Ted Galen Carpenter, senior policy researcher for the Libertarian think-tank Cato Institute joins Dave Ross for a deep dive into the foreign affairs morass of North Korea. Should the US launch a first-strike to take out North Korean nuclear launch pads? How can China rein in their erratic dictator to the south -- and do they even have the will or capability to do so? What are the demands and concessions required from the US, China, and North Korea to lance a roiling boil on the global geopolitical landscape? Dave Ross is the man with the questions -- Ted Carpenter has the answers.
Visiting a weekly Job Club in Renton, WA, and hearing the stories of the unemployed, under-employed, and those who aren't even counted in the Labor Department's jobless statistics. Thanks to listener Frank who suggested this story, and Cynthia Laventhal with Worksource who turned over her classroom for the day. If you'd like to learn more, go to WorkSourceSKC.org
Light rail has never been built across a floating bridge anywhere in the world and East Link Light Rail is taking on the monumental task -- and some ballooning costs. Executive Director Ron Lewis sits down with Dave Ross to discuss the engineering feats needed to bring the project to completion and give a report on where those additional costs are coming from.
With all our concern in the US over Russian influence on our election, what's the perspective from the tundras, taigas, and troll factories in Russia? Dave Ross takes a deep dive into fake news, an oligarch-sponsored troll factory, whether Trump REALLY has any connection to Putin, and why US journalists have little backbone compared to their Kremlin-opposing counterparts. Dave's guide? Journalist Alexey Kovalev of the Moscow Times.
Dave Ross moderates the second forum on homelessness in Seattle, this time, looking to other cities for the innovative solutions they have pioneered to get people off the streets.
The panel includes: Barb Poppe, Seattle's homelessness consultant - Sam Dodge, Deputy Director San Francisco Department of Homelessness - Mandy Chapman Semple, Associate Director, Houston's Corporation for Supportive Housing - Phil Ansell, Director LA County Homelessness Initiative.
The forum is hosted by the Downtown Seattle Association, Visit Seattle, the Alliance For Pioneer Square, and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.
Dave Ross digs into the issues facing the Trump administration and the American people with a man who has seen behind every curtain of US intelligence operations: retired four-star Air Force General Michael Hayden.
General Hayden is also a former Director of the National Security Agency, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
The General shares his unique insights into President Trump's interests with Russia, how and whether he may have been wiretapped (as the President alleged), which threats Americans should be most concerned about, and most alarmingly, why Seattle faces greater danger from abroad than perhaps any other city in the nation.
Dr. David Belk of truecostofhealthcare.net on whether the newly-unveiled plan to replace the Affordable Care Act has a chance of succeeding.
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.
Dr. Scott Ramsey, as both a health economist and a cancer researcher, has seen firsthand how the cost of lifesaving medications has skyrocketed in the past decade -- and the crippling impacts such a financial burden has caused his patients.
Dave Ross and Dr. Ramsey explore the pharmaceutical marketplace, the causes of ballooning costs, and what can and should be done to rein in pricing under the Trump administration.
Why should every state have two governors instead of senators? Why is the Cabinet system broken? Why did the U.S. miss the chance to re-train the American workforce and ride atop the wave of globalization rather than have workers dashed on the shoals of outsourcing and automation? Dave Ross explores the answers to these questions and more with Parag Khanna.
Parag Khanna is an international relations expert and best-selling author. He is a CNN Global Contributor and Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore.
In the world of education, Dr. Maxine Mimms has done and seen it all. She was just presented a Lifetime Achievement Award from the city of Tacoma for her efforts in the classroom. She looks back on a life in education with Dave Ross, and ahead to where the state of Washington should go with the system facing a funding crisis.
Harvard writer-in-residence Adam Tanner uncovers the hidden marketplace selling your medical data. It's all legal, supposedly anonymous, but could new technologies neuter any privacy protections on your data? Dave Ross digs in with Adam Tanner.
As the governor unveils his $4 billion funding package for state education, newly minted Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal joins Dave Ross to discuss his view of the crucial needs for our state's schools and his role in assisting the legislature to come to compromise.
With funding for state education the foremost concern of this legislative session, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee joins Dave Ross to explain his funding proposal -- a $4 billion package with many new taxes.
Senator Michael Baumgartner of Spokane has proposed an amendment to the State constitution that would radically alter the way education is funded in Washington. He joins Dave Ross to discuss his proposed amendment and a surprising consideration for teachers -- salaries of $100,000 per year.
Dr. Ibram Kendi's book, "Stamped From the Beginning: A History of Racist Ideas in America" is the winner of the 2016 National Book Award for Nonfiction. He joins Dave Ross to discuss the topic of racism in America from its inception to its current incarnation and role in national politics.
Dave Archambault Sr. is the father of Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Council Chairman Dave Archambault II and a longtime advocate for Native American schools and education. He discusses the history of the Dakota Access Pipeline protest, the determination of the tribe to block the pipeline, and how this project is a line in the sand for native tribes in dealing with the broken promises of the US government.