The Conversation

Weekdays at 11am am on HPR-1 with a rebroadcast at 7pm

Whether you live in our state or far from our shores, you’ll know what’s happening in Hawaii with a daily hour of locally-focused discussions of public affairs, ideas, culture and the arts. Guests from around the block and around the world provide perspectives on life in the islands and issues that have not yet reached Hawaii. 

Have something to say? Send a comment, conversation suggestion or a Backyard Quiz to talkback@hawaiipublicradio.org. You can also reach us on our talkback line at 808-792-8217. Remember to tell us your name and where you're from. Share your comments about the show in a short 30-second message and then on Fridays we'll play some of them on the air.

Lillian Tsang is the producer, Ryan Finnerty and Amber Khan are the Production Assistants.

Click the photos for individual stories and their audio!

Mount Bachelor

Hawaii as a Sanctuary State; Reproductive Rights in the Legislature; Gerry Lopez Combines Surfing and Snowboarding

Wikimedia Commons

Pay Gap on Equal Pay Day; Controversy over Private Artifact Collection; Hawaii in 1000 Years

Wikimedia Commons

Trump v. Hawaii Update; Price of Clean Oceans; Art of Feng Shui

Flickr - imgdive

Home Prices by County; Oahu Gets a New Republican Chair; Myanmar Marionettes

AustinPexels

Positive County Health Report; Hawaii’s History of Changing Parties; Throwing Pottery While Feeding the Hungry

Pexels

Maintaining Pacific Fishing Restrictions; Access to Private Land for Invasive Species Control; Preserving Hawaiian History through Music

Flickr - jaybergesen

Push to Allow Fishing in Protected Areas; State Eyes Sweetened Beverages; Science Meets Art at Honolulu Biennial

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Protecting Coral Reefs from Sunscreen; Preventing Trauma; Classical Guitar Meets Slack-Key

Wikipedia

Dissonant Politics of ACA Replacement; Pacific Nations Prepare for Natural Disaster; The Operatic Massie Affair

Laurie Sumiye

Funding Conservation with Development; UH Administrator Cited in Travel ban Ruling; Eco-Art

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East-West Center Under Threat; Medical Aid to Dying; Solar Storage on Kauai

Flickr - COD Newsroom

Caught in a Twitter War; Value of a University of Hawaii Education; Music from Daniel Ho

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Alternate Accommodations on the Rise; Domestic Worker Advocacy; Orchid Growing

Wikimedia Commons

Vaping Rates on the Rise; Complete Streets in Honolulu; Healthy Shark Populations

  

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Speech, Privacy and Technology; Taking a Stand Against Hate; Three Decembers

Youtube

Hawaii Sues Over Immigration Order; Prison Policy Changes; Music from Hawaiian Style

Wikipedia

The Roots of Poverty; Homelessness as a Medical Condition; The Big Bad Wolf Goes to Trial

Max Pixel

Stopping Violence at the Community Level; Maui Biodiesel Project; How Politics Inspires Art

Wikipedia

Solutions on Affordable Housing; National Climate Assessment; A Lynching in Hawaii

Pixabay

Economic Slowdown Ahead; Environmental Hazards for Kids; Sounds of the Oud

Flickr - mikefats Coffee Plantation

Solving the Arab-Israeli Conflict; Devaluing Maui Coffee; Hate the Con, Love the Con-man  

Pinterest

Finding Joy in Everyday Life; Government Transparency; Listening to Your Body

Wikipedia

Can Hawaii Afford its Public Pensions? Exoplanet Discovery; Mosquito Birth Control

Flickr - Wonderlane

Polystyrene Ban Stumbles; Clean Transportation; 2017 Academy Award Predictions

Wikimedia Commons

Reality of the Federal Hiring Freeze; Monetizing University Discoveries; Salem Witch Trials as a Modern Metaphor

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Sanctuary Churches in Hawaii; Looking to the Past in Agriculture; Students Learn Studio Music Production

Flickr - Alan Light

Tourism and Economic Growth; Hawaii County Priorities; NPR’s New Jazz Curator

Wikimedia Commons

History of Presidential Executive Orders; Challenges to Women in STEM; Fostering Creativity with Ron Artis II

JAI MANSSON / FLICKR

Opposition to Polystyrene Ban; Tax Revenues a Top Concern on Maui; Lessons on Money, Race and Religion from the Stage

Flickr - USDAgov

Diverting Food Waste in Schools; Local Issues on Kauai; The Art of the Jam Band

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