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
8:05 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Town Square: Fossil Fuel Investments at UH

  Should the UH jettison fossil fuel investments from its endowment fund? That’s the question a task force appointed by the UH Regents will consider…and so will our panel.

Town Square
8:28 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Town Square: 2015 Legislative Session Issues

  The 2015 legislative session opened for  business this week - next on Town Square our annual look at the issues that Neal Milner, Colin Moore and I will be watching. So what's on your list?

Town Square
1:10 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Town Square: Climate Change

Climate Change with Stuart Scott (Deputy Director General of the International Ecological Safety Collaborative Organization and Founder of the United Planet Faith & Science Initiative), John J. Marra (NOAA Regional Climate Service Director, Pacific Region; East-West Center Adjunct Fellow), and Eric Enos (co-founder and Executive Director of Ka‘ala Farm, Inc., a Wai‘anae based community organization that has operated the Cultural Learning Center at Ka‘ala for nearly three decades.)

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Town Square
8:15 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Town Square: Race and justice in America

  Tonight another run at a difficult conversation: race and justice in America - and in Hawaii. Our panel looks at a new study now underway to measure conscious bias. It's a project of UH law professor Justin Levinson. He and other guests consider what few of us want to imagine: that we all may hold some deep seated prejudice.

Town Square
8:45 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Town Square: Rent Control in Hawaii

On this edition of Town Square we take another look at the affordable housing issue.  We’ll discuss Rent Control with Jenny Lee from the Hawaii Appleseed Center, and Civil Beat Deputy Editor Eric Pape. 

Town Square
10:58 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Town Square: Giving Shopping Days a Name

The weekend that started with Black Friday, brought Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, then ended with Giving Tuesday. So how much  does Hawaii benefit from a named day to give and does it impact what charities receive the rest of the year?  Our panel takes on those questions on this edition of Town Square.

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Town Square
10:36 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

Town Square: Chef Mavro

  You may know his ever changing menu and the spot on King street that his restaurant has occupied for well over a decade…but how much do you know about Chef Mavro? You will this week when we take a Thanksgiving break and talk about the food of life and the life of food with George Mavrothalassitis.

Town Square
8:13 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Town Square: Hawaii Health Connector and State Medical Providers

On this edition of Town Square, a look at the relationship between the Hawaii Health Connector and state medical providers.  Hawaii Health Connector director Jeff Kissel, Executive Vice President of Hawaii Pacific Health, Dr. Ginny Pressler, and Senator Josh Green answered your questions.

Town Square
9:09 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Today on Town Square: Homelessness in Paradise

The Institute for Human Services is planning a program to help some homeless people return to their home states and it wants to spread the word that Hawaii is not the place for mainland homeless people to come. Our panel will look at the specifics of saying Paradise isn't for everyone.  Guests: Colin Kippen, Homeless Coordinator for the State of Hawai‘i; Connie Mitchell, IHS, Executive Director; Greg Payton ,Partners In Care, Executive Chair;  Larry Geller,Community Advocate.

Town Square
2:00 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Town Square: 2014 Election Debrief

The election is over, now what? Neal Milner and Colin Moore weigh in on where we go from here. We’ll consider what the election results mean and how they set up the next legislative session – and what may happen in Washington.