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

The final broadcast of Town Square occurred on August 24, 2017.

Talk Show Host Kozlovich Steps Down

Town Square: Death with Dignity

Jan 11, 2017
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Vinoth Chandar / Flickr

Hawaii has considered death with dignity for decades. This year, it's again poised for a discussion with lawmakers in the 2017 legislative session. Supporters believe this year is a game changer. We'll find out why from our panelists Charmaine Manansala.

Political Director of advocacy group, Compassion & Choices; oncologist Chuck Miller, one of the founding members of the Physician Advisory Council for Aid in Dying and John Radcliffe, Stage 4 terminal cancer patient and advocate for medical aid in dying in Hawaii.

Town Square: Science in a Post-Truth World

Jan 4, 2017
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Wikimedia Commons

  If news is now more infotainment than fact, where does that leave science? Tomorrow, a talk with scientists who are concerned about their place in a post-truth world. Guests; Dr. Mark Hixon is the Sidney and Erica Hsiao Endowed Professor of Marine Biology at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and Professor Joe Mobley of the UH Manoa School of Nursing.

Town Square: A Year In Review

Dec 28, 2016
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Anthony Quintano / Flickr

We'll reflect on the end of the year in politics with our guest Chuck Friedman a longtime Democratic party political strategist. We'll look at the 2016 presidential race, the future of Hawaii's political parties, and how politics in Hawaii has changed over the years. Guest host Neal Milner moderates Town Square.

Town Square: The Millennial Mindset

Dec 22, 2016
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Elizabeth Hahn / Flickr

Today on Town Square: 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. (Note: This show originally aired in August.)

Today on Town Square: Ann Wright

Dec 21, 2016
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Wikimedia Commons

Activist and former career Diplomat retired Colonel Ann Wright is home for Christmas in Hawaii. Next on Town Square we'll talk with her about where in the world her activism has taken her and what's next on her agenda that also might be on yours. Today at 5 PM on HPR-2.

Town Square: New Report on Addiction

Dec 13, 2016
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geralt / Pixabay

  The Surgeon General says it's time to change how we view addiction. With 1 in 7 Americans expected to develop a dependency sometime in their lives and only 1 in 10 who will receive treatment, it will be tough to gain ground without a new approach. Next time, we'll look in depth at Surgeon General's report and its impact on our already treatment- challenged state.

Town Square: Maui's Polystyrene Ban

Dec 7, 2016
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frankieleon / Flickr

  Maui wants to take the lead in banning one-time use polystyrene products. And there's a bill before the County Council to do just that. Next time on Town Square, we'll consider that proposed ban, how effective the bag ban has been and whether Hawaii will continue to get the plastic out of our state.

Town Square: Progress on Homelessness

Nov 29, 2016
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Jim Fischer / Flickr

Homelessness continued to be one of the galvanizing issues, top of mind within the four counties and Statewide this year. But where has one more year brought us? This week on Town Square Beth-Ann Kozlovich and guests will look at the progress on homelessness.

Town Square: Healing Post Election Wounds

Nov 8, 2016
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Alan Cleaver / Flickr

What happens after an election, after the vitriol and deep discontent that characterized this one, how to chart a way forward is a key question.  Our panel of psychologists will consider how Americans can come together after an election that drove us apart - if healing can happen at all. 

Town Square: The Low Down on Local Elections

Nov 2, 2016
Nick Yee
Nick Yee

With what seems to be daily October surprises... are you feeling that our local election is getting short shrift? Our panelists Neal Milner and Colin Moore will remedy that with a look and listen to what's taking your attention, even if it's "Oh please.  let all of this be over soon!" It will be in less than a week when we meet for Town Square.

Town Square: Mayor Kirk Caldwell

Oct 26, 2016
Kirk Cadwell
Kirk Caldwell

Some think he has the race all sewn up. And while Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell hopes that's true, whoever is declared Mayor on Nov 8 will still have to face the issues voters want fixed. This afternoon on Town Square an open line to Kirk Caldwell.

Town Square: Politics and Pledge Drive

Oct 12, 2016
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THEBLUEDIAMONDGALLERY.COM VIA CC

We examine the future of Nationalism, changing political landscapes, and the rejection of Globalism with professor Jairus Grove.

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Or pledge on-line at bitly.com/supportHPRnow

Town Square: Children & Sex Trafficking

Oct 5, 2016
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Lindsey Turner / Flickr

Hawaii now has a ban on sex trafficking. And last week, prosecutors from around the world met in Honolulu to figure out how to better network global trafficking cases. All that's good, but it doesn't help children who have already been affected. Next time on Town Square, we talk with a former trafficked girl, now grown and part of an organization helping to renew other kids' lives. She and the founder of Ho’ola Na Pua, join us along with the executive director of the Women's Fund. Is there a social responsibility to rehabilitate sex trafficked kids and how could we do it in Hawaii?

Town Square: 2016 Election in the Media

Sep 29, 2016
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Alan Cleaver / Flickr

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. 

Town Square: Media Coverage During Elections

Sep 22, 2016
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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.

Town Square: Life on Maui After Sugar

Sep 13, 2016
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Wikipedia Commons

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.

Town Square: Community Control Over Resource Management

Sep 7, 2016
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king damus / Flickr

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

Town Square: A Nation Engaged

Sep 1, 2016
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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." 

Town Square: To Assign (Or Not Assign) Homework

Aug 25, 2016
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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.

Town Square: The 1st State of the Environment Report

Aug 18, 2016
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.

Town Square: Key Races in Hawai‘i’s Primary Election

Aug 8, 2016
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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. 

Town Square: Millennial Mindset

Aug 3, 2016
Elizabeth Hahn / Flickr
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. 

Town Square: The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act

Jul 28, 2016
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Wikipedia Commons

  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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Wikipedia Commons

  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.

Town Square: Community-Police Relations

Jul 13, 2016
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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.

Town Square: Changing Political Landscapes

Jul 7, 2016
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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. 

Town Square: HPR’s Changing of the Guards

Jun 29, 2016
Pacific Business News
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.

Town Square: Expansion of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

Jun 22, 2016
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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? 

Town Square: Views on the 2016 Presidential Election

Jun 16, 2016
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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.

Town Square: Hawaiian Immersion School Legacy

Jun 9, 2016
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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