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
Even a grad with good grades might be entering the world without enough EMOTIONAL intelligence. Marc Brackett, the head of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, tells us about some of his research.
In my experience, gun shop owners take gun control very seriously.
And it occurred to me they were an underutilized resource in the ongoing gun debate and one of the best defenses in keeping firearms out of the hands of people like the Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen.
I talked about this last week in one of my commentaries, I asked why there wasn't a database allowing gun shop owners to share information about sketchy customers so one shop doesn’t sell a weapon to somebody who was already turned away by a shop down the street.
Seth Banks is a computer programmer from California. He heard my commentary and got to work.
Six days later GunShopWatchlist.com was complete, so I called him up to talk about it.
The shooting at Orlando's Pulse nightclub had a number of effects on the rest of the world, including a spike in gun sales.
But it wasn't only guns.
Defense Distributed makes a kit that allows anybody with $1,500 to manufacture the lower receiver of an AR-15, the part of the gun with the trigger and magazine. And they can do this without having to register the weapon with the Federal Government.
Sales of the Ghost Gunner kit almost doubled the day after the killings in Orlando, and had nearly tripled just two days later.
Cody Wilson is the founder of Managing Director of Defense Distributed and my guest on today's Ross File Podcast.
You've heard of the NIMBYs but what about YIMBYs? Laura Bernstein is a housing activist with the YIMBY movement, who just held a conference in Colorado. She discusses the affordable housing issue in Seattle and how the city should manage growth and deal with urban density and transit.
The Washington state Democratic convention is this weekend, which should be interesting.
Even though in the Democratic primary a large majority went for Hillary Clinton, in the caucuses, a big majority went for Bernie Sanders.
My guest today is state Rep. Noel Frame. She is a Bernie supporter and the likely chair of this weekends convention in Tacoma.
If you find yourself feeling less sympathetic towards others, you might look at what kinds of medicine you're taking.
New research from Ohio State University finds the painkiller acetaminophen might be doing more than numbing your pain, they might also dull your empathy.
Seattle native Baldwin Way co-authored the study and is my guest.
Whom to marry.
It's one of the most important decisions you'll make, and yet you're not going to choose correctly if you are looking for a "perfect" match.
That person simply doesn't exist.
At least that's what Alain de Botton wrote in his piece "Why You'll Marry the Wrong Person" for The New York Times.
His article was one of the most read stories and created quite the buzz, so I called him up to talk about it.
De Botton's new book, "The Course of Love," comes out June 14.
He will be at the Seattle Public Library June 22nd at 7 PM.
I've been interviewing candidates for Washington state Superintendent of Public Instruction.
It's an important job, especially as legislators get ready to spend between $8-10 billion more per year on education to comply with the McCleary decision.
Among the candidates is Ron Higgins, who has taught both here in Washington state as well as California.
As you will hear, Higgins campaign is focused on a few key issues, some of which differ from his competition.