Physicist James Kakalios first burst onto the pop-sci book scene with his smash-hit, "The Physics of Superheroes." In his newest book, "The Physics of Everyday Things," Kakalios regales readers with an entertaining scientific explanation of how the world around us works...a world of screens and WiFi and cashless transactions that few of us truly understand. Dave Ross plumbs the depths of James' scientific knowledge to explain the everyday conundrums we all face, such as, "why am I in a traffic jam when there are no accidents ahead of me?" [SPOILER: You're a part of the problem. But you could be a part of the solution...]
Steve Ballmer is one of our region's most iconic business leaders. In his retirement from Microsoft, he has taken on a new project -- a website called USA Facts that aims to bring transparency to government spending. Dave Ross and Steve Ballmer discuss how everyday folks can use the site to help inform their voting decisions as well as the future of Seattle -- and the future of basketball in the city.
Eric Barker has taken an unusual path through his career, as many of us have. Along the way, he's encountered the same axioms about success we've all also heard...and gone on to disprove them. In his book, "Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong," Barker lays out a roadmap to success based on actual research...not aphorisms. Dave Ross compares his notes for success with Eric, and you'll be happy hear: nice guys like Dave DON'T actually finish last. But you (and Dave) knew that already. Listen in for plenty more mythbusters about achievement -- and what really works to bring us happiness.
In her now book, "The Weekened Effect," Katrina Onstad, frustrated with her own family's experience losing their weekends to activities and the 24/7 demands of work, takes a dive in the history of our hallowed two days off, where we went wrong, and how to reclaim them.
As President Trump slashes the State Department staffing and budget while simultaneously relying on the threat of military intervention to achieve his foreign policy objectives, Dave Ross turns to Joseph S. Nye, Jr for counsel. Mr. Nye is a former US assistant secretary of defense and chairman of the US National Intelligence Council, and Professor at Harvard University. He coined the term, "soft power" and brings his unique perspective on how US foreign policy may or may not succeed under the current administration's policies.
As President Trump takes his first significant trip abroad to the Middle East, Dave Ross turns to Ahmad Majidyar to discuss the implications of the trip -- and what could be announced as a Sunni-majority Arab regional alliance. It turns out, ISIS is on the brink of defeat, but vanquishing that foe will NOT solve America or the Middle East's security concerns. Tune in for an enlightening conversation on the state of affairs in the Arab world and how America should or should not play a role in the sea change to come.
It's not often, if ever, that we hear from a devout Christian who supports abortion rights, let alone a practicing physician who provides them. Dr. Willie Parker is a physician who, as an OB-GYN, defies the Christian stereotype in providing abortion services. But why would he seemingly turn his back on his faith? Dr. Parker discusses with Dave Ross and Colleen O'Brien how he believes his moral compass actually compels him to provide such services, based on his interpretation of Christian principles. Be prepared for a controversial conversation and some thought provoking perspective. . .
Travis Lupick is an award winning journalist for Vancouver's weekly, The Georgia Straight. He is writing a book about InSite, his city's supervised injection facility -- and actually lives across the street from it. He shares his perspective with Dave Ross and Colleen O'Brien on what Vancouver is doing right with their safe injection site and what challenges his city and British Columbia as a whole still face that Seattle and Washington are also failing to address.
Former Bothell Mayor and current City Councilman Joshua Freed is gathering signatures for Initiative 27, a measure that would ban safe injection sites in King County. This is in response, of course, to the two planned facilities spearheaded by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and King County Executive Dow Constantine.
Noted author, essayist, and peddler of societal insights, Chuck Klosterman is out with his tenth book, "Chuck Klosterman X: A Highly Specific, Defiantly Incomplete History of the Early 21st Century." Dave Ross takes a spin through Chuck's musings, pausing to ponder the future of football, the state of media, social media, and why President Trump won't be ending the world anytime soon. Unless he actually does.
Dave Ross and Chris Sullivan pick the brain of the former Secretary of the Washington State Department of Transportation Doug MacDonald, who says we need to rethink everything from our tolling system to our concept of traffic congestion.
The field of candidates vying for the Mayor's office in Seattle continues to swell as the current mayor has announced he will not run for re-election. Senator Bob Hasegawa, one of the most intriguing late-entry candidates, shares his vision for the future of Seattle with Dave Ross and what he believes he can accomplish as the next potential mayor of the city.
University of Washington Professor David Montgomery joins Dave Ross to blow up many of the misconceptions surrounding our food systems, agriculture, and how a modern American society can adapt to feed a ballooning population in the modern world. Spoiler alert: organic farming methods can be MORE profitable and produce higher crop yields than conventional farming methods that rely on pesticides and monoculture methods...all while sustaining our soil. In his interview -- and in his new book, "Growing A Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life," Montgomery argues that we can pursue a path to sustainability, profitability, and even our national security, all by reinventing how we farm.
Where have we gone wrong in our approach to policing? With seemingly every new incident of police and civilian conflict gone-awry captured on cell phone cameras, many Americans are just now realizing law enforcement is not applied equally. Professor Barry Friedman is the founding director of NYU Law’s Policing Project and is one of the country’s leading authorities on constitutional law, policing, criminal procedure, and the federal courts. Professor Friedman joins Dave Ross in-studio for an insightful review of the state of policing in our country. His new book is titled, "Unwarranted: Policing Without Permission."
Dr. David Belk has made it his life's mission to find the TRUE cost of health care in the United States. With Trumpcare 2.0 passing in the House of Representatives on Thursday, Dave Ross discusses with Dr. Belk the impacts of the legislation, if it will truly save average folks money on their medical care, and why it is so difficult to pass health care reform that achieves net benefits for everyone in America. (Who knew it could be so complicated?) Dr. Belk distills his expertise and wisdom into a must-listen interview hosted by Dave Ross for anyone who wishes to understand the deeper issues that have created the most expensive health care system in the world...that we are all paying for.
In his book, "The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation," Rod Dreher calls for Christians to take a step back from today’s degenerating political scene so they can instead focus on reinforcing their own communities and faiths. His book has lit up the conservative Christian world and touches on many of the issues that frame our political culture, which, like it or not, are intrinsically linked to Christian ideology. President Trump just passed an executive order freeing religious organizations to participate more fully in the political process...so how should Christians respond to this and participate in an increasingly secular world? And how should they define themselves and their faith when they believe they are under attack? Dave Ross challenges Rod Dreher on what it means to be a person of Christian faith in modern American society.