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.

Pages

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.

Read more
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.

City Development
3:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Life At The Top Of A Seattle Tower Crane

A harrowing climb to the top of one of Seattle's construction cranes.
Credit KUOW Photo/Hannah Burn

According to Forbes Magazine, Seattle is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.

The city has huge construction projects in the works. Bertha, our giant drill, is working on a tunnel, and the Mercer area in South Lake Union is being entirely renovated. Condos are popping up in almost every neighborhood.

Read more
Good Reads
3:38 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Nancy Pearl's Picks From The Different Worlds Of Graphic Novels

Everyone's favorite librarian, Nancy Pearl, as an action figure.
Credit KUOW Photo

Steve Schers gets this week's reading recommendations from Nancy Pearl. Her picks for graphic novels include the fantasy “Castle Waiting” by Linda Medley, Joe Sacco’s  World War I epic“ The Great War” and two memoirs by Lat, “Kampung Boy” and “Town Boy.”

Read more
The Week In Review
10:00 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Mandela’s Life, Minimum Wages, And A Seattle Police Shakeup

Nelson Mandela casting his vote in 1994. He passed away yesterday at the age of 95.
From Wikipedia.

The world remembers Nelson Mandela, the Seattle Police Department shakes up its top ranks and supporters of a $15-an-hour minimum wage walk from SeaTac to Seattle. 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.

Week In Review Extra

Read more
Courts
3:00 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Judge Finds Public Defense In Mount Vernon And Burlington Inadequate

Steve Scher talks with Seattle University School of Law professor Robert Boruchowitz about a federal judge's decision that Mount Vernon and Burlington municipal courts have not provided adequate public defense services to indigent clients.

Humorous History
2:57 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

The US Constitution: Loved By Many, Read By Few...Except Colin Quinn

Colin Quinn on his solo comedy tour "Unconstitional."
Mike Lavoie

Steve Scher talks with comedian Colin Quinn about what he learned when he decided to sit down and read the entire US Constitution. Quinn's solo show about the Founding Fathers is "Unconstitutional."

Environmental Concerns
2:43 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

The Fight Against Junk Mail

From Wikipedia.

Steve Scher talks to Alan Durning, the executive director and founder of Sightline Institution, about his crusade against junk mail. He wrote a blog post detailing his quest called "Going Postal 2013."

Minimum Wage
4:03 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

SeaTac Minimum Wage Earners: The Exception Or The Rule?

Signage in SeaTac aiport points towards shopping and food areas: lightning rods in the minimum wage debate.
Flickr Photo/Transtator

Steve Scher asks Quoctrung Bui of NPR's Planet Money how SeaTac's (impending) $15 minimum wage fits in among national minimum wage trends.

Author Interview
3:31 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Sherman Alexie Returns To His Base: 'White, Liberal Women Of Independent Bookstores'

Poet and novelist Sherman Alexie in the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Poet Sherman Alexie knows who to credit for his success as a writer.

“Independent bookstores are the reason why I have a career,” he told Steve Scher on KUOW’s The Record. “When this started out, a book of poems and stories by a Spokane Indian would have never fit anybody’s algorithm. This was a very specific case of a very specific group of people: The white liberal women of independent bookstores promoting my career."

Read more
Maritime Industry
3:31 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Playing Nice: The Longstanding Rivalry Between The Ports Of Seattle And Tacoma

The Port of Seattle with Mt. Rainier in the background.
Credit Flickr Photo/phixional_ninja

Steve Scher talks with Steve Dunphy from Crosscut about how the Seattle and Tacoma ports could advance the maritime industry if they would just set aside their decade-long rivalry.

Meat Retail
2:54 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Where’s The Beef From? Starting Saturday, Meat Labels Will Have To Tell You

Meat labeling in the US will roll about more specific information about origin including where meat was born, raised and slaughtered.
Flickr Photo/Robert Couse-Baker

Meat-eating grocery shoppers will see something new starting this Saturday: A label that includes the location of where the meat they’re buying was born, raised and slaughtered.

It has been a bumpy road to implementation since a law was passed in the US regarding meat labeling in 2002. Supporters of origin labeling include consumer groups who pushed a “right to know” argument and some farmers who argued that labeling would increase the demand for American meat.

Read more
777x Production
3:28 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Witchita Shows Solidarity For NW Machinist, But Other Cities Still Wooing Boeing

A prototype for the 777x from a Boeing handout.
Boeing handout.

Ross Reynolds and Steve Scher interview Huntsville, Ala., Mayor Tommy Battle and aviation reporter Daniel McCoy of the Wichita Business Journal about what their states are offering the Boeing company in exchange for the 777x.

Podcastees And Twitterers
3:02 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

John Hodgman On Flying, Seattle Socialists And 'The Twitter'

John Hodgman, left, and John Roderick perform Friday night at the Neptune Theatre in the University District.
Credit KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Comedian John Hodgman and songwriter John Roderick came by KUOW’s studios to promote their show at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Neptune Theatre in the University District. What followed, however, was a wonderfully meandering conversation that focused on ribbing our dear host Steve Scher.  

Highlights are below, but honestly, you should listen, because you will laugh out loud.  

Read more

Pages