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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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Jun 7, 2018

Jini Palmer interviews Town Hall's Jonathan Shipley about his experience watching our livestream of Jason Colby's event (3:55); Jason Colby shares the story of how the orca went from being considered a pest and a killer to the gentle and intelligent creature we know today (5:09); Rex Holbein outlines 'The Block Project' architecture firm and their initiative to help the homeless by building small but sustainable lodging in Seattle residents' own backyards (11:13); Khaled Beydoun asserts that our own government is perpetuating systems of racism and Islamophobia which have been present since the founding of our country (15:17); and Steve Scher interviews Allison Rinard of Alley Cat Acres as well as Raymond Williams with Black Farmers Collective and YesFarms, exploring ways that cities can improve the health of their people and work towards sustainable food practices (22:16). Hosts Jini Palmer and Steve Scher select standout moments from the previous two weeks of events and look forward to the next.