Steve Scher

Senior Host, The Record

Steve Scher came to KUOW as a graduate work–study student in 1986. He stayed because of the quality of stories being produced and the intelligence of his colleagues. Over the years, as a producer and host, Steve has had the opportunity to learn from activists, scientists, authors and KUOW listeners.

Steve has lived in Seattle since 1979. He moved here with his wife, who was pursuing a theater degree from the UW. She has gone on to work in many Seattle area theaters. She is now the business agent for her union. Her experiences have helped inform Steve's conversations about the workplace. They have two sons who attended Seattle's public schools. Their experiences have helped direct Steve's work at KUOW. Over the years Steve has received journalism fellowships that have taken him to Asia, Africa and Europe.  The stories told on KUOW, from education to the environment, are built upon these personal experiences.

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Good Reads
3:19 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Exploring World War I Books With Nancy Pearl

Credit Clockwise: Margaret MacMillan’s “The War That Ended Peace,” Max Brooks’ “The Harlem Hellfighters,” James Carl Nelson’s “Five Lieutenants,” and Siegfried Sassoon’s “Memoirs of an Infantry Officer.”

World War I began 100 years ago this June. A century later, the Great War is still generating interest among scholars, writers and readers.

Steve Scher and librarian Nancy Pearl meet up at the University Bookstore, in front of a display of new and old books about the war to end all wars.

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The Week In Review
1:29 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Tom Steps Down, Boeing Moves Jobs Out Of Washington, And Minimum Wage Debate Heats Up

Washington state Senator Rodney Tom.
Credit Courtesy of Washington State Senate

As Washington state Senator Rodney Tom announced his decision to not seek re-election this week, how does his departure change the dynamic in the legislature.

Also, Boeing is shipping nearly 2,000 engineering and research jobs out of the state. After the big push for friendly tax breaks for the company, is this a betrayal? 

Steve Scher reviews these stories and more with news analyst Joni Balter, Crosscut's Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and Livewire host Luke Burbank.

Ukraine Crisis
3:55 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

A Look At Russian President Putin's Strategy In Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, looks on as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, second right, starts a quadrilateral meeting between representatives of the United States, Ukraine, Russia and the European Union about the ongoing situation in Ukraine in Geneva, Switzerland, Thursday.
Credit AP Photo/Jim Bourg

Steve Scher talks with Columbia University Professor Stephen Sestanovich about today's meeting between U.S., Ukrainian, EU and Russian officials in Geneva. Sestanovich also discusses what President Vladimir Putin's strategy might be in his involvement in Ukraine.

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Affordable Care Act
3:06 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

The Challenges Of Medicaid Expansion

Credit Flickr Photo/kindagetmego

Steve Scher talks with Washington state Medicaid Director MaryAnne Lindeblad about how the state plans to accommodate more than 250,000 newly enrolled residents who qualified for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

Religion & Belief
3:17 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

How To Successfully Conduct Interfaith Dialogue

The Interfaith Amigos: Imam Jamal Rahman, Pastor Don Mackenzie and Rabbi Ted Falcon.
Credit Flickr Photo/University of Denver (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Rabbi Ted Falcon, Pastor Don Mackenzie and Imam Jamal Rahman about how to engage in a successful interfaith dialogue.

School Discipline
3:32 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Reforming Punishment In Washington Public Schools

Credit Flickr Photo/dcJohn (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Katie Mosehauer, executive director of Washington Appleseed, about proposed changes to school discipline policies in Washington state public schools. The state government passed a law in September that would limit almost all suspensions and expulsions to, at maximum, one year.

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Transportation & Economy
3:48 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

'Disaster Inside Of A Disaster,' The Closure Of Highway 530

State Route 530 has been blocked since the Oso mudslide on March 22.
Credit Courtesy of Washington State Patrol

It's been three weeks since the massive mudslide hit the town of Oso, Wash. The closure of Highway 530 is just one of the many challenges facing the local residents.

Steve Scher talks with Travis Phelps, spokesman for the Department of Transportation, about the challenges of restoring Highway 530.

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Good Reads
3:31 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Nancy Pearl: A Memoir And A Story Of Hollywood

Credit Katie Hafner's book, "Mother Daughter Me." Mark Harris' book, "Five Came Back."

Steve Scher talks with librarian Nancy Pearl about two books, "Mother Daughter Me: A Memoir," by Katie Hafner and "Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War," by Mark Harris.

Hafner writes about the difficulties and rewards that arise out of the changing patterns of modern life. It explores the relationships of women caring for their aging mothers and their growing daughters at the same time, often under the same roof.

Harris looks at five famous film directors who left Hollywood to document World War II.

Income Inequality
3:07 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Listeners Weigh In On $15 Minimum Wage Debate

Credit Flickr/401 (K) 2012 (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher and Ross Reynolds talk with guests and listeners about raising the minimum wage in Seattle to $15.

Guests include Gea Bassett, owner of Green Cleaning Seattle Eco-Maid Services, and Matt Galvin, co-owner of Pagliacci Pizza.

Author Interview
3:06 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

The Way To Go: Kate Ascher On Transportation And Infrastructure

Credit Kate Ascher's book, "The Way to Go."

Steve Scher sits down with urban development consultant Kate Ascher to talk about her new book, "The Way To Go: Moving By Land, Sea and Air."

Week In Review
3:01 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Prop 1 Vote Looms, Public Internet Utility, And Mayor Murray's First 100 Days

Credit Flickr Photo/Oran Viriyincy

King County Metro Transit's Proposition One would raise taxes to prevent bus service cuts and fund some road projects. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is calling the need for a more reliable high-speed Internet service, and all that drilling under the Alaskan Way Viaduct is hurting at least one nearby business.

Steve Scher talks over those stories and more of the week's news news analyst Joni Balter, political analyst C.R. Douglas for Q13 Fox News, Crosscut's Knute Berger and Livewire host Luke Burbank.

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A Leader's Legacy
3:48 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Billy Frank Jr.: Tribes Must Try To Bring The Salmon Back

Billy Frank Jr., known for his decades of defending Washington tribes’ treaty rights, fears the rights will be worthless as overfishing, dams and climate change take their toll on the habitats salmon need to survive. Photo taken in August 2012.
Credit EarthFix Photo/Katie Campbell

Billy Frank Jr. helped secure Indian fishing rights through protest and legal action in the 1960s and '70s. The 83-year-old Nisqually tribe member has been arrested about 50 times over the years; the first time was in 1945 when he was 14, for fishing.

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Author Interview
2:55 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Seeking Reconciliation For Fathers And Sons

Credit Garth Stein's book, "How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets."

Steve Scher talks with Garth Stein, author of "How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets." The book is about the ways fathers and sons seek some peace and mutual acceptance as they age.

Democracy
2:12 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Washington Electoral Process Among The Best In The Nation

Credit King County's Facebook page.

Steve Scher talks with Zachary Markovits, project manager of Pew Charitable Trusts' Election Performance Index, about how well Washington state is operating when it comes to election and voting.

Justice
2:11 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

An Eye For An Eye: Did It Make The World Blind?

Credit Thane Rosenbaum's book, "Payback."

Steve Scher talks with Thane Rosenbaum, author of "Payback: The Case For Revenge," about how we view the phrase "an eye for an eye" and the role of revenge in our current justice system.

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