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An unofficial fan-blog of the Town Square program hosted by Beth-Ann Kozlovich. The program airs on 89.3 FM Thursdays at 5-6 pm in Honolulu and streams at http://hawaiipublicradio.org . This website has NO CONNECTION WHATSOEVER with Hawaii Public Radio.



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What the Superferry controversy has dredged up

Mon, 05 Nov 2007 21:09:34 PST

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Tonight Kauai journalist Joan Conrow, Sen. Gary Hooser and Big Island journalist Hunter Bishop join me as we look at the ugly underbelly of the Superferry controversy - what the island-to-island opinions of the issue and the way they have been expressed have revealed in our character.


Media Files:
http://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/audio/TS_110107.mp3




Loving Living Rooms

Mon, 05 Nov 2007 23:34:21 PST

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As the saying goes, "charity begins at home." So does how we teach, love and help our children to develop into loving and independent adults - and how we model loving adult relationships for our children. Creating "loving living rooms" is the subject of tonight's Town Square with Bobbie Sandoz Merrill, MSW, author of More Parachutes for Parents, and her husband, Dr Tom Merrill. Together they wrote Settle for More and are now touring the country leading workshops and speaking. We'll hear the fundamentals of their philosophy, which they say they has evolved from the way they live and love.


Media Files:
http://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/audio/TS_102507.mp3




"Getting a Grip " with Frances Moore Lappe

Mon, 05 Nov 2007 23:35:58 PST

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Join us for a Celebration 2007 edition of Town Square with guest Frances Moore Lappe. Perhaps best know for her 1971 book, Diet for a Small Planet, Hope's Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet with daughter, Anna Lappe (2003) and Democracy's Edge (2005), Lappe has released Getting a Grip, a practical approach to creating a "living democracy" by changing our expectations of government and ourselves. As we are in fund drive mode, phone lines will be available for pledges only.


Media Files:
http://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/audio/TS_101807.mp3




HIFF 2007

Mon, 05 Nov 2007 23:37:12 PST

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The Hawaii International Film Festival is celebrating its 27th year this month...so how did a small project of the East-West Center begun in 1981 grow to be one of the largest and respected international film festivals in America? Join us this week for our annual HIFF preview with Executive Director, Chuck Boller and programmer Anderson Le.


Media Files:
http://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/audio/TS_101107.mp3




Teacher Drug Testing

Tue, 09 Oct 2007 19:35:00 PDT

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Students at UH Manoa say there isn't enough security to keep them and their belongings safe. After a spate of burglaries at UH earlier this year plus violent episodes on a few college campuses nationwide - and despite the Hawaii state auditor's report and a proposal to the Honolulu Police Department to have off-duty officers patrol the campus - the question remains how campus security will protect UH Manoa, its students and faculty. Tonight students from the UH Manoa newspaper, Ka Leo, have their say. Guests: Tracy Chan, Associate News Editor and Hannah Miyamoto, Commentary Editor.

They may have voted for it as part of their contract, but some teachers and others, including the ACLU, say the teachers' union was pressured into accepting random drug testing and that it will be costly and not effective. This week we'll speak with Graham Boyd, the national director of the ACLU Drug Law Reform Project and Pam Lichty of Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii - and you.


Media Files:
http://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/audio/TS_100407.mp3




Security at UH Manoa

Fri, 28 Sep 2007 16:37:29 PDT

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Students at UH Manoa say there isn't enough security to keep them and their belongings safe. After a spate of burglaries at UH earlier this year plus violent episodes on a few college campuses nationwide - and despite the Hawaii state auditor's report and a proposal to the Honolulu Police Department to have off-duty officers patrol the campus - the question remains how campus security will protect UH Manoa, its students and faculty. Tonight students from the UH Manoa newspaper, Ka Leo, have their say. Guests: Tracy Chan, Associate News Editor and Hannah Miyamoto, Commentary Editor.


Media Files:
http://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/audio/TS_092707.mp3




Can Hawaii become the "Geneva of the Pacific?"

Wed, 26 Sep 2007 14:42:25 PDT

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In April, the Hawaii Legislature adopted a resolution asking the Matsunaga Institute for Peace to convene a working group to determine how Hawaii might become the "Geneva of the Pacific." Is this realistic? Hawaii State Senator Gary Hooser and Jon Van Dyke, UH Professor at the William S. Richardson School of Law believe it's possible.

We'll also check in with noted peace researcher, Professor Johan Galtung, who will join us from Norway. He'll update us on peacemaking education and the Transcend Peace University where many diplomats and peace activists are trained.


Media Files:
http://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/audio/TS_092007.mp3




Dennis Kucinich -- issues for the 2008 election

Mon, 17 Sep 2007 10:33:15 PDT

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Our guest on September 13 will be Dennis Kucinich, visiting Hawaii as part of his 2008 campaign for President. Rep. Kucinich is expected to cover some of the main issues that he sees facing America today and in the future.

This is your chance to ask Rep. Kucinich your burning questions. Call early since the lines will fill up rapidly.



Media Files:
http://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/audio/TS_091307.mp3




Sustainability for Business

Mon, 17 Sep 2007 10:32:37 PDT

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Tonight we'll continue our conversation on sustainability in Hawaii. We'll discuss, among other issues, what responsibility business has to create a sustainable Hawaii and what consumers expect from the businesses they patronize.


Guests:

Austin Imamura, Chairman CEO of Pacific Rim Bank

Barbra Pleadwell, Partner, Hastings and Pleadwell

Josh Stanbro, Head of Creative Commons, an enviromental consulting firm

Kevin Vaccarello, Founder and co-facilitator of Sustain Hawaii and VP and Program Director of World Business Academy, among other affiliations


Media Files:
http://felixfrenz.com/townsquarehawaii/Playlists/TS_090607.m3u




Mass Transit Alternatives for Honolulu

Thu, 06 Sep 2007 16:17:21 PDT

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Guests:

Is a train really the transit solution for Honolulu? Is it a done deal or are there other possibilities, for example a high-tech bus that is in use in Europe?



Media Files:
http://felixfrenz.com/townsquarehawaii/Playlists/TS_083007.m3u




Hawaii State Hospital -- what is being done to protect staff?

Thu, 06 Sep 2007 16:25:39 PDT

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Guests:

Dr. Tom Hester, Chief, Adult Mental Health Division, Hawaii Department of Health
Marion Poirer, Executive Director of NAMI Oahu

Recent news coverage of patient assaults on staff at the Hawaii State Hospital have raised questions about conditions there. Our guests discuss the background and current conditions at the hospital, as well as what is being done to protect staff.





Lt. Watada and the Iraq War

Thu, 28 Jun 2007 17:37:53 PDT

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Guests:

1st Lt. Ehren Watada, father Bob Watada, Jon Van Dyke, Professor of International Law and Constitutional Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Lynette Cruz, Assistant Professor of anthropology, Hawaii Pacific University and Chair of the Hawaiian Issues Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii, Col. Ann Wright, author Peter Laufer ("Mission Rejected").





Media Files:
http://felixfrenz.com/townsquarehawaii/Playlists/TS20060622.m3u




The Legacy Lands Bill and affordable housing

Thu, 16 Jun 2005 12:42:19 PDT

The Governor has until June 27 to give notice of an intent to veto, and until July 12 to take action.

Guests:

Mark Fox, Director of External Affairs, The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii

Joshua Stanbro, Project Manager, Hawaii Field Office, The Trust for Public Land

Brian Schatz, State Representative, Vice Chair of the Water, Land and Ocean Resources Committee

Laura Thielen, Director of the Affordable Housing and Homeless Alliance



Healing the Killing Fields

Thu, 16 Jun 2005 12:47:01 PDT

From the killing fields of Cambodia to global school yards: How former Newsweek Tokyo bureau chief and Fortune correspondent, Bernard Krisher, linked the Internet to 60 remote Cambodian rural schools. (See: It Takes the Internet to Raise a Cambodian Village).

In a life changing move, Krisher took his retirement to Cambodia, volunteering with World Bank to build 265 solar-paneled, computer-equipped primary schools, 60 of which are linked to the global community by an ingenious wi-fi motorcycle email delivery system.



Universal Health Care

Tue, 24 May 2005 12:38:54 PDT

The United States remains the only industrialized nation that does not guarantee health care for all of our citizens. Polls have shown that most Americans believe that universal health care is long overdue.

Hawaii spends $3,770 per person and nearly $4.5 billion total on health care each year. Despite this, 13% of adults and 9% of children were uninsured for all of 2002, and 32.2% of people under the age of 65 went without insurance for all or part of 2002 – 2003.


Guests:

Congressman Jim McDermott (D-Washington), a longtime proponent of universal healthcare and national president of Americans for Democratic Action (ADA).

Ah Quon McElrath, pioneer social worker and long-time advocate for social legislation.



The debate and protests over military research at the University of Hawaii

Sat, 30 Apr 2005 02:26:35 PDT

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A group of about 50 people is protesting a proposed Navy research center at the University of Hawaii by occupying the university president's office. The students, faculty and community members oppose the university's plans to conduct classified research on weapons systems on the Manoa campus. All research would be secret, including the outcomes.

At the state legislature, the House Committee on Higher Education passed a resolution on March 29 "urging the University of Hawaii to abandon establishing" a University Affiliated Research Center with the Navy.

Guests:

Gary K. Ostrander, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Ruth Dawson, Professor of Women's Studies


Media Files:
http://felixfrenz.com/townsquarehawaii/Playlists/TS042805.m3u




Consciousness as a problem in neuroscience

Tue, 26 Apr 2005 16:12:32 PDT

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Guests:

John R. Searle, Mills Professor of Philosophy and Language at UC Berkeley. He will speak this evening at UH-Manoa on the topic "Consciousness as a Problem in Neuroscience."

Jeannie Lum, Associate Professor, College of Education.


Media Files:
http://felixfrenz.com/townsquarehawaii/Playlists/TS042105.m3u




April 14: Homeless in Paradise

Wed, 20 Apr 2005 12:10:23 PDT

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Act 50, passed by last year's legislature and signed into law by the governor, effectively criminalized homelessness in Hawaii. This law is now under attack by advocates and may be repealed. At the same time, Hawaii has been designated one of the "meanest" states due to Act 50 and actions against the homeless including police sweeps of parks and beaches. There is insufficient shelter space, and programs for the homeless cannot cope with the need.

Find out what is being done and how to join with those working on solutions.

Guests: Rev. Robert Nakata,pastor of Kahaluu Methodist Church and member of the Windward homeless coalition; Lois Perrin, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Hawaii; and
Darlene Hein, director of the Waikiki Health Center's Caravan program, and chairperson for Parters in Care.


Media Files:
http://felixfrenz.com/townsquarehawaii/Playlists/TS041405.m3u




April 7: Clean Elections

Wed, 20 Apr 2005 12:20:11 PDT

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What is the status of the clean elections bill moving through the Hawaii legislature?

Guests: Jessica Wineski, Field Coordinator, The Hawaii Elections Project and Clean Elections Hawaii, and Colin Yost, a Honolulu attorney.


Media Files:
http://felixfrenz.com/townsquarehawaii/Playlists/TS040705.m3u




March 31: Nanny reality shows and parenting

Wed, 20 Apr 2005 12:20:49 PDT

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Continuing our media theme this month, we look at the effect of the nanny reality shows, the parenting models they present, and whether this benefiting or hindering families. Our panel of parenting experts includes Kathy Bentley, Program Director and Parent Educator from PARENTS, Inc. Ms. Bentley was selected as one of the Outstanding Parent Educators in North America by Parenting Press. Also joining us, Momi Durand, Executive Director of Keiki O Ka `Aina Family Learning Centers, primarily play mornings, plus Bob Raasch, Program Adminstrator for Intervention Programs, TIFFE (The Institute for Family Enrichment) and Barbara Naki, TIFFE, Nationally Certified Trainer for the Nurturing Parenting Program.


Media Files:
http://felixfrenz.com/townsquarehawaii/Playlists/TS033105.m3u




March 24: Do you iPod?

Wed, 20 Apr 2005 12:21:18 PDT

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Podcasting is yet another permutation of broadcasting when you want it. We'll visit with members of the Hawaii Association of Podcasters about personal internet broadcasting, how it's creating more alternatives, and why listeners should research their choices.

Guests (with links to their podcasts): Ryan Ozawa (HawaiiUP), Burt Lum (Rough Take) and Todd Cochran (Geek News Central).


Media Files:
http://felixfrenz.com/townsquarehawaii/Playlists/TS032405.m3u




March 17: Lapdog versus watchdog?

Wed, 20 Apr 2005 12:21:44 PDT

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According to television producer, independent filmmaker and writer,
Danny Schechter
, there is no doubt about commercial media's current
function. In celebration of Freedom of Information Day and Sunshine
Week, Mr. Schechter discusses his new film, "Weapons of Mass
Deception" screening this Friday as part of Honolulu's FOI festivities.


Media Files:
http://felixfrenz.com/townsquarehawaii/Playlists/TS031705.m3u




March 10: To usher in Freedom of Information Day

Wed, 20 Apr 2005 12:22:19 PDT

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We examine a new study which surveyed American high school to
students to find out what they know -- or don't know -- about the First
Amendment. Lead researcher, Dr. David Yalof of the University of
Connecticut, Patrick Taomae, President of the ACLU Board of
Directors, Iyar Martin, student editor of the Farrington High School
newspaper.


Media Files:
http://felixfrenz.com/townsquarehawaii/Playlists/TS031005.m3u




March 3: The United States and the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process: Help or Hindrance?

Fri, 04 Mar 2005 20:15:23 PST

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Visiting professors and specialists in middle eastern politics, Richard Falk and Stephen Zunes share their perspectives about the changing relationship between Israeli and Palestinian leadership and its impact on the US peacemaking efforts.



February 24: Will the Legislature dismantle free speech on Maui?

Sun, 27 Feb 2005 23:27:55 PST

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Bills to dismantle Akaku, Maui's community access TV provider, are advancing in the Legislature. If passed, the bills would divert substantial cable franchise funds, and Akaku supporters say this would reduce community access and increase government control of local media.

Guests: Sean McLaughlin, President and CEO of Akaku, Prof. Gerald Kato, Chair of the School of Communications at UH Manoa, and Anthony Pignataro, Editor of the Maui Time Weekly.