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Love Town Hall? Become an insider! In The Moment with Jini Palmer 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 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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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...

May 2, 2019

Chief Correspondent Steve Scher talks with Sandro Galea about shifting America's perspective of health (3:55). Correspondent Minh Nguyen sits down with Nancy Fraser and Bhaskar Sunkara to discuss the state of neoliberalism in America and the future of addressing social problems with collective solutions (14:02). Host...