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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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Oct 3, 2019

In this week's interview, correspondent Sally James talks with Paul Tough about challenges and inequities in America's higher education system. Tough explores problems with college funding, course offerings, and the differences in the ways which high-income and low-income students are taught to approach testing. Tough and James discuss the struggles and pressures students face to find enjoyment and success in their college experience, and Tough highlights the need for students to be informed about the nature of these institutions and the system as a whole when making decisions to enroll. Get an insider's look and stay in the know about what's going on in this moment at Town Hall.