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.
FH Buckley, Trump family speechwriter, Foundation Professor at George Mason University Law School, and author of "The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America" joins Dave Ross to discuss the new president-elect and his plans for the country.
Deborah Fallows has spent years traversing the country visiting the cities who play host to immigrants and refugees from places like Syria. She shares her surprising insights about how refugees are resettled into the US, their benefits to the economy, dispels fears of importing terrorism, and how the national media narrative is completely wrong.
Washington's 9th District -- which stretches from Seattle, over to Bellevue, and down past Federal Way into Tacoma -- voted to send Adam Smith back to Congress this week. He was first elected back in 1996. As the top-ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, he has some concerns about Donald Trump's plans for our fighting forces overseas.
Criminologist Christoffer Carlsson at the Institute for Future Studies in Stockholm tells us about the Swedish city that's offering ISIS fighters a chance at rehabilitation
Journalist Shane Bauer, who first came to national prominence for his time spent locked up in Iranian prison, has come to further distinguish himself through his work as an undercover journalist. His most recent work for Mother Jones takes us inside his foray into the ranks of a militia group that patrols the US-Mexican border.
Dr. John Lott is an economist and world recognized expert on guns and crime and his latest book is "The War on Guns." His research famously explores how an increase in concealed-carry weapons can lead to reductions in crime. He joins Dave Ross to discuss his book and the role of weapons in society.
The Seattle City Council has recently taken up legislation that is in many cases, adopted verbatim from proposals written by activist groups such as the ACLU. Kevin Schofield is a former Microsoft executive and current city council citizen-watchdog who runs the website Seattle City Council Insights. He finds the trend troubling and says that if the Seattle City Council was adopting legislation from business lobbying groups in a similar fashion, the public would be outraged. Dave Ross and Kevin discuss the current Seattle City Council legislative process and what Schofield's fellow retired Microsoft compatriots are doing with their time and resources in the community.
Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and perhaps America's most famous undocumented immigrant. Jose and Dave Ross have an insightful discussion about immigration as it relates to the upcoming election along with the economic and moral realities of America's current attitudes and policies in dealing with undocumented immigrants.
Ben Cohen has moved beyond the frosty foundations of an ice cream empire into the realm of political activism. The scoop du jour cause he supports? Getting big money and corporate influence out of politics. He discusses with Dave Ross how to give back democracy to the people.
Historian Alan Taylor's new book, "American Revolutions" takes us back to the founding of our country and examines the oft-glorified origin story that is written into our history books. As it turns out, our Founding Fathers didn't have all the answers, weren't patriotically united in purpose, and had motivations for revolution that were not entirely altruistic. Dave Ross delves into the true the origin story of our nation with the two-time Pulitzer Prize winning author and historian.