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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Labor
11:36 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Analyst: Boeing Announcement A Play For Tax Breaks

The Boeing 777.
Credit Boeing handout

Boeing’s announcement that much of the detailed design work on the 777X jetliner will take place outside Washington state is a play for better tax incentives, according to a top aviation analyst.

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Crime & Courts
4:01 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Tom Hillier, Who Defended Millennium Bomber, To Retire After 32 Years

Tom Hillier, chief federal public defender for Washington's Western District. He plans to retire in February.
Credit KUOW Photo/Isolde Raftery

Tom Hillier is a lanky man with a full head of silver hair and deep-set eyes that can appear vaguely haunted by what he’s seen during his 32 years as a federal public defender in Seattle.

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NSA Leaks
2:56 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

NSA Revelations Could Mean Changes For American Foreign Policy

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Steve Scher talks with political scientist Henry Farrell about the national security concerns that swirl around leakers like Edward Snowden and how publicizing national secrets affects American foreign policy.

USA Freedom Act
2:55 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Congress Considers Restrictions On NSA Domestic Surveillance

Flickr Photo/Chris Hardie

Steve Scher talks with Washington Representative Susan DelBene about USA Freedom Act which could limit the NSA's ability to collect data in the US.

Author Interview
5:08 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

One Family, Lots Of History

David Laskin's book "The Family."

Steve Scher talks with David Laskin about his book, “The Family: Three Journeys Into the Heart of The Twentieth Century," in which he delves into his own family history to find stories of emigration, destruction and renewal.

Environment
3:44 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Pacific Coast Action Plan On Climate And Energy Ambitious, But Lacking Legal Value

Steve Scher talks with David Roberts, energy and politics writer for Grist, about the ambitious new climate change agreement brokered by Washington Governor Jay Inslee along with the governors of California and Oregon and the Premier of British Columbia. However, the Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy has no legal value, leading critics to question its significance.

International Diplomacy
3:36 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Saudi Arabia's Influence In Syria And The Middle East

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Prince Fahd bin Abdullah, Deputy Minister of Defense, this April in Saudi Arabia. Since then, the relationship between the US has been in flux, particularly in regards to Syria.
Flickr Photo/Secretary of Defense

Steve Scher discusses the changing relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States with Frederic Wehrey, senior associate in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Proposition 1
11:52 am
Tue October 29, 2013

SeaTac Wage Fight: Fairer Pay Or Fewer Jobs?

The food court in the SeaTac concourse is a battleground for a proposed minimum wage increase.
Flickr Photo/John Boren

Washington state has the nation’s highest minimum wage at $9.19 an hour. If voters in the City of SeaTac approve Proposition 1 next Tuesday, the city would boast the highest minimum wage in the country.

Opponents of the proposition say that although the purpose of the proposition is to provide higher-paying jobs, its real consequence would be fewer jobs and more competition from workers from nearby cities.

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Art
5:52 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Turning Language Into Beautiful, Functional Design

The Bemis building terracotta sign that inspired type designer Andrea Leksen.
Credit Nate Harrison Photo

Artists often take inspiration from the world around them, and for Andrea Leksen, a local graphic designer and typography professor, inspiration came in the form of five letters.  Engraved on a terracotta panel on the side of a building in SODO, the letters B-E-M-I-S with their high-waists and flowery serifs struck Leksen and prompted her to begin a new project.

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Gun Control
3:04 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Senator Kline's Plan To Limit Child Access To Guns In Washington

Flickr Photo/M Glasgow

Steve Scher speaks with State Senator Adam Kline about his plan to re-introduce a bill that would restrict a minor's access to firearms.

Environment
11:53 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Hydrofracking: The Controversy Behind Mining For Natural Gas

Alex Prud’homme's book "Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know."

Steve Scher sits down with Alex Prud’homme, writer and journalist, to talk about his new book, "Hydrofracking: What Everyone Needs to Know."  Prud’homme explains the basics of the controversial method of mining natural gas and outlines both sides of the debate. 

Good Reads
4:00 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Book Recommendations From Nancy Pearl, The Vigilante Librarian

Librarian Nancy Pearl action figure.
KUOW Photo

Nancy Pearl talks to The Record’s Steve Scher about a whimsical story by Portland writer Kari Luna, “The Theory Of Everything.” She says it’s a great book for teens. She also recommends Sara Wheeler’s “O My America!: Second Acts in a New World.”

The Week In Review
10:00 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Elections Are Coming! Minimum Wage, Mayor's Race And More

The City of SeaTac is considering an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Flickr Photo/John Boren

It’s Friday — time to talk over the week's news with Joni Balter of the Seattle Times, Crosscut's Knute Berger, and C.R. Douglas of Q13 FOX News.

The City of SeaTac is debating whether to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Seattle is considering two proposals that would impact City Council races and we take another look at the Seattle mayoral race with less than two weeks to go before Election Day.

Plus, we talk over the Affordable Care Act's glitchy start and check in with Live Wire host Luke Burbank.

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Author Interview
4:06 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Sweet Thunder: Ivan Doig's Novel About Power And The Press

Ivan Doig's book "Sweet Thunder."

The clatter of the press churns through Ivan Doig's "Sweet Thunder." Doig's latest novel is the story of a pro-union newspaper in Butte, Montana that goes up against the powerful Anaconda Copper Mining Company. He talks with Steve Scher.

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Elections 2013
4:00 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Good Luck, Challengers: Seattle Council Members Usually Hang On To Seats

Flickr Photo/Angelo Carosio

When you fill out your ballot in the coming days, you should know that the people you elect to the Seattle City Council might just stay there for a long time.

That’s because Seattle City Council incumbents rarely lose. In fact, only five incumbents have lost in the last 20 years. And three of those were elected in the wake of a 2003 scandal in which strip club operators illegally gave campaign money to council members.

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