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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Education
3:14 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Reinvestigating Class Sizes In Washington State

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Steve Scher talks with Sterling Clifford of Class Size Counts. The group is currently collecting signatures for an initiative that would limit class sizes for kindergarten to third grade to 17 students by 2019.

Then, Steve Scher speaks with Brookings Institution fellow Matthew Chingos about the research behind class size reduction policies.

Transportation
2:37 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Seattle Bike Sharing To Roll Out In September

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Steve Scher talks with Holly Houser, executive director of Puget Sound Bike Share, about how Seattle's forthcoming bike sharing program will work. This September, Puget Sound Bike Share will roll out to four neighborhoods: Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, the University District and downtown.

Economy
3:21 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

The Challenges Of The Northwest's Maritime Industry

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Steve Scher talks with Seattle Times columnist Jon Talton about the challenges facing the maritime industry in the Pacific Northwest.

Tech News
3:19 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Say Goodbye To Windows XP

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Steve Scher talks with Geekwire's Todd Bishop about Northwest tech news, including the end of Windows XP, an update for Windows 8 and how tech companies are trying to make their mark on television and movies.

The Week In Review
4:02 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Slow SPD Reform, Health Care Milestone, And The Mariners Start Strong

The Seattle Mariners kicked off their season on March 31.
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Steve Scher recaps the news of the week with Knute Berger of Crosscut and Seattle Magazine, political analyst C.R. Douglas for Q13 Fox News and associate editor Eli Sanders of The Stranger.

Baseball Books
2:54 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Nancy Pearl: Swing And A Hit

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Steve Scher talks with librarian Nancy Pearl about just a few of the many baseball books available, just in time for Tuesday's Opening Night at Safeco Field.

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Seattle Police Reform
3:11 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Feds 'Deeply Disappointed' With SPD's Reform Efforts

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Steve Scher talks with Seattle Times reporter Steve Miletich about the Seattle Police Department's reform efforts to address issues of biased policing and excessive use of force.

Transportation
11:16 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Prop 1 Debate: King County's Plan To Fund Metro Transit

If passed, the measure would levy a 0.1 sales tax increase and raise the car tab fee to $60.
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Steve Scher moderates a debate over the upcoming King County special election ballot measure. If Proposition 1 passes, it would increase the annual car tab fee to $60 and raise the county's sales tax by 0.1 percent or 10 cents on a $100 purchase for 10 years. If it fails, King County Metro Transit predicts it will have to cut service by 17 percent.

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American Hikers' Memoir
9:18 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Surviving Iranian Prison In 'A Sliver Of Light'

Credit Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal and Sarah Shourd's memoir, "A Sliver of Light."

Steve Scher talks with American hikers Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal. Their memoir, “A Sliver of Light: Three Americans Imprisoned in Iran,” is about how they spent two years in prison after the trio wandered over the Iranian border in 2009.

Author Interview
12:56 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Garrison Keillor: Poets Should Try To Make Their Mothers Laugh Sometimes

Credit Garrison Keillor's book, "O, What A Luxury."

Steve Scher talks with Garrison Keillor about his first collection of original poetry, "O, What A Luxury: Verses Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound.”

This interview originally aired on November 6, 2013.

Police Reform
3:31 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Assistant Police Chief Jim Pugel Retires; What's Next For SPD?

Assistant Seattle Police Chief Jim Pugel.
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Steve Scher talks with Lisa Daugaard, policy director of the Public Defender Association, about the Assistant Police Chief Jim Pugel's decision to retire.

Then, Q13 Fox political analyst C.R. Douglas examines what Pugel's retirement means for the Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's administration and overall police reform in Seattle.

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Sports History
1:53 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

The Untold Story Of African American Baseball In Washington State

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Steve Scher talks with Chieko Phillips, exhibitions manager at the Northwest African American Museum, about its new exhibit, "Pitch Black: African American Baseball in Washington."

Week In Review
3:30 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Oso Mudslide, Affordable Care Act, And Minimum Wage Study

Supporters for raising the minimum wage in Seattle protest in January.
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Search and rescue efforts continue after a massive mudslide engulfed the town of Oso on March 22. A study out of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's office finds who is making $15 minimum wage in the city, and the enrollment deadline for the Affordable Care Act approaches. 

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.

Good Reads
2:40 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Nancy Pearl: 'Understories' And 'The Land Of Steady Habits'

Credit Tim Horvath's book, "Understories," and Ted Thompson's book, "The Land of Steady Habits."

Steve Scher sits down with librarian Nancy Pearl to talk about two books.

Pearl says Tim Horvath's collection of short stories, "Understories," showcases a good example of elastic realism. The stories are rooted in reality but stretched into unexpected and odd places.

Ted Thompson's book, "The Land of Steady Habits," is a character-driven novel with exciting writing around the theme of living with and escaping from your past.

Book Interview
3:47 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Teju Cole On Being A Perpetual Insider And Outsider

Teju Cole's book, "Every Day Is For The Thief."

Steve Scher talks with fiction writer Teju Cole about his new book, "Every Day Is for the Thief." Cole will be at the Elliot Bay Bookstore tonight at 7 p.m.

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