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Listen in on the latest Town Hall conversation, wherever you are! In the Moment is a weekly podcast featuring in-depth interviews curated by Town Hall’s Digital Media Manager, Jini Palmer. Senior Correspondent Steve Scher, along with a host of Seattle journalists and thought leaders, take on topics ranging from science and health, civics and culture, to the arts—and beyond! Join us, In the Moment, for expansive talks from Town Hall’s digital stage.

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Mon 11/8, 2021, 1:00pm
In The Moment Podcast, Ep. 113
Tomo Nakayama interviews Julian Saporiti of No-No Boy
The No-No Boy: Innovations on contemporary American folk music

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Vietnamese American musician Julian Saporiti grew up in Nashville, surrounded by music made by people who didn’t look like him. Determined to dig deeper into the definition of American Folk music as part of his extensive doctoral studies, Saporiti began to explore his own family’s history, pore over archival material, and conduct interviews; what he …

Mon 11/1, 2021, 1:00pm
In The Moment Podcast, Ep. 112
Yanis Varoufakis with Steve Scher
Another Now

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What might a post-capitalistic world look like? Can money, jobs, and politics be truly democratized? Will banks cease to exist? Globally recognized economist Yanis Varoufakis dreams up an alternative reality to give us a glimpse of what such a world might look like in his new work of science fiction, Another Now. Varoufakis, the former finance …

Mon 10/25, 2021, 1:00pm
In The Moment Podcast, Ep. 111
Diana Campoamor with Agueda Pacheco Flores
A Latine Vision for a New American Democracy

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Nearly one in five people in the U.S. are Latinx, and they make up the second-largest ethnic and racial group in the country. Despite such a large and growing population, the community remains misunderstood and underrecognized. Editor Diana Campoamor addresses areas of inequity and brings readers messages of hope and compassion in If We Want to …

Mon 10/18, 2021, 1:00pm
In The Moment Podcast, Ep. 110
Margaret D. Jacobs with Steve Scher
After One Hundred Winters

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Can there ever be reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in a nation rooted in a legacy of violence and systemic racism? In Town Hall’s 110th Episode of the In the Moment podcast, Steve Scher interviews Margaret D. Jacobs, who explores such questions in her book After One Hundred Winters: In Search of Reconciliation on …

Mon 10/11, 2021, 1:00pm
In The Moment Podcast, Ep. 109
Shin Yu Pai interviews Ian Boyden for Lyric World
A Forest of Names

Music for the episode was provided by Lori Goldston. Goldston is a cellist, composer, improvisor, producer, writer, and teacher based in Seattle.

In May of 2008, a 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Sichuan, China in the middle of the afternoon. Entire towns were destroyed, schools collapsed, and over 80,000 people died — many of them schoolchildren. When grief-stricken families were denied information about exactly who and how many children died, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei initiated a critical and …

Mon 10/4, 2021, 1:00pm
In The Moment Podcast, Ep. 108
Kathryn Bond Stockton with Megan Burbank

“Gender is queer for everyone,” Kathryn Bond Stockton claims in her newest book with MIT Press, Gender(s). And no matter how “normal” people try to make it, it’s just strange, from the words people use to the clothes they wear. With hefty doses of wit and humor, Stockton takes readers on a fascinating, sometimes absurd …

Mon 9/27, 2021, 1:00pm
In The Moment Podcast, Ep. 107
Margaret Levi with Steve Scher
A Moral Political Economy: Present, Past, and Future

Lately, the words of Greek Philosopher Heraclitus seem to ring truer than ever: Change really is the only constant. As societies grapple with COVID-19, racial justice, environmental crises, and rapidly shifting technology, it’s become clear that the current political-economic framework is fraying. Is it time to make new moral and political choices about our future? …

Mon 9/20, 2021, 1:00pm
In The Moment Podcast, Ep. 106
Daniel M. Davis with Dr. Michael McCarthy and Megan Clark
The Secret Body

Have you ever wished you could know what’s going on inside your body, or at least have a better way to monitor its well-being? What if you knew the precise kind of diet that works best for your unique microbiome? The body can be a mysterious vessel, a strange feeling considering how much time we …

Mon 9/13, 2021, 1:00pm
In The Moment Podcast, Ep. 105
Milenko Matanovič with Steve Scher

For over 30 years, the Pomegranate Center was an organizational force that helped convene communities and build over 60 art-filled gathering spaces across the globe. Beyond helping communities imagine and build physical spaces, the Seattle-area organization developed a tried-and-true process for collaboration: the Pomegranate Method became a teachable, step-by-step structure for any kind of collaborative …

Mon 9/6, 2021, 1:00pm
In The Moment Podcast, Ep. 104
Phoebe S.K. Young with Erika Lundahl
Camping Grounds

Pacific Northwesterners love to camp. Chances are, at this very moment, someone you know is packing away an impossibly tiny stove and donning a puffy jacket for a weekend away in the mountains. But why— and how— did camping become a recreational pastime? Kicking off a new season of the In the Moment podcast, Erika …

Mon 6/28, 2021, 2:00pm
David Laskin with Steve Scher (podcast)
In The Moment Podcast, Ep. 103

The 1970s were as turbulent as the 1960s were radical. In David Laskin's new novel, What Sammy Knew, this is the historical backdrop in which we find 17-year-old Sam Stein, a Long Island native raised in a cushy suburban life of live-in housekeepers and insular wealth. On New Year's Eve 1969, Sam is forced to come face to …

Mon 6/28, 2021, 1:00pm
Matt Grossmann with Steve Scher (podcast)
In The Moment Podcast, Ep. 102

For some it seems that most of the news about academic social sciences—anthropology, economics, political science, etc—is negative. But in response to the criticism he’s seen, political science professor Matt Grossman argues that, far from crisis, social science is undergoing an unparalleled renaissance of ever-broader understanding and application. In this week’s episode, Senior Correspondent Steve Scher …

Mon 6/21, 2021, 1:00pm
In The Moment Podcast, Ep. 101
Edwin Lindo of Estelita’s Library with Mike Davis (podcast)

Join us for a spotlight on one of our partner bookstores, Estelita’s Library, a “justice-focused community library and bookstore” originally located in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. Local Journalist Mike Davis chats with Estelita's co-founder Edwin Lindo about the history and founding of the bookstore and considers the impact the Library has on the Seattle community …

Mon 6/14, 2021, 1:00pm
Centennial Celebration with Jini Palmer and Steve Scher (podcast)
In The Moment Podcast, Ep. 100

Since our 2017 season, hosts Jini Palmer, Steve Scher, and local correspondents have interviewed hundreds of luminaries, local officials, and national and international thought leaders as part of our In The Moment podcast. This month, we celebrate the series’ 100th edition with a special introspective episode that reflects on how Town Hall faced the challenges …

Mon 6/7, 2021, 1:00pm
Lyric World: Shin Yu Pai with Meredith Clark (podcast)
In The Moment Podcast, Ep. 99

In what ways can words reach across time and distance, to speak with the dead, the unborn, past selves, and future possibilities? How do poets engage in conversations that can animate and embody what is not yet or no longer here? In this episode of In The Moment, correspondent and Lyric World host Shin Yu …

Mon 5/24, 2021, 1:00pm
Seamus McGraw with Agueda Pacheco Flores (podcast)
In The Moment Podcast, Ep. 98

Sandy Hook Elementary. Las Vegas. Pulse nightclub. Virginia Tech. Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Sometimes it seems as though time is measured by the distance between mass shootings. But how did we get here? In this week’s episode, correspondent Agueda Pacheco Flores talks with journalist Seamus McGraw about his book From a Taller Tower: The Rise of …

Mon 5/17, 2021, 1:00pm
Suzanne Simard with Steve Scher (podcast)
In The Moment Podcast, Ep. 97

For hundreds of years, trees have lived side by side, evolving, perceiving one another, learning and adapting their behaviors, recognizing neighbors, and remembering the past. They compete and cooperate with one another with sophistication, eliciting warnings and mounting defenses. And at the center of it all are the Mother Trees, mysterious, powerful forces that connect …

Mon 5/10, 2021, 1:00pm
Michela Wrong with Chamidae Ford (podcast)
In The Moment Podcast, Ep. 96

On January 1, 2014, Rwanda’s former head of external intelligence Patrick Karegeya was found murdered in the bed of his upscale Johannesburg, South Africa hotel room. His nephew David Batenga became concerned after it had been several days since anyone had heard from him, and demanded the hotel open the door, despite the “do not …

Mon 5/3, 2021, 1:00pm
Tony Hiss with Steve Scher (podcast)
In The Moment Podcast, Ep. 95

What would it look like if we vowed to protect 50 percent of the earth’s land by 2050? Award-winning author and veteran New Yorker staff writer Tony Hiss believes it could be the key to saving millions of species and conserving the planet. Hiss talks with Senior Correspondent Steve Scher in this week’s episode to …

Mon 4/26, 2021, 1:00pm
Riane Eisler with C.E. Bick (podcast)
In The Moment Podcast, Ep. 94

Will pandemic, protest, economic instability, and social distance lead to deeper inequalities, more nationalism, and further erosion of democracies around the world? Or are we moving toward a global re-awakening to the importance of community, mutual support, and the natural world? The New Possible: Visions of Our World Beyond Crisis argues that the future has …

Mon 4/19, 2021, 1:00pm
David Williams with Steve Scher (podcast)
In The Moment Podcast, Ep. 93

Not far from Seattle skyscrapers live 150-year-old clams, more than 250 species of fish, and underwater kelp forests as complex as any terrestrial ecosystem. For millennia, vibrant Coast Salish communities have lived beside these waters dense with nutrient-rich foods, with cultures intertwined through exchanges across the waterways. Transformed by settlement and resource extraction, Puget Sound …

Mon 4/12, 2021, 1:00pm
Shin Yu Pai interviews Brian Komei Dempster for Lyric World (podcast)
In The Moment Podcast, Ep. 92

How does being othered in America impact our awareness of difference, and how does that lens affect our lived experience? In this episode of Lyric World, host Shin Yu Pai talks with poet Brian Komei Dempster, whose work explores this othered space both through a national and personal history of anti-Asian bigotry, and his own …

Mon 4/5, 2021, 1:00pm
Davarian L. Baldwin with Steve Scher (podcast)
In The Moment Podcast, Ep. 91

In cities large and small across America, universities have become the dominant companies—and our cities their company towns. But Davarian L. Baldwin argues there is a cost to those who live in their shadow. In this week’s episode, Baldwin talks with Senior Correspondent Steve Scher about the ever-expanding campuses in America. Drawing upon his book In …

Mon 3/22, 2021, 1:00pm
Maria Reva with Steve Scher (podcast)
In The Moment Podcast, Ep. 90

In this week’s episode, writer Maria Reva joins Senior Correspondent Steve Scher to discuss her bitingly funny, satirical collection of stories, Good Citizens Need Not Fear, which unites around a single crumbling apartment building in Ukraine where a bureaucratic glitch omits the entire building and its residents from municipal records. Together, they investigate how the stories, …

Mon 3/15, 2021, 1:00pm
Sarah R. Coleman with Lilly Fowler (podcast)
In The Moment Podcast, Ep. 89

In 1965, a new act transformed the American immigration system by abolishing national quotas in favor of a seemingly egalitarian approach. But the intended effect and the actual result were worlds apart. In this week’s episode, historian Sarah R. Coleman talks with local journalist and correspondent Lilly Fowler about her book The Walls Within: The Politics …

Mon 3/8, 2021, 1:00pm
Urban Native Education Alliance with Megan Castillo (podcast)
In The Moment Podcast, Ep. 88

In 2016, Treaty tribes from across the Puget Sound region came together on March 9 to celebrate the first Billy Frank Jr. Day. The annual environmental day honors the work of Nisqually tribal member Billy Frank Jr., who was a lifelong environmental leader and treaty rights activist, especially tribal fishing rights. Now, JJ, Lailani, and …

Mon 3/1, 2021, 1:00pm
Séverine Autesserre with Steve Scher (podcast)
In The Moment Podcast, Ep. 87

What strategies have worked to build lasting peace in conflict zones, particularly for ordinary citizens on the ground? Researcher and peacebuilder Séverine Autesserre joins Senior Correspondent Steve Scher to share stories of ordinary yet extraordinary individuals and organizations who are confronting violence in their communities effectively. She examines the well-intentioned but inherently flawed peace industry, …

Mon 2/22, 2021, 1:00pm
Veronique Tadjo with Kevin Kibet (podcast)
In The Moment Podcast, Ep. 86

In the mid 2010s, the Ebola outbreak devastated West Africa, sending a message that diseases recognize no borders, political parties, or faiths. In this week’s episode, correspondent Kevin Kibet sits in conversation with poet and novelist Veronique Tadjo about her novel In the Company of Men, which presents a timely fable that illustrates the terrible extent …

Mon 2/8, 2021, 1:00pm
Lyric World: Shin Yu Pai with Gary Copeland Lilley (podcast)
In The Moment Podcast, Ep. 85

In this week’s episode, correspondent and poet Shin Yu Pai shares another installment of Lyric World, now in its second year of programming. Lyric World engages poets in conversations about the concerns and themes that preoccupy their work. As part of Black History Month, Pai hosts poet and musician Gary Copeland Lilley in a dialogue …

Mon 2/1, 2021, 1:00pm
Thomas C. Holt with Mike Davis (podcast)
In The Moment Podcast, Ep. 84

The civil rights movement was among the most important historical developments of the twentieth century and one of the most remarkable mass movements in American history. Yet, despite a vague, sometimes begrudging recognition of its immense import, historian Thomas C. Holt contends, more often than not the movement has been misrepresented and misunderstood. In this …

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