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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Infrastructure
3:23 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

What's Next For Columbia River's Cracked Wanapum Dam?

Wanapum Dam
Flickr Photo/Daniel Liu (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Northwest News Network reporter Anna King about what lies ahead for the Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River. On Friday, inspectors discovered a 65-foot underwater crack in the dam.

Unrest In Ukraine
3:03 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Why Crimea? A Primer On The Current Ukraine Crisis

Ukrainian soldiers stand guard at the gate of a military base in the port of Kerch, Ukraine, Monday, March 3, 2014.
AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic

Steve Scher talks with Chris Woolf, news editor for The World, about how the history and geopolitics of the Crimean Peninsula play into the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

The Week In Review
3:59 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

SPD Reversal, Rideshare Regulations, And State Education Funding

Flickr Photo/ME659! (CC BY-NC-ND)

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray sets things straight after a reversal of police misconduct cases kicked up some dust.

State lawmakers reach a compromise over whether student test scores should factor in teacher evaluations, and the City Council regulates Seattle's ridesharing companies.

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

Nancy Pearl
2:47 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Old Favorites On The Library Shelf

Flickr Photo/German Poo-Caamano (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher and librarian Nancy Pearl look through the bin of Newberry Award winners at Seattle Public Library's Northeast Branch. They also wander over to the children’s literature shelves where Pearl encounters some old friends.

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Oscar History
2:19 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

How One Winner Changed The Academy Awards

Flickr Photo/Davidlohr Bueso (CC BY-NC-ND)

In anticipation for the Oscars this weekend, Steve Scher sat down with Swing Years host Amanda Wilde to discuss the history of the Best Original Song category.

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Fan Fiction
1:56 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

What Do 'The Aeneid' And 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Have In Common?

Fan art: "Virgil Reading the Aeneid to Augustus and Octavia," by Angelica Kauffman (1741-1807).
Wikipaintings.org

Fan fiction may seem like a modern Internet phenomenon, but in fact, the genre has plenty of historical roots and mainstream appeal.

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Law Enforcement
1:50 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Washington State Patrol Faces Lawsuit Over Promotion Of Military Vets

Flickr Photo/Al Pavangkanan (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Tom Pillow, president of the Washington State Patrol Troopers Association, about a lawsuit filed by state troopers against the Washington State Patrol. The lawsuit claims the agency is breaking the law when military veterans are up for promotions.

Food And Drinks
1:49 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

What Will The Nutrition Facts Label Look Like In The Future?

Flickr Photo/Mayhem Chaos (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Dr. Adam Drewnowski, director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition at the University of Washington, about the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's proposal to update the Nutrition Facts labels on food and drink packages.

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Transportation
4:07 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Train Sublime: What The Future Holds For High-Speed Rail System

Tom Zoellner's book "Train."

Steve Scher talks with author Tom Zoellner about his book "Train" and the latest developments of the high-speed intercity passenger rail system.

Combatting The Spread Of Disease
3:51 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

How Needle Exchange Programs Work

Flickr Photo/deepfruit (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Michael Hanrahan who oversees the needle exchange programs for the King County's Health and Human Services. Hanrahan talks about how these exchanges work and the impact the program has made in the community.

Transportation
3:49 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Portland Offers Advice As Kirkland Considers Air Gondolas

Traveling at 22 mph, the Portland Aerial Tram carries passengers between the Oregon Health and Science University Hospital and the South Waterfront District in Portland.
Flickr Photo/mhiran1 (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Brett Dodson, manager of the Portland Aerial Tram, about how Portland's take on air gondolas has worked for the Rose City.

Gender Spectrum
3:48 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Facebook Adds More Gender Options US Users

Flickr Photo/Elephant Gun Studios (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Amanda Lock Swarr, associate professor in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies at the University of Washington, about gender identity. Facebook recently added more than 50 additional gender options for users in the U.S.

News From Canada
9:38 am
Wed February 26, 2014

North American Energy Rivalry, Tax Data, And Olympic Gold

Canada forward Sidney Crosby, far right, stands with teammates for the Canadian national anthem after beating Sweden 3-0 in the men's gold medal ice hockey game at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.
AP Photo/Julio Cortez

Steve Scher talks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about the week's big stories from Canada.

Manners
2:52 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Evolution Of Tech Etiquette

Flickr Photo/Anonymous Account (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Daniel Post Senning about technology etiquette and his observations for people who are too attached to their electronic devices. He’s also the grandson of etiquette expert Emily Post.

Love and Life
3:40 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Is Your Relationship Normal?

Dr. Pepper Schwartz's book "The Normal Bar."

Steve Scher talks with University of Washington sociologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz about the secrets of extremely happy couples and the book, "The Normal Bar: The Surprising Secrets of Happy Couples and What They Reveal About Creating a New Normal in Your Relationship."

This interview originally aired on February 11, 2013.

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