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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Jun 30, 2016

Even a grad with good grades might be entering the world without enough EMOTIONAL intelligence. Marc Brackett, the head of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, tells us about some of his research.

Jun 29, 2016

In my experience, gun shop owners take gun control very seriously.

And it occurred to me they were an underutilized resource in the ongoing gun debate and one of the best defenses in keeping firearms out of the hands of people like the Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen.

I talked about this last week in one of my commentaries, I asked why there wasn't a database allowing gun shop owners to share information about sketchy customers so one shop doesn’t sell a weapon to somebody who was already turned away by a shop down the street.

Seth Banks is a computer programmer from California. He heard my commentary and got to work.

Six days later was complete, so I called him up to talk about it.

Jun 27, 2016

The shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub had a number of effects on the rest of the world, including a spike in gun sales.

But it wasn't only guns. 

Defense Distributed makes a kit that allows anybody with $1,500 to manufacture the lower receiver of an AR-15, the part of the gun with the trigger and magazine. And they can do this without having to register the weapon with the Federal Government.

Sales of the Ghost Gunner kit almost doubled the day after the killings in Orlando, and had nearly tripled just two days later.

Cody Wilson is the founder of Managing Director of Defense Distributed and my guest on today's Ross File Podcast.

Jun 23, 2016

You've heard of the NIMBYs but what about YIMBYs? Laura Bernstein is a housing activist with the YIMBY movement, who just held a conference in Colorado. She discusses the affordable housing issue in Seattle and how the city should manage growth and deal with urban density and transit.

Jun 10, 2016

The Washington state Democratic convention is this weekend, which should be interesting. 

Even though in the Democratic primary a large majority went for Hillary Clinton, in the caucuses, a big majority went for Bernie Sanders. 

My guest today is state Rep. Noel Frame. She is a Bernie supporter and the likely chair of this weekends convention in Tacoma.

Jun 8, 2016

If you find yourself feeling less sympathetic towards others, you might look at what kinds of medicine you're taking. 

New research from Ohio State University finds the painkiller acetaminophen might be doing more than numbing your pain, they might also dull your empathy. 

Seattle native Baldwin Way co-authored the study and is my guest. 

Jun 7, 2016


Whom to marry. 

It's one of the most important decisions you'll make, and yet you're not going to choose correctly if you are looking for a "perfect" match. 

That person simply doesn't exist.

At least that's what Alain de Botton wrote in his piece "Why You'll Marry the Wrong Person" for The New York Times. 

His article was one of the most read stories and created quite the buzz, so I called him up to talk about it.

De Botton's new book, "The Course of Love," comes out June 14.

He will be at the Seattle Public Library June 22nd at 7 PM. 

Jun 6, 2016

I've been interviewing candidates for Washington state Superintendent of Public Instruction.

It's an important job, especially as legislators get ready to spend between $8-10 billion more per year on education to comply with the McCleary decision. 

Among the candidates is Ron Higgins, who has taught both here in Washington state as well as California. 

As you will hear, Higgins campaign is focused on a few key issues, some of which differ from his competition. 

Jun 3, 2016
This year, we don’t just vote for Governor, we also vote for Superintendent of Public Instruction, the chief public schools officer of the state. 
There are a number of candidates running.
There is a huge issue facing the state, of course, in terms of funding schools. By most estimates, it’s going to be at least 8-billion dollars a year.
And today, we’re talking to candidate KumRoon Maksirisombat or as he likes to be called - Mr. Mak. He is a teacher at Chief Sealth International High School.
Mr. Mak, who ran for this position back in 2004, says his big issue is wasteful spending of tax-payer dollars with regards to how curriculum is funded and in perks provided to administrators.