• Listening Guide

Bob Redmond and Anne Biklé with Elizabeth Ralston—The Microbiome

01/30/2020
Alexander Eby

In this week’s interview, correspondent Elizabeth Ralston talks with Bob Redmond and Anne Biklé about the complexities of the microbiome. They highlight how microscopic organisms are essential to the health of its host—whether that’s our soil or our own bodies. Biklé likens the gut to a garden, encouraging us to recontextualize ourselves as part of an ecosystem and exploring ways to keep that system healthy.

  • Listening Guide

Dr. Samuel Wasser with Steve Scher—Preserving Elephants in the Age of Extinction

01/23/2020
Alexander Eby


In this week’s interview, Chief Correspondent Steve Scher talks with biologist Samuel Wasser about the illegal ivory trade and the threat it poses to the endangered elephant population. Wasser outlines scientific tools being developed to track poachers and determine the locations and regions where they’re getting their ivory.

01/22/2020
Town Hall Seattle
The people were dancing! It was good.
01/17/2020
Jonathan Shipley
Spring is a big thing at Town Hall.
  • Listening Guide

Peggy Orenstein with Erik Molano—Boys, Sex, and the New Masculinity

01/16/2020
Alexander Eby


In this week’s interview, former Town Hall Artist-In-Residence Erik Molano talks with Peggy Orenstein about the fraught emotional landscape and difficulties faced by modern adolescent boys. Orenstein outlines the harm our society does to teenage boys by pressuring them to suppress their emotions, cultivate aggression and dominance,

01/10/2020
Jonathan Shipley
Happy birthday, University Book Store!
  • Listening Guide

Robert Frank with Steve Scher—How Peer Pressure Can Save The Planet

01/09/2020
Alexander Eby


In this week’s interview, Robert Frank talks with Chief Correspondent Steve Scher about the power of peer pressure. Robert provides examples of how social influence effects our health, consumerism and our perception of government. Robert and Steve talk about the weight that high positions of power have on our cultural morality,

01/07/2020
Alexander Eby
We’ve long known that our choices are heavily influenced by our social environment.
12/27/2019
Jonathan Shipley
Speaking of Beethoven, 2020 is the 250 anniversary of his birth.
12/20/2019
Jonathan Shipley
There’s plenty of straight thinking at Town Hall. There’s plenty of cool and careful thinking and no loose talking.
12/18/2019
Jonathan Shipley
We need a new direction in tech that focuses on thoughtful, ethically-made tools that are built with human rights in mind rather than growth and profit.
12/13/2019
Jonathan Shipley
“There is going to be a wonderful treat given to the children of Seattle," the Town Crier proclaimed.
  • Listening Guide

César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández

12/12/2019
Alexander Eby


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 immigration prisons and the mass incarceration of the 1980’s Reagan-era war on drugs.

12/06/2019
Jonathan Shipley
Book Land is a good place to be.
12/03/2019
Alexander Eby
Despite being born nearly 350 years apart, jazz legend Duke Ellington and Venetian composer Giovanni Gabrieli have more in common than it might seem. 
11/29/2019
Jonathan Shipley
Regardless of if your pie was delicious or not yesterday, take note, the holiday season is upon us and Town Hall has a great many holiday happenings in the coming weeks.

A Conversation with Erika Lee

11/25/2019
Jonathan Shipley
History shows that while economic and other concerns certainly help to make xenophobia thrive, it is not just an inevitable consequence of national anxieties.
11/22/2019
Jonathan Shipley
With straining eyes we look across a disturbed and chaotic world and exclaim: ‘For what are we to give thanks?’
11/15/2019
Jonathan Shipley
Warmth and joyousness will be found at Town Hall soon with a plethora of music concerts coming soon.
11/14/2019
Jonathan Shipley
Let’s come together, warm-hearted and nimble-minded, and melt the freeze. 
  • Listening Guide

Thomas Reynolds with Steve Scher—Just Food

11/07/2019
Alexander Eby


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 technical alone.

11/05/2019
Jonathan Shipley
"I think that music can be one of the earliest ways in which a child can really perceive something bigger than life."
  • Listening Guide

Dan Hooper with Steve Scher—Our Universe’s First Seconds.

10/31/2019
Alexander Eby


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 throughout history helped us determine that the universe was expanding.

10/31/2019
Jonathan Shipley
Happy Halloween, Town Hall readers! Will you be joining us this coming weekend for Town Hall treats?
10/30/2019
Jonathan Shipley
How do you talk to kids about death?
10/28/2019
Jonathan Shipley
I think most people find themselves distracted more often than they’d like to be, which means that deep down they might rather be doing something else.
10/28/2019
Jonathan Shipley
We’re poised for ‘The Big One.’ ‘The Big One’ being an earthquake. Remember that New Yorker story about what will happen when an earthquake hits the Northwest? The subhead of that story: “An earthquake will destroy a sizable portion of the coastal Northwest. The question is when.”
10/25/2019
Jonathan Shipley
Parking driving you crazy in Seattle? We hear you. We really do.
  • Listening Guide

Timothy Wise with Haley Fenton—The Battle for the Future of Food

10/24/2019
Alexander Eby

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 that foreign governments are attempting to partner with Monsanto due to funding,

10/24/2019
Alexander Eby
Everyone deserves access to creativity and big ideas. That’s one of the founding ideas that drives Town Hall’s programming, but we think it should be true even beyond the stage.
10/22/2019
Jonathan Shipley
Most of all, I hope the humorous aspects of some of the themes will serve as a wink to children, punks, misfits and grandmothers alike.
10/18/2019
Jonathan Shipley
On the cover of the October 18, 1919 edition of the Town Crier was the distinguished gentleman John Spargur, the conductor of the Seattle Symphony from 1911 to 1921.
  • Listening Guide

Melanie Mitchell with Steve Scher—A Thinking Human’s Guide to AI

10/10/2019
Alexander Eby

Episode Transcript

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Jini Palmer: Hello and welcome to town hall Seattle’s podcast.

10/09/2019
Jonathan Shipley
Town Hall for me has always physically manifested a right of passage. I was a student, now I hope it’s time for me to teach, to beckon the next generation of artists into that grand hall.
10/04/2019
Missy Miller
"He would appreciate Town Hall’s commitment to making a place where everyone is welcome and can afford to take part."
  • Listening Guide

Paul Tough with Sally James—Who Needs College?

10/03/2019
Alexander Eby

Episode Transcript

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Hello and welcome to in the moment.

10/02/2019
Jonathan Shipley
For crimini out loud, you should attend these coming mushroom events at Town Hall.
10/01/2019
Alexander Eby
The Earshot Jazz Festival lineup is diverse and eclectic, with everything from classic swing sounds to avant garde experimentation and collaborations by modern masters.
09/27/2019
Jonathan Shipley
We let our vocabularies be limited, and get along rawly without the refinements of human intercourse, without refinements in our own thoughts.
  • Listening Guide

Alexandra Horowitz with Steve Scher—Our Dogs, Ourselves

09/26/2019
Alexander Eby

Episode Transcript

Please note: This transcript was generated automatically, please excuse typos, errors, or confusing language. If you’d like to join our volunteer transcription team and help us make our transcript more accurate, please email communications@townhallseattle.org.

Hello and welcome to in the moment.

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