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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Mental Health Awareness
3:35 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Suicide Prevention: 'Give Message Of Support And Challenge The Stigma'

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Steve Scher talks with Jennifer Stuber, a supporter of the legislation to educate primary care providers on identifying signs of suicidal behavior. Stuber, whose husband killed himself in 2011, believes that training health care professionals could save lives.

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Tech News
12:27 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

How Does Microsoft Feel About Nokia's New Android Phone?

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Steve Scher talks with Todd Bishop of Geekwire about Nokia's new Android phones and Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of the text messaging app WhatsApp.

Week In Review
3:29 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Police Reform, 'McJobs' Protests, And Pot Regulation Changes

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant talks with a fan outside McDonald's restaurant in downtown Seattle at the McPoverty protest on Thursday, February 20.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Workers protest outside Seattle's fast-food restaurants to draw attention to income inequality, and the Seattle's interim police chief's recent disciplinary decision raises questions about which direction police reform is headed.

Also Washington cuts the size of legal marijuana grows after receiving nearly 3,000 applications for a state license.

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
3:08 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Children's Books: Poem Depot And Thomas Jefferson

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Steve Scher talks with librarian Nancy Pearl about her latest book recommendations for children. She says she admires everything by Maira Kalman, including her new book, “Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything.”

If you're a fan of poems by Shel Silverstein or Jack Prelutsky, Pearl heartily recommends "Poem Depot: Aisles of Smiles" by Douglas Florian.

Spirituality
2:52 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

The Three Interfaith Amigos On Religion And Sports

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Steve Scher talks with Pastor Don Mackenzie, Rabbi Ted Falcon and Imam Jamal Rahman of the Three Interfaith Amigos about spirituality and sports.

Arts & History
10:53 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Paying Homage To The Monarch Apartments

Steve Scher talks with Jake Uitti and Caleb Thompson, editors of The Monarch Review, about the significance of the Monarch Apartments in Seattle. It has housed many local artists, writers and musicians over the years. Uitti and Thompson started the publication to support the artists' community and pay homage to the 109-year-old crumbling building.

Interpreting Race
3:44 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Understanding Multiracial Asian Americans In Pop Culture

Leilani Nishime's book "Undercover Asian."

Steve Scher talks with University of Washington professor Leilani Nishime about her book, "Undercover Asian: Multiracial Asian Americans in Visual Culture," and about how media portray the demographic.

Author Interview
3:41 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Why It's OK To Fail Well And Fail Often

Megan McArdle's book, "The Up Side of Down."

Steve Scher talks with Megan McArdle about why she thinks it's OK to fail as long as you learn from the experience. She also discusses what she learned about human failure while writing her book, "The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success."

Author Interview
3:19 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Roddy Doyle Revists His First Book After 27 Years

Roddy Doyle's book "The Guts."

Steve Scher talks with author Roddy Doyle about why he chose to revisit the fictional character, Jimmy Rabbitte, nearly 30 years later. His new book is, "The Guts."

Overdose Medication Training
2:36 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Washington's Take On Overdose Antidote Naloxone

Naloxone or Narcan is an antidote to an opiate.
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Steve Scher talks with KUOW's Patricia Murphy about a pharmacy on Capitol Hill that is offering training around an opiate overdose medication called Naloxone.

The Week In Review
2:53 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Death Penalty Debate, Bertha Costs, And No Place Like Home

Governor Jay Inslee announced Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, that he is suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state, but the moratorium does not commute the sentences of people currently condemned to death.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File

Governor Jay Inslee puts a halt to executions and initiates a debate about the future of capital punishment in Washington state. Meanwhile, state transportation officials continue to explore the cost overruns as repairs to Bertha are expected to take months. And the housing community reviews Seattle's affordability issue.

Steve Scher talks with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and news analyst Joni Balter about this week's top stories.

Nancy Pearl
1:39 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Joys And Dangers Of Re-Reading Old Favorites

Revisiting books years after the first read can be an interesting experience.
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Steve Scher talks with librarian Nancy Pearl about the joys and dangers of re-reading favorite books. Pearl said revisiting a book years after the first read will sometimes force herself to ask, "What did I see in this?” But other times, she is glad to be reunited with an old friend.

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Ukraine
2:20 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

A Personal Perspective On The Ukrainian Protests

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Steve Scher talks with Yulia Shadirya about the protests in Ukraine. Shadirya moved to Seattle years ago but has been following the events in Kiev.

The Week In Review
3:12 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Big Week For Seattle: Microsoft Picks New CEO And Seahawks Win Super Bowl

Fans celebrated in Capitol Hill after the Seahawks' Super Bowl victory on Sunday.
KUOW Photo/Debrah Wang

Microsoft picks Satya Nadella to succeed Steve Ballmer as CEO, and hundreds of thousands of Seahawks fans pour into downtown to celebrate Seattle’s first-ever Super Bowl victory.

Steve Scher talks with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and news analyst Joni Balter about this week's top stories.

Good Reads
11:34 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Nancy Pearl Goes Undercover

Librarian Nancy Pearl shares her latest book recommendations.
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Steve Scher talks with librarian Nancy Pearl about her latest book recommendations.

"Berlin Game" is a Cold War spy novel by Len Deighton. It is the first of a worthwhile trilogy rounded out by "Mexico Set" and "London Match."

A new book, "Dominion" by C.J. Sansom, portrays an alternate history where Great Britain didn't fight Germany and now is run by the Nazi Party.

She also suggests Sansom's Matthew Shardlake series, which is set in the time of Henry VIII.

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