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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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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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.

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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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sabianmaggy / Flickr

  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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