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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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Sep 21, 2020

In this week’s episode, Senior Correspondent Steve Scher talks with Michael Schuman, who has been a foreign news correspondent in Asia for over two decades, to gain insight on the answer to a common question: What does China want? With insight from his book Superpower Interrupted: The Chinese History of the World, Schuman shares his expert opinion of how the Chinese view their own history, and posits that what China wants is a return to the superpower status it always had, but briefly lost. Catch this essential conversation—and stay in the know about what’s going on in this moment at Town Hall Seattle.

Michael Schuman has been a foreign correspondent in Asia for 23 years, first with The Wall Street Journal, and then as Time magazine’s international business correspondent based in Hong Kong and Beijing. He currently writes on a freelance basis for several publications: Bloomberg View, BusinessWeek, New York Times, and Forbes. You can follow him on Twitter @MichaelSchuman.

Steve Scher is a podcaster, interviewer, and teacher. He worked in Seattle public radio for almost 30 years. He has taught at the University of Washington since 2009. He is Senior Correspondent for Town Hall Seattle’s In The Moment podcast.

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