The Conversation

Weekdays at 11am on HPR-1

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 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.

The production team is Lillian Tsang, Ryan Finnerty and Amber Khan.

Click the photos for individual stories and their audio!

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Kula Agricultural Park; Art and Science of Interpretation; Arts at Mark’s Board Changes

The Conversation: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Aug 2, 2017
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Visitor Spending Increases; Focus on Foreign Languages; Cleaning Hamakua Gulches

The Conversation: Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Aug 1, 2017
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Survival of Solar in Hawaii; New Boat Harbor Rules; Local Journalists in Vietnam War

The Conversation: Monday, July 31st, 2017

Jul 31, 2017
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Diversity Visa Lottery; Hawaii Island Homeless; Saving Corals

The Conversation: Friday, July 28th, 2017

Jul 28, 2017

Youth Homelessness; Tech Innovation; Hawaii Writers in D.C.

The Conversation: Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Jul 26, 2017

Ethical Questions Surround Marshallese Adoptions; Future of the Handivan; New Charter School in Ewa Beach

The Conversation: Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Jul 25, 2017
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Drought, Water Usage Challenges on Maui and Big Island; Memoir of a Christian Abortion Provider; Asia Pacific Dance Festival

The Conversation: Monday, July 24th, 2017

Jul 24, 2017
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Regulating Sand Mining; Laying Foundations for a Career in Law; SEEQS Moves in with Kaimuki High

The Conversation: Friday, July 21st, 2017

Jul 21, 2017
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Assessing of the Asia Pivot; Maui Health System; Tsunami Warning Funding

The Conversation: Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Jul 19, 2017
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Aversion to the Homeless; Attorney-Client Privilege; Halting Invasive Algae

The Conversation: Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Jul 18, 2017

Update on Travel Ban Legal Proceedings; Concerns Over Bio-Engineering; Hawaii’s Picture Brides

The Conversation: Monday, July 17th, 2017

Jul 17, 2017
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Battling Invasive Species; Costs of Climate Change; Remembering a Death at Pearl Harbor

The Conversation: Friday, July 14th, 2017

Jul 14, 2017
Concepcion Alicino

Extended conversation on PTSD in our community: Dr. James Spira; Short Film JUVENTUD: Concepcion Alicino

Extended conversation on PTSD in our community: Dr. James SpiraSpira

The Conversation: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Jul 12, 2017
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Top National Rail Expert Coming to Honolulu, Dr. Vukan Vuchic; Virtual Reality Homelessness Project: Brian Dote

The Conversation: Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Jul 11, 2017
Darice McGuire

Summer of Resistance: Tim Vandeveer;  Darice Machel McGuire "The Art Of Painting In Acrylic

The Conversation: Monday, July 10th, 2017

Jul 10, 2017
Kaipo Kiaha

Public Housing Tenant Rights: Victor Geminiani; Jamarek Atherton Concert: Kapono Ciotti & Kahnma

The Conversation: Friday, July 7th, 2017

Jul 7, 2017

National Education Association Meeting: HSTA President Corey Rosenlee; Downtown Honolulu show Contact 3017 Nanea Lum

The Conversation: Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Jul 5, 2017
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CSIS North Korea: Brad Glosserman; New Movement of Young Organic Farmers: Pam Boyar

The Conversation: Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Jul 3, 2017

Patriotism in America HPU Professor Dr. Jon Davidann; Honolulu Community College Voyaging Course: Captain Robert Perkins

The Conversation: Friday, June 30th, 2017

Jun 30, 2017
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Labor dispute may shut down Matson: Gunnar Lundeberg; Masters of the Currents Casting: Leilani Chan

The Conversation: Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Jun 28, 2017
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Healthcare Impacts to Hawaii; New Water Quality Notification Standards; Perfecting Public Speaking

The Conversation: Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Jun 27, 2017
John Gotanda

Bikeshare Hawaii: Lori McCarney; Dwell Magazine Editor and Chief Amanda Dameron; HPU President John Gotanda

The Conversation: Monday, June 26th, 2017

Jun 26, 2017
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Biki's Unaffordable Pricing: Wyatt Gordon; Jon Nguyen, director of new David Lynch documentary

The Conversation: Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Jun 23, 2017

UHERO report, about EVs: Dave Rohlf; Brain Health/Dementia: Dr. Kamal Masaki

The Conversation: Wednesday, June 21st 2017

Jun 21, 2017

Compassion and Choices: John Radcliffe; Paradise Cove: Drew Broderick

The Conversation: Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Jun 20, 2017

Older Women Face More Economic Challenges: Dr. Colette Browne; Renshi Poetry Reading on The Massey Case: Juliet Kono

The Conversation: Monday, June 19th, 2017

Jun 19, 2017

Deadly Heat Waves on the Rise; Hawaii’s Score on Elder Care; Homebrewing on Hawaii Island

The Conversation: Friday, June 16th, 2017

Jun 16, 2017
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Life Aboard Hokulea; Increasing Summer School Lunch Participation; Kauai Land Use Lawsuit

The Conversation: Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Jun 14, 2017

Possible Brain Harm from Moderate Drinking; Hawaii Honeybee Comeback; Bishop Museum’s Way Ahead

The Conversation: Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Jun 13, 2017
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Bringing Healthcare Back to Schools; Meals on Wheels Funding Under Threat; Hokule’a Crewmembers Return