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The Conversation
Weekdays at 11am on HPR-1

Whether you live in our state or far from our shores, you’ll know what’s happening in Hawaii with a daily hour of locally focused discussions of public affairs, ideas, culture and the arts. Guests from around the block and around the world provide perspectives on life in the islands and issues that have not yet reached Hawaii. 

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The production team is Savannah Harriman-Pote, Russell Subiono and Lillian Tsang.  

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Latest Episodes
  • The head of the Healthcare Association of Hawaii shares how two local oxygen producers helped the state avert a crisis; an Oʻahu farmer and farming instructor provides insight into the increase in ʻulu theft around the state, and ways to increase community agricultural efforts; and the Honolulu Museum of Art discusses the new exhibit it hopes will stimulate conversations around community issues
  • Hilo Medical Center talks about the aftershocks of the Delta variant as COVID case counts trend downward; a Hawaiʻi County Councilmember gives an update on the status of emergency repairs on Kolekole Bridge on the Big Island; we learn more about the Koa'e Kea, the white-tailed tropicbird in Manu Minute; and we catch up with a former Peace Corps volunteer now recruiting for the corps at the University of Hawaiʻi
  • AIA Honolulu's Vice President discusses the plans for an upcoming architectural conference that will bring designers together to share innovative ideas; the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority highlights the progress made on the Hawaiʻi Island Destination Management Action Plan; Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Christina Jedra shares one mother's call for answers and accountability for her daughter's death four years ago in today's Reality Check; the University of Hawaiʻi talks about its exhibit celebrating the Peace Corps 60th anniversary; and Hawaiʻi-raised author Bardi Toto shares how we can continue to be grateful amidst trying times.
  • Lt. Gov. Josh Green is asking the U.S. Surgeon General for help to avoid resorting to rationed care in our hospitals. Climate change and biological threats stand to impact your morning cup of coffee. And a new film adaptation of Macbeth has a local connection.
  • Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi addresses tension around the Safe Access program, Hawaiʻi Island faces a shortage of foster families, and new technology may help to protect football players from concussions
  • On today's call-in show, we're taking your questions about the rollout of vaccine and testing mandates across the state. Honolulu labor attorney Jeffrey Harris walks us through the legality of requiring vaccinations for employees and patrons, and we go in-depth with Tamara Addison of Oahu Transit Services about their effort to get transit workers vaccinated before the deadline.
  • Hawaii AARP State Director shares her concerns about age potentially being a factor when prioritizing care at hospitals during the pandemic; Political Analyst Neal Milner discusses the intersection of race and housing in Hawaiʻi in our bi-weekly segment, The Long View; Honolulu Civil Beat reporter Claire Caulfield talks raising chickens during the pandemic in today's Reality Check; We learn more about the Moa, the red junglefowl Polynesian voyagers first brought to Hawaiʻi in this week's Manu Minute; HPR reporter Kuʻuwehi Hiraishi discusses efforts to teach computers to understand the Hawaiian language; and a Waimanalo native discusses the meaning and history of Hūnānāniho.