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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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.
KUOW Photo

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.

Marijuana Legalization
3:21 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Recreational Pot May Be Coming To Alaska

Alaska could be the next state to join ranks with Washington and Colorado for making recreational marijuana legal.
Flickr Photo/Brett Levin (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with Alexandra Gutierrez, capitol correspondent for Alaska Public Media, about a ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana in Alaska.

Utilities
3:17 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Possible Rate Hikes For Seattle Public Utilities Customers

At the current pace, Seattle Public Utilities officials say rates could increase nearly 30 percent over the next 6 years.
Flickr Photo/Joe Shlabotnik

Steve Scher talks with Ray Hoffman, director of Seattle Public Utilities, about the possible rate hikes for Seattle residents. SPU is hosting four public meetings to collect comments from the community.

National Security
3:17 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Life After Blowing The Whistle On The NSA

Former senior executive Thomas Drake blew the whistle on NSA.
Flickr Photo/Project On Government Oversight

Steve Scher talks with former NSA senior executive Thomas Drake about his experience before, during and after blowing the whistle on fraud and abuse in the United States government.

Author Interview
2:59 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Inside The Real American War In Vietnam

Nick Turse's book "Kill Anything That Moves."

Steve Scher talks with author Nick Turse about his book "Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam." It is about a detailed account of the widespread sanctioned killings that took place during the Vietnam War.

Shout Out
4:10 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

What Does The Seahawks’ Super Bowl Win Mean To You?

Seahawks fans celebrated in Seattle after the Super Bowl victory on Sunday.
Flickr Photo/Trevor Dykstra

Steve Scher and Marcie Sillman chat with Crosscut's Knute Berger and listeners about what the Seattle Seahawks' Super Bowl title means to them and to the city.

Health
4:06 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Diseases That 'Spill' From Animals To Humans

David Quammen's book "Spillover."

Steve Scher talks with author David Quammen about his book "Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic."

Book Interview
3:58 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

A Biography Of The Prophet Muhammad

Lesley Hazelton's book "The First Muslim."

Steve Scher sits down with writer Leslie Hazelton to talk about her book, "The First Muslim: The Story of Muhammad."

This interview originally aired on January 24, 2013.

Super Bowl
3:30 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Serious Question: Are You Ready For Some Football?

The KUOW staff celebrates Blue Friday.
KUOW Photo/Geoff Vlcek

Seahawks fever, 12th man frenzy, pure football mania: Call it what you will, but the majority of our town has been buzzing with enthusiasm. Friends of KUOW talk about what it feels like to have a Super Bowl-bound team.

Human Trafficking
3:24 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

In The Shadow Of The Stadium: Sex Traffickers Target The Super Bowl

Steve Scher speaks with Elie Honig, New Jersey's director of the Division of Criminal Justice, about his team's efforts to combat prostitution and sex-trafficking in advance of the Super Bowl.

Week in Review
2:26 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

News From Olympia, State Of The Union, And Super Bowl XLVIII

The Seattle Seahawks will face the Denver Broncos for Super Bowl XLVIII.
Flickr Photo/Joe Parks

State lawmakers signal progress on the DREAM Act. President Barack Obama's outlines his goals in his State of the Union address. And the 12th man gets ready for Super Bowl XLVIII. 

We talk over these stories and more with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Eli Sanders of The Stranger and political reporter Robert Mak.

Education & Immigration
2:09 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Washington State Senate Passes 'REAL Hope Act'

State Senator Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor.
Courtesy of Washington State Legislature

Steve Scher talks with state Senator Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, about the passage of the Senate Republican's version of the DREAM Act called the REAL Hope Act. Bailey is chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee.

Nancy Pearl
11:34 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Relationship Between Writers And Alcohol

Librarian Nancy Pearl shares her latest book recommendations.
KUOW Photo

Steve Scher talks with Nancy Pearl about two books that explores the relationship between writers and alcohol.

"The Trip To Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking" by Olivia Laing explores the role that alcohol played in the lives of six great American male writers: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever and Raymond Carver.

She also recommends an older book, "Drinking, A Love Story" by Caroline Knapp, which helps a reader understand addiction.

Mental Health
4:04 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Mental Health Advocates Push For Change Of ‘Shattered System’

A proposed law would allow people to petition a court to have family members involuntarily committed to a mental facility.
Flickr Photo/Micheal J (CC BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher talks with mental health advocate Sandi Ando about a proposed law that would allow people to petition a court to have a family member committed against his or her will.

Ando is public policy chair for Washington's chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

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