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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International News
10:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Douglas Foster On South Africa After Mandela

Douglas Foster's 'After Mandela: The Struggle For Freedom In Post-Apartheid South Africa.'
Credit Courtesy/Liveright

Capitalism, democracy and HIV all arrived at about the same time in South Africa, where the promise of the Mandela era has still not been met. The nation struggles with an epidemic of poverty, illness and violence. Can the next generation of leaders reshape its cultural and political realities? Douglas Foster, author of "After Mandela: The Struggle for Freedom in Post-Apartheid South Africa," joins us.

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Education
9:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Seattle Considers School Funding Levies

If it passes, Proposition 1 would give Seattle Schools money for day-to-day needs like books, transportation and student activities.
Credit Flickr photo/Michael Porter

Next month, Seattle voters will be asked to renew two expiring levies to fund Seattle Public Schools. Proposition 1 would raise nearly $552 million over three years to fund day-to-day expenses like textbooks, transportation and student activities. Proposition 2 would raise nearly $695 million over six years to pay for building renovations, earthquake safety improvements and security cameras. The two levies combined would cost the owner of a $400,000 home an additional $152 per year in property taxes. Should Seattle voters renew the levies? We'll take up Prop 1 and Prop 2.

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News & Analysis
10:00 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Your Take On The News

President Barack Obama announces in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, that he will nominate Mary Joe White, right, to lead the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), and re-nominate Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a role that he has held for the last year under a recess appointment.
Credit AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

It’s Friday — time to talk over the news with Joni Balter, Eli Sanders and C.R. Douglas. President Obama spoke of unity and equality as he laid out his policy agenda for a second term. How will the message be received in Washington D.C.? Education and labor were the focus as lawmakers in Olympia got to work in the second week of the state legislative session. Also, Chris Hansen says he's struck a deal to bring the NBA back to Seattle, but officials in Sacramento promise they won't go down without a fight. What stories caught your attention this week? Write to us at weekday@kuow.org.

Politics
9:00 am
Fri January 25, 2013

An Exit Interview With Former Wash. Attorney General Rob McKenna

Rob McKenna, Republican candidate for Washington governor, talks to supporters, while daughters, Madeline, Katie and wife Marilyn applaud, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Bellevue, Wash.
Credit AP Photo/Stephen Brashear

After eight years as Washington state attorney general and an unsuccessful bid for governor, Rob McKenna is leaving public life. As the state’s top lawyer, the two-term Republican worked to crack down on sex trafficking, gang violence, identity theft and methamphetamine production. In 2010, McKenna joined a challenge to President Obama’s healthcare overhaul. The US Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act last summer. In November, McKenna was defeated by Democrat Jay Inslee in the 2012 gubernatorial race. Rob McKenna joins us to talk about his time in public office and what lies ahead.

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Books And Religion
10:00 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Lesley Hazleton On The Story Of Muhammad

'The First Muslim' by Lesley Hazelton
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More than 1.5 billion people around the world practice Islam, the world’s second largest religion. But relatively few people know and understand Islam’s most important figure, the prophet Muhammad. Journalist and author Lesley Hazleton describes Muhammad’s life as a “journey from neglected orphan to acclaimed leader — from marginalized outsider to the ultimate insider.” She joins us for a conversation about her new book, "The First Muslim," the story of a man whose ideas and beliefs continue to change the world.


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Business
10:00 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Canada, Culture And Commerce: Stars Up Close And Dreamliner Blues

A Canadian flag made of fallen maple leaves.
Credit Flickr illustration/Mike Gabelmann

Vancouver Sun political columnist Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news from Canada, film critic Robert Horton looks at how what we know about an artist's personal life affects how we appreciate their art, and Michael Parks assesses recent troubles for the Dreamliner and the range of outcomes for Boeing and Washington state.

Social Issues
9:00 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Attorney Sarah Weddington On Reproductive Rights 40 Years After Roe V. Wade

Attorney Sarah Weddington is shown outside her offices on Monday, April 19, 2004, in Austin, Texas. Weddington argued the US Supreme Court case that legalized abortion in 1971 and 1972.
Credit AP Photo/Harry Cabluck

Roe v. Wade became the law of the land 40 years ago, but the battle over abortion rights continues today. The past two years saw new restrictions on access to abortion in many states. A recent Pew poll found steady public support for the Roe v. Wade decision, but there's also some confusion — more than half of those under 30 did not know what issue the case dealt with. Sarah Weddington argued Roe v. Wade before the US Supreme Court in 1971 and 1972. She joins us with an assessment of the present and future of women's reproductive rights.

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Higher Education
10:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Should Washington State Get Out Of The Prepaid Tuition Business?

Increases in tuition and investment shortfalls have left Washington state's Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) program with a nearly 20 percent funding gap. Senate Majority Leader Rodney Tom says it's time for the state to get out of the prepaid tuition business. Tom says that if everyone now enrolled in the program wanted their money right now, the program would be short $631 million. The State Actuary puts the chances of GET not being able to meet its obligations at about one percent. Should Washington state end the GET program? We take a closer look.

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Sports Business
9:00 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Deal Is Near To Bring NBA's Kings To Seattle

Investor Chris Hansen waves to supporters of a proposal for a new NBA arena during a rally Thursday, June 14, 2012, in Seattle. The rally featured former SuperSonics stars Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton.
AP Photo/Elaine Thompson


The return of NBA basketball to Seattle appears closer than ever. Investor Chris Hansen announced on Monday that he's reached an agreement with the Maloof family to buy a controlling interest in the Sacramento Kings. The deal still needs formal approval from the NBA’s owners. Meanwhile, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson is hopeful he can keep the team in town. How do you put a number on a pro basketball franchise? We talk with Smith College economist Andrew Zimbalist.

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News & Analysis
10:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Your Take On The News

Guns line the walls of the firearms reference collection at the Washington Metropolitan Police Department headquarters in Washington, DC, on Sept. 28, 2007. Most of the guns, used now for forensic research, were seized during crimes.
Jacquelyn Martin AP Photo



It’s Friday — time to talk over the news with Knute Berger, Joni Balter and Eli Sanders. A new AP-GfK poll finds support for tighter gun laws as President Obama announces his plan for action and the NRA digs in for a fight. Lawmakers in Olympia get down to business and Governor Jay Inslee takes office in the first full week of the state legislative session. Plus, Seattle City Councilman Bruce Harrell joins the race for mayor. What stories caught your attention this week? Write to us at weekday@kuow.org.

Arts & Entertainment
9:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

A Conversation With Comedian David Alan Grier

David Alan Grier, left, and the cast of "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess," perform at the 66th Annual Tony Awards on Sunday June 10, 2012, in New York. The production won a Tony Award for best revival of a musical.
Charles Sykes Invision/AP


The comedy “In Living Color” turned David Alan Grier into a well-known comic actor, but he started his career singing on Broadway. Last year, he returned to Broadway to play Sporting Life in “Porgy and Bess.” David Alan Grier has performed for over 30 years, from stand-up comedy to competing on "Dancing with the Stars." He joins us in the KUOW studios.

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King County Politics
10:00 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Ask King County Executive Dow Constantine

King County Executive Dow Constantine in studio at KUOW.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

The debate over guns moved ahead in Washington, D.C., this week as President Obama called on Congress to strengthen America’s gun laws. In Seattle, officials are aiming to get illegal guns off the street by holding a buyback. Do buybacks work? We talk with King County Executive Dow Constantine about the push to reduce gun violence. Plus, the saga of the Sacramento Kings basketball team continues. Will they or won’t they come to Seattle? King County’s Executive Dow Constantine joins us. Have a question? Email us at weekday@kuow.org.

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International News
10:00 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Canada, Culture And Commerce: B.C. Migration Case And Top Tech Startups

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, left, and Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs talk about various Windows based products that utilize Qualcomm technology during Jacobs' keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, in Las Vegas.
Credit AP Photo/Julie Jacobson

Vancouver Sun political correspondent Vaughn Palmer brings us the latest news from Canada, film critic Robert Horton joins us with a look at the movies, and Geekwire's Todd Bishop talks Windows 8, Amazon's new mp3 offer and the region's top tech startups.

Gun Laws
9:00 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Reaction To President Obama's Gun Control Announcement

This Jan. 14, 2103 file photo shows President Barack Obama gesturing as he answers questions from members of the media during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Confronting a deeply divided Congress, President Barack Obama plans to skirt lawmakers and move forward on his own authority with steps to curb the nation’s gun violence. But there’s only so much he can do on his own. Obama will need Capitol Hill for fundamental changes.

    

Just over one month after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama and Vice President Biden are set to announce their plan for action on reducing gun violence. We'll carry the President's remarks live from the White House and hear what Beth Flynn of Washington Ceasefire and Phil Watson of the Second Amendment Foundation have to say about his proposals.

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Environment
10:00 am
Tue January 15, 2013

Can We Bring Back The Oceans Of The Past?

Diving with a hawksbill turtle.
Credit Flickr photo/Malcolm Browne

Think you’ve seen a healthy ocean in your lifetime? You probably haven’t. National Geographic's explorer-in-residence Dr. Enric Sala studies marine ecosystems to understand the past and present ocean, and to plan for the future. He also works to protect pristine seas that still exist. How are the world's oceans doing? And what can be done to reverse the damage? We’ll find out what’s missing from the ocean landscape.

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