Crosscut and Steve Scher are joining forces. This Wednesday, Crosscut will debut a new podcast series with radio host Steve Scher. 'The Elephant in the Room' will bring you a series of candid conversations about the questions that Pacific Northwesterners would rather not talk about. Elephant #1: Why can't Seattle hang on to a public school superintendent?
Can't wait 'till Wednesday to hear it? Become a Crosscut member or renew your support today (Monday the 22nd) at the Olympic level or above to receive special advance access to the first episode!
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Become a Crosscut member at the Olympic level or above today to receive special advance access to Steve's first podcast.