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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NASA
10:22 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Sending 3D Printers Into Space

Flickr Photo/NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

NASA is sending a 3D printer to the space station. Right now, you can make a copy of the Space Needle out of layer upon layer of extruded plastic, or a new jawbone, or a child’s toy. Soon, if an astronaut needs a very specific part, they won’t have to wait for delivery from a space ship. Made In Space Inc. has been contracted by NASA to develop a 3D printer.

Michael Chen, chief strategy officer for Made In Space Inc., explains how they're designing the new technology. The Made In Space 3D printer will be launched for another test into space on a SpaceX rocket flight next year. If it works, the printer is expected to be delivered to the International Space Station in 2015.

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Women In Leadership
9:37 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Vital Voices Comes To Seattle

Hillary Clinton and Madeline Albright founded the NGO Vital Voices in 1999 to nurture women into leadership positions. Their hope was to create an organization that supported women who wished to become political, economic and social leaders around the world.

Vital Voices Global Partnership opened a Northwest branch of their organization on October 4. Sally Field, Academy Award winning actress and board member of Vital Voices was in town to help open the Vital Voices Northwest Council. She and chief executive officer Alyse Nelson explained why they got involved in the organization.

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Mayor's Race 2013
9:32 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Nightlife Endorses Ed Murray For Mayor Over Mike McGinn

Flickr Photo/Dave Lichterman

Yesterday, a group of nightclub and bar owners endorsed Ed Murray for mayor. Nightclub owners have worked a lot with current Mayor Mike McGinn. 

McGinn lobbied the liquor control board to extend late night hours and his nightlife initiative was designed to bring club owners into discussion with police and neighbors over issues of public safety, noise and transportation.

In fact, many of the club owners endorsing Murray actually voted for McGinn in the last election. Dave Meinert is one of them. He’s been involved with nightlife in Seattle for years as an investor at The Crocodile, a manager of bands, owner of the 5 Point Café in Belltown, and founder of the Capitol Hill Block Party.

Faith-Based Health
8:56 am
Thu October 3, 2013

PeaceHealth And The Affordable Care Act

PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center, Longview, Wash.
From PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center's Facebook page.

The battle over the Affordable Care Act has brought the federal government to a partial shutdown, but changes to our health care system due to the law have already begun reshaping the industry.  This includes private hospitals and public ones, for-profit and nonprofit, secular and faith-based institutions

PeaceHealth is a Catholic-affiliated nonprofit that runs nine hospitals and 73 medical practices in Alaska, Oregon and Washington. The company has entered into partnerships with public hospitals in Skagit and Snohomoish counties and recently agreed to send patients with complex issues to UW Medical facilities.

The ACA and the relationship between hospitals that operate under sometimes contradictory directives are top of mind for Alan Yordy, PeaceHealth’s chief mission officer. He talks with Steve Scher about what he calls one of the greatest social experiments in the history of developed nations around the world.

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Competition For Aerospace
6:13 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

More Than $1B In Tax Breaks For Boeing? Inslee Says It's Worth It

Boeing plane assembly line in Everett, Washington.
Courtesy/Boeing Company

Governor Jay Inslee said on Wednesday that he will propose to extend tax breaks to Boeing -- so long as the aerospace giant agrees to build the 777X in Washington.

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Baseball
3:24 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Jamie Moyer On Getting From Fail To Win

Steve Scher interviews former Mariners pitcher Jamie Moyer.
KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

At the time of his last game, Jamie Moyer had the most wins, losses and strikeouts of any active major league pitcher. He'd won a World Series championship with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2008. And at age 49, he became the oldest pitcher to record a win in the history of the majors.

But at age 30, Moyer thought he’d washed up in baseball. He’d been drummed out of two teams, he couldn’t throw a pitch anymore. He was nervous and upset and he wasn’t having any fun.

Then he spent a few days with the late sports psychologist Harvey Dorfman who taught Moyer ideas that he used for the next 20 years of his career. His new book with Larry Platt is “Just Tell Me I Can’t: How Jamie Moyer Defeated the Radar Gun and Defied Time.” He talked with Steve Scher at Safeco Field.

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Week In Review

KUOW’s Steve Scher and a panel of journalists gather on Fridays to talk over the week’s big stories. Weigh in at weekinreview@kuow.org.

The Record

Coming up on The Record, 4/21: racial gap among youth, a look at the new Windows Phone, and environmental issues for conservatives

Most show segments are available online and as podcasts by 5 p.m. the day that they air.

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Movies
10:00 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Canada, Culture And Commerce: Presidents On Film And NW Business News

Canadian pride.
Credit Flickr illustration/Mike Gabelmann

Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest from Canada. Film critic Robert Horton looks at presidents on the silver screen. Then, Michael Parks wraps up the region's recent economic news.

Education
9:00 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Can We Still Afford Higher Ed?

Is higher education financially possible for Washington students?
Credit Flickr illustration/Curtis Cronn

Recent debate over the future of the state's pre-paid tuition program and the continually rising cost of college raises a larger question: Who is going to pay for a college education? It used to be that Washington state paid most of the cost of a public university degree. Today, students must find most of the funds. As costs rise, how will society keep higher education affordable? William Zumeta heads the graduate program at the Evans School of Public Affairs and has written about the costs of college. He joins us to talk about how we can make sure people in Washington state can pursue higher education without having to go into crushing debt.

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Arts & Entertainment
10:00 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Chat Room: Grammys Awarded, Bushes Hacked, Soderbergh Out

Portland musician Esperanza Spalding accepts the jazz vocal album for "Radio Music Society" at the 55th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013, in Los Angeles.
Credit Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP

More than 28 million people tuned in to watch the Grammy Awards — how much do the Grammy's actually have to do with music? Bush family photos are posted online after a hacker breaks into several private email accounts. What kind of a window is it into the former president’s life, and is it a window we should be caught looking through? Also, director Steven Soderbergh says he's retiring from filmmaking. What legacy does he leave behind and how does film fit into the storytelling medium today? Northwest Film Forum’s Lyall Bush, singer and songwriter Rachel Flotard and Three Imaginary Girls co-founder and editor Liz Riley join us to discuss the week's art and culture news.

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Language And Grammar
9:00 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Call The Grammar Police!

Grammar Police strike again!
Credit Flickr photo/Seven Morris

When it comes to proper usage, the Grammar Police work overtime. Have you ever corrected another person’s grammar? How did that go over? Linguist Geoffrey Pullum has written widely on language and usage, from technical syntactic theory to a study called “The Great Eskimo Vocabulary Hoax." He joins us for a conversation about the constant struggle for grammatical excellence (or even just improvement) and the right and wrong way to encourage better sentence structure.

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Gardening Tips
10:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

The Gardening Panel Returns!

A determined daffodil blooming in the winter.
Credit Flickr photo/Jim Capaldi

Daffodils are pushing through the soil, though temperatures are still soggy and cold.  Time to start getting those winter gardens ready for spring.  Our gardening panel returns (on a new day – Monday!) to answer your questions. Call us at 206.543.5869 or toll free 800.289.5869. You can also email weekday@kuow.org.

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Sociology
9:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

The Secret To Being A Happy Couple

What is the secret to being happy in your relationship?
Credit Flickr photo/Rodrigo Vargas

What is “normal” in a romantic relationship? More importantly, what’s “normal” for couples who say they're really happy? UW Sociologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz teamed up with Harvard sociologist James White and wellness entrepreneur Chrisanna Northrup to answer that question. Together they conducted and analyzed the largest human relationship study ever done. We’ll talk with Dr. Schwartz about the “perfect couple.”

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Politics
10:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Your Take On The News

It’s Friday — time to review the week’s news with Joni Balter, Knute Berger and C.R. Douglas. The public debate on the Seattle Police Department's use of drones heats up. Superintendent Jose Banda ordered Seattle teachers to administer the MAP test. There is an effort in Congress to change U.S. pot laws. Is Washington State blazing the way? What’s your take? Call us at 206.543.5869 or write to weekday@kuow.org.

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