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Love Town Hall? Become an insider! In The Moment with Jini Palmer offers a slice of Town Hall culture and 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. Fans of Seattle public radio will recognize Steve Scher from hi ...
 
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In this week’s episode, Senior Correspondent Steve Scher talks with journalist and scholar Kevin C. O’Leary, who argues that the contemporary Republican Party is waging a counterrevolution against the core beliefs of the nation. With insights from his book Madison’s Sorrows: Today’s War on the Founders and America’s Liberal Ideal, he presents an ex…
 
In this week’s episode, Correspondent and Town Hall Digital Media Manager Jini Palmer talks with Puget Sound Energy’s Tyler O’Farrell about renewable energy. Town Hall is a PSE Powerful Partner, so for Energy Awareness Month in October, O’Farrell discusses the renewable energy programs at PSE that are designed to keep sustainability within reach. F…
 
In this week’s episode, correspondent and poet Shin Yu Pai shares the fourth installment of Lyric World, featuring poet Yona Harvey in a conversation about Harvey’s newest book, You Don’t Have to Go to Mars for Love. Grounded deeply in the resistance of Black women, Harvey writes of ancestry, inheritance, and loss. Of Yona’s work, poet Afaa M. Weav…
 
In this week’s episode, Correspondent Venice Buhain talks with Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman about her book Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power, and Persistence. Sherman brings listeners inside the negotiating room to show how to put diplomatic values to work in their own lives. With personal experiences, from her own life—from grow…
 
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 …
 
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-determinati…
 
In this week’s episode, Senior Correspondent Steve Scher talks with poet and fellow correspondent Shin Yu Pai about her new book of poetry, ENSŌ. In this tenth collection, Pai presents a hybrid book and digital experience with insights on cultural hybridity, exchange, and appropriation; motherhood; and personal reflections on how systemic racism an…
 
In this week’s episode, correspondent and poet Shin Yu Pai shares the third installment of Lyric World, featuring poet Koon Woon. Koon explores the topic of displacement and the role that poetry can have in creating a sense of belonging and home. He reads from his book Water Chasing Water and speaks on his family’s history of immigration to the Uni…
 
In this week’s episode, correspondent and poet Shin Yu Pai introduces a second installment of Lyric World, featuring fellow poets Prageeta Sharma and afrose fatima ahmed. By sharing her own work on grief and grieving, Sharma explores the idea of imagined futures cut short and how a particular loss can awaken memories of previous grief. Sharma delve…
 
In this week’s interview, correspondent Shin Yu Pai talks with Arabic language and literature scholar Michael Cooperson about his translation of Iraqi author al-Harīrī’s collection of fifty tales—an essential work of Arabic literature and a masterpiece of wit and wordplay. Often declared to be “untranslatable,” the eleventh-century text follows the…
 
In this week’s interview, Chief Correspondent Steve Scher talks with cartoonist Tom Gauld as he engages everyone with a rudimentary recall of their old science classes as well as those who consider themselves buffs of the contemporary physical and natural world. Breaking his pattern of lampooning writers, poets, and literary classics, Gauld skewers…
 
In this week’s interview, correspondent Katy Sewall talks with digital security trainer Gillian “Gus” Andrews, who aims to help us relax and overcome our digital helplessness to achieve online mindfulness and escape the feeling that technology is out of our control. Andrews outlines online stressors, from the proliferation of fake news to the threa…
 
In this week’s interview, correspondent Anastacia Renee talks with Author Frank B. Wilderson III about Afro-pessimism—an intellectual movement that theorizes blackness through the lens of perpetual slavery. Wilderson contends that Black struggles cannot be conflated with the experiences of any other oppressed group. Rather than interpreting slavery…
 
In this week’s interview, Chief Correspondent Steve Scher talks with bestselling author and skeptic Michael Shermer, exploring a simple question: Who is the Devil, and what is he due? For Shermer, the Devil is anyone who disagrees with you, and his due is the right to speak his mind. Shermer explores the need for unrestricted discourse for the sake…
 
In this week’s interview, In the Moment Chief Correspondent Steve Scher talks with Kevin Hand—one of today’s leading NASA scientists—about the modern scientific quest to delve beneath the surface of the ice-covered moons of Jupiter and Saturn and search for life in vast oceans that may be as old as the Earth itself. Hand reveals the latest in plane…
 
In this week's interview, Chief Correspondent Steve Scher talks with evolutionary biologist Neil Shubin about the impact of viruses on our genetic makeup, and the hidden universes inside our DNA. Shubin unpacks the properties of viruses, and the ways they can disrupt our world while simultaneously setting the stage for evolutionary change. With exa…
 
In this week's interview, Chief Correspondent Steve Scher talks with César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández about the problems with our nation's immigration prison system. Hernández outlines the financial incentives for private prisons to keep their cells filled in order to receive money from the government, and identifies similarities between immigrati…
 
In this week's interview, Chief Correspondent Steve Scher talks with H.W. Brands about the American West. Brands outlines what we think of today as the West, and highlights the dreams of wealth that inspired American settlers. He discusses the struggles between the white settlers and indigenous peoples and widens our perspective to 30,000 years ago…
 
In this week's interview, Chief Correspondent Steve Scher talked with Northwest Harvest CEO Thomas Reynolds about food security in WA. Reynolds outlines the complexities in approaching and unpacking issues of food justice in our region, breaking the issue down past policies and programs and asserting that solutions to food inequality aren't technic…
 
In this week's interview, Chief Correspondent Steve Scher talks with Dan Hooper about particles, relativity, and the origins of our universe. Hooper outlines our growing understanding of the conditions in which our universe began, highlighting what we know about the first few seconds after the Big Bang and how several astronomers and mathematicians…
 
In this week's interview, Town Hall's own Haley Fenton talks with Timothy Wise about agribusiness and the future of food. Wise outlines the control that corporations like Monsanto have over small-scale farms worldwide. He delves into the profit-motivated decisions that don't coincide with the needs of farmers or consumers, and highlights the fact t…
 
In this week's interview, Chief Correspondent Steve Scher talks with Melanie Mitchell about Artificial Intelligence. Scher and Mitchell delve into the state of AI today, exploring the classifications that make something "intelligent" and the ways in which AI and humans process information differently. Mitchell highlights the complexities of human l…
 
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 struggle…
 
In this week's interview, Chief Correspondent Steve Scher talks with dog cognition expert Alexandra Horowitz about the research surrounding dog behavior. Horowitz delves into the recent history of dog intelligence research and outlines modern methods of understanding how the animals at our sides think and perceive themselves. Horowitz and Scher exp…
 
In this week's interview, correspondent Venice Buhain talks with Timothy Faust about healthcare justice. Faust advocates for single-payer healthcare, outlining the financial and social benefits of a system of tax-funded healthcare for all people. He calls out current structural determinants that modify our health—everything from food to housing to …
 
In this week's interview, ChrisTiana ObeySumner talks with Ibram X. Kendi about the critical need to recognize and define the structures that feed into racism. They delve into the intersections of racism and ableism, and discuss strategies for moving past reactionary stances to create language that's relevant and enduring. They identify the need to…
 
Baseball inspires poets and scribes to wax on about some essential baseball-ness that reflects larger values. Maybe baseball is not simply a game, but something grander, a philosophy that might help people order the broader human experience? Alva Noë is a writer and a philosopher who thinks about baseball. His latest book is Infinite Baseball: Note…
 
In this week's interview, Chief Correspondent Steve Scher talked with Peter Pomerantsev about the modern disinformation era. Peter shines a light on a wave of new populist conservative media personalities—from Putin to FOX—highlighting their shared playbook and their strategies of moral chaos and humiliation. Peter discusses freedom of expression, …
 
On July 19 - 20, 2019, Town Hall brought together nearly 100 local actors, journalists, and activists for a 24-hour live reading of Robert Mueller's (redacted) 448-page special council report. Audiences across our region attended by the hundreds, with more than a 1,000 more joining in throughout the livestream. To maximize access to this collective…
 
On July 19 - 20, 2019, Town Hall brought together nearly 100 local actors, journalists, and activists for a 24-hour live reading of Robert Mueller's (redacted) 448-page special council report. Audiences across our region attended by the hundreds, with more than a 1,000 more joining in throughout the livestream. To maximize access to this collective…
 
On July 19 - 20, 2019, Town Hall brought together nearly 100 local actors, journalists, and activists for a 24-hour live reading of Robert Mueller's (redacted) 448-page special council report. Audiences across our region attended by the hundreds, with more than a 1,000 more joining in throughout the livestream. To maximize access to this collective…
 
On July 19 - 20, 2019, Town Hall brought together nearly 100 local actors, journalists, and activists for a 24-hour live reading of Robert Mueller's (redacted) 448-page special council report. Audiences across our region attended by the hundreds, with more than a 1,000 more joining in throughout the livestream. To maximize access to this collective…
 
On July 19 - 20, 2019, Town Hall brought together nearly 100 local actors, journalists, and activists for a 24-hour live reading of Robert Mueller's (redacted) 448-page special council report. Audiences across our region attended by the hundreds, with more than a 1,000 more joining in throughout the livestream. To maximize access to this collective…
 
On July 19 - 20, 2019, Town Hall brought together nearly 100 local actors, journalists, and activists for a 24-hour live reading of Robert Mueller's (redacted) 448-page special council report. Audiences across our region attended by the hundreds, with more than a 1,000 more joining in throughout the livestream. To maximize access to this collective…
 
On July 19 - 20, 2019, Town Hall brought together nearly 100 local actors, journalists, and activists for a 24-hour live reading of Robert Mueller's (redacted) 448-page special council report. Audiences across our region attended by the hundreds, with more than a 1,000 more joining in throughout the livestream. To maximize access to this collective…
 
On July 19 - 20, 2019, Town Hall brought together nearly 100 local actors, journalists, and activists for a 24-hour live reading of Robert Mueller's (redacted) 448-page special council report. Audiences across our region attended by the hundreds, with more than a 1,000 more joining in throughout the livestream. To maximize access to this collective…
 
On July 19 - 20, 2019, Town Hall brought together nearly 100 local actors, journalists, and activists for a 24-hour live reading of Robert Mueller's (redacted) 448-page special council report. Audiences across our region attended by the hundreds, with more than a 1,000 more joining in throughout the livestream. To maximize access to this collective…
 
On July 19 - 20, 2019, Town Hall brought together nearly 100 local actors, journalists, and activists for a 24-hour live reading of Robert Mueller's (redacted) 448-page special council report. Audiences across our region attended by the hundreds, with more than a 1,000 more joining in throughout the livestream. To maximize access to this collective…
 
On July 19 - 20, 2019, Town Hall brought together nearly 100 local actors, journalists, and activists for a 24-hour live reading of Robert Mueller's (redacted) 448-page special council report. Audiences across our region attended by the hundreds, with more than a 1,000 more joining in throughout the livestream. To maximize access to this collective…
 
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