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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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Sep 26, 2019

In this week's interview, Chief Correspondent Steve Scher talks with dog cognition expert Alexandra Horowitz about the research surrounding dog behavior. Horowitz delves into the recent history of dog intelligence research and outlines modern methods of understanding how the animals at our sides think and perceive...

Sep 20, 2019

In this week's interview, correspondent Venice Buhain talks with Timothy Faust about healthcare justice. Faust advocates for single-payer healthcare, outlining the financial and social benefits of a system of tax-funded healthcare for all people. He calls out current structural determinants that modify...

Sep 13, 2019

In this week's interview, ChrisTiana ObeySumner talks with Ibram X. Kendi about the critical need to recognize and define the structures that feed into racism. They delve into the intersections of racism and ableism, and discuss strategies for moving past reactionary stances to create language that's relevant...

Sep 5, 2019

In this week's interview, Chief Correspondent Steve Scher talked with Peter Pomerantsev about the modern disinformation era. Peter shines a light on a wave of new populist conservative media personalities—from Putin to FOX—highlighting their shared playbook and their strategies of moral chaos and humiliation....