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Ross Files with Dave Ross

Broadcast legend Dave Ross, winner of multiple Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in journalism, talks to the people and policy makers affecting your world. Now, you can listen to the full conversation - raw and uncut. Hear Dave Ross on Seattle’s Morning News weekdays at 6am on KIRO Radio 97.3 FM.
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Apr 13, 2018

Go ahead: take a look at all the data companies like Google and Facebook have accumulated about your life. Your mind will be blown. Dylan Curran, the tech consultant whose expose of his own data became a viral sensation will show you how to find your own data, and more importantly, how to delete it. 

Apr 13, 2018

As Director of the Centre for Social Media Analysis, Jamie Bartlett has observed a slow, dangerous decline in our both our adherence to the ideals of democracy, and our belief in the system's ability to work for everyone in our society. And he points to the internet and new technologies as the cause -- but it's not to late to change course. In his new book, "The People Vs. Tech: How the Internet is Killing Democracy (And How We Can Save It)," Bartlett both diagnoses our ailing democracy and prescribes necessary for a society in danger. 

Apr 13, 2018

There are ways to reduce gun violence in America, that we can all agree on. As an emergency room physician, an NRA member, and one of the nation's foremost gun researchers, Dr. Garen Wintemute has devoted much of his career to finding evidence based solutions. The Violence Prevention Research Program at UC Davis, which Dr. Wintemute leads, has come up with guidance for doctors and legislators on how to take consensus action to reduce mass shootings, suicides, and all types of violence committed with firearms.

Apr 11, 2018

While Congress struggles to grill, Molly McKew shares the questions Facebook's CEO should be called to the carpet on -- and her answer to why the US has failed to adequately respond to Russia's 'final solution' in Syria.

Apr 5, 2018

Amidst the continuing failure of Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform or provide funding for the President's border wall, the drug crisis in America continues unabated. In his new book, "Our 50 State Border Crisis: How the Mexican Border Fuels the Drug Epidemic Across America," Howard Buffett shines a light on the humanitarian crisis happening at the border -- and the implications of failed border policy for every state in America.

Apr 3, 2018

Johann Hari has traveled the world seeking answers for people who are suffering from depression. He shares what he learned in his book, Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression--And the Unexpected Solutions

Mar 21, 2018

Cybersecurity and information warfare expert Molly McKew shares her insights on how to protect your data online, and what you need to know about Facebook and every other social media platform in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica revelations. And... even why your Amazon.com orders are a potential privacy concern.

Mar 9, 2018

How has America become so divided -- and how can repair the fabric of our society to recover a larger national identity while recognizing the diversity within the country? Yale Law Professor Amy Chua is best known for her book, "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother," but her scholarly expertise is in the field of ethnic conflict -- her latest book explores the causes of and solutions for an increasingly fractured America.

Mar 7, 2018

Vegas Tenold spent years getting to know the members of American white power groups, and saw them organize and rise to their current status in society. His book is "Everything You Love Will Burn: Inside the Rebirth of White Nationalism in America"

Mar 6, 2018

Sgt. Eric Pisconski, head of the Seattle Police Department's Crisis Response Squad, explains Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs). They allow the police to seize the firearms of people who are a threat to themselves or others

Feb 27, 2018

With the introduction of any new form of media, anxiety around its adoption is inevitable. While the latest fears about social media are widespread, they aren't always well-founded. Professor Jeffrey Hall has studied the impacts of social media on our traditional social lives and answers whether we're actually replacing our time with friends and family with time online with their digital avatars.

Feb 14, 2018

The scientific body of evidence is overwhelming: traumas experienced during childhood have a lasting, severely detrimental impact on those who experience them. And those adverse experiences change our very DNA. The good news? The consequences of childhood trauma can be reversed. Dr. Nadine Burke Harris offers a roadmap for changing our medical system to limit and heal the damages done to individuals, families, and society from adverse experiences in our formative years.

Feb 12, 2018

Rudeness is on the rise, and it's not only an unpleasant trend -- it's actually contagious and can even make you more likely to die on the roads or suffer a botched surgery. Comedian and author Danny Wallace takes us through the humorous history of modern rudeness, beginning with incivility on the internet, and how we can police the poor behavior and create a more civil society.

Feb 8, 2018

If you're a baby boomer or you saw the recent Steven Spielberg movie, "The Post," about the Pentagon Papers published in 1971 you know who Daniel Ellsberg is. He's the man that leaked those famous documents which informed the American public the government knew, for years, the war in Vietnam was unwinnable.

But Daniel Ellsberg actually had even MORE explosive documents that didn't trickle out at the time -- documents outline the US nuclear war plans. Ellsberg helped write them. And in his new book, "The Doomsday Machine," Daniel lays out those scenarios -- which are still classified -- and outlines exactly how many people on Earth would die as a result.

Feb 6, 2018

"Torture is illegal and we can't make torture legal..." Last week, President Trump announced the signing of an Executive Order which would not only keep the Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay open, but would allow for new prisoners to be held there. Alka Pradhan, a Penn State Law Professor and Human Rights attorney who has represented numerous men held at Guantanamo says that torture of detainees continues today and that continued operation of the facility undermines American national security.

Jan 26, 2018

Underwater nuclear drones, a shocking apocalyptic response to cyberattacks, smaller nuclear weapons that are more "usable,"  and trillions of dollars. . . that's what's at stake in this critical Nuclear Posture Review. Jon Wolfsthal takes us through the only policy paper in the United States government that lays out a framework which could lead to the Doomsday Clock ticking all the way down. 

Jan 11, 2018

It's the most difficult conversation in America, and most of the country, regardless of skin color, still hasn't figured out how to have it. Until now. With impeccable grace, wisdom, and empathy, Ijeoma Oluo picks apart a topic that many have either dismissed as irrelevant or given up on entirely.

Jan 5, 2018

Richard Nephew is a scholar at Columbia University’s School for International and Public Affairs and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He is also the author of "The Art of Sanctions: A View from the Field," drawn from his experience as the the lead sanctions expert for the U.S. team negotiating directly with Iran on the the current nuclear deal... The deal President Trump has denounced, though not yet officially scrapped.

Jan 5, 2018

Many conservatives agree that the Trump presidency can be considered a success, no matter what happens, if one goal is accomplished: a reshaping of the federal courts via the appointment of conservative judges. Zoe Tillman, Buzzfeed courts reporter, provides a reality check on the state of federal court appointments and the Trump administration's progress.

Dec 28, 2017

Dave Ross talks to Omar El Akkad, the Egyptian-Canadian journalist who wrote the novel, "American War." The book is inspired by the troubling divisions he sees in America today.

Dec 21, 2017

For the first time, the United Nations has commissioned a report on extreme poverty and inequality in the United States, and our nation's grade is grim. And the policies of President Trump are sinking the economic prospects for millions. According to Professor Philip Alston, the UN's Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, America is becoming the world champion of inequality, with tens of millions living in conditions most would only expect to see in the poorest developing nations, not the richest country in the world.

Dec 20, 2017

There is perhaps no man in America pushing back harder against the GOP tax plan than Ady Barkan, and he's doing it from a wheelchair while simultaneously fighting a battle against ALS. The bill would slash $400 billion from Medicare and put Obamacare on life support, which Ady believes every American should stand in opposition to. His life, and perhaps yours, could depend on it.

Dec 15, 2017

Retired 4-star general and Air Force Chief of Staff Merrill "Tony" McPeak joins Dave Ross for a wide ranging discussion of his military career and the third installment of his memoirs, "The Aerial View Trilogy." A can't miss conversation on the US-North Korean conflict, the state of the military and further insights from one our nation's top military commanders.

Dec 14, 2017

Rex Tillerson's overture to North Korea, offering to open talks without any pre-conditions has raised the hopes of many for a diplomatic solution to the crisis on the peninsula -- and questions as to whether the Secretary of State even speaks for the President on foreign policy. Abraham Denmark, Director of the Asia Program at the Wilson Center and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia outlines the options for dealing with the Kim regime and what to make of US foreign policy under the Trump administration. 

Dec 8, 2017

The stellar reporting of CBS News Correspondent David Begnaud has informed the nation on the tardy and inadequate disaster relief efforts provided on the island. Dave Ross unwinds what went wrong, who is to blame, and what the situation is on the ground for the millions of American citizens living in Puerto Rico who are still dealing with an unprecedented failure of federal disaster response in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

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