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. 

Have something to say? Send a comment, conversation suggestion or a Backyard Quiz to talkback@hawaiipublicradio.org. You can also reach us on our talkback line at 808-792-8217. Remember to tell us your name and where you're from. Share your comments about the show in a short 30-second message and then we'll play some of them in future shows.

The production team is Lillian Tsang, Harrison Patino, and Jason Ubay.  

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*Audio and digital content will be posted daily by 2 pm.

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There's local research underway around COVID-19. We explore issues around diagnostic tests - one uses saliva, another nasal swabs. We also talk about vaccines, antibody tests and treatment. There is a need for plasma from those who have recovered from COVID-19. There are a number of clinical trials underway or about to get underway in the Islands and we talk about why there is a need to get a diverse pool of participants. 

Herd Immunity; UH Emergency Plan; Reality Check: DOH Transparency Issues; Corporate Water Use

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COVID-19 cases rise on the Big Island; The Long View with Neal Milner: What we've lost with restaurants closed; Union wants Hawaii prison chief out; Jobs available in city government; Gov. Ariyoshi on the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II

Reaction to Public School Opening; Reality Check: Schools Drop Racist Online Curriculum; Governor Ariyoshi on Tourism; Chamber of Commerce, Hawaii Is Hiring; Pandemic Home Renovation; “Why We Swim” Author

Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

Employer liability during the COVID-19 pandemic; Local companies using tech to solve community problems; Military COVID-19 data still a mystery in Hawaii; Kauai County looks to connect residents with jobs

Noe Tanigawa

City and service providers fight over homeless sweeps; Joyful noise from youth chorus; COVID's effect on choral societies; Healing stones in Waikiki; Celebrating coconuts

Palama Settlement Oral History; Scaled-back RIMPAC; Economic Shortfall of RIMPAC

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FDA Commissioner on COVID vaccine trials; Honolulu-based East-West Medical Research Institute on local COVID vaccine research; Honolulu Corporation Counsel's resignation under scrutiny; COVID at Oahu's jail; Postal service hiring in Hawaii

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Caution urged as COVID numbers increase; Progress slow but continual at DKIST; Governor unveils plans for November furloughs; Impact-Bound promotes student civic engagement 

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Private school association on returning to school; Department of Education struggles to get computers to all students; Gov. David Ige talks state's COVID response; Exhibit shows Hawaii's worldwide influence on string instruments

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State Department of Health underutilized contact tracing; Hawaii's long road to economic recovery; Data shows Hawaii's dire situation; The Long View with Neal Milner: Keeping nightlife alive during the COVID crisis; Self care via meditation at Kaiser Permanente

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Maui Mayor shares thoughts about travel quarantine; Assisting healthcare workers cope with stress; Correction workers face COVID outbreak; 2020 Elections; UH Outreach College offers clinical research certificate program

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Big turnout and a few surprises in the primary election; Self care for physicians at Queen's Medical Center; State has a reopening and reclosing plan, but isn't following it; Job opportunities on Maui

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Update from the Hawaii Restaurant Association; What restaurants will look like after the COVID crisis; Inside the daily decisions of a restaurateur; ALEA Bridge helps Central Oahu homeless; Call for artists for Maui Quick Build projects

Today we’re talking about what needs to happen to return to school safely and ease the fears of families - whether they be of students, teachers or administrators. The academic year would have started this week but the decision was made to put it off until August 17th.

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Interview with State Health Director Bruce Anderson; Building a local COVID modeling system; City official under federal investigation still on the job; Possible confusion with mail-in voting; Political campaigning during a pandemic

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Coffee farmers face economic crisis; Impacts of the Jones Act; House committee seeks DOH transparency; Zero Waste composts garbage into gold

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COVID Check-in with Lt. Gov. Green; Contact tracing training program underway; Political fundraisers linked to M Nightclub; Concerns of Garden Isle community; Docuseries: A Climate for Change

Iolani School

Iolani School students and dormers to return in the fall; The Long View with Neal Milner: Federalism and Portland; Teetering on a fiscal cliff; Hawaii Island Mayor Harry Kim Reflects on Hurricane Douglas

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Kauai County check-in; Possible Japan-Hawaii travel bubble; Updating Hawaii's voter registry; International students face uncertain future; New Jones Act study released

NOAA

Updates from Honolulu and Maui counties after close call with hurricane; Request to delay new bed and breakfasts on Oahu; Federal investigators resume corruption probe; Commercial real estate outlook

Noe Tanigawa

HPD's POST facility for Oahu's homeless; Kimi Howl Lee on her film Kamaaina; Art Bar; Professor talks K-Pop and politics; Maui luthier Steve Grimes

`Aikahi Elementary School

Community support buoys `Aikahi Elementary School; State addresses ocean plastic pollution at two sites; Honolulu's Prosecutor candidates weigh in on criminal justice reform; Neighborhood vigilance alerts authorities to quarantine breakers; HPR summer intern reflects on her quarantine experience

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Prior to the COVID-19 crisis and shutdown, Hanauma Bay on Oahu drew approximately 3,000 people every day. The City & County of Honolulu closed the marine preserve back in March and the public has been asking when it will be reopened.

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'Stay at Home' Dilemma; Advanced Healthcare Directives; Mayoral Candidates on Rail; 50 Waypoints  

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Radford High School principal on fall reopening; Arkansas radio station brings info and music to Marshallese community; Alleged mob boss had well-documented life of crime; Horticulturist has prescription for healing

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Seniors in Foster Homes; Hawaii Votes by Mail; Reopening Hawaii Schools; Perspectives on Waianae Needs; Inaugural Iron Butterfly Challenge

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What to do about Hawaii's 14-day quarantine as we look down the road to reopen for more tourism, maybe on Sept. 1. Are we ready? We are just coming off a COVID briefing where lawmakers demanded answers to that very question. What more should we be doing? What are the legal lines around enforcement, testing and improving compliance?

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Health Department enforcing COVID guidelines at restaurants; The Long View with Neal Milner: Threats to America's voting system; Honolulu police deal with sexual abuse in its own ranks; Engaging young people to prevent Hawaii's brain drain; Kona family remembers 1918 flu pandemic, draws parallels to today

Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

Strengthening COVID preparedness across Hawaii; Recap of the 2020 Hawaii State Legislature; Survey says Hawaii residents OK with coronavirus restrictions; Cancel RIMPAC Coalition opposes biennial military exercise

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