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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Congress may have the Constitutional power to declare war, but it's incapable. That's the contention of Matsunaga Institute for Peace Associate Professor, Brien Hallett. His series of papers challenge the belief of only  three  primary functions of government:legislative, executive, and judicial, and he says the basis for his conclusion is the congressional  incapacity "to declare war.

So who needs a micro loan? Maybe you do if the bank said no. Or maybe you;ve given a few dollars here and there to help an organization help someone achieve a measure of self sufficiency. Denise Albano is half of Food for Thought. She and her business partner, Patti Chang, offer micro loans to deserving individuals who can't qualify for a bank loan. There is a catch- the loans must be for food sustainability. Both women and Dr. Tin Myaing Thein executive director of the Pacific Gateway Center, often called one of the best community resources for immigrants.

Restorative justice may be a trendy topic, but for incarcerated people, it can be a lifeline back to a new normal...if they are willing to do the work. This week, we'll talk with a former inmate who has been involved with reentry circles, and has just had his own. We'll talk with the daughter of an incarcerated woman and with the director of the reentry group project, Lorenn Walker.

Chalk one up for Hawaii’s Sunshine Law. This month, Hawaii’s Supreme Court handed down a decision saying the Maui County Council  didn’t exactly follow the rules while it deliberated a development project. Next on Town Square, we’ll look at how this opinion will be guide future councils and whether how to abide by the open meetings law is any better understood now.Today at 5pm on HPR2 

  What is it about the thought of competition that sets is off? We give every kid on the team a medal. We say everyone is a winner although we know there can only be one winner. Somehow competition has gotten a bad name. That's why journalist Ashley Merryman co-authored Top Dog. She and writing partner Po Bronson have collaborated on several projects including the New York Times best seller,  Nurtureshock.

From how kids are diagnosed to what treatment they receive, some parents say, life for their kids is getting better…as long as they can find the right doctors, programs and affordable treatment. State Coordinator  for Family Voices, Leolinda Parlin, Marya Grambs, Executive director of Mental Health America of Hawaii and Hawaii Pacific University psychology professor, Jeff Stern guest.  That's today at 5pm on HPR2.

It's the ultimate nightmare: doing time for a crime you didn't commit. It's also why the Innocence Project exists.Next on Town Square, organization founder Barry Scheck sits down to talk about the impact of the recent Supreme Court decision that DNA can be taken from someone arrested for a crime. We'll also catch up on local cases with UH law professor and Hawaii Innocence Project Director, Ginny Hensch and UH geneticist, David Haymer.

  You've heard the expression "money talks." Well apparently its speaking loudly in Washington these days.   Congress is relegated to the sidelines  as corporate lobbyists do battle for policy making clout.  BIllions of dollars change hands, election are bought and paid for... in short american democracy has turned into a "dollar-ocracy" Author and Professor of Communications of Illinois at Urbana champaign, Robert McChesney joins Beth-Ann Kozlovich to talk about his latest book.

  Kanu Hawaii has been busy this of their projects brought volunteers back to neighborhoods canvassed last fall. This time, they asked whether the issues residents said were important actually got some attention. We'll hear about the door to door  debrief  from the Kanu project volunteers who made it happen. 

Retired Army Reserve Colonel and 29-year veteran, Ann Wright was also an American diplomat in many countries until 2003.  She’s back home in Hawaii following her trips to Yemen, China and Belgium. In Yemen, she met families of Guantanamo prisoners cleared for release and still in prison; China where she spoke at the Nanjing Law School on whistleblowers and Bradley Manning and Belgium where she presented at the international Peace Bureau Conference. We talk about what she heard and why we’re not hearing many of the same messages 

On this episode of Town Square, an hour of story, history, and the 150th commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg. Beth-Ann Kozlovich talks with Anita Manning, Nanette Napoleon and Justin Vance to put Hawaii into the context of the civil war.

  Food waste from restaurants, hotels, and caterers - and even on college campuses is only part of the story...but what happens in public school cafeterias?  Next on Town Square, part two of our look  at Food  Waste: what's done with winds up in the trash and fights over food kids will eat and not throw away in the first place.

Everyday much of the food that starts off on the farm winds up in the trash. On Town Square, how Hawaii copes with the flip side of sustainable food production: food waste. We'll talk about the Food Recovery Challenge and efforts to recover and reduce food waste.

Town Square goes back to the movies at the  Maui Film Festival. Beth-Ann talks with five filmmakers whose documentaries chronicle stories with political overtones and public policy impact: Blis DeVault's  SANCTITY OF SANCTUARY; Teri Tico's FISHING PONO; Justin LePera's ISOLATED; Paul Taublieb's HAWAIIAN: The Legend of Eddie Aikau and Destin Daniel Cretton's SHORT TERM 12 are profiled.

He's one of the high profile plaintiffs in the anti-rail appeal.  It'll be heard in August thanks to a request to expedite the hearing- before HART resumes construction. It isn't over until its over and Randy Roth says it's not. 

  Workplace and classroom design are changing - and supporters of the new collaborative space model say it's all with better thinking in mind. Next on Town Square, we'll talk with Bettina Mehnert, COO of Architects Hawaii and Mahina Hugo, head of school at La Pietra about how reconfigured  work and class spaces are reshaping the ways we learn and do business. 

HART Update

May 23, 2013

  Rail is looking pretty rosy: HART has collected more GET dollars than expected, the archeological inventory is well over and aside from the periodic lane closures, residents aren't feeling much of the project's effect. But wait, there is the expedited hearing of the appeal by rail opponents set for August. Join Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, HART CEO Dan Grabauskas, Beth-Ann Kozlovich.

Many of the children in the foster care system come from broken homes and have suffered some type of trauma or how does foster care help or hinder how they cope and prepare them for life on their own?  We'll talk with David Drews, Na `Ohana Pulama division administrator, and Gernani Yutob, Jr., the president of the HI H.O.P.E.S. Youth Leadership Board on O'ahu and a therapeutic foster care mom who supports emotionally and behaviorally challenged kids and youth ages 5-19.

Offenders pay their debt to society but often when they're released, many will start their personal cycle of crime all over again. Unless someone intervenes. Three years ago, Chief US District Judge Susan Oki Mollway started  a pilot program to offer high risk offenders a path other than the revolving door of recidivism. The District of Hawaii’s Reentry Court is intense, it's tough and it works.  The latest class is graduating. Chief Judge Mollway, reentry program probation officer, Jenny Coats and a program participant form Beth-Ann's panel for tonight's show.

Tra-la it's May and the 2013 legislative session is over. Tonight, Beth-Ann and political anaylyst Neal Milner take one last look at the Lege and how well this session helped to move Hawaii into the future. The good, the bad and the maybe.

Due to technical problems, the first three minutes of the show are missing.  We apologize for the problem.  On this show Beth-Ann Kozlovich talks with George Greene, President and CEO of Healthcare Association of Hawaii; Dr. Nadine Tenn Salle, Queens physician and President of the Independent Physicians Association; and Valisa Saunders, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner at Leahi and Maluhia  long term care hospitals. And by phone at the beginning of the show JABSOM physician, researcher, and benchmark study co-author, Kelley Withy.

A conversation with visiting essayist, author and poet, Roya Hakakian, keynote speaker at the 2013 Hawaii Federal District Court Conference. Her 2004 memoir of growing up in post-revolution Iran "Journey From The Land Of No" put her in the American consciousness.  Her most recent book, "Assassins Of The Turquoise Palace" makes the case why the American relationship with Iran isn't history"

Beth-Ann Kozlovich hosts a panel of guests discussing the upcoming teacher contract negotiations between HSTA and the state of Hawaii.