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.

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Facebook - Onward, Etc

Changes to national Education Policy; Engaging Younger Voters; Live Music from Onward, Etc.

Katherine Hitt

Will 2017 Be the Year of Decriminalization? Measuring Economic Value of Conservation; Buffalo Soldiers On Stage; Balancing Culture and New Discovery


Pixabay

Kuleana Land Rights; Artificial Intelligence in the Workplace; Retirement Woes in Hawaii


Wikimedia Commons

A Second Chance for Bioenergy; Keeping the East-West Center Relevant; Inside the Mind of a Modern Inventor


Open Source Photos

Tax Increases Likely Ahead; Unity Concert in Waikiki; Hawaii Actor Makes it Big


© 2014, Linny Morris, courtesy of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Learning to Identify Fake News; Implementing Harm Reduction in Hawaii; Art and Music from Around the World


Flickr

Colleen Hanabusa’s Thoughts on 115th Congress; Life On Mars; Hope for Maui’s Coral Reefs


Wikipedia

Contrarian View on Drug Use; Fostering Innovation in Education; How to Be a Hollywood Stuntman


Flickr - Averain

Alternatives to Obamacare; Outlook for Maui’s Sugar Workers; Mandating Tax Return Disclosure for Presidential Candidates


Flickr - Mrs. Gemstone

Outlook for Good Governance; Healthcare Reform in Hawaii; Jazz of Lenore Raphael


Flickr - shankar s.

Shining A Light on Abortion; Can Honolulu’s Rail Project Be Turned Around? Crickets as the Sustainable Food of the Future


Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit

Women’s Issues in the Legislature; Budget Priorities for Honolulu; Science Fiction and Sea Level Rise


2017 Legislative Preview; Coffee Berry Borer Arrives on Maui; The Tangled Web of an On Screen Romance


Flickr - USDAgov

Getting Kids Excited About School Lunch; Hamakua Development Plan; Game of Thrones the Musical; Americana in the Atherton


Wikimedia Commons

Future of OHA; Hawaii Teachers Cleared for Field Trips; Dancing While Pregnant


Flickr - selmaemiliano

Hawaii After the Affordable Care Act; Power of Unconventional Thinking; Exploring Color and Age on Stage


Open Source Photos

The Fight to Recognize MLK Day; Women’s Solidarity March; Green Development in Kailua-Kona


AP/Carolyn Kaster

History of Japan-Hawaii Relations; Reaction to Homeless Mapping; After School Program for Adults


Honolulu Homeless Crisis

Controversial Homeless Map; Community Approach to Business; Garden Isle Coral Garden


Wikimedia Commons

A Push to Increase Electric Car Use; Veterans Affairs Wishlist; Artist Heather Brown


Flickr - Ken Lund

Challenge to DHHL Funding Request; Taking Mental Health First Aid Mainstream; Campus Based Education Initiative; Cancer Support Group


Pexels

The Conversation Staff Favorites from 2016


Public Domain Pictures

Economic Winners and Losers of 2017; HIS Needs Your Help in the Effort Against Homelessness; Train Your Brain to Improvise


Youtube

Mental Illness vs Holiday Blues; Significance of Japanese PM Visit to Hawaii; 2016’s Top Films Come to Maui


Pixabay

Unemployment Predictions for 2017; HPD Chief Kealoha Suspended; Making a Living as a Musician


Flickr - Sergey Galyonkin

The Value of Humility; Signing Off From the Farm; Surfer Musician Tom Curren


Flickr - King Damus

Statewide Effort Against Cancer; Pesticide Lawsuit; Local Band Makes it Big


Pixabay

Divergent Electricity Rates; 2017 Economic Forecast; Stories from Desert Storm; Sports Photography  


Pixabay

Lessons in Tourism from Other Indigenous Groups; Millennials in the Arab World; Tobacco and Hawaii’s Kids


Flickr - Souvid Datta

Addiction in America; Truth About Open Government; The Art of Film Editing


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