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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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Jan 18, 2018

Daniel Ellsberg addresses threats of nuclear conflict with North Korea and calls for citizens to engage with global conversations on nuclear weapons (3:10); and Frances McCue and Cary Moon discuss the importance of keeping urban development from displacing artist populations in our city (10:28). Steve Scher interviews three speakers from upcoming events: Devin Briski on multi-nationalists and the craft brewery movement (15:45); Emily Dufton on the historic pendulum of marijuana legalization relative to epidemics of other drugs in America (20:43); and Charles Mann on the exceptional nature of humans to control our instincts and innovate according to our needs (27:50). Hosts Jini Palmer and Steve Scher select standout moments from the previous two weeks of events and look forward to the next.