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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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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

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 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 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.

Jun 9, 2017

Dr. Robert Pearl diagnoses the American medical care system as fundamentally flawed -- we don't get the best care in the world -- and has a prescription for how to fix it. Listen in to the full discussion and his passionate plea for improvement in our medical care with Dave Ross.

Jun 8, 2017

BioQuark is a life sciences company specializing in regenerative medicine currently beginning trials in groundbreaking efforts to use stem cells to revive patients who are clinically brain dead. Dave Ross discusses the company's work with CEO Ira Pastor and weighs the moral and ethical concerns about pursuing such work -- as well as what it could teach us about how we understand what happens to human consciousness after death.

Jun 2, 2017

As the nation struggles to cope with the opioid crisis, finding the right addiction treatment center -- or any center with an open bed is a struggle for those trying to get clean. And that has created a lucrative market for "addiction brokers," middlemen who profit from steering, and sometimes, literally flying addicts to disreputable detox centers. David Armstrong and Evan Allen from the Boston Globe, in Partnership with STAT News, have investigated the shady world in which addicts move from being profit mules for dealers, to disposable paychecks for those who purport to help them recover.

May 25, 2017

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...]

May 24, 2017

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.

May 23, 2017

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.

May 22, 2017

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. 

May 19, 2017

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. 

May 19, 2017

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.

May 18, 2017

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. . . 

May 17, 2017

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.

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