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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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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.

Dec 6, 2017

Andre Norman takes the lessons learned from a youth spent in gangs and behind bars, and applies them to today's kids and the corporate world

Nov 30, 2017

The President says he's playing Santa Claus, promising to shower every American with a huge tax cut. Not even close, says this economist about the GOP tax plan. Dave Ross is joined by Stephanie Kelton to discuss the potential impacts of the bill on the economy and everyday Americans. Stephanie is a professor of economics and public policy at Stony Brook University and a former Chief Economic Advisor to the US Senate Budget Committee. 

Nov 30, 2017

North Korea has launched their most advanced missile yet and the response from the Trump administration is, yet again, more sanctions. Dave is joined by Richard Nephew to discuss where US sanctions policy is failing with North Korea, and how it should be adjusted. Richard is a former Principal Deputy Coordinator for Sanctions Policy at the Department of State and the author of the forthcoming book, "The Art of Sanctions: A View From the Field."

Nov 27, 2017

Remember Pizzagate, perhaps the most ludicrous example of a fake news story that was pushed during the 2016 election, even by members of President Trump's own campaign? How did that story even bubble up into mainstream consciousness? Amanda Robb reporting for Rolling Stone in partnership with The Investigative Fund takes a deep dive into the murky origins of fake news. She traveled as far as Macedonia to unearth the anatomy of potential election-swinging stories that were once simply tabloid fodder but today are delivered right to your Facebook feed. 

Nov 10, 2017

Michael Waldman reveals the true history of the 2nd Amendment, its modern context, and how political will -- not a legal or constitutional challenge -- is the only barrier to enacting meaningful gun regulation in the United States.

Nov 9, 2017

As Seattle prepares to scrutinize the next Mayor -- and her inevitable sweeping policy items on the horizon, Roger Valdez proposes market-based solutions to address the biggest issues the city faces: housing affordability and the epidemic of homelessness.

Nov 9, 2017

MSNBC Commentator Lawrence O'Donnell has studied what was undisputedly the most contentious election in U.S. history. He parallels the career and election of Richard Nixon with that of President Trump.

Nov 3, 2017

Internationally renowned photographer Lee Jeffries' photos of the homeless will be displayed on Seattle building to spotlights the faces of homelessness. Lee, Union Gospel Mission President Jeff Lilley, and Mike Cook, one of the homeless men featured in the installation, join Dave and Colleen for an enlightening and heartwarming conversation reminding us all the importance of caring for the least of us who live amongst us.

Nov 2, 2017

Washington's 45th District Senate race holds the key to the balance of partisan power in the state -- should the Democratic candidate win, the Democrats will gain majority in the Senate to go along with their existing majority in the House. Dave Ross and Hanna Scott introduce you to Jinyoung Lee Englund, the Republican Candidate for the 45th.

Nov 2, 2017

Washington's 45th District Senate race holds the key to the balance of partisan power in the state -- should the Democratic candidate win, the Democrats will gain majority in the Senate to go along with their existing majority in the House. Dave Ross and Hanna Scott introduce you to Manka Dhingra, the Democratic Candidate for the 45th.

Nov 1, 2017

Former talk show host Charlie Sykes says he's still a conservative, but he's not a part of what the conservative movement has become. His new book is titled "How the Right Lost its Mind"

Oct 30, 2017

The Seattle Times is kicking off an exciting new series exploring every facet of the crisis of homelessness in our community. It's been two years since City of Seattle and King County officials declared an emergency -- yet no solution is in sight, and the problem deepens with every passing week. Jonathan Martin, editor of the "Project Homeless" series, along with Vernal Coleman, the reporter who's spent countless hours on the first installment of the project join Dave Ross in-studio for a can't-miss discussion of what we know about the state of homelessness in our region, where we're failing to respond, and what the Seattle Times will be probing into in the coming year.

Oct 25, 2017

"Tamer Elnoury" is an active FBI agent who has worked undercover alongside Al Qaeda operatives and foiled terror plots from inside the organization. Listen in to his conversation with Dave Ross to understand what the TRUE motives for terror are. And according to Elnoury, it's not religion. (Agent's name and voice have been disguised to protect his identity).

Oct 23, 2017

Jere Van Dyke, Dave's former CBS colleague, is an acting intermediary between the US government and the Taliban. You see, Jere was held y the Taliban for 45 days and has traveled throughout, learned, and studied the region for over 40 years in ways few have ever done. Jere has made it his mission to clarify for the Western world the real intentions of the Taliban, Al Qaeda, ISIS, and protect those in their captivity, just as he was.

Oct 19, 2017

As the President and Congress continue to disagree on how Americans should receive health insurance, there is complete consensus that one of the largest problems in the health care market is the soaring cost of medical care. And Marshall Allen from ProPublica has been working tirelessly to track down one of the reasons for the astronomical cost of care -- waste, to the tune of $765 billion dollars a year.

Oct 19, 2017

As it turns out, the United States Supreme Court is partisan and hypocritical, sharing much in common with a certain notorious Italian Renaissance diplomat according to David Skover and Ronald Collins. Tune in for a fascinating discussion on the motivations -- and logic of the most influential political branch in American politics.

Oct 11, 2017

Every time a major public figure is exposed in a sexual harassment scandal, men are reminded the professional and personal dangers of being accused of harassment. In the New York Times, Claire Cain Miller writes about how men respond in the workplace, limiting their exposure risk and professional investment in female colleagues, and how this hurts the careers of women. Claire shares solutions for what DOES work, for both men and women to foster a safe, professional working environment that allows everyone to achieve equal success. Spoiler alert: sexual harassment training isn't the answer.

Oct 9, 2017

As the President prepares to decertify the Iran nuclear deal and continues to denigrate diplomacy as a tool to mitigate all-out war with North Korea, how should we view the Trump administration approach? Jon Wolfsthal is our expert foreign policy guide, discussing the pressing concerns of a nuclear North Korean state and an Iranian regime on the brink of becoming one. Wolfsthal is currently with Harvard's Belfer Center and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace as well as a former Senior Director at the National Security Council.

Oct 6, 2017

After Australia experienced its largest mass shooting in their country's history, their Prime Minister rallied the nation and enacted some of the strictest gun laws in the world. Dave checks in on the results of those reforms after two decades in place.

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