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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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U.S. Department of Agriculture / Flickr

  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.

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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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This year marks the 23rd annual Hawai‘i Conservation Conference – and unlike in past years, this year, conferees will meet in Hilo. Our panel of some of the presenters will consider the issues the conference hopes to address – and the action items they’d like to see come after it. 

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Intel Free Press / Flickr

  HECO wants a different rate schedule for new solar customers and the company says it's about fairness to all ratepayers and growing Hawai‘i solar.  Some in the solar industry agree, some don’t.  We'll talk with our panel about their differing perspectives. Today on Town Square, 5pm on HPR-2.

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  Last month, the Giving USA report touted American charitable giving at an estimated $358.38 billion in 2014 - the highest total annual amount in the report's 60-year history.Tonight, a comparison of national and Hawaii giving, pre-recession to now. In studio: Kelvin Taketa, President and CEO of Hawaii Community Foundation and Lisa Maruyama,President and CEO of the Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofit Organizations.

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  Today on Town Square, the phrase “It takes a village” usually refers to raising children, but what about other people in the village? In about a week, “The Generations United” conference will be held in Hawaii. And our panel will consider why generations, related or not, need each other now more than ever. Today at 5 on HPR-2.

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  You would figure that two countries with democracy and open-market economies would be able to work closely together. But that’s not the case between Japan and South Korea. And although they have specific values in common, how they deal with one another and the U.S. deals with both is often a case of national identity. We talk to two scholars who call for a grand bargain in their new book. That’s today at 5 on HPR-2.

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Former Governor Neil Abercrombie sits down with Guest Host Colin Moore to reflect on his legacy and discuss current policy challenges that face the state.  They will discuss his biggest achievements during his time in office and the decisions he regrets.

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Most want to live in a people-friendly environment with open space, affordable quality housing, and even preserved farmland for sustainable agriculture. Urban design can be a grassroots activity, with communities participating with design professionals. In Honolulu, that doesn't always seem to happen. Join us as we look at who is shaping Honolulu. Panelists: Jennifer Darrah, UH Lecturer and Graduate Faculty Affiliate,  UH Department of Urban and Regional Planning Prof. Luciano Minerbi, and from the same department, PhD Candidate, Annie Koh.

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 The contentious HSTA election is over. We talk with HSTA's newly elected president Corey Rosenlee and his leadership team about what they plan to do in this transition period and how they plan on moving HSTA in a different direction.

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Jen Russo / Flickr

  A special annual look at some of the Maui Film Festival's crop of documentaries. They all ask viewers to look at issues through a different lens and are driven by changes or would be changes in public policy. That's today at 5 on HPR2.

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  The TMT project is often characterized as Science versus the Hawaiian Community. What that simplification doesn’t show is the varied and nuanced perspectives with in the Hawaiian Community. We’ll talk about them this week on Town Square with Annelle Amaral, Peter Apo and Williamson Chang.  

  Host Beth-Ann Kozlovich talks about prostitution in Hawaii with guests Kathryn Xian and Dr. Melissa Farley.

  15 years after its medical pot law, Hawaii has a legislatively approved system for dispensaries. Chances are good the Governor will support it. But what happens after the dispensary bill becomes law? Our panel looks at how the plan is made real this week on Town Square.

  Hawaii is getting some input from experts in crafting its strategy to help the homeless. This week on Town Square, State Homelessness Coordinator, Colin Kippen and Lloyd Pendelton, Director of the Utah Homeless Task Force look at how Utah has significantly decreased its homeless population - and how Hawaii might emulate its success.

Walk back through the years and the headlines about the University of Hawaii, and clearly the school has had a boatload of issues. But the UH system is still the state’s only public institution of higher education.  And it's the school that will continue be the only affordable choice for many Hawaii' families. So what do you want from the U? We'll talk it over with David Lassner president of the 10-campus University of Hawai‘i System, UH Board of Regents Chair Randy Moore and UHPA incoming Executive Director, Kris Hanselman

  HB145 has gone through a handful of revisions since its introduction, making supporters, opponents - and spotlighting issues of gut and replace and special funds creation. We look at those issues with Janet Mason of The League of Women Voters, Tom Yamachika head of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii and the leader of the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Hawaii, Jessica Yamauchi.

  You’ve heard the message, but maybe you’re not paying enough attention to it.  There’s a good chance you or someone you love will need a caregiver. Next on Town Square we look at care-giving in Hawaii.  What you can and cannot expect from the state, and what help is available to navigate to the best solution for you and your family. Join our panel. Guests: Founder & Executive Director of the Caregiver Foundation, Gary A. Powell; Private pay caregiver,  Karla Kral; and Ramon Sumibcay, carehome operator and officer of the Alliance of Residential Care Administrators. 

 On this episode of Town Square... The farmers' views of what's happening at the Legislature. Our panel looks at the agriculture bills still in play and growing attention- and what they could mean in practice for those on the front lines, Hawaii's farmers. 

A chat with the front line in Homeless assistance.  Bill Hummel, HPU Professor of Social Work, and Heather Lusk, of the C.H.O.W. project which provides statewide needle exchange. 

Colin Moore and Neal Milner take a look at the bills are crossing over this legislative session.

  We hear so much about STEM education, but what makes it effective? According to the National Science Foundation, it's connecting STEM to real life questions. The NSF-funded  Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) project does that. Our panel tonight explores what's happening with partner schools and how  Hawaii could become a SENCER model state. Guests: Amy Shachter, co-principle SENCER investigator; Denise Konan, Dean of the College of Social Sciences at UH Manoa and SENCER Fellow; and Robert Franco, Director, Office for Institutional Effectiveness at Kapiolani Community College.

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