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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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Apr 18, 2019

Correspondent Valerie Curtis Newton talks with Cherríe Moraga about the way physical memory goes along with generational trauma, and the way her writing connects people with family and community (4:40). Chief Correspondent Steve Scher sits down with New Yorker columnist Mary Norris for a deep dive into the Greek...

Apr 4, 2019

Chief Correspondent Steve Scher talks with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith about hope he felt from the incredible community movements that took place around the time of the 2018 elections (3:45). Correspondent Reagan Jackson sits in with Kenyan writer Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o about his early memories of his...

Mar 21, 2019

Grist editor and correspondent Matt Craft talks with journalist Dahr Jamail about his experience exploring different parts of the world to witness climate disruption firsthand (2:17). Chief Correspondent Steve Scher interviews author and poet Siri Hustvedt about trusting our memories, and how our older and younger...

Mar 7, 2019

Correspondent Katy Sewall talks with John Lanchester about the dream that inspired his frighteningly timely novel The Wall, exploring the purpose of walls as a tool for safety and security, but whose very existence can promote exclusion and "othering" (3:58). Chief Correspondent Steve Scher interviews renowned biologist...

Feb 25, 2019

This special update is all about Town Hall's renovation and reopening. Host Jini Palmer goes on an exclusive tour of the building with Town Hall's executive director, Wier Harman. They discuss the construction delays (Town Hall will open its doors as soon as possible), what's in store, and what you can do to help. Wier...