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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

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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.

Town Square: What Do Political Issues Say About Hawaii?

May 19, 2016
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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.

Town Square: Health Insurance Capitated Payments

May 12, 2016
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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.

Town Square: 2016 Legislative Session Recap

May 5, 2016
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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.

Town Square: Water Rights

Apr 27, 2016
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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.  

Town Square: The Right To Try Law

Apr 21, 2016
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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. 

Town Square: Progress on Hawai‘i’s Homeless?

Mar 31, 2016
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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? 

Town Square: Psychiatrist VS. Mental Health Care Providers

Mar 24, 2016
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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.

Town Square: The Halfway Point of the Legislative Session

Mar 17, 2016
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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.  

Town Square: The Widening Republican / Democrat Divide

Mar 10, 2016
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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.

Town Square: The Status of Domestic Violence in Hawai‘i

Mar 3, 2016
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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.

Town Square: Housing in Hawaii

Feb 25, 2016
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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.

Town Square: Community Health Center Legislation

Feb 18, 2016
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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.

Town Square: Voter Anxiety

Jan 28, 2016
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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. 

Town Square: Affordable Housing

Dec 17, 2015
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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.

Town Square: Success Beyond GDP

Dec 10, 2015
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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.

Town Square: Revisiting Tyke the Elephant

Nov 19, 2015
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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. 

Town Square: The COFA Agreement

Oct 29, 2015
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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 

Town Square: Investigative Journalism

Oct 8, 2015
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UH Press

Guest host Neil Milner will talk to James Dooley, author of  Sunny Skies, Shady Characters, about political corruption and investigative journalism in Hawaii.

Town Square: Men on Domestic Violence

Oct 1, 2015
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Neal Milner guest hosts a panel of men, all community activists, to consider how men can counter domestic violence. They'll look at the Men's March and their role long after it's over.

Town Square: Dr. Willie Parker

Sep 24, 2015
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  National reproductive advocate, and a former UH medical school professor, Dr. Willie Parker was recently in Hawai‘i. We had the chance to sit down for an extended conversation before he returned to the mainland. Tonight on Town Square, he talks about his profession of faith as his steadfast as his abortion care in places including Mississippi, where that care is otherwise unavailable. This is a recorded interview, and the phone lines will not be available.

Town Square: Homelessness in Hawaii

Sep 17, 2015
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Michael Coghlan / Flickr

Continuing this week’s focus on Hawai‘i homelessness, our panel of three of Oʻahu’s top homeless outreach providers: Greg Payton, Chair of Partners in Care; Sheila Beckham, CEO of Waikiki Health; and Scott Fuji, Interim Executive Director of PHOCUSED.

Town Square: Suicide Prevention Month

Sep 10, 2015
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  Life ends in death, and there's no changing that. But when death is self-inflicted, the heartache continues often for decades. In this suicide prevention month, we consider the different populations of all ages at risk in Hawaii, the national conversation on suicide and the approach family and friends can take to intervene before tragedy may happens.

Town Square: Recycling & Construction

Sep 3, 2015
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Dan Hughes / Flickr

  It’s an often repeated mantra: reduce, reuse and recycle. Many people are pretty good about that in the short term, but when it comes to building or remodeling, the lure of the new is often compelling. Our panel says there’s an even better case to be made for reusing building materials and it’s not just about the money. Panel: Quinn Vittum, Executive Director, Re-use Hawai'i:Lynn Johnson, Reuse Board member, designer and builder of sustainable homes, Lynne Johnson and restaurateur, Ed Kenney. 5 PM on HPR-2.

Town Square: Special Education in Hawaii

Aug 27, 2015
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www.karegivers.org via Creative Commons

  Special Education in Hawaii seems even more challenging these days.  Long after federal oversight ended following the Felix Consent Decree, parents and teachers are frustrated.  We'll talk with an attorney who works pro-bono to help parents caught in a system not providing what their kids need. We'll hear from parents who wonder what happened since the state was in compliance with guest, Attorney Keith Peck and parents from around the state. Today at 5pm on HPR-2. 

Town Square: Local Farm-To-Product Ventures

Aug 20, 2015
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  Buying locally grown produce may be part of your grocery habits, but what about Hawai‘i products from cosmetics to jam? In advance of the Made in Hawai‘i Festival, our panel considers how farm-to-product and farm tourism ventures are continuing to find a market. Our panel includes: Greg Colden of Kokoleka Lani Farms and KonaNaturalSoap.com, Kai Cowell of Ka'iulani Spices, Aletha Thomas of Monkeypod Farm, and Tim Parsons of Adoboloco Hot Sauce Company. Today at 5 PM on HPR-2.

Town Square: Women & Money From Women In Money

Aug 13, 2015
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Tax Credits / Flickr

  Ok ladies, this question is for you: How well do you handle investing and other financial matters? Our Town Square panel of financial advisers explores what women of all ages need to better understand now to prosper in the future. Women and money from women in money.

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Images Money / Flickr

Hawaii's changing human services needs and the policies that may or may not meet them.

With guests: Melissa Stafford Jones, Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region IX, and Dr. Betsy Thompson, Deputy Regional Health Administrator, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health. 

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