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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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.  

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Good Reads
2:39 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Nancy Pearl's Picks: Poetry And Football

"The Art of Losing" and "The System"

Steve Scher sits down with everyone's favorite librarian Nancy Pearl for her book recommendations of the week including the collection “The Art Of Losing: Poems of Grief and Healing” edited by Kevin Young, and “The System: The Glory And Scandal Of Big Time College Football” by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyain.

World Population
2:38 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

The Demographic Surprise Inside The Population Explosion

A crowd of people in Lalibela, Ethiopia.
Flickr Photo/gordontour

Steve Scher talks with New Yorker reporter Elizabeth Kolbert and professor Steven Philip Kramer about under-population trends cropping up in some developed countries.  

Week In Review
10:00 am
Fri November 22, 2013

The End Of The New Gilded Age?

Flickr Photo/Greg Willis

Sawant beats Conlin, Boeing machinists take stock of their situation, DC Democrats go nuclear and America remembers JFK:  We talk over these stories and more with Joni Balter of the Seattle Times, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and Crosscut's Knute Berger.

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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.

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