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Love Town Hall? Become an insider! In The Moment with Jini Palmer offers a slice of Town Hall culture and puts you in the room for exclusive behind-the-scenes conversations. Listen in as a rotating cast of prominent local voices, along with Chief Correspondent Steve Scher, get to know upcoming speakers before they visit our stages. Get an insider perspective you won’t find anywhere else—a bi-weekly snapshot of all things Town Hall.


Jini Palmer is a filmmaker, multi-instrumentalist, and the Digital Media Producer at Town Hall. She is the host of In The Moment, as well as Town Hall’s Science, Civics, and Arts & Culture series podcasts. Prior to joining Town Hall’s program team, she interned on 88.5 KNKX‘s Sound Effect.



Fans of Seattle public radio will recognize Steve Scher from his 28 years as a host, writer, and interviewer with 94.9 KUOW. He has earned a national reputation for his beyond-the-headlines approach to issues, and his intelligent and sensitive interviews with authors, scientists, artists and political leaders.



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Jun 28, 2019

Chief Correspondent Steve Scher talks with Alva Noë on the philosophical questions raised by America's favorite pastime, and the ways we're all playing baseball by asking the same questions players do in the moment (5:48). Host Jini Palmer sits down with Town Hall's own Edward Wolcher and Megan Castillo for a look at...

Jun 13, 2019

Grace Madigan hears from food writer Ed Levine about the inspirations that led him to create his renowned food blog Serious Eats (3:33). Chief Correspondent Steve Scher talks with Charles Fishman about NASA's unsung heroes behind our trip to the moon (12:07). Host Jini Palmer highlights a segment from Lee McIntyre's...

May 30, 2019

Our correspondent Sarah Szczypinski talks with educator and mentor Esther Wojcicki about her strategies for raising successful people (3:06). Chief Correspondent Steve Scher sits down with Neal Stephenson to discuss his new book Fall; or, Dodge in Hell, exploring digital afterlives in the far future (12:18). Host Jini...

May 24, 2019

In this special episode, Correspondent Charles Cross talks with John Waters about his transgressive movies, living with stars, and some shared moments in Seattle (1:08). Listen in to what Waters learned along the way and where he's going now—and stay in the know about what's going on in this moment at Town...

May 18, 2019

Chief Correspondent Steve Scher joins Rachel Louise Snyder who investigates the language, myths, and information we use to describe domestic violence (5:25). Host Jini Palmer covers a conversation between Executive Director Wier Harman and Town Hall's Founder David Brewster as they discuss Town Hall's past, present, and...