Joy Beth Smith is a born and bred Christian Conservative. Unlike the majority of Evangelical voters who support the President, she opposes Mr. Trump. Her employment with Focus on the Family was terminated when she publicly declared her belief that she could not support the then-candidate Trump based on her Christian values and due to his Access Hollywood comments, especially in light of her own experience of reporting a sexual assault within her church. Joy shares her story as a Christian Conservative who has faced consequences within her personal and professional life for speaking out against a leader she believes is morally unfit to follow.
Gabriel Galanda represents the "Nooksack 306," the 300-plus people who are being kicked out the Nooksack Tribe. As gaming revenues flush the coffers of tribes and tribal councils vie for power, the process of disenrollment is disenfranchising and divorcing people from their very identities as tribal members and pitting family against family. And it's not just a local issue -- it's happening around the country. In another can't-miss interview, Dave Ross explores the deeply troubling phenomenon of tribal disenrollment with Gabriel Galanda, delving into the root causes, social ramifications for those disenrolled, and the implications for tribal sovereignty under the Trump administration. Listen in for the full un-edited conversation you can only find on the RossFiles podcast!
The absence of a racial epithet in your public vocabulary does not excuse or preclude you from participating in a racist society, says Michael Eric Dyson. And it's liberals who plug their ears to their own biases who may have the most to learn. Dyson is a Georgetown professor, New York Times contributing author, and leading thinker on race relations in America. In his conversation with Dave Ross -- paralleling the prose in his wrenching book -- he makes the case for how and why white Americans are morally obligated to both acknowledge and address the roots of racism and its influence on our society. Professor Dyson and 'Brother Ross' engage in a difficult conversation and discussion of race in America, circa 2017. This interview is a can't-miss.
Washington State Senator Phil Fortunato tells us about his bill to allow schools to apply for waivers that would free them from certain regulations. Even if those waivers don't go through, the process would identify regulations that cost schools money but that teachers believe do not actually help educate students.
Andres Miguel Rondon writes in the Washington Post about his experience growing up in Venezuela under the rule of Hugo Chavez. He believes there are parallels in the way that both Hugo Chavez and Donald Trump utilize the tools of populism to create divides in society in order to further their agenda. He offers his perspective and advice to Americans on both side of the aisle on how to avoid the pitfalls of populism and division and see through the smoke and mirrors of a populist political agenda.
Donald Trump has avowed closer ties with Russia and Vladimir Putin -- ostensibly to fight ISIS. That reasoning doesn't hold water, according to Molly McKew. She makes a solid case for why strategic US military cooperation with Russia in both untenable and antithetical to American foreign policy. Molly McKew is a writer for Politico, a political consultant, and Seattle's Morning News' go-to expert on US foreign relations with Russia and the Baltics.
Dave Ross moderates a forum on homelessness with Seattle's homeless czar, George Scarola, the city's homelessness consultant, Barb Poppe, and Mark Putnam, director of All Home. In attendance are business leaders, non-profit leaders, homeless advocates, and community members. The forum is hosted by the Downtown Seattle Association and sponsored by Starbucks.
The FBI has broad powers to investigate terrorism online and root out individuals and groups who have been -- or may become -- radicalized. The Intercept uncovered the FBI's counterterrorism handbook and is releasing some of the interesting protocols and challenges the agency engages with while investigating online. Cora Currier joins Dave Ross to discuss the tactics, their effectiveness, and the surprising targets of many investigations -- law enforcement agencies themselves.
Is Chicago’s homicide rate truly out of control? And what’s really causing it? How should it be solved? And can Donald Trump fix it by sending in federal forces?
To answer those questions and explore in-depth the real story of Chicago's murder problem, Dave Ross turns to Dr. Max Kapustin of the University of Chicago Crime Lab. Dr. Kapustin co-authored an extensive report analyzing the factors leading to the bloodshed and spike in violence in 2016.