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 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 we'll play some of them in future shows.

The production team is Lillian Tsang, Ryan Finnerty, and Amber Khan-Gruspe.  Our summer intern is Harrison Patino.

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*Audio and digital content will be posted daily by 2 pm.

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March is national social work month. It’s one of the toughest jobs out there: high stress, low pay, and long hours. Here in Hawaii, the Child Welfare Services program just received failing grades across the board for the second time. Today’s panel examines the state of social work in Hawaii.

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Red Hill Lawsuit; Invasion of Privacy Suffered by the Poor; Trees for Hawaii’s Future Growing our Urban Forest; Hawaii Symphony Orchestra’s Latin Pops Revolution Show

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Auditing State Government; Rethinking South Point Management Practices; Politics of the Korean Conflict

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Dogs in service vests are an increasingly common sight in public spaces. But it may surprise you to learn that there is little legal regulation over the training and certification of service dogs and emotional support animals. Lawmakers here in Hawaii are considering a bill that would begin to change that.

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Animal Crimestoppers; Captive Insurance Market; Art World Escape; Arabian Nights

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Changing Workplace Etiquette; Collecting Tourism Data; Past and Future of Nuclear Weapons; Masters of the Currents

John Wehrheim

Proliferation of Double Utility Poles; New Jon Van Dyke Public Archive; Sanctuary Churches; Bhutan Exhibit

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Medical Aid in Dying; Tracking Invasive Species; Changing Demographics and Elections

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The Honolulu City Council is wrestling with a half a dozen versions of a bill to slow the growth of so-called “monster homes.” Today we sit down with to talk about a proposed moratorium and to understand what is wrong with our land use laws, and why enforcement is such a problem. 

Guests:

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Bus Stop Ban; Homeless Youth Study; African American History Museum

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After last week’s mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida students, parents, and officials across the nation are all proposing steps to prevent future incidents. What should be done here in Hawaii? Our panel addresses school safety and some of the proposals improving security.

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Biki Bikes Expansion; Zen Camera Book; Volunteer Assistance for HPD in Domestic Violence Disputes; Restaurant Tip Pooling

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On Tuesday, Governor David Ige released a roadmap for reforming the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency. Failures of management, protocol, and technology came to light following an incoming ballistic missile alert issued in error by that agency on January 13th. Our panel breaks down the details of that reform plan and assesses its tenets.

Guests:

Toby Clairmont, former Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Executive Officer

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DOE on Gun Safety and Shooter Drills; Big Island Solar Update; DoD Report on False Missile Alert

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It has been just over a month since the State of Hawaii erroneously issued an incoming missile alert. A report from Deputy Adjutant General Kenneth Hara about how to move forward is forthcoming. So today we assembled a panel of experts to address Hawaii’s disaster readiness. What did the January 13 missile alert teach us? What changes need to be made?

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SNAP Under Threat; Epigenetics and Health; Girls in STEM; Guitarist Andy Kimbel

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Monster Homes; Synthetic Experiences and Pop Culture; Local Study on Depression; International Graduate Student Conference

Hotel Workers Union on Cell Phone Use; Transforming American Healthcare; Hawaii State Board on Geographic Names; Hawaii Theatre for Youth’s Kinolau

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Less than two months into 2018, ten people have already died from drowning on Maui. Our panel today explores issues of ocean safety including lifeguard staff size, visitor outreach, training, and more. 

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The “Button Pusher” Speaks; Expert Assessment of HI-EMA; Lava Tour Hazards; HOT Daughter of Regiment

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Lack of affordability, convoluted permitting process, monster homes, and more. There is no shortage of challenges in addressing Hawaii’s housing market. Today’s panel will explore those challenges, their causes, and possible solutions.

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Restricting Missile Alert Authority; Indigenous Rights Lawyer; Local Effects of Nuclear Testing; Remembering Plantation Life

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Consumer Alerts from Federal IRS; Milken Educator Award Winner; Net Neutrality Executive Order; Honolulu Wastewater Study and Cesspool Conversion; 

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Continuing Resolutions and Military Readiness; H-Power Waste Ash; Paratransit Emergency Planning; Local Disney Writer

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‘Olelo Channel Slam; Tolerance of Mediocrity; Emergency Planning for Hospitals; The Caucasian Chalk Circle

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Public Safety Committee Reaction to EMA Mistake; Former Hawaii State Civil Defense Vice Director

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Lieutenant Governor Succession; Bail Reform; Ala Wai Dredging; Joshua Kaye on Piano

Bracing for Flu Season; Peace Corps Prep; HI-EMA Review; Pineapple Powder; Fights & Delights  

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The Special Relationship; SECDEF in Hawaii; Diet for a Hot Planet; Defunding Public Daycare; Project Based Learning

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Hawaiian Language Court Controversy; New Ocean Management Tool; Kawainui Marsh Master Plan; Place and Culture Forum

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