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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.