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.

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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.  

Town Square
8:25 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Today on Town Square: Value of Hawaii 2, Palolo Pipeline Project

  Midway through the Reagan years, the US entered into the Compact of Free Association with the Federated States of Micronesia. Today, many people understand little about it or the Pacific Islander experience in Hawaii. Next in our series based on the book, the Value of Hawaii2, we’ll talk with two contributors- Innocenta Sound-Kikku and Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner -and UHM student, Kat Lobendahn, who works with the Palolo Pipeline Project geared to help Pacific Islanders.  Today at 5pm on HPR2

Town Square
8:02 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Town Square: The Value of Hawaii 2

Four years ago, a collection of essays took Hawaii by storm. The Value of Hawaii quickly fueled conversations and went on to be taught in university classrooms. Now the Value of Hawaii 2 is out. Tonight we’ll get an overview of the this new group of essays, written by authors all under 40…as are the new editors Aiko Yamashiro and Noelani Goodyear Ka’opua. We’ll talk with them tonight on Town Square as we start our series about the Value of Hawaii 2.

Town Square
7:02 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Town Square: Michael Lasser

  Some say you have to grow into classical music…the same may be true for the standards that fill the American Songbook. We'll see what  Fascinatin' Rythm host, Michael Lasser has to say From hapa haole tunes to the ones generations worldwide keep rediscovering, we’ll hear stories of the romance, sly wit and the craft of the songs that really  get to you.

Town Square
8:03 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Town Square: Maui Film Festival

  It’s the first week of June…and that can only mean one thing: it’s time for the Maui Film Festival. Join us for our annual preview of some of the films that take on public policy and social issues.  We’ll hear from four filmmakers about the impact you may already be feeling from the subjects of their work, even if you might not know it.  

Town Square
7:10 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Town Square: Hawaii's foster care system

Six months ago, there was a lawsuit challenging the amount of the stipend resource care givers - that would be foster parents to most of us- received  to pay for the needs of the kids in their homes. This year, the legislature looked at the issue and data researched by the UH Public Policy Center. In this Foster Care Month, our panel talks about the status of Hawaii’s foster care system. 

Town Square
8:52 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Town Square: Historic Preservation

You might think that it would be easy to get agreement on which historic places should be preserved…unless you’ve actually been involved with historic preservation or pay attention to what different groups want to do with some of Hawaii’s historic places. On this Town Square, we talked with chief preservation officer, David Brown, and senior field officer from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Brian Turner, about the preservation of the Natatorium and the overall preservation of historical sites.

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