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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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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Religion
9:00 am
Tue January 15, 2013

The Changing Face Of American Christianity

Pastor Rob Bell.
Credit Courtesy Rob Bell's Facebook page.

Religion is changing. In recent years we’ve seen the rise of evangelical and nondenominational churches, and the Internet has turned charismatic religious leaders into celebrities as famous and revered as rock stars. Among them is Pastor Rob Bell, who has captured the attention of millions with his hip look, presentation and inclusive teachings. Some Evangelical Christians consider him “dangerous,” but Time Magazine voted him one of "2011’s Most Influential People." Who is Rob Bell and what does his ministry say about the future of the evangelical and Christian church? We talk with the University of Washington's James Wellman about "Rob Bell and a New American Christianity."

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State Government
10:00 am
Mon January 14, 2013

State Legislature Convenes In Olympia

Washington's Capitol.
Flickr Photo/Alan Cordova


Today marks the start of the Washington State Legislature’s 2013 regular session. Lawmakers have their sights set on education as a top priority — they'll be looking at both funding and measuring student success. They’ll also be working with a new governor, Jay Inslee, and a new balance of power in the state Senate. Publicola's Josh Feit joins us with a preview.

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Seattle Politics
9:00 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Ask Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn

Mayor Mike McGinn, seated center center, signed legislation in October 2012 to fund construction of a new arena. Is Seattle close to getting an NBA team?
Credit AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

It's official — Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is running for reelection. At a campaign kickoff last week, he laid out his vision of Seattle as the “city of the future,” and promised to work harder on job training, public safety, early education and transit. We’ll get into those details with Mayor McGinn. We'll also discuss the city’s new gun buyback program and, of course, those Sonics rumors. Have a question for the mayor? Call us at 206.543.5869 or write to weekday@kuow.org.

News & Analysis
10:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Your Take On The News

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson speaks during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013. People with knowledge of the situation said that investor Chris Hansen has contacted the Maloof family about buying the Sacramento Kings basketball team, setting up the possibility of the NBA's return to Seattle.
Credit AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli



It’s Friday — time to talk over the news with Joni Balter, Eli Sanders and Knute Berger. Rumor erupts online about a near-deal to bring the SuperSonics back to town and Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn makes it official — he's running for a second term. Lawmakers in Olympia get ready for next week's start of the state legislative session. Plus, Seattle and King County announce a gun buyback program as the national conversation on guns intensifies. What stories caught your attention this week? Write to us at weekday@kuow.org.

Higher Education
9:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Funding Higher Education In 2013

UW President Michael Young


The presidents of Washington’s six public universities have a deal for state legislators in Olympia. They would hold back on tuition increases for two years. In return, the Legislature would spend an additional $225 million on higher education. Will legislators agree? Adding to the money woes is the mandate from the state Supreme Court to amply fund K-12 education — meaning even less money making its way to public colleges and universities. We discuss funding higher education in 2013 with University of Washington President Michael Young.

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Society
10:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Are We All In Sales?


Are we all in sales? Are most transactions — in school, with our children, at the coffee shop — about getting people to part with resources? Daniel Pink argues that "buyer beware" has been replaced with "seller beware." He joins us to talk about the ideas in his new book, "To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others."

Presidential History
9:00 am
Thu January 10, 2013

What It Takes To Win The White House In 2016

Official portraits of presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. What do these presidents have common?
Credit Courtesy/Wikipedia

What do presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama have in common? They were each re-elected to a second term. That may seem like the norm, but it isn’t — we haven’t seen so many reelections in a row since the 1800s. What does it mean for a person considering a presidential run in 2016? University of Washington professor David Domke joins us.

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Pop Culture
10:00 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Canada, Culture And Commerce: Woody Allen And "Cliff" Redux

Illustration of Woody Allen by Felix Jackson, Jr.
Credit Flickr illustration/Felix Jackson, Jr.

Victoria Times-Colonist columnist Les Leyne brings us the latest news from Canada. Film critic Robert Horton considers Woody Allen's classic comedies of the 1970s. Then, Seattle Times economics columnist Jon Talton reviews the aftermath of the "fiscal cliff" deal.

Books
9:00 am
Wed January 9, 2013

Nancy Pearl Recommends Self-Help Books

Weekday host Steve Scher and Nancy Pearl at Weekday Live in 2011.
Credit KUOW Photo/Serene Careaga

What makes a good self-help book? Book commentator and author Nancy Pearl joins us to think about it. Her favorite is “The Dance of Anger” by Harriet Lerner. What's yours? Call us at 206.543.5869 or email weekday@kuow.org.

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Nature And Art
11:50 am
Tue January 8, 2013

A Conversation With Artist And Naturalist Tony Angell

Tony Angell's 'Sunning Cormorant.'
Credit Flickr photo/Andrew Nicholson

Naturalist, illustrator and sculptor Tony Angell shares his home and his imagination with birds. He joins us to talk about the ecological role birds play in our lives and how the natural world inspires his creativity.

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Fiscal Policy
11:49 am
Tue January 8, 2013

Congress Readies For The Next "Cliff"

Gray clouds fill the sky over the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, the day closed-door meetings and votes negated a fiscal cliff of across-the-board tax increases and sweeping spending cuts.
Credit AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

The next cliff looms in Washington, DC, as the US Treasury runs out of borrowing authority at the end of February. There may be a decision about across-the-board spending cuts known as "sequestration," as well as a debate over the social safety net.

Will Democrats agree to cuts to Social Security and Medicare? We talk with economics writer James Kwak about the political support for smaller government and less revenue.

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Race & Identity
9:00 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Gather At The Table: A Dialogue On Race

Sharon Leslie Morgan and Tom DeWolf are authors of 'Gather at the Table: The Healing Journey of a Daughter of Slavery and a Son of the Slave Trade.'
Credit Kristin Little Photography

When you look at a person, do you "see race?" Sharon Leslie Morgan and Tom DeWolf have been asking that question as they sat down at dinner tables around America. They found the lingering pain of slavery, and some paths to healing. They join us for a conversation about the journey toward racial equality.

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News & Analysis
10:00 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Your Take On The News

Steve Scher on air in KUOW studios.

It’s Friday — time to review the week’s news with Eli Sanders, Knute BergerDavid Horsey and Bruce Ramsey. The House of Representatives voted 257-167 late Tuesday night to avoid the "fiscal cliff." The deal keeps the Bush tax cuts in place for individuals making less than $400,000 a year, extends federal emergency unemployment benefits and Washington state's sales tax deduction, and sets up Fiscal Cliff 2 in just a few weeks. We'll look at how the deal went down and what lies ahead.

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Arts & Entertainment
9:00 am
Fri January 4, 2013

"Almost Live!" Alums Have Seattle's Number

Tune in on Saturday night to catch the debut of 'The 206.'
Credit Facebook/The 206 TV

Seattle has grown since KING 5's sketch comedy show Almost Live! left the air in 1999. Now some of the team that brought "The Lame List" and "COPS in Wallingford" to TV is back with a new show of modern-day Seattle-centric funny. The 206, starring Pat Cashman, John Keister and Chris Cashman, premieres tomorrow night. They join us in studio with a preview.

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