Town Square

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

Town Square, hosted and produced by Beth-Ann Kozlovich, is one of the oldest of Hawaii Public Radio's public affairs programs. Since its inception in 1999, Town Square has provided an interactive forum for political, social, educational and cultural issues of local, national and international importance. Often the conversation includes guests and participants from outside Hawaii, giving access to newsmakers and those yet to make news. Discussions are lively and almost always, civil.

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Kanu Hawaii / Flickr

  The rest of the country is focused on the general election, in Hawaii it's all about our primary. UH Public Policy Center Director Colin Moore and HPR contributing editor Neal Milner take a look at the state's key races - and we want to hear from you. 

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Elizabeth Hahn / Flickr

  We'll look at Hawaii through the eyes of the Millennial Generation - and why some say their priorities are shifting now that they're in their 30's. 

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  The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act has the potential to substantially change how addiction is prevented and treated.  It's a nonpartisan Congressional initiative now waiting for the President's signature.  Today on Town Square, we'll continue our look at this piece of legislation and what its provisions can do - if the act becomes law and funded enough to allow the strategy to work.

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  The Every Student Succeeds Act is the Federal Government's new standard for education. Tonight on Town Square we'll meet with some the people helping create Hawaii's plan for meeting ESSA guidelines.

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Mathew Ursua / Flickr

  The police shootings in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis, and the officers shot and killed in Dallas, mean many communities are looking at their own community-police relations. That includes in Hawaii and we will too, next time on Town Square.

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thebluediamondgallery.com via CC

  We hear it in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign to make America great again by bringing back jobs and saying no to trade deals, we see it in the BREXIT vote and in subsequent calls by other countries to do likewise and chart their own futures. 

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Pacific Business News

  Today on Town Square, as Michael Titterton’s tenure ends, José Fajardo's is just beginning.  We’ll have a conversation with each chief about HPR's past and future - and why public radio is a lot like falling in love with the same person over and over again.

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USFWS - Pacific Region / Flickr

  Town Square: Senator Schatz sent his proposal to expand the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument to the President for his consideration. But what do both conservationists who liked the original idea and the fishermen who opposed it say about this new proposal? 

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Flickr / kristin_a (Meringue Bake Shop)

  If you've been voting for a while, you know this campaign season is like no other. What was divisive to begin with is now further complicated by the responses to the Orlando shooting. And while Hawaii won't make or break the presidential election, who does (or doesn't) support the presumptive nominees may show up in future state races. We'll talk with the Hawaii Democratic and GOP state party chairs, Tim Vandeveer and Frtiz Rohlfing.

Nick Yee
Nick Yee

  Several generations of Hawaii students and their families are part of the ongoing legacy of Hawaiian immersion schools.  Even with a forty year history, the resurgence of culture and language, questions persist about assessments and parity with non-immersion schools. Today on Town Square, we'll consider where immersion schools are now and some of the national attention they've attracted.

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  How to meet the needs of transgender kids and adults continues to pose tough questions for Hawaii and the nation.  Dr. MIlton Diamond's research on sexual development dates from 1960s.  We'll talk with him and transgender activist Tracy Ryan - and you about some of the issues often left out of the headlines.

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Daniel Ramirez / Flickr

What's it like trying to resolve serious political conflicts like Hawaiian sovereignty, or genetically modified crops? What do these conflicts say about leadership in this state? We'll talk about these questions. and a lot more, with two people who have worked in the trenches on many of them, Peter Adler and Linda Colburn.

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Pictures of Money / Flickr

  Some doctors say it has merit; others call it a move against appropriate care for their patients. Regardless, the industry and the federal government are pressing for capitated payments. We'll talk about with our panel and you.

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  Today marks the end of the 2016 legislative session.  What bills passed, which failed and what may come back next time fill tonight's Town Square. Contributing Editor Neal Milner, UH Public Policy Center Director Colin Moore and Beth-Ann bring their lists.

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  Where’s the water and who gets it? Our panel takes a big picture look at Hawai‘i’s available water for urban, agricultural and cultural use…and competing interests that aren’t going away. Guests: Bill Tam, former DLNR Deputy Director, retired from the Water Commission; Tom Giambelluca Professor of Geography, UH Manoa; and Kapua Sproat, Assistant Professor with Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law and the Environmental Law Program.  

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  Should doctors be allowed to prescribe medicines being used in clinical trials to terminally ill patients? Our panel will take up the "Right To Try," which is already law in 27 states. 

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Nick Yee

  Homelessness was at the top of the legislative list at the start of this session. Now with little more than a month to go, how do outreach and faith-based providers and the state's homelessness coordinator feel about the focus and the progress lawmakers have made so far? 

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Hey Paul Studios / Flickr

  It’s not just a turf battle, but the growing need for mental health care providers is encroaching on the authority of psychiatrist. For certain psychologists who’d like to be trained to prescribe, they could get their wish this legislative session. We’ll talk about that with our panel of health professionals on Town Square.

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  The winnowing period is done. Now at the halfway point of the legislative session, lawmakers will focus on the bills that made through crossover.  And so will we starting with a look at what made it, what didn’t and what might reappear.  

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DonkeyHotey / Flickr

  

Hawaii Democrats and Republicans are watching the splits in each party grow ever wider. With the GOP caucus over and the Democratic precinct meetings scheduled for later this month, we'll see how the Hawaii heads of each party are assessing this election cycle in our state and what that may say about Hawaii's changing character.

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CMY Kane / Flickr

  Domestic violence got a lot of attention last summer and lately threw another spotlight on HPD. But beyond conversation, has there been any real movement on the domestic violence front? We’ll find out.  Join us for an update on the status of domestic violence.

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Daniel Ramirez / Flickr

  You've probably often hear that housing permitting is too long and that eliminating or greatly reducing the Land Use Commission's role in permitting development might be a good step. Senator Laura Thielen and Economist Sumner La Croix bring different perspectives on creating more housing, including housing pressures we usually don't cite.

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  Access to health insurance has changed. Next up, could be changes in health policy. Next time on Town Square, a look at some of the bills from the viewpoint of those which deliver health services to many of the most vulnerable: the community health centers.

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Erik (HASH) Hersman / Flickr

  With less than a week to go before the Iowa caucuses, NPR and many member stations are exploring the biggest phenomena of these elections: Voter Anxiety. What's driving it? Income inequality, the health of the American dream, plus more worry about terrorism and the fear that illegal immigration represents a major threat.  We'll take up what this means for Hawaii with political analyst Neal Milner and John Hart, Chair of the Communication Department at Hawai`i Pacific University.

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Erik (HASH) Hersman / Flickr

With less than a week to go before the Iowa caucuses, NPR and many member stations are exploring the biggest phenomena of these elections: Voter Anxiety. What's driving it? Income inequality, the health of the American dream, plus more worry about terrorism and the fear that illegal immigration represents a major threat.  We'll take up what this means for Hawaii at 5pm on HPR-2 with political analyst Neal Milner and John Hart, Chair of the Communication Department at Hawai`i Pacific University.

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Homelessness is on the big “To Do” list for the Governor and many state lawmakers the coming legislative session.  Central to that action will be the perspectives of Scott Morishige the State Homelessness Coordinator,  Jun Yang the Executive Director of the Mayor's Office of Housing for the City and County of Honolulu, and Greg Payton the Executive Director of Mental Health Kokua, and now former chair of Partners in Care. They’ll join us with a preview. 

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Edmund Garman / Flickr

  The shortage of affordable housing has become a go-to topic in the conversation about everything from countering homelessness to supporting the middle class…but is there enough land in our island state to build what we need? Our panel tackles whether there is or isn't a shortage of land on O‘ahu today on Town Square.

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zack Mccarthy / Flickr

  During the holidays, we often hear messages about the "things that really matter.' And just as often, those ideas fade with the January bills. So can there a better defining line for success other than money? We'll consider success beyond GDP.

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  The story of Tyke the circus elephant is the subject of a new documentary screening in Hawai‘i.  Her rampage from Blaisdell Center through Kaka‘ako in 1994 ended in 87 bullets and a lethal injection - but has the lesson of Tyke ended for Hawai‘i?  Despite a lot of work over 20 years, there is still no ban on performing animals. We’ll talk about it. 

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  Today on Town Square: Understanding the COFA Agreement – and getting to know the Micronesian community with Civil Beat’s Chad Blair. 5pm on HPR-2. 

Read his article The New Kids on the Block: A ‘Hidden Minority’ in Civil Beat 

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