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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Education
3:19 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Big Changes Coming To Washington's GED Test

Beginning in January, Washington’s high school equivalency test – the GED – will undergo a major overhaul. Many expect the exam to get a lot more challenging. That’s because the new GED test will align with Common Core, a set of academic standards adopted by Washington state in 2011.

Lou Sager, Washington state’s GED Administrator, talks with Steve Scher about what is changing with the GED.

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Elephant Captivity
3:12 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Task Force Recommends Breeding More Elephants At Woodland Park Zoo

Baby Hansa, born at the Woodland Park Zoo, died of a form of elephant herpes at age six.
Flickr Photo/Tesla314

For years, animal rights groups have been raising concerns about the health and treatment of elephants at Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, particularly after the death of six-year-old elephant Hansa. And seven months ago, the Zoo’s board assembled a task force to look at this issue. Their final report says the overall health of elephants at Woodland Park Zoo is good, and they should breed more.

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News From Canada
3:08 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

EU Trade Pact With Canada Dairy Producers Good News For US

Flickr Photo/Markku Akerfelt

Canadian cheese and milk producers will get to keep their tariff protections under a tentative trade pact between the EU and Canada. That's good news for American retailers selling lower-priced American dairy to cross-border Canadian shoppers.

Overall, the agreement could boost commerce between the EU and Canada by an additional $35 billion each year. Steve Scher talks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about that story and more of this week's news from Canada.

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Cultural Identity
12:08 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Love And Politics: The Public Passions Of Writer Junot Diaz

Writer Junot Diaz.
Flickr Photo/The American Library Association

Junot Diaz is a public intellectual who writes about love, sex, community and culture. The Pulitzer Prize-winner and MacArthur Genius talks with Steve Scher about the story of the government shutdown and the emerging Latino identity in America.

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Amazon
12:03 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

The Everything Man: Jeff Bezos And The Future Of Retail

Brad Stone's book "The Everything Store."

Amazon is envisioned as a one-stop shop for anything you might wish to buy. Jeff Bezos is the overseer of the massive website, keeping a heavy finger on operations, staying focused on the customer and thinking on a very long time scale. Journalist Brad Stone profiles Bezos in his new book, “The Everything Store.” He talks with Steve Scher.

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Elections 2013
11:59 am
Tue October 22, 2013

The Role GMOs Play In Our Food System And Environment

Flickr Photo/Lady_Fox

Washington could become the first state to require mandatory GMO labels if voters approve Initiative 522.  But some voters are still confused about the role GMOs play in our food system and in the environment. The Record's Steve Scher gets the facts from Seattle Times reporter Sandi Doughton.

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Elections 2013
5:01 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

What's The Future Of The King County Council?

KUOW/Kara McDermott

Seattle Times political reporter Emily Hefter tells The Record's Steve Scher what's hot (and what's not) in this year's three contested races for King County Council. 

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Population Impact
5:00 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

How Many Humans Can The Earth Sustain?

Alan Weisman's book "Countdown."

There are 7 billion people on this planet today needing water, food and shelter. There will be another billion in 12 years. How many humans can the earth sustain? Steve Scher talks with Alan Weisman about strategies to ease the human impact on earth. Weisman has written “Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope For A Future On Earth.”

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Marijuana Regulation
1:07 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Concerns About Medical Marijuana Regulations Abound

Flickr Photo/Neeta Lind

A state work group is set to release its recommendations on how to regulate Washington’s medical marijuana industry this afternoon. Since the passage of Initiative 502,  established medical marijuana dispensaries have been worried about what will happen to their businesses under the new laws.

Regulations have been proposed for marijuana retail businesses but what about the medical marijuana facilities? Karl Keich, the founder and owner of the Seattle Medical Marijuana Association, talks with The Record's Steve Scher about the business of selling medical marijuana and his concerns over the new regulations.

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Seattle Startup Week
11:35 am
Mon October 21, 2013

What's The State Of Seattle's Startup Scene?

Chris DeVore, general partner of Founder's Co-op.
Flickr Photo/Renny Gleeson

It’s Startup Week in Seattle: seven days of events, meet-ups, seminars, and good-old-fashioned networking for those who work in Seattle’s start-up community.

Last year, a global survey ranked Seattle as the 4th best city in the world for tech startups, behind Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv and Los Angeles. And while that may seem like a very good spot in the rankings, some people involved in Seattle’s startup scene think we can do better.

Chris DeVore is one of them. Devore is a general partner at Founder’s Co-op, a company that provides start-ups with seed money. He says Seattle has a very deep talent pool, but isn’t very productive when it comes to creating new tech startups. Why is that? And what role are Microsoft and Amazon playing?

DeVore talks with Steve Scher about Seattle’s place in the startup world.

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Foley Passing
4:12 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Judge Quackenbush Remembers Lifelong Friend Tom Foley

Nelson Mandela and Tom Foley, who died today at the age of 84.
Courtesy of Washington State University

As part of KUOW’s continuing coverage of the legacy of former House Speaker Tom Foley, The Record’s Steve Scher speaks with Senior Judge Justin Quackenbush, US District judge for the Eastern district of Washington, and lifelong friend of the late congressman.

Quackenbush and Foley were born in the same Spokane hospital in the same year.  Connected through their fathers, who were also good friends, the two built a solid friendship of their own.  Both men attended law school at Gonzaga University and became deputy prosecutors for the Spokane District Attorney’s office.

When Foley decided to run for Congress in 1964, he chose his friend to oversee his campaign.  Quackenbush continued to serve as Foley’s campaign manager for every campaign until he was nominated as a federal judge by President Jimmy Carter in 1980.

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Book Guru
2:30 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Nancy Pearl's Fall Reading Recommendations

Ben Winters' book "Countdown City," and Joan Silber's book "Fools."

Nancy Pearl talked with KUOW's Steve Scher and recommended two of her favorite recent reads: Countdown City by Ben Winters, and Fools by Joan Silber.

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The Week In Review
10:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Looking Past The Shutdown, A Local Elections Check-In, And Remembering Tom Foley

President Ronald Reagan with Tom Foley, who passed today at age 84.
Courtesy of Washington State University

It’s Friday — time to talk over the week's news with Crosscut's Knute BergerEli Sanders of The Stranger and KIRO 7's Essex Porter.

Congress reached a deal to reopen the government and avoid defaulting on the national debt. Have we turned the page or will things be right back where they started come January?

Also, we remember Eastern Washington Congressman and former Speaker of the House Tom Foley, who passed away today at 84. 

The panel checks in on Seattle's mayoral race and one state legislative contest that's drawing big money, and Live Wire host Luke Burbank joins us from Los Angeles.

Week In Review Web Extra

We look at a new study that finds Washington state is doing better than most when it comes to the cost of doing business.

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Iraq War
2:22 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

UW Study Sheds New Light On Iraq War Death Toll

Flickr Photo/The U.S. Army

Between 2003 and 2011, 461,000 people were killed as a result of the Iraq War according to a new study from four universities, including the University of Washington.

The estimate includes deaths that resulted directly from violence, as well as non-violent deaths that were war-related. The study does not include death totals for US soldiers.

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Economy
1:13 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

The Cost Of The Partial Government Shutdown

The shutdown cost the economy $24 billion according to research from Standard and Poor’s . Other analysts peg it at a few billion higher or lower. But what is certain is that the shutdown had a major economic impact, curtailing  annual growth in the fourth quarter to 2.4 percent , down from 3 percent , according to S&P.

The shutdown is over, for now. The agreement passed by the Congress and signed by the President keeps the government open until January 15. The debt ceiling has been raised through February 7. Jon Talton writes a column on business and the economy for the Seattle Times, he explains what we have gained and lost from the partial government shutdown.

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