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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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


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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


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


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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


Drinking Water Well Protection on Maui; Go Behind the Headlines with Neal Conan; UH Students Take on Cyber Security


Kotzebue ShoreZone

Lessons on Climate Change Displacement from Alaska; Using Business Ethics to Foster Peace; Holiday Music from Willow Chang


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New Food Safety Rules; Balancing Multiple Education Reforms; The Last Samurai, Toshiro Mifune


Wikimedia Commons

Telemedicine and The Last Job in Hawaii; Exploring the Undersea Remains of WWII; The Creation of a New Musical Instrument  


Wikimedia Commons

One Family’s Story from an Internment Camp; Remembering Contributions of Nisei Veterans; Tales of the 442nd Infantry Regiment


Perspective on Pearl Harbor; News Analysis from Neal Conan; Upcoming Holiday Music Performances


Wikipedia

21st Century Cures Act; Possible Conclusion to Peter Boy Case; Go For Broke: The Story of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team


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Pushback Against Industrial Composting in Hilo; Preempting Discrimination and Harassment in Hawaii; Behind the Scenes of Big Wave Surfing


Flickr

State of HIV/AIDS in Hawaii; Challenges in Adapting Fair Labor Standards Act; From The Top Comes to Hawaii


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Roots of Racism; Central Oahu Transportation Study; William Finnegan’s Barbarian Days


Flickr - Wonderlane

Maui Moves to Ban Styrofoam; News Analysis from Neal Conan; Craft of Comedy


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On the Ground at COP22; Virtual Reality in Education; Mentoring Young Performers


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Does Black Friday Still Have An Impact? Small Business Saturday; Fairy Tales Galore on the Big Island; Summer Music from Kauha’a


Pinterest

The Last Job in Hawaii - Foodservice; Disney’s Moana: Service or Disservice?; Local 12-Year Old Pianist Joins ‘From The Top’


Flickr - Anthony Quintano

Feeding Hawaii Together Facing Closure; Trump Transition Troubles; Behind the Scenes of the Honolulu Marathon; Toys for Tots Holiday Concert


Outlook for Hawaii Democrats; Recording Family History with the Great Thanksgiving Listen; Understanding Acting Great Marlon Brando


Wikimedia Commons

Hilo Homelessness Update; “The Ghosts of Hiroshima”; State House Leadership Shakeup; Opioid Addiction; Lyman Museum

Wikipedia

The Future of Hawaii’s GOP; Local Powerlifter Sets Sights on the Olympics; Painting Workshop


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The Politics of Resentment; Hawaii Island Sweet Potatoes Under Threat;  Hawaii Kids on ‘From The Top’


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Drawbacks of Digital Journalism; Forming the Trump Administration;  Sounds of French Pop; The Story of Elephant Man


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Hawaiians at Standing Rock; Anti-Trump Protests Come to Hawaii; ‘School of Rock’ on Kauai


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