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.

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. 

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.

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?

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.

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.

Back in November the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice released a report on tax fairness for the Hawaii's low and moderate income families. The report was prepared for Hawaii's lawmakers, and with the opening of the legislation session next week, The center's suggested public policy strategies will be tested. What happens could change the lives of some of Hawaii's struggling families. Tonight on Town Square we'll consider some of the center's strategies. Around the table, Colin Kippen Hawaii State Homelessness Coordinator, Hawaii Appleseed Center's Executive Director Victor Geminiani, and economist Christopher Grandy, Director and Associate Professor of the Public Administration Program at UH Manoa. Although tonight Christopher will speaking only as an individual.

Kerry Crofton, PhD, Executive Director of Doctors for Safer Schools talks about why her organization says wireless tech isn't safe.

Preserving undeveloped land is at the heart of the argument between the community and the Turtle Bay Resort. One organization says that's why it and the state are working to protect a substantial portion to bring the landowner and opposition groups a little closer together. We'll talk about it with Blake Oshiro, Governor Abercrombie's Chief of Staff and Doug Cole, the executive director The North Shore Community Land Trust.

Filmmaker Alex Munoz and Kat Bradey from the Community Alliance on Prisons come in to discuss the importance of teaching filmmaking to incarcerated youths. 

You know him from his political commentary. Now you might get to know Neal Milner better from a collection of stories about several generations of his family. Next on Town Square, some of the memories that start with The Gift of Underpants.