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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Marijuana Regulation
3:46 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Former Pot 'Czar:' Washington's Taking Wrong Approach To Regulating Pot

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Steve Scher talks with UCLA public policy professor Mark Kleiman about why Washington and Colorado are taking the wrong approach to legalizing marijuana. He says the current system could lead to increased drug abuse among minors.

The Week In Review
3:38 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Medical Pot, Minimum Wage, And Lawmakers Wrap Up In Olympia

A screenshot of the interview on "Between Two Ferns."

State lawmakers adjourn in Olympia, Seattle's $15 minimum wage gets more scrutiny and President Obama tries comedy to pitch the Affordable Care Act to young Americans. 

Steve Scher reviews these stories and more with Eli Sanders of The Stranger, news analyst Joni Balter, Crosscut's Knute Berger and Livewire host Luke Burbank.

Seattle Neighborhood Summit
3:05 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Jim Diers: 'Community Participation,' A Key For Seattle's Future

Queen Anne neighborhood.
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Steve Scher talks with former Seattle Neighborhoods Department Director Jim Diers about his hopes for the upcoming Seattle Neighborhood Summit in April.

Good Reads
2:54 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Nancy Pearl: Mystery And Science Fiction

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Steve Scher and librarian Nancy Pearl get reacquainted with old authors and also discover new names on the mystery and science fiction shelves at Seattle Public Library's Northeast Branch.

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25th Anniversary
2:53 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Local Seniors Share How They Use The World Wide Web

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As part of our week-long series on the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web, The Record takes a trip to the Ballard Senior Center to learn how senior citizens are using the web today.

We hear from Stan Steenrod, Katherine Quackenbush, Robert Brumfield, Ruth Higgins, Stephen Sill, Betty Aman and Claire Anderson.

Transportation
4:23 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

As A First State To Regulate Ridesharing, California Offers Its Progress

Cars for the ridesharing company, Lyft, can be identified by the pink mustaches placed on the front bumper.
Flickr Photo/Bill Rosenfeld (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with San Francisco Chronicle reporter Carolyn Said about California's state-wide rideshare regulations. Said talks about how they are playing out in San Francisco and what Seattle's proposed driver caps could mean for rideshare companies all over.

Urban Planning
3:34 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Designing The Happy City

Charles Montgomery's book, "Happy City."

Steve Scher talks with author Charles Montgomery about his book, "Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design."

UNICEF
3:24 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

More Than 5 Million Children Affected By Syrian War

Syrian children who fled with their families from the violence in their village, sit on the ground at a displaced camp in the Syrian village of Atmeh, near the Turkish border with Syria, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012.
AP Photo/Khalil Hamra

Steve Scher talks with Edward Chaiban, UNICEF's director of Emergency Programmes, about how the conflict in Syria has affected the local children.

UNICEF recently released a report that stated at least 10,000 children were killed in the violence, and almost 3 million children in Syria and in neighboring countries are unable to go to school on a regular basis.

Neighborhood Change
3:22 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

The Wah Mee Club Building: More Than The Tragedy

The historic building, which once housed the Wah Mee Club, will be destroyed after the December fire.
Google Maps

Steve Scher meets up with community activist Ron Chew in the Chinatown-International District to talk about the impending demolition of the building that housed the Wah Mee Club and what it means for the community as a whole.

Internet Memories
4:19 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Listeners Reflect As World Wide Web Turns 25

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Marcie Sillman and Steve Scher take calls from listeners as they recount their early Internet memories in celebration of the World Wide Web's 25th birthday.

News From Canada
4:16 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Quebec's Media Mogul, South Korean Trade Pact, And Victoria's Sewage Plan

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and South Korean President Park Geun-hye reach a historic free trade agreement.
Flickr Photo/Stephen Harper (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about Canadian media mogul, Pierre Karl Péladeau, throwing in his lot with the separatists. Canada also signs free trade agreement with South Korea, and Palmer updates us on Victoria’s latest plan to build its sewage treatment plant.

Coincidence
4:14 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Probability Professor Explains How Miracles Happen

David J. Hand's book, "The Improbability Principle."

Steve Scher explores the probabilities of seemingly improbable events with mathematician David J. Hand. The mathematics professor in London has written, “The Improbability Principle: Why Coincidences, Miracles, And Rare Events Happen Every Day.”

Higher Education
3:06 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

How SAT Changes Could Affect UW Admissions

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Steve Scher talks with Philip Ballinger, associate vice provost for the UW Enrollment and Undergraduate Admissions, about the impending changes to the SAT college admission exam and what it means for prospective applicants.

Comedic Advice
11:42 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Dave Barry On Parenting: 'We Need To Find A Cure For Puberty'

Comedian Dave Barry has written a new book about raising his daughters.
AP Photo/Mitchell Zachs

Steve Scher talks with humorist Dave Barry about his new book, "You Can Date Boys When You're Forty: Dave Barry On Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About."

Tech History
4:08 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

How Did We Use The Internet, Before The URL?

Janet Abbate's book "Inventing the Internet."

Steve Scher talks with Janet Abbate, associate professor of Science and Technology In Society at Virginia Tech, about the history and early users of the Internet. Abbate is also the author of, "Inventing the Internet."

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