 attack to today

  The journey from the original 9/11 attack to today.  As the enemy has changed and keeps morphing while attracting nationals from the western world, is the U.S. responding well enough?  Our panel will consider that question and others through the course of the show.  

Town Square
8:03 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Town Square: ALS fundraising campaign gone viral

  Your news feeds in twitter, Facebook and whatever else you use are probably filled with pictures of people taking the ice bucket challenge. Now the ALS awareness campaign started by one family to challenge some friends has gone beyond viral raising millions of unprecedented dollars. We'll talk with the head of the Golden West region, one of its trustees and the executive  director of the Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations about this unlikely campaign and the creativity that's translating into cash.  

Town Square
4:20 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Town Square: Universal Breakfast for School Kids

The benefits of breakfast have filled conversations for decades, but a lot of kids -for whatever reason- don't eat it. On August 18, the Kona Pacific Public Charter School made history: It was the first to offer universal breakfast to all students in their classrooms. We took an in-depth look at the program with guests Christ Hecht, the school's Executive Director, the head of the Hawaii Public Charter Schools Network ,Lynn Finnegan and Gavin Thornton, Deputy Director of the program's partner, the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice.  

Town Square
8:55 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Town Square: Hawaii's disaster response

  For years we were warned that Hawai‘i was due for a hurricane. Tropical Storm Iselle made that warning real. Now after a few weeks, and as Big Island districts dig out, how would you grade Hawai‘i’s response before, during and after the storm? Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa and State Emergency Management Agency Executive Director, Vern Miyagi join other TBA panelists to consider that question…and how Hawai‘i preps for next time.  

Town Square
8:05 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Town Square: The Strategy of War

Wars continue and we seem shocked when civilians – especially children -are maimed or killed. But the US has historically engaged in practices to win wars that have injured and killed civilians – its own and those in other countries. So how does this affect our judgments of war and why do we often want war to be waged with compassion? Next on Town Square, a conversation few want to talk about: the strategy of war. Brad Glosserman, Executive Director of Pacific Forum CSIS and HPU Social Sciences Chair Carlos Juarez guest.

Town Square
8:30 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Town Square: Youth Activism

Youth Activism, Island Style. What defines it, how much power does it really wield and what social change is it driving? Our panel includes the founder of 808 Urban, John “Prime” Hina, Lisa Grandinetti  from the Aikea Movement and Kanu Hawai‘i executive director, James Koshiba.