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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By now  you know this presidential race is like no other. And regardless of how you may feel about either candidate, there's one other think you know: this election is like no other for the media, too. How that shows up in what you see and hear is what we'll take up next time on Town Square. Join us Thursday at 5: Hawaii News Now News Director Mark Platte and Civil Beat Editor and General Manager, Patti Epler guest. 

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Flickr / League of Women Voters of California LWVC

  This week on Town Square, looking at how the media and reporters in particular cover political campaigns. Does local and National media coverage generally enlighten or confuse voters? Do reporters focus on things that help us make informed choices or do they just look for scandal and controversy? We’ll take up these questions with award-winning investigative reporter and columnist Ian Lind, long time Hawaii journalist Denby Fawcett, and Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Nick Grube.

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One of key questions hanging over the state is what happens to the Alexander & Baldwin land on Maui after HC&S closes for good at the end of the year.  While the phrase diversified agriculture seems to be on everyone's lips, what that means could be anybody's guess. We'll take up that up with Alexander & Baldwin President & Chief Executive Officer Christopher J. Benjamin, HC&S General Manager Rick Volner, & Scott Enright, Chair of the Hawaii Board of Agriculture.

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king damus / Flickr

  How much control should communities have over the management of their natural resources? 

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Gary Waters/Ikon Images/Getty Images via NPR

  This year's presidential campaign continues to divide competing world views. America's place in the world is an ongoing question the next President will face and the answer lies in the US role in global affairs from fighting terrorism to trading with Asia. This week NPR and member stations are examining these issues and so will we as part of "A Nation Engaged." 

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Jere / Flickr

  Maybe this is the scene at your house: it's 11:15 PM and your middle or high school student is still working on the day's assignments. By the time she's finished, she'll get six or so hours of sleep...and start the next day tired. With sleep-deprived kids at school, little family time and afternoons dominated by sports and other activities, many teachers and parents question the place homework has in children's lives. To assign or not to assign homework today on Town Square.

He Lono Moku
He Lono Moku

 A consortium of 17 organization has come together to produce Hawaii's first State of the Environment report, called He Lono Moku. The report tackles three main areas: freshwater security, renewable energy and community-based marine management. This week's panel brings together experts in those areas to discuss this year's report.

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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. 

Nick Yee
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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