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23: Michael Hebb, Chris Hedges, David Reich, Jose Antonio Vargas

10/4/2018
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Correspondent Lesley Hazleton chats with Michael Hebb about the exhilaration she experienced at one of his Death over Dinner events and the kinship that can occur when talking about hard topics, even between strangers (2:05). Chief Correspondent Steve Scher brings us two back-to-back conversations—first he interviews Chris Hedges, who urges us to fight for the future of our country and stand up to prevent the collapse of our society (16:35). Then Steve sits down with David Reich to learn...

Duration:00:34:50

22: Teaching for Black Lives, Thor Hanson, Edward Wolcher

9/20/2018
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Correspondent Reagan Jackson interviews student activist leaders Layla Mohamud & Ha'aheo Auwae Dekker about their own experiences with racism and their efforts to promote racial justice in their schools and communities for our Teaching for Black Lives event (2:35). Chief Correspondent Steve Scher talks with Thor Hanson (in a lavender patch at San Juan Island!) about the nature and necessity of bees, their rapid disappearance, and the ways we're working to save them (19:35). And Jini Palmer...

Duration:00:40:46

21: Shane Bauer, David Quammen, Wier Harman

9/7/2018
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Welcome to Season 2 of In The Moment, an insider's look at all things Town Hall. Correspondent Sydney Brownstone speaks with Shane Bauer about the history of the for-profit private prison system, his experience as an undercover guard, and how private prisons are thriving under the Trump administration (2:40). Chief Correspondent Steve Scher interviews David Quammen about new DNA analysis and the genetic inter-relatedness of life (10:30). And Jini Palmer interviews Town Hall's Executive...

Duration:00:32:26

20: Angela Garbes, Leni Zumas, Richard Prum, Shaun Scott

6/14/2018
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Angela Garbes shares her experience about being pregnant and talks with Lindy West about the myths and science surrounding pregnancy (5:31); Leni Zumas, Tiffany Hankins, and Megan Burbank ruminate on the ways which personal stories can humanize discussions of women's reproductive rights (11:16); Richard Prum invigorates Charles Darwin's theory of sexual selection, exploring how aesthetics can drive evolution (16:11); and Steve Scher interviews Shaun Scott about his community discussion...

Duration:00:31:45

19: Jason Colby, Rex Holbein, Khaled Beydoun, Allison Rinard & Raymond Williams

6/7/2018
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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...

Duration:00:38:08

18: Michael Pollan, Yanis Varoufakis, Simon Winchester, Khaled Beydoun

5/25/2018
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Michael Pollan outlines the remarkably positive outcomes of the latest medical research on psychedelic substances (2:04); Yanis Varoufakis highlights the importance of understanding our own roles in the economy, and explains the ways in which it affects everything around us (10:45); Simon Winchester discusses precision engineering and asks us to consider whether we're becoming too reverent of perfection (15:45); and Steve Scher interviews Khaled Beydoun about the religious, racial, and...

Duration:00:33:34

17: Barbara Ehrenreich, Nomi Prins, Freeman Dyson, James & Deborah Fallows

5/10/2018
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Barbara Ehrenreich ruminates on the unpredictability of our body's cells and shares her philosophy of living a life she enjoys rather than extending a life she doesn't (4:10); Nomi Prins calls out the role of the central banking system and the Federal Reserve in the 2008 financial crisis and suggests potential healthy economic alternatives (10:00); Freeman Dyson reconciles scientific models with the natural world around us and asserts that the most interesting parts of science are the...

Duration:00:36:00

16: Annelise Orleck, Heidi Groover, Asne Seierstad, Ashley Dawson

4/26/2018
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Annelise Orleck discusses the perceptions surrounding "working for the man" and advocates for unions and fair wages (4:58); Heidi Groover interrogates conspiracy theories surrounding smart meters in a performance of the Trust Issues Podcast Live (10:38); Åsne Seierstad tells the story of two Syrian refugee sisters living in Norway, and their return to Syria as Jihad Islamic extremists (19:00); and Steve Scher interviews Ashley Dawson about the impact of extreme weather and climate change on...

Duration:00:40:31

15: Samantha Irby, Adam Winkler, Chris Clearfield & Andras Tilcsik, William Vollmann

4/12/2018
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In this episode of In The Moment Jini Palmer interviews Event Manager Amanda Winterhalter about Town Hall's recent event featuring Samantha Irby and Lindy West (1:49). Samantha Irby recounts an uproarious story about her time working at a veterinarian clinic (2:44); Adam Winkler outlines how American corporations have civil rights similar to those of individual citizens—and why we should restrict those rights (5:22); Chris Clearfield & Andras Tilcsik discuss the benefits of diversity for...

Duration:00:29:55

14: Erik Molano, Peter Levitt, Deborah Espinosa, Jill Mangaliman

3/29/2018
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In this episode of In The Moment Jini Palmer interviews Town Hall's Community Programs Curator Kristin Leong about our Inside/Out Neighborhood Residents, and Leong introduces us to their events throughout this episode. Erik Molano discusses his proximity to the #MeToo movement and shares ways we can re-frame our masculinity and avoid being part of the problem (2:47); Peter Levitt explores Zen Buddhist concepts of ourselves as whole beings, interdependent on one another and connected to all...

Duration:00:35:24

13: ISB Future of Health Panel, Stimson Center Oceans Panel, Amy Chua, Leonard Mlodinow

3/15/2018
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The ISB Future of Health Panel discusses data from many different fields that points to a necessity for a holistic future of medicine; the Stimson Center Oceans Panel outlines the need for a tough but fair approach to curtail the damaging practice of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing; Amy Chua and Bill Radke explore concepts that drive humans to create tribes based on culture, aesthetics, or politics—and why these tribes are becoming more and more rigid; and Steve Scher...

Duration:00:29:58

12: Sang-Hee Lee, Erin Jones, Jeremi Suri & Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Scott L. Montgomery

3/1/2018
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Sang-Hee Lee reexamines our story of human evolution based on new bone fragments and anthropological findings (1:12); Erin Jones at the Urban Poverty Forum panel shares stories of experiencing racial difficulties in the US—surrounding white parents adopting a black child—which she never encountered in Europe (5:22); Jeremi Suri and Rajiv Chandrasekaran examine our heightened expectations of the office of the American presidency, and the issues and impacts out of the President's reach...

Duration:00:38:33

11: Anya Kamenetz, Nadine Burke Harris, Rhonda Aronwald, Andrew Keen, Shaun Scott

2/15/2018
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This episode of In The Moment highlights human agents of change—industries, technologies, frameworks of mental health, and an entire generation challenging the status quo. Anya Kamenetz outlines how screens affect our children and how we can shift mobile devices towards positive, safe, and educational uses (1:57); Nadine Burke Harris discusses ways to work together to counteract the negative and widespread effects of adverse childhood experiences (7:23); Jini Palmer interviews Rhonda...

Duration:00:33:19

10: Charles Mann, Denise Fairchild, Maryn McKenna, Arlie Russell Hochschild

2/1/2018
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This episode of In The Moment highlights four speakers focused on the core values that define (or divide) us. Jini Palmer interviews Town Hall's Curator of Lectures Edward Wolcher about his experience in conversation with Charles Mann onstage; Charles Mann discusses the visions of "the Wizard and the Prophet" and their duel over humanity's technological or environmental future (3:15); Denise Fairchild explores how our democratic confluence of beliefs fuels the way we live and what we choose...

Duration:00:31:35

9: Daniel Ellsberg, Frances McCue, Devin Briski, Emily Dufton, Charles Mann

1/18/2018
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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...

Duration:00:30:12

8: Neil Patrick Harris, Dr. Beverly Tatum, Jaron Lanier

12/14/2017
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Neil Patrick Harris shares musings on inspirations for his young adult novel and the strengths we draw from our differences (1:05); Dr. Beverly Tatum outlines ways we can address our race and leverage our own influence to combat racist systems of advantage (5:40); Jaron Lanier, pioneer in virtual reality tech, addresses the risks of an advertisement-based economy (11:00); and Steve Scher compiles highlights from his previous interviews with this season’s speakers (17:37). Hosts Jini Palmer...

Duration:00:31:51

7: Samuel Ligon, Dan Ariely, Oliver Uberti, Feliks Banal

11/30/2017
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In this episode of In The Moment Jini Palmer interviews Town Hall's Assoc. Director of Development and Messaging Missy Miller about her experience at Pie & Whiskey; Samuel Ligon shares writing inspired by butter and spirits at Pie & Whiskey’s literary reading (3:50); Dan Ariely and Jeff Kreisler discuss psychological factors that impact how we handle our money (7:50); Oliver Uberti and Melinda Holland reveal new animal-tracking technology helping us explore and better understand the natural...

Duration:00:30:37

6: Brooke Gladstone, Pratap Chatterjee & Khalil Bendib, Barry Blitt, Sara Wachter-Boettcher

11/9/2017
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Brooke Gladstone cites 1984 and Brave New World as she discusses Democracy and human behavior (1:10); Pratap Chatterjee and Khalil Bendib address moral hardships and psychological issues in the lives of whistleblowers and drone pilots (7:59); Barry Blitt and Luke Burbank share stories of political commentary and satire through cartoons and comedy (14:27); and Steve Scher interviews Sara Wachter-Boettcher about sexist underpinnings in the computer science industry (18:11). Hosts Jini Palmer...

Duration:00:29:52

5: Parenting While Queer Panel, Gabrielle Langholtz, Rosa DeLauro, Theo Gray, Dan Ariely

10/26/2017
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A panel of Seattle’s LGBTQ families discusses daily life in queer households (1:20); Gabrielle Langholtz, Renee Erickson, and Naomi Pomeroy delve into the culture and history of “American” cooking (6:45); Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro shares her political origin story and addresses issues of trust and communication between politicians and citizens (9:23); Theo Gray explores secrets of the molecules in light and sound and reflects on findings from failed experiments (14:18); and Steve Scher...

Duration:00:28:31

4: Mark Bowden, Caitlin Doughty, Tali Sharot, Peter Wadhams, David Neiwert

10/12/2017
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Mark Bowden discusses political and social fallout from the Vietnam war (1:15); Caitlin Doughty discusses "the Good Death," and the requirements behind being a mortician (7:36); Tali Sharot reveals the neuroscience behind the power of our brains to influence one another (12:44); Peter Wadhams brings a report on studies of sea ice from the front lines of climate change (17:44); and Steve Scher interviews David Neiwert about the consequences of false facts and fake news, and the steady rise of...

Duration:00:30:55