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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.



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Sep 14, 2020

In this week’s episode, correspondent Shaun Scott talks with acclaimed writer Calvin Baker about his new book A More Perfect Reunion: Race, Integration, and the Future of America. In this conversation about the bracing, necessary book, Baker argues that the only meaningful remedy to our civil rights efforts is integration: the full self-determination and participation of all African-Americans, and all other oppressed groups, in every facet of national life. Don’t miss this call to action in our revolutionary democracy—and stay in the know about what’s going on in this moment at Town Hall Seattle.

Calvin Baker is the author of four novels, including Grace and Dominion, which was a finalist for the Hurston-Wright Award. He teaches in Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts, and has also taught in the English Department at Yale University, the University of Leipzig, Long Island University, and more. His nonfiction work has appeared in Harper’s and the New York Times Magazine.

Shaun Scott is a Seattle-based writer and historian whose reflections on race, cinema, and American spectacle have appeared in The Monarch Review and New Worker Magazine. He is the author of Something Better: Millennials and Late Capitalism at the Movies and Millennials and the Moments that Made Us: A Cultural History of the US from 1982-Present.

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