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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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Jul 28, 2017

Seattle's Fair Chance Housing Legislation would bar landlords from looking at a tenant's criminal history on rental applications. The bill is being floated -- and expected to pass -- in order to address the needs of the 30% of King County residents with a criminal record who have a hard time finding a place to stay. Nick Straley from Columbia Legal Services supports the bill and Sean Martin from the Rental Housing Association of Washington opposes. They square off and make their cases with Dave Ross moderating. 

Jul 24, 2017

Washington State is moving in a new direction: tasking services for youth, children and families under the umbrella of a new agency: DCYF. Ross Hunter, formerly of the State legislature and the director of the Department of Early Learning, has been tapped to lead the brand-new agency. Listen in as he discusses how the new agency will plan to develop a framework from children in Washington that will create equal opportunity -- and a minimum of currently wasted social/fiscal costs -- by addressing the problems at-risk youth currently face

Jul 24, 2017

The beauty of the Pacific Northwest can be experienced in no greater measure than through exploration of the backwoods, mountains, and wild places so close to our backyards. And yet, exploring those areas of unfiltered beauty can also expose us to extreme risk. That's where Bree Loewen comes in with Seattle Mountain Rescue, literally ready to swoop and traverse in to save those who have lost their way. She's written a book about her experience with Seattle Mountain Rescue titled, "Found." Find for yourself her stories and wisdom from the paths-less-traveled, and what it takes to rescue those who find themselves on the edge of civilization, with no one else to call on for help. She is an inspiring voice and a trusty guide into a world many of us venture into, and all hope to never require her services in...

Jul 20, 2017

Up to 50 suspects have been engaged in widespread car prowls all over the Eastside, Seattle, and even into Kitsap County. Captain Marcia Harnden commands the special operations team at Bellevue PD and shares the story of what they're doing to take them all down.

Jul 19, 2017

In conversations about societal equity and criminal justice reform, there is likely no more egregious example of legal privilege than the near-immunity afforded to corporate executives. So why are executives seemingly exempt from prosecution, even when they commit clear acts of fraud or malfeasance? Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Jesse Eisinger gives a blistering account of corporate greed and impunity, and the reckless, often anemic response from the Department of Justice.

Jul 18, 2017

Dr. Kendi is a prior guest and one of the foremost minds on the issue of race relations in America. He is the author of, "Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America." If you missed that episode, you missed one of Dave's best interviews. Go back. Listen. You won't be disappointed. In this interview, Dr. Kendi and Dave Ross discuss how to move the ball forward in solving racial inequities and racism.

Jul 17, 2017

Could Seattle's newest progressive social policy entail giving every infant a bond of up to $50K that would mature when they reach 18? Professor Darrick Hamilton of the New School makes the case for why the wealth gap can only be bridged through universal bonds -- given at birth.

Jul 12, 2017

Seattle's new income tax has a lot of people nervous. That includes people who won't be paying the tax. John Burbank, Executive Director of the Economic Opportunity Institute, addresses concerns about privacy, property, loopholes, legality, and the inevitable creep of the income tax to other Washington cities

Jul 3, 2017

The Trump administration is currently engaged in rolling back enforcement of civil rights laws, and every American should be concerned. Sounding the alarm is Vanita Gupta. Gupta is currently the President/CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. She was formerly the Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and acting head of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice until January 20, 2017, appointed by the Obama administration. Prior, she was a civil rights lawyer and the Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU, where she oversaw the ACLU's national criminal justice reform efforts.

Jun 30, 2017

As Seattle deals with an exploding population of people experiencing homelessness, we look to other cities for solutions. In this case: Vienna, Austria. They seem to have figured out how to prevent homelessness, and their solution goes all the way back to the 1920's 

To explain how Vienna solved the seemingly unsolvable issue of homelessness, we turn to William Menking. 

William is an architectural historian, writer, critic, and curator of architecture and urbanism. He is professor of architecture, urbanism, and city planning at Pratt Institute and has lectured and taught at schools in the United States and Europe.

Jun 29, 2017

As President Trump considers a $1.2 trillion investment in upgrading America's nuclear arsenal and North Korea edges ever-closer to building an ICBM capable of reaching the West Coast, how should American nuclear policy proceed? To weigh in with his expertise and perspective, Dave Ross is joined by the President of The Ploughshares Fund, Joe Cirincione. And just how reliable is our nuclear missile defense system anyways? 

Jun 28, 2017

Join Dave Ross for Part II of his conversation with Jeffery Robinson, the Director of the Trone Center for Justice and Equality on their new report which makes a compelling case for why businesses should hire ex-cons. Even liberals like the Koch Brothers support his report -- why isn't all of America giving felons a second chance? 

Jun 28, 2017

Dr. Rachel Pearson has worked with the very communities that would be most negatively impacted by the potential passage of the BHCA. She shares, from a physician's perspective, the heartbreaking experience of patients who are denied care due to lack of adequate insurance. 

Dr. Pearson is the author of, "NO APPARENT DISTRESS: A Doctor’s Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine."

Jun 28, 2017

Professor Jacob Vigdor of the University of Washington has put out a study that finds the increased minimum wage in Seattle IS actually a jobs-killer -- in contrast to a Berkeley study that found the exact opposite. Dave Ross digs into the data with Professor Vigdor, what it means for the minimum wage movement, and for businesses moving forward. 

Jun 26, 2017

It's not just the top 1% who are hoarding all the wealth in America -- it's the top 20%, including many people who don't even realize they are among the most privileged class in our nation.

Many liberals, especially in Seattle, are blind to their contributions to income inequality. And it's time for those folks to own up and put their money where their mouths are.

That's according to Richard Reeves, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institute and former director of strategy to the UK’s Deputy Prime Minister.

Richard Reeves' new book is titled, "Dream Hoarders: How the American Upper Middle Class Is Leaving Everyone Else in the Dust, Why That Is a Problem, and What to Do about It."

Jun 23, 2017

While people in Seattle process and react to the shooting death of Charleena Lyles by police, the officer who shot Philando Castile during a routine traffic stop was acquitted of all charges. Jeffery Robinson shares his perspective on how communities of color view the police and justice system.

Jeffery Robinson is an attorney and director of the ACLU's Trone Center for Justice and Equality.

Jun 21, 2017

Julie Rovner is the Senior Health Correspondent for Kaiser Health News, with 31 years experience covering health care in Washington D.C. And in all those years, she has never seen a piece of legislation being drafted in such secrecy -- especially a bill as significant as the AHCA. She discusses what is being planned in the Republican's replacement for Obamacare and whether it has a chance to pass.

Jun 21, 2017

Former US Attorney Jenny Durkan is campaigning on returning Seattle's government to fulfilling basic civic governance first -- roads, potholes, city services, etc. She discusses her bid for Seattle Mayor with Dave Ross.

Jun 20, 2017

"From Russia With Blood"

Heidi Blake, UK Investigations Editor for Buzzfeed News, tells us about their series of investigations into alleged assassinations that Russia has committed on foreign soil, and why investigators in the UK won't dig any deeper.

Jun 19, 2017

How does the internet impact our political persuasions? Why do our online interactions lead to "toxic arrogance?" Wy are we becoming - with the greatest amount of information available to us in all of human history - more polarized and seemingly less informed? Dave Ross explores these issues and what to do about them with Michael Patrick Lynch. 

Michael Patrick Lynch is a professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut and the author/editor of seven highly-acclaimed books. His latest book is titled, ""The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data."

Jun 19, 2017

As the United States confronts the threat of a rising nuclear power in North Korea, the challenges of defeating the Islamic State, deciding how to confront Russia in regards to their cyberwarfare efforts, and the flexing of Chinese naval ambitions in the South China Sea. . . how should the US military respond? What foreign policy efforts must America engage in to secure the safety of our nation?

For answers to those questions, Dave Ross turns to retired Four Star Navy Admiral James Stavridis, also the former commander of allied NATO forces in Europe. Admiral Stavridis is the author of a new book, "Sea Power: The History and Geopolitics of the World's Oceans."

Jun 16, 2017

Most Americans don't know that there is a legal alternative to the health insurance mandate under Obamacare, but over 1 million Americans have found the loophole: Christian Health Sharing Ministries. Laura Turner writes about these ministries in BuzzFeed and explains how they work and whether the AHCA could sink the Christian alternative.

Jun 16, 2017

Most of what we hear about the most isolated country in the world comes from intelligence reports, defectors from the lower rungs of North Korean society, and a few snippets from adventure tourists and journalists who manage to smuggle out a couple photos on USB drives.

But. . .what is life like for the elite in North Korea? How are they educated and indoctrinated?

To answer that question, we turn to Suki Kim, one of the only people in the world who has lived among -- and lived to tell about her experience.

As an undercover journalist, Suki managed to secure a position teaching English to the very top students in the country -- the young men who will someday become the leaders of the country.

Jun 13, 2017

We continue our discussion -- the third interview we've had so far -- with Molly McKew, who writes for Politico. Her first piece back in January was titled, "Putin's Real Long Game," in which she argued that Russia's overall goal was to undermine our faith in American democracy and to weaken relationships with our allies that have bound the Western world together since the second World War.

In her latest piece, she argues that we've taken our eye off the ball. And that the whole sound and fury around the Comey testimony -- and today's testimony from Secretary of State Jeff Sessions -- distracts from a concerted attack on the country.

It's not what President Trump DID say and when -- it's what he -- and other American leaders are NOT saying that we should be most worried about. And in that vacuum, the Russian messaging is flourishing.

Jun 12, 2017

Natasha Singer is a business correspondent for the New York Times, covering a new series on tech innovations in education in a series titled, "Education Disrupted." 

In this segment, she explores how the new wave of tech billionaires are working to remake America's education system -- and whether their ideas are working.

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