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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Hollywood Heroines
3:48 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Katniss Everdeen: The New Superwoman?

Katniss Everdeen, the heroine from book series and film franchise the "Hunger Games."
From the "Hunger Games" Facebook page.

Steve Scher talks with film historian Caetlin Benson-Allott, assistant professor of English, film and media studies at Georgetown University, about a new genre of Hollywood heroines.

Congress
3:46 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

The Art Of The Filibuster

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Steve Scher talks with historian Julian Zelizer, professor at Princeton University, about the US Senate Democrats' vote to avoid Republican filibusters.

Author Interview
3:41 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

An Unflinching Portrayal Of Foibles And Follies

Ann Patchett's essay collection "This is the Story of a Happy Marriage."

Steve Scher talks with author Ann Patchett about her newest collection of essays "This is the Story of a Happy Marriage."

Author Interview
3:41 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Teaching And Cooking In The French Kitchen

Patricia Well's book "The French Kitchen Cookbook."

Steve Scher talks with cookbook author Patricia Wells about teaching cooking in Paris and Provence and her new book “The French Kitchen Cookbook.”

Homelessness
3:41 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

With Real Change News, Bellevue's Homeless Population Hidden No More

A man sells Real Change in Seattle; soon vendors will be more common in Bellevue locations as well.
Flickr Photo/Chris Blakeley

Steve Scher talks with Alan Preston, managing director of Real Change News, about bringing the newspaper — which is sold by homeless people — to Bellevue.

Seasonal Affective Disorder
4:43 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

The Difference Between Being Sad And Having SAD

Flickr Photo/Josh Semans

Steve Scher talks with psychiatrist Dr. Tobias Dang from Group Health about Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Author Interview
3:06 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Women In Politics Are Always Running

Rebecca Sive's book "Every Day Is Election Day."

Steve Scher talks to Rebecca Sive, author of “Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide To Winning Any Office, From The PTA To The White House."

News From Canada
3:06 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Mayor In Name Only, Toronto's Rob Ford Loses Political Power

Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.
Flickr Photo/West Annex News

Steve Scher talks with columnist Vaughn Palmer of the Vancouver Sun about the Toronto City Council's vote to strip mayor Rob Ford of his powers.

Police Reform
1:45 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Federal Monitor's Draft Report Critical Of SPD Reform Efforts

Flickr Photo/Brittney Bollay

Steve Scher talks with Seattle Times reporter Steve Miletich about federal monitor Merrick Bobb's draft report on reform efforts at the Seattle Police Department.

Good Reads
3:14 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Nancy Pearl's Book Picks: Small Presses And Historical Fiction

Compilation "The Pushcart Prize XXXVIII" and James McBride's "Good Lord Bird."

Steve Scher gets the latest book recommendations from Nancy Pearl: "The Pushcart Prize XXXVIII: Best of the Small Presses 2014 Edition” edited by Bill Henderson, and “The Good Lord Bird” by James McBride.

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Politics
2:23 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Grading The Predictions Of Pundits

From Pundittracker's Facebook page.

Steve Scher talks with Pundittracker.com co-founder Sanjay Ayer about bringing accountability to the predictions of TV, radio and newspaper pundits.

The Week In Review
10:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Future Of Aerospace, Kshama Sawant's Comeback, And Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

Toronto mayor Rob Ford, who is dealing with a recent crack scandal.
Flickr Photo/West Annex News

It’s Friday — time to talk over the week's news with KUOW's Steve Scher, The Stranger's Eli Sanders, Crosscut's Knute Berger and Joni Balter of the Seattle Times.

This week Boeing's machinists union voted against a proposed contract extension that came with a promise to build the new 777X in Washington state. Did they preserve the future of aerospace in Puget Sound or will Boeing's next move be to South Carolina or Southern California?

Challenger Kshama Sawant appears headed toward a victory over incumbent Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin after initially being several percentage points behind on election night. How will a socialist sit with City Hall? 

Plus, Live Wire host Luke Burbank marvels at the chutzpah of Toronto mayor Rob Ford.

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Animal Rights
11:59 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Elephant Crush: Grinding 25 Years Of Tusks To Curb Poaching

Elephants walk through grass in 2008. The lead matriarch of this herd was killed by poachers the next year.
Big Life Foundation Photo/Nick Brandt

They’re calling it The Crush.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service plans to destroy six tons of elephant ivory on Thursday to draw attention to the ongoing decimation of wild elephants by poachers. Wildlife service officials will grind up tusks, trinkets and carvings seized from traffickers over the past 25 years. The tusks are typically trafficked in the illegal Chinese and Japanese ivory market.

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Chris Hadfield
3:10 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Astronaut Embraces Social Media To Share The Wonders Of Space Travel

Expedition 35 Commander Chris Hadfield of the Canadian Space Agency rests after his capsule landed in Kazakhstan on May 14, 2013.
Credit Flickr Photo/NASA HQ Photo

Steve Scher talks to Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield about his time on the space station, his viral YouTube video and his new book, "An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth: What Going To Space Taught Me About Ingenuity, Determination, And Being Prepared For Anything.”

Music
4:27 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Barsuk Records Celebrates 15 Years Putting Out The Music They Love

Steve Scher talks with Barsuk Records co-founder Josh Rosenfeld. The Seattle company is celebrating 15 years in the music business.

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