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
8:37 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Town Square: Pono Choices

This week, a conversation with the principal investigator of Pono Choices. We'll talk about the sex education program that's causing a stir and hear from some of the stakeholders. They say the health and safety of Hawaii's teens and tweens is partly dependent on the information in the program and we'll hear what you have to say.

Town Square
7:52 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Town Square: Race and ethnicity in the Aloha State

The House reprimand of Faye Hanohano for her unprofessional outbursts may have temporarily ended an unpleasant event...But is it just a band-aid for racial tensions that are still simmering beneath the happy picture of the Aloha State we tell ourselves - and export to the world . We'll find out how Meda Chesney Lind and Jon Osorio feel about it. 

Town Square
7:03 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Town Square: Hotel conversions unacceptable to Unite Here Local 5

Unite Here Local 5 says the prospect of yet more hotels converted to condos is unacceptable. The union is sponsoring legislation in the Honolulu City Council to stop it. We’ll talk about it with our panel including  Local 5's Eric Gill, cosponsor of the bill, Honolulu City Council member, Ron Menor and Joli Tokusato, from Guest Services at the Ilikai Hotel. 

Town Square
8:06 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Town Square: Crossover

Very soon, bills still alive will cross over from each side of the Legislature. Today on Town Square, political analyst and social scientist, Neal Milner, looks at the second act of Session 2014 and what we might expect from it. 

Town Square
7:18 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Town Square: Women , Men, and Money

Recent research shows the trend is up in better-educated breadwinning wives. Next on Town Square, Maui psychologist Brad Klontz and New York based author, Farnoosh Torabi give us a preview of their study and Torabi's forthcoming book. Oahu psychologist. Martin Johnson, head of the Hawaii Center for Psychology, is also on the women, men and money trail and we'll look at his research, too. 

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Town Square
8:44 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Town Square: Minimum Wage Increase

For supporters of a minimum wage hike, the counter argument  always seems to be a potential  loss in jobs. Now new research doesn't seem to support that result.  Today at 5pm on Town Square, our panel  looks at the the possible outcomes of an increase in Hawaii's minimum wage. 

Town Square
7:05 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Town Square: Access to public recreation

Senator Laura Thielen on Town Square

When the 2014 legislation began we got calls. "Follow the bills that affect our daily lives".. many of you said.  On  this show we look at one of the topics that came up several times.  Access to public recreation.  Every county has places that cause residents and visitors consternation.  The list of reasons is long ranging from limited or no access to competition among users and encroachment by developers.  Senator Laura Thielen joins Beth-Ann Kozlovich on this episode of Town Square.

Town Square
5:31 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Town Square: Restructuring the Hawaii Health Connector

A  legislative package in the state House hopes to restructure the Hawaii Health Connector. Next on Town Square, the lawmakers who introduced the 6 measures, Health Committee Chair,  Della Au Belatti and the chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Committee,Angus McKelvey. Can the Connector be accountable, transparent and reliable so it can fulfill its purpose?

Town Square
7:04 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Town Square: Values in grant-making

Economic easing in many organizations may have loosened the firm hold on many a grant application. But are organizations staffed by a younger demographic looking for something different from what  their older counterparts seek to fund?  We'll see what some of the research shows about Millennial values in grant-making. Tonights panel: Lisa Maruyama of HANO and two members of  the Hawaii Chapter of  the national organization, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy: Melissa Jackson, of The Zilber Foundation and  Anne Swayne Keir, Co Chair of The Keith and Judy Swayne Family Foundation.

Town Square
7:05 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Town Square: The 2014 legislative session

On this episode of Town Square: The 2014 legislative session is all of a day old and tonight, we'll look at many of the issues that will no doubt take our attention until May.