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.
"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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The weapons of war and terrorism are on the cusp of a revolution that will change the battlefield and the world in ways that we're just coming to understand. That future is just around the corner, when traditional weaponry, and new weapons like vehicles and drones, are combined with AI and advanced algorithms. Paul Scharre is a Pentagon defense expert and former U.S. Army Ranger who specializes in policy on unmanned/autonomous systems and emerging weapons technologies. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security.
Seemingly daily, we skip over headlines warning about the threat of cyber attacks -- but America seems to be experiencing hack-fatigue. We don't get it. Or we don't take it seriously.
Well, Molly McKew is always keen to dash a cold dose of reality on complacent Americans who don't understand the strategic realities of the modern weaponized information warfare playbook. Russia has the edge in this battle, but the US must come to grips with it. Tune in, settle back, and listen deeply to another can't-miss episode with the fantastic Molly McKew.
It's not often that an innocent prisoner becomes friends with the crooked cop who framed him, but that's the true story of Jameel McGee and Andrew Collins. Jameel and Andrew sit down with Dave and Colleen to share their incredible tale of how justice is so often unavailable to people of color in America -- and how reconciliation and reform is possible.
Mandy Manning, Washington's 2018 Teacher of the Year, discusses what it takes form a relationship with students and their parents, what the DACA program means for the kids she teaches, and whether the state can figure out its education funding problems
Ken Follett's latest epic novel takes us back to 1558, and the spy games and religious divides of Elizabethan England. A Column of Fire is out September 12th, 2017
In 2006, a heist at a Tacoma bank led to the arrest of three U.S. Army Rangers. Ben Blum, the cousin of getaway driver Alex Blum, set out to discover what led them to that point. His book is Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family, and an Inexplicable Crime
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.
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...
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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?