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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 25, 2020

In this week’s interview, correspondent Shin Yu Pai talks with Arabic language and literature scholar Michael Cooperson about his translation of Iraqi author al-Harīrī’s collection of fifty tales—an essential work of Arabic literature and a masterpiece of wit and wordplay. Often declared to be...

May 18, 2020

In this week’s interview, Chief Correspondent Steve Scher talks with cartoonist Tom Gauld as he engages everyone with a rudimentary recall of their old science classes as well as those who consider themselves buffs of the contemporary physical and natural world. Breaking his pattern of lampooning writers, poets, and...

May 11, 2020

In this week’s interview, correspondent Katy Sewall talks with digital security trainer Gillian “Gus” Andrews, who aims to help us relax and overcome our digital helplessness to achieve online mindfulness and escape the feeling that technology is out of our control. Andrews outlines online stressors, from the...

May 4, 2020

In this week’s interview, correspondent Anastacia Renee talks with Author Frank B. Wilderson III about Afro-pessimism—an intellectual movement that theorizes blackness through the lens of perpetual slavery. Wilderson contends that Black struggles cannot be conflated with the experiences of any other oppressed group....