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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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.

Sports
11:07 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Mike Pesca Likes The Seahawks For Super Bowl Champs

The Seattle Seahawks face the Denver Broncos for Super Bowl XLVIII.
Flickr Photo/Mike Morris

Steve Scher checks in with Mike Pesca, NPR sports correspondent and voice on Slate's 'Hang Up and Listen' podcast, about why he thinks the Seattle Seahawks will come out victorious against the Denver Broncos this Super Bowl Sunday.

Police Reform
7:43 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Changes To The Upper Brass At Seattle Police Department

The Seattle Police Department will see changes to the upper brass.
Flickr Photo/Dmitri Fedortchenko

Steve Scher talks with Seattle Times reporter Steve Miletich about the changes at the Seattle Police Department.

Poetry
4:11 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Elizabeth Austen Named 2014 Washington State Poet Laureate

Washington state's new poet laureate Elizabeth Austen.
Courtesy of Fat Yeti Photography

Elizabeth Austen has been bringing poetry to KUOW listeners since 2001. Now, her audience is going to get even bigger.

Austen was recently named Washington’s next poet laureate. An accomplished poet herself, her goal in the new role is to reach out to all 39 counties in the state with workshops, readings and poet interviews: to “celebrate and highlight” the wealth of resources available in Washington to writers and readers alike.

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Gun Background Check
4:07 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Dueling Gun Bills Get A Hearing In Olympia

State Representative Laurie Jinkins (left) and Senator Mike Padden.
Washington State Legislature

Steve Scher talks with state Representative Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, and state Senator Mike Padden, R-Spokane Valley, about two opposing gun background check proposals holding public hearings in Olympia this week.

Book Interview
4:07 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Sex and Synapses: Rethinking Female Sexuality

Naomi Wolf's book "Vagina: A New Biography."

Steve Scher sits down with feminist writer Naomi Wolf to talk about her book, "Vagina: A New Biography." In it she explores the scientific and cultural connections between the human brain and female sexuality.

This interview originally aired on December 4, 2012.

Author Interview
1:27 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Exploring Relationships Through Time And Space

Author Ruth Ozeki in the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Steve Scher talks with author Ruth Ozeki about her latest novel, "A Tale For The Time Being."

Word Blitz
4:19 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

5 Football Terms Every Seahawks Fan Should Know

The Legion of Boom bus.
Credit Flickr Photo/Dena Rosko (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Just like learning acronyms at a new workplace, catching on to the Seahawks’ lexicon can be daunting for the uninitiated. Ben Zimmer, linguist and self-described “word nerd,” helps us break down the terms that are flying around as often as a 12th Man flag.

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Health
4:03 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Science Check: Don't Trust Everything You Read

Not all science is solid, says columnist George Johnson.
Flickr Photo/International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center

Steve Scher talks with New York Times' Raw Data columnist George Johnson about the trouble of irreproducible studies.

Tech News
3:26 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Seattle Tops Denver In 'Startup Bowl'

Seattle area's technology community is much stronger than Colorado, Geekwire's Todd Bishop says.
Flickr Photo/UK Ministry of Defence

Steve Scher compares the strength of the technology communities in Colorado and Seattle with Todd Bishop of Geekwire.

Super Bowl Sides
2:09 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Gambling: It May Be Illegal But 'Everyone Likes To Have A Little Action On The Game'

Sports betting in the U.S. is only legal in Nevada, particularly popular in Las Vegas, but offshore betting and other workarounds mean betting is happening in every state.
Credit Flickr Photo/Baishampayan Ghose (CC BY-SA)

Super Sunday is big business between ticket sales, television revenue and tourism. But a huge amount of money will also be changing hands based on an activity that is largely illegal: sports gambling.

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Memoir
1:27 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Restaurateur Eddie Huang Talks About Funky Food

Cover of Eddie Huang's memoir, "Fresh off the Boat."
Courtesy/Spiegel & Grau

Eddie Huang stormed through childhood. He fought bigoted kids, defied stereotypes of the "model minority" and partied hard. But he clung to the delights of  his father’s restaurant and the flavors of his mother’s kitchen. Following a stint as a lawyer and a stand-up comic, he returned to his raucous roots, dipped in the flavors of Taiwan, America and the world.

Eddie Huang joins us for a conversation about the first-generation immigrant experience he writes about in his new memoir, “Fresh Off the Boat.”

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Week In Review
1:11 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Richard Sherman Post-NFC Interview, Bertha's Troubles, And Changes At Eastside Catholic School

In Seattle, the Seahawks and Richard Sherman have ruled the headlines in the last week.
Flickr Photo/Mark Samia

A post-NFC championship game interview with Richard Sherman causes controversy. Is Seattle the "bad guy" in the Super Bowl narrative? Plus, Bertha stays stuck, and the Eastside Catholic School president steps down.

We review these stories and more with news analyst Joni Balter, Crosscut's Knute Berger and The Stranger's Eli Sanders. Plus, we hear from Live Wire host Luke Burbank.

Good Reads
7:00 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Nancy Pearl Can’t Wait For These Women Writers’ Books

Public radio librarian Nancy Pearl.
KUOW Photo

Nancy Pearl is looking forward to reading at least three books coming out in 2014. Of course, this is only the start of her 2014 reading list. 

In fiction, the popular Jo Walton has another science fiction novel, “My Real Children.” In non-fiction, “Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War,” by Amanda Vaill and “Flappers: Six Women Of A Dangerous Generation,” by Judith Mackrell. 

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