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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sabianmaggy / Flickr

  National reproductive advocate, and a former UH medical school professor, Dr. Willie Parker was recently in Hawai‘i. We had the chance to sit down for an extended conversation before he returned to the mainland. Tonight on Town Square, he talks about his profession of faith as his steadfast as his abortion care in places including Mississippi, where that care is otherwise unavailable. This is a recorded interview, and the phone lines will not be available.

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Michael Coghlan / Flickr

Continuing this week’s focus on Hawai‘i homelessness, our panel of three of Oʻahu’s top homeless outreach providers: Greg Payton, Chair of Partners in Care; Sheila Beckham, CEO of Waikiki Health; and Scott Fuji, Interim Executive Director of PHOCUSED.

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  Life ends in death, and there's no changing that. But when death is self-inflicted, the heartache continues often for decades. In this suicide prevention month, we consider the different populations of all ages at risk in Hawaii, the national conversation on suicide and the approach family and friends can take to intervene before tragedy may happens.

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Dan Hughes / Flickr

  It’s an often repeated mantra: reduce, reuse and recycle. Many people are pretty good about that in the short term, but when it comes to building or remodeling, the lure of the new is often compelling. Our panel says there’s an even better case to be made for reusing building materials and it’s not just about the money. Panel: Quinn Vittum, Executive Director, Re-use Hawai'i:Lynn Johnson, Reuse Board member, designer and builder of sustainable homes, Lynne Johnson and restaurateur, Ed Kenney. 5 PM on HPR-2.

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www.karegivers.org via Creative Commons

  Special Education in Hawaii seems even more challenging these days.  Long after federal oversight ended following the Felix Consent Decree, parents and teachers are frustrated.  We'll talk with an attorney who works pro-bono to help parents caught in a system not providing what their kids need. We'll hear from parents who wonder what happened since the state was in compliance with guest, Attorney Keith Peck and parents from around the state. Today at 5pm on HPR-2. 

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U.S. Department of Agriculture / Flickr

  Buying locally grown produce may be part of your grocery habits, but what about Hawai‘i products from cosmetics to jam? In advance of the Made in Hawai‘i Festival, our panel considers how farm-to-product and farm tourism ventures are continuing to find a market. Our panel includes: Greg Colden of Kokoleka Lani Farms and KonaNaturalSoap.com, Kai Cowell of Ka'iulani Spices, Aletha Thomas of Monkeypod Farm, and Tim Parsons of Adoboloco Hot Sauce Company. Today at 5 PM on HPR-2.

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Tax Credits / Flickr

  Ok ladies, this question is for you: How well do you handle investing and other financial matters? Our Town Square panel of financial advisers explores what women of all ages need to better understand now to prosper in the future. Women and money from women in money.

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Images Money / Flickr

Hawaii's changing human services needs and the policies that may or may not meet them.

With guests: Melissa Stafford Jones, Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region IX, and Dr. Betsy Thompson, Deputy Regional Health Administrator, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health. 

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www.hawaiiconservation.org

This year marks the 23rd annual Hawai‘i Conservation Conference – and unlike in past years, this year, conferees will meet in Hilo. Our panel of some of the presenters will consider the issues the conference hopes to address – and the action items they’d like to see come after it. 

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Intel Free Press / Flickr

  HECO wants a different rate schedule for new solar customers and the company says it's about fairness to all ratepayers and growing Hawai‘i solar.  Some in the solar industry agree, some don’t.  We'll talk with our panel about their differing perspectives. Today on Town Square, 5pm on HPR-2.

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