Town Square

Thursdays at 5pm on HPR-2

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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  Access to health insurance has changed. Next up, could be changes in health policy. Next time on Town Square, a look at some of the bills from the viewpoint of those which deliver health services to many of the most vulnerable: the community health centers.

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Erik (HASH) Hersman / Flickr

  With less than a week to go before the Iowa caucuses, NPR and many member stations are exploring the biggest phenomena of these elections: Voter Anxiety. What's driving it? Income inequality, the health of the American dream, plus more worry about terrorism and the fear that illegal immigration represents a major threat.  We'll take up what this means for Hawaii with political analyst Neal Milner and John Hart, Chair of the Communication Department at Hawai`i Pacific University.

Today on Town Square: Voter Anxiety

Jan 28, 2016
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Erik (HASH) Hersman / Flickr

With less than a week to go before the Iowa caucuses, NPR and many member stations are exploring the biggest phenomena of these elections: Voter Anxiety. What's driving it? Income inequality, the health of the American dream, plus more worry about terrorism and the fear that illegal immigration represents a major threat.  We'll take up what this means for Hawaii at 5pm on HPR-2 with political analyst Neal Milner and John Hart, Chair of the Communication Department at Hawai`i Pacific University.

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Homelessness is on the big “To Do” list for the Governor and many state lawmakers the coming legislative session.  Central to that action will be the perspectives of Scott Morishige the State Homelessness Coordinator,  Jun Yang the Executive Director of the Mayor's Office of Housing for the City and County of Honolulu, and Greg Payton the Executive Director of Mental Health Kokua, and now former chair of Partners in Care. They’ll join us with a preview. 

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Edmund Garman / Flickr

  The shortage of affordable housing has become a go-to topic in the conversation about everything from countering homelessness to supporting the middle class…but is there enough land in our island state to build what we need? Our panel tackles whether there is or isn't a shortage of land on O‘ahu today on Town Square.

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zack Mccarthy / Flickr

  During the holidays, we often hear messages about the "things that really matter.' And just as often, those ideas fade with the January bills. So can there a better defining line for success other than money? We'll consider success beyond GDP.

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  The story of Tyke the circus elephant is the subject of a new documentary screening in Hawai‘i.  Her rampage from Blaisdell Center through Kaka‘ako in 1994 ended in 87 bullets and a lethal injection - but has the lesson of Tyke ended for Hawai‘i?  Despite a lot of work over 20 years, there is still no ban on performing animals. We’ll talk about it. 

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  Today on Town Square: Understanding the COFA Agreement – and getting to know the Micronesian community with Civil Beat’s Chad Blair. 5pm on HPR-2. 

Read his article The New Kids on the Block: A ‘Hidden Minority’ in Civil Beat 

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Guest host Neil Milner will talk to James Dooley, author of  Sunny Skies, Shady Characters, about political corruption and investigative journalism in Hawaii.

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Neal Milner guest hosts a panel of men, all community activists, to consider how men can counter domestic violence. They'll look at the Men's March and their role long after it's over.

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