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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The concern about the community spread of COVID-19 is growing. Health officials are working with Hale Nani Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, the state's largest elderly care facilities to try and contain an outbreak of more than a dozen cases among staff and patients.

It is also monitoring the situation of other cases at other smaller care facilities to prevent the spread among the most vulnerable population. Do you know someone in a nursing home or smaller care home and are worried about their well being? Are you wondering where the safest place for them would be?

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Debate over vacation rental regulation; Lawmaker on interisland shipping concerns; The Long View with Neal Milner: Democracy or Authoritarianism?; Making streets more pedestrian friendly; Parent challenges masks in schools policy

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Newsrooms in peril; Startling violation statistics; Internal strife at HFD; Public school leader excels

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Legal argument for Hawaii's 14-day travel quarantine; Hawaii Island school on bringing students and boarders back for the fall; Surge in coronavirus cases among Pacific Islanders; Hawaii DACA recipient on recent ruling; Hawaii student snags fellowship with Dr. Fauci

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Honolulu Mayor on reopening Transpacific travel Aug. 1; State Rep. concerned about school reopening; Military in Hawaii coping with COVID; Maui's Seabury Hall prepares for fall; How Hawaii businesses and politicians can leverage social media

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The world of premier sporting events has been turned upside down during this global health crisis. Today we sit down with organizers of the Honolulu Marathon, the Honolulu Century Ride, and the Waikiki Roughwater Swim.

Maui Mayor Mike Victorino; Reopening Inter Island Travel and Businesses; LGBTQ Supreme Court Ruling; Database on police misconduct; Centennial of Women’s Right to Vote

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Medical legacy of Dr. Kawasaki; Community-based work furlough program closing; Lawmakers hammer out police misconduct bill; Addressing concerns about returning to work; Making schools safe for students

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Wikipedia Commons

State lawmakers back in session to address budget shortfall; Punahou School's plan to bring students back on campus; Teens who'd never met organized Hawaii's Black Lives Matter protest; Kaiser High No. 1 in the nation in math and reading proficiency

Loretta Sheehan on police reform discussion; Art as a tool for community benefit; Artist as innovator and visionary; Local theatre roundup

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Big Island update; Alternatives to going to court; Robust testing and monitoring needed at nursing homes; Concerns raised about Voting By Mail; Helping stranded international students

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Honolulu's new go to hub focused on economic recovery; COVID and domestic violence; Data discrepancies on HPD police killings; Distance learning challenges for English language learners

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You may have joined many across the state who have started growing your own vegetables or fruits. Whether you are an apartment dweller or live in a home with a yard, join us for a show where we talk with experts about maintaining a healthy and thriving garden.

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Police reform in Hawaii; Newsroom cuts to Honolulu's only newspaper; Marshallese stranded at consulate

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Kauai Mayor on reopening interisland travel and the local economy; How a Hawaiian homested kept COVID-19 at bay; Mental health during this time of crisis; Group wants more trees in Honolulu

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UH Med School grad on facing coronavirus in New York City; Kauai doctor wants medication-assisted treatment for drug addicted inmates; Discussion with author of Kamehameha: Destiny Fulfilled

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Military Travel Exemptions; Caring For Patients During Pandemic; Test Passengers Before Boarding; Mauna Lani Update

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Blood Bank of Hawaii calls for donations; State preps for hurricane amid pandemic; Mayor nominates 2 new Honolulu police commissioners; Local expert discusses possible link between Kawasaki disease and COVID-19

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Petition Raises Healthcare Concerns; Kauai Police Chief's Candid Response to Protests; Governor Ige (Part 2) 

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Food services reopen; Reactions from Chinatown; Artist Lauren Trangmar

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African American Solidarity; Encouraging Innovation; DOE Plans for Fall 2020; Music of Waikiki Leaks

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Reopening Hawaii Safely; Hawaii Island Tourism Jobs; Politician's Bullying Sows Discord; The Long View: Why Protests Escalate

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We're counting down to June 16. That's when interisland travel restrictions will be relaxed and Hawaii moves one step closer to reopening transpacific flights.

Today we talk marketing strategies and have invited representatives from the airline, hotels and industry trackers to our round table talk.

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Hotels prepare for tourists return; Unions advocate for worker protections; Cash flow to families abroad slow during pandemic; Returning to the dental chair

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Unemployment Claims Update; Futurist Ponders New Normal; Interisland Shipper Seeks Funding Aid; Foster Parenting

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What to expect as driver licensing centers reopen; Returning to regular health visits; COVID-19 crisis also affecting mental health; Hawaiian Telcom on increased Internet demand; Internet access creates disparities in distance learning

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Pictures of Money / Flickr

State lawmakers are due back in session June 15th after passing a spending plan for the state last week. But there is still work ahead as key players try and sort through what to expect when it comes to money coming into our tax coffers and money from the Federal Government.

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Nurturing ag to fill Big Island need; Keeping kupuna fed; Sustainable ag systems; Aina Aloha Economic Futures Declaration; Updates on Hawaii arts groups; Kupuna wisdom

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Public transparency at care homes; Celebrating EMS workers in our community; City workers on extended paid leave; Breakthrough science of Alice Ball

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Testing for COVID-19 at the airport; The Long View with Neal Milner: Challenges for airport design post-pandemic; Navy replaces leaky fuel tank in California but not Red Hill; Remembering the Chaulmoogra tree and how it helped those with Hansen's disease 

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