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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Health Exchange
3:06 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Monday Is Deadline To Sign Up For Health Insurance

Flickr Photo/cursedthing

Steve Scher talks with Richard Onizuka, CEO of Washington Health Benefit Exchange, ahead of the deadline to sign up for health insurance to receive coverage starting in the new year.

Nonprofit Organizations
3:06 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Helping Out During The Holidays

Steve Scher talks with Lauren McGowan, the associate director of ending homelessness at United Way of King County, about the services her organization provides over the holidays.

Toys
3:01 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Playing With Kinetic Sand And Electric Bugs

The Nano V2 Hurricane, a tiny robotic creature that uses vibrations to move.

Steve Scher explores the Pacific Science Center's gift shop with store manager Katherine Johnson.

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Author Interview
2:45 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

An American Family In Iran

Hooman Majd's book "The Ministry of Guidance Invites You To Not Stay."

Steve Scher talks with journalist Hooman Majd about his book, “The Ministry of Guidance Invites You To Not Stay," which chronicles moving to Iran with his wife and child in 2011 to live in the country he was born in, but had never really lived in.

Music History
2:45 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

How Jewish Composers Created Iconic Christmas Music

Irving Berlin was a Jewish composer who created one of the most popular songs of all time: "White Christmas."
From Wikipedia.

Steve Scher talks with Amanda Wilde, host and producer of KUOW's The Swing Years,  about how immigrant Jewish popular music composers shaped America’s perceptions of Christmas through music.

Retail Shopping
2:45 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Move Over Choo Choo Trains, Seattle Kids Like Ferries

Top Ten Toys in Seattle.
From Top Ten Toys' Facebook page.

Steve Scher visits Top Ten Toys in Greenwood to talk with owner Allen Rickert, who says this is a good year for ferry toys and Seattle-themed coloring books.

Good Reads
3:17 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Nancy Pearl’s Suggestions For Literary Gifts

KUOW Photo

Steve Scher talks to Nancy Pearl about tricks in picking out a book as a gift for a loved one. Her first suggestion — imagine the person reading the book.

You can also hear a special hour-long listener call-in and see a full list of Pearl's and listeners' reading suggestions from Monday.

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The Week In Review
2:02 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

New Force Guidelines For Police, High Pot Consumption, And More From The Week In News

Flickr Photo/Crash Zone Photography

This week, Seattle Police announced new use of force guidelines that will take effect Jan. 1. Also starting in the new year, customers will be able to buy pot over the counter, and a report this week indicates that locals are consuming a lot more pot than the state had initially estimated.

We review these stories and more with news analyst Joni Balter, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and Crosscut's Knute Berger. Plus, Live Wire host Luke Burbank checks in from Christmas City, U.S.A.

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Local Food
3:02 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Bellevue's Iconic Lil' Jon Restaurant Reopens After Kitchen Fire

Lil' Jon bounced back from a kitchen fire in June to reopen on Monday.
Credit KUOW Photo/Steve Scher

Lil’ Jon Restaurant and Lounge in Bellevue’s Eastgate neighborhood is serving its classic American diner fare again — and the many regulars who filled the place opening day couldn’t be happier.

“I enjoy being here. It’s everybody knows your name, just like Cheers,” Sharon Aboe said. “It’s good food and good people.” She started coming to Lil’ Jon 20 years ago and was glad to take her seat again at the counter.

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Good Reads
3:04 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Nancy Pearl Answers Book Quandaries, Lists Favorites From 2013

Nancy Pearl is ready to give her recommendations for reading gifts for you or a loved one.
Credit KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Nancy Pearl joined host Steve Scher with a shelf full of suggestions for readers young and old with holiday gift-giving in mind. Listeners added their picks too in this live-call in special.

Nancy Pearl's Best Books Of 2013

Fiction

“The Woman Who Lost Her Soul,” Bob Shacochis

“Americanah,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Non-Fiction

“Five Days At Memorial,” Sherry Fink

“Lawrence In Arabia,” Scott Anderson

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Georgetown Live, Part Two
1:49 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Georgetown Live: 'A City Within A City'

A low flying plane passes over Georgetown. Noise and local industrial pollution can sometimes give the area a bad rap.
Credit Flickr Photo/Joe Mabel

The Record continues its live broadcast from the Georgetown neighborhood with thoughts on raising a family and the challenges the Seattle Police faces in the district.

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Georgetown Live, Part One
12:48 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Georgetown Live: 'An Exceptionally Tight-knit Community'

Chef Matt Dillon's restaurant The Corson Building.
Flickr Photo/The Kozy Shack

The Record kicks off Georgetown Live with the district's unofficial historian, metro issues, an artistic uprising and a unique dining experience.

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Georgetown Live
12:15 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Nancy Pearl Finds Us Some Good Comics At Fantagraphics In Georgetown

Fantagraphics Books in Georgetown, Seattle.
Flickr Photo/yelahneb

Steve Scher talks with Fantagraphics store curator Larry Reid about the language of comics and with Nancy Pearl about her picks for great graphic novels.

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The Week In Review
10:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Boeing, Bertha, And McGinn On McGinn

Bertha is stuck just over 1,000 feet into its dig for the new SR 99 tunnel.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

It's been a busy week: Talks between Boeing and its machinists union to secure the 777X continue to be rocky. Bertha, the world's largest tunneling machine, ground to a halt 60 feel below downtown and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn looked back on four years in office. We talk over those stories and more of the week's news with Joni Balter of the Seattle Times, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and Crosscut's Knute Berger.

Startup Struggles
2:47 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Hope Springs Eternal: The Struggles Of A New Restaurant

Chef Abe Hagel of Zouave.

Steve Scher talks with chef Abe Hagel at his new Ravenna restaurant, Zouave. Hagel hopes his eclectic menu of Mediterranean dishes and Berber spices will draw diners and beat the statistic that 25 percent of new restaurants fail in their first year.

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