Professor Richard Rosenfeld is a criminologist who has studied the supposed "Ferguson Effect," a term coined to explain the spiraling violence in big cities with large minority populations. Does it stem from de-policing? Can it be attributed to minority communities' plummeting trust in police, perhaps due to the Black Lives Matter movement? Does it exist at all? Dave Ross wades through the full range of issues and the latest data on the matter with Professor Rosenfeld.
JD Vance's book, "Hillbilly Elegy" explores from a personal perspective the oft-derided white working class that Donald Trump has tapped into. His insights into the economic struggles and political perspectives of this sector of America is especially prescient in the upcoming election. With JD Vance as his guide, Dave Ross delves into the psyche and perspective of the middle swath of white America.
Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper has written a book called "To Protect and Serve," in which he proposes solutions for the systemic issues plaguing our nation's police departments and the conflicts they face in the communities they serve. He discusses his diagnosis of the police and his prescription for community cohesion with Dave Ross.
Hope Teague is an educator in the Tacoma public schools and has written a blog post in which she discusses her role as an "Interchangeable White Lady." She argues for an understanding of where educators come from and ho they are viewed by their students as a jumping off point to facilitate classroom success.
Buzzfeed reporter Mike Giglio has spent the last two years reporting from the front lines of the fight against ISIS. He joins us from Istanbul to discuss the U.S. role in the ground war, and how we can define success in this fight.
Could banning employers from asking about criminal background improve the employment possibilities of former criminals? Sonja Starr, who teaches criminal law at the University of Michigan discusses how the movement to "ban the box" has backfired for those it was meant to help the most.
Brian Earp is a Research Associate at the Oxford Center for Neuroethics. He discusses with Dave Ross the potential of drugs that can shape our morality.
Harriet Ryan of the LA Times is writing a series of investigative pieces about Purdue Pharmaceutical, the drugmaker of OxyContin.
In her investigation, she draws a direct line of accountability between Purdue and illegal abuse of OxyContin -- which has in part, led to the heroin epidemic.
She discusses the company's role in the abuse and the connection to Everett, citing that in 2010, 50-70% of the crime in Snohomish County was linked to OxyContin.
Michael Adams, author and professor, has studied language his entire career. In his latest book, "In Praise of Profanity", he makes the case for profane language's utility and purpose in our linguistic lives.
In Vice Magazine, Patrick Hruby makes the case for lifting all restrictions on doping in sports. With the Olympic games underway, Dave Ross digs into the surprisingly excellent case for doing so.
Max Stier is the CEO of the Partnership for Public Service, the non-partisan organization responsible for stewarding the presidential transition process. His organization is already working with the Clinton and Trump campaigns to prepare both candidates for their potential Oval Office appointment. Dave Ross discusses the details of what is involved in preparing presidential candidates for the realities of taking on the mantle of the Presidency.
Roger Stone is a Donald Trump surrogate and political opposition researcher, a man adept at the dark arts of politics with many years experience. Dave Ross discusses his inside perspective into Trump's personality, policies, tone, and his ability to run an effective national presidential campaign.
John Henry Brown is one of Washington's most famous defense attorneys, representing our state's most notorious criminals, from Ted Bundy to Colton Harris Moore, the "Barefoot Bandit." He discusses his iconic legal career and his infamous clients with Dave Ross, along with his forthcoming book, "The Devil's Defender."
Is your job going to disappear?
For years, we've seen a decline in manufacturing jobs, but now we're seeing automation's impact white collar jobs.
Author Martin Ford writes about this in his book, Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future.
I spoke with him recently and asked him about technology's encroachment into creative spaces, the impact automation will have on our economy and if it's too late to scale back our dependence on computers and robots.
Scott Paul with the Alliance For American Manufacturing discusses with Dave Ross the impacts of a higher national minimum wage on the manufacturing industry.
Daniella Leger with the Center for American Progress discusses the messaging of the Democratic Party and how they can differ their tone from the rhetoric of fear offered by Trump.
Dave Ross interviews Grover Norquist, President of Americans For Tax Reform, famous for making Republican candidates sign a pledge to never raise taxes. Dave digs into the roots of Norquist's anti-tax beliefs and his thoughts on how government can reduce expenditures and Americans' tax burdens.
Washington State Senator and whip for Donald Trump Don Benton joins Dave Ross at the Republican National Convention to discuss how he gets delegates to toe the Trump line.
Jeff Berkowitz is considered one of the foremost Republican opposition researchers. What goes into digging the dirt and raking the muck on political opponents? Dave Ross digs in...
Scottie Nell Hughes describes herself as a surrogate for Donald Trump. She sits down with Dave Ross at the Republican National Convention to discuss Trumps unique plan for funding The Wall among many other issues.
What is Wahhabism?
That was the assignment given to The New York Times Middle East correspondent Ben Hubbard.
He wrote a great piece for The Times about elements in Saudi Arabia who are trying to change the Kingdom away from its strict interpretation of Islam.
I wanted to know more, so I called him up.
Seattle has its own history of racial tensions that continue today. Marcus Harrison Green, founder of the South Seattle Emerald, joins us to discuss how many of the themes from 1960s protests persist today, and whether or not there can be a political or social solution to our current problems
Forty-two million people owe $1.3 Trillion in student loans. Investigative reporter James Steele from reavealnews.org tells us who's getting rich off of all that debt.
Aaron Quinonez, founder of Operation Restore Hope, tells us about living with PTSD and how he helps other veterans cope by helping others. Filmmaker Beau Chevassus documented Aaron's latest trip to build homes in Mexico. The Operation Restore Hope documentary premieres July 7th at the Chalet Theater in Enumclaw, WA