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.  

Click the photos for individual stories and their audio!

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

Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS

Quarantine for travelers and stay at home order for residents; National Guard gets ready; Retooled policies could prevent jail overcrowding; Farmers markets as essential business

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UH readies for all online classes; Shipping industry addresses supply chain rumors; Health department keeps COVID-19 testing narrow; On alert for coronavirus scams; Hawaii players could fill USA's Olympic beach volleyball teams

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Update from Hawaii's visitor industry; Honolulu orders bars and restaurants closed; Theater productions halt during coronavirus crisis; Sitting volleyball player preps for Paralympics

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UH professor prepares for online teaching; Delivering food to the needy during the coronavirus crisis; Hawaii tourism drops; Hawaii-born rugby player eyes Olympics

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State labor department on unemployment strategy; Coronavirus update from the BBC; Legislative session halted; Seeking memorabilia for veterans home; Local skateboarder shreds into the Olympics

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Two new cases of COVID-19 coronavirus on Kauai and Maui; Hawaii's private healthcare industry preps for COVID-19; FAA has resisted calls for helicopter safety for years; Local surfers on the 2020 Olympics

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Struggles of houseless students; Hunting Mushrooms on the Big Island; Update on COVID-19; Lost sounds of Hawaii's native birds; Honolulu Art Ensemble debut

Economist Paul Brewbaker on COVID-19 effects on Hawaii; Council on Revenues changes forecast in wake of virus; Carbon tax credits moves through the Legislature; HiSAM exhibit celebrates centennial of women's suffrage.

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Hawaii cruise ship business in jeopardy from COVID-19; Event looks at nexus of Hawaiian tradition and innovation in hospitality industry; State wants to subsidize interisland shipper; Neal Milner on those who don't vote

Kokua Council; Sandwich Isles Federal Court Action; Minimum Wage Legislature; Domestic Violence Awareness; Monk Seal Death

Update on Oahu TVR 's; Hiring for 2020 Census; No Side Gigs for State Leaders; "The Swedish Model" Combats Sex Trafficking; Local Talent on the National Stage

DLNR Vacation Rental Crackdown; Ala Moana Fall Settlement; Vets Prep for Career in Tech; Kwai Ghost Net Boat; Ghost Net Artist

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Enforcing vacation rental laws on Maui; Coronavirus causes dropoff for Hawaii businesses; Hawaii Pacific University's worrisome future; Ranked choice voting comes to Hawaii

Kauai Vacation Rentals Update; Kauai Drug Bust; Dillingham Field Controversy; Alakai Development; USS Arizona Interment

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Bill would ban vacation rentals on Molokai; Kaiser Permanente Hawaii doctor talks COVID-19; Honolulu Ethics Commission makes financial disclosures harder to find; Union volunteers spruce up Kalihi Elementary

Box Jelly-Dentsu Collaboration; Keeping up with Kaka'ako; Lāna`i: Nelinia Cabiles; Moloka’i: Kanoelani Davis; Hawai’i: Hiroki Morinoue; Toni Lee and Hawaiian Voices

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Gun control bills at the 2020 legislative session; AARP Hawaii warns of Census scammers; Hitachi lands $70M a year rail contract; Creating Hawaiian subtitles for Netflix content

Japan Olympics and Global Economy; Electric Vehicle Bills; Hawaii Keeps Fluoride Out Of Drinking Water; Taxes - And Who's Paying Them; Sex Trafficking And Homelessness

Hong Kong economy reeling from coronavirus; Elemental Excelerator wants startups solving climate change; Former House Speaker eyes Honolulu City Council seat; Society of Professional Journalists seeks more members

House Speaker Scott Saiki; Immersion Schools Facing Challenges; WCC Kalaupapa Exhibit

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Today we focus our attention on sharks. We go sleuthing for DNA clues for the predators. Who are the culprits stealing the catch of fishers? And what's on the high tech horizon? What are the emerging tools that researchers can use to understand the ecology of sharks?

Senate President Ron Kouchi; Governor on Covid-19; Princess Kawananakoa's Financial Status in Question; Tim Wu on Net Neutrality

Hawaii Department of Health update on COVID-19; Climate change effects on national security; Bill could increase housing development with less reviews; Day of Remembrance for Japanese Americans; President Obama's memorabilia road show

Kawaiahao Church Iwi; Niihau Dialect; Ex-Governors Fear For Hawaii's Future; Truman’s Aloha Shirts; Presidential Ties to Hawaii

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Love and LGBTQ+; Maui update from Lucienne de Naie; Update on FestPac; Pow!Wow! goes 10 years strong; Artist Keith Tallett from Hawaii Island

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Hawaii Department of Transportation on COVID-19; Matson's CEO on its newest ship; Honolulu's potential as e-scooter heaven at least a year out; Maui oyster project hopes to clean Maalaea Bay; Two local printing companies join forces

Hong Kong Journalist on Coronavirus; New EPA Administrator; Hawaii Affordable Housing Not So Affordable; Author Tae Keller; Hilo High Scholarship Winner

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Hawaii healthcare industry prepares for COVID-19; Stricter coffee labeling might actually happen; National expert talks toxic masculinity and domestic violence; Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band brings folksy music to preschoolers and their parents

Economic Impact of Coronavirus; Composting Efforts on Kauai; Plastic Finding its Way in Hawaii's Soil; Film Spotlights Transgendered in Tonga

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Primary Plans for Hawaii's Democrats; Why Recycling Events are Cutting Hours; Lions Club Collects Glasses and Hearing Aids for the Needy; Documentary Focuses Traditional Navigators of the Solomon Islands

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