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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Good Reads
3:59 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Nancy Pearl's Recommendations: Allegory And Mystery

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

Steve Scher sits down once again with Nancy Pearl to discuss three books from 2013 that she recommends before they get lost amidst the new books of the new year; including a modern allegory “The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War”  by Stephen Kinzer, and Laurie R. King’s mysteries “A Grave Talent” and “To Play The Fool."

Winterizing
2:49 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Take Care Of Your Pipes And Faucets: Cover, Wrap And Check

Flickr Photo/kbrookes

Steve Scher gets tips from home repair guru Roger Faris and his grandson Isaiah on how to protect outdoor hose faucets and pipes during the cold winter months.

Week In Review
1:01 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

The Year Ahead: Boeing, Marijuana, And $15 Minimum Wage

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Machinists cast their votes tonight on Boeing's contract extension. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray proposes raising the minimum hourly wage for city employees to $15. Legal marijuana enters 2014 under a hazy cloud of questions.

Steve Scher reviews the week's big stories and looks ahead to 2014 with Crosscut's Knute Berger, The Stranger's Eli Sanders, and C.R. Douglas of Q13 Fox. We also get some 2014 predictions from Live Wire host Luke Burbank.

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Distracted Driving
4:00 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

New Research Suggests Texting Much Worse Than Talking While Driving

Flickr Photo/Intel Free Press

Steve Scher talks with Dr. Charlie Klauer, research scientist at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, about new research on distracted driving.

Tips
3:42 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Best Recycling Advice: Don't Agonize Over It

Recycling can be confusing, but it shouldn't cause too much anxiety.
Credit Flickr Photo/Chelsea Nesvig

Northwest denizens are known to take their recycling responsibilities seriously. But it can be confusing to keep on top of all the rules. Tom Watson from the King County Recycling and Environmental Services in Seattle told Steve Scher on The Record that you don't need to agonize too much about it.

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Economic Recovery
3:36 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

DelBene Calls For Extension Of Long-Term Unemployment Benefits

Representative Suzan DelBene.

Steve Scher checks in with Representative Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., about her plans to push for the extension of long-term unemployment benefits once Congress is back in session.

Boeing
2:39 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Why The Machinists Union Wants To Keep Their Pensions

The dispute between Boeing and the Machinist Union is a complex issue, but one of the biggest factors is whether workers are ready to give up their pension plan.
KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

Steve Scher talks with certified financial planner John Flavin about the differences between 401Ks and pensions.

Suspect Detention
4:07 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

New Laws For Guantanamo Bay

Camp Delta, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Flickr Photo/Joint Task Force Guantanamo

Steve Scher talked with Marc Falkoff, associate professor of law at Northern Illinois University, about closing Guantanamo Bay.

History
3:59 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

The Long Road Back: Polish-Jewish Relations Today

Louise Steinman's book "The Crooked Mirror."

"Do they miss us?”

That was the question on Louise Steinman’s mind  when she decided to travel to Poland and explore the country’s efforts at reconciliation with their traumatic past of dual occupations of the Nazis and Soviets.

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Mental Health
3:53 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Hypervigilance And Crowds Complicate Holidays And Life Back Home For Veterans

Flickr Photo/United States Air Forces - Iraq

Steve Scher gets tips from licensed mental health counselor and suicidologist Randi Jensen on how to help combat war veterans get through the holiday season and beyond.

Health Care
3:35 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

ACA Coverage Starts Tomorrow: Are Insurance Companies Ready?

Flickr Photo/Curtis Cronn

Steve Scher checks in with Premera Blue Cross spokesman Eric Earling on how Washington state insurance companies have prepared for the full rollout of the Affordable Care Act.

Labor
3:40 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

$15 Minimum Wage Proponents To Appeal Court Decision

Sea-Tac Airport.
Flickr Photo/Nancy White

Steve Scher talks with Heather Weiner, Yes! for SeaTac campaign spokeswoman, about the next steps after a King County Superior Court Judge ruled the minimum wage law would not apply to employees who work inside the Sea-Tac airport.

Neuroscience
3:32 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Blindsight Is Never 20/20

Flickr Photo/Giulia Forsythe

Steve Scher talks with Dr. Christof Koch,  chief scientific officer of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, about a rare brain condition that causes some people to only see in black and white.

National Security
1:08 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Has President Obama Lived Up To His Promise To Protect Civil Liberties?

President Barack Obama.
Flickr photo/Muhammad Ghafari

Steve Scher talks with David Cole, constitutional lawyer and national security expert, about how the state of security has changed post 9/11 and whether or not President Obama's civil liberty record holds up to his promises.

Good Reads
2:47 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Nancy Pearl’s Six Great Books Of 2013

Nancy Pearl checks out KUOW's free bookshelf.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

Steve Scher gets Nancy Pearl's top picks of the year including “Americanah” and “The Woman Who Lost Her Soul” for fiction; “Five Days At Memorial” and “Lawrence in Arabia” for nonfiction; and “The Reader’s Book of Days” and “Constellation of Genius: 1922 Modernism Year One" for titles that you may have overlooked.

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