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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May 5, 2017

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 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.

May 5, 2017

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. 

Apr 27, 2017

Dave Ross and Colleen O'Brien host an insightful interview with Seattle Mayoral Candidate Cary Moon. On the table for discussion: affordable housing, transportation, growth management, and the role Seattle civic leaders should play in social activism.

Apr 25, 2017

Dave Ross continues to dig into an escalating foreign policy crisis developing between the US and North Korea. But is this a true crisis in the making -- or are US and North Korean leaders creating a crisis out of misconceptions and misunderstandings? And how should the US proceed from this point in our approach to diplomacy with North Korea?

Dave Ross delves into the complex and oft misunderstood national security interests of the US and North Korea with John Delury, a senior fellow of the Center on U.S.-China Relations and an Assistant Professor of International Studies at Yonsei University. He has taught Chinese history and politics at Columbia, Brown, and Peking University.

Apr 24, 2017

Nikkita Oliver is running for Mayor of Seattle as the Seattle People's Party candidate. Our conversation ranges from her time in the boxing ring, to her ideas on housing, gentrification, an income tax, the Black Lives Matter movement, the Seattle Police Department, and the possibility of the NBA coming back to the city

Apr 24, 2017

Actor and writer Stephen Tobolowsky's new book, "My Adventures With God" isn't a traditional Hollywood tell-all. But it does take you everywhere from naked house parties to mystic philosophy to how Radiohead got its name.

Stephen will appear at Seattle's Town Hall on April 25th

Apr 21, 2017

Throughout her groundbreaking career as a correspondent for 60 Minutes, Lesley Stahl has interviewed and met some of the most important and fascinating people in the world. Yet, she says becoming a grandmother has been one of the most transformative and enriching experiences in her life. Join Lesley Stahl and Dave Ross for a conversation between two award-winning journalists on what it means to become a grandparent AND what Lesley has learned throughout her legendary career.

Apr 20, 2017

Philip Yun is a foreign policy expert and C.O.O of the Ploughshares Fund, an organization dedicated to nuclear non-proliferation. He brings his expertise to the table in demystifying the motives, fears, and actual threats that the U.S. faces from Kim Jong Un and the Hermit Kingdom. 

Apr 19, 2017

Dave Ross moderated the third and final forum on homelessness, hosted by the Downtown Seattle Association.


The panelists included:

-Adrienne Quinn, King County Department of Human Services

-Catherine Lester, Seattle Department of Human Services

-Lauren McGowan, United Way

-Marty Hartman, Mary's Place

-Barb Poppe, Seattle's Homeless Consultant (now working for Mary's Place via a Starbucks/Schultz Foundation gift

Apr 11, 2017

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.

Apr 5, 2017

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



Apr 3, 2017

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.

Mar 30, 2017

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.

Mar 23, 2017

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.

Mar 15, 2017

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.

Mar 8, 2017

Dr. David Belk of on whether the newly-unveiled plan to replace the Affordable Care Act has a chance of succeeding.

Feb 22, 2017

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. 

Feb 15, 2017

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!

Feb 10, 2017

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.

Feb 8, 2017

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.

Feb 8, 2017

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.

Feb 7, 2017

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.

Feb 5, 2017

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.

Feb 2, 2017

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.

Feb 1, 2017

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.

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