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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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.

Good Reads
4:18 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Nancy Pearl's Book Picks

Steve Scher and Nancy Pearl
KUOW Photo/Serene Careaga

Steve Scher talks to Nancy Pearl about "After the River The Sun" and "The Signature of All Things."  Also,  listener Jenna Bean Veatch of Capitol Hill gets a few recommendations for beautiful books.

If you want a recommendation write record@kuow.org with "Nancy Pearl Suggestions" in the subject line.

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Elections Results
8:30 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Breaking Down The First Ballot Drop

Rob McKenna and Greg Nickels in the KUOW studios on election night.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Steve Scher sat down with former Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna and former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels on Tuesday night as the first ballot results were released, around 8:15 p.m. (The results will be updated daily in the afternoon as mailed ballots are counted until all the races are finalized.)

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Good Reads
5:12 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Nancy Pearl's Book Recommendations For Foodies, Thrill-Seekers

Rick Yancey's "The Fifth Wave," and Luke Barr's "Provence, 1970."

Steve Scher sits down with everyone's favorite librarian Nancy Pearl to discuss her latest book recommendations that would make good gifts.

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Food Stamps
2:01 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Reductions To SNAP Puts Pressure On Food Banks

Tukwila Pantry Executive Director Joe Tice stocks the tables with canned goods in 2011.
Flickr Photo/USDAgov

Steve Scher talks with Jeannie Falls, executive director of Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank, about how SNAP reductions will affect food bank operations.

The Week In Review
10:00 am
Fri November 1, 2013

NSA Spying, Continued Problems With ACA, And One Last Look At The Elections

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

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

Questions over who knew what and when about the latest NSA spying revelations and troubles with the Affordable Care Act rollout dominate Washington, D.C. The panel weighs in on those stories and takes one last look at state and local races before Tuesday's election. Plus, we get post-Halloween action items from Live Wire host Luke Burbank.

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Author Interview
4:41 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Finding Inspiration Among Tombstones

Author Jennifer Hotes and KUOW's Steve Scher at Lakeview Cemetery, the inspiration behind Hotes' book "Four Rubbings."
KUOW Photo/Amina al-Sadi

Steve Scher interviews local author Jennifer Hotes, who has written a fictionalized version of Seattle's famous Lakeview Cemetery called "Four Rubbings."

Campaign Finance
4:17 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Attn. General Says I-522 Donor Violated Campaign Finance Laws

Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Steve Scher talks with Attorney General Bob Ferguson about the lawsuit that finds No on I-522 donor, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, in violation of campaign finance laws. Penalties are expected after the election is over.

Fiction Podcast
4:17 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Community Radio Enters The Supernatural With "Welcome To Night Vale"

A loyal "Welcome To Night Vale" fan used the show's trademark image to inspire a pumpkin carving.
Flickr Photo/Rowan

Steve Scher talks with Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, the creators of a podcast that centers around a small desert town where many strange and unusual events occur: Welcome To Night Vale.

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Arms Exports
4:16 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

US Reforms Arms Trade Regulations, Defense Industries Pleased

Flickr Photo/Cliff

Steve Scher talks with Bill Hartung, director of the Center for International Policy’s Arms and Security project, about new reforms announced by the Obama administration this October concerning arms export regulations. Defense industries are behind it, but some worry that the export process will make it easier for arms to make their way to countries with poor human rights records.

Jury Duty
4:16 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Behind The Twelve (Unbiased, Diverse) People That Decide Trials

Preparing for the view from the jury bench? There's a lot more to it than you might think.
Flickr Photo/Cannabis Defense Coalition

Steve Scher talks with Seattle University law professor Anna Roberts about implicit bias, jury nullification, discrimination and the usefulness of a diverse jury.

Halloween
4:16 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Inside A Candy Shop

Nothing is quite so inviting as the colorful displays of sweets in a candy shop.
KUOW Photo/Amina al-Sadi

Steve Scher stopped by local candy shop The Confectionery at University Village to ask the experts what candy they enjoy on Halloween.

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